SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Bothroyd says sorry over row with abusive critics

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OWLS striker Jay Bothroyd has apologised for using bad language in his internet row with critics and said he responded to abuse in the heat of the moment.

He accused a small number of being ------- thick after he was targeted in the aftermath of last Saturday’s game against Bolton.

The on-loan centre forward from QPR explained today: “It was done in the heat of the moment. I was frustrated because someone on Twitter said I didn’t care and I reacted to that, because nothing could be further from the truth.

“I care passionately about my game and I care about the club that I play for. Yes, I get frustrated, but that is because I am desperate to do well.

“I was responding to the people who were being abusive. I did actually say the select few, but I must make it clear in no shape or form was I referring to all the fans.

“I apologise for my bad language when I should set a better example in that respect, but I think in this difficult period, we need everyone sticking together and that includes fans and everyone involved at the club.

“Most of the supporters have been fantastic with me since I have been here and that has been a big help.

“People have to understand that I am not 100 per cent match fit but I am working hard and doing more sessions to get there as soon as possible.

“Nobody is more frustrated than me - I am very honest and I am my biggest critic.

“I am fully focused at Sheffield Wednesday and can’t wait to get on the scoresheet.”

He is confident that he can score goals for the club. “I have no doubt,” he said. “The manager has assembled a good squad here but also a very new one. Some things haven’t gone our way but the biggest thing is we need to improve collectively and we are all working hard to do that.

“The confidence in the camp maybe a little low at the moment but a win will change that around. We have a great group of boys and, like the manager has said, no team becomes bad overnight.

“We are all working as hard as we possibly can to try and reverse the slide we are in, but football can change so quickly and a win will change the whole mood of the club.”