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We have to look up.
If Darren (nice doesn't mean best) can't do it, perhaps we have to look elsewhere sooner rather than later.
Bite the bullet and get going.
Down to upper management if they have the guts.

But what’s the point if we’d just get relegated straight away again anyway due to our lack of a decent squad?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Ex Players Thread
« on: March 01, 2019, 11:49:34 PM »
That Roberts kid seems to be doing alright for himself at his new club

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: March 01, 2019, 11:48:35 PM »
What annoys me is that we all knew this would happen.

Happens every big game that is a ‘must win’

We just don’t turn up. Must be the easiest team to play in a massive 6 pointer game. Best squad in the league haha

The automatics are likely out of reach now and we’re beginning to be looking over our shoulders at the teams below us to secure a play off position.

I don’t think we’ve been convincing for large periods of this season and certainly don’t follow the ‘we’ve got the best squad in the league’ mantra. I think if we did end up being promoted with this squad we’d be looking at coming straight back down anyway, as there isn’t much premier league quality in there, and where there is they’ll be returning to their parent clubs next year anyway.

Is it better for us to not be promoted this year and actually try to build our own squad up that has a chance of competing in the premier league?

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: March 01, 2019, 08:36:31 PM »
Another absolute joke of a performance.

Another game against a team around us where we’ve not turned up.

Another game where the opposition wants it more than us.

And another huge game that we’re again finding ourselves losing.

Dreading next season.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Ex Players Thread
« on: February 28, 2019, 07:18:16 PM »
Ishmael Miller declared bankrupt and then makes a very generous offer!


What do they spend their money on?

I think the problem is they get themselves tied into expensive deals with houses, bills, cars, credit cards etc when they're on top and then have an injury which means they never earn anywhere near what they expected to and can't afford the lifestyle anymore.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Ticket Info & Requests
« on: February 21, 2019, 12:52:38 AM »
Why does everyone care so much about whether we sell all our tickets

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: February 21, 2019, 12:51:51 AM »
The Blades fans are quite confident aren't they?

Funny they weren't so happy a week or so ago when they threw away a 3 goal lead in 9 minutes.

Expect us to smash them on Saturday, horrible little club that doesn't deserve to be anywhere near the premier league.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: February 20, 2019, 02:01:22 PM »
It would appear, in relation to last night's game, you are the only poster who thinks that our goalkeeper deserves criticism.
Not saving a penalty is not a crime. ::)

For me he should have saved the first and he rightly should be criticised for that I feel

As for the penalty, well its 50/50 isnt it, what about if Freemans penalties this year have been straight down the middle a lot of the time and he's stood on his spot expecting that?

It shouldnt have been a penalty anyway but thats another story

agree, still worried that any strike on goal especially to bottom corners has him struggling.

I thought Johnstone should've saved the first goal, beaten too easily at his near post, should've stood up stronger.

Doesn't seem to save anything remotely difficult, I feel like the oppo are going to score everytime they get a decent shot on target.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: February 20, 2019, 01:57:11 PM »
I’m sure if myhill was in goal last night there would be a lot more negativity here about the goals.

As has been stated he had nothing really to do the entire game and when called upon we’ve let in 2 goals again.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Field
« on: February 20, 2019, 07:53:17 AM »
I do wonder which game some people have been watching sometimes. Sam Field hardly put a foot wrong tonight and worked his socks off. They had four in midfield, we had three, so inevitably it wasn't going to be easy. At last we're getting some decent players out of the academy setup, but that still isn't enough for some.
It's never easy for a defensive midfielder to take the eye. He hardly played before Christmas but solid performances since have cemented his place in the team as a first-choice starter, alongside Barry and Harper.
Compared to 12 months ago, there's so much to be positive about at the moment. Why can't the whingers and the whiners just be satisfied with that.


West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: February 20, 2019, 07:51:44 AM »
Pity you cannot celebrate a win rather than castigating players or splitting hairs.

Do you still contend he dived after the shot? (if so, we have different recordings of the game.)
And, if you look at your own picture perhaps you will concede there is a very good chance that a shot to SJ's left would have a very high probability of entering the net.

I celebrated the win fine. Pity others can’t analyse and accept criticism when it’s justified.

TheBrom - I'm incredulous that are you seriously criticising Johnson for not saving Freeman's shot from seven yards out that went in off the post. Sorry, that is ridiculous. It's fine not to rate him or to call out a mistake but to criticise him for that or tonight in any way is insane.

It’s not insane. It’s another example of poor positioning, reactions and decision making from our keeper who was again beaten at his near post and got no where near the penalty.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 20, 2019, 12:22:58 AM »
I didn't get to watch the game in it's entirety so cannot really comment on his overall performance.

