Morecambe boss Jim Bentley admitted defeat at Northampton on Saturday was hard to take.
The Shrimps went behind inside 30 seconds to Joel Byrom’s early strike before Jamie Devitt levelled things up shortly before half-time.
Marc Richards then struck 10 minutes into the second half before later missing a penalty as the Cobblers recorded a fifth win in a row and Morecambe’s unbeaten start to 2015 came to an end.
Bentley said: “I’m frustrated.
“We’re not used to losing recently.
“To concede at any level after 23 seconds or whatever it was is absolutely shocking and if you give the form side in the league a leg up then it’s going to be tough.
“I thought they swarmed all over us and pressed us hard and we could easily have been two or three down.
“We warmed into the game, caused them a few problems, we knew where we could hurt them and that paid off for the goal.
“It was pleasing to come in at 1-1 because on the balance of play we should have been losing.
“In the second half I thought we started brightly but we’re not just having that rub of the green at the moment.
“We created chances and should really have taken one to get a point.
“We gave it a good go today and I’m proud of the players.
“I don’t like losing though and it’s really, really hurt me.”