The views of the Cobblers boss
Cobblers boss Chris Wilder reflecting on Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat at Portsmouth.
“We were beaten by the better side tonight and Portsmouth were deserved winners,” he said.
“We held our own for the first 20, 25 minutes and created one or two half chances but then we conceded a soft goal which gave them a lift.
“The spirit of the boys was good and we kept going to the end but it’s a tough ask to come from 2-0 down against a really good side.
“We’ve got to dust ourselves down from tonight and we’ve got enough experience in the dressing room to make sure that we bounce back quickly.”
The Cobblers were rocked by an injury to Ian Morris in the build up to the game.
“Ian twisted his knee in training on Monday and it looks like he will be out for the season," said the Cobblers boss.
“It’s a really bad one for Ian and it’s not been a great couple of days for us. We had to abandon training when it happened and I don’t know if that affected the boys tonight.
“In all my years as a manager and as a player I’ve never seen anything quite like it.
“It was something that couldn’t be helped, we want players to be competitive in training and our best wishes go to Ian for his recovery.
“With Ian out long-term and Darren Carter out for two to four weeks we need to strengthen the squad and we are working hard to do that.
“I’d like to bring two players in and I’m sure the Chairman will give us the backing to do that.”