Keogh aims to turn Wolves jeers into cheers
Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Andy Keogh said he will not let the terrace boo-boys put him off his game.
The 21-year-old was subjected to some negative chants from a small section of the Molinuex crowd after he missed a good chance in the 29th minute to score in the 3-3 draw with Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
Calls for substitute Freddy Eastwood to come on to replace the Republic of Ireland international produced a response from another section of the crowd who then chanted Keogh's name in a positive manner and he went on to score the late equaliser to add to his first-half strike.
Keogh said he would block out any negativity and not let it detract him from doing his job for the team.
"Any stick I get doesn't bother me in the slightest and if that happens I just do it for myself and the team," he said. "You could say it's because everyone is so keen for us to do well but I don't think it should be done to any players.
"There should be chants for the players that are out there on the pitch and when decisions are made to change things there should be chants for the players coming on.
"You don't need negativity, none of us do, but the lads in the squad are strong enough to block it out.
"It was nice to then hear people looking out for me and it's nice to get that backing but we need the whole team to have the backing of everyone.
"If you make a mistake you don't want the fans on your back. It can't be a case of if you miss a chance then get someone else on, or if a tackle is missed get another midfielder on.
"We all know how great our home crowd can be and we saw it again when we were fighting back and they were right with us.
"The (equalising) goal was down to them getting behind us. We just need more of it because there are certain sections which like to be negative. Maybe that won't change but if it did there could be a much better atmosphere."
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy praised the section of the crowd that supported Keogh and said their support had directly led to the equaliser.
"I want to praise the positive action of the supporters who realised what was happening and straight away started singing for Andy. Look how well it helped him to play," he said. "They were not having a go at Keogh direct but we all know what the 'Freddy' chants meant get Keogh off and Freddy on.
"The lads were all talking about it afterwards and Freddy was embarrassed by it. It's insulting to Keogh. But what I loved was the fans who cheered Keogh. What a difference it made to the player because that sort of thing does affect you."
McCarthy was delighted with the performance of his side and said it would have been a travesty of justice had Wolves not got anything from the game, which included two controversial penalty decisions.
"We got less than we deserved," he said. "If we'd lost it would have been a travesty because if we've ever played better than that I'd like to see the DVD.
"Our players showed real depth of character in adversity to keep going."