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The forwards have to do their job and stop aiming for row Z
It isn't just about our forwards, though.
The rearguard have to concentrate. 
3 little mistakes could cost us 3 goals.
The team has to focus for the whole match.

If I were you I would pop down and do the team talk DB ;D

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Valérien Ismaël - Head Coach
« on: September 23, 2021, 02:56:45 PM »
Seeing as we have been written off based on only taking 6 points from the last 4 games, and assuming that the same applies to the Fulham Globetrotters, who have done exactly the same, the final top 2 should be interesting.

I have not written us off at all. I have concerns about our style of play at present, and in the event we do manage to get promoted then I have real concerns about this style in the Premier and the lack of investment by our current board, where the manager will once again be asked to perform miracles with championship players and bargain basement additions.

I am also hoping that we 'click' and we start to see some reward for all of the possession and shots on target. Written off - no.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Valérien Ismaël - Head Coach
« on: September 23, 2021, 09:30:45 AM »
What makes you suspect that?

Despite our 'unbeaten' record I have no real confidence in the team Seteefeet. We started well and quickly dissolved into a kick and rush Sunday league side. Not pretty to watch and not that effective. Hailing draws against Millwall and Derby baffles me, if we are going to get out of this league we should be beating them comfortably. QPR are no mugs and I just have this feeling that it will not go well for us tomorrow.


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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Valérien Ismaël - Head Coach
« on: September 23, 2021, 09:03:28 AM »
It will be interesting to see what the reaction is when the 'unbeaten' argument is laid to rest, and I suspect it may be tomorrow night.

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General Football & Sports / Re: Boxing Thread
« on: September 22, 2021, 04:07:18 PM »
Joshua v Usyk this weekend.

Got a funny feeling Usyk will win this, he is an excellent fighter and anyone who has beaten Bellew gets my attention. I know its a step up in weight but this guy is no mug. I hope AJ is on his A game or else it could be a long road back.

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General Football & Sports / Re: FORMULA ONE THREAD
« on: September 22, 2021, 09:59:43 AM »
Hey sky, haha, no mate I havnt found a DRS button yet!
I'll keep looking though.
Your point about circuits is a good one I think that they all should be overtaking friendly, I can't stand this processesional sort of racing, well it's not really racing is it?
Perhaps F1 should be more like horse racing with a weights system?
I am a fan of the sport but as others have said the first 5 laps and possibly the last 5 are the most exciting of the race, perhaps they could reduce the laps, I think it does need an overhaul for viewers

Something they do in Touring Cars

https://www.autosport.com/wtcc/news/handicap-weight-system-revised-4399125/4399125/

I can hear Lewis moaning now.......

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General Football & Sports / Re: FORMULA ONE THREAD
« on: September 22, 2021, 09:41:02 AM »
Surely the average person is in awe at the pace of technology that these geniuses  invent which filters down into cars that we all drive.
Do we really want to see all these f1 drivers driving the same engines in the same set ups?
The equipment and computer tech in my car is quite incredible in fact I don't know how to use most of it.
But the f1 guys are not only great drivers but they have to absolutely understand every inch of the car to be able to talk back to their teams and impart the tech info etc
It's not all about the fastest bestest is it?

Have you found your DRS button yet? great for overtaking on the motorway ;D

I thought the F1 championship was about the best driver, not the best car? The cars are very technical these days, and I guess it is true that some of the advancements made filter down into mass produced cars.  I am not sure that a tyre that will only last for 20 laps is cutting edge though, it is just something else for the teams to factor in and, at times prevent them from going full speed and try to actually win the race.
The idea that to overtake a car you will have to wait until you get to a DRS zone and deploy DRS to make the pass is again an example of making a simple race complicated, and boring. The cars these days are basically computers on wheels, managed by both the driver and the pit team. Like countless others I have just got bored with watching the whole procession.

