Albion still hit by defensive crisis

Inigo Calderon

Inigo Calderon

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

  Albion still have a right-back crisis for Saturday's trip to Blackburn.


  Boss Gus Poyet does not expect Bruno (Achilles) or Inigo Calderon (knee) to be on the flight to Lancashire.


  Poyet, speaking at his regular Thursday morning press conference, said: "It doesn't look good. It's difficult times.

  "The weather doesn't help either, because right now we have got no pitch to train on, which is not fun."


  Poyet will revert to an orthodox back four at Ewood Park, probably with Adam El-Abd at right-back, after abandoning an experiment with three central defenders during the first half of Tuesday's 2-2 home draw with Millwall.


  He said: "When the fixtures came out Blackburn was one I was looking forward to. We are probably not in the best kind of shape. I would have liked the chance to go there with a fully fit squad but you cannot plan it like that.


  "I am sure we are still good enough to win the game, so I am calm and relaxed. The idea is to make the right decisions now because of the injuries and make it simple, nothing complicated any more, because we're not very good when we change things."

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10:52am Thu 20 Dec 12

Alfie T says...

El-abd is not a right back,left back,midfielder, he is a centre back only, Lopez did a fine job there on Tuesday why change?
El-abd is not a right back,left back,midfielder, he is a centre back only, Lopez did a fine job there on Tuesday why change? Alfie T
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10:55am Thu 20 Dec 12

goldstone says...

Great idea, Gus, to get rid of three defenders recently (Elphick, Cook, Hall) plus a utility player who can play full-back (Vincelot). No wonder we're short of defenders.
Whatever you do PLEASE not El Adb at RB. Leave Lopez there. He did a great job.
Great idea, Gus, to get rid of three defenders recently (Elphick, Cook, Hall) plus a utility player who can play full-back (Vincelot). No wonder we're short of defenders. Whatever you do PLEASE not El Adb at RB. Leave Lopez there. He did a great job. goldstone
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11:25am Thu 20 Dec 12

Smartbloke says...

How many more times do people have to be told that Gus DID NOT 'get rid' of Hall?

He went to Spurs after the Albion offered him a contract.
How many more times do people have to be told that Gus DID NOT 'get rid' of Hall? He went to Spurs after the Albion offered him a contract. Smartbloke
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11:26am Thu 20 Dec 12

ballantrrae says...

Alfie T wrote:
El-abd is not a right back,left back,midfielder, he is a centre back only, Lopez did a fine job there on Tuesday why change?
An excellent post yet again Alfie T as is Goldstone's as well.
Starting the Blackburn game with the same defence as finished the Millwall one makes for some continuity and with Dunk on the bench provides defensive cover.
Also it occurs to me that if playing El-Arb at right back is such a good idea why didn't Poyet simply ask Adam to play there against Millwall rather than adopting the 3 CB option or at least get these same players to switch to that formation when the 3 CB plan wasn't working.
Alfie T since you successfully 'flagged up' Kuszczak's arrival in the Summer I wondered if you had heard any whispers as to whom we might sign in January ?
Given our current defensive crisis perhaps the first acquisition might be a defender.
Comments anyone ?
[quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: El-abd is not a right back,left back,midfielder, he is a centre back only, Lopez did a fine job there on Tuesday why change?[/p][/quote]An excellent post yet again Alfie T as is Goldstone's as well. Starting the Blackburn game with the same defence as finished the Millwall one makes for some continuity and with Dunk on the bench provides defensive cover. Also it occurs to me that if playing El-Arb at right back is such a good idea why didn't Poyet simply ask Adam to play there against Millwall rather than adopting the 3 CB option or at least get these same players to switch to that formation when the 3 CB plan wasn't working. Alfie T since you successfully 'flagged up' Kuszczak's arrival in the Summer I wondered if you had heard any whispers as to whom we might sign in January ? Given our current defensive crisis perhaps the first acquisition might be a defender. Comments anyone ? ballantrrae
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11:27am Thu 20 Dec 12

MelsTels says...

