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General Football & Sports / Re: England Cricket Thread
« on: Yesterday at 09:22:19 AM »
Congrats to Lancashire - were not going to take ten wickets today.  Somerset came with a plan of taking as much time out this game as possible and fair play to them it worked.

Entertaining session watching Sibley, Rhodes and Yates belt it around the ground. A flamingo six from Sibley being the highlight as we chase a lead of 270.

We’ll need a miracle on this very flat batting deck.

General Football & Sports / Re: England Cricket Thread
« on: September 22, 2021, 06:02:39 PM »
Lancs appear to have 'done a Glamorgan'  ;) and prepared an absolute minefield at Aigburth. Well on the way to the game ending early on day 3. Hants 24 for 4 lead by 27 runs in 2nd innings. Meanwhile Warks need to bowl Somerset out twice to stay in the running. Lammonby just dismissed for a half century.
Glamorgan enjoying the Oval wicket after recent debacles  ;)

General Football & Sports / Re: Boxing Thread
« on: September 22, 2021, 05:48:35 PM »
Yeah it's an intriguing fight. Usyk is very capable and despite a size disadvantage could turn out to be a major player at heavyweight in the same as Holyfield was. Usyk's accuracy and hooks saw off Bellew. I hope Joshua doesn't catch the sort of hook that Ruiz produced i.e. the temple shot.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Valérien Ismaël - Head Coach
« on: September 21, 2021, 10:48:49 PM »
Let's be honest a world class player tore the European Champions to shreds like no other player did all season.

How he ended up at that club for that transfer fee I'll never ever understand it.

Harry Kane £100m?????

He was sensational in both seasons for WBA.  Now we have Mowatt and Livermore.  Is it the Managers fault?  Not unless he's missing a trick with Muloumby and Castro.
It's been gone over many times but the European Champions or anyone similar weren't in the slightest bit interested in signing him.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Karlan Grant
« on: September 21, 2021, 08:15:37 PM »
Probably should be mentioned for balance that he setup the chance for Hugill late on Saturday....and got a dangerous cross over from the left in the last minute.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Under 23's / Academy Thread
« on: September 17, 2021, 11:26:08 PM »
Yes but just stating he didnt impress.

In fairness he was partnered by Joshua and Shotton and neither are any good.
All sounds pretty positive there then  ;) Seeing some of the youngsters that Villa have and with the evidence of the FA youth semi last season also, that was probably a tough game especially for our defenders.  I get the impression it's going to be pretty easy for our defenders to look bad in Val's system i.e. playing high up the pitch and being pretty exposed against potent attacks.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: September 15, 2021, 07:13:50 AM »
Last 15 minutes he was breathing out of his back side and hardly able to move, shocking considering he came on at half time. Fitness levels are terrible.
Sick of hearing this to be honest. A player is allowed to blow, it's part of recovering and going again. We've seen Phillips create a late winner a couple of games ago and he was on the pitch for the full 90 that time.
All these players are fit, we have to expect one or two to struggle at times when we have 3 games in a week playing this style. Diangana was good last night but was clearly feeling it last 10 or 15 minutes.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: September 14, 2021, 11:01:16 PM »
For Callum which was negligent. Replace a goal scorer with Phillips. Even more shameful that he looked completely washed up after 75 minutes.
You seem to be on Phillips' case big time tonight. He didn't look completely washed up and did as much as anyone else to try and win it when he came on including the late cross from the left for Furlongs headed chance which was the closest we got all night.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Valérien Ismaël - Head Coach
« on: September 12, 2021, 07:56:19 AM »
I know it's a different system to the Pulis formula but I fear there's a very real danger that the players become too resigned to knowing set pieces including the long throws are our best chances of goals and so not be proactive or bright enough in trying to create something else.

General Football & Sports / Re: US Open Tennis
« on: September 12, 2021, 07:47:36 AM »
Well done to Emma - impressive, composed and clearly should have a good future. Must be bizarre for her to come for almost nowhere to suddenly being handed a cheque for $2.5m.

It's a few years now since Serena dominated grand slams and since then it's pretty much been a revolving door of new grand slam winners in the women's game. Radacanu has a good chance to be right up there in the top 3 or 4 provided the inevitable off court activities are managed well.

General Football & Sports / Re: US Open Tennis
« on: September 11, 2021, 07:42:11 PM »
Murray is British when it suits him but he's  Scottish
I'm thinking more of the media

General Football & Sports / Re: US Open Tennis
« on: September 11, 2021, 07:21:23 PM »
Her chant should be the old TRex song
Raducanu is it you? Yeah yeah yeah
I think she'll make history tonight and swamp her opponent for a win and make history, for England
If she wins I wonder what her ranking will be?
Surely she's British same as Andy Murray  ;)

She will become British No. 1 which is hardly a shock but not sure what her world ranking would be. I think I heard it would be in the 30 something range jumping up from something like 160.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Dara O'Shea
« on: September 06, 2021, 07:04:09 PM »
Phillips too slow to play wing back. Put a fast winger on him and he is toast !  Reach is useless and the other two are kids who again would be roasted by an half decent winger. You can't just drop a young kid into a side pushing for promotion and expect them to perform to the required level.

You really need to take off your blue and white glasses and look at the situation as it really is and the situation is the squad is far too thin and it will cost us later on in the season.  This club has got no ambition because they spent nothing in the last transfer window.  That speaks volume about the ambition of the club.
But Phillips is quicker than Townsend or Reach - in any case Phillips is better utilised elsewhere.
Think generally we've gone too negative too early on Kipre. We haven't seen enough of him yet.

