Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell has defended the club’s fans for reacting the way they did over the weekend, as reported by the Chronicle.
The Black Cats were well beaten by Aston Villa who strolled to a 4-0 win over their relegation rivals, with all four goals coming in the first half of the game.
Sunderland fans responded by booing the side, with several thousand opting to leave halfway through the game.
“Booing is part and parcel of football and you can’t let it affect you. They are entitled to their opinion. If I had been watching that I would probably have been doing the same,” said Rodwell.
“They pay their hard-earned money and the least we can do is try to pay them back. We didn’t do that, but all I can say is it’s not through lack of effort.”
Most fans will take a defeat, if the effort and fight from the players has been obvious. However, the Black Cats conceded and had no reply to the way Villa got at them over the weekend.
The side looked shell shocked and the manager looked as though he didn’t really know how to turn things round to get his team back in the match.
Sunderland are still above the bottom three, but some fans won’t have the confidence that Gus Poyet can get the side playing more positively, dragging them up the table and away from the danger zone.
Rodwell is right to defend fans for their frustrations and it’s now down to the squad to give supporters something to shout about and a reason to get right behind the team and the manager.