Leeds United midfielder Michael Brown has had the audacity to blame the fans for their poor home form this season.
Whilst Leeds are amongst the form sides on the road and generally sell out all their allocations. Brown feels the off field antics and demonstrations by the fans has caused them to lose nine games at Elland Road.
The midfielder is currently enjoying his best run in the side since arriving in the summer. Brown has played in all eight games and has finally started to look a half-decent player, having been a waste of space for the first six months of the season.
Brown commented about the squad and the atmosphere inside Elland Road, ‘There’s lots of things we’re just not doing right at the moment. It’s a shame, we’ve got a good bunch of players, a good team, good lads, but we certainly have to have a bit more grit and determination not to roll over.
‘I think our home form is one reason. Once we go one behind you can hear the place go flat and I think that kills us.
‘It’s very difficult because we know the fans’ frustration because they want success at the club and the frustration has gone on now for a long time and we’ve got to try and change that as a group and as a club and have everybody together. It’s going to take a bit of time to do that.
‘The group we’ve got, it’s been happening for a while. When I came in I never thought it was a positive environment. I could see it was very difficult because at every home game – and we had very young players on the pitch – there would be a protest about the club and that goes on to the players straight away.’
What Brown seems to forget is Leeds United fans are expected to pay Premier League prices for sub-standard championship football.
Players who seem happy to turn up when they can be bothered and not every weekend.
The fans are to blame for Paul Rachubka being a clown between the sticks both home and away in his short stint in goal.
A defence incapable of keeping the ball out of their own net for ninety minutes at Elland Road.
A midfield and strike force that don`t want to work hard for the team (Warnock has shown that you are capable, when you can be bothered).
Leeds fans have shown this season that when you make the effort, even in defeat (Southampton for one) we will stay with you, we will back you to the end. When we can clearly see that there is little effort being made then we are a hard crowd to please. We are Leeds and we expect 100% to be given.
Next time you drive into Elland Road Michael Brown, there is a statue of a man outside the club shop who epitomises the courage, spirit and commitment we expect to see at Elland Road from all our players.
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