Jon Brady said the game was decided in a ten minute period as he reflected on the Cobblers narrow defeat at early league leaders Forest Green Rovers, Jamille Matt’s 76th minute header proving decisive in a tight encounter.
“It’s been a frustrating afternoon but on a positive note we showed we are not far off,” he said.
“I felt we were more threatening in the first half until the final passage of play but in the second half they had a strong ten minutes, Liam Roberts made a couple of good saves and then they score at the third attempt.
“I was disappointed with the goal but apart from that ten minutes we didn’t give them many chances. We sunk back for ten minutes where we gave away cheap possession and we have got to be better in those moments.
“We had a few little opportunities but we couldn’t get the goal.
“I think there were positives from the way we played but that ten minute spell in the second half cost us.
“We needed a bit more belief in our own ability to open them up and create more chances.
“We’re disappointed because we felt we could have come away with something but to come here with the fight and spirit we did is a good sign for the future.
“The turn out we had from the fans was extraordinary, we really appreciate their support and we want to give them something to scream and shout about at Newport.”