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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Darren Moore sacked
« on: March 14, 2019, 03:16:05 PM »
The decision is correct on the face of things though I'd have hoped a plan was in place; regards last night Swansea are like that every week, they've got all the best passing stats in the league, last week they hammered Norwich and lost narrowly. Saying things like the top 6 would have had a field day simply isn't true, because they aren't as good creatively as Swansea.

Swansea beat Sheffield Utd a month or so ago, and out-passed them at the time as well.

I believe there is not a great deal between the majority of teams in this division currently and that as the season draws to a close the notion that there are no easy games becomes even more true.

Excellent win yesterday, and it shouldn't be underestimated how crucial it was to quickly bounce back from the recent poor run of results and the sacking of DM.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Promotion race 2018/2019
« on: March 14, 2019, 03:07:33 PM »
They are getting momentum, they have their Talisman back, its aligning for them, god I hope i am wrong!

Meanwhile Stoke are unbeaten in 5 Jacko !

If Stoke had beaten Derby last night they would have only been 7 points off the play-offs, which shows just how tight this division is.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Promotion race 2018/2019
« on: March 14, 2019, 03:05:21 PM »

Villa would need to win virtually every game. They've got no chance with or without Grealish.

Before Grealish got injured they had been on a long unbeaten run and with his return their form has already turned around.

Personally I think they will comfortably finish in the top 6 and be the biggest threat to us in the play-offs, probably ending up playing us in the semi-final.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: February 23, 2019, 06:25:57 PM »
Holgate’s distribution is shocking

Yes. I've lost count of the amount of passes he has over hit or that have been aimless, very frustrating. Having said that our final ball in general hasn't been very good and can only improve as the game goes on.

As to the game, for the last 20 minutes I thought we were the better team despite not playing particularly well.

Everything to play for in the second half.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: February 22, 2019, 10:57:20 PM »
The anger towards us on their forum merely due to a few comments on here perceived as being disrespectful towards them is incredible.

Someone even described Villa fans as being 'humble' as opposed to our 'arrogant' lot!  :D

Tomorrow will be tough though, I actually think Sheffield Utd are a greater danger for the automatic places than Leeds, who I think will fade a little and finish no higher than fourth.

If we play well then we should get a favourable result, but just have a feeling it will finish as a draw. That wouldn't be a terrible result though IMO. Whatever happens I don't see this game as defining in anyway, it will still be consistency in the run-in which will be key.

General Football & Sports / Re: Footballers as Law/Accountancy Firms
« on: February 22, 2019, 12:49:39 PM »
Shamelessly stolen from another forum but it is an amusing one worth stealing.

Which ex or current footballers have names that sound like Law/Accountancy firms?

Mason Holgate - best one for me  ;D

Clarke Carlisle

Jacob Murphy

Morgan Gibbs-White

David Davis

Alberto Moreno

Alexander Robertson

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Nathaniel Clyne

Leighton Baines

Must be something about full-backs!

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: February 13, 2019, 04:39:36 PM »
After this month we have a much easier run in than the others and hopefully a full fit squad. If we are still 4 points off 2nd I still think we will be 2nd by the end of March.

Leeds have to play us, Bristol, Reading, Millwall and Shef Utd that month to our, Ipswich, Brentford, Swansea, Blues. If the points dif is the same and we beat Leeds I can see us picking up another 2 points over them to pull level in March. Norwich look to have the best run in and I think are shaping up to win the league unless they hit a bad run of form.

I agree that if we are 4 points off second following the Leeds game we will be in an excellent position.

I also agree that Norwich look likely to win the title now, they have a good run of games and probably need another 8 wins plus 2-3 draws to do that and I think they will get them.

I think we need 7 points from the next 4 games to be in a good position for the run-in, any less than that then we'll have to make do with securing a play-off spot IMO.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Darren Moore sacked
« on: February 13, 2019, 11:07:33 AM »

It's not the 4-3-3 that's the problem. The biggest problem we have at the moment is we keep giving teams a goal start with stupid decision making at the back.

I do agree we need a plan B though because whatever system you play by default you have to make adjustments at times to suit the circumstances. Maybe a diamond system may be worth looking at on certain occasions:


Holgate           Daws / Tosin             Hegazi                Gibbs


                      Harper                      Johansen


                      Rodriguez                  Gayle

It's a way of making sure we retain numbers in midfield so we don't get over-run with the two in the middle and a way of getting Gayle through the middle alongside Rodriguez.