Agree - Adam is not a right back !
David Lopez did a good job there - keep the same
Feel confident the win will come - hope it is Saturday
Merry Christmas to all genuine contributors
To all the others - Humbug
Agree - Adam is not a right back ! David Lopez did a good job there - keep the same Feel confident the win will come - hope it is Saturday Merry Christmas to all genuine contributors To all the others - Humbug MelsTels
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11:44am Thu 20 Dec 12

str8outtaDC says...

Lopez is not a right back, and we were very lucky Millwall didn't have a decent left-sided attacker to put up against him. Put him in the centre with Bridcutt and Hammond where his quality passing can shine.
Lopez is not a right back, and we were very lucky Millwall didn't have a decent left-sided attacker to put up against him. Put him in the centre with Bridcutt and Hammond where his quality passing can shine. str8outtaDC
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12:30pm Thu 20 Dec 12

VegasSeagull says...

Injuries have depleted our defense so we hear of who we should not have let go.
Lack of goal scoring, we hear of all the players we should not have let go.
Players go out on loan, call them all back.

If Gus did as all of you are asking he would need a 747 to get them to matches, no longer a problem of filling the plane seats.
Injuries have depleted our defense so we hear of who we should not have let go. Lack of goal scoring, we hear of all the players we should not have let go. Players go out on loan, call them all back. If Gus did as all of you are asking he would need a 747 to get them to matches, no longer a problem of filling the plane seats. VegasSeagull
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12:31pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Willie, Willie Irvine says...

Agree with the Lopes comments. Backburn seem to be in a right mess themselves at the moment, with the latest manager allegidly either going to quit or be sacked soon. Therefore, I reckon this situation offers Albion a great chance of getting back three much-needed points.
Agree with the Lopes comments. Backburn seem to be in a right mess themselves at the moment, with the latest manager allegidly either going to quit or be sacked soon. Therefore, I reckon this situation offers Albion a great chance of getting back three much-needed points. Willie, Willie Irvine
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12:49pm Thu 20 Dec 12

fratsomrover says...

I think Lopez would be abetter option at right back than El Abd. Keep El Abd central alongside Greer to combat the threat of Rhodes. Blackburn have lost their last three home matches so their confidence must be rock bottom, so lets attack them and start with a positive line-up. They'll crumble if we take a lead and their fans get at them. I hope Hoskins gets recalled. Wouldn't mind seeing him up front on his own with Buckley and Lua Lua providing width, maybe with even Dobbie as support as the attacking midfielder. Think CMS should be rested after Tuesday's performance .
I think Lopez would be abetter option at right back than El Abd. Keep El Abd central alongside Greer to combat the threat of Rhodes. Blackburn have lost their last three home matches so their confidence must be rock bottom, so lets attack them and start with a positive line-up. They'll crumble if we take a lead and their fans get at them. I hope Hoskins gets recalled. Wouldn't mind seeing him up front on his own with Buckley and Lua Lua providing width, maybe with even Dobbie as support as the attacking midfielder. Think CMS should be rested after Tuesday's performance . fratsomrover
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1:01pm Thu 20 Dec 12

VegasSeagull says...

If ever there was a chance for our strikers to find the net then it comes on saturday. They have lost their last three home games, there are problems they can't solve over night and they know that we are a good team, I doubt that they fancy their chances against us.

CMS must start IMHO, and I would give Hoskins the first half to deliver and if he doesn't, then bring Barnes on. I would have Dobbie in too with Hammond in mid-field.
Kaz and Buckley a must and I would play David at right back.

We have been saying for a long time that one day someone is going to get beaten badly at our hands, this could be the one where that happens.
If ever there was a chance for our strikers to find the net then it comes on saturday. They have lost their last three home games, there are problems they can't solve over night and they know that we are a good team, I doubt that they fancy their chances against us. CMS must start IMHO, and I would give Hoskins the first half to deliver and if he doesn't, then bring Barnes on. I would have Dobbie in too with Hammond in mid-field. Kaz and Buckley a must and I would play David at right back. We have been saying for a long time that one day someone is going to get beaten badly at our hands, this could be the one where that happens. VegasSeagull
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2:12pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Gee Jay says...

