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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kyle Bartley
« on: October 06, 2019, 12:16:59 PM »
People raving about his performance yesterday...Hmm.

He didn't track the runner for the first goal and committed a ridiculous foul that they scored from (albeit disallowed, thankfully).

I'm not seeking to have a go, just trying to give an objective opinion. I feel when a player has had a bit of criticism, people are keen to be overly positive with them which is completely understandable. However, I felt he was okay, no better, no worse.

Hegazi still a level above and must come straight in when fully fit.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: October 01, 2019, 10:05:36 PM »
Mixed feelings.

Incredibly proud of the spirit and fight, in stark contrast to the game up there last season.

Ajayi is a bloody fantastic player who is becoming a Premierleague quality defender. What a leader too! Pereira and Diangana are both quality too and we should build our team around all three.

On the other hand, Kanu showed again he is not good enough and the less said about Zohore's cameo the better. I also think Bartley had a poor game showing ill discipline and poor positional play.

I want to see Hegazi is as soon as possible for Bartley and Austin starting regularly.

I am 100% behind Slaven though as he quite clearly has got the players playing for the badge. Leeds know they've escaped tonight.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kyle Bartley
« on: September 26, 2019, 07:39:56 PM »
My opinion is that we would be better leaving Ajayi where he is when Hegazi is back, all reports indicate that Semi is still developing and he will learn an awful lot more from Hegazi which will benefit club and player in the long term

Agreed. Ajayi is showing himself to be a defender of immense potential. Why people would want to move him from CB is beyond me.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kyle Bartley
« on: September 23, 2019, 08:27:01 PM »
While Bartley has been marginally better this season, he is still costing us goals. Hegazi is the far superior player and should come straight in for Bartley when fully fit.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: September 01, 2019, 04:34:28 PM »
Not sure if it was due to going a goal down so early but I felt the atmosphere was lacking yesterday.

Goal celebrations apart I thought it was quite flat.

Brummie was OKish 7/10. The "great" Smethwick (as they claim), poor, 5/10.

If we are doing scores out of 10, Millenium Corner 9/10. It did help ex-dingle Matt Murray was in the gantry behind, but there was plenty of chants originating from the MC. I especially liked the 'Smethwick, give us a song' one.

While we are on the atmosphere, I feel it is a shame that the boing boing appears to be dying out. Having spoken to plenty of mates who've been in the away end in previous years, they have commented on how impressive it looks when the whole crowd is boinging, so let's get it going again rather than plonking down to be silent as happened in the majority of the ground yesterday.

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL PREMIER LEAGUE THREAD
« on: September 01, 2019, 02:29:52 PM »
Dingles rightly giving Everton some stick for their pathetic atmosphere. Fair play.

General Football & Sports / Re: Seals watch - Anything Villa
« on: September 01, 2019, 12:05:30 PM »
Grealish is a serial cheat and has done over multiple teams during his career. **** him; **** Villa and **** anyone who feels sorry for the little rat.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: September 01, 2019, 09:44:08 AM »
If there was a foul, it was on Phillips. We were right behind it in the East Stand and the defender cut across Phillips with no intention to play the ball. Phillip simply outpaced and outmuscled him to score a good goal. Very similar to the Diangana goal where again the defender cut across Diangana with absolutely no intention to play the ball.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: August 31, 2019, 09:58:05 PM »
I thought, once again, that we were by far and away the better team and thoroughly deserved the win.

Pereira, Diagana and Phillips were dynamic, Sawyers bossed it and Furlong was superb at right back. As a big critic of Livermore's ability, I also felt he had a superb game today. Ajayi continues to impress at centre back as well.

If were had shown a bit more killer instinct, it would have been a cricket score.

Areas for development:
Johnstone needs to provide more confidence for his defence; another game, another non-cleansheet. He was certainly at fault for their second.
Bartley continues to play a role in goals we concede; why he felt the need to play a hospital pass to Sawyers after 20 seconds, I'll never know and his awful attempt at a clearance in their 2nd compounded Johnstone's mistake. Hegazi needs to come straight back into the team in his place when he is fit.

Overall, I am really enjoying watching us at the minute. The atmosphere at the ground is positive and Billic has got us playing some good attacking football. I'm not going to commit to saying we'll be promoted come May, but  teams will have to be very good to better us, in my humble opinion.

General Football & Sports / Re: Boxing Thread
« on: August 30, 2019, 05:39:39 PM »
My picks for the fights:
Lomachenko TKO over Campbell in the later rounds
Povetkin UD over Fury
Edwards vs Aguilar is a pick'em fight but I'll go with Edwards on a close decision
There should also be comfortable wins for Cordina and Buatsi

Should be a good night of boxing.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Slaven Bilic Albion’s New Head Coach
« on: August 25, 2019, 11:03:36 AM »
I am a fully paid up member to the Slaven Bilic Fan Club. I find myself invariably agreeing with what he says, the subs he makes and the style of play he is attempting to implement. I also have no issue with him getting 'sent off' - we need someone who will fight our corner when we are treated with contempt by the officials.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: August 25, 2019, 10:59:10 AM »
I've been critical of Sam in the past, but he was outstanding yesterday. I want to see this level of performance regularly moving forward.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: August 25, 2019, 10:57:48 AM »
This game will define whether or not we've had a great start to the season, or an okay one.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: August 25, 2019, 10:53:42 AM »
I think Semi will be far better as a centre back than as a midfielder. Yesterday his pace at the back was really important for us.

I'm glad someone else has said this!

He has been a rock for us at the back (apart from that slip at Luton) and was quality yesterday. Why people would want to move him is beyond me.

