Defenders back, changes in attack

Stephen Dobbie starts today

Stephen Dobbie starts today

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Albion welcome back two key defenders – and make big changes in attack – as they tackle Charlton today.

Fit-again Wayne Bridge and Adam El-Abd return at the back in place of Inigo Calderon and the suspended Lewis Dunk.

Boss Gus Poyet will unleash Will Hoskins, Stephen Dobbie and Craig Mackail-Smith in the same line-up, combining with Will Buckley in a new-look attacking quartet.

Dean Hammond and Liam Bridcutt will sit deeper in midfield.

Ashley Barnes misses out while Andrea Orlandi is absent with a rib injury.

Albion will be backed by about 3,000 fans today and will be keen to erase some of the bad memories from last week’s 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace.

They face a Charlton side who are unbeaten in six games and have conceded just one goal – a penalty – in their last five outings.

The hosts bring back central defender Michael Morrison, banned for the 0-0 draw at Millwall last week, in place of Leon Cort.

Dany Haynes comes into attack in place of Yann Kermogant.

Charlton: Hamer; Wilson, Dervite, Morrison, Solly; Pritchard, Frimpong, Stephens, Jackson; Haynes, Hulse. Subs: Button, Cort, Taylor, Green, Kerkar, Wright-Phillips, Kermorgant.

Albion: Kuszczak; Bruno, Greer, El-Abd, Bridge; Bridcutt, Hammond, Dobbie; Buckley, Hoskins, Mackail-Smith. Subs: Brezovan, Calderon, Barnes, Harley, Crofts, LuaLua, David.

Ref: Darren Sheldrake (Woking)

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2:13pm Sat 8 Dec 12

wole says...

About time he picks an attacking line up!
And no BARNES is an absolute delight!!
About time he picks an attacking line up! And no BARNES is an absolute delight!! wole
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2:20pm Sat 8 Dec 12

pandaking says...

Can't wait for this.
Can't wait for this. pandaking
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2:22pm Sat 8 Dec 12

albionfan33 says...

an attacking 4-4-2 hmmmm who would of thought it.... im looking forward to this team lets hope they can deliver seagulls seagulls
an attacking 4-4-2 hmmmm who would of thought it.... im looking forward to this team lets hope they can deliver seagulls seagulls albionfan33
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2:25pm Sat 8 Dec 12

VegasSeagull says...

I actually suggested attack minded line up yesterday or the day before, no way did I think it would happen.
I also suggested that CMS might adopt more of an attacking midfield role with Hoskins as the lone striker, I wonder if that will happen too.

I like this line up, we have more fire power and the option of playing two strikers if we go a goal down. .
I think this line up also suggests that El-Abd and Bridge might stay at home more rather than raid from deep, maybe they are not 100% percent fit but fit enough to play.

Nice one Gus, I hope this works for you and that both Hoskins and Dobbie take their chance and find the back of the net.
I actually suggested attack minded line up yesterday or the day before, no way did I think it would happen. I also suggested that CMS might adopt more of an attacking midfield role with Hoskins as the lone striker, I wonder if that will happen too. I like this line up, we have more fire power and the option of playing two strikers if we go a goal down. . I think this line up also suggests that El-Abd and Bridge might stay at home more rather than raid from deep, maybe they are not 100% percent fit but fit enough to play. Nice one Gus, I hope this works for you and that both Hoskins and Dobbie take their chance and find the back of the net. VegasSeagull
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2:34pm Sat 8 Dec 12

VegasSeagull says...

I bet the Charlton boss didn't expect this line up, I wonder what it does to his pre-match plan.
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I bet the Charlton boss didn't expect this line up, I wonder what it does to his pre-match plan. . VegasSeagull
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2:52pm Sat 8 Dec 12

Alfie T says...

I see that waste of space Harley is on the bench.
I see that waste of space Harley is on the bench. Alfie T
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2:57pm Sat 8 Dec 12

VegasSeagull says...

Alfie T wrote:
I see that waste of space Harley is on the bench.
Be nice Alfie, this is an exciting day mate, but I get your point.
[quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: I see that waste of space Harley is on the bench.[/p][/quote]Be nice Alfie, this is an exciting day mate, but I get your point. VegasSeagull
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3:18pm Sat 8 Dec 12

VegasSeagull says...

0-1 down, let's hope that the extra offence can get us back in the game
0-1 down, let's hope that the extra offence can get us back in the game VegasSeagull
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3:31pm Sat 8 Dec 12

ballantrrae says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
I actually suggested attack minded line up yesterday or the day before, no way did I think it would happen.
I also suggested that CMS might adopt more of an attacking midfield role with Hoskins as the lone striker, I wonder if that will happen too.

I like this line up, we have more fire power and the option of playing two strikers if we go a goal down. .
I think this line up also suggests that El-Abd and Bridge might stay at home more rather than raid from deep, maybe they are not 100% percent fit but fit enough to play.

Nice one Gus, I hope this works for you and that both Hoskins and Dobbie take their chance and find the back of the net.
Charlton 1-0 up after 9 minutes. It will be interesting to see if we switch to 2 strikers always assuming we didn't start with two up front.
Now we will see if the Albion can (a) breach the tight Charlton defence and (b) come from behind. Fingers crosses but not confident.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: I actually suggested attack minded line up yesterday or the day before, no way did I think it would happen. I also suggested that CMS might adopt more of an attacking midfield role with Hoskins as the lone striker, I wonder if that will happen too. I like this line up, we have more fire power and the option of playing two strikers if we go a goal down. . I think this line up also suggests that El-Abd and Bridge might stay at home more rather than raid from deep, maybe they are not 100% percent fit but fit enough to play. Nice one Gus, I hope this works for you and that both Hoskins and Dobbie take their chance and find the back of the net.[/p][/quote]Charlton 1-0 up after 9 minutes. It will be interesting to see if we switch to 2 strikers always assuming we didn't start with two up front. Now we will see if the Albion can (a) breach the tight Charlton defence and (b) come from behind. Fingers crosses but not confident. ballantrrae
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3:33pm Sat 8 Dec 12

Alfie T says...

CMS get in son!!
CMS get in son!! Alfie T
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3:55pm Sat 8 Dec 12

VegasSeagull says...

Good half time score, well done CMS.
Some interesting HT score lines, we need a go ahead goal to jump into top 6.
Good half time score, well done CMS. Some interesting HT score lines, we need a go ahead goal to jump into top 6. VegasSeagull
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