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Under-fire striker Stern John is determined to win over the Coventry City booboys.


Although clearly hurt by large numbers of the Sky Blue faithful turning on him again at the weekend, many accusing him of not being fit to wear the shirt, he remains committed to trying to get the goals to save the club from relegation.

"I heard what the fans were saying and that's what you get some times," said the Trinidad and Tobago international.

"They either like you or they hate you and you just have to get on with it. No one says they have to like you.

"Since I have been here they have been up and down with me but I have to be professional. No-one said it would be easy. Maybe I can score a couple of goals in the next game and maybe they will start shouting my name."

But however professional he remains, John admits the negative taunts and chants do get to him.

"The first time it happened at Wigan it really affected me," said the 28-year-old. "I came to this club because I wanted to play football. If I didn't want to play I could have stayed at Birmingham and just relaxed, but it is because I am so passionate about my game that I came to Coventry.

"I had options to go to other clubs but I came here because I thought Coventry were going to go places. Unfortunately it is not happening the way we want and that is life and you just have to get on with it."

Asked why he thinks he has become a victim of their wrath, he said: "I don't know why they have turned against me. Maybe the expectation was too high when I came here. I can score goals and I am a proven goal scorer in the first division and Premier League but I have to get the service to do that. I have just got to get my head down and keep going."

And in answer to suggestions that he doesn't work hard enough off the ball, he replied: "I do work hard when I don't have the ball but sometimes I can't seem to please the fans.

"I am a different type of player and like the ball to my feet and then I can do stuff with it.

"My team-mates and the gaffer see me every day and they know what I can do so if the manager is playing me it will only be a matter of time before it goes right."

Micky Adams insists he will drop players for Saturday's trip to Reading if he can get new faces in - something John is happy to accept if it boosts the squad.

"I welcome the manager bringing in new players," he said. "He is in charge and he is going to make the squad stronger.

"I only came back from international duty on Friday and was on the bench even though I felt a bit sluggish, so it was difficult. But because of injuries we haven't got the depth on the bench and if we had then I wouldn't have played on Saturday.

"So I welcome all the players we can get because we need all the help we can get for this relegation battle."