The views of the Cobblers boss
Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd was a frustrated man after the 2-0 defeat at Southend.
"It is a very poor result but key events change games," he said.
"We are starting to get players back now and I really thought we would come here today and get something.
"I'm not going to point fingers and it was very unlike Roy to miss a penalty.
"Chris Hackett is a terrific player but I just thought he was very naive today. He's been out for a while and he was desperate to make an impression but that energy and enthusiasm has unfortunately come out in the wrong way.
"Today wasn't our day for a number of reasons, we can make all the excuses that we want but if we are serious about being at the top end of the table these are the sort of games we need to get something from.
"We need to improve our away form because just relying on our home form is not good enough.
"As a team we have got to get better at managing a match and managing the key events in games. We learned lessons from games last year and we need to stick to our game plan.
"We didn't do anywhere near enough when we had the ball today but we've got to take this result on the chin now and move on.
"I don't think their is a serious problem with our form away from home we just need to get our best players back and show a bit more maturity.
"Ian Morris will be back next week, he's got a slight groin strain and I didn't want to risk playing him and then losing him for three months."
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