Crawley boss Kewell disappointed by ‘disrespectful’ treatment of Tajbakhsh

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By Alex Beard

Harry Kewell was frustrated with his side’s disappointing 2-1 loss to Newport County at Broadfield Stadium on Tuesday night, but says the performance didn’t excuse fans jeering one of their own.

Crawley midfielder Aryan Tajbakhsh was the target of criticism from Reds fans, and Kewell has called on supporters to present a more united front when his side host Carlisle on Saturday.

Speaking to The Argus, the Australian said: “Everyone here has an opinion about football.

“I think he has done excellent since he has come in here. He tackles, he passes the ball simple – everyone can make a mistake.

“Do I think it is warranted? Not at all. I think it is disrespectful, the player gives his all. When a player gives his all for the club and the shirt I think everybody has got to be supportive.

“It’s not everybody, it’s one or two people. There’s not 60,000 people here so I hear everything. Do I appreciate it? No I don’t.

“I said here at the start, everybody has got to be together. Not just individuals here. Individuals may win you games but teams win tournaments and competitions – that includes the fans as well.”

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  1. Michael Fox

    I agree that frustration with an awful performance got the better of quite a number of fans and it will not help the player. In my opinion he is an honest limited player who last season was here for mainly Sussex Cup and EFL trophy games and it was assumed he would go in the close season. He didnt, our summer recruitment was average at best, we sold our only proper forward and didnt replace him. But we did bring in Danny Bulman a fine midfield player still even though he is 38. He can pass, tackle and control midfield but was left on the bench on Tuesday, and that builds the frustration when fans see nobody in our midfield demanding the ball from the defence or keeper who just lump it forward to surrender possession yet again, with no positive reaction from the manager. With our lowest ever league crowd, four home defeats from five games I think our manager needs to be more worried about getting his team to excite the home fans than alienating them even more than has already been done by the poor recruitment in the summer.


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