Albion held by Forest

Will Hoskins with an effort in the first half (photos Simon Dack)

Anyone got a brolly

A young fan recieves a makeover

Will Buckley's late effort is saved

The referee Graham Salisbury sees the funny side

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Albion endured another frustrating afternoon at The Amex as they had to settle for a goalless draw at home to Nottingham Forest.

Gus Poyet's side were unable to make the most of their first half superiority and were thwarted by visting keeper Lee Camp as they pushed for a late winner following an uneventful second half.

The game was watched by a record attendance at The Amex of 26,684.

Albion have now gone three games without a win ahead of Tuesday's home clash with Millwall. They remain eighth in the table, three points outside the play-offs.

Albion created a host of chances in the first half but lacked a cutting edge.

Inigo Calderon clipped the outside of a post early on before Will Hoskins failed to convert a hat-trick of chances, the best of them when he acrobatically fired over the bar when Will Buckley headed a Wayne Bridge cross back across goal.

Craig Mackail-Smith twice went close after good runs, sandwiching another chance for Calderon whose shot was tipped over the bar for a corner by Forest keeper Camp.

The half finished with Forest enjoying their best chance as Billy Sharp sidefooted a Chris Cohen cross against the face of the crossbar.

Adam El-Abd made an important challenge which was enough to put off Dexter Blackstock in a dangerous position in the opening moments of the second half.

Buckley came in for some rough treatment and replacement left-back Greg Halford, a half-time substitute for Dan Harding, was twice spoken to after being booked.

The home side were not so fluent in the second half and as the chances dried up Forest came back into the game.

With nine minutes remaining Albion finally fashioned their first meaningful chance of the second half as substitute Kazenga LuaLua's low shot was saved at his near post by Camp at the expense of a corner.

There was an even better chance with four minutes remaining when Halford stumbled, allowing Buckley in but Camp pushed his shot over the bar.

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5:09pm Sat 15 Dec 12

gusset snatcher says...

Time for you to go Gusset. Glenn Murray’s departure is hanging above you like the sword of Damacles. If Harry Bloom was still around you’d have been long gone, you’re only still here because of Tony Bloom’s naivety.
Time for you to go Gusset. Glenn Murray’s departure is hanging above you like the sword of Damacles. If Harry Bloom was still around you’d have been long gone, you’re only still here because of Tony Bloom’s naivety. gusset snatcher
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5:10pm Sat 15 Dec 12

gusset snatcher says...

It's truly sickening when you talk about doing business in January when you made 4 signings who hardly feature in the team
It's truly sickening when you talk about doing business in January when you made 4 signings who hardly feature in the team gusset snatcher
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5:16pm Sat 15 Dec 12

SMF20 says...

I'm not sure what to say after watching that. Another game, another 2 points dropped when a win was there for the taking. Rarely can 1 individual make a difference as much as the one I hope we sign in January can. I think it's fair to say that with better finishing this year we would be 10 to 15 points better off. Well done again today lads and roll on January... We are so very very close to being there. Uta
I'm not sure what to say after watching that. Another game, another 2 points dropped when a win was there for the taking. Rarely can 1 individual make a difference as much as the one I hope we sign in January can. I think it's fair to say that with better finishing this year we would be 10 to 15 points better off. Well done again today lads and roll on January... We are so very very close to being there. Uta SMF20
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5:17pm Sat 15 Dec 12

bruce beckett says...

Hugely disappointing performance from our strikeforce...once again. Doesn't seem like Hoskins is the answer. Used to be a good finisher at Bristol Rovers but now he can't score from six yards out. Guess he has lost his confidence what with injuries and not playing enough games.

Goalscorer required - URGENTLY.
Hugely disappointing performance from our strikeforce...once again. Doesn't seem like Hoskins is the answer. Used to be a good finisher at Bristol Rovers but now he can't score from six yards out. Guess he has lost his confidence what with injuries and not playing enough games. Goalscorer required - URGENTLY. bruce beckett
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5:49pm Sat 15 Dec 12

MHubbs says...

The Good -
I didn't get wet in the upper East.

The Bad -
Poor overall performance, especially the continued woeful finishing.

The Ugly -
Hoskins hat trick of missed chances.


True, Will missed a good chance towards the end but we lacked inventiveness today. Lots of hoofed balls at CMS with a six foot 4 defender marking him. Where was the sence in that I wonder.

Hoskins had a good chance to prove himself today, but we have been left with all the same questions and given the same answer - no goal scorer!!

