Reading’s Andy Carroll takes to Twitter to CALL OUT critic amid relegation battle
Andy Carroll takes to Twitter to CALL OUT one of his critics and urge players and supporters to ‘be one’ amid Reading’s relegation battle…after striker confronted an angry fan in the stands after a lackluster 1-1 draw against Birmingham City
Andy Carroll took to Twitter to encourage more unity between players and supporters amid the team’s faltering form and points deduction, after the player was involved in a pitchside confrontation with a fan following Reading’s 1-1 draw with Birmingham City on Friday.
The Royals have not achieved a win since the end of February and as a result the side drifted into the relegation places.
This comes just five days after the club was deducted six points for the second year in a row for exceeding the EFL’s winnings and sustainability limits.
With just seven games left until the end of the season, the club’s future in the Championship is uncertain, and fans on the sidelines at Saturday’s game vented their frustration after scoring a lone point at home.
Carroll – whose second stint with the club began at the start of this season – scored his side’s only goal in the seventh minute and celebrated the opening of the match with fans as he drove away from the goal mouth, but after the final whistle the game soured. scene. .
Andy Carroll stressed the importance of unity as Reading prepare for a relegation scrap
After celebrating his winner in the seventh minute, the player celebrated with the crowd
But after the full-time whistle, the mood soured when the striker confronted an angry fan
Seeing a fan protesting him while applauding the home fans, Carroll walked over and confronted the man.
The exchange was over in moments, but after the game, the former Newcastle striker took to Twitter to get in touch with a fan who referred to the incident in a post addressed to the team.
The fan said, “There’s no “sticking together”. We are sad and have been there for years. Our club is dying before our eyes. If Andy Carroll has a problem with fans voicing their concerns, he can fuck off too. #InceOut #ReadingFC’.
The player chose to respond directly to the fan, sharing his concerns about the user’s attitude and calling for more unity between the club and its supporters.
Carroll said, “Matt, do you think your attitude is solidarity? We are a team, not just the 11 on the field or the boys on the bench, the management, the medical staff, the media, but you as a supporter. Negativity has never helped anyone. Our goal is the same, so be positive and support us.”
Impressed by his willingness to engage in dialogue rather than shirk responsibility, the fan responded in turn, leading Carroll to add, “No team member wants to be demoted and have that on their resume . We need you more than ever and talking nonsense about me or any other player won’t help. As cliché as it sounds, we need you as our 12th man if we have any chance of reaching our goal.”
The player’s first spell at Reading came in the 2021/22 season, with the striker signing a short-term contract to play for the club between the start of the season and January 2022.
A similar arrangement was agreed at the start of this season, but after impressing for the Berkshire club, Carroll signed a contract extension in January 2023 to keep him at the club for a further year.
The former Liverpool and Newcastle fan called out one of his critics on Twitter
Carroll has scored eight times, with two assists, in 28 Championship appearances this season
2023 has since been dramatically stuttered by Paul Ince’s side after finishing December within striking distance of the top six.
But after their FA Cup run was hampered by a strong showing from Manchester United and a dent in form, Tuesday’s immediate points deduction could see the club fall out of the Championship for the first time since the division’s inauguration.
To further darken the mood in the club, Sports mail previously reported that Peterborough was exploring legal avenues after news broke of Reading’s impending points penalty.
Posh were relegated from the Championship last season, finishing four points behind the Royals.