However, neither goal was even remotely his fault.

Was obviously a tongue in cheek comment to the suggestion that the defence were well shielded by the centre mids tonight.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Jefferson Montero (on loan from Swansea)
« on: February 20, 2019, 12:21:45 AM »
Didn’t seem to have much pace tonight, may be lack of game time and the state of the pitch tonight though. Thought he was pretty poor other than the goal, gave the ball away a lot in good positions and we were much more productive down the right.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: February 20, 2019, 12:15:27 AM »
The player reached the ball at that point. He did not "take it wide".
As you obviously have so much experience of top class professional goalkeeping, I bow to your knowledge.

Reached the ball after he touched it there you mean.

Regardless, the ball ended up there and the keeper didn’t close the angle down or cover his near post. Hardly top class goalkeeping knowledge that

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Field
« on: February 20, 2019, 12:12:44 AM »
As I wrote in the after match debate he escapes criticism and gets his ratings inflated because he’s one of our own, and we’re all clinging onto the hope that he’ll come good.

He’s been average all season and only played 60 minutes less than harper who has rightly overtaken him in the pecking order.

Was pretty anonymous tonight along with Johansen and their midfield seemed to be able to run through ours on a worryingly amount of times tonight considering we were playing 3 centre mids. Funny how Livermore cops all the negativity despite scoring a very good winner and playing better than both field and johansen tonight.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Best supported clubs in Championship
« on: February 20, 2019, 12:09:01 AM »
Slightly surprised we are as low as 8th in average attendances for the Championship, below clubs such as Sheff Utd and Stoke.


Doesn’t necessarily mean they’re ‘better supported’ than us because they’ve got a few more bums on seats

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Goal Difference
« on: February 20, 2019, 12:08:05 AM »

They both won 4 nil at the weekend, while we're (supposedly) tightening up.

The way it’s all shaping up I can see goal difference becoming a factor and we’ve now disappointingly lost the big advantage we had earlier in the season.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: February 20, 2019, 12:05:23 AM »
I have the recording playing as I type this, and you are plain wrong. The scorer did not take the ball wide and SJ did NOT dive after the shot. His hand nearly reached the shot, but it was hit far too powerfully for him to stop it.

Looks wider than the six yard box to me. And looks like a keeper rooted to his line leaving both sides of him to aim at being beaten at his near post.

A decent keeper would be closing that angle down and making it much more difficult for the striker to score from there. Like I said, I’d be disappointed if I was him that I was beaten from there at my near post.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: February 19, 2019, 11:49:36 PM »
How was he was supposed to cover the whole of the goal, with the scorer seven yards out and unchallenged by defenders?
As others have noted, Dawson was slow to cover the play and SJ was beaten off the post. IMO a good finish, not poor goalkeeping.

Like most keepers. Close the angle down and keep your near post covered, forcing the striker across you. He did neither and gave their player both sides to aim at, and was beaten at his near post.

Also didn’t dive for their penalty which is rule 1 really.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: February 19, 2019, 11:47:56 PM »
Can't agree with that. Have another look at their first goal. Freedman could have gone either side, Johnson had to protect all of his goal, it wasn't a particularly tight angle and Freedman to his credit slammed it in off his post, he had no chance. I thought he was poor against Boro but played well against Forest (vital save at 2-1 down), Villa and tonight.

I think he’s got to be expecting the shot to go there after the player takes it wider than the six yard box. He’s again dived after the shot and as a former keeper myself I’d be disappointed with that going in against me.

Other than the two goals and a couple of routine catches I didn’t see anything eye catching that he did tonight to warrant him having a good game in particular tonight.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 19, 2019, 11:41:12 PM »
Just seen a McLaren interview and he is claiming they went down to 9 after the Freeman injury.

Has he gone a bit doo-lally or has everyone else got it wrong?

Maybe he means the ref stopped giving them absolutely everything?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: February 19, 2019, 11:07:01 PM »
Beaten far too easily at his near post again tonight. Still not convinced or confident with him as number one

West Bromwich Albion FC / Goal Difference
« on: February 19, 2019, 11:05:54 PM »
Just looking at the table and noticed the decent goal difference advantage we’ve had for most of the season on those around us is down to only 1 goal ahead of Sheffield Utd and 2 ahead of Norwich.

Can’t help but think some of our silly defensive errors are going to come back and haunt us as it gets tighter near the top. On the bright side we’re a good 8 goals up on Leeds.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 19, 2019, 10:57:53 PM »
unbelievable how the ref chose not to punish the keeper for blatantly handling the ball out the area. if I was Albion I'd be pestering the powers to be over these things after the Gayle issue. you'd have to be blind not to see it.

Especially considering they went straight up the other end and were given a penalty for a blatant dive

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