Jon Brady said he was proud of the supporters, his players and the club as he reflected on Saturday’s 3-1 away win at Barrow, a result which wasn’t quite enough to clinch an automatic promotion spot with Bristol Rovers edging above the Cobblers on goals scored following a 7-0 home victory over Scunthorpe.
“It’s pretty hard to comprehend right now,” he said.
“We were excellent and to go 3-0 up was a perfect start. Barrow came back into it although I felt there was a foul on Shaun McWilliams for their goal.
“No one has won here since Phil Brown has taken over, they are a good team and they played a full strength side today, which was important.
“80 points is a terrific effort, I’ve got an incredible group and they couldn’t help what has happened today.
“We’ve turned a lot of moments round this season and we will dust ourselves down and get ourselves ready for the playoffs.
“We need to look forward as a group, what is done is done and whether its right or wrong we just have to get ourselves ready for Mansfield.
“I’m up for it, the group will pick themselves up and we will be ready.
“We can’t thank the supporters enough both here and back at Sixfields watching on the beam back and we need them again now.
"I am proud of the players, proud of the supporters and proud of the club."