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Even more frustrating when looking at the statistics over the game and when you see 1 shot on target and yet they score 2 goals! I remember a number of years ago when Blues visited us, played us off the park and Richard Sneekes scored with our only shot for a 1-0 victory. We sang "We only need one chance" for ages afterwards! Shows how important it is to take chances when you create. Hopefully we'll do that at Bristol.

In fairness; not that Forest created a glut of opportunities but the own goal was effectively a tap-in if Bartley didn't intervene and they had another great chance before that with Grabban totally mistiming his header that went tamely wide. So more like a conversion rate of 2 out of 3. 
Think sometimes shots on target can be overstated. Would feel better if my team had a lot of chances just narrowly going wide and clear of the keeper than several tame long range shots that a keeper dealt with comfortably.

Of course with Diangana back; it could also offer us another dynamic bench option on the hour mark is Slaven plans to use him or reintroduce him in that manner.

General Football & Sports / Re: Boxing Thread
« on: Today at 10:04:21 AM »
These two boxers are behaving like the wrestlers. A disgrace to their profession. What a "set-up" so staged,

Well there is plenty of precedent for this. Muhammad Ali's flamboyant self-promotion was heavily influenced by the wrestler Gorgeous George.

Last Match Forum - 15/02 Nottingham Forest (H) / Re: Don Goodman commentary
« on: February 17, 2020, 10:42:15 AM »
Why do we bother talking about him? What difference does his opinion make?

I don’t know why we’re wasting time and energy talking about a pundit. I don’t care what he thinks, and I don’t really know why anyone else cares either.

Influencing retrospective action on our players by consistently focusing on possible dives/reds that in other games don't get such forensic analysis. As well as potentially influencing what referees think of us ahead of games.

Last Match Forum - 15/02 Nottingham Forest (H) / Re: Don Goodman commentary
« on: February 16, 2020, 10:07:38 PM »
There was a perfect example of his bias when a forest player had the ball in the corner and O'Shea put his hand gently on his back and the forest player threw himself to the ground.  Don was all complimentary how he's won the free kick, playing the game etc.

Periera gets clipped, goes down, just moans about the dive.

Exactly the point I was going to make. It wouldn't be so bad if it didn't have any impact on retrospective action.

Last Match Forum - 15/02 Nottingham Forest (H) / Re: In Game Chat
« on: February 15, 2020, 01:40:46 PM »
Keith Andrews is still a Baggie !
Don’t know why I called him Townsend! 

At least he's an Irish international with a good Irish accent..

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: February 13, 2020, 08:57:50 AM »
Was I the only one who thought their player looked onside? He came from a long way back and outjumped Johnstone with ease.

Thought so originally. But West Brom stepped up in line and hr was a good metre offside from the freeze frame I saw.

Last Match Forum - 09/02 Millwall (A) / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 10, 2020, 01:22:29 AM »
Does that mean everybody that started outfield has scored this season ?

Callum Robinson hasn't scored for us yet.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: FA Cup Round 5 - Newcastle United (H)
« on: February 05, 2020, 04:49:21 PM »
Our chances will in part depend on what team Newcastle puts out. Looking through their line-up v Oxford, about half the names I didn't recognise as first teamers, but then I don't know alot about Newcastle.

West Ham put out a fairly full strength team and looked absolute cack against us; particularly in the first-half. Newcastle are a slight level above in fairness; but I take half-hearted first teamers rather than fired up back-up.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Nathan Ferguson
« on: January 30, 2020, 08:34:46 PM »
Agreed - you win some and lose some. I'd think a decent fee for Ferguson and he would not owe us. He may not be as good as we think. Half a good championship season isn't always an indication of a players true worth. I can think of few players who we have been upset about leaving that have gone on to better things straight away. Apart from Chris Wood (who none of us would have kept at the time) and Sawyers who has returned who else has left and truly made it since Bryan Robson?

Dare I mention a certain lad from Tipton?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: January 29, 2020, 10:53:33 AM »
Yep, he instigated it by trying to play out despite 2 or 3 Cardiff players still in and around our 18 yard box.
As for the free kick, I know very little about Lee Tomlin but there's 2 things I do.

1) He's a bit chubby
2) He's got a wand of a right foot so you cannot give him 3/4 of the goal to aim at from 18 yards out

Special mention to the buffoons in the wall who were more interested in trying to sneak 6 inches ahead of the ref's chalk line than focus on their positioning.

Weren't they trying to make a point to the referee that Tomlin had moved the ball back from the original position and while the ref' was marking out 10 metres from where the free-kick should be taken; they were actually much further from the spot it was at. This would have given him a better chance to get the ball over the wall and under the goal.
I think the referee moved the ball back slightly but still seemed to be a bit further back from where I could remember the free being. Anyway; it did seem a bit obvious that there was only one spot Tomlin was aiming for. 

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL PREMIER LEAGUE THREAD
« on: January 23, 2020, 12:17:24 PM »
Of course the irony is; it was only having players that weren't reliable penalty takers available to us when it mattered most that cost us heavily last season. Anyway Rodriguez earned a move to the Premier League so I don't think there was much we could do when we failed to get promoted. Don't begrudge him and was particularly happy when he scored against the Vile.

