I’ll talk about the match in full later, but first have to mention the absolutely appalling treatment dished out to Eboue today. Not by the opponents, or the opposing fans, but our very own ‘support’, those individuals who are supposed to get behind our players.
Eboue had a poor game by anyone’s standards, and a certain level of frustration is inevitable. That he was coming back from injury and playing out of position is part of the reason, but even taken that into consideration he will know that he can and should be doing much better.
But to boo him to the point of destroying his confidence, and then to compound that by cheering when he was taken off (as if substituting a substitute isn’t demoralising enough) is flat out disgraceful, and every ‘fan’ who did that should be utterly ashamed of themselves.
Fans are supposed to help their team, not hinder them and destroy their morale. What hope have we of seeing our team succeed when our very own fans give players a reason to leave the club? This is not an isolated incident, too many of our number are too quick to slip into a negative mindset.
I want to make it clear that this is not aimed at all fans. Most support the club through thick and thin, loyally defending our own and believing to the end. But to those plastic fickle fans who come along without the intention of giving the players the support they need, you might as well not turn up. There are plenty of fans ready to take your seat.
Eboue was very poor today, but his performance nowhere near plumbed the depths that certain members of the crowd sunk to. It was embarrassing, shameful, and beneath the standards of our great club.