MARTYN Lakin believes Danny Matson’s red card against Holbeach United will only make him a stronger player.
Matson received his marching orders after raising his arms to Tigers defender Jamie Stevens on Tuesday.
But Boston Town boss Lakin is standing by his forward, who he believes was unfairly treated.
“It was Holbeach’s plan to target Danny and try to rattle him. If anything, he fell for it,” Lakin said.
“But my concern was that the referee (Trevor Basker) didn’t give him enough protection.
“Danny was being given a lot of attention off the ball, being tripped up - eventually he just reacted.”
However, Lakin believes the red will only improve the forward, who he believes plays an integral part in the side.
He added: “There were a lot of teams watching the match on Tuesday, teams who will play us and try the same tactics.
“But Danny’s learned from this and won’t fall for it again.
“He’s an important player for us.
“He plays as a target man and takes all the stick to help others get the goals.
“Gary Bull, Alex Beck and Tom James are getting into scoring positions because of the work Danny is doing for the team.”
Matson will receive a three-match suspension, ruling him out of the league derby against Spalding United (September 6), plus FA Vase clash at Gedling Miner’s Welfare and the League KO Cup contest at home to Wootton Blue Cross.
After defeat to Holbeach and victory over Glossop North End in the FA Cup, the Poachers now host Desborough Town at Tattershall Road on Saturday (KO 3pm).
Lakin said: “I’m not worried about what they’ll try and do to us.
“We play our game and make other teams try to deal with us.
“There’s been a lot of noise around the league this year, but we’ve tried to quietly go about our business.”