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL PREMIER LEAGUE THREAD
« on: January 21, 2020, 09:28:01 PM »
38 mins

Vile 0-1 Watford

Last minute winner.

Vile 2 -1 Watford

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: January 18, 2020, 01:55:23 PM »
Dive by Bamford to win a pen and it's saved  :D :D

Pretty similar to the Edwards one against PNE. Goalie pulled out, was some marginal contact as much instigated by the attacking player. Commentators seem to have a totally different view than they did that night though.

Most importantly. We scored ours. Bamford missed his.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Slaven Bilic
« on: January 14, 2020, 04:30:03 PM »
The attacking team can throw all their defenders in to our box....even if we get 5he ball away from the initial corner, they are then still up for the second wave .
We should leave 2 up Phillips and Diangana would really take the pressure off our defence

I remember in Rondon's first game away to Watford who were newly promoted. Anytime we got a corner; they place three of their players spread out on the half-way line. We seemed to be quite confused for a while and ended up having to significantly reduce the number and quality of the players we were attacking he corner with.

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: January 13, 2020, 12:45:59 PM »
Forest late winner being quickly cancelled out by Reading was a little blessing for us. Seem to be going under the radar and still have that game in hand. Will hope to keep our disrance from them before we play as well.

Non Sports/ Non Politics Board / Re: Snowflake Central.
« on: January 07, 2020, 10:37:30 AM »
I’m with Ricky Gervais

Oh he is such a snowflake.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: FA Cup 4th Round - West Ham (A)
« on: January 06, 2020, 07:46:07 PM »
Hopefully Diangana won't be playing in it.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: January 02, 2020, 01:35:49 PM »
We looked a shadow of the side that out-played Leeds at Elland Road. The performances were chalk and cheese.

I thought we started brightly but then allowed Leeds to dictate the tempo of the game - their movement of the ball was good. I lost count the amount of times either Costa or Harrison had the freedom of the borough.

I thought the full backs defended very well - Furlong in the first half and Townsend in the second half.

We looked knackered towards the end of the game - a few of them were blowing out their backsides.

Phillips showed no conviction when placed through one on one - he should have buried that opportunity.

Krovinovic was poor I thought - too easily brushed off the ball and it meant we were far too reliant on Pereria who was marshalled well by Phillips.

A lot of good points there. I know we had a post on League positions by Expected Goals. Would be interested to see how the two games with Leeds compared. It felt like we were outplayed yesterday but I would expect us to have battered them on Expected goals while when we generally outplayed them at Elland Road; they still from what I recall seem to have created a lot of the clearer chances.

Did celebrate the opening goal naturally but did state on my WhatsApp group that it was probably way too early to score. Wasn't surprised that Leeds began to take control; although obviously it is hard to ascertain how much was done to the score-line.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Highs and lows of the decade
« on: January 02, 2020, 11:04:06 AM »
Opening day 3-0 victory over Brendan Rogers Liverpool in glorious sunshine with new signing Claudio Yacob bossing the game.

In a precise moment; was probably late in the first-half of what would turn out to be a 5-5 draw with Man Utd in Alex Ferguson's final game. We were being battered; Olsson was having a disaster of a game and was seriously considering walking out; something I have never considered since or before. Thankfully I stayed and the low moment soon passed.

General Football & Sports / Re: Seals watch - Anything Villa
« on: December 28, 2019, 11:46:45 PM »
Just watched the extended highlights on Sky. Love seeing Villa, especially Smith and Grealish being punished for their constant desire to play for frees and go down super easily. Got a player red carded out of it and still couldn't take advantage.
Also love the stupidness of the defender trying to play Deeney offside when Targett is two metres further back in plain sight playing him onside. 

It really doesn't work, because what is a "chance" anyway?  A random shot from the edge of the box, or a three foot tap-in?  Any corner is a "chance" if you look at it one way and so on.

In addition, a team with a 'chance' but look to pass/cross it into a better area. Rather than shooting. They created an opportunity but at times it may not be counted as such.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: December 27, 2019, 03:55:46 PM »
Was reasonably pleased with the result (if not the general performance) at Barnsley. This game against 'Boro certainly would be one that I would be more expectant of pushing on for a full three-points; though it will have to be earned.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: December 27, 2019, 12:30:32 AM »

Equaliser was scored at opposite end to us fans so will have to see it on TV but I do note it came from inside the 6 yard box again.

I note you not being critical. Yes goal was inside 6 yard box but was from a low cross by player deep inside penalty-box to a player at front post who had a free shot. Nothing to do with a keeper not dominating his six yard box. Had to be defended by the men in front a lot better.

As said many good saves that would be expected. Apart from one early one that led to a follow up save, I was most impressed with how he not necessarily managed to save the shots but put them behind for a corner or out of dangers way. One at end of first half at near post was probably the stand-out.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Premier League stats of the decade
« on: December 18, 2019, 04:53:08 PM »

Nice to little old Abion sitting on top of the dingles, seals & bluenoses. Who would have thought that. Brilliant.  :P

Still 3 games to go for Wolves. If they get 6 points they will be bang on level with us on the average points per game. Any more and they sneak above us.

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