Northampton boss Aidy Boothroyd had no complaints after seeing his side lose 2-1 to play-off chasing Port Vale.
Goals in either half from John McCombe and Sean Rigg put Vale in control before Adebayo Akinfenwa reduced the arrears, but the Cobblers left it too late to get anything from the game.
"We got what we deserved. You can't play any fixture and only start playing with 15 minutes to go," said Boothroyd.
"From the start Vale played at League Two pace and we played at testimonial pace. That's not what we're about but if you don't compete you have problems and that's what happened.
"We know what Port Vale are all about but we didn't stick to the game plan. We made poor decisions in possession and I can't recall us putting three or four passes together until the last 15 minutes. We had five or six shots in the end but for most of the game we were powder puffs in front of goal and didn't work their keeper enough.
"If you are getting beaten, there's a way to get beaten by still putting the opposition under pressure and we didn't do that until the closing stages of the game. I've got no complaints. It will be down to us when we get out of this situation and it's down to us when we play like that."