JOSE BOSINGWA had to be taken off at half time because the vitriol raining down on the ex-Chelsea defender was damaging Rangers' hopes of getting back in the match, said Harry Redknapp.
Hoops fans were seething at Bosingwa (pictured) after he gave away a penalty for a shirt tug on Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa that allowed the Geordies back into the game, then his lax backpass to Rob Green was punished by a charge down from Jonas Guttierez that broke to Yoan Gouffran for a simple tap-in.
Seldom has such hostility been directed at a home player by the Loft End, but they were in unforgiving mood. Bosingwa had already established himself as typifying all that has gone wrong for the Rs this season in terms of transfer targets.
His refusal to sit on the bench earlier this season and the grins at Reading on the day the Hoops went down already meant he was not a fans' favourite and this was the last straw.
'We don't want you here.' chanted booing fans, who implored Redknapp to take him off. They got their wish.
“It wasn't going to help anyone was it,” the Rs boss said of the poisonous atmosphere immediately after Bosingwa's second big error.
“You can't play with that sort of negativity around the place, so I decided to change it. He'd cost us a couple of goals and I decided to bring on Fabio and Shaun Derry, who will always give an honest performance.
“He [Bosingwa] didn't make mistakes purposely, but it cost him and cost us, though I'm not blaming him entirely.
“We needed a lift at half time and I took him off because I felt it wasn't a good feeling if we're trying to get back in the game. You need the crowd to be with us and they were obviously very upset with him.
“People pay their money and we all get grief at some stage, managers, coaches, players, and they obviously decided that they weren't happy with him.
“I think he understood my reason, but I didn't really explain it to him to be honest.”
Redknapp added: “It's been a miserable season and our first half performance summed up our season really.
“We started all right, looked bright, but once they got the penalty we seemed to lose everything and we were poor after that.”