Vickery tunes out the criticism

WHEN Richmond forward Ty Vickery is out of form, the negativity flows from everywhere.

“It comes from the media, it comes from supporters, and the negativity comes from yourself,” he says.

But when the key forward is on a roll – as he is going into his 100th game with 10.0 from his past two matches – those same groups can be slow to get behind him.

That was evident on Thursday, when coach Damien Hardwick was asked at his weekly press conference if Vickery felt he was “one week away from being [the Richmond] fans’ whipping boy” or if he felt more comfortable in his place.

Vickery’s recent form would suggest he is certainly more comfortable in his place, and the key has been to seek shelter from all external feedback, good and bad.

“They’re really passionate fans, no one could argue with that, and they love it when we’re performing well and we’re winning,” Vickery toldAFL.com.au of the Tiger Army.

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