TalkSPORT presenter Ally McCoist has reacted to comments from Conor Coady after the weekend draw with Chelsea, in which the captain said he and his teammates were using criticism from fans of the radio station as fuel.
The 29-year-old appeared on Breakfast this morning, ahead of Wolves’ game with Manchester City on Wednesday night.
Wolves are looking to cause an upset against Pep Guardiola’s side, and may be feeling confident heading in after the game against the Blues.
Wolves showed fantastic character to come from behind to draw 2-2 at Stamford Bridge.
And it was Coady who struck deep into injury-time to rescue a point.
After the game, Coady had mentioned that he been irked when he heard people on talkSPORT criticising the Wolves players.
And McCoist enjoyed that response. He told the defender: “Conor, tell me, there was a great story at the weekend where you were quoted as saying a section of talkSPORT listeners provided you with inspiration for Wolves and the fightback.
“The quote was ‘I’ve been listening to talkSPORT and I’ve been hearing all sorts of things saying we’re going to get beat 3-0, 4-0’ and it was doing your head in.
“I love that, because 99% of footballers go ‘nah don’t listen, it doesn’t bother me’, but you’re using that as fuel mate I love it!”
Coady then joked that he had almost crashed the car listening to what people were saying, and that he spoke to his teammates about it.
He also added that the players all know they open themselves up to criticism, given it’s the game they’re in.
Coady and the Wolves players are right use criticism as fuel
It is good to hear that Coady and the players are aware of criticism and are looking to use it in a positive way.
Some of it has been deserved recently, but of course there are always going to be people who go overboard.
Hopefully, we will see a much improved performance against City on Wednesday night.
It’s going to be a very tough game.
But the showing in the latter stages of the Chelsea game is reason for encouragement.