David Cotterill says that the Birmingham City fans have every right to jeer their own players.
David Cotterill has been a consistent performer for Birmingham City since joining the club from Doncaster Rovers during the summer of 2014 and he played a crucial role in the Blues’ fine 10th placed finish in the Championship last season.
The current campaign has not quite proven to be so fruitful for Cotterill as he has been in poor form and has failed to earn regular minutes on the pitch after failing to impress manager Gary Rowett.
Cotterill did manage to start during Birmingham’s 2-2 draw against Preston North End in midweek and the 28-year-old also went on to grab an assist on the night.
However, the Birmingham fans were not entirely pleased with Cotterill’s performance during the encounter and the Welsh international was subjected to jeers from the St. Andrews faithful on numerous occasions.
Cotterill was aware of the fact that the fans were on his back on the night but rather than complaining, the winger has stated that the club supporters have every right to criticize their own players if they are not happy.
He said, “There was a few jeers from the crowd a few times, on my back a little bit – but that happens. You just have to fight back and show why you are in the side. Of course you are aware of it, most players are aware of that. It happens, everyone is voicing their opinion – which is fine.
“The only thing I don’t like is, you are obviously there to be shot at on social media where everyone can voice their opinions – but I just don’t like it when my children are on that picture and they say it on the picture of my children. It happens.
“Everyone can voice their opinion, which is fine, everyone pays their money to watch us play football and if I am having a bad game I expect that criticism, I am big enough to take it on my shoulders.
“I have experienced it before, you always go up and down, there is only probably Messi and Ronaldo who has a career where they don’t get criticism.
“Even the best players in the world get criticism, you look at Rooney, he is getting criticism all over the place. It happens, everyone’s entitled to their opinion, all you can do is work your socks off, which I am doing to make sure I can get back into the side to help us push for a top six spot.”
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