Cobblers manager Aidy Boothroyd has revealed he received a text message from Plymouth boss John Sheridan admitting the decisive goal in Saturday’s game was fair.
Sheridan called the decision to allow Clive Platt’s seventh goal of the season ‘ridiculous’, feeling his goalkeeper Jake Cole had been fouled as he attempted to take Ben Harding’s corner.
But television replays showed it was actually Plymouth winger Paris Cowan-Hall who collided with Cole, causing him to spill the ball at the feet of Platt, who thrashed it into the roof of the net.
Sheridan was furious after the game but his temper cooled significantly after a second viewing of the incident.
“The referee got quite a bit of stick from both benches and some of it was deserved,” said Boothroyd. “But he got that decision right.
“John texted me after the game to say ‘well done’ and that it was a fair goal, which was nice of him to say.”
Boothroyd conceded Saturday’s display was far from perfect but the fact it meant the side have claimed seven points from three games has ‘set everything up nicely’ for the visit of Bristol Rovers to Sixfields on Tuesday night (7.45pm kick-off).
“The performance wasn’t what we wanted but the result was,” he said.
“If you can play well and get results then you’re onto something decent.
“I was pleased on Sunday morning, I woke up and thought I might have been a bit harsh on them because we took four points from two away games and then got another win to consolidate that.
“It sets everything up nicely for the Bristol Rovers game.”