Wodenson and I refer back to the earlier years of Senna/Prost/Mansell where DRS and tyre/fuel  management were not issues, and the drivers did what they were paid to do - race. Some of the circuits are equally limiting as well. I never bother to watch the race from Hungary as there is only one real passing place. For all of the romance relating to Monaco, that circuit is very limiting too, but that is partially down to the size of the cars, which seem to have become larger over the years.

At least with Verstappen on the scene Lewis has got his work cut out which can make for some entertaining racing at times, and lets face it that is what we want to see.

I much prefer to support the brits in the Indycart series, far more entertaining.

 

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Last Match Forum - 24/09 Queens Park Rangers (H) / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: September 22, 2021, 06:49:41 AM »
You just know Austin's going to hurt us  ::)

Of course he is, I will have £10 on him being the first goal scorer.

He will have a point to prove no doubt.

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General Football & Sports / Re: FORMULA ONE THREAD
« on: September 21, 2021, 05:55:54 PM »
Good post Wodenson and you make some valid points.

I have been watching F1 since the late 70’s. You mention Mansell who was also in the mix at the time. I was a big Mansell fan and indeed he stood toe to toe with Senna and others. Great to see him go to Indycar the year after he won the F1 title and win the series in his rookie year. For a short period of time I think he held both championships simultaneously.

Going back to Nuremberg and 1962 I am not sure that race would ever happen today. It was a much more dangerous sport then and we have the likes of Jackie Stewart to thank for many safety measures introduced. The driver death toll in those days was alarming.

For me the decline of this sport started with Schumacher. He was next generation on from the Senna era and made the whole of F1 very boring. A very good driver but had the best car ( like Lewis) who consistently put it on pole, and then just turned most races into processions.

Comparing drivers from different eras is difficult because of the many car specification changes. Personally I was a big fan of the 3 litre turbo’s but I can understand why we had to turn them down!

I have just watched Roman Grosjean race in the Indy cart race at Laguna Seca. Often made up the numbers in F1 but went to the US after his near death experience. He came 3rd and made 27 passes. Looked as though he thoroughly enjoyed himself and fully expect him to be a serious contender next season. The cars are a lot more basic but competitive. Any driver can win on their day, something you cannot say about F1. That is why I am a fan of the Senna/Hunt/Prost/ Mansell era, because they were racers and not the passengers they seem to be in today’s cars.


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General Football & Sports / Re: FORMULA ONE THREAD
« on: September 20, 2021, 11:44:25 AM »
I think they were all up for a bit of ram raiding when it suited them. Senna and co was an absolute golden age . Schumacher took over and with the changes of modifications it has become very boring all round.

Senna wasn’t passable either! He had a very wide car when it suited him

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General Football & Sports / Re: FORMULA ONE THREAD
« on: September 19, 2021, 10:52:39 PM »
Schumaker, Senna, passable drivers, Top echelon of their era but not alone. However they are not Great drivers. Both are/were aggressive drivers who others with more sense would often give way to. They only got away with some of the stuff they did on the track because of the vastly improved safety at tracks and in cars. For them it was virtually no risk scalextric racing,  and still is. Previous championships required trust in each others skills and fair play to race closely and not kill yourself or your opponents. Neither they nor Verstappen would have made any impression through their bullying tactics because they simply would not have taken the real risks involved rather than merely running off the road relatively safely, or just losing the race.
For a long time we have feted F1, largely due to the hype of its publicists, and nothing to do with the turgid processions served up by drivers who drive nothing but F1 machinery. Back in the day you could watch top drivers racing sports cars or saloons at the same meet as a Grand Prix. These were true Drivers not the diminutive little car steerers of today, where most of the crucial stuff can be done remotely from the pit lane. Soon be time to leave the 'drivers' out of the equation altogether and turn it all into an arcade game.

