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Certainly is the right decision to suspend the league given what’s happened in the last 24hrs but very worried how we can finish the fixtures. If we are suspending the league then surely we would be suspending training too? And how much lead time will be required to get players back to full fitness and match ready?

I think as fall out mentioned the fairest thing would be to have a 22 PL team next year with us and Leeds in there, with same format applying for those in the automatic spots in League 1 and 2. Liverpool surely must be given the title given how far in front they are. To void a 37 game season would be tragic.

Pessimist that I am, I think the season will be void and the consequence of that for us would be dire.

If that is the case, one option could be, that next season every club should start with the same squads, managers et al at the date the season was void, with no summer transfers, everything should be frozen for 12 months including players contracts that expire in the summer. I would allow a January transfer window.

These are extraordinary times that require extraordinary measures.

How about promote the teams occupying the top three spots but void any relegations from the PL and play next season with 23 teams. 6 teams for relegation next season  8)

Sources from the Times indicating all matches in England to be played behind closed doors from as early as today. least our players won't be feeling any 'pressure' of expectation from our home fans (if that was ever a thing).

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: How many points needed?
« on: March 10, 2020, 01:44:20 AM »
More important is how many games we can't afford to lose rather than win. The Fulham game is obviously pivotal.

My exact same train of thought. Get past Brentford and Fulham without losing THEN I think we will be 'on our way'!

Last Match Forum - 07/03 Swansea City (A) / Re: After Match Debate
« on: March 07, 2020, 05:08:40 PM »
Will take a point but very concerned how the chances have dried up. We were averaging well over 10 shots a game and now we’re lucky to even get 3-4!

Pereira and Krovinovic too inconsistent and the Robinson honey moon period is over. Time to get Diangana back in the mix and provide a bit of competition again.

Last Match Forum - 07/03 Swansea City (A) / Re: In Game Chat
« on: March 07, 2020, 04:48:22 PM »
Unfortunately, I can see them scoring. I hope not though.

Nothing for them to lose. Expect they will be pushing for the winner. Need to be careful here.

Last Match Forum - 07/03 Swansea City (A) / Re: In Game Chat
« on: March 07, 2020, 04:43:17 PM »
We just don’t look like scoring. Or even creating a chance for that matter.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 29, 2020, 05:19:40 PM »
Pretty dire. Seems as soon as we get some clear space between us and the chasing pack the foot comes off the pedal.

If the penalty was given it might of been a different game. But credit to Wigan, they scrapped for every ball and didn’t come for the draw, they’re obviously running high on confidence given their recent form and the result they got at Leeds.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kyle Bartley
« on: February 15, 2020, 06:06:16 PM »
Hate to say it but reminds me of Darren Purse. Can’t fault his effort and desire but always has a habit of being clumsy. Whether the hand ball against Reading, the own goal, poor clearance and then caught where he was for the disallowed goal today, it’s almost as if he’s trying too hard; as crazy that sounds. If he had a bit more composure he would be a good player but just feel at times the pressure gets to him?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Romaine Sawyers
« on: February 15, 2020, 05:57:25 PM »
Can’t get my head around the criticism. Yes, he’s a shadow of the attacking prowess of Pereira and Krovinovic but he and Livermore play just as a important roles turning over the ball and providing an outlet to attack. Wish some fans would just get off his back and support the lad, there’s bigger issues to solve.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 15, 2020, 03:57:36 PM »
According to Sky, the officials have clarified it is because Bartley was interfering with play

Thanks for clarifying. But how is he meant to get out the way? He’s laying flat on the ground with a Forest player on top of him? To be fair it could of gone either way and I’m always going to argue for us, just so frustrating as it’s rotten luck...if only Bartley wasn’t there!

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 15, 2020, 02:53:07 PM »
West Bromwich Albion 2 Kyle Bartley 2

Criminal Forest have taken anything out that game. Their first shot on target in the 90th minute and they take a point.

Goal right at the death was good for me. Clearly over the line before it touches Bartley. Will be interesting to know exactly why it was disallowed in the refs match report.

Thought Hegazi was clumsy but Bartley is on another level.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: February 15, 2020, 01:41:30 PM »
Might need to bring on some fresh legs early second half. Remember these lot rested 5 players against Charlton midweek.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: February 15, 2020, 01:27:31 PM »
It’s clumsy (as usual) from Bartley but he HAD to go for that. Not his biggest fan but personally don’t think you can blame Johnstone.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: February 15, 2020, 01:17:41 PM »
That interception on Sow by Pereira was so satisfying after all his earlier dirty antics. Seems to be having a meltdown now.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 09, 2020, 03:36:03 PM »
Best performance since Swansea at home and probably best all round away performance of the season. A 2-0 thrashing.

