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General Football & Sports / Re: Ben Foster (Sold to Watford)
« on: Yesterday at 03:07:55 PM »
Problem with naming people is you will never get told anything else and it could jeopardise them as well. If it wasn't from someone I do trust I wouldn't post it.

Understood. The trouble is you become part of the "rumour mill". I've been told this and that but have nothing to back it up, therefore there's no substance to the comments. See what I mean?

Next Match Forum - 21/01 Bolton Wanderers (A) / Re: Team
« on: Yesterday at 02:55:11 PM »
Edwards playing for U23's today so swap him for Sako on the bench.

General Football & Sports / Re: Ben Foster (Sold to Watford)
« on: Yesterday at 02:45:18 PM »
Not a chance will I ever name someone on a website who has passed something on.

Then you shouldn't make the comment in the first place (IMO). Either reveal or keep it under your hat.

For the record I totally believe your comment.

General Football & Sports / Re: Ben Foster (Sold to Watford)
« on: Yesterday at 02:24:20 PM »
He wanted to go as soon as we were down I was told, that came from someone with connections to the dressing room.


Come on if you're prepared to make a statement like that publicly then you should qualify it.

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: Yesterday at 02:22:43 PM »
The league isn't dross at all it's (about) the eighth best league in Europe. It's far from dross.

General Football & Sports / Re: Ben Foster (Sold to Watford)
« on: Yesterday at 02:08:05 PM »
Not yet he isn't, but keepers are like fine wine,are they not?
My impression is that he has the qualities to become a top goalie for us for years .

I hope he does, of course, but at this present moment (IMO) we are losing points because of him.

It's a catch 22 I know, keepers don't improve without experience but at the same time you have to get results in the here and now.

The safest I've felt all season was when Bond was in goal in the FA Cup. I know that wasn't a priority game, weakened teams etc but it's slightly concerning that Sam doesn't give me that same assurance. Every time someone shoots from distance I'm shitting it thinking the shot is going in and often it has this season. That's not good.

One thing he lacks for me is stature. He's 6'2" I believe (to my eyes a weak one at that) and whilst in terms of society that's by no means a shortarse most goalkeepers are a good 6'4".

Next Match Forum - 21/01 Bolton Wanderers (A) / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: Yesterday at 01:59:27 PM »
Your "11 wins, 5 draws, 4 losses"  is 20 games. We only have 19 left.   Small margins, i know, but one fewer game makes it that much more difficult.

That's OK we will lose one less then.  8)

Next Match Forum - 21/01 Bolton Wanderers (A) / Re: Team
« on: Yesterday at 01:55:15 PM »
If we remain 4-3-3 I'd change the top end of the pitch slightly:


Holgate                 Dawson                                  Hegazi                      Gibbs

                      Phillips               Barry                          Harper


                            Gayle                                      Rodriguez

Subs: Myhill, Adarabioyo, Townsend, Brunt, Hoolahan, Robson - Kanu, Edwards.

With Holgate on the right he will supply width as Gibbs does so with that extra option I'd forego the width in the forward areas and instead opt for a central two with a "feeder" behind them. Harvey Barnes would've been ideal for this role but hey ho with him gone it's either Mozza or Hoolahan but Mozza for me offers the greater threat.

I think without Barnes we will struggle in the final third unless we adjust a little. We have to find a way of compensating for his loss. Holgate is a massive addition because he gives us a completely new dimension down the right. He's only been with us for one league game but already I think he's become an enormous addition for us.

On paper that team looks as strong as anything in the league I'd argue. Changed my mind on reverting to three at the back, I'm going with this now lol.

Giving this way too much thought I think, I've been considering every possible scenario for days.  8) ::)

General Football & Sports / Re: Ben Foster (Sold to Watford)
« on: Yesterday at 12:14:24 PM »
We'd be top if Foster stayed, just the much superior command of his box over Johnstone is worth a hell of a lot of points for us that we've lost.

