Cobblers defender Aaron Pierre was happy to simply ‘laugh off’ the abuse he received for his part in Saturday’s controversial 1-0 victory at Crawley Town.
Pierre was involved in the game’s two key incidents, barged to the ground by Ollie Palmer for a 53rd minute penalty which Kevin van Veen dispatched, and then the recipient of an elbow from the same man two minutes later.
Referee Craig Hicks immediately brandished a straight red card for the Crawley striker, much to the consternation of home supporters inside the Broadfield Stadium who made sure Pierre didn’t have it easy from then on, booing his every touch until full-time.
“Of course it was a penalty,” insisted Pierre afterwards. “He was nowhere near the ball, I was favourite to get it and he ran through me so it was a good decision from the referee and the linesman.
“I’m not a diver. You’ll see it (the red card) on the highlights. I’m not going to say anything more about it because you’ll see what happened on the highlights.”
The abuse didn’t seem to faze Town’s centre-back as he kept a cool head to see his side to victory in Sussex - their first league win in over a month - as the Cobblers leapfrogged Crawley and moved up to 14th in League Two.
You just have to laugh it off. They’re always going to try and put negative vibes and thoughts into your head and get involved for you not to concentrate on the game.
“You just have to laugh it off,” Pierre added. “They’re always going to try and put negative vibes and thoughts into your head and get involved for you not to concentrate on the game.
“Over time, playing lots of games, you get to know their little tricks and you just have to concentrate and make sure you stay ahead of the game.
“It’s just part of the game and you have to get on with it. They’re not happy with me but that doesn’t bother me as long as the team wins and we get the three points. Everything else is irrelevant.
“At the end of the day we won the game and my job is done. Everything that happens off the pitch is irrelevant. We’re going to go home happy.”