Football - Boothroyd: We knew it would be hard

Northampton boss Aidy Boothroyd admitted there was little between the two sides after his team lost to non-league Grimsby in the FA Cup.

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Second-half goals from Shaun Pearson and Patrick McLaughlin gave the Conference promotion hopefuls a 2-0 victory over the League Two strugglers.

"It was going to be a difficult game from the start, we knew that," said Boothroyd after his side's second-round exit at Blundell Park.

"Grimsby are doing well in the league and there are not a lot of spaces between us.

"We set out with a game-plan to frustrate them, to stop them and to break on them. We did that and I really couldn't see any real danger apart from a set-play, which we work on all week.

"But one man loses his marker and it's just a really, really poor goal to concede. The game then changes because you've got to chase it and then it's finished."

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