Cureton launches stinging attack on fans

EX-Colchester United striker Jamie Cureton launched a stinging attack on the U's fans who booed him throughout Saturday evening's East Anglian derby.Cureton blasted the home fans for their hot reception on his return to the club where he banged home 24 goals last season, to win the Championship's Golden Boot last season.

By Carl Marston

EX-Colchester United striker Jamie Cureton launched a stinging attack on the U's fans who booed him throughout Saturday evening's East Anglian derby.

Cureton blasted the home fans for their hot reception on his return to the club where he banged home 24 goals last season, to win the Championship's Golden Boot last season.

However, the Norwich striker had the last laugh as he forced defender Danny Granville to divert the ball into his own net for an 88th-minute equaliser.

“I don't think the Colchester fans gave me the respect that I deserved, for what I and the rest of the lads achieved at the club last season,” insisted Cureton.

“Therefore, I didn't give the Colchester fans any respect. You expect to be booed a bit during the game, if you're playing against your former club, but I was booed from the moment that I got off the coach! I was disappointed with the reception. The fans didn't show their respect, so I gave them what I got at the end.”

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Cureton celebrated with glee following the equaliser, which prompted more boos from the Layer Road faithful.

And the 32-year-old striker continued: “It would have been nice to get a good reception. We've all moved on. I've moved on from Colchester, and they've moved on. I just hope the other lads who left last summer get a better reception.

“I think that it's because I was more public about wanting to leave the club that I've been treated like this. But it does leave a bitter taste.

“I believe the fans were more respectful towards Chris (Iwelumo), and I guess they will be towards Richard (Garcia) and Wayne (Brown) when Hull come to Layer Road.

“We didn't play well today, but it was important not to get beat, otherwise I would have got even more stick!” added Cureton.