Crewe were beaten 2-1 by Exeter City this weekend, leaving the 14th in the table but still boasting one of the best home records in League Two.
The Railwaymen have won 11 games at home, the joint highest amount in the division, but just two away which is the joint lowest. Their home form has been the staple of their midtable placing, but this weekend they fell to a rare defeat.
Exeter are seventh in the table, on the edge of a thrilling play-off hunt that sees two points separating five teams. Crewe, eight points outside the top seven, were formidable opponents but were beaten by a very good Grecians side.
That didn’t stop a section of their support booing at half time as they trailed 1-0 and, if manager David Artell has his way, the boo-boys can stay at home in the future.
“We got booed off at half-time! Well they can stay away for all I care, if they are not happy with our home form,” he told the club’s official site.
“It was the best in the league before today! They want their heads testing, If they want to boo Jordan or Kirky they want to give their head a wobble. Have they never had a bad day at work? I’m sure they have. I’ll come and boo in their ear over their computer or assembly line or whatever. They don’t need to do it.”
“They are entitled to their opinion, of course they are. But I think the lads have credit in their bank and I’m going to stand here and defend them until I get told not to.”
Crewe host Northampton Town this weekend, knowing a victory could lift them as high as tenth.
Fans are entitled to boo, but it’s too common. The quick-fix generation believe in some sort of entitlement and all-too often this sort of mindless vitriol costs managers their jobs.
David Artell has never minced his words and he’s quite right to blast the small section of fans who did express their anger. That said, he needs to be careful he doesn’t alienate a wider percentage.