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FED UP Sheffield Wednesday fans have waded into the Jay Bothroyd row following the club’s fourth successive defeat in the Championship.

The striker, on loan from Queens Park Rangers, was booed by a section of Owls supporters when he was taken off in the second half of their 2-1 loss at home to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

Fans criticised Bothroyd’s performance but the one-time England international defended his display on Twitter and branded a small number of critics as “thick”, a post which was later withdrawn. Supporters were unaware that he had been carrying a knee injury as he slowly trudged off the pitch.

Kojam posted on thestar.co.uk: “Bothroyd made his name when he was grafting. The last two games for us he has been lazy. Of course you need a variety of players with different attributes to offer but that should never stop you putting a shift in. If we are to be successful, every man on that pitch has to work as hard as they can so they don’t they let all of us down. It’s not much to ask is it?

“Bothroyd has been lazy since arriving and fans have a right to let him know that!”

Flotter has leapt to the defence of the former Cardiff City forward and fellow new boy Martin Taylor, who has recently been appointed captain.

“Bothroyd and Taylor are not fit,” he said. “It is not fair to play either when they are so unfit. Taylor took forever to get back into defence after a counter attack in the first half and was exhausted!

“Bothroyd was bumped off the ball all over the pitch and could not hold the ball up never mind have a go at goal. Taylor continued dropping clangers all over the pitch and looked rusty at best.

“Bothroyd and Taylor have made far more mistakes than Chris O’Grady or Miguel Llera and it is time to rest them for players who have already contributed goals, effort and skill.”

Wednesday sit fourth from bottom following their alarming slump in form but mike312 is refusing to panic.

“It was a big improvement against Botlon all round,” he said. “There is still some improvement needed but we were beaten by a better team. I thought the defence looked good. Yes, a few mistakes but they will get better as long as they get games together.

“Bothroyd wasn’t good but better than last time. He will come good once fit if we get behind him. Look at the league table you doubters; a couple of good results and we will be top half. It is early days.”