Bristol City skipper Cole Skuse calls on angry fans to back players
Bristol City captain Cole Skuse has launched a passionate defence of his team-mates after angry fans turned on the players at Blackburn.
Having travelled hundreds of miles to watch the Robins lose 2-0 in Saturday's FA Cup third round tie at Ewood Park, furious supporters vented their frustration at the final whistle.
But as his team-mates were leaving the pitch to chants of "what a load of rubbish" from the 400-strong travelling contingent, Skuse took it upon himself to confront supporters behind the goal.
Visibly upset by accusations that the players are not giving 100 per cent, Skuse attempted to put the record straight on behalf of Robins manager Derek Mcinnes and his team-mates.
In a brutally honest post-match media interview, the Bristolian revealed: "There were a few angry fans and I know they were entitled to be. But the manner in which they were shouting to the lads was not right and I felt I should go over and take it upon myself to see what was happening.
"I spoke to four or five of the fans and they felt the lads were not really doing enough for the club and not putting it in on the pitch.
"I told them there is not one player at this club that would purposely walk onto the pitch and not give it a go and put himself about.
"I told them that we are an honest group of boys and that they need to get behind us during what is going to be a massive four months for the club. They have to stick with us."
A City fan himself, Skuse followed the team all over the country as a youngster and empathises with supporters, who are enduring another difficult season..
But he felt he had to make a stand on behalf of his team-mates when the criticism became too much.
He explained: "I've been in their position myself many times. I'm a Bristol City fan and I've been to plenty of away games myself with my Dad, my family and my friends.
"Of course, the fans are entitled to have their say. Football is no longer a cheap day out and they spend strong money and travel a long way to follow us.
"They can say what they like, but they have to know that, from the point of view of our dressing room, we are trying our utmost."