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Irate Curbs calls for realism

20 Apr 2008 - 10:23:03

West Ham United manager Alan Curbishley has called on the club's fans to show more patience with his injury-ravaged squad.

Despite beating rock-bottom Derby County 2-1, the Hammers were booed at the final whistle by the Upton Park faithful, with some fans earlier chanting 'you don't know what you're doing' when Curbishley brought Carlton Cole on for Freddie Sears.

It is a state of affairs that frustrates Curbishley, who said: "We're delighted to get the result. But I'm a bit disappointed because there hasn't been too much appreciation of what's gone on and what we've had to put up with this year.

"I don't think there's much appreciation going on at the moment and I can't do too much about that.

"The players are very disappointed with it, but I know what happens here. You put the results together and it turns the other way.

"When the team's winning, people don't like coming here because of the backing we get. When they aren't happy they let you know.

"But surely there's got to be some realism and appreciation of what's happened to us this year - week-in, week-out we've been under the cosh.

"I've been very appreciative of the players who've been playing because we've had loads of problems. We've had players missing all year and I think we had 14 out today.

"If it isn't good enough for some people, then we've just got to get on with it, I can't do anything about it."

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