Hammer hits back at fans


Hammer hits back at fans

West Ham loanee Flynn Downes expressed strong criticism towards some Southampton fans for their reaction following the recent 1-1 draw against Rotherham United at St Mary’s.

Ironically, the source of the Saints fans discontent was none other than former Hammer Jordan Hugill, who had a crucial role in the match by scoring for Rotherham.

Downes described it as “absolutely mental” that portions of the Southampton fanbase booed their own team as they left the pitch, acknowledging the disappointment of the result but emphasizing that the performance deserved better.

The Hammers midfielder told the assembled press. “After a performance like that, I know we should have won but we shouldn’t be getting booed off after a game again. That to me is mental,”.

Hammer hits back at Southampton fans who booed their own team.

He further emphasized the need for fan support, particularly given the style of play the team is employing and continued by saying; “I get everyone wants to win, and we’re the same, but the performance and the way we played, it was weird. I get it, I’m a fan.

When I used to go and my team didn’t win, you boo. But when you are playing the way we are playing and dominate a game like that, okay we conceded a goal we shouldn’t have. In the crowd, I’m seeing fans giving it all this and booing.

Get behind the team plea

Downes emphasized the significance of appreciating and backing the team, especially when they are attempting to implement a distinctive style of play. He urged for a more supportive approach from the fan.

“I’m not going to say too much because we need their support. When we are playing at home, we are playing a style that no one else wants to play – all the players need the confidence. We need the boost from the fans, so to get booed at the end is mental, absolutely mental.”

Downes continued: “We are just on the pitch after the game and getting booed. Of course, you are gutted and we wanted to win. But sometimes you need to appreciate the performance.

“If we played them next week, we would win 4-0 and everyone would be clapping. It is mental, but it is what it is. I’m a fan of a football team so I know what it is, but the players need support as well. We don’t need to get booed.”

Downes is currently on loan at Southampton from West Ham for the remainder of the season.

Former Hammer Jordan Hugil irked the Saints fans but saved his managers job.

Hugil to the rescue

Hugil’s equaliser didn’t go down badly with everyone at St Mary’s though. Rotherham manager Matt Taylor admitted the former West Ham strikers late strike to draw 1-1 with Southampton may have saved his job.

“It was much needed (the point),” Taylor said. “It didn’t look achievable at the start of the first half. Not just in terms of my position, but in the belief of what we are trying to do.”

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