Pat Nevin: Mob mentality is quite scary

Ex-Chelsea and Everton winger chats to Off The Ball after fan incidents aimed at players

Chris Brunt, West Brom

West Bromwich Albion fans voice their anger towards Chris Brunt (centre) and Darren Fletcher after the final whistle, during the Emirates FA Cup, fifth round match at the Madejski Stadium, Reading. (Picture by: Scott Heavey / PA Wire/Press Association Images)

This weekend on Off The Ball, ex-Ireland midfielder Keith Andrews shared the extent to which fan criticism at Blackburn Rovers effected his place in the manager's plans.

But as seen with coin throwing incidents during the FA Cup fifth round ties, there can be a far more volatile and dangerous element when supporters turn on even their own players as evidenced by the incident involving West Brom and Northern Ireland's Chris Brunt

"The mob mentality is the thing that is quite scary," said former Chelsea and Everton winger Pat Nevin on tonight's Off The Ball as he discussed the coin-throwing incidents as well as Andrews' story.

"The mob, or a group within it, can decide. The mob, if they start, the player can have a great game, it kind of doesn't matter at that point in time."

Pat also added that fans can do the same thing to pundits that they turn against.