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Bentley Spurred On By Boo Boys

Blackburn Rovers midfielder David Bentley has become something of a "pantomime villain" since his decision to withdraw from the England Under-21 squad in the summer, but this doesn't worry him at all.

Since opting out of the European Under-21 Championships in the summer Bentley has been subjected to abuse from rival fans and was even booed by his own fans with every touch he made during his Senior International debut for England when he came on as a late substitute for the European Championship Qualifier against Israel.

On Saturday as Rovers travelled to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland he was again jeered by the Sunderland fans, and he duly acknowledged this by scoring the opening goal in Rovers' 2-1 win!!! (So much for Roy Keane's, Sunderland could have beaten Rovers or Chelsea theory too, which he shared after last seasons FA Cup Semi Final!)

However, he had revealed that he draws strength from these jeers and is actually spurred on by it, he told reporters: "People pay to come and watch football matches. They want to be entertained and they want a villain, so I'm quite happy with that.

"I enjoy it to be honest. Robbie Savage is even getting worried now because I'm getting more stick than him!

"You don't want them going away being bored. I see it that they recognise I'm a good player and they want to affect me.

"But it sort of spurs me on, so I think they'd better stop really!

"Do I feel like a pantomime villain? I suppose I do a bit.

If Bents is getting more stick than Savage then things must be bad lol!


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 1 2007

Time: 8:26PM

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This is a good response from Bents, the best way to answer this kind of treatment is to show the fans what you can do, as he does, and did on Saturday.
Hughes Da Man
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01/10/2007 20:28:00

I agree, good way to handle it. People are idiots though.. the guy's performance this season confirms he made the right, professional choice.
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01/10/2007 21:59:00

Fair play to him. He is letting his football do the talking and long may the boos continue if he performs like this!
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02/10/2007 09:47:00

Touche! If it spurrs him on carry on booing I say, it's the sign that he IS a class act that people view him as a threat.
Hughes Da Man
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02/10/2007 12:45:00

his doing the same ronaldo done last season. i didnt agree with what he done but he didnt deserve to be booed
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02/10/2007 13:48:00

Was just thinking about thr ronaldo comparison before I read that! Being booed across the country, plays his heart out and then is named player of the year. Bentley's attitude is to be commended, doing his talking with his feet!
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02/10/2007 18:28:00

He has responded superbly. Obviously the mroe people boo the better he will play!!! keep it coming guys!
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03/10/2007 10:31:00

PFA Player of the Year it is for Bents then lol!
Hughes Da Man
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03/10/2007 11:14:00

I think we should start booing him... lol. Would make Robbie jealous as well!!! DOUBLE BONUS!
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03/10/2007 11:58:00

lol, great stuff dude and it might just work!
Hughes Da Man
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04/10/2007 11:07:00

The boo-boys will soon get fed up - trust me!
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04/10/2007 20:01:00


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