You can argue that the system lacks width but we have marauding full backs so that shouldn't be a problem.

I also think the 4-3-3 isn't suiting us any more. I think the team you've picked here is our best line-up. This would also allow us to have Murphy and Montero as options off the bench should we need the extra pace in the closing stages of games. Kanu, Brunt, Livermore and Bartley would be the other subs.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 12, 2019, 10:55:15 PM »
No defending that but it is our "superior" , best in the division , players who were rubbish, Jrod, Dawson, Gibbs all woeful tonight and Livermore, well that was as bad a performance I've seen since Ronnie Wallwork.

No defending Moore tonight though, we lacked in every area and looked devoid of creativity. Starting to look like we were a one man team and that one man was the boy Harvey Barnes.

Positves : Harper (again) if Livermore ever keeps him out of the side again then plots have really been lost! and got a point with a truly cack performance.

Win at Villa and it's 7 points from 9 though.


Our goal-scoring record is still only marginally worse since he left, and that also coincided with the injury to Phillips as well a relatively tough run of games, so I would say we're not missing him as much as you may think.

Conceding 5 in the last two home matches is more of an issue at the moment.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 12, 2019, 10:35:55 PM »
Name a better squad?

Why should I have to? Explain to me why we have the best squad first.

In my opinion half our starting team today are no better than those in Forests first XI and their bench is not weaker than ours. Our second stringers Kanu, Bartley, Hoolahan, Field, Morrison, Brunt, Montero, Mears,Bond, Leko and probably even Tosin, Harper (who I has greats potential) and Murphy are nothing out of the ordinary for this level, many of them are no better than bottom half of the table players at IMO.

We had nobody we could take off the bench tonight to take the game to them, with us only carrying a few injuries I would say that's not the sign of a strong squad.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 12, 2019, 10:19:22 PM »
See Dingle Don talking crap on sky, claims Gayle should get ban for penalty no mention of gabbons shocker on Holgate in first half

I can't stand listening to Goodman, so biased against us it's sickening.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 12, 2019, 10:17:29 PM »
Agree with the general consensus that tonight was a poor performance. For those who think we have the best squad in the league, when will you wake up and smell the coffee? We have a very good first XI, but with 2-3 players missing (most notably tonight, Phillips and Hegazi) we begin to look quite ordinary.

Having said that, conceding such a bad and unnecessary early goal killed the game. I didn't expect anything more than a point from that moment on.

Harper had a decent game and the full backs performed adequately enough, but the rest put in a poor shift.

It pains me to say it, even though we are not too far off it will be play-offs at best for us now I think.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Team
« on: February 12, 2019, 01:27:40 PM »
Fitness permitting, same side as the Stoke game. Personally I would take J-Rod out and put Montero on the wing with Gayle through the middle but that will not happen so keep the same side.

We cannot afford to be taking liberties with such games by resting players. Our home form has been awful of late, we need to turn it around

Taking Rodriguez out for Montero would completely change the way we play and overall make us weaker.

Rodriguez has been one of our key players this season, being integral to the way we play. I find it incredible how so many think we would be better off without him in the side.

My team:


Holgate Dawson Hegazi Gibbs

   Livermore Barry Johansen

     Gayle    JROD    Murphy

I would be tempted to start with Harper instead of Barry to give him a rest, but perhaps he should be starting in front of Livermore instead. At least we have options now. I hope Phillips is fit enough to make the bench.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 09, 2019, 07:37:27 PM »
Similar performance to the Bolton game against a similar quality home-side. Ugly but effective and we are grinding out wins away, we just need to do it at the Hawthorns.

It was a great picture of the away fans after the final whistle - seemed to be thoroughly enjoying it.

Stoke are miles ahead of Bolton. Allen, Woods and Etebo are as good a midfield three as there is in the division.

We were a bit sloppy at times but this is still an excellent and relatively comfortable win.

Hegazi was my man of the match.

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: February 08, 2019, 09:11:14 PM »
Haha dont think so now

Unfortunately that terrible ref decision could well do us out of automatic come May, not good news for us at all.

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: February 08, 2019, 09:08:43 PM »
Terrible decision, Sharp was initially offside and then clearly kicked the ball out of the keepers hands.

Bar the first 15 minutes Villa had probably been the better team, I can see them coming back into it.

Or maybe not.....bad decision for the second goal has swung the game in Sheff Utd's favour.

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: February 08, 2019, 09:04:18 PM »
Villa 0-2 sheff utd


Controversial goal, apparently the ball was kicked out of the GKs hands.

