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By ESPN Staff
Feb 12, 2009

Henry blasts French fans for booing boss

Thierry Henry has hit out at a France's supporters for failing to get behind the national side during Wednesday's 2-0 defeat to Argentina in Marseille.

Jonas Gutierrez and Lionel Messi scored the goals to make it two wins out of two for Diego Maradona since taking charge of the Albicelestes in November.

Les Bleus made a solid start to the match with Henry, Nicolas Anelka and Franck Ribery thorns in the side of the visiting defence during the early exchanges.

But the tide turned when Gutierrez broke the deadlock after 41 minutes, prompting the home supporters at Stade Velodrome to vent their frustration at Raymond Domenech's side.

Henry has heard it all before and he could not hide his disappointment.

"We made a good start and the public was behind us," said the Barcelona striker.

"But from the moment Argentina scored the first goal, a little against the run of play, the public showed another side and started to support Argentina.

"That was a little difficult. It is not the first time and unfortunately I don't think it will be the last.

"I always hope it will be the last time but that would surprise me."

Domenech was again jeered by France fans but Maradona came out in defence of his counterpart.

He said: "I regret the whistles directed at Raymond Domenech. He is a great coach and he was up against Argentina. I don't understand why he was whistled at because France played against a very good team who deserved to win.

"Domenech is going to find a tactical model to enable France to improve."

On his side's performance as a whole, Domenech said: "In the first half, we controlled the match. We pressed them and prevented them from coming at us.

"It was a bit of an injustice that they took the lead but that's the way it goes - you have to score. They just took their chances."

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