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I found it sad if not unsurprising today to find Jagielka calling for the supporters to get behind them tomorrow. I imagine this is more of the same propaganda line that has seen such luminaries as Andy Gray spouting forth on the OS recently.

However, I couldn't believe the sentiments Jags espoused. Low on confidence...especially in the first 20 minutes of a game.....don't usually have a good start to the season......injuries....... Villa a good side....their fans are noisy........so we need our supporters behind us.

Flaming Hell ! Why don't you just hoist the white flag, hand Villa 3 points and we can all go the pub early.

Assuming we're allowed in after the protest, we'll be shouting you on as always. However, can I suggest, Jags, that you and the other players concentrate on your raising your games (you especially at the moment) and stop crying before the milk's even spilt.
Steve Guy, Harrogate     Posted 09/09/2011 at 16:08:38

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Max Fine
1   Posted 10/09/2011 at 00:37:07

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Yeah, how dare that man be concerned that the fans are more passionate about crying for a rich benefactor than cheering the team on.
Eric Myles
2   Posted 10/09/2011 at 01:10:28

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I didn't find Jags comments particularly out of order in their context.

It was that idiot Gray and his "Bill Kenwright is not a liar" that made me lose all respect for the guy.
Garry Corgan
3   Posted 10/09/2011 at 02:47:20

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I think what Steve is getting at is that it would be nice to hear our players coming out talking about how much quality we still have in the side, and that they believe we can beat teams like Villa (who've lost Downing, Milner, Young, Mellberg, Friedel and Carew over the past couple of seasons) at home.

Wouldn't we all like the players to have a bit of backbone and show a bit of self belief? Yes, confidence and matters off the pitch play a part but we've either good players who are talented and motivated enough or we haven't. A player with self-belief and absolute commitment should be giving 100% on the pitch regardless of any other factors.

I'm sure it's great, as a player, to hear Goodison singing, chanting and rocking but the catalyst for that is almost always what's going on on the pitch. It has to start with the players. For me, asking the fans to 'get behind the team' is pretty close to saying 'it'll be the fan's fault if we lose' and that's not acceptable.
Steve Guy
4   Posted 10/09/2011 at 07:29:58

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Correct Garry
James Morgan
5   Posted 10/09/2011 at 11:15:47

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I hope Goodison is rocking today then at least if we do lose or don't perform particularly well the players can't come out and say they felt an anxiety amongst the crowd that hindered their performance.
COYB!
Ian McDowell
6   Posted 10/09/2011 at 12:03:47

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I like Jags but he should concentrate on his performances first. He has been woeful this season. So a message for you Jags, sort yourself out first and when your playing on top of your game then you can come out and have a pop at others. Its the players job to lift the fans as well the fans react to what they see on the pitch.
Ian Kearney
7   Posted 10/09/2011 at 12:28:04

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Well Jags, show the bottle to pass the ball, instead of those pathetic 'pass the responsibility' hoofs, and you find the crowd getting so restless.
Jamie Barlow
8   Posted 10/09/2011 at 14:05:32

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There's nothing wrong with what he said. He just wants to make sure the crowd are up for the game as well as the protest. Just another excuse to have a moan. Any excuse.

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