Agree, good opportunity for the Albion on Saturday.
Our forwards are going to get luckier soon (aren't they?)
Interesing that Gus is talking about players coming and some going in January, We won't know until it happens....its the Brighton way.
Agree, good opportunity for the Albion on Saturday. Our forwards are going to get luckier soon (aren't they?) Interesing that Gus is talking about players coming and some going in January, We won't know until it happens....its the Brighton way. Gee Jay
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2:29pm Thu 20 Dec 12

wiseman of hove says...

fratsomrover wrote:
I think Lopez would be abetter option at right back than El Abd. Keep El Abd central alongside Greer to combat the threat of Rhodes. Blackburn have lost their last three home matches so their confidence must be rock bottom, so lets attack them and start with a positive line-up. They'll crumble if we take a lead and their fans get at them. I hope Hoskins gets recalled. Wouldn't mind seeing him up front on his own with Buckley and Lua Lua providing width, maybe with even Dobbie as support as the attacking midfielder. Think CMS should be rested after Tuesday's performance .
Agreed. Hoskins, Buckley and LuaLua should do the trick up front. If Dobbie plays no part again, then he really is out of favour and might as well go out on loan. I certainly would want to see him ahead of Barnes.
[quote][p][bold]fratsomrover[/bold] wrote: I think Lopez would be abetter option at right back than El Abd. Keep El Abd central alongside Greer to combat the threat of Rhodes. Blackburn have lost their last three home matches so their confidence must be rock bottom, so lets attack them and start with a positive line-up. They'll crumble if we take a lead and their fans get at them. I hope Hoskins gets recalled. Wouldn't mind seeing him up front on his own with Buckley and Lua Lua providing width, maybe with even Dobbie as support as the attacking midfielder. Think CMS should be rested after Tuesday's performance .[/p][/quote]Agreed. Hoskins, Buckley and LuaLua should do the trick up front. If Dobbie plays no part again, then he really is out of favour and might as well go out on loan. I certainly would want to see him ahead of Barnes. wiseman of hove
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2:57pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Tommy11 says...

Erm...listen I think people are getting a bit OTT about Lopez doing a great job at right back. Yes, he hit a wonderful free kick when hitting the post, and he took his penalty well.

However, he was abysmal first half... and I mean ABYSMAL. He was ok second half...but not great. Nothing really to shout about.

I thik half of the people making comments were not even at the game! Please... trust what i'm saying!!! I had a perfect view of the match.

Vincelot is the best option, but some pratt let him go out on loan!
Erm...listen I think people are getting a bit OTT about Lopez doing a great job at right back. Yes, he hit a wonderful free kick when hitting the post, and he took his penalty well. However, he was abysmal first half... and I mean ABYSMAL. He was ok second half...but not great. Nothing really to shout about. I thik half of the people making comments were not even at the game! Please... trust what i'm saying!!! I had a perfect view of the match. Vincelot is the best option, but some pratt let him go out on loan! Tommy11
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4:20pm Thu 20 Dec 12

fratsomrover says...

Tommy11 wrote:
Erm...listen I think people are getting a bit OTT about Lopez doing a great job at right back. Yes, he hit a wonderful free kick when hitting the post, and he took his penalty well.

However, he was abysmal first half... and I mean ABYSMAL. He was ok second half...but not great. Nothing really to shout about.

I thik half of the people making comments were not even at the game! Please... trust what i'm saying!!! I had a perfect view of the match.

