Cobblers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink stressed the need to win the key moments in games as he reflected on Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Portsmouth in the second round of the Checkatrade Trophy.
“It didn’t quite happen for us today and that has been the case in a few of our games this season,” he said.
“We created a couple of chances today and you have to take those chances. We are getting into some good positions but we must capitalise on that.
“The game was a bit up and down for us today but we are trying to improve and find consistency in the things that we are doing well.
“Sam Hoskins got a good 60 minutes, I could have played him for a bit longer but he is an important player for us and I wanted to make sure he would be fine for Oldham.
“Chris Long rolled his ankle and that’s why we took him off at half-time but I don’t think it’s anything too serious.
“Shaun McWilliams should be back next week, Daniel Powell will be close but John-Joe O’Toole may need a little bit longer. He is running again but we will see.
“We are disappointed to be out this competition but we only have the league to focus on now and hopefully that will help.”