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I still don't think we're overly bothered about the cup at this stage as a club or management.

We made changes at Wigan and it didn't work out, expect us to be unchanged again barring injuries or fatigue.
Yep, same again then freshen things up for the cup and i still think we'll win both games.

There is a time to punch cross's clear & a time to catch them this ball was more easy to catch than punch. Poor decision making by SJ.
As his general position, in this situation, is behind his own goal line, this is still an improvement!

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Ahmed Hegazi
« on: Yesterday at 11:36:46 AM »
The reason that teams are having less shots against us is that as a whole the team are playing further up the pitch and defending from the front. I've been impressed at the way we are now closing teams down. This wasn't happening 4 or 5 weeks ago
We are also faffing about less at the back and man marking at set pieces. All of which are changes influenced by our poor run, so full credit to Slav and his coaching staff.

I thought Harper was exceptional under the circumstances. Nothing spectacular, apart from his shot at the end, but was calm, composed and did his bit to keep us ticking.
Could easily have been overwhelmed or caught out trying too hard but instead put in a very mature performance.
Massive plus for the night in my opinion.

Any chance of Diangana being fit for this?

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: February 25, 2020, 06:33:59 PM »
They don’t play for West Brom, ergo nothing will be done retrospectively.
Nor did Dingle Don put it in his personal report so, no, no action taken.

Last Match Forum - 25/02 Preston North End (H) / Re: Team
« on: February 25, 2020, 10:21:29 AM »

O'Shea   Ajayi   Hegazi   Atomic's-Lover

Livermore   Krovinovic

Grosicki   Pereira   Robinson

Assuming Atomic is head over heels for Townsend, I would go with that team, love to see Grosicki, Pereira and Robinson all start, think they could be absolutely devastating!
If, however, we choose to keep it simple and replace Sawyers, I hope we go with Harper, he's the only one of the options that can play 3 games in a week. If we play Brunt or Barry, we would probably have to change again come Saturday, certainly Tuesday.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: How many points needed?
« on: February 24, 2020, 11:25:25 AM »
My updated predictor:

Pos   Team   Predicted
1   WBA           87
2   Leeds   84
3   Fulham   81
4   Brentford   79
5   Forest   74
6   Preston   69

Krovinovic alongside Livermore, Pereira behind HRK and Grosicki/ Phillips in the team
Yes, Krov alongside Livermore, Grosicki out wide. Out score them.

Last Match Forum - 22/02 Bristol City (A) / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: February 18, 2020, 12:23:33 PM »
I just think there has to be a week where we get beat and the rest of the results go against us, just to bring us down to earth and tighten the bum cheeks, wouldn't be Albion otherwise.
That's just the pessimist in me though, we are more than capable of winning this one, so hope i'm very wrong.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Conor Townsend
« on: February 17, 2020, 12:52:56 PM »
The one thing that has to be said about Townsend is that he's grabbed the chance that has been offered to him, unlike so many before; Field, Leko, Harper and even Edwards to a degree. Granted most of those had far more competition in their respective positions but, even so, credit to Conor, he has stuck at it and improved with every game.
Whether or not he can or should keep Gibbs out remains to be seen, but he has certainly given Slaven something to think about.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: How many points needed?
« on: February 17, 2020, 09:55:15 AM »
My updated predictor

Pos   Team   Predicted
1   WBA           85
2   Leeds   84
3   Brentford   81
4   Fulham   80
5   Forest   76
6   Preston   69

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: February 15, 2020, 04:14:37 PM »
Just got a little bit better.
Fulham 0-2 Barnsley

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 15, 2020, 04:00:43 PM »
Thanks for clarifying. But how is he is meant to get out the way? He’s laying flat on the ground with a Forest player on top of him? To be fair it could of gone either way and I’m always going to argue for us, just so frustrating as it’s rotten luck...if only Bartley wasn’t there!
You are right mate, it should have stood. Sky just clarifying the refs view in real time. Replays are conclusive.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 15, 2020, 03:51:20 PM »
Good game which we dominated.
Shou!d have won it at the end, Bartley offside but does not impede the defender so definite goal after seeing replays. Ref made mistakes throughout and more so his assistants but we were head and shoulders above them and took a fantastic goal to get them anything.
Stick with 433 and we'll be fine.
Sawyers needs a break.
Krov motm

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Slaven Bilic
« on: February 14, 2020, 10:48:13 AM »
I didn't say he was beyond criticism, I said he should not be criticised unless his performance as a manager was negligent, clearly, too any fair minded person, it wasn't.
So, if a manager loses 20 games in a row but, in your mind is not negligent during that time, but merely a victim of circumstance, he should just be allowed to continue without being criticised?
I don't believe that to be fair minded.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Slaven Bilic
« on: February 14, 2020, 09:47:12 AM »
You don't think our downturn in form coincided with losing Diangana and Gibbs for extended periods?
Of course it did mate but that wouldn't have made any difference had the winless run continued.
Neither have played in the last 3, so the answer was always there, it just took a while, and a new signing to find it.
I never said he should have been sacked but, if he hadn't turned it around, he would have, that's football. Thankfully, he re-discovered the magic and we can all move on, hopefully to the title. Even then though, if I think he gets things wrong, I will be critical. As a fan of 40+ years, I have earned that right.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: February 14, 2020, 09:40:22 AM »
Would be a massive win but would take a draw, that way, if Fulham and Leeds both win, they will still be a win and a bit behind.
If we can bring our recent away form back to the Hawthorns though, I think we'll beat them.

