Cobblers boss Keith Curle was disappointed as he reflected on the Papa John’s Trophy defeat to MK Dons.
“I’m disappointed because I felt we had a good chance to progress,” he said.
“We got ourselves a bit of a foothold in the second half where we were able to disrupt the rhythm of their play but we weren’t good enough in the final third and we gave the ball away cheaply.
“We needed a game after not playing for ten days and now the games come thick and fast.
“Our focus now is solely on the job in hand and that’s making sure we accumulate enough points to stay in this league.”