Senna - passable???!!!😂

I am still laughing. Best ever and would romp over today’s lot. No namby pamby rules , just got out there and drove, and he had some fantastic competition. My opinion of course 😉

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Valérien Ismaël - Head Coach
« on: September 18, 2021, 09:29:36 PM »
Reminder, 8 games into a 46 game season in which we are unbeaten and 3rd in the table. And now talk of the Head Coach, of 8 competitive league games, being sacked from some quarters.

Does this really make sense to anyone?

Has anyone actually said he should be sacked?

I think at the moment some are questioning the style and how much longer these shoddy displays are going to continue. If it carries  on like this what happens then?

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Valérien Ismaël - Head Coach
« on: September 18, 2021, 05:50:31 PM »
A truly unbelievable comment.

I am not sure it is to be honest. It won’t be long before VI knows our feelings from the terraces.

It’s not pretty to watch and it is not exactly delivering the goods at the moment.

I remain patient and await the point when the team ‘clicks’, but I have doubts about the whole plan.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: September 18, 2021, 05:25:50 PM »
If by some miracle we did get promoted, can you imagine how embarrassing it would be trying to compete with this lot of losers in the Premier League?

Very little money would be spent by our owner and it’s probable we would be thrashed every game making last season look respectable and we’d end up with beating Derby’s record low points total.

Not sure we need to worry about that, and you have hit the nail on the head about us regarding investment by the board. I have serious doubts that that VI’s style will translate at all in the premier league.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Karlan Grant
« on: September 13, 2021, 05:07:24 PM »
Plus the fact that he's contracted to us till 2026.

It's got to go down as one of the worst pieces of business in the clubs history.

Chadli, Burke and Sturridge take some beating, but its definitely up there......

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: September 13, 2021, 02:22:27 PM »
We have a lot to do before we worry about the higher division although I agree with you about that league. I for one do not think that everything is rosy, not for one minute. I am however prepared to say that we have done well so far and it is worth remembering that we are still learning to play a very different style and also that we lost a lot of so called better players when we got relegated. A good start but lots to improve upon would be the summary from me.

That's a fair assessment KN. As Seteefeet mentioned, when it works we look really good and we are a work in progress. I have to remind myself that of all the dross managers that were available at the time we picked one that was completely leftfield and I think the club should be applauded for that. My only concern is that VI is not backed financially in the future if we do go up. It will end badly for both parties.


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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: September 13, 2021, 11:29:39 AM »
Back to events on the pitch, I agree with most on here that it was a very poor game and a very poor show from us. They came with a game plan which was basically hoof it to negate our press and we just hoofed it back.
We did look better when Hugill and more importantly Robinson came on but, even then, didn't really look like scoring. As for the other end, well Ajayi seemed committed to giving them an assist and, had they had anything about them up top, they could have had 3.
Johnstone, whilst having a decent game, was again found wanting on balls into the box, but equal criticism to all of the CH's for their goal, very poor defending. On their goal though, can anyone confirm if the ball actually went out of play for their corner? t looked, from where I was, that Johnstone kept it in.
Livermore was industrious but, when we had 3 on 2 in the second half, I'm pretty sure it was him who managed to find one of the "2" and the chance was gone before it even started. I haven't seen it back so let me know if this was mistaken identity.

It's also my first real criticism of the manager and, I have to concede to the opinions of some others on here, that he does look a bit one dimensional and we need a plan B.

On a positive though, we played appallingly but remain unbeaten, whereas the supposedly "unbeatable" Fulham Globetrotters, went down to the mighty Blackpool. The overriding message from the weekend, therefore, is a reminder that this is an incredibly difficult league and we are top of the pile.  8)

Agree with your assessment Seteefeet, and I dont think that Millwall will be the last team to employ this tactic.

