Northampton Town manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has said it was “unfair” that supporters booed during his side’s 0-0 draw with Oxford on Saturday.
Not for the first time this season, home fans inside Sixfields expressed their disappointment with what they had witnessed after Town failed to overcome their cross-border rivals to remain in the heat of a relegation battle in League One, just two points above the bottom four.
“I’m disappointed with the reaction of the crowd, it was a little unfair,” Hasselbaink told BBC Sport.
“They were asking for a second striker to come on but look on the bench – we didn’t have a second striker available. If I had a second striker I would have put him on because I want to win.”
The Cobblers have also now won just one of their past 10 home games, although they could and probably should have come away from Saturday’s game with all three points after missing a host of presentable chances, particularly in the first-half.
Hasselbaink told Northampton Chronicle after the game “I think we all are frustrated that we didn’t put the ball in the net because that’s the most important thing and we were very positive, especially first-half”
“We created a number of chances but you have to be clinical and you have to score when you’re on top.”
“I can’t fault the players. I thought they were excellent, in the first-half particularly. We didn’t score and because we didn’t score, in the second-half Oxford still had the belief and they came for us and we lost a little bit of control in midfield.”
“We became stretched and it wasn’t meant to be so I’m very, very disappointed.”
The Cobblers lie two points outside the League One relegation zone with a trip to 16th-placed Blackpool to come on Saturday.