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Last Updated:  Friday, 28 February, 2003, 14:22 GMT
Prior blasts Bluebird fans
Spencer Prior
Prior has stopped his family from attending home games
Cardiff City defender Spencer Prior says abuse from supporters is damaging the club's promotion prospects.

The 31-year-old defender, signed from Manchester Ciy for 700,000 two years ago, told the club's official website that he has been made to feel "like public enemy number one".

His pregnant wife and two daughters have stopped attending Ninian Park, prompting Prior to label the fans as more critical than Manchester City followers.

Prior has vowed to fight to win back his first-team place with the Bluebirds, but he has pleaded with club supporters to stop criticising individual players.

Graham Kavanagh and Rhys Weston have had stick and come through it and I'll come through it
Spencer Prior
The defender says that City players are more relaxed playing away from home, a statement that has been backed by results in recent weeks.

"I've told my family to stop coming to home games," he said, "they would have been devastated to hear what is said.

"This is a new situation for me, but I'm big enough and old enough to deal with it.

"Graham Kavanagh and Rhys Weston have had stick and come through it and I'll come through it.

"I think the players were relieved that they had three away games in a row after the Plymouth match.

"We get bigger crowds than any other club in the Second Division. That should be like an extra man but it isn't working out that way.

"The fans at Cardiff aren't like those at Maine Road. The Manchester City fans are very loyal and passionate until the last minute."

Prior is currently out with a neck injury, but he had been dropped after Cardiff's 1-0 defeat at Huddersfield in January.


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