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What would you have done differently?

Edwards and Phillips were ineffective and can have no complaints about being withdrawn. The other was an enforced substitution otherwise Austin would have featured.

Not a lot wrong there in my view..

A frustrating performance as we are lacking in creating chances until the introduction of Pereria.

Special mentions to Bartley and Ajayi as both were excellent.

The referee was abject and every single penalty call was incorrect. Wednesday night was bad but this was worse.

Zohore was ok but is in need of suppport at times - a number of occasions were he gets into promising positions only to have no support.

Glad we’re unbeaten and we move on again.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: Today at 07:20:55 PM »
Much better from him on all accounts. Decisive, quick off his line and some good saves to keep us in the game.

Well done. More of it.

Very concerned now with the team selection and subs. Another poor result based on balance of play. Thanks to Captain Marvel who can't convert a 2 yard open goal.

Off to watch some top class Rugby League now. Back later.

Nothing wrong with the team selection - and the subs helped rescue a point, again, like in the week, and at Luton.

It is endless bashing on Livermore for the sake of it, just because your mate isn’t in the side and on the bench.

The days of watching Brunt potter around in midfield are over thankfully.

General Football & Sports / Re: England Cricket Thread
« on: Yesterday at 02:30:02 PM »

Series over.

General Football & Sports / Re: England Cricket Thread
« on: Yesterday at 01:51:17 PM »
Woakes first ball after lunch..  ::)

General Football & Sports / Re: Dingle watch - Anything Wolves
« on: Yesterday at 01:02:15 PM »

Can only assume you didn't watch the actual game, Torino dominated it and it would be no surprise to see them win 2 nil at the Custard Bowl.

Given your record with predictions, thats Wolves winning 3-0 then  :D

General Football & Sports / Re: England Cricket Thread
« on: Yesterday at 12:59:58 PM »
A batting line up that is not designed for test cricket. Beyond pathetic now.

More gutted I've got tickets for the Oval. Be over by then.

I'd seriously consider opening with Burns and Denly. Move Bairstow to 3. Root at 4 and then a toss up between who comes in next; either Stokes or Roy. Buttler is struggling for form at the moment and can be replaced by Foakes to take keep wicket, allowing Bairstow to focus on his batting.

I think after the Ashes we may have to consider removing Denly permanently.

These are pretty seismic changes to be making during a series. We'll continue to plod along and throwing test matches away.

Last Forum - 21/08 Reading (H) / Re: After Match Debate
« on: August 22, 2019, 01:57:08 PM »

Yep. There were three, count them THREE players around their goalscorer, not one of them did anything to stop him. Ajayi simply has to stand directly in front of the player, that's it just block the route, so simple, yet he doesn't they all just parted like the red sea. Johnstone completely blameless.

It wasn't the first team either.

There had been a number of occasions when the midfield and defence parted like the red sea whenever Ejaria and Boye(?) received the ball.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: August 22, 2019, 12:49:25 PM »
Blimey, straws being seriously clutched at if we are looking at SJ for the goal.

Sawyers, Phillips and Livermore to receive blame in equal measure on that one for getting nowhere near the guy before he pinged it.

This in bucket and spades.

Last Forum - 21/08 Reading (H) / Re: After Match Debate
« on: August 22, 2019, 12:48:09 PM »
I thought it was a very enjoyable game actually - credit to Reading because they looked a good side. Ejaria was comfortably the best player on the pitch although us treating him as Pele did not help.

Bit concerned at the amount of space our midfield afforded them and it was only a matter of time because he stuck one in the top corner. Johnstone would have got nowhere near it and it is a shame to see so many laying into him. Accountability lies elsewhere.

Some of our possession was ok but again concerning that we did not create many chances. Krov and Pereria linked well when he joined the action. Zohore looked very good too, making the runs Austin didn't.

Austin looked knackered and his lack of pre-season told.

Saywers had a poor game - looked like he was over-trying.

Furlong also had a very good game at right back. We're well blessed there.

Referee was a total joker and we could have had at least three penalties - the one in the first half looked stonewall.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Field (on loan at Charlton)
« on: August 22, 2019, 12:43:54 PM »

Very lucky not to be starting a 3 match ban and costing his team a point.

"Very lucky not to be starting a 3 match ban"

I'm sure that would have sufficed..  ::)

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: August 22, 2019, 08:02:22 AM »
I’m not Johnstone’s biggest fan... but he had no chance with their goal last night

Let’s criticise the pathetic defending instead for a change..

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Worst goals conceded last season?
« on: August 21, 2019, 12:48:45 PM »
- The Middlesbrough game stands out - in particular the third goal because it highlighted how poor the goalkeeper is at talking to others on the pitch. A total nothing ball played into the channel which should have been collected by the keeper, instead Brunt completed an air kick and the ball ended up in the back of our net.

That game stands out because Middlesbrough were absolutely awful.

