Monday, December 18, 2006

Boo boys sully Sunderland

Indifferent Yorke subject of fans' derision

I was not at the Burnley versus Sunderland game on Saturday (indeed, being the proprietor of a Corner Shop makes it difficult to go to many games at all) however, I have spoken to a number of friends who did travel to the game who have confirmed that Dwight Yorke became the subject of some booing in the second half.

Yorke has been rather less than impressive since his arrival from Sydney, a signing that surprised many because of his high profile name and illustrious past at Manchester United and Aston Villa, we thought that Keane had pulled off a master stroke. However, his play in midfield had been patchy at best and indifferent at worst. His attempted headed clearance early in the second half of Saturday's game simply deflected the ball towards Kyle Lafferty who took no persuading to bury it in the net past the advancing figure of Darren Ward. Yorke then had to suffer the unedifying sound of being roundly booed by our own supporters, before being substituted by Roy Keane.

I have never understood why we are such a fickle bunch - sing when you're winning, they say, but I can't remember anyone advising to lambast your team when you are losing! By reacting in this way players can often start making even more unforced errors and take the attitude "why should I bother". Sunderland have one of the most vocal set of travelling supporters in the country and regularly take up all of the allocation of tickets awarded by away teams, it belittles us when we take our frustrations out on our own players. I cannot remember a current or former Sunderland player who has responded positively when barracked by his own so-called supporters.

Roy Keane has intimated that some of the on loan players will be returning to the club in January, it is to be hoped that they do not suffer a frosty reception if selected for first team duties. Now that the club is in the top half of the table, just three points away from a play off position, one would hope that the Black Cat's fans would get behind the lads in a big way, and really play the part of the twelfth man - leave the booing to the opposition!

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