Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has described criticism of David McGoldrick from some supporters as "ridiculous".
In five Premier League appearances for the club this season, McGoldrick is yet to score. The 31-year-old missed the weekend's 2-0 win away to Eventon due to injury. A week previous he had missed a number of chances as United lost at home to Southampton. That prompted some comments from supporters.
"I think we have got to be careful as a football club, because of the results and the way we have played, that we don't put too much pressure on our players," Wilder told the Yorkshire Post.
"A couple of things got flagged up to me. This team, where they have come from, they do not deserve 70 per cent report. They deserve 100 per cent support.
"He (McGoldrick) has a finishing session on his own and then goes back out to have another finishing session, because he is trying to improve his skills and get that aspect of his game out of his system.
"It was then, he tweaked his groin. But that tells you what kind of boy he is.
"An international player.... Any sort of negativity or criticism towards him is ridiculous, because he gives everything for this football club and is brilliant for us."
McGoldrick joined United in the summer of last year on a free transfer. He went on to be named the club's Player of the Year as they won promotion to the Premier League.