I agree with that. I'm not convinced by Johnstone at all. The amount of times we've conceded this season and I've thought to myself "Foster would've stopped that" are just too frequent.

Johnstone has better distribution than Foster but he's not as good as him in any other department.

East Stand             1,530
Brummie Road       1.002
West Stand            298
Smethwick             Sold Out

Remaining 2,830.

Next Match Forum - 21/01 Bolton Wanderers (A) / Re: Team
« on: Yesterday at 07:28:07 AM »
That selection will do for me & if we are going to go 3 at the back ( which i be leave is favered by our manager & his assistant ) i can think of no better team to use it against has lighting will not strike twice

If the link about Tyrone Mings is true it may indicate that that is the case. Graeme Jones has stated previously that the switch to a four was temporary and I think three at the back is always at the back of his mind. If we do revert to a three we must surely play it differently to the way we played it at the start of the season. It's not just the over emphasis on playing out from the back but positionally also. We played with Barnes behind a top two then but we were always light in midfield. Now with Holgate coming into the side it gives us attacking width down the right hand side to match Gibbs on the left, we're no longer reliant on Phillips to provide it on the right.

The midfield is better now and there's no need to change it. Instead of 3-4-1-2 we continue with the midfield the way it is now in a 3-5-2. The 3-5-2 on paper looks stronger than 3-4-1-2 did.

Next Match Forum - 21/01 Bolton Wanderers (A) / Re: Team
« on: January 19, 2019, 05:18:54 PM »
Hugely against reverting to 3 at the back.





Me too IF we play it like we did at the start of the season.

Next Match Forum - 21/01 Bolton Wanderers (A) / Re: Team
« on: January 19, 2019, 05:11:28 PM »
OK MY team. With Barnes gone and looking at the players we have I think 3-5-2 would ideally suit the personnel we have at our disposal having signed up Mason Holgate. Don't get me wrong I prefer 4-3-3 as a system but that system means including Robson-Kanu in the eleven and using Gayle wide. 3-5-2 looks stronger to me given our personnel. I don't expect Darren will go with this but I'd be tempted to.


                       Adarabioyo     Dawson               Hegazi

Holgate            Phillips            Barry                  Harper                 Gibbs

                                    Gayle             Rodriguez

Subs: Myhill, Mears, Bartley, Morrison, Brunt, Robson - Kanu, Sako.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: The Liquidator liquidated?
« on: January 17, 2019, 06:45:52 PM »
Its getting pathetic these days, sky commentators apologising to viewers for bad language so wouldn't surprise me if it was Sky who complained ::)

Do they not venture out onto the streets these days ?

This is what I don't understand. Anyone that ventures out of their front door hears swearing every single day of their lives, including kids at school.

Just don't get it. 

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Who really wants promotion?
« on: January 15, 2019, 11:24:04 AM »
I wouldn't know about that as following an Albion win I was rarely back in time from my post match celebrations to watch MotD.

And when I was back in time I was usually asleep before we came on either toward or at the end.

Yep. That's me too.

Hopefully a full house to give pulis 90 minutes from hell

I'd be happier if the club announced we didn't quite sell out, maybe 1 ticket short  8)  ;D. Whenever we announce a sell out we never, ever win.  :'(

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Who really wants promotion?
« on: January 14, 2019, 09:46:54 PM »
I hate the Premier League and have absolutely no desire to be in it until the "top six" bugger off to some sort of Euro League. Better still they all go bust. It's is non-competitive, non-sporting, dull and hopeless for everyone other than the few. That gap between that few and everyone else has also all but killed the FA Cup and as for the Carabao Cup - meh!

That said I do understand the clubs need to be in the Premier League.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Darren Moore
« on: January 14, 2019, 08:17:35 PM »

We was absolutely comfortable - we possibly could and should have made a change to provide fresh legs but lets face it, it was hardly a backs to the wall job.

Our management of the game on Saturday was very good. It is just a shame that our forward decided to sprint 30 yards back to clatter one of their players.