In A Word -
Very disappointing for 71% possession
The Good - I didn't get wet in the upper East. The Bad - Poor overall performance, especially the continued woeful finishing. The Ugly - Hoskins hat trick of missed chances. True, Will missed a good chance towards the end but we lacked inventiveness today. Lots of hoofed balls at CMS with a six foot 4 defender marking him. Where was the sence in that I wonder. Hoskins had a good chance to prove himself today, but we have been left with all the same questions and given the same answer - no goal scorer!! In A Word - Very disappointing for 71% possession MHubbs
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5:52pm Sat 15 Dec 12

campotolox says...

already said this but same old story, they cant win at home,all this about who is comeing in Jan,its all b s,wont make a lot off difference,all the yap on this site in the last week waste of breath,if and i dont do the pools BHA are asert draw at home,all this talk about the playoffs,liveing in cuckoo land!!
already said this but same old story, they cant win at home,all this about who is comeing in Jan,its all b s,wont make a lot off difference,all the yap on this site in the last week waste of breath,if and i dont do the pools BHA are asert draw at home,all this talk about the playoffs,liveing in cuckoo land!! campotolox
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5:57pm Sat 15 Dec 12

pandaking says...

Hoskins was excellent today. Yes he missed a few chances but positioning was fantastic and he set a lot up himself.

Think how long this guy as been out from playing games. He's improving every time he steps on the pitch now he's getting a run of games. I have no doubt if he keeps starting he'll keep improving and start banging hem in.

Also bear in mind come January we will have a new striker coming in, so he needs to be given a chance to prove himself before then otherwise he'll probably never appear on the pitch for us again...

UTA.
Hoskins was excellent today. Yes he missed a few chances but positioning was fantastic and he set a lot up himself. Think how long this guy as been out from playing games. He's improving every time he steps on the pitch now he's getting a run of games. I have no doubt if he keeps starting he'll keep improving and start banging hem in. Also bear in mind come January we will have a new striker coming in, so he needs to be given a chance to prove himself before then otherwise he'll probably never appear on the pitch for us again... UTA. pandaking
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5:59pm Sat 15 Dec 12

Gee Jay says...

Worrying, and we only have ourselves to blame.
Forest should have been 'slam-dunked' by half time, and the second half could have been a cruise.
We really cannot let points go like this at home.
Worrying, and we only have ourselves to blame. Forest should have been 'slam-dunked' by half time, and the second half could have been a cruise. We really cannot let points go like this at home. Gee Jay
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6:00pm Sat 15 Dec 12

campotolox says...

No father christmas cumes in Dec. not Jan!!
No father christmas cumes in Dec. not Jan!! campotolox
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6:01pm Sat 15 Dec 12

pandaking says...

Also want to add I think strikers will be lining up to join us. Look how many chances we create. A good striker would be scoring 2-3 goals a game! Nottingham Forest have a great striker doing very well for himself, but he gets 1or 2 chances a game. Imagine if he came here...

Add in we are a club moving upwards, great stadium, location to live etc. I think Strikers would be liking the look of joining us.
Also want to add I think strikers will be lining up to join us. Look how many chances we create. A good striker would be scoring 2-3 goals a game! Nottingham Forest have a great striker doing very well for himself, but he gets 1or 2 chances a game. Imagine if he came here... Add in we are a club moving upwards, great stadium, location to live etc. I think Strikers would be liking the look of joining us. pandaking
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6:07pm Sat 15 Dec 12

campotolox says...

Oh yes he does in Spain, he comes on the 5th Jan,so you might get this big centre forward you are missing then,cant help thinking lot of other teams are looking for one also,adois!!
Oh yes he does in Spain, he comes on the 5th Jan,so you might get this big centre forward you are missing then,cant help thinking lot of other teams are looking for one also,adois!! campotolox
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6:11pm Sat 15 Dec 12

VegasSeagull says...

I guess that we are going to see the same comments mostly coming from the same people after this result.

There is nothing surprising about what occured on the pitch today, it happens most matches. There is no surprise about what the fix is, we all know what it is.

I guess there is no surprise in the fact that many on here will ignore the fact that we kept a clean sheet. The same people will ignore the fact that we shut down one very dangerous striker for 90 minutes and that we are still in 8th position in the table.

It's so easy to be negative.
I guess that we are going to see the same comments mostly coming from the same people after this result. There is nothing surprising about what occured on the pitch today, it happens most matches. There is no surprise about what the fix is, we all know what it is. I guess there is no surprise in the fact that many on here will ignore the fact that we kept a clean sheet. The same people will ignore the fact that we shut down one very dangerous striker for 90 minutes and that we are still in 8th position in the table. It's so easy to be negative. VegasSeagull
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6:13pm Sat 15 Dec 12

Ringmer Rich says...

