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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Play offs
« on: Yesterday at 11:46:53 AM »
What if they had a similar plan for Matt Phillips? or Gayle?
Bit of a slippery slope that.

Alan Hutton has a made a career of it

Non Sports/ Non Politics Board / Re: Language
« on: April 23, 2019, 05:48:50 PM »
I think there is a massive difference between a migrant learning to speak the language of a country they wish to settle and work in and someone going on holiday for a couple of weeks. Most holiday makers end up in hotels where English is predominantly spoken and have no need or desire to engage in the local language.

As a nation we are very poor at learning a second language, there is an element of arrogance as we expect everyone to speak English, which is not the language spoken by a majority of people in the world today, but it is the most popular Language to learn I suspect.

It is right that the migrants learn to speak the language of the host country and in countries like Australia, I believe it is obligatory towards obtaining residency and citizenship.

I visit a small village in Spain frequently now that I’m retired and, with the help of some local villagers, who I know consider to be friends, I am learning Spanish. In return, I help them with their English. Win, win!

I agree with that but I think some effort should still be made, personally when we go to Spain we try not to stay where its full of English as you don't actually see much of real Spain.

Non Sports/ Non Politics Board / Re: Language
« on: April 23, 2019, 03:51:54 PM »
As English is such a Universal language us Brits have become complacent about learning other languages.  I moved to Thailand after retirement (but back here for the play offs) and tried so hard to learn Thai but I failed miserably. It’s a very tonal language and the older you get the more difficult to learn, it hardly helps if your hearing is not good either.  If learning a language became compulsory at school it would be a move in the right direction.

Thats it though you made the effort to at least try, too many go and don't even try, they expect people to  work around them instead, Spain is a perfect example. Some of the Brits have been there years and years but cannot speak a single word (other than probably cerveza)

Non Sports/ Non Politics Board / Re: Language
« on: April 23, 2019, 03:21:22 PM »
I always have a translator on my phone when I go abroad, we can't moan about people coming here if we don't try when we go abroad.

The English who move abroad and don't even attempt to learn the language are a disgrace to be honest.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Field
« on: April 23, 2019, 03:18:49 PM »
The thing with Field is that he does seem to be a bit of a victim of expectation. Players in his position (holding midfielded) tend to blossom quite late anyway, but he seems to be a confidence player too. You can understand him being behind Barry or Brunt for the role; Barry has the experience and quality, Brunt the quality of pass. If he had a run of games, he might gain more confidence and start playing the ball forwards more, but as a young lad who doesn't want to disappoint anyone, he makes it a priority to keep possession. With a proper number 10 in front of him, it would probably work well - but we haven't got one.

It'll be interesting to see if he gets more game time next season - I would suspect only if we stay down.

I think Barry and Field are totally different types of players to Brunt. Brunt is not a central midfielder by any means and shouldn't be used especially as a holding one as he cannot tackle, he can pass but tackling has never been one of his strengths. If fit Barry should be the number 1 choice, he can tackle, he can pass and he has a calming influence that none of the others have, he doesn't flap, wave his arms around he  just gets on with it. He is the excellent choice for Field and Harper to learn from.

Next season if we fail to go up then we have to look at the likes of Field and if he's still here Harper and build the midfield around them and if we can persuade Johansen to join then those 3 should be the foundation for us as we can get a good few years out of them.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Field
« on: April 23, 2019, 12:01:15 PM »
General concensus seems to be that he was impressive yesterday, only one or two seem to dispute that.

Even Shan says he is getting rave reviews on him from around the club which begs the question why he isn't getting more of a chance as he never lets us down unlike others who make mistakes regularly and keep their places.

Makes you wonder at times if the club prefer selling youngsters on to get regular money coming in to keep the Academy going yet we waste so much money especially on wages bringing in players who are no better than the young kids we have.

Last Match Forum - 22/04 Reading (A) / Re: After Match Debate
« on: April 22, 2019, 06:58:22 PM »
We looked very dangerous in last 15 minutes with Philips, Gayle and JayRod going for it, but the other side of the coin is that Reading had some really easy chances in front of goal. Better more clinical strikers would have converted at least one of those.

I think we've got away with this a few times this season, Blues away is the first that springs to mind

Last Match Forum - 22/04 Reading (A) / Re: After Match Debate
« on: April 22, 2019, 05:28:54 PM »
Was absolutely dire until he brought the proper players on. Then we should have won it late on.

Let's hope we don't need to rely on the likes of Tosin, Townsend, Field, Murphy and Kanu in the play offs. These back up players are very poor.

Can we not put certain sentences in different sizes please, all posts to be standard font and standard size.

Last Match Forum - 22/04 Reading (A) / Re: In Game Chat
« on: April 22, 2019, 04:58:29 PM »
Tosin has looked better in a 2 but terrible in a 3, not sure if thats the player or the coaching, He will go back to City and be a decent mid-lower Premier player

Last Match Forum - 22/04 Reading (A) / Re: In Game Chat
« on: April 22, 2019, 04:39:10 PM »
Last warning, please do not post links to streams in threads anywhere except The Woodman section, we have asked this since August, any will be removed and if we have to we will ban members who post them.

Last Match Forum - 22/04 Reading (A) / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: April 22, 2019, 02:51:56 PM »
Whilst i'm delighted to see Brunt out of the middle to also leave Johansen and/ or Livermore out is asking for trouble. Two young kids one who has hardly figured all season and another who's recent form is mixed to say the least is asking for trouble.

