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Next Match Forum - 21/01 Bolton Wanderers (A) / Re: Team
« on: January 17, 2019, 01:26:47 PM »
Hope Harper keeps his place and Philips back to right wing. We need pace on the front after Barnes left.
No more Gayle at left wing please.


Holgate     Dawson      Hegazi      Gibbs
               Harper   Barry    Brunt

              Philips     Gayle    J-Rod

If Holgate can continue to play as he did in his first 2 games then I would hate to be the LB playing against him and Phillips in that formation. Our right wing has the ability to go past anyone in the division and if they don't will likely put an excellent ball in. Jonathan Grounds is the usual Bolton LB but he is poor and can't get into the Blues team, DM should target him and get the ball down the right as often as possible. All depends on Phillips fitness though I suppose

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Goals
« on: January 14, 2019, 12:55:00 PM »
It's nice to keep hearing on the radio, TV, social media etc that we're the Championship's top scorers. I've missed hearing positives, because it feels as though for the past 8 years we've been bombarded with negative media. It's also superb that we have two players in the top 10 goal scorers in the league at present.

Just looking at the statistics of goal scoring at the top (as of 13th Jan, after 27 games):

Goals for / Avg. per game
WBA 55 / 2.03
Norwich 49 / 1.81
Leeds 46 / 1.70
Sheff Utd 46 / 1.70
Derby 38 / 1.40
Boro 30 / 1.11

At this point we have 25 goals more than Boro. I think that says a lot about the difference in style.

It will be interesting to see how we go on from here now that Barnes has gone back to Leicester and look back to compare the two positions come the end of the season. Barnes grabbed 9 goals and 6 assists for us. (I realise we played 26 games with Harvey, I just happened to start the stats from now, our goal average would be 2.07 if you take away the one goal vs Norwich).

It will also be interesting to see where the assists come from because we really need the others to step up now. I fancy Holgate to get a few.

I think if we can maintain our current goals per game average then we should in theory finish with over 93 goals scored and looking at previous seasons it would take some feat not to get promoted off the back of this. The major concern is the amount of goals we concede, the amount of clean sheets we have at this point is very poor and needs rectifying. The only way we get promoted automatically with the amount of goals we concede is by maintaining the amount we score, which is about to potentially be a lot more difficult with Barnes gone

Last Match Forum - 12/01 Norwich City (H) / Re: After Match Debate
« on: January 12, 2019, 05:09:35 PM »
Gayle showing his class again with anything in the area, pity we have the only manager in football who prefers him playing left back

Not sure a striker tracking back to cover counts as being played at LB. From what I saw it seem he was played as a left forward with licence to roam

Last Match Forum - 12/01 Norwich City (H) / Re: After Match Debate
« on: January 12, 2019, 05:02:49 PM »
I really think if Phillips was fit and was played up top with J-Rod and Gayle we would have won that

Last Match Forum - 12/01 Norwich City (H) / Re: After Match Debate
« on: January 12, 2019, 04:59:05 PM »
Couple of chances late in the game, gutted we couldn't take the 3 points.

Last Match Forum - 12/01 Norwich City (H) / Re: In Game Chat
« on: January 12, 2019, 04:46:08 PM »
Silly freekick to give away at this stage of the game by Gayle

Last Match Forum - 12/01 Norwich City (H) / Re: In Game Chat
« on: January 12, 2019, 03:55:26 PM »
We really dominated most of half but Norwich came back last 15 minutes. Very good performances from Holgate and Harper. Typical clinical poachers goal from Gayle.
But we all know Norwich are strong late in the game.

Ill feel a hell of a lot better if we can get a second

Last Match Forum - 12/01 Norwich City (H) / Re: In Game Chat
« on: January 12, 2019, 03:50:09 PM »
Half time WBA 1 - 0 Norwich

Last Match Forum - 12/01 Norwich City (H) / Re: In Game Chat
« on: January 12, 2019, 03:49:13 PM »
Free kick to Norwich on the edge of the box

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Harvey Barnes (on loan from Leicester)
« on: January 11, 2019, 01:23:00 PM »
Won't get game time at Leicester as he has no interest in the dirty side of the game.

Disappointing news but certainly not the end of the world.

I do feel for Harvey in all this. Clearly was enjoying his time here, starring in a lot of games and now will go and warm the bench at Leicester. Don't imagine it is going to help his development

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Harvey Barnes (on loan from Leicester)
« on: January 11, 2019, 12:02:41 PM »
Gutted like all, obviously. However I seriously doubt that Albion don't have some sort of contingency for this as its been rumoured it could happen for a while and there was always a recall option. I imagine there is already a shortlist of potential replacements and with where we are in the league its an attractive loan option for someone on the fringes in the Prem. Alternative to that if Lai is prepared to put his hand in his pocket we could attract some of the other quality wingers in the league to join us (thats a big if).

