Adebayor: I never criticised fans

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Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has denied criticising the club’s fans following his recent comments regarding the atmosphere at White Hart Lane.

The Togo striker said after the home defeat to Stoke at the weekend that it would be better if the club played away from home due to the negative atmosphere created by home supporters.

However, the 30-year-old has issued a statement denying his comments were a criticism of the Spurs faithful and calling on them to get behind the team more.

“I would like to clarify some recent reports in the newspapers,” read the statement.

“I have NEVER criticised Tottenham fans. I just merely suggested that it would be more positive if they got behind the team more.

“I love the club as do all the players in the dressing room. We would all do anything to make this team win but like most people we respond better to praise than criticism.

“We will get this right. Please bear with us and we will improve.”

Tottenham have also lost at home to West Brom, Newcastle and Liverpool this season and are currently 12th in the Barclays Premier League table.

“Will it help playing away from home? To be honest, I think so,” Adebayor said following Sunday’s defeat.

“At least you know I am going to be having the majority of opposition fans booing me rather than our own fans booing me.

“And I am not just talking about me, I am speaking on behalf of all the players.

“I think it might be better to play away from home at the moment because at least we know beforehand we are guaranteed to be booed because they want their home club to win.

“But when you are playing at home and your own fans start booing you after a few minutes then it is harder.”

There was a nervous atmosphere from the start at White Hart Lane on Sunday and the fans were quick to vent their frustrations after Bojan Krkic gave Stoke an early lead.

The criticism seemed to affect the players who went on to lose 2-1 and manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted after the match his players “needed a lot of time to recover”.

“When you are playing in front of your own crowd you want them to support you,” Adebayor said.

“But now it is like going through a sad moment and your family not welcoming you home – that’s the worst thing ever because you have nowhere to go.

“Obviously I was on the bench against Stoke and, though I could not see everything as clear as night, I could see that nobody wanted the ball.

“It’s hard for the players. It’s not their fault and it’s not the fans’ fault either because the fans want to see a result, the fans want to see a response and things are not going our way at the moment.

“We just have to fight as a team and as a club to find a solution – the quicker the better.”

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