Vincelot is the best option, but some pratt let him go out on loan!
I dont think people are getting carried away about Lopez playing right back. I think people are saying that he would be a better option than El Abd cos El Abd is most effective in centre defence. Also, if Lopez plays right back he will be similar to Bridge on the opposite flank in so much that both can contribute effectively going forward. I also cant bear the thought of Dunk playing centre back after his performance at Palace and last Tuesday. It's a case of choosing the best man for the job. Vincelot could have been a possibility had he been here, but with Bruno, Calde, Painter, Dicker, Orlandi, all injured, Lopez is more than capable of stepping in and doing a job, unless you fancy Harley or Sparrow there.
[quote][p][bold]Tommy11[/bold] wrote: Erm...listen I think people are getting a bit OTT about Lopez doing a great job at right back. Yes, he hit a wonderful free kick when hitting the post, and he took his penalty well. However, he was abysmal first half... and I mean ABYSMAL. He was ok second half...but not great. Nothing really to shout about. I thik half of the people making comments were not even at the game! Please... trust what i'm saying!!! I had a perfect view of the match. Vincelot is the best option, but some pratt let him go out on loan![/p][/quote]I dont think people are getting carried away about Lopez playing right back. I think people are saying that he would be a better option than El Abd cos El Abd is most effective in centre defence. Also, if Lopez plays right back he will be similar to Bridge on the opposite flank in so much that both can contribute effectively going forward. I also cant bear the thought of Dunk playing centre back after his performance at Palace and last Tuesday. It's a case of choosing the best man for the job. Vincelot could have been a possibility had he been here, but with Bruno, Calde, Painter, Dicker, Orlandi, all injured, Lopez is more than capable of stepping in and doing a job, unless you fancy Harley or Sparrow there. fratsomrover
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4:42pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Tommy11 says...

fratsomrover wrote:
Tommy11 wrote: Erm...listen I think people are getting a bit OTT about Lopez doing a great job at right back. Yes, he hit a wonderful free kick when hitting the post, and he took his penalty well. However, he was abysmal first half... and I mean ABYSMAL. He was ok second half...but not great. Nothing really to shout about. I thik half of the people making comments were not even at the game! Please... trust what i'm saying!!! I had a perfect view of the match. Vincelot is the best option, but some pratt let him go out on loan!
I dont think people are getting carried away about Lopez playing right back. I think people are saying that he would be a better option than El Abd cos El Abd is most effective in centre defence. Also, if Lopez plays right back he will be similar to Bridge on the opposite flank in so much that both can contribute effectively going forward. I also cant bear the thought of Dunk playing centre back after his performance at Palace and last Tuesday. It's a case of choosing the best man for the job. Vincelot could have been a possibility had he been here, but with Bruno, Calde, Painter, Dicker, Orlandi, all injured, Lopez is more than capable of stepping in and doing a job, unless you fancy Harley or Sparrow there.
Yes I agree with you there mate, and your right about Dunk.

Im my view, under the word 'Dodgy' in the Thesaurus there should be a mug shot of Dunk.
[quote][p][bold]fratsomrover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tommy11[/bold] wrote: Erm...listen I think people are getting a bit OTT about Lopez doing a great job at right back. Yes, he hit a wonderful free kick when hitting the post, and he took his penalty well. However, he was abysmal first half... and I mean ABYSMAL. He was ok second half...but not great. Nothing really to shout about. I thik half of the people making comments were not even at the game! Please... trust what i'm saying!!! I had a perfect view of the match. Vincelot is the best option, but some pratt let him go out on loan![/p][/quote]I dont think people are getting carried away about Lopez playing right back. I think people are saying that he would be a better option than El Abd cos El Abd is most effective in centre defence. Also, if Lopez plays right back he will be similar to Bridge on the opposite flank in so much that both can contribute effectively going forward. I also cant bear the thought of Dunk playing centre back after his performance at Palace and last Tuesday. It's a case of choosing the best man for the job. Vincelot could have been a possibility had he been here, but with Bruno, Calde, Painter, Dicker, Orlandi, all injured, Lopez is more than capable of stepping in and doing a job, unless you fancy Harley or Sparrow there.[/p][/quote]Yes I agree with you there mate, and your right about Dunk. Im my view, under the word 'Dodgy' in the Thesaurus there should be a mug shot of Dunk. Tommy11
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4:46pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Wooah Wooah says...

El Abd doesn't have the pace to cope with a full back role at this level. Lopez has to be the favourite - unless Gus is thinking of bringing Tanno out of retirement again.
El Abd doesn't have the pace to cope with a full back role at this level. Lopez has to be the favourite - unless Gus is thinking of bringing Tanno out of retirement again. Wooah Wooah
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4:50pm Thu 20 Dec 12

smilingseagull says...

Play Barnes at Right back, spends most of his time there anyway
Play Barnes at Right back, spends most of his time there anyway smilingseagull
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5:36pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Howie2 says...

