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Fans' criticism is hurting team, says Boston United's Ian Ross

By Boston Target  |  Posted: December 05, 2012

Boston United midfielder Ian Ross

HELP US HELP YOU: Ian Ross plays the ball forward during Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Altrincham. Ross believes positive support from Boston United fans can help turn their season around. Picture: Tim Hoff.

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IAN Ross has pleaded with Boston United fans to turn their jeers into cheers after admitting he can't wait to play away from home.

After playing at the Jakemans Stadium for seven straight Saturdays, the Pilgrims are set for back-to-back away games at Gloucester City tonight (Wednesday) and Vauxhall Motors on Saturday.

United have struggled to make home advantage count over the last two months.

Jason Lee's side have slipped out of both cup competitions and lost ground in Blue Square Bet North.

Ross, the club's vice-captain, admits the Pilgrims are conceding too many sloppy goals, a theory backed up by last weekend's 3-2 defeat to Altrincham.

However, the former Sheffield United middleman believes negativity emanating from a section of the home faithful is having an adverse impact on the team.

"It doesn't bother me, but we have got a couple of young lads in the squad and when things aren't going right the crowd will get on at us," said Ross.

"That has been affecting players. I would ask the fans to get behind us a bit more and I'm sure the results will follow.

"It's not nice playing in front of that sometimes. At the end of the day, we all want to get out of this league, we all want to win.

"They pay their money, I understand that, but I don't think that (the criticism) is helping the team get the results that the crowd want.

"Personally, I'd rather play away from home at the moment. There's probably a bit of pressure off.

"But we need to get the three points, whether we play at home or away.

"We'll stick together. We're fully behind the manager and the chairman and will try to put things right.

"At the moment, we're conceding sloppy goals and giving ourselves a mountain to climb."

Ross's comments were echoed by his manager.

Lee revealed he is considering adopting an "away-fixture mentality" in a bid to stem the flow of goals his side are conceding at home.

"It hasn't been an advantage playing at home," conceded Lee.

"We've played too many games at home in a short space of time and we've not won enough of them.

"The fans at home games want to see us win, but we do feel that some fans are getting at certain players so we may have to adopt an away-fixture mentality.

"That's means coming in and being solid and just thinking about keeping a clean sheet. If we can score on the break then great.

"That's not what I would like to do at home because I'm a striker and would like to see us creating opportunities.

"I'm sure our fans wouldn't want us to play like that either.

"But we have to address why we are conceding so many goals at home."

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