Striker’s fed up of internet abuse

Gary Taylor-Fletcher battles for the ball with Watford's Jonathan Hogg
Gary Taylor-Fletcher battles for the ball with Watford's Jonathan Hogg
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Gary Taylor-Fletcher is considering scrapping his Twitter page because he’s fed up of getting stick from fans.

The striker, who has been at the club since 2007 and signed a new one-year deal at the start of the season, says he loves being a Seasider and playing for Ian Holloway.

But he isn’t always thrilled by the reaction of some supporters.

“I try to be consistent on the pitch and every week I put in a shift. That’s what you’ve got to do if things aren’t going exactly right for you – you have to put in hard work,” he said.

“But I’ve been questioned by certain fans about that, so I don’t know what they watch because the main part of my game is working hard and doing a job for the team.

“I’ve been getting loads of stick on Twitter, personal stuff, all from Blackpool fans, so I’m coming off that soon.

“As a footballer you can’t let it affect you, but sometimes it does. You just have to try to forget about it and remember that some of the fans – and I’m only talking about a small number – don’t understand.

“The gaffer picks the team and if I wasn’t producing, I wouldn’t be playing.

“So he is obviously happy with what I’ve been doing.

“I’m happy too – I absolutely love it at the club.

“The lads we have are a great bunch, everyone is as honest as they come.

“We are enjoying it because we are playing football, and I’d rather be playing football the way we do than chasing long balls and challenging for headers all the time. The football we play is a joy to be a part of.“Hopefully I’ll get a goal soon, that will give me a massive confidence boost.”

“I’ll be like I was at the beginning of the season, when I was scoring quite freely.”

Taylor-Fletcher, who last hit the back of the net against Bristol City at the start of October, was one of several players who missed chances against Watford.

Like everyone else, he couldn’t quite believe the team didn’t get three points.

“It was just one of those days. If we had been out there for another hour I don’t think we’d have scored,” the frontman added.

“Shots hit the post, or hit team-mates. I had a few chances, Kev (Phillips) had a header. But unlike the Bristol City game, where everything we touched went in, nothing would hit the back of the net.

“It was frustrating but we just move on and if we can get a win, or four points from these next two away games, then that will be good. If we can get six that would be magnificent.

“It is going to be tough because Barnsley and Birmingham aren’t easy places to go.

“But we’ve got the players and we can take great confidence from the way we played against Watford. Play like that and we know that on another day we will score five or six again.”