An excellent first half performance. Hoskins could have been a hero today, definitely needs to start on Tuesday. I've a feeling he'll come good very soon.
An excellent first half performance. Hoskins could have been a hero today, definitely needs to start on Tuesday. I've a feeling he'll come good very soon. Ringmer Rich
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6:13pm Sat 15 Dec 12

tug509 says...

pandaking wrote:
Also want to add I think strikers will be lining up to join us. Look how many chances we create. A good striker would be scoring 2-3 goals a game! Nottingham Forest have a great striker doing very well for himself, but he gets 1or 2 chances a game. Imagine if he came here...

Add in we are a club moving upwards, great stadium, location to live etc. I think Strikers would be liking the look of joining us.
I like what your saying pandaking,and i truly hope your right. UTA
[quote][p][bold]pandaking[/bold] wrote: Also want to add I think strikers will be lining up to join us. Look how many chances we create. A good striker would be scoring 2-3 goals a game! Nottingham Forest have a great striker doing very well for himself, but he gets 1or 2 chances a game. Imagine if he came here... Add in we are a club moving upwards, great stadium, location to live etc. I think Strikers would be liking the look of joining us.[/p][/quote]I like what your saying pandaking,and i truly hope your right. UTA tug509
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6:14pm Sat 15 Dec 12

campotolox says...

Ye nice plaice to live if you are that way inclined,have chips with mine,oh dont go to Kemp Town at night,you might get more than you expect!!
Ye nice plaice to live if you are that way inclined,have chips with mine,oh dont go to Kemp Town at night,you might get more than you expect!! campotolox
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6:17pm Sat 15 Dec 12

campotolox says...

Hang on Vegas,so did the other team and they are playing away, that comment is so negative?
Hang on Vegas,so did the other team and they are playing away, that comment is so negative? campotolox
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6:22pm Sat 15 Dec 12

wiseman of hove says...

Ringmer Rich wrote:
An excellent first half performance. Hoskins could have been a hero today, definitely needs to start on Tuesday. I've a feeling he'll come good very soon.
Agree with you 100%. On balance, I would have kept Hoskins on for a full game and given him the CMS role for the last twenty minutes. The manager should keep faith with Hoskins.
[quote][p][bold]Ringmer Rich[/bold] wrote: An excellent first half performance. Hoskins could have been a hero today, definitely needs to start on Tuesday. I've a feeling he'll come good very soon.[/p][/quote]Agree with you 100%. On balance, I would have kept Hoskins on for a full game and given him the CMS role for the last twenty minutes. The manager should keep faith with Hoskins. wiseman of hove
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6:22pm Sat 15 Dec 12

Alfie T says...

MHubbs wrote:
The Good -
I didn't get wet in the upper East.

The Bad -
Poor overall performance, especially the continued woeful finishing.

The Ugly -
Hoskins hat trick of missed chances.


True, Will missed a good chance towards the end but we lacked inventiveness today. Lots of hoofed balls at CMS with a six foot 4 defender marking him. Where was the sence in that I wonder.

Hoskins had a good chance to prove himself today, but we have been left with all the same questions and given the same answer - no goal scorer!!

In A Word -
Very disappointing for 71% possession
Will didn't miss a good chance, I think it was down to the brilliance of there keeper, who I'm pleased to say with his name doesn't play for us.
[quote][p][bold]MHubbs[/bold] wrote: The Good - I didn't get wet in the upper East. The Bad - Poor overall performance, especially the continued woeful finishing. The Ugly - Hoskins hat trick of missed chances. True, Will missed a good chance towards the end but we lacked inventiveness today. Lots of hoofed balls at CMS with a six foot 4 defender marking him. Where was the sence in that I wonder. Hoskins had a good chance to prove himself today, but we have been left with all the same questions and given the same answer - no goal scorer!! In A Word - Very disappointing for 71% possession[/p][/quote]Will didn't miss a good chance, I think it was down to the brilliance of there keeper, who I'm pleased to say with his name doesn't play for us. Alfie T
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6:35pm Sat 15 Dec 12

tug509 says...

Alfie T wrote:
MHubbs wrote:
The Good -
I didn't get wet in the upper East.

The Bad -
Poor overall performance, especially the continued woeful finishing.

The Ugly -
Hoskins hat trick of missed chances.


True, Will missed a good chance towards the end but we lacked inventiveness today. Lots of hoofed balls at CMS with a six foot 4 defender marking him. Where was the sence in that I wonder.

Hoskins had a good chance to prove himself today, but we have been left with all the same questions and given the same answer - no goal scorer!!

