Filed: Friday, 1st February 2008
By: Matthew O'Greel
Luis Boa Morte has admitted that he was hurt by the boos which followed his substitution against Liverpool on Wednesday.
Some sections of the Boleyn crowd booed the former Fulham winger as he was substituted midway through the second half during Wednesday night's 1-0 win over Liverpool.
The Portuguese international had missed two gilt-edged opportunities to score prior to that. However despite admitting that he was hurt by the negative reaction, Boa insisted that he will be doing his best to turn around his recent poor form.
"Of course the boos are upsetting," he told Sky Sports News.
"If they are not happy because I've not scored enough goals, fair enough. But I don't want them to boo me for the hard work - because I've always worked hard.
"I'm not going to throw in the towel. I'm going to keep working hard - and go and see a witch to see if she can help with the scoring."
Alan CUrbishley was similarly disappointed by the crowd's reaction, adding:
"Fans should get behind their team's players. Everyone is trying."
The Boleyn crowd, never slow to pick a scapegoat in recent years had previously booed striker Carlton Cole until the striker found form earlier his season.
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04:12PM 1st Feb 2008
''Booing our own players isn't very constructive and can only dent the player's confidence even more. Whilst we are all frustrated with Boa's form and we shout at him when he stuffs up, to actually boo him off the field is ludicrous and the idiots who were doing the booing should be ashamed of themselves. Let's give the guy a break and get behind the team. ''
03:26PM 1st Feb 2008
''I'm never in favour of booing and I didn't like it when it was happening to Cole. But you can see the point, if I was paid 25k-70k a week to do my job and I wasn't performing I'd expect a kick up the backside from the people who pay my wages.
Cole gets cheered now, not I believe because of his new found form but rather because of the effort he now puts in. Last year he was pony and acted like he didn't care, pottering about he field, this year he's one of our hardest workers.
Nothing was going right for LBM on Wednesday, but then it hasn't been going right for a while. Showing how people feel about these pathetic displays is not the worst thing that's ever happened, maybe he'll fight on to show us all? Maybe he'll pocket his cash and not care.
Matty is clearly first choice when fit.''
12:06PM 1st Feb 2008
''I was really angry when Boa was booed on Wednesday. Ok, he had a bad game and missed two chances but you do not boo your own players - full stop!''
11:56AM 1st Feb 2008
''It is true that LBM has been poor in the extreme recently and a shadow of his former self. However his response to the boo boys has been both professional and admirable and he can do little more in his attempt to get through this bad patch. I for one have been highly critical of him and have wondered why he is in the team but as a true West Ham fan I refuse to demean myself and the club by booing him and will encourage him to work as hard as he has done and hopefully he will achieve better results. I hope other West Ham fans do the same!''
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