The ArgusMacca happy to be put on the spot (From The Argus)

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Macca happy to be put on the spot

The Argus: Craig Mackail-Smith missed from the spot against Leeds Craig Mackail-Smith missed from the spot against Leeds

Craig Mackail-Smith has volunteered to put himself on the spot again for Albion.

The Seagulls’ nine-goal leading marksman had a penalty saved against Leeds at The Amex after scoring from the spot earlier in the same game and before that at Watford.

Stephen Dobbie took over at Wolves and scored but Ashley Barnes had a penalty saved against Bolton on Saturday, with Dobbie on the bench.

Mackail-Smith said: “I am happy to put myself back in the frame. Dobbo took one at Wolves and scored a fantastic penalty. Ashley believed he could take one and sadly didn’t put it away.

“It was whoever felt confident. Ash got the ball. I wish I’d got it. He took it and that is the way it goes. Next game I’ll make sure I grab hold of that ball.”

See today's Argus for a two-page preview of tonight's match against Bristol City

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6:21pm Tue 27 Nov 12

ballantrrae says...

If we are awarded a penalty tonight I am sure that the choice of who takes it will depend on exactly who is on the pitch at the time.
I imagine Dobbie is first choice with others like Hosko, Lopez and CMS not far behind.
The betting odds for tonight's game don't seem to make alot of sense with Ladbrokes earlier today offering 5/1 Bristol which is surprising after their win on Saturday and 11/4 for a draw which again surprises after all the Albion's draws especially at Home. Odds of say 2/1 on the Draw and 5/2 Bristol might be more realistic.
Incidently something occured to me recently about Poyet's signings. He is always signing 'special' players eg Dobbie, Lopez, Vicente (who is special when fit) or snapping up players who suddenly become available eg Hammond and Crofts without at first glance it appears knowing precisely how they might 'fit in' to the squad. Contrast these signings with the much more logical (in my view) acquisitions of Kuszczak, Bruno, Bridge and Orlandi. Any thoughts Captain Haddock, Hovite, MBTS, Farside, Jonathan Mouette, Ringmer Rich, SMF 20, Fairweathersupporter
, Dr Baldhead, Mark 5 and others ?
If we are awarded a penalty tonight I am sure that the choice of who takes it will depend on exactly who is on the pitch at the time. I imagine Dobbie is first choice with others like Hosko, Lopez and CMS not far behind. The betting odds for tonight's game don't seem to make alot of sense with Ladbrokes earlier today offering 5/1 Bristol which is surprising after their win on Saturday and 11/4 for a draw which again surprises after all the Albion's draws especially at Home. Odds of say 2/1 on the Draw and 5/2 Bristol might be more realistic. Incidently something occured to me recently about Poyet's signings. He is always signing 'special' players eg Dobbie, Lopez, Vicente (who is special when fit) or snapping up players who suddenly become available eg Hammond and Crofts without at first glance it appears knowing precisely how they might 'fit in' to the squad. Contrast these signings with the much more logical (in my view) acquisitions of Kuszczak, Bruno, Bridge and Orlandi. Any thoughts Captain Haddock, Hovite, MBTS, Farside, Jonathan Mouette, Ringmer Rich, SMF 20, Fairweathersupporter , Dr Baldhead, Mark 5 and others ? ballantrrae
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6:39pm Tue 27 Nov 12

VegasSeagull says...

Ballantrrae.

With regard to your thinking re the signings, you could be right but the thing is, we don't know when Gus started talking to the players bought.

It would not surprise me at all to hear that most of the signings were being talked of in private and before we knew anything about it.

I would guess that Hammond might have been on the radar for some time prior to his arrival given his previous time with us.

The amount of time spent looking for the elusive, 'target man,' might suggest that Gus dosen't snap up just anyone.
I think it fair to say that Gus probably has a pretty good private network of pals at various clubs who hold various positions within those clubs. It is also a fact that we have our own scouts scouting teams from all over the map looking for new or existing talent.

Is it possible that Gus has bought one or two players on a whim, well anything is possible but I doubt it.
Ballantrrae. With regard to your thinking re the signings, you could be right but the thing is, we don't know when Gus started talking to the players bought. It would not surprise me at all to hear that most of the signings were being talked of in private and before we knew anything about it. I would guess that Hammond might have been on the radar for some time prior to his arrival given his previous time with us. The amount of time spent looking for the elusive, 'target man,' might suggest that Gus dosen't snap up just anyone. I think it fair to say that Gus probably has a pretty good private network of pals at various clubs who hold various positions within those clubs. It is also a fact that we have our own scouts scouting teams from all over the map looking for new or existing talent. Is it possible that Gus has bought one or two players on a whim, well anything is possible but I doubt it. VegasSeagull
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