We next play Saturday, we still are not secure in 4th and Reading have had a couple of decent results lately so a strong team is expected. It could be the difference between play away first in the play offs especially with Villa winning, I know they have two tough games to come at Leeds and at home to Norwich but we seem to be taking things for granted.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Play offs
« on: April 22, 2019, 11:41:59 AM »
Lads, this thread is to discuss the possible playoffs etc as in who we are likely to face at some stage but seems its turned into just a random thread now.

There are plenty of other topics to discuss individual players or clubs so this topic will be locked if this continues.

Please use the Championship thread in the General Sports forum to discuss teams except the vile who have their own thread.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Field
« on: April 21, 2019, 08:49:05 PM »
I think he started off well in the higher division, was in and out the team under Pulis, Megson put him in for his two games and Field did well in those but then Pardew arrived and it seems hung him out a bit in front of the squad which has affected him, Moore then left him out and it seems he has gone backwards, there have been rumours of illness or was it shin splint issues ?

He's got 2 years left so not going anywhere soon but does need a loan spell if he's not going to be involved but we're back at the stage where the kids are being left to take a back seat and if we go up that will continue next season as well.

As for not rating him, he can tackle which is something most of our current midfield Barry excluded seem unable to do, he can pass and does a job of sitting in front of the back four, Barry is the ideal player for both him and Harper to learn from.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Field
« on: April 21, 2019, 01:39:18 PM »
How come?

He should be our holding midfielder of the future.

Jacko doesn't rate him and Jacko is never wrong apparently  :o

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: April 21, 2019, 11:00:49 AM »
For both goals he's covering his near post.

If he comes out another step, he saves both, but he then risks being lobbed.

The only way he would have been lobbed for the first would be if he was kneeling down, there was no height on that ball at all, the second he flaps at a no pressure cross.

Last Match Forum - 19/04 Hull City (H) / Re: After Match Debate
« on: April 20, 2019, 09:49:56 AM »
assuming the inevitable happens we need someone to be whispering sweet nothings in Greaselicks ears, he's volatile enough to get sent off in a pressured game like the playoffs !

He's also sly enough to get one of ours sent off.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Stefan Johansen (on loan from Fulham)
« on: April 20, 2019, 09:49:07 AM »
His 3 year deal ends in the Summer but Fulham do have a 12 month option on him so I guess it depends who takes over thereas to whether he is released or kept on.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: WM Football Phone In.
« on: April 19, 2019, 10:45:04 PM »
I listen to it in the car on the way to and from home games but thats it, not sure who Van is the Albion fan but he seems sensible enough and is always pretty accurate with his comments.

The villa fan today was an absolute clown, typical arrogant git with his head already in the Prem and saying they will be aiming for a European place with the dingles next season and then having a tossfest over Grealish.

Last Match Forum - 19/04 Hull City (H) / Re: After Match Debate
« on: April 19, 2019, 10:42:37 PM »

Re Harper, I've seen several tweets claiming he's already agreed a deal with another club.

Wouldn't be surprised at all to be honest. His body language today was of someone who was elsewhere. If its stupid money then I have no issue with the club not tying him down but if its a reasonable wage for a player of his age and ability then we have to ask questions.

Just seen the goals back and I think Johnstone is at fault for both of theirs. The first Harper lazily tracks back but Gibbs doesn't close him down and the ball seems to go through Johnstone and the second he flaps at it.

Last Match Forum - 19/04 Hull City (H) / Re: After Match Debate
« on: April 19, 2019, 10:28:24 PM »
Made hard work of it and I think we can feel a bit fortunate to get 3 points.

Great ball from Tosin for the first goal, midfield failed to close their full back down for the equaliser, keeper looked at possible fault for their second but i've not seen any of the goals since the game.

Our second was a decent corner but we can't keep relying on set-pieces and the third was a great ball across from Murphy.

Tosin and Bartley grew into the game with the pick of the team Johansen who is getting better game by game and Man of the Match Gibbs, the rest a bit meh to be honest, too many stupid free kicks and stray passes from midfield where Harper looked totally uninterested and off the pace today, something has changed from when he first came into the team, it needs sorting as there is a decent player in there who someone else will benefit from. We desperately need some youth and pace in that midfield next season regardless of what league we are in.

Please dont cock this one up Albion. Sign him up asap.

Not going to be easy, Fulham are interested so may be able to offer better wages and he is from London so that might appeal. To have the best chance we have to go up.

Last Match Forum - 19/04 Hull City (H) / Re: Ticket Info & Requests
« on: April 19, 2019, 11:07:04 AM »
Last time we played on Good Friday was in 2010 we beat Leicester 3-0 in front of 23,334

Last Match Forum - 19/04 Hull City (H) / Re: Ticket Info & Requests
« on: April 19, 2019, 10:44:36 AM »
Pretty poor.
Most other clubs would have a bank holiday sell out in our position with such cheap admission prices  :(

A lot of people are working today, can't remember the last time we actually played on a Good Friday to be honest

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Gareth Barry
« on: April 18, 2019, 03:59:44 PM »
I said earlier he'd played his last game for us.

Certainly shouldn't be offered an extension at 38 years old.

Shouldn't be offered one due to his wages, same as a few others, need to get the wage bill down especially for those over around 32/33, any contracts that are offered should be at a vastly reduced wage.

Last Match Forum - 19/04 Hull City (H) / Re: Ticket Info & Requests
« on: April 18, 2019, 03:54:47 PM »
Up until 3 years ago I went home and away, last couple of years aways are difficult for me due to a few things going on at home, this season despite having an away season ticket I think i've been to 5 aways and will be going to Derby and also the play offs.

Theres a number of reasons why people don't go, some can't be bothered, some can't afford to go regularly, some have to work and some have other reasons.

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