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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Shane Long
« on: March 25, 2014, 03:33:50 PM »

His play is based on making the opposition make  contact with him which allows him to go down full stop.
We need to go back to the old rule on pen's which is some thing like " in the ref's opion" instead of "any contact"

It wouldn't make any difference, certainly not a positive difference. If anything it could make things even worse. Who trusts the "opinion" of someone like Foy?

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Man City Away 21st April
« on: March 24, 2014, 03:43:44 PM »

General Football & Sports / Re: Messi can't do this
« on: March 23, 2014, 09:52:19 PM »
Full time: Real Madrid 3-4 Barcelona. Hugely entertaining game.

General Football & Sports / Re: Messi can't do this
« on: March 23, 2014, 09:42:23 PM »
4-3 Barce, Messi second pen and hat-trick. Could be a massive goal in the context of the season.

General Football & Sports / Re: Messi can't do this
« on: March 23, 2014, 09:22:43 PM »
3-3 Messi pen, Ramos sent off.

General Football & Sports / Re: Messi can't do this
« on: March 23, 2014, 09:13:49 PM »
Ronaldo penalty but foul was outside the box.  :o

General Football & Sports / Re: Messi can't do this
« on: March 23, 2014, 08:55:40 PM »
Terrific entertainment so far. Messi shown glimpses and got his goal, barely seen Ronaldo up to now. Benzema should've finished Barce by now, their defending is shocking.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Shane Long
« on: March 22, 2014, 09:37:45 PM »
A dive is a dive and it needs cutting out, we suffered from Ramires and we suffered today. Sick of it now, the FA need to grow a pair and sort it out and that includes Ridgewell as well.

The problem is - how?

I actually sympathise with the FA here it is such a grey area - what do you class as a dive, where do you draw the line?

They'd be better off growing some balls and getting rid of piss awful referee's. I'm sick of hearing what a difficult job it is and how fast the game is etc etc - no some of these refs are just crap, end of!

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Pepe Mel
« on: March 22, 2014, 09:30:05 PM »
next 2 games will tell and i think we will win them both, no point sacking him it will take em till the summer to find a replacement.

i think he will be goo in the long term whatever division we are in and he needs a chance to build a team and freshen it up.

The summer is where we should be looking to bring in players not review the managerial setup. I would like to think that the manager / head coach still has some say in what players come to the club. We need a setup in place that will take us into the summer and the next five years beyond.

Is Pepe Mel that man?

Personally I don't have any great confidence that he is. If we do decide to keep Mel he has to be given time but the trouble with time is it can be a real positive if you have the right people in place but it can seriously harm a club if you don't.

Peace and his men made the decision to appoint Mel so really Mel should be backed. I have my concerns however that we aren't walking along the correct path.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Shane Long
« on: March 22, 2014, 08:46:57 PM »
Again, I profoundly disagree. A lot of us do not accept it, nor should we; It is cheating and should be punished as such. We don't accept players handling on the line, nor do we accept defenders tripping up the attacker who's through on goal - so why is conning the referee to gain an unfair advantage okay?

If anyone takes note of my postings on this forum they'll know I am passionately against cheating, be that against us or for us.

You are right in principal but why should we be naive and play by the rules when others don't? It gives everyone else an unfair advantage.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Shane Long
« on: March 22, 2014, 08:31:57 PM »
I believe the last time that happened was Sunderland away last season? If so, I'll think you'll find I slated Ridgewell for his dive that day. It will be a sad day when cheating is accepted as part and parcel of the game - the day that happens is the day I pack it in.

While I agree that we only have ourselves to blame for the mess this season the ***** in black haven't really helped have they.

Diving has always been part of the game, Franny Lee used to be a dab hand at it in the seventies. I agree with you in that I hate to see it but we have to accept that it is currently part of the game and it's no good us moaning when someone benefits by it at our expense - we have eleven players that can all do the same thing and I'd rather someone did than hide behind a principal and lose us points.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Pepe Mel
« on: March 22, 2014, 08:26:28 PM »
Maybe I'm being old fashioned but I really don't like the team being in the hands of someone that doesn't speak English. Yes, I know about Southampton etc but it just doesn't sit right with me, I never understood why Mel was appointed in the first place.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Shane Long
« on: March 22, 2014, 08:19:11 PM »
I profoundly disagree with this post.

