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Everton caretaker boss Ferguson understands protesting fans

Everton caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson can understand supporter protests after defeat to Aston Villa.

Ferguson empathised with fans who protested after their 1-0 home defeat to Aston Villa after admitting he was “on the floor" after the result.

A 10th defeat in 14 league matches – courtesy of Emiliano Buendia's header in first-half added time – means their 19 points from their first 20 games is their lowest total at this stage since 1997-98.

The goal celebrations saw Villa players Matty Cash and recently-departed Everton defender Lucas Digne struck by a bottle thrown from the crowd, with the Toffees announcing after the game that one person has been arrested for throwing a missile onto the pitch, but the protests after the match were more peaceful.

Around 150 fans stayed behind, mainly in the Gwladys Street End, to protest, chanting “Sack the board", “Bill Kenwright, get out of our club" and “We want our club back".

Prior to kick-off a banner flown overhead read “22 years of failure, Bill. Time to go" in reference to long-standing chairman Kenwright.

“The fans, for me, can protest and say what they want about the club because it is their club at the end of the day," said Ferguson, who paid for drinks in local pubs for fans before kick-off.

“People have demonstrated in the past, at the end of the day the fans are not happy and that is their right.

“They have a right to support their club in any way, shape or form they want. I am gutted as much as them."

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