Despite seeing his side sunk by a late Ben Harding goal at Northampton, Bristol Rovers manager John Ward was not too downbeat.

Harding grabbed the crucial goal in the 88th minute as the Cobblers made it seven wins on the bounce with a 1-0 victory over an improving Rovers side at Sixfields.

Ward said: "We're disappointed. We deserved a point and I think even the most biased supporters would agree with that.

"For a team near the bottom I think we deserved to get something out of the game but that's the way it goes.

"We defended very well all night with their threat at set-pieces so it was very disappointing to concede so late in the game. But I've told the players that if you're going to get beat that's the way to get beat, going right to the end of the game.

"They are annoyed that they let it slip at the end, if you can't win the first ball you hope you can win the second one but we didn't. We dealt it with it for most of the game but not when it mattered."

Northampton boss Aidy Boothroyd knew his side had been in a tough game and was just relieved to get another three points.

He said: "It was a scrappy game at times, especially in the first half. Rovers were full of running and it was two evenly matched teams going at each other. They are battling for their lives and we're going for promotion.

"In the end we managed to win it on a set-play but it doesn't matter when you win it, in the first minute or the last minute. It was a very tight game but we kept going to the end and the players were patient.

"The two most important things at this stage of the season is having all your players fit and making sure they are ready for the run-in and most importantly to keep going right to the end of games."