Promotion-seeking Northampton climbed to second place in League Two thanks to a 0-0 draw at Scunthorpe.
But the Cobblers will likely reflect on the game as two points have dropped given their hosts’ position at the bottom of the standings and form charts.
The visitors were second best for most of the game, although they squandered the game’s best chance in the 75th minute when substitute Josh Eppiah saw a clear shot down the line.
Scunthorpe belied their lowly position with their first-half performance, although they struggled to turn their pressure into chances.
A cross shot from Liam Feeney – which no Iron player bet on as it crossed the face of goal – and a header from Tyrese Sinclair, which was held deep by goalkeeper Liam Roberts, were the most close to breaking the deadlock. .
The second half followed a similar story, with defenses leading and both teams running out of ideas in the final third.
Northampton’s best spell of the night came in the final quarter, kicked off by Eppiah’s opener just seconds after his introduction from the bench, when Ross Millen recovered to slip the ball in behind for a corner.
Top scorer Sam Hoskins also went close with a cross that slammed into the face off the bar and Paul Lewis fired wide in stoppage time as Scunthorpe held on to claim a deserved run.