In defence of Vincent Pericard…
As readers would know by now, like most, I’ve hardly been enthralled by the performances of Vincent Pericard since joining Town back in January. However the widespread lack of support, moaning and booing throughout recent matches is getting a bit tired and is unlikely to be doing anything positive for his confidence.
Even after Wilson made public his views of the vocal criticism Vincent received during the Sheffield Wednesday game, the during match complaints persist.
The truth is that he can never win. If you were to put pretty much any other striker upfront with Charlie Austin and they’d be beaten by Charlie’s work rate, teamwork, desire and natural ability. He’s got big boots to fill in replacing Billy Paynter, so Vincent is always going to come off worse in these aspects and people turn up and expect this, but continue to complain.
The real problem I’ve been having of late is why those who’ve been verbal at games in their criticism of Pericard restrict their tirade at him alone?
Obviously they consider the verbal abuse acceptable and positive to the team so why not boo Charlie Austin and David Prutton or others for their mistakes?
Apart from the calmness to slot home the penalty against Peterborough yesterday, on how many occasions did Charlie Austin disappoint with his finishing by shooting wide or directly at Joe Lewis when odds on to score?
David Prutton lost possession in midfield to George Boyd resulting in Peterborough taking the lead, where where the calls for his substitution?
The sooner these people realise their actions aren’t supporting the team the better.