I for one would have been disgusted if one of our players had dived like Long - hate cheats, always will.

Maybe you could direct me to a post where anyone of our players has been hammered for a dive which has gained us three precious points?

At the end of the day the problems at the Albion are WITH the Albion not with Shane Long not with the referee not anyone else.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Shane Long
« on: March 22, 2014, 08:06:40 PM »
What is all this "cheating against ex team mates is a disgrace" stuff?

It's rather like Ronaldo vs Rooney at the World Cup some years ago, Long is employed by Hull now there should be no sentiment whilst he's playing for his current team.

Job done for him today, how many people would be complaining had Anichebe done the same for us today and gained us three points? No-one!

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: March 22, 2014, 03:53:28 PM »
It's the ref's fault, it's Shane Long's fault - next week it'll be somebody else's fault.

Lets face facts, stop blaming everyone and everything else and accept that we just ain't good enough.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Academy Prospects
« on: March 18, 2014, 03:24:55 AM »
Danny Barrow is a very talented lad, he has superb natural ability. I believe he's only 18 but I can see him breaking through. Watch this clip of him he looks like Messi in an Albion shirt.


Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: March 15, 2014, 05:44:33 PM »
Of all the bloody times to win, guess who let me down on my coupon 95 bloody quid  ::).

Anyway, it is a big result but it means nothing if we can't build on it. Hopefully this result will install some confidence and belief into everybody at the club. I've long been saying we'll go down but I hope I'm wrong, another couple of wins and we give ourselves a massive chance.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: The problem is
« on: March 08, 2014, 04:28:20 PM »
I think whatever happens (I think we are relegation certainties) the club need to have a serious look at where they want to go.

Would I sack Mel now - yes because I have never thought he was the man for the job, I could not see anything in his overall record that made him a candidate any better than anyone else out there. He was largely a one club man in a foreign country but how that indicates he would be successful at West Brom I really don't know.

I would keep Downing and Keilly until we get a new man in one that is allowed to bring in his own backroom team.

It is no good us waiting until the end of the season because that is when we will be looking at buying and selling players we need people in place before then. We need to bring in a new "team" to expect a manager / head coach to work without his own people alongside him I think is ridiculous frankly.

I wouldn't worry too much about it. Pepe Mel has been watching our strikers, if he went to headbutt someone he'd probably miss by about two foot.  ;)

White shorts, white socks - that is Albion.

I HATE IT when the club insist on these sort of variations.

General Football & Sports / Re: Cutis Woodhouse
« on: February 23, 2014, 01:45:28 AM »
I thought he was lucky to get the decision to be honest but fair play to him.

I think we have relegation written all over us. We can't win games, any sort, against anyone and I can't see how that is going to change to the extent where we get enough points to survive. We are powderpuff upfront, awful away from home and there is nothing immediately on the horizon to raise hopes.

I think Fulham will get out of it under their new manager. I can 't help feeling our appointment of Mel was uninspiring and I don't think Mel will last that long in the job, I can see him being gone before the end of next season.

I hope I'm wrong.

« on: February 18, 2014, 09:41:07 PM »
OK I got that wrong.

I was a bit disappointed with City to be honest.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Safe Standing
« on: February 18, 2014, 06:32:30 PM »
I'd be all in favour of it, a section in the centre middle of the end stands, 1000ish people, strict allowances for space per person, all noise and fun and chanting.

The strict total ban was an over-reaction. Totally understandable, but now it's time to bring it back to a degree.

Why only 1000? Before it was redeveloped the Smethwick End used to hold 13,000 standing and the Brummie used to hold 11,000.

All that space is still there. You could easily hold 5 - 6000 safely.

« on: February 18, 2014, 06:29:07 PM »
I think City will thump Barce. Barce cannot defend at all and I can see City getting 3 or 4. Messi is only one man and I can't see him having much impact on this game.

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