Maidstone United striker Frannie Collin accepts fans' criticism as part and parcel of the game
Frannie Collin. Picture: Martin Apps
Frannie Collin has learned to ignore criticism and believes it’s part of football.
Maidstone’s 20-goal leading scorer was a target for fans after the 1-1 draw with Hendon last weekend.
It may have got to him earlier in his career but the former Gillingham, Dover and Tonbridge striker just gets on with his job these days.
He said: “When you’re younger and if things aren’t going well, you’d read something, take it to heart and think maybe you’re not doing as well as you should be.
“I try not to read what’s written on forums. I’ve been in the game long enough and don’t need to be told if I’ve had a good game or a bad game. I already know myself.
“But everyone’s entitled to an opinion. You accept praise when you’re doing well and have to take it on the chin and ignore it when things aren’t going well. The opinion of your manager and team-mates in the dressing room is what matters.”
Stones are unbeaten in the league at the Gallagher Stadium but that didn’t stop some fans booing the team last weekend.
Collin added: “It’s frustration. Everyone wants the team to do well and win games and sometimes it doesn’t happen. Expectations are high when you’re at a big club with big crowds.”
Read the full interview with Frannie Collin in Friday's Kent Messenger.
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