Backing for booed boss

Penalty pain: Giles Coke misses from the spot.  Picture: Steve Ellis
Penalty pain: Giles Coke misses from the spot. Picture: Steve Ellis

OWLS striker Clinton Morrison is backing Alan Irvine to turn round the team’s fortunes.

A 2-2 draw against a nine-man Yeovil side did little to turn down the heat on the manager as the club’s promotion challenge continues to falter.

Some fans chanted against him last night though chairman Milan Mandaric has expressed support for him and appealed to everyone to stick together.

However, there is still speculation among supporters about Irvine’s future.

Morrison said: “I have a lot of time for the manager. Hopefully he stays. He is a joy to work with.

“He deserves to be here. I know he will turn the team around.

“He has the capability to do it.

“We have to win games. We haven’t been winning games. We are all disappointed.

“The chairman has come in and he has backed the manager so far. He is going to want better results.

“It is up to us and the staff to keep going. We don’t want the manager to be sacked. We know there are going to be a lot of rumours about that.

“All we can do is keep going.”

Irvine said: “There were times when I thought ‘what do we have to do?’”

He said he understood the frustration of the fans and added: “We will keep working hard and hopefully things will turn. It is up to us to make sure that the mood of the supporters is right.”

Giles Coke missed a twice-taken penalty.