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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kyle Bartley
« on: November 04, 2021, 08:42:50 PM »
The moment we were under any pressure last night, the defence was awful. Genuinely all over the place last 10mins.

Straight back in for me.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: November 04, 2021, 07:16:26 PM »
A lot of people think xG is a valuable metric, I’m one of them.

However I’ve just seen that of the midweek games, our xG was the highest at 2.35. Higher than Fulham who’s was 2.25. We scored 1, they scored 7.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Valérien Ismaël - Head Coach
« on: November 04, 2021, 05:50:02 PM »
We are currently 4 points ahead of 4th, six points ahead of 6th and ahead of them all on current form.
If the league finished now we would be massive favourites to win the play offs.

I wouldn’t fancy us in the play offs at the minute. Some teams will be bouncing to be there, whereas negativity seems to surround us. If we are to finish in the play offs the whole mood needs to be better for us to be successful.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Valérien Ismaël - Head Coach
« on: November 04, 2021, 02:21:15 PM »
There are apparently issues behind the scenes within the squad and VI.

What’s been reported and where?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Valérien Ismaël - Head Coach
« on: November 04, 2021, 01:13:59 PM »
Thought it was Strange interview from VI, best we’ve been in possession? 

Maybe statistically in terms of how much we had, but we weren’t good with the ball.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Louie Barry
« on: November 02, 2021, 08:47:44 PM »
I would say I’m 90% certain blame for this is with downing.

Without naming names my only doubt would be…

Did this all happen around the same time some of our senior academy staff went to Villa?

Was it believed by many Barry would end up at Villa all along?

If the answers to the above are yes, could an eye have been ‘accidentally’  off the ball?  Maybe.

Whether Barry or his parents are inclined to give evidence to support us or not, there’s no excuse for not managing the formalities to protect our own interest.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Valérien Ismaël - Head Coach
« on: November 01, 2021, 05:15:13 PM »
Before Saturday we had one of the highest goals scored, and one of the better defense records. I appreciate we are 9 points from the top, but to put it in to context, Bournemouth have now equaled the best start to a championship season ever and the best for 15 years. 

I still don't think its far from being a decent system at this level. I certainly don't think the players did it for 4 games and then gave up as has been suggested. I'm not sure it necessarily needs a collection of new players either though.

New players may well help us make it Barnsley 2.0, but I don't think that will ever work for the fanbase here. If VI adapts his tactics then I think we already have 95% of the players for something that will work.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: 2021-2022 season predictions
« on: October 31, 2021, 12:32:10 PM »
There shouldn’t be any more than two sides finish above us, and we should still be able to challenge for automatic but we need to improve.

In the next 6 matches we play 4th, 5th and 6th and we should be able to show why there’s a gulf between the top 3 and the rest of the championship if the players can ( and are allowed) play to their ability.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: October 26, 2021, 02:36:30 PM »
I’d be very surprised to see us change the formulation, even though we haven’t won any of the games so far that I see as being closest to the challenge Fulham pose (Bournmouth, Stoke, Swansea).

Tough one to predict, as both teams are capable of a mare.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Under 23's / Academy Thread
« on: October 25, 2021, 06:51:20 PM »
Cleary is obviously a serious prospect but let’s remember he was only onthe U23s bench having come up from U18s. That is a helluva big jump to ask him to fire up a promotion campaign

He may have been on the bench today, but he has started and scored for the u23s.

After today, his record is 8 goals in 5 games for the under 18s and 3 goals in 4 games for the u23s. His under 23 goals are in just 169 minutes.

It is a massive jump though.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Valérien Ismaël - Head Coach
« on: October 24, 2021, 10:12:26 AM »
The key will be what he does in the next game.

If Snodgrass is fit then id make the other two wait for their chance, nothing like competition for places.

Agree completely. Amazes me sometimes how easy sometimes players can walk back in to a side, it must be demoralising for the replaced and all the squad players.  If either of Mowatt or Livermore deserve to walk straight in, it’s clearly Mowatt.

However as the next match is Fulham, I’d not be surprised to see VI revert. Let’s see if he’s brave enough to leave the captain out.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Jordan Hugill joins on loan
« on: October 24, 2021, 09:18:51 AM »
He should have had two for sure. The one where he bashed his head was a sitter.

The other two in the first half were very good chances and you’d hope he’d score one of them, but I didn’t  think either were tap ins.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: October 23, 2021, 02:28:18 PM »
Grant, Phillips, Hugill is such an uninspiring, plodding front 3.

Although I agree,  Hugil for Robbo is the only real change that should be made. Grant can’t be dropped with 5 in 5 despite how little else he’s given and let’s not forget how poor Diangana has been.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Valérien Ismaël - Head Coach
« on: October 22, 2021, 03:28:53 PM »
A very well balanced post on where things stand at the moment, I agree with it all and it’s where I stand too.

The swarm and high levels of intensity we saw at the start of the season have dropped. I think Val needs a better squad and the ability to rotate starting 11s. He doesn’t yet have that so as Smersh has said we are perhaps seeing a plan B of phased approaches and they just aren’t in sync with each other.

This all needs time and I’ve got a lot more patience to wait and see how it works. We’re 3rd and we’ll and truly in the promotion race and after losing Pereira and bringing in very little quality it’s all I would ask for.

