Lincoln City boss Gary Simpson said he understood the fans’ frustrations after captain Alan Power was booed after being named the sponsors’ man-of-the-match in City’s 1-1 draw with Chester FC in the Skrill Premier.
Lincoln had opened the scoring on 16 minutes through Delano Sam-Yorke.
However, Chester hit back straight after half-time through Matty Taylor.
Power had a golden chance to put Lincoln back in the lead from the penalty spot on the hour mark.
Matthew Brown handled the ball in the box and referee Colin Lymer made no hesitation to point straight to the spot.
Power stepped up, but his effort lacked the power to go past Aaron Chapman in the Chester goal and the keeper judged correctly to get down to his right and palm the ball away.
The Imps limped through the second half and it was to the astonishment of the crowd that Power was named the sponsors man of the match.
It was met by boos around the ground when his name was read out by the match announcer.
Simpson said a hero can turn to a villain very quickly in football.
“It is disappointing,” said Simpson. “You don’t want to hear anyone boo one of your own players.
“I know people get frustrated. You win a game you are the hero, you lose a game you are the villain, I know that more than anybody.
“The penalty was one of them where the goalkeeper has guessed the right way.
“By and large he’s got the bottle to take it, and you will come in for a bit of stick when you miss the penalty.”
Simpson admitted afterwards his side’s failure to take charge in the second half proved costly.
The result left Lincoln 15th in the table, 11 points off the relegation zone and 10 points from the promotion places.
“I think in the first half we looked a decent team,” said Simpson.
“If we had taken our chances we could have been well ahead at half-time.
“It shows that we are lacking that little bit of know-how on how to go and finish games off and kill teams off.
“At the moment it is a case of kicking on and getting safe and do as best we can with one eye on the future.”