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Andros Townsend says Crystal Palace fans are incredible when they’re not booing him

4 years ago

Andros Townsend believes the Crystal Palace fans have been incredible ever since he came on as a substitute in the 4-0 humiliating defeat to Sunderland.

A month earlier the fans had booed him off the pitch once again during a home loss to Swansea.

As results and team performances have improved, little wonder the Crystal Palace supporters have been in a better mood.

Though you don’t have to dig hard to see why they might have been upset previously with Andros Townsend.

His character has been questioned in the past and at the end of March he openly admitted that he hadn’t been trying as hard for Palace as he had done when called up for England.

It was very hard to judge just who was telling the truth in January but there certainly had been talks of some kind regarding Townsend coming back to Newcastle, with then eventually any possibility put back to the summer.

It was always going to be a strange one if Newcastle were promoted and then went back for Andros Townsend – if in the meantime he’d done well for Palace then there would be no way they’d sell him and/or other clubs would then be interested, so only if he continued to be rubbish and show poor attitude would Newcastle arguably have been able to land him.

The winger turns 26 in July and has still only started 71 Premier League matches in his career, I think at best he is a player who is going to blow hot and cold and at worst, somebody who can’t be trusted to give it 100% on a regular basis.

Andros Townsend 31 March 2017:

‘I wasn’t playing anywhere near the standards expected of me and expected of a player who signed for £13 million.

(Sammy Lee who’d worked briefly with him at England, told him) “That when I go away with England every single day I train like it’s a cup final and I’m the hardest-working player because I know that there are other players ahead of me and if I want to get any minutes on the pitch then I have to perform better than them,”

“And I think at club level, in the first week he (Sammy Lee) was here, I wasn’t doing that.

Andros Townsend speaking to the Croydon Advertiser 15 April 2017::

“The Crystal Palace fans have been incredible – ever since the Sunderland game they have been.

“They got here at 2.30pm for the next home game and were singing their hearts out from then to the end of the match and that gave us a massive lift.

“For myself as well, I have turned a huge corner and me too, from the Swansea game getting booed off by some sections of the crowd to now getting a standing ovation.

“They are incredible at times when they are on your side and hopefully we can keep them on side for the rest of the season.”


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