Northampton Town Women joint-managers Josh Oldfield and Liam Williams were frustrated with their side’s defeat away to Leek Town in the FA Women’s National League Division One Midlands on Sunday.
The loss ended the Cobblers’ five-game winning run in the league.
“We weren’t at our best, but the scoreline doesn’t reflect the game,” Oldfield said.
“The performance was reasonable, and we feel that we could have been ahead at half-time.
“It was similar to the game we played here last season, when we came away wondering how we hadn’t scored.
“It’s frustrating that we weren’t as ruthless as we have been in the final third.
“If you don’t take your chances, you don’t earn points, and Leek defended really well today.”
The Cobblers host top-of-the-table Loughborough Lightning next week.
“This defeat is going to hurt, but we have to bounce back really quickly,” Williams added.
“Games come thick-and-fast in this league, and there are tough teams around every corner.
“Loughborough are an impressive side, and they’ve been in form this season.
“It’ll be a really tough game, but we’re looking forward to giving a better account of ourselves.”
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