General Football & Sports / Re: England Cricket Thread
« on: September 06, 2021, 05:52:11 PM »
I think it shows how little emphasis is put on the longer form of the game in England. The 4 day county game is such a poor standard that it produces players who aren't good enough to play test cricket. Shorter format is much more forgiving on technique and skill but longer game really exposes ones weaknesses.

My girlfriend  (she is Indian) said straight away yesterday when India where 400 and odd for 8 that India would win. Stupidly I said we'd draw...should have known better with our batting!

We really have gone backwards in regards to batting. Apart from Root I have very little confidence in the rest of them.
I think a big issue is that the likes of Buttler and Bairstow (and others) actually modify their technique to maximise their hitting power in the shorter format. It's then difficult to produce the technique you need to survive in test cricket when they are playing so much short form cricket.
The 4 day pitches need to improve also. Even at this time of year after a pretty dry few weeks there are some low scores around at the moment and it's the pace bowlers that are doing the damage. I'm not aware of any spinners doing serious damage at the moment.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: OUT ON LOAN THREAD
« on: September 01, 2021, 06:07:15 PM »
I haven't seen Windsor play but he had the strangely swift return from Newport after signing on loan last January....I may be wrong but I'm not aware of any significant injury causing that.
Morton obviously needs a better run of luck on the injury front but I was reasonably impressed with him in the Northampton play off games.

General Football & Sports / Re: England Cricket Thread
« on: August 23, 2021, 09:53:59 PM »
Until Livingstone fails at Test level after a period of time, then parellels cannot be drawn with Roy in Tests.

I'd rather be picking a guy in form in white ball Cricket than desperately clinging to the hope that batsman out of their depth can somehow get big scores versus a world class attack!

No one has a huge amount of red ball cricket and anyway a lot of these guys were pulverised by India in February and March and are probably carrying mental scare from those losses.
OK that's fine if you want Livingstone. I don't agree because of his total lack of red ball runs (failures when he has played it this summer). I just think there are others that have performed in red ball this summer who are more deserving of the chance. I agree it's not easy against this attack. 

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Albion membership - worth it?
« on: August 23, 2021, 02:01:06 PM »
That’s what I was hoping.  Do you think I can get two tickets with one membership?
Yes you should be able to, I've done it in the past anyway.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Albion membership - worth it?
« on: August 23, 2021, 12:20:45 PM »
I'm in the same boat of 'not a Season Ticket holder - just can't get to enough games to justify the cost'.
Even though it's now £25 I will be taking it out mainly as it gives you better chance of getting decent seats in your preferred area of the ground. 

General Football & Sports / Re: England Cricket Thread
« on: August 23, 2021, 11:54:42 AM »
Livingstone is a big character and big game player. 

Not only have they been better technically, they have won the sledging war, just as the Aussies did in the 80s and 90s.

England reflect Root, quiet and passive.  India reflect Kohli, passionate, aggressive, demonstrative.

I have already vouched for Jake Libby's inclusion.

The changes for this upcoming Test are way too minimal.
Could have said the same about Jason Roy before his major flop at test level...that alone shouldn't be enough to secure a test spot. Livingstone himself has commented that what he's doing isn't transferrable to the longer format of the game especially at test level. If he wants to have a test career then I hope at some stage he will forgo some of the T20/hundred fests around the world and stack up some red ball runs. Of course he'll be raking it in from the shorter formats so may decide not to.

General Football & Sports / Re: England Cricket Thread
« on: August 21, 2021, 11:34:23 PM »
Liam Livingstone is extremely dangerous in the short forms of the game and the name of the moment but he has a grand total of 65 runs at an average of 10 in 5 games in the County Championship this year. It would be bordering on farcical to select him in the test squad with that sort of record and unfair on the likes of Libby and Carlson who both have around 790 runs in 10 games at an average of 60 plus.

General Football & Sports / Re: England Cricket Thread
« on: August 20, 2021, 09:49:58 AM »
I'm not sure on Buttler being an option for captaincy personally. He's got more than enough on his plate keeping wicket and trying to improve his batting - he's a natural one day cricketer still struggling with his batting and technical flaws at test level.
Stokes obviously out of the running for a while and has enough on his plate anyway...which means there are zero alternatives to Root  ::)

General Football & Sports / Re: England Cricket Thread
« on: August 20, 2021, 08:07:08 AM »
Missed the final myself.

Adder - serves you right for going on holiday during the cricket season  ;D
Fair point Liam - I didn't for about 40 years while I was still playing myself.  :)

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Conor Townsend
« on: August 19, 2021, 09:22:38 PM »
There were a couple of comments on here last night about him being out of position. His average pitch position on the Sky graphic was on the half way line due to our style of play. He will be sometimes be out of position for an orthodox fullback but he's obviously doing what the system requires of him.

General Football & Sports / Re: England Cricket Thread
« on: August 19, 2021, 09:18:34 PM »
Well done to Glamorgan winning the Royal London one day cup. It might be the equivalent of the Caraboa or whatever now but even so. Glam had a pre competition agreement that their 'hundred' players' wouldn't come back in when available for this competition whereas Durham included theirs in today's game.
Really positive quality innings from Carlson set the course of the game - he may just start getting talked about a bit more now.

Only downside is I've missed the semi and final due to a short break in Pembrokeshire.

General Football & Sports / Re: England Cricket Thread
« on: August 18, 2021, 10:39:58 PM »
Malan does at least have talent and good range of orthodox shots. He was leading run scorer in the last Ashes in Australia with a hundred and 3 fifties. There's a theory that his game is more suited to Australian conditions than ours. Having been brought in he now needs to be kept in for the remaining tests and certainly this winters ashes.

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