League One manager apologises for "men against girls" comments after heavy defeat

Northampton Town's Rob Page was speaking after his team lost 5-0 to Bristol Rovers

League One manager apologises for "men against girls" comments after heavy defeat

Rob Page. Picture by Barrington Coombs EMPICS Sport

Northampton Town manager Rob Page has apologised for comparing his team's 5-0 loss away to Bristol Rovers to that of "men against girls".

Page was speaking afterwards to BBC Radio Northampton after their third league loss in a row when he made the comments.

"People are knocking on my door, saying they deserve a chance and when you do, do your talking out there. Actions speak louder than words. There was a couple giving it that. It was men against girls, not boys."

After his comments were broadcast locally, the 42-year-old apologised, stating that his remarks were "totally unacceptable".

"Saturday was a very difficult afternoon for everyone," Page said in a statement released to the Northampton Town website.

“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."

Northampton Town currently lie in 16th place in League One. They are ten points outside the playoff spots and eight points clear of the relegation zone.