Northampton boss Aidy Boothroyd was relieved to see his side move into the automatic promotion places with a 1-0 victory over Torquay - but he admitted the game could have gone either way.

The Cobblers made it 10 straight wins on the bounce at Sixfields but left it late as Roy O'Donovan grabbed his third goal of the season five minutes from the end to extend their impressive home run.

Boothroyd said: "I thought it could easily have gone either way, I have to be honest. A 1-1 draw or a 0-0 draw would have been a fair result.

"The margins between winning and losing are so small and I thought it was an excellent advert for football at this level of the game. We had a couple of penalty shouts, they had a couple of penalty shouts, we had a goal disallowed and they had a goal disallowed.

"We scored in the end but I thought it was a performance full of belief. They came back at us in fairness of them and it just shows you how tight the division is."

Torquay boss Alan Knill knows his side are still not safe from being dragged into the relegation zone and could not hide his frustration after seeing his side lose out late on.

He said: "This was always going to be a difficult place to come, given the league positions of the two clubs, so it was very disappointing to lose so late on.

"We weathered the early storm and then it was a pretty even game. In the second half we were growing into the game and deserved to get something out of it.

"To concede so late in the game was disappointing but even after that we had a couple of chances to equalise and we haven't taken them. But there were some positives to take out of the game."

Knill was also frustrated with the performance of the officials, adding: "The referee made some strange decisions all game and I don't know how that isn't a penalty when Elliot Benyon was tripped. To be fair it was the same for both sides and the officials didn't seem to see what the coaches and players were seeing."