Had Gayle not been so stupid, we win 1-0, and everyone on here is waxing lyrical.

He's been told before not to do that as well. The two wide men are supposed to stay up the field and not go chasing back. Dwight needs to learn this. As much as anything if our wide men keep tracking back we will have no outlet we'll start to get penned in in games.

Too eager for his own good and probably as a result of the British mentality of always giving 100%. Sometimes less is more.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Gareth Barry
« on: January 13, 2019, 08:53:34 AM »
I'll be honest , I didn't like the taxi thing and I don't sing that song about it and never will .
My gripe with Barry was I didn't think he had shown much since signing and I didn't want to build a side around a bloke his age . At that point I'd have got rid if I could but I was expecting the club to spend more on a new squad like previous relegations .
Great credit to Barry , he's played very well since getting back in and looks like the player he was elsewhere .
At his age though it will only be a short term thing sadly.

The good thing about Barry is he can't be affected by losing his pace because he never had any. That said he will be getting that bit slower still and at his age you tire that bit more and you re-act that fraction slower. This could be his last season or he may squeeze one more but that'd be it for sure.

The quality he has though - if he had two yards more pace he'd still be at a top six club.

Next Match Forum - 21/01 Bolton Wanderers (A) / Re: Team
« on: January 13, 2019, 08:40:35 AM »
It's too early to name a team for this game. We have no idea if anyone will leave or come in for a start so I'll refrain from picking my team for now. What I will say is:

      Holgate               Dawson                     Hegazi                    Gibbs


      Gayle (left or right depending)

These six are absolutely critical to us. I wouldn't swap any one of them for anyone else in this division. You could add Phillips to that list but what's going on with him is anyone's guess and whether he should now play further forward in the Barnes role is another relevant question.

The others are all replaceable potentially. Don't get me wrong I don't expect to see four or five players coming in upgrading on the existing players we have and I don't expect a mass exodus either, just making a point.

I'll pick my team much nearer to the game.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Wes Hoolahan
« on: January 13, 2019, 08:30:12 AM »
I'm not keen on Hoolahan as an option. He's a neat and tidy footballer for sure but he will never offer any goal threat and playing that deep number nine role you have to do that. J Rod does that.

General Football & Sports / Re: Seals watch - Anything Villa
« on: January 13, 2019, 07:10:54 AM »
Chuckled at the vile fan dropping an F bomb on WM. There’s always someone else worse off than us, and my life is enhanced when it’s one of them deluded unfortunates. SOTV.  ;D

I chuckled more at Dean Smith's post match comments. People moan about Big Dave's interviews. Smith sounded totally clueless to me, didn't seem to have any idea why things were going wrong or have any idea how he was going to improve things. "We've hit rock bottom now" or words to that effect was the best he could offer.

Last Match Forum - 12/01 Norwich City (H) / Re: After Match Debate
« on: January 13, 2019, 06:34:45 AM »
Watched it back on Quest and for me Johnstone has to stop that goal. Disappointing.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Darren Moore
« on: January 12, 2019, 10:13:15 PM »
To put Darren's reign in context: nominated for Manager of the Month in 4 of 6 months he's been eligible for it (Premier League AND Championship). Beaten Pochettino, Mourinho, Benitez, Bielsa; drawn with Klopp. Had the spine of his team removed: Foster, Evans, Krychowiak, Rondon. Given precious little money to replace them approx £8 million. Far more competitive than Stoke and Swansea, top scorers and best goal difference in the division, decent passing football, cemented in the play off places and 3 points off the auto's with plenty of games left to play. Shrewd operator in the loan market. Restorer of pride.

Cheers Darren, long may you reign.

Best post you've ever posted lol. Totally agree Darren is doing a fantastic job.

Last Match Forum - 12/01 Norwich City (H) / Re: Ticket Info & Requests
« on: January 12, 2019, 08:00:38 PM »
For the record:

Attendance: 26,544
Away Fans: 2,723
Home Fans: 23,821

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