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West Bromwich Albion FC / Next 4 Games
« on: Yesterday at 11:25:19 AM »
3 of our next 4 are at home but are all very tough games. What should we expect in terms of points?
Personally, I would like to see the unbeaten run extended, but this will be a real challenge.

Sheff Wed (H) - D
Bristol City (H) - W
PNE (A) - D
Swansea (H) - W

I reckon 8 points is minimum to keep us top and would maintain our 2+ points per game record.

General Football & Sports / Re: VAR
« on: November 13, 2019, 10:18:47 AM »
The only way VAR can work, from a fan's perspective, is to be quick. If it takes 4/5 minutes to make a decision it kills the atmosphere, even if 100% accurate (which it doesn't appear it can be, in it's current form).
As I said before, limit the check to 30 seconds, which, if it is a clear and obvious error, should be enough. If not, get on with the game.
If you get the decision you are ecstatic, if you don't you are fired up, either way it would enhance the atmosphere rather than destroy it.
As the technology improves they can look at making it more accurate, but for now, this would suffice as it should capture someone who's a yard offside or a clear penalty. If it's debatable, get on with the game and we can argue about it in the pub after the final whistle.

General Football & Sports / Re: VAR
« on: November 12, 2019, 12:56:09 PM »
exactamundo, completely farcical now. Needs to be canned for a while until the FA / League sort it out.
Needs a time limit of 30 seconds. If it's not clear enough in that time then original decision stands. You could have a countdown in the stadium, at least then it would involve the fans.

I agree with Jacko, in that Brunt will start. He's the only one out of the 3 that has been involved with the first team at all. Barry has played no games and Harper has, reportedly, been poor in the U23's, so Brunt has to be favourite to start alongside Krov. Whilst I'm not a fan of Brunt at CH, he has had good games there so for 1 game it's not as bad as some are making out. Just keep him out of our penalty area!
Only other option is Ajayi, which may just work in Slaven's favour, as it will give him an option to re-introduce Hegazi without dropping either CH. If it goes well however, he will have the same conundrum when Livermore and Sawyers are back, so it will be Brunt and Krov for me.

Next Match Forum - 23/11 Sheffield Wednesday (H) / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: November 11, 2019, 09:21:45 AM »
I wonder how fit Barry is currently  :-X

Sadly, no matter what, I just cannot advocate picking Brunt as a centre mid. I've seen this movie too many times before, and the ending is never pleasant.
Have to agree but think it is nailed on.
It is only one game though and at least we know Brunty will give 100%. The same doesn't appear to be said of Harper, if reports from the U23's is anything to go by, otherwise he would be my pick.
Only other option is Ajayi but that means disrupting the back 4 as well and, although I would welcome Hegazi back, that's not ideal following two clean sheets.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Gareth Barry
« on: November 04, 2019, 01:33:59 PM »
Is it a joke getting him back. bloody hell how old do you have to be to get a game at Albion. What with that and Brunt getting a new contract we will soon be getting the zimmer frames out again. Does that really help any of our young players seeing that and never getting a game.
Ferguson, Townsend, Sawyers, Edwards, Diangana have all stopped Brunt getting a game this season (in positions he's covered in the past).
Don't see Barry threatening anyone but Livermore / Sawyers. The only youngster competing with him is Harper and he's keeping himself out, by all accounts, with poor performances with the u23's.

We have a very young side, so all this does is provide some valuable experience.

Last Match Forum - 04/11 Stoke City (A) / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: November 04, 2019, 08:51:47 AM »
I was looking forward to this but, now it's here, I've been hit with a wave of pessimism. Nothing suggests anything other than a baggies win so why do I have a knot in my stomach? Anyone else got the jitters?

General Football & Sports / Re: Anything Stoke
« on: November 02, 2019, 02:12:21 PM »
Alex Neil taking the job according to talksport . Strange decision for m him
Preston knocked them back

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Gareth Barry
« on: October 31, 2019, 03:19:44 PM »
If I was Romaine Sawyers I'd be clapping my hands at the thought of having such a seasoned pro in the camp and i think that's what his main influence will be, along with stepping in as and when required to see a game out or to cope with injuries etc. Probably has one eye on a coaching role.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Interviews with players
« on: October 29, 2019, 04:54:45 PM »
Apparently Bartley one was in the programme but was linked somewhere online.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Interviews with players
« on: October 29, 2019, 04:52:49 PM »
Johnstone one was linked on another website but think it was from the Athletic. I thought I had read the Bartley one on here but can't find it now so maybe that was also elsewhere. Sorry.
Can anyone help?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Interviews with players
« on: October 29, 2019, 04:19:22 PM »
Read two articles this week, one from Bartley and one about Johnstone, both of whom I am critical of, but it doesn't half make you warm to them a bit when they talk so fondly about the club and their determination to succeed.
Not sure if I am missing anything (I don't buy programmes) but this is relatively rare for me, can't remember too many articles related to current first teamers but think it is an excellent way of building the relationship between players and fans. Provided of course it is genuine and not press release cliche, which neither of these seemed to be.
Is this a regular thing or is it a new directive?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: James Morrison
« on: October 29, 2019, 03:01:58 PM »
can only see upside to this,

Age at which he can still relate to kids and vice versa
Ability is not questionable
Wealth of experience at all levels incl International
Has a temperament that doesn't tolerate stupidity
Knows the club better than almost anyone else there i should think

On reflection 1 downside, will the kids "ken wha is on aboo ?"
Or give them a slap if they get all Billy Big Balls.