Personally I am not convinced with this 'dark arts' football. My real concern is the slightly longer term plan here. If we do get up this season, how does this style transpose into the Prem? Personally I think that the majority of the teams will be licking their lips at the idea of playing us. It does remind me a little bit of the 'crash bang wallop' style Leicester had a few seasons ago, but then they did have a decent midfield and defence. For us to go into the next division and hold our own there needs to be serious investment, and that is not going to happen with our present incumbents. So I think we are on a repeat cycle, go up , get the money, receive several trouserings, get relegated etc.

Does anyone want to watch what we saw on Saturday for the rest of the season? Not sure I do, but hey, we are top of the league so everything must be rosy in the garden eh? 

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: September 09, 2021, 07:44:12 AM »
If he doesn't sign he will go onto my sh!t list alongside Whyte, Hunt and Gera.

Would have thought that both Saido and Odemwingie would have been on your list.

I had to laugh last night when Pickford nearly kicked one in. Imagine the pelters on here had that have been Sam. Even the wonderful Pickford makes errors.........

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kean Bryan signs!
« on: September 07, 2021, 11:31:50 AM »
So what’s everyone‘s opinion on here, if Dara wasn’t injured would we have signed Kean?

Probably not Aussie. Opinion was divided on here as to whether we had enough quality [not players] to get promoted. Many thought we didn't and have been supported by this signing. Dara is a quality member of the team and will be missed.

However he is here now and hopefully will do a good job for us.

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Great post Seteefeet, summed it up nicely.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Ticket sales dates and loyalty points
« on: September 06, 2021, 11:22:47 AM »
I've just bought two tickets online....... via mobile phone......... with no hassle at all...... I was even able to correctly allocate both tickets........ my smack is well and truly gobbed  :o .

Looks like they have taken our constructive criticism on board and got some adults in to sort it out.

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Announcements, Feedback & Questions / Re: Logging Into Site
« on: September 02, 2021, 04:55:18 PM »
Happened to me too. I am logged in forever but still got sent to that simpleton site.....

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Summer Transfer Window 2021
« on: September 02, 2021, 01:13:01 PM »
Thanks for the post Liam, I have not replicated it.

The headline for me is that Al Hilal are paying us in 4 instalments of £4.25m a year, so we never even got the £17m in the bank to spend in the first place. Pretty poor deal for us all round really.


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General Football & Sports / Re: Transfer Window Watch (Non Albion)
« on: September 01, 2021, 10:06:43 AM »
my anagram generator cannot make that equal "a bunch of no mark tossa's from 5hitville staffs" no matter how many times i try !?  Sorry Stan you got that one wrong !  ;D

It reads fine as it is Albionic, and is uncannily accurate........

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Summer Transfer Window 2021
« on: September 01, 2021, 10:01:02 AM »
Struggling to understand how anyone can think this has been a good window or be satisfied with  the deals done ?

Have we learnt nothing from the last 5 years ? Mowatt looks a decent signing (but more than likely came due to his relationship with VAL) - Reach and Hugill are short term stop gaps - Clarke may or may not be a success but is still only a loan

Should the unthinkable happen and we actually get promoted we have Johnstone, Furlong, possibly Bartley, Mowatt and at a push Robinson who are actually competent in the Prem - 5 players !

We would need to sign at a very minimum 10 Prem quality players - conservative value of £10m each equates to £100m - we have never, and never will spend that sort of money

Until we improve our scouting network, invest in younger players we will always be stuck in this cycle - loans and stop gaps do nothing for our long term future

Really poor window again

I happen to agree with you on this. I would love to be proven wrong but I don't see VI in the long term plan. His style of football is unique and for it to transpose to the EPL he will need a lot more quality players, and that relates to a massive investment this time next year. Unless there is a change of ownership that will never happen.

I am already wondering about the shelf life of our style of football. As many of you have already alluded to, at times it is not pretty to watch, but whilst we are winning everything is rosy in the garden. It will be interesting to see what we think when we have been beaten a few times, or we are in the mediocre play off positions. I applaud the board for this appointment which was brave, but it needs to be backed up with investment, and as this window has shown we are once again being unbelievably frugal.

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