Ricky Ravenhill said the penalty awarded to Hartlepool on Saturday was ‘an easy one for the referee to give’ but admitted the Cobblers deserved to lose.
Town went down 2-0 at Victoria Park in what was their eighth away defeat in nine, and remain bottom of the Football League as a result.
Northampton failed to reproduce any of the form that had given them back-to-back wins in the previous two games, and were rightly beaten.
The home side’s second goal came through a controversial penalty awarded after Paul Reid was adjudged to have held back James Poole nine minutes into the second half.
Ravenhill, whose tough tackling style did not go down well with the home supporters, did not feel that was the right decision but had no complaints about the overall result.
“There was a coming together but he carried on and swung and missed the ball,” he said. “So as he got tackled he went down. It was never a penalty for me and it’s an easy decision for the referee to give.
“They’re the home team, the crowd is going to get on his back and you do see them given.
“But we can’t pretend we deserved something out of this game because we know that we didn’t.
“It was so different to the standards we have set ourselves in the past few weeks and we need to go back to the things we were doing in the other games, because they were working for us.”