We were surprised and a little disappointed that Marlon Harewood was booed off the field, for his play after 60 minutes on Saturday afternoon.
Marlon Harewood – let’s not boo this player
Booing never helps any player, and it’s not a good thing to start doing.
After all that’s what the Middlebrough crowd regularly do, and they are the worst crowd in the north-east by a country mile.
In fact we never consider playing Middlesbrough even being a derby game – it’s nothing like playing Sunderland, after all.
Middlesbrough have made just as a good a start to the season as Newcastle have, yet their home gates are a dismal average of just over 20,000 (20,435), less than half those at St. James’ Park.
Getting back to Harewood, after I’ve rather unwisely just insulted the Middlesbrough fans – with anything you do, however hard you try, you are going to have an off-day, and that’s true for players too.
We have no doubt that Marlon was not too pleased with his form on Saturday afternoon, but let’s support the player(s), and maybe he can make a good contribution to the side, before he leaves after his 3 month loan spell.
Chris Hughton has said today that Marlon has not let the boos affect him, and earlier in the week Kevin Nolan, that consummate team player – came out and spoke up for his team-mate.
While Nile Ranger is probably playing as well as any striker right now, that’s is n’t a reason to boo Harewood – and would wager that Nile will actually start on Monday night.
Chris Hughton talked about Marlon today:
“Marlon’s been very good in training,” “The ups and downs of performances for strikers are there for all to see, and Marlon’s been fine this week.”
“We’ve got options, and they are decisions that you want to make. You’d rather have options, and have the tough decisions to make. That’s something that I very much welcome.”
We have to hope all our players will play well most of the time, but everybody will have their off days – we do.
Let’s support the lads and Chris – and that promotion miracle could be ours this season – and wouldn’t that be something!