Gary Cahill fires warning to Bolton's boo boys
Gary Cahill has warned angry Bolton Wanderers fans that their repeated booing is affecting some senior players on the pitch.
Bolton supporters voiced their displeasure throughout Saturday's 1-1 draw with Stoke City, with manager Gary Megson again coming in for abuse having failed to win over significant portions of the club's fanbase ever since his arrival in October 2007.
A run of four points from the opening five games of the season has further fostered an air of disgruntlement at the Reebok Stadium and Cahill admits that the players can no longer ignore the boos of the home crowd.
"It's weird," Cahill told the Bolton News. "I try and block it out and do what's got me to where I am now. But sometimes it's hard for some of the players to do that.
"There is stuff going on off the pitch and maybe players are a bit quicker to move the ball on, whereas they might have taken a touch or got at players. Maybe it affects some players more than others but we definitely heard it on Saturday."
Bolton only salvaged a point against Stoke thanks to a late Matthew Taylor penalty and Cahill has conceded that the Trotters were distinctly unimpressive in a deeply uninspiring contest.
"I don't think it was ever going to be a classic to be honest, with the styles of the two teams," Cahill said. "We can be pretty direct at times and Stoke are really direct. It was difficult but I thought we could have made it a lot easier for ourselves.
"We were looking for three points. Although we scored late in the game, even a point wasn't the best result. Their goal was really, really sloppy and we need to cut out those mistakes."