The first goal was just a repeat of so many errors that season before it - an overhit pass to a midfielder not ready and we were a goal down.

- The Rodriguez give away against Derby - a totally unneeded pass which split our centre halves. We were never in the game either as their midfield, packed with energy ran rings around us.

- Blackburn scoring directly from a corner. Can't remember who had taken the corner. Mulgrew perhaps?

- I vaguely recall Josh Windass running through the middle of the pitch to score after Hegazi or Mears lost a header from a long ball. 

General Football & Sports / Re: England Cricket Thread
« on: August 20, 2019, 02:14:28 PM »
I had a fantastic day on Sunday - Lords really is a great sporting venue.

Good news - Steve Smith out of the third test due to concussion.

Declare victory now.  ;D

Last Forum - 21/08 Reading (H) / Re: Team
« on: August 20, 2019, 02:09:35 PM »
Expecting changes ahead of Saturday and not sure several of the team can cope with three games in several days. Therefore I'd go with something like:


Furlong Ajayi Bartley Gibbs

Livermore Sawyers

Pereria Krov Diangana


I'd then look to use both Edwards, Zohore and Phillips on Sunday against Derby.

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: August 19, 2019, 12:40:53 PM »
Middlesborough may need to recall Pulis to get them back up.  :o

Reminiscent of us last season with the "club legend to get the fans on side appointment"

Last Match Forum - 17/08 Luton Town (A) / Re: After Match Debate
« on: August 17, 2019, 05:50:45 PM »
Great win. Time for a few celebratory beeers with the in-laws

Enjoy the weekend all  :D

General Football & Sports / Re: England Cricket Thread
« on: August 17, 2019, 09:30:36 AM »
Regardless of the cheating Steve Smith is an excellent batsman. A pleasure to watch him.

I have tickets for day 5 so hopefully the rain now stays away and allows the chance of a result.

To be honest, it took me about ten minutes to notice the goal was disallowed.

I was sat there thinking we was winning before the Mrs told me the scoreboard hadn't changed.

Had to look on Twitter to confirm.

Apparently there was a foul in the build up - although there was nobody within 5 yards of Ajayi !!

Made the stadium announcer look a right tit as he also announced that Ajayi had scored

Last Match Forum - 17/08 Luton Town (A) / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: August 15, 2019, 01:03:58 PM »

Ferguson Ajay Bartley Gibbs


Phillips  Sawyers  Krovinovic Edwards


I wouldnt start with Austin. He looked like he was blowing out of his arse after half hour on Tuesday.

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL LEAGUE 1 and LEAGUE 2 THREAD
« on: August 14, 2019, 01:40:58 PM »
The Premier League should not be used a bail out for league clubs whom have not conducted their finances appropriately.

If anything, you are purely going to encourage other clubs to speculate to accumulate or run football clubs disastrously, knowing there is a pool of money to assist them should it go tits up.

Premier League clubs, however, should remove the loan fee to those in the football league. It should be focused towards player development and not fleecing lower league clubs out of funds.

Moreso, it also needs the football league to take a good look at themselves really. There is no way that they should allow their member clubs to be run so disastrously. What the heck are they doing?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Slaven Bilic Albion’s New Head Coach
« on: August 14, 2019, 01:36:03 PM »
I think we have to be patient.

We have signed a number of players who are still going to have to bed in to our style and gel with their new team-mates. I have no doubts about the excitement that the likes of Pereria, Diangana, Krovanovic Edwards and Austin can bring.

The signs are that we are very good at keeping possession - which after the last few seasons is a welcome relief. We now have to focus on penetrating the opposition and creating chances to win football matches. I am hopeful that this will come when the aforementioned players are up to speed.

Should we be approaching Christmas and we still have issues, then I will reassess where we are.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Oliver Burke
« on: August 14, 2019, 01:25:00 PM »
I cannot see any development to his game from when he joined.

More worryingly, I cannot believe this football club sanctioned such a large amount of spending on him. That money could have been better utilised elsewhere.

He's not a very good footballer - he has little understanding of the game and his technical play is lacking too. He has a good physique but that alone is not good enough.

He's not good enough to play out wide - so we've tried him as a striker - unfortunately, he does not look very good there either.

I would have expected a bit of enthusiasm from him last night, a bit of roar to try and get himself into the managers plans. What we got was the opposite.

I'd sooner watch Tulloch than him.

I'm not going to get too concerned yet as we need to be patient and allow the players time to gel.

Having said that, despite our very pretty possession, it is disappointing that we did not trouble the Milwall goalkeeper in either of our two games against them. They are a relatively poor outlet who defend extremely well.

I thought we had an excellent opening half an hour - Austin, Diangana and Kyle Edwards showed good signs of forming a good and capable partnership.

I thought we looked a bit knackered in the second half and the ball kept coming back onto us. Burke as a forward is laughable, he has no presence and next to no ability.

Disappointed to lose but not remotely arsed about the cup competition.

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