Scott Parker thanked Bournemouth for the “incredible” travel support and admitted he was “hurt” to think they were leaving Middlesbrough watching their side lose 1-0.
As on the pitch things gradually got worse, a Cherries contingent of 530 fans made the long trip to Teeside and remained steadfast in cheering their players on throughout.
Sky Sports’ decision to change the game to an earlier kick-off time has sparked widespread anger from both fan groups and the football community. The new scheduled departure at 12.30pm meant that some Bournemouth fans, traveling by coach from Weymouth, were due to leave at 1.15am, with the next stop at Vitality being at 3am.
Before the game and throughout the game, fans of Cherries and Middlesbrough continued to show their displeasure, including singing derogatory chants against the TV broadcaster. Midway through the first half, the hosts unfurled a banner criticizing the schedule. For some Bournemouth supporters, the game amounted to a 700 mile round trip.
Parker, speaking at his post-match press conference, praised the efforts of the traveling supporters, admitting he was “hurt” that he had to watch their team fall to defeat.
âJust amazing, absolutely amazing,â Parker said. âIt pains me to think that the effort and everything they did, that they didn’t come here and saw their team win the game.
âSo nothing but the utmost respect for those traveling fans who spend their hard-earned money traveling here at all kinds of hours. And like I said, I’m disgusted and so are the players that we don’t. failed to reward them with three points. “
The Cherries head coach also reiterated the need for home and away support to stay with the squad, in the midst of a testing period both in terms of performance and results.
âThank you as always. Thank you for their support. I have said time and time again that we are going to need them this season. We will need them more than ever and I think I said that at the start of the season.
âIt’s easy to support teams, very easy to support people and encourage people when things are going well. , that’s when you need people the most.
âYou need human beings the most and our fans, I have no doubt that they will be right behind us in this difficult time. This group of players is an honest group. ‘re not quite falling in love with us. “
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