Jones: We Need The Fans

Last updated : 23 September 2002 By Rob Cooper

Wolves boss Dave Jones
Wolves boss Dave Jones
The West Midlands side suffered their third consecutive defeat on Saturday, at home to Reading. The Royals put in a fantastic performance to get a result at one of the Division's most fancied sides.

After the game Dave Jones admitted that the Molineux based side are in a crisis and need their fans to pull them through.

Last season Wolves looked set to run away with promotion before a nervy final few months of the campaign saw them slip out of the automatics and into the play-offs.

A heart-renching defeat in the Play-Off Semi Final against Norwich insured that they stayed down for another year.

Wolves, amongst the favourites to win the championship have had an indifferent start to the season and now face a collosal task to turn around a disappointing fourteenth place.

Speaking to BBC Sport Online Jones said: "We are going through a bad patch and the talk at half-time among some of the younger players was of the way they were booed off at the end of the first half.

"Paul Butler was brought off because the fans were focusing on one player rather than the team - no player needs that.

"Butts was angry because he didn't want to come off but he wants no favours from anybody. Everybody was waiting for him to make a mistake.

"It just happens that all of our central defenders, and many other players in the club, are going through a bad patch.

"We are short of confidence and just need a win to get us going again. We need the fans here to stick with us through what is a poor spell."