Worthy: Don't boo Hughes
CHRIS WISE Nigel Worthington has pleaded with fans to stop giving Andy Hughes a hard time. The £500,000 midfielder was jeered whenever a pass went astray during Tuesday's victory over Brighton - and Worthington believes the negative vibes are having an adverse affect on both the player and his team.
Norwich City manager Nigel Worthington has pleaded with fans to stop giving his skipper Andy Hughes a hard time.
The £500,000 midfielder was jeered whenever a pass went astray during Tuesday night's victory over Brighton - and Worthington believes the negative vibes are having an adverse affect on both the player and his team.
The City boss insists Hughes is doing a good for job the Canaries in difficult circumstances and hopes supporters will give the player, and all his colleagues, their full support in tomorrow's home clash clash at Derby.
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“Everyone is entitled to their opinion but it is something we could do without. It's something that, as a club, is going to do you more harm than good,” he said, when asked about the barracking currently being directed at his summer signing from Reading.
“Andy is working very hard for this football team, as are other players. We have got to give him our full support and really get behind him. That is the one thing that is going to help us more than anything.”
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While many fans chose to direct their frustration at Hughes in midweek many simply opted to keep their mouths shut during the game - and the result was an extremely muted atmosphere at Carrow Road, with fans ignoring Worthington's pre-match request for a “wall of noise”.
In the current climate the City boss knows it's a case of the players geeing up the fans, rather than vice-versa, at present. But having seen his side emerge from a difficult evening with a hard-earned 3-0 victory he's is now hoping they will have the club's “12th man” on their side from minute one tomorrow afternoon.
“We have got to go out there and do our job,” he said. “If people see you doing your job well and you win the game - then hopefully they will react to that.
“Come and support your club, get behind your team - that is the biggest message I can give, I think. Because the players really do need it. When our crowd is on form, which they usually are, and get behind us, like they usually do, they are like our 12th man. They have proved it in the past - and it would be nice to see that again.”
Worthington feels the 3-0 win over the Seagulls has given his side a solid platform upon which to build. And although he isn't making any bold predictions about making a late surge for the play-offs, he has no intention of ruling out an exciting climax to what has been a desperately disappointing season so far.
“It was our biggest win of the season so it was very pleasing,” he said. “The game is over the course of 90-95 minutes, whatever it may be, and it doesn't matter when you get the goals. We scored three times, kept a clean sheet and did a lot of things very well the other night, although there were other things that we will need to improve on. The attitude of the players was first class.
“It's nice to have got some points under our belts in the last week and now we need to keep pushing on.
“There is still plenty to play for, but at the moment all we are concentrating on is the Derby game. They have ground out some good draws recently so we know it won't be easy, but it's a game we are all looking forward to.
“We have got to go out there and have a good start, work hard, play well and hopefully take some chances.”