Manager Michael Flynn admits Northampton Town deserved all three points at The PTS Academy Stadium but challenged his players to respond in the right way by going on another unbeaten run.
The Cobblers 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Andy Williams and Sam Hoskins saw County’s club record 17 match unbeaten run in the Football League come to a frustrating end.
They’ll have the chance to restart a hopefully similar run when they travel to Macclesfield Town on Tuesday – a team who will also be looking for a midweek response after they lost quite convincingly at Swindon Town yesterday.
He affirmed: “The players have been on a fantastic run, 17 games unbeaten over a regular season is some effort. Those players give their all day in day out, week in week out.
“I don’t get carried away and we knew a loss was going to come sooner rather than later. But we’ve told the players now that we need another one [a long unbeaten run] and that starts on Tuesday at Macclesfield.
“I don’t think we were quite at it. We huffed and puffed at times, it was frustrating, and it was a so-so performance.
“I’m not going to take the result away from Northampton. They did what they did well, and we weren’t quite at it. Northampton got the three points, they deserved it.”
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