In A Word -
Very disappointing for 71% possession
Will didn't miss a good chance, I think it was down to the brilliance of there keeper, who I'm pleased to say with his name doesn't play for us.
What Lee!. UTA
[quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MHubbs[/bold] wrote: The Good - I didn't get wet in the upper East. The Bad - Poor overall performance, especially the continued woeful finishing. The Ugly - Hoskins hat trick of missed chances. True, Will missed a good chance towards the end but we lacked inventiveness today. Lots of hoofed balls at CMS with a six foot 4 defender marking him. Where was the sence in that I wonder. Hoskins had a good chance to prove himself today, but we have been left with all the same questions and given the same answer - no goal scorer!! In A Word - Very disappointing for 71% possession[/p][/quote]Will didn't miss a good chance, I think it was down to the brilliance of there keeper, who I'm pleased to say with his name doesn't play for us.[/p][/quote]What Lee!. UTA tug509
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6:35pm Sat 15 Dec 12

Old Scrote of the Amex says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
I guess that we are going to see the same comments mostly coming from the same people after this result.

There is nothing surprising about what occured on the pitch today, it happens most matches. There is no surprise about what the fix is, we all know what it is.

I guess there is no surprise in the fact that many on here will ignore the fact that we kept a clean sheet. The same people will ignore the fact that we shut down one very dangerous striker for 90 minutes and that we are still in 8th position in the table.

It's so easy to be negative.
This. I've not been here long but there is a definite pattern in the names of the posters after specific results. Some are here no matter what, but SO many here who never write anything when we win but pipe up when we don't.

Yes, we should have won, but the luck isn't going with us at the moment. Hitting woodwork, keeper making great saves etc - these will change. I for one am pleased enough that we're dominating sides who have been above us for years. The results will come.

PS: Camp is a top, top keeper, almost as good as PIG.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: I guess that we are going to see the same comments mostly coming from the same people after this result. There is nothing surprising about what occured on the pitch today, it happens most matches. There is no surprise about what the fix is, we all know what it is. I guess there is no surprise in the fact that many on here will ignore the fact that we kept a clean sheet. The same people will ignore the fact that we shut down one very dangerous striker for 90 minutes and that we are still in 8th position in the table. It's so easy to be negative.[/p][/quote]This. I've not been here long but there is a definite pattern in the names of the posters after specific results. Some are here no matter what, but SO many here who never write anything when we win but pipe up when we don't. Yes, we should have won, but the luck isn't going with us at the moment. Hitting woodwork, keeper making great saves etc - these will change. I for one am pleased enough that we're dominating sides who have been above us for years. The results will come. PS: Camp is a top, top keeper, almost as good as PIG. Old Scrote of the Amex
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6:40pm Sat 15 Dec 12

Old Scrote of the Amex says...

Also, it sounds like Harding was again torn a new one by Buckers :-)

And for anyone who was there, should Halford have been sent off? Sounds like something else that unfortunately went against us.
Also, it sounds like Harding was again torn a new one by Buckers :-) And for anyone who was there, should Halford have been sent off? Sounds like something else that unfortunately went against us. Old Scrote of the Amex
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6:47pm Sat 15 Dec 12

wiseman of hove says...

Old Scrote of the Amex wrote:
Also, it sounds like Harding was again torn a new one by Buckers :-)

And for anyone who was there, should Halford have been sent off? Sounds like something else that unfortunately went against us.
Halford was extremely lucky to stay on as I'm sure even any ardent Forest supporter would confirm.
[quote][p][bold]Old Scrote of the Amex[/bold] wrote: Also, it sounds like Harding was again torn a new one by Buckers :-) And for anyone who was there, should Halford have been sent off? Sounds like something else that unfortunately went against us.[/p][/quote]Halford was extremely lucky to stay on as I'm sure even any ardent Forest supporter would confirm. wiseman of hove
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7:15pm Sat 15 Dec 12

SicklySeagull says...

Agreed Hoskins could and should have won the game for us,but deserves further outings, he was not the only player to miss good opportunities.
It must be remembered that although Barnes scores quite regularly he misses many chances but is forgiven.
Agreed Hoskins could and should have won the game for us,but deserves further outings, he was not the only player to miss good opportunities. It must be remembered that although Barnes scores quite regularly he misses many chances but is forgiven. SicklySeagull
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7:31pm Sat 15 Dec 12

Howie2 says...

Hoskins is worth persevering with. At least he gets into goal scoring positions. I don,t know what those players practice during the week but we haven't a single player who can hit the goal target and I find that amazing for professional footballers ! Camp had just 2 shots and both were at head height for him. Must be the easiest game he has ever had.
Hoskins is worth persevering with. At least he gets into goal scoring positions. I don,t know what those players practice during the week but we haven't a single player who can hit the goal target and I find that amazing for professional footballers ! Camp had just 2 shots and both were at head height for him. Must be the easiest game he has ever had. Howie2
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9:33am Sun 16 Dec 12

hubby says...