Looks like we’ve done a great bit of business over January, just the lift we needed, Robinson looks a real team player and O’Shea seems to be growing every match he plays.

Time to stop obsessing about the teams below us and BELIEVE! 15 to go!

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Nathan Ferguson
« on: February 07, 2020, 02:10:57 PM »

My thoughts exactly.

From what I've heard hes not popular with the rest of the players either, unsurprisingly.

Get rid, as soon as we can.

This is the biggest factor for me. He’s a bad egg. Don’t want him anywhere near the dressing room. The atmosphere at the training ground has a big bearing on the performances on the pitch. He made Bilic look like a fool and now himself. Instant karma. It’s a shame but we move on.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 01, 2020, 05:21:27 PM »
Hardly convincing against bottom of the table Luton, but when you’ve not won in 7, 3 points is a god send. It was never going to be a formality, especially when you see Leeds slipping up against Wigan, another team in the bottom 3.

Hope the clean sheet will be a massive confidence boost. And with Grady, Pereria and Grosicki to come in, hope this will give us the momentum to put one big final run of wins to get us over the line.

16 to go! COYB!

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: January 11, 2020, 05:41:30 PM »
I agree. Zonal marking’s OK if you have world class defenders who are always switched on - we’re a Championship team with Championship players. I much prefer the simplicity of man-to-man, but there are many top level professional coaches who think otherwise. So who am I?

I just keep seeing teams who zonally mark conceding time after time from corners and free kicks. Premier League too.

Agree about the chasing pack as well. But we know if we get 90 points it’s unlikely two teams get more; we have though dropped below two points a game now. The yawning gap is now a healthy cushion, but it will evaporate altogether if we have another seven games like the last 7.

Agree with all that. But we look well off 90 points at the moment. Every team has a blip at somepoint, just hope this is worst it gets and we can start to put a winning run together.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: January 11, 2020, 05:14:06 PM »
No wins in 5 now. We just look like conceding from set pieces every time. The zonal marking just isn’t working. Ajay and Johnstone at fault too. Also felt Pereira had an off day. Just can’t seem to get any rhythm going when he’s not playing well.

Take no joy out of Leeds losing at all. It’s Brentford and Fulham we should be worried about.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: January 11, 2020, 03:40:00 PM »
No chance we'll be promoted with this garbage zonal marking. Every cross into our box is a good goalscoring opportunity.

Never understood the benefit of zonal marking, especially when you’re having to defend the second ball.

General Football & Sports / Re: Dingle watch - Anything Wolves
« on: November 28, 2019, 05:57:41 AM »
Strong links of Nuno to Arsenal!!!! You love to see it!!

Nuno had a dream...a dream to manage the Arsenal  ;D

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: May 16, 2019, 09:08:20 AM »
If nothing else, last night has brought the fans back together which we have needed for a while.

As a club, we now need to get in a manager/head coach early and allow him time to assess the job at hand.

With the rebuild we will need our expectations need to be reasonable for the new season.

In regards to last night, i'm disapointed but over it. I've spoke to a few Villa fans and they have all commented on how lucky they have been. I just hope that whoever they play in the final gives them a good kicking  ;D

Agree with this. Wasn't at the ground Tuesday but the atmosphere looked and sounded unreal.

Our opportunity to win was in that 25 minute spell at the start of the second half, including the stray goal kick and the header over by Phillips to name a couple. The Villa players seemed rattled during that period, just a shame we couldn't get that second goal as just couldn't see us conceding on the night, the defence was impeccable.

But as you say Dangerman, although it wasn't the result we all wanted, hope people left the ground proud and we can now move on and build something longer lasting with the youth.

Fair play, we need more posts like this.
At the start of the season, I thought it would be a great result if we reached the play offs so to do it with so many games to spare is amazing. However, all the shenanigans around Moore's sacking and the subsequent circus, has put a downer on it somewhat. I have pushed a lot of this angst onto the players (on here only, not real life), but they deserve credit for our achievements this season.
I, for one, am with you, from here on in, and am going to try and accentuate the positives, of what has been a great season, and look forward to the play offs with enthusiasm.
Imagine putting the Villa out and going up via Wembley. It doesn't get much better than that does it?

Exactly, and will be even more special if we beat Derby in the final  ;D

Blimey, the amount of negativity here is beyond me. Firstly, the 'lap of appreciation' is from the players to the fans, not the other way around. Second of all this will be the home crowds last chance to give the players a bit an extra boost and encouragement ahead of the play-offs.

If things don't work out after the semi or final, vent your disappointment then, but the team are going to need all the support they can get just as the other 3 teams and their fans will give too.

I'm trying to stay optimistic but seems so many fans are resigned that our season is over already...what hope do we have in the play-offs?

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