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: October 29, 2019, 12:19:46 PM »
Hull, Brentford, Blues???
Brentford won 3 in a row.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Under 23's/ Academy Thread
« on: October 29, 2019, 09:21:06 AM »

Yeah, played wide right. Did OK, looked lively at times particularly first half. Subbed late on for Clayton-Phillips.
Where did Edwards play then mate?
Sounds like Ken has staked a claim for Monday which is good to hear.

If anyone thinks that our defence is a problem then we can always get Pulis back.....

For me the fact that we are conceding comes with the territory. I am not sure we can have the football we are currently enjoying and a water tight defence. Pulis wanted athletes who could run back in a second to defend whereas Slaven has gone for the skill factor. Neither goal on Saturday was the fault of the defence, a 'non penalty' and an unfortunate clearance/deflection. I have faith in the team and it is apparent for all to see that, unlike the past few seasons, this means something to them, they are working together and supporting each other.

I really am not sure why we have threads like this, micro analysing certain individuals and blaming them for goals. Its football, it happens......lets just enjoy it.
Have to agree that the system leaves us vulnerable, this is why all of the back 5 have received plaudits this season, for playing well, when the goals against suggests otherwise. It's a sacrifice worth taking though for he potency it gives at the other end.
That doesn't mean we can't analyse it and look for improvements.
I know a lot of people get upset at the stick that Livermore, Bartley and Johnstone get, and yes, they have all had good spells this season, but, to me, they are all players that we should look to improve upon.
Hegazi will be an immediate improvement and should come back asap.
Ferguson being out will allow us to see if a natural left footer gives us better balance and I would like to see us try an alternative to Livermore in CM, maybe Krov, maybe Ajayi as I'm not convinced it will make us weaker.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: October 28, 2019, 04:40:40 PM »
Interesting point.
If he couldn't see it, how could he send a player off?
If he didn't see it and it was brought to his attention, he wouldn't know what really happened, and the severity of it.
Very interesting point.
Did he not see it at all and just reacted to the uproar from the bench?
Nail on the head I reckon.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: October 28, 2019, 02:12:45 PM »

Couldn't wait to give that one either as the Charlton player plants his legs after overrunning the ball.
That is really dodgy. He obviously likes to be centre of attention, worst possible trait for a referee.
Also got one of hem faces you could punch for a week without a rest.

Last Match Forum - 04/11 Stoke City (A) / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: October 28, 2019, 10:49:14 AM »
a bit dramatic mate, on paper we have the easiest fixture. Preston are away at Charlton, Leeds have QPR and Sheff Wed are away at Blackburn.
Swansea also in there now and they have Wigan away. Worst case scenario is that we go into this game in 5th place but personally I think we'll be 3rd needing a point to go back into 2nd or 3 for top.
Have to look at this as 3 points though, if it were anyone but Stoke we would be expecting to win.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Match Officials
« on: October 28, 2019, 10:41:27 AM »
Correct me if I am wrong.
Don't the two managers or somebody have to fill in a report to the FA about the officials, after the game?
If so, I wonder what Slav said?
He said on Quest that "he gave them everything from minute 1", so I don't imagine it would be favourable.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Charlie Austin
« on: October 28, 2019, 10:26:19 AM »

You do realise the first page of this thread is visible to all of us? So in no particular order just from page 1 of the thread, Atomic, Fritzl Palace, tommcneil, wbarenno, Foster#1, overseas baggie, Baggies, and Pie thought he would be a decent to great signing.

Additionally, he's only started 9 games. Bit early to write him off.

As to your input on page 2 of the thread you were shot down by several members, not just me, after comparing him to Andy Townsend among others. Jog on mate, if I had a microphone I'd now drop it...
You can add me to that list, I too thought he would be a good signing. Unfortunately, I just don't see it now, although that's not because he's over the hill or just after a pay day, but rather that he doesn't have the attributes that suit our system or personnel.
For me we need a more mobile striker, who's happier with the ball at his feet, that can integrate better with Perreira, Diangana, Phillips, Krov etc. Even then, I wouldn't expect 20+ goals as the way they play and create space for each other, the goals will always be shared out more evenly.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: October 28, 2019, 09:25:48 AM »
In the car on the way back The Bomber said something about the players not being allowed to tell the ref it was them as  to not influence or confuse them!! The idiot was confused enough. I am still really angry about that excuse for a ref  >:(
The ref was a total bell end. Did you see the arrogant, disdainful look he gave Ferguson when he finally got round to sending off the right person? No apology for his ineptitude  just a look of disgust that Nathan hadn't sent himself off!
Don't even get me started on the pen. No way on earth that is a free kick anywhere on the pitch, just a very poor ref trying to rescue his deflated ego after having an absolute shocker.
Same result but completely different to Tuesday when, to be honest, I was really angry with our performance, Saturday though, I thought we played well and would have won comfortably had we taken our chances and had a better ref. (a pi$$ poor one would have sufficed, would still have been better than this tool)

The changes in personnel suggested are almost always directed at the expense of Livermore, Bartley, and Johnstone, who in my humble opinion are no more responsible for goals conceded at home than anyone else in the team.  Livermore the main target and his performance levels have been very good this season.
That's where we disagree I'm afraid, I don't think Livermore has been "very good" since he's been here.
Your opinion though so is in no way *disgraceful* just different to mine.
I have been critical of Bartley but, as you'll see from my post, I believe he has improved enough to stay in ahead of Ajayi.
 Livermore is still, however, a weak link.

Non above criticism, but in imo Livermore is less of a pressing need to sort than both
Don't disagree but it still doesn't make it a disgraceful suggestion.

I knew it would eventually come to suggestions of any change to get rid of Livermore, as prompted by Jacko's OP.
Why is it disgraceful to suggest a change in personnel? Should we just play the same 11 for 46 games?
What has Livermore done to exempt him from criticism?

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