Cobblers manager Chris Wilder said his team need to play with more ‘fire and ice’ after they suffered a sixth defeat in seven games, at Carlisle United.
Marc Richards’ 10th goal of the season was in vain as the Cumbrians secured a 2-1 win which puts them three points off 16th-placed Town, who are five clear of the Sky Bet League Two relegation zone.
Wilder felt his team turned in an improved performance on the one last weekend in which they were beaten 3-2 by Plymouth Argyle but lamented a lack of ‘fire’ in defence and ‘ice’ when in goalscoring situations.
“We were good from box to box, we created enough chances and the shape of the team was good,” said the Northampton manager.
“But we can’t keep it out of our net and when we get at the top end of the pitch we can’t put it in their net - it’s pretty straightforward stuff.
“We conceded from a set-piece with a header off Zander (Diamond)’s shoulder but we had enough of the game, especially in the second half, to get something out of it.
“It’s fire and ice. You need the fire and the desire to keep the ball out of the back of our net and the ice when we’re in the opposing penalty area to stick the ball in.
“Ivan (Toney) and Mo (Kaid Mohamed) should both score and (Chris) Hackett and Ollie Banks have got to do better when he gets in good areas.
“Our front four have had so many chances today and so much of the ball and for an away side to have the amount of the game is pleasing but we can’t do the business at both ends.
“I thought we played the better football and created the more clear-cut chances, we’re just not clinical enough and the goals we conceded were ridiculous.”