Writer: J P Fear
Date:Thursday October 23 2008
Even Stiliyan Petrov thinks the fans were right to boo him. Must admit I disagree! No way does it help a player devoid of confidence to be booed by his own fans! That said, I did lose my temper the other week when he went down like he'd been assassinated when someone kicked his arm. He was rolling about too much so he arm can't have hurt that much, so I suggested he get up, get on with the game and kick the player back!
The Bulgarian international midfielder told Sky Sports:
'To be honest, the fans were right with their reaction towards me. I was a big signing, I cost a lot of money, and they expect a lot from you. If I don't produce then of course they will be on my back. The manager left me out of the side for six or seven games last season but I knew I wasn't doing well.'
'The manager did the right thing. Nigel Reo-Coker and Gareth Barry were both playing well. But in every training session I tried to give them as much competition as possible. It takes some players longer than others to settle in but you've seen me every day and I've never given up.'
Adding, 'I know what I can do and what I can produce and finally I started showing it.'
He also says it is great now to hear the fans singing his name and him being able to show them why the manager bought him in the first place from Celtic.
And on the UEFA Cup competition he says, 'It would be a great feeling for all the boys here if we can do it because it would be a long journey, with a lot of games, but we're prepared for that and I think we can achieve things in this competition.'
Date:Thursday October 23 2008
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