I think that Lopez has the makings of an excellent right back. He has the experience and a bit of speed also. His tackling and heading probably need working on but he would do the job better than anyone else that is available and he appears keen to show what he can do. I say if Bruno and Calderon are ruled out give David Lopez another chance.
I think that Lopez has the makings of an excellent right back. He has the experience and a bit of speed also. His tackling and heading probably need working on but he would do the job better than anyone else that is available and he appears keen to show what he can do. I say if Bruno and Calderon are ruled out give David Lopez another chance. Howie2
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6:05pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Alfie T says...

ballantrrae wrote:
Alfie T wrote:
El-abd is not a right back,left back,midfielder, he is a centre back only, Lopez did a fine job there on Tuesday why change?
An excellent post yet again Alfie T as is Goldstone's as well.
Starting the Blackburn game with the same defence as finished the Millwall one makes for some continuity and with Dunk on the bench provides defensive cover.
Also it occurs to me that if playing El-Arb at right back is such a good idea why didn't Poyet simply ask Adam to play there against Millwall rather than adopting the 3 CB option or at least get these same players to switch to that formation when the 3 CB plan wasn't working.
Alfie T since you successfully 'flagged up' Kuszczak's arrival in the Summer I wondered if you had heard any whispers as to whom we might sign in January ?
Given our current defensive crisis perhaps the first acquisition might be a defender.
Comments anyone ?
Sorry ballantrrae nothing to report of any substance, I think Wood is a real possibility though.
[quote][p][bold]ballantrrae[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: El-abd is not a right back,left back,midfielder, he is a centre back only, Lopez did a fine job there on Tuesday why change?[/p][/quote]An excellent post yet again Alfie T as is Goldstone's as well. Starting the Blackburn game with the same defence as finished the Millwall one makes for some continuity and with Dunk on the bench provides defensive cover. Also it occurs to me that if playing El-Arb at right back is such a good idea why didn't Poyet simply ask Adam to play there against Millwall rather than adopting the 3 CB option or at least get these same players to switch to that formation when the 3 CB plan wasn't working. Alfie T since you successfully 'flagged up' Kuszczak's arrival in the Summer I wondered if you had heard any whispers as to whom we might sign in January ? Given our current defensive crisis perhaps the first acquisition might be a defender. Comments anyone ?[/p][/quote]Sorry ballantrrae nothing to report of any substance, I think Wood is a real possibility though. Alfie T
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6:55pm Thu 20 Dec 12

VegasSeagull says...

A quiet news day today, don't you think?

This article and the one entitled, 'Seagulls struggle for numbers,' are just one and the same story. The article about Kaz, well yeah we noticed his recent improved input ourselves.

So guys what are we going to chat about? I think we done the transfer window to death yesterday, so that's out.

Man I am bored.
A quiet news day today, don't you think? This article and the one entitled, 'Seagulls struggle for numbers,' are just one and the same story. The article about Kaz, well yeah we noticed his recent improved input ourselves. So guys what are we going to chat about? I think we done the transfer window to death yesterday, so that's out. Man I am bored. VegasSeagull
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6:59pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Freeloaders says...

Tommy11 wrote:
fratsomrover wrote:
Tommy11 wrote: Erm...listen I think people are getting a bit OTT about Lopez doing a great job at right back. Yes, he hit a wonderful free kick when hitting the post, and he took his penalty well. However, he was abysmal first half... and I mean ABYSMAL. He was ok second half...but not great. Nothing really to shout about. I thik half of the people making comments were not even at the game! Please... trust what i'm saying!!! I had a perfect view of the match. Vincelot is the best option, but some pratt let him go out on loan!
I dont think people are getting carried away about Lopez playing right back. I think people are saying that he would be a better option than El Abd cos El Abd is most effective in centre defence. Also, if Lopez plays right back he will be similar to Bridge on the opposite flank in so much that both can contribute effectively going forward. I also cant bear the thought of Dunk playing centre back after his performance at Palace and last Tuesday. It's a case of choosing the best man for the job. Vincelot could have been a possibility had he been here, but with Bruno, Calde, Painter, Dicker, Orlandi, all injured, Lopez is more than capable of stepping in and doing a job, unless you fancy Harley or Sparrow there.
Yes I agree with you there mate, and your right about Dunk.

