A hostile home crowd can be a problem for football teams, but hostile home crowd for a home side in their home stadium is hell on earth… according to Emmanuel Adebayor.
As if being a former Arsenal player was not enough of a problem for the Togo ace in the white half of north London, the often-lethargic striker has now claimed that Lilywhites fans are making it difficult for him, and his team-mates, to perform at White Hart Lane.
Quotes below… they’re astonishing!
“It’s kind of hard when you know the first bad ball you make the fans are going to boo you,” he said.
“When you are playing in front of your own crowd you want them to support you. But now it is like going through a sad moment and your family not welcoming you home. That’s the worst thing ever because you have nowhere to go. At the moment I don’t know whether we should play at home or whether we should play away.
“Obviously I was on the bench against Stoke and, though I could not see everything as clear as night, I could see that nobody wanted the ball. It’s hard for the players. It’s not their fault and it’s not the fans’ fault either because the fans want to see a result, the fans want to see a response and things are not going our way at the moment. We just have to fight as a team and as a club to find a solution. The quicker the better.
“You always want to have the crowd on your side. That comes and leads from the field. If a game doesn’t go well then it’s normal that the crowd has every right to be a bit pessimistic. That’s normal. I actually thought the crowd tried to give positive energy to give them a push. The 2-1 (against Stoke) came and I had the feeling that the equaliser would be right there. But it wasn’t meant that way.”