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  • "we had our best win against bristol city since we played sheffield on the 24th sep. we played both dobbie and hoskins against bristol and though they never scored it certainly influenced the win because it was the first time our midfielders scored. its not a coincidence.
    then we play cms and barnes against crystal palace, of which i watched on tv live, and we were completely outplayed. why change a winning team? Palace played with 2 wingers and were a different class. Although i will get a lot of abuse i have to say that if Gus Poyet continues to play with only 2 forwards and expects to get promoted then he has a long wait as do all of the supporters. All the most succesful teams play with 2 wingers and attack their defence. Remember we got promotion from div 1 when we had Bennet playing wide and lualua/noone on the other side. We also had 2 players who both scored over 20 goals. You can have the best striker in world but if he never receives the ball he will not score. This is the reason cms is always chasing to get the ball. When we only have 2 forwards it allows the opposition to move forward and attack us for most of the game. Unfortunately i cannot see Poyet changing his tactics. It has not worked in the past so why does he continue to play the same way every week?"
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Only goals will oust Macca

Craig Mackail-Smith

Craig Mackail-Smith

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

Albion's second choice strikers have been told they need goals to oust leading marksman Craig Mackail-Smith.

Boss Gus Poyet is expected to stick with Mackail-Smith at Charlton today after he missed a good chance to equalise for Albion’s ten men at Crystal Palace last week.

Will Hoskins and August signing Stephen Dobbie were picked in place of nine-goal Mackail-Smith and Ashley Barnes for the previous game against Bristol City at The Amex but they both drew a blank and were substituted.

Dobbie has scored twice in 12 appearances since his move from Swansea, Hoskins one goal in 13 outings interrupted by a series of injuries since signing from Bristol Rovers two summers ago.

Poyet said: “He (Hoskins) has come back stronger. That is why he has been back in the squad even earlier than we expected.

“I decided not to change anything else against Palace once the game was lost.

“It would have been very easy to play Dobbs and Hoskins in the last 20 minutes but my instincts told me not to do it.

“They need to start producing, because they play in very specific positions and the strikers need to score.

“Why am I, for example, not going to play Macca when he is our top scorer?

“To not be so clear about playing Macca someone needs to score or win the game.”

Mackail-Smith scored against Charlton on his last visit to The Valley with Peterborough two seasons ago.

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