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Time for an opinion piece I think

Over on the BBC News site Phil McNulty talks about Rafa Benitez and Martin O’Neill in the fallout from there game at the weekend (Liverpool 1 – 3 Aston Villa)

He talks about how O’Neill was irked by Villa fans booing them off at half time

I’m inclined to agree with the statement he made

"I said at the time if you are booed off at the end of the game when you have not played well and you deserve that then fine, but I was disconcerted by it at half-time against Wigan. I didn’t hear Liverpool being booed off at half-time when they were two goals down here."


I’ve always thought booing your team during a game to be counter productive. Don’t get me wrong if your team isn’t performing as you’d expect them to I think you are more than entitled to let them know about it. I just think if you do it during the game it doesn’t help

Having seen my own team fight relegation battles, I’ve seen this first hand. I remember going to a “must win six pointer” at home. After 20 minutes we hadn’t scored and the opposition we’re getting the upper hand. During a promising attack a ball got played wide, the winger mis-controlled the ball and he had to watch it trickle out of play

That was breaking point some of the crowd and the boos started.

Where this then becomes a problem is that the winger stopped attacking his full back. Every time the ball into him he played it simple, back into midfield or to the full back behind him. He stopped taking risks as you don’t get booed for keeping possession right? It ruins some young players as it creeps into the next game and they slowly become ordinary players

This then spreads through the team and no-one tries anything out of the ordinary and the chances quickly dried up

I don’t think the players do this automatically. It’s just human nature.

Can you imagine trudging off a pitch at half time and having thousands of people booing you. If you are loosing a game half time is when you can collect your thoughts, think about what went wrong and get yourself into the frame of mind to perform better. If your thinking about not getting booed this isn’t going to help

Some players can use it as motivation, some can’t. Again that’s just human nature

Next time you are at a game and your team isn’t doing so well or the promising young winger cheaply gives away possession. Get behind them. Cheer louder. You are a SUPPORTER aren’t you?

If after the final whistle you still think they need to know they haven’t played well then boo all you like