Jonathan Woodgate blames Newcastle United and Sunderland fans for online criticism

Jonathan Woodgate believes some of the “keyboard warriors” who have been criticising him are Newcastle United and Sunderland fans.

Jonathan Woodgate.
Jonathan Woodgate.

Middlesbrough are 22nd in the Championship following Saturday’s 2-2 draw away to Queens Park Rangers.

And manager Woodgate – who has faced criticism online for his team’s nine-game winless run – was asked about the club’s 1,149 travelling fans at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

“The players aren’t getting booed, I'm not getting booed,” Woodgate told the Hartlepool Mail. “OK, social media has the odd thing, but you get on with that.

“These are the real fans. How do you know who they are on social media? They could be Newcastle fans, Sunderland fans, Hartlepool fans. We don't know who they are, do we? Keyboard warriors. These are the proper people. They come down here to QPR to watch the game, then travel home in the rain supporting the team, clapping us off.”