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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: Today at 10:07:34 AM »
The season before we bought him he kept 22 clean sheets. So I think there's definitely something in him needing a strong back line in front of him to help with his confidence, or just more simply to just reduce the amount of chances the opposition gets.

I hope that once Hegazi is back and fit we will start to look much more solid and cut out some of the errors. Hegazi could well be the leader the back line needs.
Hope so mate, we need the defence to become a solid unit. A good, cohesive, back 4 is better than 4 great, individual defenders.
If we can get that, and a striker in January, we will be nailed on top 6 for me.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: Yesterday at 01:17:38 PM »

When we revert back to Pulis Ball? The brilliance of Foster also coincided with are best back line in recent memory and also the most defensive managers in the entire country! Bilic is renown for leaky defences due to the way he sets up his team, to pin the blame on the goalkeeper for a trend of conceding a goal a game is a weak argument.
He is the only constant though. We struggled last season, with a different manager and a different back 4, yet same problem.
It would be wrong to blame him entirely but it would also be naive to not consider he is the weak link.
For me he's not commanding enough. A good keeper not only instils confidence in his back 4, he also puts the fear of god in them, to a certain extent anyway. Johnstone just seems disjointed from the rest of the defence; he doesn't organise them, doesn't bollok them and his positioning is questionable.
All of the back 5 have, individually, received plaudits at points this season but not yet as a group and I think this is because we lack a natural leader in there and this exposes Sam, as he is the last line of defence. We either need one of the centre halves to step up and take control or we need a more confident, vocal, experienced keeper.

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL PREMIER LEAGUE THREAD
« on: Yesterday at 12:46:58 PM »
Wolves will be ok but won't emulate last year.
Villa will survive once Smith is sacked and Pulis takes over.
Sheff Utd and Norwich will probably be bottom 4 along with Brighton and Newcastle.

I'm wondering if Slaven will be brave enough to go with Krovinovic in the deeper role:


Furlong          Ajayi               Bartley           Whoever (probably Ferguson)

                     Sawyers          Krovinovic

Phillips                    Pereira                         Dianagana


Given that we are likely to have most of the ball against a team that are anything but free scoring and are likely to sit deep, it's a possibility.
That would be my team, apart from Whoever, he's ok going forward but dodgy at the back, so I'd go Ferguson.

Next Match Forum - 14/09 Fulham (A) / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: September 14, 2019, 11:45:27 AM »
Same side, hope we have a better start, can't keep giving away early goals and chasing games. Longer we stay in this the better chance we have of nicking a win.

Next Match Forum - 14/09 Fulham (A) / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: September 14, 2019, 11:15:31 AM »
Never realized they were such a bogey side, not won here since 67  :o
Don't think we'll shake that monkey today unfortunately, they look a strong side, especially going forward, think they will find a way past Johnstone and co.
Think we'll score though.
2-1 Zohore

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Ex Players Thread
« on: September 12, 2019, 11:31:53 AM »
An interesting article about Odemwingie. Still one of my favourite players.

Fair play to him, shame this didn't come out years ago, it does seem like the club hung him out to dry a bit.
Will always be a legend for his hatrick against Wolves but could have been so much more.

Next Match Forum - 14/09 Fulham (A) / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: September 11, 2019, 11:44:32 AM »

                 Furlong                Ajayi                         Bartley               Gibbs

                                           Livermore              Sawyers

                   Phillips                          Pereira                     Dianghana


Subs: Al Habsi, Townsend, Ferguson, O'Shea, Krovinovic, Edwards, Austin.
This would be my pick. I'm no fan of Johnstone and hope Al Habsi has come in to genuinely compete for the shirt but for now it's Sam's to lose.

General Football & Sports / Re: Stan Collymore Podcast
« on: September 11, 2019, 09:50:06 AM »
I hate to say it but i like giving it a listen, Charlie Austin is a guest on his latest one though i don't think it's uploaded just yet. I just find that he's a guy that speaks a lot more truth.
Sorry but the bloke's a total ass hat who shouts a lot but says nothing. Would rather stick wasps in my ears.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Jake Livermore
« on: September 10, 2019, 12:27:51 PM »
Sawyers passing has been pretty poor for the last few games. Livermore has been by far the better of the 2.
Apart from the opening game of the season Livermore has been good.
All about opinions mate, I think he's been poor apart from Blackburn. Sawyers has struggled at times but overall has been  by far the better player and, given a choice between the two, would be my pick every time.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Jake Livermore
« on: September 10, 2019, 10:06:24 AM »
I'm still not a fan and don't think he's been very good this season. Yes Blackburn was his best game for some time but still a long way to go before I'll be convinced. Sawyers definitely helps as he does a lot of the work Livermore can't such as tackling, passing and showing for the ball.

General Football & Sports / Re: Seals watch - Anything Villa
« on: September 06, 2019, 08:51:14 AM »
I don't understand why they are so upset the ref was 100% correct pickey Jack dived in the build-up to the goal. VAR confirmed he is cheating diver and the goal was correctly disallowed as he blew his whistle for the dive.
Reality hitting home now, they were a big club in the Championship but completely insignificant in the Prem, just part of the lower end sludge.
Refs protected Greasy last year because he was high profile, he won't get that this season.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Chris Brunt
« on: September 05, 2019, 10:58:08 AM »
Very good insight and proves that a lot of the conspiracy theories around Mel were certainly steeped in truth. Same with Pulis, was right at the time of appointment but should have gone sooner. Pardew was cack, no great revelation there.
Been a good servant has Brunty and whilst I never liked him as a captain, on the pitch, or a central midfielder, he has played his part in some very memorable victories.He also seems to genuinely have the club at heart, which is rare these days.

