Clive Platt popped up to snatch a late point for Town in a 1-1 draw at Sixfields, where the Iron 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.
Boothroyd 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."
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