Puzzled Zola backs booed Boa Morte
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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