Boss Chris Wilder admitted to having mixed emotions following the Cobblers’ 2-0 defeat at high-flying Fleetwood on Saturday afternoon.
The Town manager was disappointed to have lost the game, but also pleased with how his players competed against one of the best sides in Sky Bet League Two.
Gareth Evans scored a goal in each half to condemn Northampton to defeat at the Highbury Stadium, but Wilder felt his team deserved at least a share of the spoils from their trip to the Fylde coast.
“We have played a powerful team at this level that has good players, and a good squad,” said Wilder.
“I have mixed emotions because I don’t think there was a lot in that game, especially in the second half.
“They did have a couple of chances on the break, but I thought we were well in it throughout the match.
“We possibly needed to be a touch better in the final third, and I will always give an honest assessment of how my team plays.
“But I think it was a little bit closer than the scoreline suggests, and I think we have really pushed a good team.
“I will never be happy going into a changing room when we get beat, but for a team that is in and around the top, and a team that is near the bottom, we showed good signs today.
“We now have to get over this pretty quickly.
“The attitude was really good here again, the competitiveness about the side was good, and on another day, with a bit more quality in the final third, I think we could have got something here.”