Roger Johnson was today told to focus on his football and leave Wolves fans alone as maanger Dean Saunders looks to unite Molineux in the survival battle.
The Molineux chief revealed he has had words with Johnson about his attitude on the pitch.
The £4million defender was seen cupping his hands to his ears to the South Bank after Saturday’s 2-1 win against Bristol City and kicking out at an advertising hoarding.
Saunders said: "When you play for a big club, you have to take criticism, and that’s the price on the ticket.
“The supporters don’t expect us to be in the position we’re in and they’re all really frustrated.
“The only thing you can do is perform on the pitch and get the right results, and if you do that, the supporters will love you.
“That’s the way it’s got to be. You shouldn’t be going down any other route, apart from going on the pitch and showing the supporters what you’re made of.”
Saunders has warned Johnson to set the right example, reiterating that the only way he should respond to fans is by producing the goods on the pitch.
The Wolves boss said: "I have already spoken to Roger about it. I have said to him ‘you have got to prove it on the pitch’ because we have got to get results.”
Saunders called on Johnson to follow the example set by Stephen Hunt. The Republic of Ireland winger showed the way by setting up both goals in the much-needed victory.
The 31-year-old had been booed when he came on as substitute for his criticism of fans after the Watford game, saying they were “an embarrassment” for sarcastically cheering his departure.
Saunders said: "Go and do what Stephen Hunt did – there’s an example for everyone,” said Saunders. “Hunt made two goals and I’m sure the supporters are feeling a lot better about him now.”
Saunders also believes Johnson is showing the sort of form that persuaded Mick McCarthy to part with £4million in July 2011.
“He’s doing well at the moment but he has to keep his mind focused,” added the boss.Subscribe to our Newsletter