Terrible decision, Sharp was initially offside and then clearly kicked the ball out of the keepers hands.

Bar the first 15 minutes Villa had probably been the better team, I can see them coming back into it.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: February 07, 2019, 11:51:45 PM »
This is one we should be winning.

Stoke are in terrible form and it looks like their problems have actually got worse.

They've still got some decent players in their squad however and as shown by their win over Leeds recently they shouldn't be underestimated.

Stopping their midfield of Allen, Woods and Etebo seeing too much of the ball will be key. Barry, Livermore and Johansen in the midfield can do the job. If we can win the battle in that area if the pitch I expect us to win the game.

The season really does start here.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Jonathan Bond
« on: February 07, 2019, 11:44:28 PM »

Johnstone has a glaring weakness of regularly conceding from shots he should save.

And in his few appearances there's no indication that Bond is any better in this regard. He should have saved the equaliser last night.

Johnstone is a big step down from Foster and sometimes I wonder if people's expectations of him are effected by how spoiled the team was by having Foster between the sticks for so long. The Championship is probably very much Johnstone's level, yet there are few in the division better than him in my view.

Bond seems to be adequate back-up but my initial impressions of him do not convince me he is good enough to start regularly during a pressurised run-in. Johnstone has been in this situation last season with Villa where he apparently acquitted himself very well and this experience alone gives him the edge over Bond.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Team
« on: February 07, 2019, 11:17:21 AM »
What the hell is wrong with Matty Phillips and when did he last play for us?

Seems like a hundred years ago.

Picked up an ankle injury at the same time we lost Barnes, but he should be returning to action anytime in the next week or so.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Team
« on: February 07, 2019, 11:11:42 AM »
I don't see how Harper can play after going through 120 minutes last night.

Which is why DM was absolutely right to play a weakened team last night.

My team:


Holgate  Dawson Hegazi  Gibbs

   Johansen Barry Livermore

    Murphy Rodriguez Gayle

SUBS: Montero, Bartley, Brunt, Harper, Hoolahan, Rogers, Phillips, Bond

If Phillips is close put him on the bench for a run out in the closing stages if we are in a strong position at that stage.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Jonathan Bond
« on: February 06, 2019, 11:35:59 PM »
Number ONE choice for me.

I wasn't impressed enough by him tonight to think for one second he would be a better choice than Johnstone.

The first goal was poor keeping but even before that I just didn't think he had enough presence in the box to be a regular in the Championship.

I don't say that to criticise him, I thought his performance tonight was pretty decent in most respects but no way does he oust Johnstone for me.

General Football & Sports / Re: Dingle watch - Anything Wolves
« on: February 06, 2019, 02:25:44 PM »
I think we need to prepare ourselves for them winning something in the next few years, be that the FA cup, League cup or even, god forbid the Europa league.

They won't get top 4, like some of their fans have deluded themselves is part of Fosun's long term plan, however they currently sit in the last European place and I can't see them being caught. They are a Bristol City away from their first FA cup quarter final in years as well.

I'm going to hate it as a gloating Wolves fan is nearly as bad as the "i'm really hard and will attack random fans" type, but if we prepare now, it will be easier to take once the inevitable happens.

Possibly, but probably not. Look at the resources Spurs have and how many trophies have they won in the last 25 years? Wolves will do well enough in the Prem as long as they have their current manager, who is doing an excellent job due to his knowledge of the Portuguese league helping him to get his signings spot on. However when he moves on (it will happen eventually) it could all go tits up quite quickly, regardless of how much money they are willing to splash on oversea's players.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: TV Games
« on: February 06, 2019, 02:14:04 PM »
So including today, 7 of the next 11 matches are being televised. If we win today, the game against Derby will be on TV and the Villa game will be rescheduled to a midweek slot creating another likely televised match.

We're on TV more than Man Utd at the minute!

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Darren Moore sacked
« on: February 05, 2019, 09:10:58 PM »
7 points from 15 so far in 2019.  12 points from 18 in December suggests we miss Barnes but have not adapted to life without him. There will have to be an improvement if we are to get an automatic promotion spot. Pressure is on Moore now to be back at 2 points from every game on average.

We have only played 3 league games since Barnes left. Phillips has also missed all of those, and we feel his absence at least as much as Barnes, more so in my view. As already mentioned, two of those three matches were against tougher opposition in Norwich and Middlesbrough and goals haven't really been our issue in those 3 games either.

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