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Graeme Jones - Assistant Head Coach
« on: January 11, 2019, 11:48:11 AM »
From Sky Transfer News Updates Ticker:


West Brom assistant coach Graeme Jones has politely declined Luton's interest in making him their new manager, Sky Sports News understands.

The Hatters approached the Baggies for permission to speak to Jones on Thursday but have now moved on in their search for Nathan Jones’ successor.

Sky Sports News understands Luton’s U18’s boss Inigo Idiakez is among the names being considered for the first-team job."

Thank god for that. Don't think he would want to leave DM in a position without his right hand guy at this key point in the season. That being said if a Championship job came up I would be a little more worried

Last Match Forum - 12/01 Norwich City (H) / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: January 09, 2019, 01:27:55 PM »
I would be disappointed if the fans react badly should Harper not start, after all, he hasn't started all season and we have done pretty well. Don't get me wrong, based on his performance against Wigan and Livermore's suspension, I think he should, but, to use his non selection as a stick to beat Moore with before a ball is kicked, in such an important game, would be madness.
You've also picked out Leko and Hoolahan because they also played well but so did Bartley, should he, therefore start?
We had a great result, against a poor Wigan side, but this is the most important game of the season so far and we need our best 11 out there and, just as importantly, our best 23k in the stands.

Seconded, I want Harper to start as much as anyone but I'm an Albion fan not a Harper fan and the 3 points is the only real objective

Next Match Forum - 21/01 Bolton Wanderers (A) / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: January 08, 2019, 02:17:10 PM »
Looks like there is a protest planned from the Bolton fans in this one. Apparently they feel it is an opportunity in front of the sky cameras to voice their discontent


General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL PREMIER LEAGUE THREAD
« on: January 08, 2019, 01:44:21 PM »
Hudson Odoi - 35 mill to Bayern, thoughts?

Crazy figure for a totally unproven player, regardless of his potential

Last Match Forum - 12/01 Norwich City (H) / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: January 07, 2019, 01:38:59 PM »
Huge game really as we have a chance of keeping Norwich on a poor-ish run and gaining some ground on them. They haven't won since the 22nd of December (4 games including the cup game).

The last 15 minutes will probably be vital as both teams have a bit of a reputation for scoring late goals.

Perfect day would be 3 points, clean sheet (unlikely), Sheff UTD lose and Rakeem Harper start but I'm predicting 2-1 Albion, Harper off the bench and QPR to turn over Sheff UTD 1-0 (QPR not lost since 8th Dec and Sheff UTD had an poor lost to Barnet in the cup)

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Thoughts on the Season to date
« on: January 03, 2019, 03:26:28 PM »
26 games in, 46 points scored puts us on track to get to 85 points at the current rate

Looking at Championship seasons over the last few years at this point and at the end of the season, we are definitely going have to gain some ground in the last 20 games.

1st Wolves 99pts
2nd Cardiff 90pts

1st Newcastle 94pts
2nd Brighton 93pts

1st Burnley 93 pts
2nd Middlesborough 89pts

1st Bournmouth 90pts
2nd Watford 89pts

1st Leicester 102pts
2nd Burnley 93pts

1st Cardiff 87pts
2nd Hull 79pts

Also out of the 12 teams that have been promoted automatically in the last 6 years only 3 weren't in the top 2 on 3rd January.

Looking at the stats its clear what area needs sorting out to get that sweet automatic promotion, 34 goals conceded in 26 games puts us on track to concede 60 over the season which at best is 8 more than Hull who conceded 52 in the 2012/2014 season.

This is all a little depressing I know so on a positive note, we are on track to score 95+ goals this season and only 1 team out of those 12 scored more than that! Also, I can't be bothered to look through every championship season but I doubt there has been a team that has score more than 90 goals in the season and NOT been promoted

P.S Interestingly the last team to win the Championship with less than 85 points was.... West Brom 2007/2008 81pts - 88 scored, 55 conceded

Thank god we have a January window to try and recover the season. That is assuming that by that point the takeover will be fully completed and the Chinese may need to invest or make a loss on the value of the club after relegation

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: August 20, 2016, 03:25:40 PM »
Deulofeu is in big macs pocket

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Guochuan Lai
« on: July 29, 2016, 10:04:40 AM »
Here goes another day of refreshing this forum to see if there is any news

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Guochuan Lai
« on: July 26, 2016, 05:42:00 PM »
I doubt the announcement from Wanda will be paramount related as the original post about the announcement from their Facebook profile linked to their sports holding page. Not saying it will be Albion, just that it is worth noting

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New member here
« on: May 10, 2011, 10:33:57 PM »
This team has no strengths, weak players, weak defense slow gameplay and not enough strike power. They have a good counter attack and can cause upsets for some big teams.

Bit harsh

Albion Matchday Forum / Mathematically safe
« on: May 07, 2011, 05:10:04 PM »
Am I right in thinking that if wolves don't beat us we are now mathematically safe?

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