Jason Kennedy had equalised Clive Platt’s first half header but Kelvin Langmead’s goal and Adebayo Akinfenwa’s penalty left Rochdale still searching for their first win in 2013.
The game was Hill’s first defeat since his return to Spotland last month and Hill insisted his side would not be set back by the result but felt there was still room for improvement.
“It’s always difficult when you lose but you’ve got to look beyond the scoreline at times, especially when we’re in the position we’re in.
“It was a strange game and the defeat was marginal but we’re on the right track and I don’t want us to get derailed by the result.
“There are a lot of tell-tale signs that the team is improving and sticking to the plan. There is obviously improvement needed in certain areas of the pitch but what I’m seeing is encouraging.
“A lot of what we did in the game is what we’re doing in training and that is pleasing to see. The manner of the defeat, though, is disappointing.”
One aspect Hill felt his side could improve on was their concentration after they were level for only four minutes before Northampton went back in front.
“We fought hard to get back into the game and they scored immediately after our equaliser, which means we lost concentration and that is a cardinal sin.
“We need to improve on our concentration levels in and out of possession because that was a goal that should not have been conceded.”
Hill has yet to oversee a win in his second spell as manager and his side now lie in 16th in League One and closer to the drop zone than the play-off spots.
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