Bolton Wanderers defender Marc Tierney calls for action not words
DEFENDER Marc Tierney admits the Wanderers players let the fans down with a fifth defeat of the Championship season at Brighton on Saturday – and says it is time for them to stand up and be counted against Yeovil on Saturday.
The Mancunian left-back pulled no punches with his assessment of the 3-1 reverse on the south coast which leaves the Whites rock bottom of the division after eight winless matches.
He says the team had a long post-match discussion and are committed to turning things around.
But he concedes talk is cheap and actions speak louder than words.
Tierney said: “Everyone was bitterly disappointed.
“To go from a position of leading at half time to not withstand the pressure we knew would come in the second half is frustrating.
“Everyone is committed to putting things right – we have all spoken about it and had a good long talk.
“We need a win next Saturday and then another because only back-to-back wins can get us out of this predicament.
“You look at a club of our stature and history and the players we have in the dressing room and the manager and we shouldn’t be where we are.
“It is alright saying that – we have to go out there and prove it and withstand the pressure we know will come.
“We get sick of saying it to be honest.
“We are a better team than our position.
“We are better players than what we have showed.”
The 28-year-old knows a win against Yeovil would inject much-needed confidence into the squad.
And he says the players owe it to themselves, the club and the fans to get three points at the Reebok.
He added: “Football is a test of confidence and we need some right now.
“We need to put everything else aside and be big and brave because we are men at the end of the day.
“We have to have confidence to get on the ball and play.
“We cannot shy away from these things.
“This is what we do as a job and as a profession and people pay to come and see us be professional.
“We have given the crowd absolutely nothing to shout about so far.
“We need to get them on our side by playing well.
“I understand their frustration because they pay good money to come and watch good football.
“They have been used to very good sides at Bolton and we need to show team spirit to give them another.
“I can assure them it hurts us as players as well to see where we are.”