Lee Bowyer sensationally complained in regards to the ‘unfavourable’ Charlton followers after supporters returned to The Valley for the primary time in 9 months.
It’s been a day of pleasure for soccer followers throughout the nation, with supporters as a result of return to matches over the approaching days following the tip of the second nationwide lockdown.
Nevertheless it didn’t go to plan in south-east London, the place 2,000 followers have been capable of buy tickets for Charlton’s League One conflict towards MK Dons, which led to a dismal 1-Zero defeat for the hosts.
After the sport, Bowyer admitted the guests seemed ‘a lot sharper’ than his group.
However he was not impressed with the returning supporters, who he urged to be ‘extra constructive’, as he complained in regards to the audible moans and groans coming from the socially-distanced Addicks devoted.
After Scott Fraser’s second-half purpose sealed the factors for the Dons, Bowyer mentioned: “I’m happy to see them again in… however I might have favored it to have been a bit extra constructive from the followers.
“They’ve been away so lengthy, I’d slightly they get behind the group and attempt to get them going. As a result of they performed a tough recreation on Saturday towards Ipswich and after we play at residence we’d like these followers to be constructive and decide the lads up when it’s not going so nicely.
“That’s what I’d slightly have occurred tonight. However I’m glad they’re again in – as a result of we’ve missed them. I simply want they have been a bit extra vocal tonight, in serving to the lads.
“Regardless that it was 2,000 I anticipated continuous singing, supporting the gamers and pushing them. Nevertheless it wasn’t like that.
“It was very, very quiet aside from some unfavourable shouting – and I didn’t count on that tonight.
“Pay attention, the gamers didn’t actually do an excessive amount of to get individuals on their toes – however typically they want a little bit of assist, and that’s what our followers are nice at.
“It wasn’t what I anticipated, as a result of we don’t cease singing usually. And there wasn’t a lot singing in any respect, from begin to end, tonight.”
You would admire the supervisor’s honesty, given the state of affairs, however for a lot of supporters the coach’s feedback simply took the biscuit.
COVID pointers meant many followers turned as much as the Valley TWO HOURS earlier than kick-off to take their seats within the largely empty stadium.
And one fuming Charlton supporter informed talkSPORT he didn’t even stick round for the ultimate whistle – regardless of it being his first recreation again since March!
You possibly can’t make this up.
Talking on The Sports activities Bar, Sam the Addicks fan mentioned: “Earlier than the sport everybody was buzzing to get in there, however from the primary minute it was such a unfavourable recreation of soccer… it was so dangerous.
“Bowyer shouldn’t have come out and mentioned that. The gamers shouldn’t want the followers to get them puffed up for the actual fact we have been returning.
“It was like they’d by no means performed soccer collectively, and I don’t know why as a result of within the final 9 video games we’ve performed so nicely.
“They acquired booed off at full time, however I left simply earlier than.
“On the best way to the sport I used to be pondering, nobody ought to depart earlier than the ultimate whistle, however lots of of individuals left early tonight.
“It was the worst efficiency I’d seen in ten years.”