                        Bond                      (Not going to happen but I just can't advocate Johnstone)
        O'Shea Bartley Ajayi Townsend
               Livermore Sawyers           (These 2 probably in most need of a rest but can't risk it at the minute)
             Grosicki Pereira Robinson     (Hard on Krov because he's played well but would love to see Grosicki and Robinson together)
                         HRK                      (Looked knackered on Wed. but Austin doesn't fit the system as well)

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Slaven Bilic
« on: February 14, 2020, 09:21:10 AM »
But criticism is only due when there is negligence, making the odd team selection error should be understood because we all make mistakes don't we? Bilic has made far more great team call than selection errors, if indeed they were errors, as the thing we never really know is the stuff behind the scenes, minor illness, family upsets, training ground arguments,etc, why should we, team selection including substitutions, is the managers responsibility, its only revealed one hour before kick off for several obvious reasons.
Whilst its okay to suggest we should play an alternative player, its foolish to criticise player selection and team performance levels using phrases like 'lost the dressing room" and suggesting Bilic's removal.
Lets not beat about the bush, Bilic is the best manager we have had since Hodgson, he is not perfect (neither is Hodgson who was often criticised for his pragmatism), we should be backing him 100% because he is a breath of fresh air and when we criticise him, show some respect for what he has done for us delivering an entertaining and attacking team that on the whole, are a joy to watch.
Does this mean, in your eyes, he has a job for life?
Sorry but it's absolute folly to suggest he is above criticism. What if we had lost the last 3, instead of won? We would now be sitting in 6th.
It's all well and good using hindsight, now that he has turned us around, but it is just that, hindsight. We had a bad run which warranted criticism, but, most of that criticism was to do with tactics, personnel, formation etc. which people who have been watching football for 30-40 years are more than capable of discussing, by the way, very little of it was actually suggesting Bilic should be sacked. As it turned out, he did what a lot were suggesting and tweaked the formation, freshened up the squad and it has worked.
Personally, I hope he is here for the long haul and creates a genuine legacy, because I really admire the man, but, make no bones about it, it is a results business and that will, ultimately, decide his fate, one way or the other. Continued success will mean he moves on to bigger things, failure will see him sacked.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Slaven Bilic
« on: February 13, 2020, 02:49:09 PM »
I see what you did there. Very clever. Slaven orchestrated the changes and now we are much improved.
Much as I'd love to blow my own trumpet, you've got me, French was never my strong point.  :D

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Atmosphere Saturday
« on: February 13, 2020, 01:35:47 PM »
Totally agree we need to create a great atmosphere.... but I was thinking we were going to be 6-0 up by half time!
No mate, we need to break the world record for coming from behind! (currently held by Ron Jeremy I believe)

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Slaven Bilic
« on: February 13, 2020, 01:24:06 PM »
I just hope those who were calling for his head two weeks ago have learned from their foolishness.
Those actually calling for his head were very much the minority. Many more were calling for a change in system, which we have now got and viola.

Bilic shown on the telly angrily gesturing him to get up and get on with it with 2 mins left - he was caught, but he was milking it.  It must be so ingrained in some cultures like Portugal that it is hard stop players doing.

Great reactions for his goal after the first save, and he really looks up for it now.
Was very tongue in cheek but, it very much goes on in the Prem also, so, if he's going to do it, he needs to work on his technique.  ;)
You're right though, Bilic clearly didn't like it.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Final League Position?
« on: February 13, 2020, 12:16:51 PM »
I bet dirty leeds supporters would love to know where you think those points are going to come from? They look to be in total free fall ATM
I'm a bit pessimistic when predicting ours whilst being a bit over generous with our competitors.
It's borne out of being a 40 year baggies veteran.  :D

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Final League Position?
« on: February 13, 2020, 11:38:55 AM »
Having a bit of a flick through previous years...

Since 01-02 season

Highest: first place - 106 points, second place - 93 points, third place - 89 points
Lowest: first place - 81 points, second place - 79 points, third place - 75 points

Average: first place - 94 points, second place - 88 points, third place - 83 points

I reckon 85 will be enough for automatic this year given that the teams below us would need to win 10 of their remaining 14 games to reach 86 points, therefore we are looking at 23 more points from our remaining 14 games.

8 wins, 6 losses
7 wins, 2 draws, 5 losses   

Should both see us go up. Easily achievable given the fixtures ahead, and the strength and depth of our squad. I am very optimistic about our prospects. I actually think we will go up as champions on around 90 points.
My updated predictions based on this week's results.

Pos   Team   Predicted
1   WBA           85
2   Leeds   84
3   Fulham   83
4   Brentford   81
5   Forest   76
6   Preston   70
7   Bristol City 69
8   Swansea   65

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