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MY BOYS DESERVE SUPPORT, NOT LEE; Martinez dismayed by Swans fans who shout for 'Magic Daps'.


ROBERTO MARTINEZ last night hit out at Swansea supporters for chanting former hero Lee Trundle's name during their goalless draw at Bristol City.

More than 1,000 Swans fans made their feelings known for the ex-Liberty legend before and during the clash at Ashton Gate.

But Martinez, who claimed he was not criticising the travelling support, insisted the fans should have stuck to backing the players who helped the club to the Championship rather than hail the star who made his pounds 1m move across the Severn a year-and-a-half ago.

Trundle received huge cheers during his warm-ups before being applauded and sung for when he appeared off the bench with 19 minutes to go, and Martinez said: "It was disappointing in away that they gave Trundle that reception because it was as if the point didn't matter that much.

"Trunds is a legend for our football club, but here he wasn't in our side and it is important to know that every game at this level is a cup final and we need to take every point.

"Although Lee Trundle is a legend for Swansea and he will be at any other time, during the game it was disappointing that the fans wanted to appreciate that when the other players in the team were fighting extremely hard to earn one of those points."

Martinez is still thought to be upset by Trundle's decision to walk away from the club for which he notched 86 goals in a four-season spell, completing a move to Gary Johnson's side just weeks before the Spaniard's first full campaign as boss.

And although he admitted Trundle, 32, does deserve recognition for his efforts while a Swan from the supporters who idolised him, Martinez insisted yesterday's mini-derby was the wrong time.

He said: "I am not criticising our supporters because they are the reason why we are at this level and why we have done so well-but here I look at my players and I am sure when they were out on the pitch, trying to get a result for Swansea City, that wasn't what they wanted to hear.

"We all know Lee Trundle-I love him to bits as a person and as a player and for what he's done for our football club, but there is a time to welcome former players and during the game was the wrong time.

"I don't know if the players were upset because we are fortunate enough to have extremely professional players, but it couldn't have been nice.

"I think other issues are more important, like the performance and the character that our players showed, but the timing of the reception wasn't the most adequate.

"Today was a vital game for us in terms of us growing as a football club and the players trying to do that deserved the support."

Trundle was banned by Bristol City boss Gary Johnson from talking after yesterday's stalemate with the striker, believed to be in hot water for his comments made in the build-up to the fixture, including the suggestion he would love a Liberty return.

But Martinez once again poured cold water on that idea, adding: "Lee Trundle isn't getting too many games, but neither are Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. Lee Trundle made his decision and left us in a very difficult position just a few days before the start of the season last year.

"After that, the players who stayed need the credit because they are the ones that have taken the club to Championship level. Sometimes we are too romantic in football, and look back rather than be realistic and give the credit to the players who stayed - and got us promoted."


WELL THAT'S TRUNDERFUL: Swans boss Roberto Martinez was dismayed by chanting for Lee Trundle
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 7, 2008
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