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Blackburn Rovers Blog: Silence the boo boys for something to cheer
WHEN will the booing culture at Rovers come to an end? It is getting pathetic now.
For two consecutive games, Danny Murphy has been booed before he has even touched the ball.
And on Saturday, one of our better players this season, Colin Kazim-Richards, was booed because he missed a penalty.
Yes I know, Danny Murphy’s performances have not been good enough for what we reportedly pay him.
And yes, when Kaz snatched the ball from Jordan Rhodes to claim the penalty for himself he really should have slotted it home.
But to boo these players is just plain daft. When Steve Kean left, it was supposed to lead to a positive new start, at least for the fans.
Granted, with Venky’s in charge the bigger problem still remains, but we can at least try to do our part. And in all honesty, this booing culture started before we had heard of Venky’s.
Keith Andrews felt the full force of the nastier side of Ewood Park during his time at the club.
He was another that would be booed before he had touched the ball, yet at times he was far from the worst player on the pitch.
Booing your own team is just self-defeating. The fans should be there to cheer on the team. To encourage them. To try to help them succeed.
I know it can be frustrating at times when players are overpaid and underperforming, but there just isn’t any point booing.
Booing will not inspire the side to improve, it will just make things worse. Which in turn will lead to further poor performances and further booing.
It is a vicious circle that a large number of Rovers fans have been sucked into. I have made similar comments before, in these pages, on Twitter and even in the stands, and I am often criticised for it.
But I just cannot understand why people want to pay £20 or £30 a game to stand there and boo, jeer, swear and criticise their own team.
Meanwhile, it hasn’t been particularly pretty on the pitch of late, but at least we look more solid at the back.
Consecutive home wins were a welcome relief but the two clean sheets are particularly pleasing.
Our defence had been very leaky so far this season and it looks as though Eric Black may have started working on that area.
Now we just need to rediscover the scoring boots we had on in the early stages of the season.
Hopefully a new manager will be in place soon, and the foundation they have to build on will be stronger than what Black was left with.
The caretaker may not be the man we want to take over as manager permanently, but he appears to be doing enough to merit being kept on when the new man comes in.