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Northampton Town boss Page sorry for 'men against girls' comment

Rob Page admits the comment was ill-judged. Credit: PA

Northampton Town manager Rob Page has apologised after he described his team's performance at Bristol Rovers as "men against girls."

The 42-year-old made the comment following the Cobblers' 5-0 thrashing at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

The Welshman told reporters: "Actions speak louder than words. There was a couple giving that. It was men against girls, not boys."

Page has since admitted his choice of words were “totally unacceptable” and has insisted no offence was intended.

Northampton's recent poor run also saw them knocked out of the FA Cup by non-league Stourbridge. Credit: PA

Saturday was a very difficult afternoon for everyone.

After the match I made a comment, when speaking to our local media, about the game being a case of 'men against girls.'

I immediately realised that this comment was totally unacceptable. No offence was meant by it and I apologise wholeheartedly if any was caused.

This was an error of judgement I made in the heat of the moment shortly after a very difficult defeat, but that is no excuse, I accept that.

– Rob Page, Northampton Town manager

The defeat was Northampton's eighth in their last 10 League One games - a run which has seen Page's side drop to 16th.

The Cobblers will be hoping for better fortunes when they host promotion-chasing Scunthorpe United at Sixfields on Saturday.

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