Im my view, under the word 'Dodgy' in the Thesaurus there should be a mug shot of Dunk.
Nice one Tommy 11.Like Fergie said im only interested in players who are bad losers like me.As soon as Dunk is out the club the better,which im very sure he will be.I was spot on with Elphick & Cook.A group of us watched the Liverpool game from last season,and the Chelsea game again.Im sure he will be playing lower league football very soon Tommy.
[quote][p][bold]Tommy11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fratsomrover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tommy11[/bold] wrote: Erm...listen I think people are getting a bit OTT about Lopez doing a great job at right back. Yes, he hit a wonderful free kick when hitting the post, and he took his penalty well. However, he was abysmal first half... and I mean ABYSMAL. He was ok second half...but not great. Nothing really to shout about. I thik half of the people making comments were not even at the game! Please... trust what i'm saying!!! I had a perfect view of the match. Vincelot is the best option, but some pratt let him go out on loan![/p][/quote]I dont think people are getting carried away about Lopez playing right back. I think people are saying that he would be a better option than El Abd cos El Abd is most effective in centre defence. Also, if Lopez plays right back he will be similar to Bridge on the opposite flank in so much that both can contribute effectively going forward. I also cant bear the thought of Dunk playing centre back after his performance at Palace and last Tuesday. It's a case of choosing the best man for the job. Vincelot could have been a possibility had he been here, but with Bruno, Calde, Painter, Dicker, Orlandi, all injured, Lopez is more than capable of stepping in and doing a job, unless you fancy Harley or Sparrow there.[/p][/quote]Yes I agree with you there mate, and your right about Dunk. Im my view, under the word 'Dodgy' in the Thesaurus there should be a mug shot of Dunk.[/p][/quote]Nice one Tommy 11.Like Fergie said im only interested in players who are bad losers like me.As soon as Dunk is out the club the better,which im very sure he will be.I was spot on with Elphick & Cook.A group of us watched the Liverpool game from last season,and the Chelsea game again.Im sure he will be playing lower league football very soon Tommy. Freeloaders
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8:23pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Alfie T says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
A quiet news day today, don't you think?

This article and the one entitled, 'Seagulls struggle for numbers,' are just one and the same story. The article about Kaz, well yeah we noticed his recent improved input ourselves.

So guys what are we going to chat about? I think we done the transfer window to death yesterday, so that's out.

Man I am bored.
European football at the Amex?
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: A quiet news day today, don't you think? This article and the one entitled, 'Seagulls struggle for numbers,' are just one and the same story. The article about Kaz, well yeah we noticed his recent improved input ourselves. So guys what are we going to chat about? I think we done the transfer window to death yesterday, so that's out. Man I am bored.[/p][/quote]European football at the Amex? Alfie T
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8:27pm Thu 20 Dec 12

fratsomrover says...

Tommy11 wrote:
fratsomrover wrote:
Tommy11 wrote: Erm...listen I think people are getting a bit OTT about Lopez doing a great job at right back. Yes, he hit a wonderful free kick when hitting the post, and he took his penalty well. However, he was abysmal first half... and I mean ABYSMAL. He was ok second half...but not great. Nothing really to shout about. I thik half of the people making comments were not even at the game! Please... trust what i'm saying!!! I had a perfect view of the match. Vincelot is the best option, but some pratt let him go out on loan!
I dont think people are getting carried away about Lopez playing right back. I think people are saying that he would be a better option than El Abd cos El Abd is most effective in centre defence. Also, if Lopez plays right back he will be similar to Bridge on the opposite flank in so much that both can contribute effectively going forward. I also cant bear the thought of Dunk playing centre back after his performance at Palace and last Tuesday. It's a case of choosing the best man for the job. Vincelot could have been a possibility had he been here, but with Bruno, Calde, Painter, Dicker, Orlandi, all injured, Lopez is more than capable of stepping in and doing a job, unless you fancy Harley or Sparrow there.
Yes I agree with you there mate, and your right about Dunk.

