Cole: I didn’t feel threatened

Western Sydney will internally review a crowd incident involving a fan and Shannon Cole but the defender says he did not feel threatened.

One Red and Black Bloc member appeared to try and jump the fence at Pirtek Stadium and confront Cole at the end of the 0-0 draw with the Central Coast Mariners, but security kept the two apart.

The Wanderers remain winless and bottom of the A-League ladder after 12 matches.

Cole told FourFourTwo he went over to talk to the fans at full-time to reassure them.

“The overwhelming majority of fans were super supportive of the players,” he said.

“Just a couple were questioning the players’ passion and effort. I just wanted to talk to them to reassure them that the players are working our butts off every single day to turn things around.

“Most of them just wanted to tell us they will always be there for us. The RBB are an amazing support group and they follow us around the country. Just a couple of guys vented their frustration the wrong way.”

FourFourTwo understands Western Sydney will review the matter internally.

The RBB was unavailable for comment at the time of writing.

Cole said he did not feel threatened in any way at the end of the match.

“Players are frustrated that good performance s haven’t translated into points,” he said.

“But importantly we must keep playing well and improve each week. This team is full of players and coaches that know how to win. A miracle run is what we may need, but it’s not beyond this group.”

The Wanderers next face Melbourne Victory on Tuesday.

Western Sydney CEO John Tsatsimas said the club “personifies passion and commitment”.

“It was great to see over 14,000 fans vocally support the club and the playing group on a very hot New Year’s Day fixture,” he said in a statement.

“There is a strong bond that exists between all in this club and it is this connection that will play a prominent role in helping the Wanderers make its way up the ladder in the coming months.”