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..and Leko two seasons ago.

Leko is nowhere near as good as Edwards.


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West Stand          397
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General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: March 17, 2019, 03:09:16 PM »
If we'd signed up Dean Smith he'd have ditched us once Bruce left Villa. He's a massive Villa man. In hindsight he wasn't the man for us.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Promotion race 2018/2019
« on: March 17, 2019, 11:27:14 AM »
It hasn't occurred to me all season that we might miss out on the play off's and it still doesn't. At the start of the season I predicted us to finish top six and it looks likely that for once I will be proved right. We have a handy cushion but that doesn't mean we should take anything for granted, things can change very quickly in football and at this stage of the season teams down the bottom start to scrap and pressure tells on some teams, no game is easy. That said we have experience in our squad and that should hold us in good stead on the run in.

The last two fixtures were massive with regard to our play off aim. Imagine if we'd lost both games or picked up only one point - but we didn't we won six points out of six and we really should pick up enough points to finish top six. If we don't it will go down as a disaster.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Jacob Murphy (on loan from Newcastle)
« on: March 17, 2019, 10:57:52 AM »
He doesn't read situations well enough for me. A lot of football at the higher levels is played "in the head". Murphy seems a slow thinker, similar to Leko (although not AS slow as him). Edwards has the natural talent to be the best of these three.

General Football & Sports / Re: FA Cup
« on: March 17, 2019, 09:49:58 AM »
Wolves will find the Premier League much more difficult next season when teams go to their place and defend deep putting the onus on Wolves to break them down. That won't play to Wolves strengths.

General Football & Sports / Re: FA Cup
« on: March 16, 2019, 09:59:19 PM »
Man United were awful. Why was Martial even on the pitch, didn't do a stroke all game?

Wolves fully deserved the win.

General Football & Sports / Re: FA Cup
« on: March 16, 2019, 08:01:01 PM »
I hate teams that play Hi Ho Silver Lining prior to kick off, it's so cringeworthy. They should be deducted twelve points and banned from all cup competitions.  8)

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: March 16, 2019, 07:59:42 PM »
Not meaning to be pedantic, it wasn’t all about Jones as is being suggested then?

We can only speculate. I'm sure more info will emerge over time.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: March 16, 2019, 07:31:18 PM »
So it was about Darren and not Jones then?


West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: March 16, 2019, 07:24:15 PM »
I don’t get sacking Darren just to get Jones out.

It’s not logical to me, as there are a number of other ways to have gotten rid of him and kept Darren in post.

For instance, if we are to believe press reports, it is a done deal that Jones will takeover at Luton in the summer and this was agreed before we sacked him. Now, as I understand it, he is under contract to us and would need the clubs permission to have spoken to Luton about their vacancy and for us to agree to release him from his contract to takeover in June.

Two issues, firstly, if he didn’t seek permission from us to speak to Luton and he went ahead anyway and agreed to take the job, then we could have terminated his contract, surely?

Secondly, we could have refused him permission to speak with Luton knowing that, probably, he would have taken humpage and, hopefully, walked out anyway.

Have I missed something? Why sack Darren to achieve a parting of the ways with Jones. I believe it was about Darren and not Jones, I don’t refute that Jones leaving may have been a bonus to some in the hierarchy of the club.

Please enlighten me on this Jones conspiracy theory

Because Darren was the main man he carries the can. If you're a manager and you let your number two dictate to you you're pretty stupid to do so really, no offence to Darren. If you're going to do something you do it your way and you succeed or fail knowing at least you gave it your best shot.

In years to come when he looks back Darren Moore will have a huge regret over his tenure he'll realise he shouldn't have allowed Jones so much influence.

Last Match Forum - 16/03 Brentford (A) / Re: After Match Debate
« on: March 16, 2019, 05:06:15 PM »

He's had to go extremely negative to get these 2 results, the fans wouldn't have stood for this football all season. I've no qualms with the decision to sack him but these 2 results aren't a pointer to how well or badly he was doing.

I don't like those sort of tactics at home but given Swansea's passing stats and it was the first game since Moore and Jones left just a few days earlier I can understand why Shan set us up that way.

At Brentford today given their home form I think he got it tactically spot on.

It will be interesting to see where we go from here.

Last Match Forum - 16/03 Brentford (A) / Re: In Game Chat
« on: March 16, 2019, 04:42:28 PM »
He ran down the right and beat about 5 players before dinking it over the keeper. Possibly a better solo effort than Barnes vs Wednesday!

No Barnes goal was better.

Last Match Forum - 16/03 Brentford (A) / Re: In Game Chat
« on: March 16, 2019, 03:17:32 PM »
Matt Wilson thinks its 4-1-4-1 same as Wednesday

4-5-1 then.

So irritating when people try to be sound clever with formations just because one player may play a yard deeper than another. Not you Frank just talking generally.

