Ben Foster slams “pathetic” West Brom fans after Everton defeat
Foster critical of supporters who booed Chris Brunt during Saturday’s 2-0 reverse against the Toffees
September 15th, 2014
West Brom have had a difficult start to the season, collecting just two points from their opening four games and the supporter frustration is starting to emerge as the Baggies roll their sleeves up for a relegation scrap.
Allan Irvine saw his team lose 2-0 at home to Everton on Saturday, with Chris Brunt’s ineffective performance seeing the winger withdrawn on the seventy-minute mark, with fans jeering the Ireland international.
Brunt has been a long-standing servant at West Brom and goalkeeper Ben Foster was highly critical of the supporters that chose to boo the player, slamming them as “pathetic”.
“It is absolutely ridiculous that somebody who has been an incredible servant to this club for such a long time gets that,” Foster said. “He always gives his all and he’s somebody I would always have in the team. It’s not needed. It is really silly. It doesn’t help at all. It’s pathetic, to be honest.
“He is everything we’re about. He works his socks off. There’s no need to boo somebody. If he very obviously wasn’t putting it in or couldn’t be bothered, then fair enough, but that’s not the case. Nobody likes that [being booed], I don’t care who you are, whether you’re the manager, the goalkeeper or centre-forward.
“If you’re getting ridiculed and abused like that, it affects you and there’s no need for it. These are our supporters and we need our supporters to support us and not do things like that. It’s not nice. You can understand frustration but it’s not like we’re not trying. If that happens, fans are well within their rights to do whatever they like.
“If they can see the club isn’t putting it in and the players aren’t working, they can boo, but that’s not the case.”