Date: 3rd February 2012 at 4:34pm
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Stephen Ireland has said he’s delighted with how the fans have taken to him and he’s been pleased with the improvement in his own form recently.

Speaking to the Official Site Ireland talked about the fans chanting his name in the game against Everton (where he was voted MotM), and he knows that sort of performance is the benchmark for him at the club.

‘That felt good, and it felt overdue, as well. It was what I’ve wanted to create since I came to the club. Now I have the chance to show the fans what I can do and build up a bit of a reputation, I’m hoping I can continue to grow. The fans seem to want me to do well and I feel I’ve earned that because I’ve been working hard to earn respect from them.’

It’s nice to see Ireland acknowledge that he had to win us over, and it has been very nice to see him putting in the performances we all thought we were capable of seeing from him. It’s a shame he’s taken so long to settle and get a run, but at least we are seeing the business from him now.

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