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Bilic was absolutely right to pick the team he did.  If anything too many of our team for next Saturday had a full 90 minutes.  Nobody cares if he takes us to an FA cup quarter final or not. The FA Cup is the exclusive preserve of the Premier League clubs and those outside it who don't have much else to play for and can use a bit of a cup run to put some gloss on an otherwise disappointing season.

The reality is that Newcastle are probably the weakest Premier League team in the competition but it is solid mid-table squad including a few £10m plus signings that I have forgot that were even at the club. They spent nearly as much on one player than we have on entire squad.  They play a base season of 38 games were it not for cup competitions  they seldom have two game weeks whereas our season is littered with them just to get through the league programme. 

This was never an opportunity to win the cup we lost nothing.
That's not true though is it? I care! and so do another 17 odd thousand judging by last night's attendance, or do you agree with the club, and football in general, that fans are no longer important?

What if we are one of the Premier League clubs of which the FA cup is now the exclusive preserve of? We will be given even more excuses to field weakened sides because survival is everything.
You are simply buying into the Greed league mantra and accepting that nothing else in football matters.

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You can't opt out. League membership includes being obliged to play in all cups asked of you.

Also cup game revenue is split down the middle so the other teams would have something to say.
I know all that, I was being facetious not literal.
What I will do though is keep my money in my pocket next year.

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Unfortunately getting into the Premier League is vital for the club. Failure to do so means a significantly weaker squad next year.
Exactly so may as well just opt out, or make it free to enter. Don't charge fans of 40 years to watch a game that you don't want to win.

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Why did we even bother, may as well just not bother entering the cups next year, just admit that, as a club, we don't care about anything but Prem money and the fans are irrelevant.

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Embarrassing may as well have played behind closed doors. Total disrespect for the paying fans, no desire or intent to win the game from anyone within the club.
Greed league money is all that matters. FA cup is dead.

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                Bond
Furlong Bartley Ajayi Gibbs
  Harper Livermore Barry
    Phillips Austin Pereira

Need to give this a go, quarter final place up for grabs.
If I was offered win the cup and lose promotion right now I'd snap your hands off.

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Dwight Gayle against Kyle Bartley  :-X

Not sure what to expect tonight. Hopefully they try to attack us and we can pick them off, but I am never confident when we play at home. I would love to have the remainder of our games away from home.
And that Maximus bloke, he's lightning.
I was confident before Saturday but that defeat will have knocked the wind out of our sails I fear. I also think, whatever combination we put out, our midfield will be overrun.
Also agree re playing at home but, as this is technically a free hit, with no points at stake, hope the crowd will be a bit less tense and we can create a decent atmosphere.
Would love to be in the hat come 10 o'clock though.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Is it our fault?
« on: March 02, 2020, 01:01:34 PM »
I'm Black Country through and through and I'm a picture of happiness! Always try to see the positive in everything and I'm incredibly easy going and tolerant. A pleasure to be around is what my muckas would say.
Except that is...... at 3pm on a Saturday (or whatever god forsaken time we kick of nowadays), when I become this anxious, grumpy, fickle monster. And that's just when we win!!!!

Seriously though, I genuinely think we do more harm than good in certain games as there is a tense, nervous, energy around the place.

Question is, how do we change it? Drums, bands, cheerleaders? Online campaigns? New songs?

We have it in us, the Villa and Swansea play offs, to name but a couple, are testament to that, we just need to unlock it for the more mundane, Barnsley on a Tuesday night, games!

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Is it our fault?
« on: March 02, 2020, 11:25:54 AM »
We clearly have an issue playing at home, and have had for the entirety of our latest stay in the Championship.
Last season we had a 52% win rate at home, this season 45%. As 3 managers have presided during that time and players have come and gone, we fans are the only constant, so, is it down to us?

There has been much talk of complacency, amongst the players, following Saturday's defeat, much like there was against Stoke, Boro, Barnsley etc. but, could it actually be the opposite is true and the expectation to win at home, especially against lower opposition, is actually increasing the pressure on the players and hampering our chances?
I admit that I am far more nervous in these types of game and get frustrated more quickly if we don't get off to a flyer. I'm not the only one either as the atmosphere always seems more subdued and tetchy against sides we are expected to beat.

I may be talking out my arris, but, if there's any truth in it, what can we do about it? How do we rally ourselves to create a better, more positive, atmosphere?

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: How many points needed?
« on: March 02, 2020, 09:53:33 AM »
Big swing on my predictor on Saturday, I had us to win and Leeds and Fulham to drop points. Scary how one matchday can change everything.

Pos   Team   Predicted
1   Leeds   89
2   WBA           84
3   Fulham   81
4   Brentford   77
5   Forest   77
6   Preston   69

Back to being a 3 horse race now, with the next 3 games having a, potentially, massive impact.

From the next 3, I predicted:

WBA 4 points
Leeds 6 points
Fulham 3 points.

Where's that squeaky bum emoji?

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: February 28, 2020, 01:51:38 PM »
Wigan are playing like a top 6 side at the minute so expect a very tough game. We have made good teams look rubbish in the last couple of games, however, so we will have too much for them on the day.
2-0

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General Football & Sports / Re: Alan Pardew
« on: February 28, 2020, 09:46:05 AM »
The amount of people I've met over the years with a gift to the gob ratio far in excess of their ability to deliver is quite staggering. I've frequently been stunned as to how on earth so many of life's blaggers do so well financially.

While I understand it's due in part to their convincing blag, I have absolutely no idea how professional people employed to vet such nothings from the employment process fail to do so on such a consistent basis. Beyond laziness, desperation or blatant ineptitude that is. And commission.

I've had pals who've worked in recruitment over the years who suggest I'd be ideal in the role as I can spot a bullshitter blindfold from a mile away. Personally speaking I'd feel filthy coming into contact with so much of life's detritus.

And then there are the Alan Pardw@nks of this world......
I went through an interview "process" a few years back, where they put all the hopefuls, of which I was one, through various tests at the same venue at the same time. It was an absolute shambles, half their equipment didn't work, I had a role play with two guys who thought they were Al Pacino and Robert de Niro, an interview with someone with the personality of a wet fish and it all culminated in a group exercise where the "interviewers" all sat on a panel looking down on us mere mortals, Roman Emporer style, from a level above.
I announced there and then that "I'm out" and had no desire to work for a company who could arrange such an unprofessional exercise and that I fully expected them to hire Dave, the expert blagger who knew nothing, when they should actually have already given the job to Gary who'd worked his way up through the company and knew the job inside out.

Recruitment is a skill and it's amazing how many people get it so, so wrong.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: February 26, 2020, 12:27:05 PM »
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.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 26, 2020, 12:24:00 PM »
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!

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Ahmed Hegazi
« on: February 26, 2020, 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.

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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.

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Last Match Forum - 03/03 Newcastle United (FA Cup Round 5 - H) / Re: Team
« on: February 26, 2020, 11:25:05 AM »
Any chance of Diangana being fit for this?

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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.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Team
« on: February 25, 2020, 10:21:29 AM »
Johnstone

O'Shea   Ajayi   Hegazi   Atomic's-Lover

Livermore   Krovinovic

Grosicki   Pereira   Robinson

HRK
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.

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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

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

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Albion Matchday Forum / 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.
2-1
That's just the pessimist in me though, we are more than capable of winning this one, so hope i'm very wrong.

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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.

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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

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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

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