Puzzled Zola backs booed Boa Morte

West Ham United manager Gianfranco Zola has backed under-fire midfielder Luis Boa Morte to show the West Ham boo boys that he is good enough to play for their side.

Boa Morte was roundly booed by large sections of the Boleyn Ground crowd after he was substituted during the 1 – 1 draw with Middlesborough in the FA Cup. 

"I just don't understand the boos from the fans for him,” said a puzzled Zola. “He has been fantastic for us and every time he has played he has done a fantastic job for the team.

"In the dressing room he has been great, too. Every manager wants a player like him in their squad. He does not deserve the treatment he is getting right now and, of course, it affects him - it would affect anybody.”

Zola feels that Boa Morte has shown his commitment to the East London side after he turned down a move to Hull City last month. "Luis wanted to prove he can be useful rather than leave. He has my utmost respect."

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