Im my view, under the word 'Dodgy' in the Thesaurus there should be a mug shot of Dunk.
Don't be unfair Tommy. Dunk has potential but it has certainly been unfulfilled this season. Maybe because of his off-field problems. He's looked well off the pace this year. He fumbled and then lunged late at Palace to get sent off, he was late in closing down Woods on Tuesday. He just hasn't adjusted to the pace of the game this season and looks a liability. He maybe one for next season, though not if we go up !! That's wishful thinking isn't it on current form. Christmas cheer must be getting to me. Still I am a positive thinker so I never give up hoping
[quote][p][bold]Tommy11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fratsomrover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tommy11[/bold] wrote: Erm...listen I think people are getting a bit OTT about Lopez doing a great job at right back. Yes, he hit a wonderful free kick when hitting the post, and he took his penalty well. However, he was abysmal first half... and I mean ABYSMAL. He was ok second half...but not great. Nothing really to shout about. I thik half of the people making comments were not even at the game! Please... trust what i'm saying!!! I had a perfect view of the match. Vincelot is the best option, but some pratt let him go out on loan![/p][/quote]I dont think people are getting carried away about Lopez playing right back. I think people are saying that he would be a better option than El Abd cos El Abd is most effective in centre defence. Also, if Lopez plays right back he will be similar to Bridge on the opposite flank in so much that both can contribute effectively going forward. I also cant bear the thought of Dunk playing centre back after his performance at Palace and last Tuesday. It's a case of choosing the best man for the job. Vincelot could have been a possibility had he been here, but with Bruno, Calde, Painter, Dicker, Orlandi, all injured, Lopez is more than capable of stepping in and doing a job, unless you fancy Harley or Sparrow there.[/p][/quote]Yes I agree with you there mate, and your right about Dunk. Im my view, under the word 'Dodgy' in the Thesaurus there should be a mug shot of Dunk.[/p][/quote]Don't be unfair Tommy. Dunk has potential but it has certainly been unfulfilled this season. Maybe because of his off-field problems. He's looked well off the pace this year. He fumbled and then lunged late at Palace to get sent off, he was late in closing down Woods on Tuesday. He just hasn't adjusted to the pace of the game this season and looks a liability. He maybe one for next season, though not if we go up !! That's wishful thinking isn't it on current form. Christmas cheer must be getting to me. Still I am a positive thinker so I never give up hoping fratsomrover
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8:35pm Thu 20 Dec 12

namgo49 says...

Don't understand the report. El-Abd was at right back on Tuesday and was awful. No good lining up Lopez there. I would play Hammond at full back with Greer and El-Abd in the middle and Bridge on the left. Hammond has the tackling ability and would be able to press forward which is our style of play.

Play Bridcutt, Crofts, LuaLua, Hoskins Lopez with CMS up front.

Subs Gkeeper, Dunk, March, Barnes, Harley, Dobbie and Buckley.
Don't understand the report. El-Abd was at right back on Tuesday and was awful. No good lining up Lopez there. I would play Hammond at full back with Greer and El-Abd in the middle and Bridge on the left. Hammond has the tackling ability and would be able to press forward which is our style of play. Play Bridcutt, Crofts, LuaLua, Hoskins Lopez with CMS up front. Subs Gkeeper, Dunk, March, Barnes, Harley, Dobbie and Buckley. namgo49
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9:14pm Thu 20 Dec 12

VegasSeagull says...

Alfie T wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote: A quiet news day today, don't you think? This article and the one entitled, 'Seagulls struggle for numbers,' are just one and the same story. The article about Kaz, well yeah we noticed his recent improved input ourselves. So guys what are we going to chat about? I think we done the transfer window to death yesterday, so that's out. Man I am bored.
European football at the Amex?
Do you mean hosting a match or playing in one, I fear the latter is a few seasons off yet.
[quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: A quiet news day today, don't you think? This article and the one entitled, 'Seagulls struggle for numbers,' are just one and the same story. The article about Kaz, well yeah we noticed his recent improved input ourselves. So guys what are we going to chat about? I think we done the transfer window to death yesterday, so that's out. Man I am bored.[/p][/quote]European football at the Amex?[/p][/quote]Do you mean hosting a match or playing in one, I fear the latter is a few seasons off yet. VegasSeagull
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9:47pm Thu 20 Dec 12

wiseman of hove says...

namgo49 wrote:
Don't understand the report. El-Abd was at right back on Tuesday and was awful. No good lining up Lopez there. I would play Hammond at full back with Greer and El-Abd in the middle and Bridge on the left. Hammond has the tackling ability and would be able to press forward which is our style of play.

