Ben Foster admits he felt intimidated playing at Molineux
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Ben Foster admits he felt intimidated playing at Molineux

Goalkeeper Ben Foster has admitted he felt intimidated playing at Molineux.

The 38-year-old plies his trade with Watford now, but of course, he used to turn out for Wolves’ arch rivals West Bromwich Albion.

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Foster spent seven seasons at the Hawthorns.

He actually only faced Wolves two times during his stint as a Baggie. For Watford, he has made four appearances against Wanderers.

Since signing for Albion back in 2011 he has played a few times at Molineux, and Foster has admitted trips to Wolves’ home ground have been daunting.

Speaking on his Football Away Days With Tubes podcast, he said (13:25): “The worst one I’ve ever had is Wolves away. Obviously I played at West Brom for a long time. Wolves fans hate me anyway. It’s kind of a love-hate relationship. I’ve got no hate for them whatsoever, they just hate me.

“And it’s fine. I haven’t got a bad thing to say about Wolves, they’re a fantastic club. We played away when I first signed for Watford and I remember, honestly, the whole of the second-half when I was by their home fans – oh my God. It was relentless.

“I’m going behind the goal to pick up a ball and they’ve got genuine hate in their eyes. I genuinely was getting intimidated at that moment in time.”

Credit to Ben Foster for taking it so well

It is interesting to hear Foster speaking so honestly about his visits to Molineux. But then, he is known for wearing his heart on his sleeve and being open about things, as viewers of his popular YouTube channel will well know.

Having played for West Brom for as long as he did, he is bound to come in for a bit of stick from the home supporters.

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It is good to see Foster accepting the treatment, knowing it is just football fans giving stick to a player who played for a rival. It is just part and parcel of the game.

Of course in any stadium, there will always be one or two who take things a bit too far. But the vast majority keep it tongue-in-cheek.

He will likely get that stick once again when Watford come to Molineux in the Premier League. That fixture had been scheduled for Boxing Day but was postponed after Watford filed a request after a rise in Covid-19 cases. It has yet to be rescheduled.