I would also agree we arent capable of maintaining the press, but in part that is because we are so poor on the ball.  Even being that poor, we are generally having more possession than other sides (other than vs Swansea), so if we were better and got possession to 60-65%, there would naturally be less pressing needed.

How you transition to making that work being a weaker side if we were to get promoted is problem for another day!

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Valérien Ismaël - Head Coach
« on: October 22, 2021, 01:07:22 PM »
I've got my doubts over VI. Love how he has been off the pitch, but I've yet to be sold on the pitch and in that respect my opinion hasnt changed.

The big frustration for me at the moment, is that it seems so close to something that could work really well.

Keep the press, swarm and be aggressive out of possession. The way we were in the first few games.  That'll work just find at this level. VI can set this up well.

Once we win the ball, adopt a 60/40 approach.  60% of the time, play through the lines and keep the ball on the deck. Mix up being patient and passing it around on the floor, with moving quickly when you have numerical advantages or space.
The other 40% of the time, try the long balls in to channels.  We have the players at this level to do both, and the unpredictability will cause teams problems.

We have to give the players the authority and trust to do this, but it also needs a bit of football intelligence, which again, we should be capable of at this level.

If we did that, we could get away without a proper 9 for the time being. There's nothing in the above that our squad shouldn't be capable of implementing in my opinion.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Valérien Ismaël - Head Coach
« on: October 20, 2021, 09:33:18 PM »
It doesn’t bode well at all at the moment.

The press is great when we do it’, and despite conceding two tonight I don’t think the problem is off the ball. Our problems are on it. If we do better with the ball you automatically solve some of the defensive issues.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: October 20, 2021, 09:29:51 PM »
Absolutely terrible and for me, the issues are tactical

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: October 20, 2021, 08:02:58 PM »
That was extremely poor from Swansea, the press wasn’t even that aggressive and they didn’t learn from our possession 20 seconds earlier. No idea what the defender on Grant was doing either, no attempt on the ball or player at all.

Hopefully this plays right in to our hands though

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: October 20, 2021, 08:19:23 AM »
Steve Cooper turning things around quickly at Forest it seems. Good manager.

Blades lost again. Us, Bournemouth and Fulham still far and away the best 3 teams in the EFL. Stoke no great shakes after the last 2 games.

Us 3 being the best teams on paper doesn't guarantee promotion of course. Need to find a quality striker in January and we should be ok though.

The run / turnaround was actually started by Steven Reid. Still can’t quite understand how Hughton was doing so poorly. There’s no doubt Steve Cooper has got off to a great start though, even if he has had a favourable run of fixtures. He was my 1st choice for the job here.

They’ll drop some points in their next few but I Fancy forest to get to the play offs.

General Football & Sports / Re: World Cup
« on: October 19, 2021, 09:10:33 PM »
It’s a joke. Completely devalues it.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: October 19, 2021, 06:13:28 PM »
Whilst making a point in the Molumby thread, I think there's another decent longer term reason to rest Mowatt tomorrow.

Livermore is currently on 4 bookings, meaning he will miss a game if he picks up another. If we push Mowatt and he breaks down again, or doesn't recover properly for the weekend, and Livermore picks up another booking tomorrow, we could lose both for the weekend, or face having to stick a half fit Mowatt out again for the 3 time in 8 days.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Jayson Molumby Joins Albion
« on: October 19, 2021, 06:06:02 PM »
As much as we shouldn’t write players off after a few games we should temper the praise, of course we all hope he is the next Bryan Robson but let’s give the kid a chance to settle into the team before we set the bar too high

I thought he did ok when he came on. Did well to cover Bartley and I liked that he seemed willing to have a pop at Sunjic when he thought he dived. I didn't see the big difference others seem to have though.

It's a fair bet that we will now start to see more of him though. Possibly a start tomorrow and almost certainly a start after Livermore picks up his next booking.  Decent odds we will see a Mowatt and Molumby pair against Bristol City or Fulham due to a JL booking.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: October 19, 2021, 01:57:41 PM »
I’d agree with resting Mowatt too. He was as poor as he’s been against blues. Just didn’t seem to want to get on the ball which is very unlike him.

If he doesn’t have to confidence in his fitness to get on the ball there’s little point carrying him. Let him get fit and get back to doing himself justice.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: October 19, 2021, 01:26:25 PM »
Swansea pass for passings sake and they haven't got the players to do it successfully.

I think we win this game all day long given average luck, if we're at it from the start. It's important we press, press, press!

The press without the ball seems to have much less intensity than it did early in the season. 

What we needed to do was continue the press without the ball and be more patient and keep the ball on the ground more when we have it.

Instead it seems we’ve reduced the intensity of the press and still hoof it when we have it, which was the wrong change.

If we go back to the intense press and mix up our play when we have the ball, I’d agree we will beat these, but we would beat most sides if we did that.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Under 23's / Academy Thread
« on: October 17, 2021, 03:57:34 PM »
The under 23's came from 1 down to win 2-1 against Boro who had a man sent off in the 60th i think.

Zohore and Cleary on the scoresheet.

Good to see Cleary stepping up from the u18s to the  u23s and scoring in the past few weeks. Shame that past experience suggests he is likely to leave so I do wonder why we are helping him put himself in the shop window unless it’s to drum up as much value for a jan sale as possible.

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