Scunthorpe manager Brian Laws bemoaned his side's poor finishing as they had to settle for a point at stuttering Northampton.
Clive Platt popped up to snatch a late point for Town in a 1-1 draw at Sixfields, where Scunthorpe created enough chances to have taken all three points against a Cobblers side struggling to reproduce last season's home form which took them to the play-off final.
Niall Canavan gave Scunthorpe the lead but then blotted his copy book when he was partly responsible for Platt nipping in to equalise late on.
Laws said: "We should have had all three points and had the game wrapped up in the first half. I couldn't have asked for anymore except to have hit the target more.
"We had golden opportunities not half-chances, but we didn't work their 'keeper enough. That's my only criticism, apart from that I thought the performance was excellent.
"It's just a shame that Niall made an error of judgement for their equaliser because I though he was excellent. He didn't deserve that because he marshalled the defence all game. It was a moment of indecision that has cost us.
"But there are lots of positives to take out of the game, we marshalled the game for long periods and created plenty of opportunities to finish it off, particularly in the first half.
"We work the strikers at the end of every training session, so perhaps we're working them too much. But I'm sure it will come right, I've got a lot of faith in my strikers, they've all scored goals in their careers and we will start scoring a few goals soon, so somebody will get a hiding."
Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd admitted his side are going through a period transition but remains confident it will come right.
He said: "The fans expect us to win every home game on the back of last season's form here but I'm talking two or three months not two or three games to start playing like I want us to.
"I never thought we really played the way we can here, not through a lack of effort but more to do with the fact that we're a team which is developing and it will take time.
"It wasn't until January last season that we began to go on a run, we didn't play the most attractive football but we got wins. Now we're trying to get to that next level, winning and entertaining, but we've got to find that balance.
"I honestly believe this was a massive point for us, the longer the game went on I thought we were the more likely team to score. The goal we conceded was unacceptable but all credit to the players, they could have crumbled after that but they stuck at it and got a fair result."
Boothroyd also singled Platt for special praise, adding: "You need a player up top to hold the ball up and bring other players into the game and Clive gives us that.
"He does a lot of work and other players get the plaudits but when he plays, the team usually plays well. He created a few opening and made the goal out of something."