Northampton manager Aidy Boothroyd felt his team did everything but score as a goalless draw at Wycombe dealt yet another blow to their automatic promotion hopes.
The Cobblers have now gone four games without a goal despite pressing for a breakthrough for most of the match with Adebayo Akinfenwa coming closest when his header hit the bar.
As a result, they are now four points behind third-placed Rotherham United with just two games left and it looks as if they will have to settle for a play-off place.
Boothroyd said: "I thought it was a very good performance - we mixed it up well and I thought Luke Guttridge and Lewis Hornby did very well coming back into the team. I've been scratching my head at some points of our away performances where I've wondered if we're ever going to have a shot away from home.
"But I thought we did everything but score and on another night we win that 3-0 or 4-0. The important thing was to keep a clean sheet, to wipe the blood off our nose from Saturday and to put in a good performance and I felt we did that. It's very rarely you come away from home and have a team on the back foot as we did.
"We were going for it and the lads are very disappointed, but I know that over time if we play like that we'll win a lot more than we lose."
In a first half of very few chances, Roy O'Donovan headed into the side netting after Wycombe goalkeeper Matt Ingram flapped a cross into his path. Akinfenwa then came within inches of making the breakthrough four minutes into the second half when his header from Chris Hackett's cross came off the top of the bar.
Wycombe player-manager Gareth Ainsworth said: "I'm satisfied and very proud because I can put the DVD on and say that's the minimum requirement because we battled well.
"I felt we made the right decisions at the right times - they came at us in the first 20 minutes and I thought we were in for a bombardment. They got beat off York on Saturday and they wanted to put that right so they came here to win.
"A clean sheet is a massive positive and huge plusses were people like Matt McClure coming in, we played a different formation in midfield again and the lads adapted really well."