Lincoln boss Chris Sutton has appealed to Imps supporters to give his young charges a break following postings on websites and rumblings from the terraces after a less than explosive start to the league campaign.
Left back Joe Anderson, recruited from Premier League Fulham has found himself in the firing line but Sutton told the Lincolnshire Echo: "Joe's attitude has been fantastic and his pre-season was fine, but by his own admission, he did not have the greatest start to the season.
"but we have got to get away from this negativity towards certain players.
"Quite honestly, I don't understand it; we have a lot of young players in the team and it is detrimental to the individual and the team, if someone makes a poor pass, when people get on their back."
The armchair critics have had the wind taken from their sails though by Anderson being named in the League Two team of the week along with another young player; Cian Hughton, son of Newcastle boss Chris.
Anderson in particular benefited from the experienced defenders, Ian Pearce and Jamie Clapham - playing alongside in defence and in midfield respectively - and put in the sort of performance that fans know he is capable of at Gillingham recently.
The defender also received support from numerous posters to the Sports Echo website. “A young team will make mistakes,” commented one poster.
“Problem is that the more idiotic have extreme views one way or the other, and it is these that stick out and get listened to because they are newsworthy," added another.
"What is lost is the numerous people who think Anderson has made a slow start to the season but will improve, perhaps all of us on here so far share that view. What gets back to Joe and Chris though is the one person who says send him back to Fulham”.
Further endorsement came from another regular contributor perhaps showing that the silent majority are not prepared to be quiet any longer: “Why is it that people are so quick to criticise players when they have what’s considered to be a bad game?
"They are in a work place that has to face the glare of publicity all the time, and I’m sure Joe doesn’t need to be told when he hasn’t cut the mustard, but Sutton is bang on to defend him and his team under such circumstances.
"At the end of the day no player goes out of his way to play badly, but we are talking about human beings not robots. Most of the players at Lincoln City have their faults as do those in the Premier League."
*Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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