Martin Allen insists he can handle the Cheltenham boo-boys after watching his side crash to a seventh straight defeat with a 1-0 loss to Northampton.

The Robins boss was jeered by disgruntled fans after substituting crowd favourite Ian Westlake as he sought to salvage an equaliser. Cries of "you don't know what you're doing" echoed around Whaddon Road at the decision, and the beleaguered Allen also faced up to angry fans in the car park after the match.

But he shrugged off the criticism and said: "I would rather they have a go at me than the players. I can deal with that."

He added: "I've played as a player in front of 27,000 people and been booed even before the kick-off. And to be booed as you come onto the pitch when your name is read out is a serious test of character.

"I did that on numerous occasions but it makes you stronger and we'll come through this.

"You don't need to be a rocket scientist to see what we need to improve but I'll wait until the end of the season.

"Our performance was flat for the first time in a long while. It's not been easy at the training ground this week with various situations behind the scenes but I'm not going to blame the performance on that."

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