Last Match Forum - 16/03 Brentford (A) / Re: Team
« on: March 15, 2019, 04:14:06 PM »
I remember seeing that game on telly.  It was in black and white wasn’t it? :D

Funny ain't ya?  ;D

Come to think of it I seem to remember Brunty setting up a goal from wide right at Sheffield Wednesday earlier in the season. No reason why he can't play that position, sometimes having a leftie on the right can work.

Last Match Forum - 16/03 Brentford (A) / Re: Team
« on: March 15, 2019, 03:48:23 PM »

Decent side but no way can brunt play right hand side of midfield. i would swap jay rod and brunt.

He's played there before. The very first time I saw him play was for Sheffield Wednesday against us and he played wide right then and had a really good game.

Last Match Forum - 16/03 Brentford (A) / Re: Team
« on: March 15, 2019, 12:40:57 PM »
Jimmy Shan expects Holgate and Dawson to be fit. Phillips and Gibbs probably not. Adarabioyo is out.

No mention of Barry so I'm guessing he's not injured which leads me to question his non involvement last Wednesday.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: March 15, 2019, 10:58:35 AM »
You missed the chance to complain that he dived the wrong way for the penalty..... ::)

There was no right or wrong way to dive for that penalty  :D.

Wednesday was the first time all season in the second half I thought Swansea were going to have to do something extra special to score. That's the feeling you want your goalkeeper to give you.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: 2019-2020 Season Tickets
« on: March 15, 2019, 10:55:33 AM »
I stand towards the back of the Smethwick but occasionally sit in the Halfords for Cup and youth games. I'm only a shade over 5 ft 8 but when somebody sits in front of me even my knees are cramped when they take their seat, if they proceed to lean back it's far worse. My wife used to have a season ticket in the Halfords. If she wears two pairs of socks, stands on tip toes and brings a step ladder she's about 5 ft 1 and she had similar problems. While the views are good even the concourse is cramped before kick off and at half time. I call it the Lilliput Stand and if I were 6 ft 5 there's absolutely no way you'd get me in there. While it still serves a purpose the Halfords lay out and proportions really aren't that great.

The concourse doesn't bother me at all. I get to the ground an hour before kick off then I don't go down to the concourse until full time, even then I dawdle my way out so there's hardly anyone there.

The stand does need rebuilding but I've been harping on about that for years. For anyone over six foot tall it's barely fit for purpose.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Field
« on: March 15, 2019, 10:50:20 AM »
Same goes for Livermore too?  He was called up to the full England squad.  :P

One of the great mysteries of life.

Two weeks to go till this match. It'll be interesting to see how many of our fans can manage to drag themselves to this game. So far with a fortnight to ho we've already sold more tickets than the overall crowd for the Swansea game. We've sold somewhere in the region of 20,500 so far.

East Stand           1,685
Brummie Road     1,030
West Stand          428
Smethwick           Sold Out

Remaining: 3,143

Last Match Forum - 16/03 Brentford (A) / Re: Team
« on: March 15, 2019, 08:16:59 AM »
I expect we will remain at 4-5-1 given that Brentford are strong at home and play the type of football they play. I would make a couple of changes though subject to availability. We need a proper defensive option in midfield so Barry or Field should be in the team to do that job. Livermore just doesn't justify a place at all for me so I'd replace him with Johansen and I'd play Brunt on the right hand side, he has the ability to find Gayle or find Rodriguez with diagonal balls. I'm presuming Phillips won't be available, even if he is I'd leave him out and give him time to get over these recurring problems properly:


Holgate           Dawson                   Hegazi             Townsend

                      Harper                     Johansen
Brunt                                                                   Rodriguez


Subs: Bond, Mears, Bartley, Field, Livermore, Robson-Kanu, Murphy

There must be doubts regarding the availability of Holgate, Dawson and Barry. If not available replace them with Mears, Bartley and Field.                       

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: 2019-2020 Season Tickets
« on: March 14, 2019, 08:58:10 PM »

Where have you moved from?

Been in the West Stand a couple of times for non-competitive games. There's an advantage that it's close to the pitch & the players, but it's a bit cramped.

Moved from the East Stand. It seems a bit more intimate (if that's the right word) being closer to the pitch, not too low that you don't get a decent perspective though being in back row but one.

There's not a lot of room I admit but at around 5'10" it's OK for me. Not sure how you'd cope if you're 6 foot plus though.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Chris Brunt
« on: March 14, 2019, 07:47:20 PM »
Brunt and Morris on should have gone a long time and Dyer did ring around Brunt last night.

And Brunt should take the p iss less in relation to what he said to the Swansea player as he slipped whereas Brunt had no excuse for terrible pen at vile a few years ago.

That's because Brunt has no idea off the ball in that role. If we really, really must play him in a midfield three it has to be left hand side. Barry or Field need to be in that deep / central role. Either of them would've plugged those gaps  Dyer kept picking up the ball in last night.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Chris Brunt
« on: March 14, 2019, 07:01:21 PM »
I'd love to know what Brunty said to Celina when he messed up that penalty.  ;D

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