General Football & Sports / Re: Anything England Football
« on: September 04, 2019, 01:50:44 PM »
I'm going  ;D
Good man!
I get that people are a bit disillusioned, but there's not much that would beat seeing England win a major trophy, before I shuffle off this mortal coil, so I will be watching with hope in my heart.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: September 04, 2019, 12:14:26 PM »

Johnstone lower end of middle.

Last Match Forum - 31/08 Blackburn Rovers (H) / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: August 31, 2019, 09:06:05 AM »
Any win will do but wouldn’t be surprised with any result.
Hopefully Perreira will start and be the spark. Would love a clean sheet as well.
2-0   Zohore x 2

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: August 28, 2019, 03:32:18 PM »
99% of his critics agree he had a good game on Saturday.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: 100 years ago
« on: August 28, 2019, 01:00:52 PM »
Perhaps the club do not want to highlight the lack of success at the highest level?
Only 24 teams have ever won it so still an achievement.
Should have done something, maybe play in hob nail boots or make the players grow little moustaches?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Anyone Else Slightly Concerned??
« on: August 28, 2019, 12:57:27 PM »
I think we've only seen the "practice laps" up to now, once everything is fine tuned and we have Krov, Perriera, Diangana, Sawyers, Phillips, Edwards, Austin and Zohore at full speed we will be a different animal.
More worried about the defence if I'm honest, need to stop leaking silly goals and constantly letting players stroll into our box.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: August 22, 2019, 04:34:42 PM »
Seeing as you seem to be having a pop at me......

I agree with you in respect of the highlighted points. However, last night he was not at fault. We can throttle down on the 10000% you quote to 99.9% of keepers worldwide - had a keeper been in the unnatural position of a yard from his right post then yes, he would have had a chance, but he would probably be criticised for not commanding his line.......

Finally I think that there are better keepers out there, no issue with that. However, we have Sam Johnstone, and it seems to me that most think that every single goal we concede is his fault................ever so occasionally we get undone by a piece of class like last night.

But as you say, its all down to opinions.......
Don't think anyone has blamed  Johnstone for last night's goal. Most agree that Sawyers (a fan's favourite) Phillips (a fan's favourite) and Livermore were more to blame, although a still on another thread seems to exonerate Livermore, which, considering he is far from a fan's favourite, seems pretty well balanced.
My problem with Johnstone is his lack of reaction. He doesn't even attempt to save it. Yes it was well hit but at least have a go. It happens all too often with shots from outside the box, he just doesn't react. Same with corners, he's just too static for me.
He's been pretty much the only constant in our back 5 over the last two seasons, defenders and coaches have changed yet the issues are still the same, with him as the common denominator.
For what it's worth, I think he was ok last night and his distribution has improved dramatically but he needs to be more alive to what's going on around him and control his area. It's always been said that goalies have to be a bit crazy, perhaps he's just too normal!!

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Anyone Else Slightly Concerned??
« on: August 22, 2019, 10:28:04 AM »
We have to be concerned having lost 40+ goals from last year but we don't need to score as many as we did last year, only Norwich scored more after all. What we do need to do is keep more clean sheets! If we do then 1 or 2 goals per game will be enough. Problem is, at the minute, we always look likely to concede. We are poor from set pieces and shots from outside the box and, until we address this, the forward players will be under pressure to emulate Gayle and J-Rod, which they just don't look capable of doing.
Last night's goal was totally preventable, any one of three players could have closed him down but didn't, leaving Johnstone with little chance. That being said, Johnstone's complete lack of reaction is worrying, he literally didn't even flinch! Surely, instinct should kick in as soon as you see the ball coming towards you and inspire some sort of reaction? If Tony Godden had been sitting in the Smethwick, he would have still got closer to that shot than Johnstone did! That's why he's getting stick, not because he was to blame for the goal but him stood watching the ball hit the net, from distance, is all too common.
All of our defenders, Ferguson, Furlong, Ajayi, Gibbs, Townsend and even Bartley have received plaudits this season, and rightly so, so why is it not working as a unit and manifesting in clean sheets?
We have great attacking players, who are pretty on the eye, but they won't score 2 every game, so we have to tighten up at the back. If we can do that, i think we will have a very good season.
Maybe Hegazi is the answer but I hope not, because I think the current crop are good enough, they just need to find a bit of composure and confidence.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: August 21, 2019, 09:41:55 PM »
Cardiff, Leeds, Fulham and Swanseaall won, we are the big loser tonight as it stands

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: August 21, 2019, 09:39:37 PM »
They will just retain the ball now, which they've done well all evening. Tough ask.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: August 21, 2019, 09:34:08 PM »
Shot from outside box goes in at near post, Johnstone doesn't move. Same old story.
Seen subtitle keepers move better. Glued to the spot didn't so much as f!inch.
Passing has been awful. Midfield and front three listless.
Why are we so poor at home?

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: August 21, 2019, 09:31:11 PM »
Still think we will win this game.
1_0 :D
I'm afraid we won't

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