Tate hits out at boo-boys
Swans defender unhappy with section of supporters
Last Updated: March 29, 2010 5:54pm
Tate: Slams boo-boys
Swansea defender Alan Tate has slammed fans who booed his side following their 0-0 draw with Ipswich at the weekend.
The Swans have not won in their last five outings in the Championship but they are still well-placed in the table and expected to make the play-offs this season.
Sections of the crowd vented their frustration after the final whistle at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
But Tate, 27, has told the boo-boys to back off Paulo Sousa's men, and points to how far the club has come in recent years.
"Booing at the end is a bit ridiculous considering if you look at where Darlington are now (bottom of League Two)," he Tate told the South Wales Evening Post.
"We were Darlington seven years ago. People need to realise we've come a long way and not think we automatically deserve to be up here, because we don't.
"It's no good moaning because I haven't seen many teams who have come here and thought 'we'll give these a good game by passing it and trying to win the game'.
"I don't think anyone's come here, apart from Middlesbrough, early in the season and thought we'll go there and have a go.
"There was no need to boo at the end. It was not as if we were bad and got beat 3-0."
Swansea face a big game at the weekend when they travel to Cardiff to take on their fierce Welsh rivals.