Syop moaning!
BHA are in a good place.
Syop moaning! BHA are in a good place. hubby
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9:35am Sun 16 Dec 12

hubby says...

tttt not yy.

Sausage fingers.
tttt not yy. Sausage fingers. hubby
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8:08pm Sun 16 Dec 12

KeefyH44 says...

pandaking wrote:
Hoskins was excellent today. Yes he missed a few chances but positioning was fantastic and he set a lot up himself.

Think how long this guy as been out from playing games. He's improving every time he steps on the pitch now he's getting a run of games. I have no doubt if he keeps starting he'll keep improving and start banging hem in.

Also bear in mind come January we will have a new striker coming in, so he needs to be given a chance to prove himself before then otherwise he'll probably never appear on the pitch for us again...

UTA.
I completely agree with you. I seem to recall a certain Glen Murray couldn't hit the side of a barn when he first arrived and Gus openly favoured Barnes. Give Hoskins a chance!!! He's barely back from long term injury, of COURSE he's lacking sharpness and probably panicked when a cool head was necessary but for goodness sake how could anyone describe that as a poor overall performance!!! We could have had 5 or 6 goals!!! The harder they try the more pressure is on them. Try being a bit more supportive and give the lads the confidence they need!!!!
[quote][p][bold]pandaking[/bold] wrote: Hoskins was excellent today. Yes he missed a few chances but positioning was fantastic and he set a lot up himself. Think how long this guy as been out from playing games. He's improving every time he steps on the pitch now he's getting a run of games. I have no doubt if he keeps starting he'll keep improving and start banging hem in. Also bear in mind come January we will have a new striker coming in, so he needs to be given a chance to prove himself before then otherwise he'll probably never appear on the pitch for us again... UTA.[/p][/quote]I completely agree with you. I seem to recall a certain Glen Murray couldn't hit the side of a barn when he first arrived and Gus openly favoured Barnes. Give Hoskins a chance!!! He's barely back from long term injury, of COURSE he's lacking sharpness and probably panicked when a cool head was necessary but for goodness sake how could anyone describe that as a poor overall performance!!! We could have had 5 or 6 goals!!! The harder they try the more pressure is on them. Try being a bit more supportive and give the lads the confidence they need!!!! KeefyH44
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12:25am Mon 17 Dec 12

Hovite says...

Hoskins could have got a hatrick, a bit more composure and match practice I am sure he will be fine.

Shame he was out all last season because we were short in this department.
Hoskins could have got a hatrick, a bit more composure and match practice I am sure he will be fine. Shame he was out all last season because we were short in this department. Hovite
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1:22pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Good Ol' Hemz by the Sea says...

Hoskins bright, Buckley back on form (lacking a goal today)
Both Harding and Halford could have gone for consistently chopping him down. The goals will come but we forget that forest are a good side. Keep playing like that and goal will come for sure. Roll on Tuesday and Millwall might take the brunt if we can get an early
Hoskins bright, Buckley back on form (lacking a goal today) Both Harding and Halford could have gone for consistently chopping him down. The goals will come but we forget that forest are a good side. Keep playing like that and goal will come for sure. Roll on Tuesday and Millwall might take the brunt if we can get an early Good Ol' Hemz by the Sea
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9:44am Tue 18 Dec 12

GosportGull says...

Ringmer Rich wrote:
An excellent first half performance. Hoskins could have been a hero today, definitely needs to start on Tuesday. I've a feeling he'll come good very soon.
I agree , thought he had a good game apart from his finishing , some lovely link up play and touches ... A goal will make his season now , all he needs is some confidence. You can see he wants it and was trying really hard. I think he will come good too .... I thought the team played well generally and Lopez was comfortable too..Another clean sheet and still 8th so not end of the world ..just need a win and some goals and think we will be chasing the pack... GG
[quote][p][bold]Ringmer Rich[/bold] wrote: An excellent first half performance. Hoskins could have been a hero today, definitely needs to start on Tuesday. I've a feeling he'll come good very soon.[/p][/quote]I agree , thought he had a good game apart from his finishing , some lovely link up play and touches ... A goal will make his season now , all he needs is some confidence. You can see he wants it and was trying really hard. I think he will come good too .... I thought the team played well generally and Lopez was comfortable too..Another clean sheet and still 8th so not end of the world ..just need a win and some goals and think we will be chasing the pack... GG GosportGull
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