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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 February 2006, 17:26 GMT
Michalak accepts fans' criticism
Frederic Michalak
Michalak topped the errors table with 11 against Ireland
Frederic Michalak has shouldered the criticism from French fans for his hit and miss performance against Ireland.

The fly-half was roundly jeered after a series of errors at Stade de France on Saturday and replaced on 67 minutes as Ireland fought back to lose 43-31.

"It is normal the public boos me if I make mistakes," the 23-year-old said.

"I am in a key position within the team. I did well in the first half and then I struggled. We all did and we showed a great lack of precision."

Michalak was much criticised after Les Bleus' 20-16 defeat to Scotland in their RBS 6 Nations Championship opener last week.

And despite an improved performance in the first half of the win over Ireland, he was finally replaced by Benjamin Boyet in the second half, but left the field to loud jeers.

"Of course I was affected by the booing. I felt I did not know what I was doing there and that I was not doing any good," he added.

France coach Bernard Laporte pledged to keep faith with the Toulouse man, however, and condemned the Paris boo-boys.

"Fred alternated with good and bad rugby," Laporte said.

"But I am satisfied with his performance. Unlike the public I am going to back him up and support him.

"I want the public to know that Fred will play again and that their attitude will not make me change my mind."

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