Video: Frustration of Norwich City fans and players boils over on Twitter after defeat by Reading
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Frustration over Norwich City's Championship slump boiled over in the aftermath of yesterday's home defeat at the hands of Reading - with chief executive David McNally berated by an angry group of fans and goalkeeper John Ruddy caught up in a row on social media.
Neil Adams's Canaries surrendered an early Gary Hooper goal to lose 2-1 to the Royals at Carrow Road, with fans booing at the final whistle. And some supporters chanted 'What a waste of money' at the club's chief executive outside the director's entrance to the ground.
Mr McNally took to Twitter to state: 'For all the messages about today not being good enough & the players reaction at the end of the game being disappointing. I completely agree.'
For all the messages about today not being good enough& the players reaction at the end of the game being disappointing. I completely agree.— david mcnally (@davidmcnally62) November 29, 2014
But goalkeeper John Ruddy, who pledged his future to the club after the Canaries were relegated from the Premier League, sparked a row with a comment on Twitter.
The shot-stopper had been singled out by some sections of the Carrow Road crowd following an error in yesterday's game and wrote: '5 years of LOYAL service for this club & that's how some fans act after a couple of bad performances. #Disappointed.'
That comment was retweeted more than 250 times, with some supporters backing the England goalkeeper's stance and others criticising him.
One supporter (@darrylb1995) then tweeted that the Canaries number one was only in it for the money, to which Ruddy responded: 'As if to prove my point. If it was about £££££ then I would have left ages ago.'
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But his comments sparked anger with some supporters. @BenNewton13 tweeted: '1 win in 10 is NOT 'a couple of bad performances'! Take a look in the mirror before pointing your finger at the fans!'
And @Norwichtalkcom said: 'It isn't just 'a couple' though is it John, we are in relegation form!'
However, other fans defended the goalkeeper. @imnotevenjack said: 'Ruddy has a point, ironic cheering of saves, booing a sub. It's all unnecessary, and none [of] it will make the team play better.'
And @NichStarling said: 'The TEAM has had 9 poor performances, at least, this season. But the abuse you are getting is unrepresentative of most fans.'
'Chin up big man. We know you've got the quality in you. Ignore the muppets', said @adamconor.