When Hegazi is fit, he should come in for Bartley, in my humble opinion.

General Football & Sports / Re: England Cricket Thread
« on: August 23, 2019, 02:08:10 PM »
This is utterly diabolical batting. Some serious questions need to be asked.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: August 23, 2019, 01:40:07 PM »
His reactions on Twitter are quicker than between the sticks.

 :D :D

I hope he doesn't see this, otherwise you're in for it!

General Football & Sports / Re: England Cricket Thread
« on: August 23, 2019, 11:36:42 AM »
Why are we persisting with opening with Roy?

He is not a test batsman.

He is not a test opener; that much is clear. He needs to be given a position in the middle order to determine whether or not he is a test batsman, however.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: August 17, 2019, 03:21:01 PM »
All Albion , free header for Luton . Awful defending

Any ideas who lost the goalscorer? Was he running from midfield or did one of the defenders switch off?

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Team
« on: August 17, 2019, 02:58:55 PM »
I don't post very often but I can't decide if you actually rate Brunt or just enjoy winding up other members of the board.

Against a second string Millwall side he was walked past like he wasn't even there. He is a walking yellow card in that position and don't think he has the legs to start a game anymore.

Bond was crap midweek. Flapped at crosses more times than I've seen Johnson flap at the ball.

Bartley has been fantastic for a while now and you want to put a kid into an important game in a hostile environment.

Agree with Furlong for Ferguson. Looked excellent on Tuesday.

Can't argue with the rest really.

Bartley has not been fantastic by any stretch of the imagination. Still costing us goals and points.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: August 15, 2019, 12:46:09 PM »
Didn't the ball go out of play from the corner?

I thought this at the time, but then the goalkeeper took the resulting freekick from near the penalty spot so must've been given for a foul? I didn't see one at the time and nothing on the replay either.

The referee should have clarified why he gave the foul as it was a crucial moment in the game, unless I missed it and he did?

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: August 13, 2019, 11:04:03 PM »
Not the best game but I am far from downhearted. Diangana was lively, Austin showed moments of real quality and Edwards again impressed.

Millwall defended well and kept a good shape - fair play to them.

The real worry is our defending from set-pieces - all 3 goals conceded this week have been from set-pieces and this needs to be a focus in training. Hegazi is hugely missed.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: August 11, 2019, 10:23:43 AM »
It was a strange one yesterday. I thought we were the superior team throughout the game in every aspect other than the result. That's football though, right?

We controlled the game - Sawyers in complete control in the middle again, albeit a little too deep in my humble opinion and Krovinovic looking energetic on the ball.
Our young lads continue to show confidence on the ball - Edwards especially in the 1st half and Ferguson throughout.
Livermore - I have been a big critic of him but felt he had a better game, keeping it simple on the ball.
Ajayi - he is coming in for a bit of stick but I felt he was strong and actually is showing himself as a bit of a leader.
The fans - although the atmosphere was not on the scale of the Villa playoff match, I was impressed with the positivity and the fans got behind the team throughout.

Areas to develop
We have to be more incisive in possession - Millwall defended well but we need more movement from our strikers. I am trying to give Zohore a chance, but he has put into 2 mediocre performances in a row now.
Johnstone - he has to command his area better. We've played 2 games this season - 0 clean sheets and 0 saves (that I can remember).
The ballboys - this is a long-term bugbear of mine, but can someone sort them out for God's sake. They sit in pairs for a start; can't they just spread out? They also show about as much enthusiasm as a pacifist at a weapons convention. It's just so annoying when we are chasing the win and they amble to get the ball back.

It's been a good start to the season but I do feel yesterday showed why the signings on deadline day were important. I'm looking forward to seeing Austin up top in particular. It also shows how much we miss Hegazi. A lot of posters have commented on Bartley playing well and although I wouldn't necessarily disagree, I still think he is a mistake waiting to happen.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Field
« on: August 06, 2019, 05:14:21 PM »
I would rather see Field play rather than Sawyers. I’m not a big fan of Sawyers, he’s ok but I think Sam Field has far more potential and his attitude is spot on.

Did you watch the game Saturday?

It was probably the most assured and controlling performance that I have seen an Albion midfielder put in for years.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: August 03, 2019, 10:45:26 PM »
Just looking at the stats to see if Livermore was as bad as people are saying.  His pass completion rate was 82.6%.  As a comparison Krovinovich topped the side with 88% with a similar number of passes.  Sawyers was 86.4% but did make far more passes than the rest of the team.  Phillips was 74.1% with nearly half as many passes as Livermore.  Defensively, livermore made the joint most tackles with Ferguson.

While I'm sure we could improve on Livermore there's definitely a case of confirmation bias when people watch him.  Like if he loses it its "oh, he's lost it again!", whereas other players lose the ball it's "nevermind". 

I think we need a CH, 2x strikers and a goal keeper before I'd worry about Livermore's place.

Those stats are true, but don't take into account the fact Livermore was playing simple passes while the others mentioned were attempting a far greater percentage of attacking passes. As for the tackle stats: he should be top every game - that is his role.

I don't want to be negative on a day where there were so many great performances, but felt impelled to comment.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: August 03, 2019, 10:12:09 PM »
I used to think Livermore wasn’t as bad as people thought and he used to get a tough time but seeing him in a midfield with players who actually look like they can pass a ball really showed him up. I actually think we are desperate for a holding midfielder

The nail has been well and truly hit on the head!

He almost cost us the win on a couple of occasions due to his inability to keep hold of the ball. His passing was poor, he struggled physically and was a passenger throughout.

On an evening where there was so much to be positive about, it is important we look at areas we can improve further.

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