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Cole: it hurts

Filed: Monday, 29th October 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel

Carlton Cole has admitted that fans' criticism of his recent performances has affected his game.

The 24-year-old striker scored his first goal of the season against Sunderland last weekend, yet still found himself the target of some ferocious abuse from some sections of the Boleyn Ground crowd.

But after another solid performance against Portsmouth at the weekend - a game in which many hailed him as man of the match - he hopes that he is finally turning the corner.

"The West Ham fans have got on my back," he said. "But I hope my relationship with them fans is on the upturn.

"They have been on my back and I got booed a lot, which hurts. But itís in my hands to try to change them and get them on my side.

"The fans are passionate about this club, and if they donít want me in their colours they will always boo me. But I will always give my best for my team-mates and my manager."

Cole has now turned to sports psychologist Daniel Abrahams in an attempt to regain the form which had him touted as one of England's brightest young talents when he burst onto the scene five years ago as a fresh-faced teenager.

"He is with me every day," said Cole. "He talks to me, he does a lot. He addresses mental things you donít think about as a footballer.

"Some people have it naturally, some donít."

The striker - like winger Matthew Etherington - also revealed that he thought he would be one of the names sacrificed during the summer as Alan Curbishley and Eggert Magnusson went on a spending spree.

"I had a long think about my future in the summer," he added. "I didnít know if I was coming or going, especially with the new money and new people coming in.

"But my friends and family told me to stick it out."

Cole is certain to start again tomorrow night at Coventry as Alan Curbishley is without Dean Ashton, Bobby Zamora, Craig Bellamy (all injured) and Henri Camara (cup-tied). Luis Boa Morte is likely to partner him in attack.

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by Rooster
11:35AM 30th Oct 2007
''Cole is becoming a talented footballer again, I was mighty impressed with his performance against Portsmouth. He may turn out to be a Hammers hero by end of season ...''

by Marky
10:42AM 29th Oct 2007
''Well Carlton should not be too worried. First off, he is not being booed by everyone and there are plenty in the crowd who, although they would not pick him as first choice, appreciate what he brings to the team. Second, he is answering those who do boo in exactly the right way. He has not sulked (like NRC) but has got on with the job and is winning a lot of people over. West Ham fans like a tryer and CC is clearly giving his best and is making a difference during a difficult time at the club woth injuries. This might just be the making of him ...''

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