Date:Monday February 13 2006
Mark Kennedy and the Wolves team as a whole came in for a barrage of boos on Saturday following an atrocious opening 45 minutes against struggling Crewe.
Not even his first half injury time equaliser, Kennedyís first goal for almost 2 years could placate the disgruntled Molineux fans, growing tired of below par performances from the highest earning players in The Championship.
The easy line to take would be to blame the unrest shown by the fans, but itís not one vice captain Kennedy is prepared to use. Speaking to the Evening Standard he explains that the players are certainly in tune with the current feelings on the terraces
'I understand the frustrations of the fans because football is an expensive passion,' he said.
'I've only been at the club five years but we're talking about lifelong Wolves fans, people who are Wolves through and through. They are entitled to voice their opinions.
'I'm 100 per cent committed to Wolves as every player is. But these ladies and gentleman have been coming here all their lives, pay good money, and I don't hear one player in that dressing room or any of the staff complaining about the fans. If they want to have a go at us, certainly they're entitled to that and the league position might back them up there. ď
And itís not only the league position. It has been some time since Wolves played up to their pre season billing as favourites for promotion. And itís the manner of performances as much as the results hat have led to the current levels of dissatisfaction from the playing public that the team are now confronted with. And the players know it.
'Let's face facts, we're not playing like a promotion team at the moment,' said Kennedy, honestly. And then adds a couple of sobering thought.
'It's a good job the season's 30-odd games in otherwise we'd find ourselves in the bottom half of the table. If it doesn't happen in the next four games we can forget about promotion.Ē
That is how close Wolves season is to being over. 360 minutes of football.
The subject of how the fans react to the players is not one thatís about to go away.
There is an almost umbilical link between team and fans that for many, will last an entire lifetime. Itís sometimes easy for fans to believe that the subject of their adulation doesnít share their pain and anguish in poor performances, or that their contribution from the sidelines isnít appreciated. Something Sparky picks up on.
'There's no doubt it would be more beneficial if they got behind us which, credit to them, 99 per cent of the time since I've been at the club they have done. The only thing I can say is that every player in that dressing room is desperate to get promoted, just as desperate as every fan is.'
Luckily, Mark and the rest of the team have the opportunity to show that in tomorrow nights fixture with Burnley
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