Play Bridcutt, Crofts, LuaLua, Hoskins Lopez with CMS up front.

Subs Gkeeper, Dunk, March, Barnes, Harley, Dobbie and Buckley.
I think Hammond at right back is a good shout. Not convinced about Crofts and would like to see Dobbie in there. CMS to the bench. If the manager is still wearing his cautious hat regarding two wingers, you might be right about Will Buckley on the bench (to be unleashed early in the second half)
[quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: Don't understand the report. El-Abd was at right back on Tuesday and was awful. No good lining up Lopez there. I would play Hammond at full back with Greer and El-Abd in the middle and Bridge on the left. Hammond has the tackling ability and would be able to press forward which is our style of play. Play Bridcutt, Crofts, LuaLua, Hoskins Lopez with CMS up front. Subs Gkeeper, Dunk, March, Barnes, Harley, Dobbie and Buckley.[/p][/quote]I think Hammond at right back is a good shout. Not convinced about Crofts and would like to see Dobbie in there. CMS to the bench. If the manager is still wearing his cautious hat regarding two wingers, you might be right about Will Buckley on the bench (to be unleashed early in the second half) wiseman of hove
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10:26pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Alfie T says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Alfie T wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote: A quiet news day today, don't you think? This article and the one entitled, 'Seagulls struggle for numbers,' are just one and the same story. The article about Kaz, well yeah we noticed his recent improved input ourselves. So guys what are we going to chat about? I think we done the transfer window to death yesterday, so that's out. Man I am bored.
European football at the Amex?
Do you mean hosting a match or playing in one, I fear the latter is a few seasons off yet.
Playing of course, how good would that be for our city.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: A quiet news day today, don't you think? This article and the one entitled, 'Seagulls struggle for numbers,' are just one and the same story. The article about Kaz, well yeah we noticed his recent improved input ourselves. So guys what are we going to chat about? I think we done the transfer window to death yesterday, so that's out. Man I am bored.[/p][/quote]European football at the Amex?[/p][/quote]Do you mean hosting a match or playing in one, I fear the latter is a few seasons off yet.[/p][/quote]Playing of course, how good would that be for our city. Alfie T
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10:44pm Thu 20 Dec 12

championshipgull says...

El-Abd was used as a makeshift left-back when Gus first took charge and McNulty was injured. I wonder if Bridge would fancy a game at right-back.
El-Abd was used as a makeshift left-back when Gus first took charge and McNulty was injured. I wonder if Bridge would fancy a game at right-back. championshipgull
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10:54pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Hovite says...

Hammond is left footed so he may be ok as a RB but that's all he could do. Any good attacking movement from the right would be ineffective.

Lopez would work it up the park from the back as long as Bridcutt is covering when he takes more forward position with Buckers. KLL can play central or wide to mix it up a bit.

I reckon a 4-2-2-2 formation;

WH/CMS
KLL/WB
DH/LB
WB/EA/GG/DL
TK

I think it would be risky playing WB at right back championshipgull
Hammond is left footed so he may be ok as a RB but that's all he could do. Any good attacking movement from the right would be ineffective. Lopez would work it up the park from the back as long as Bridcutt is covering when he takes more forward position with Buckers. KLL can play central or wide to mix it up a bit. I reckon a 4-2-2-2 formation; WH/CMS KLL/WB DH/LB WB/EA/GG/DL TK I think it would be risky playing WB at right back championshipgull Hovite
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7:32am Fri 21 Dec 12

Alfie T says...

Elliott Bennett covered at right back on a number of occasions and was excellent there, he's out of favour at Norwich perhaps another old boys return is on the cards with CMS on his way there? 4 mill on the table for Charlie Austin, January will give all of us a clear indication of our short term ambitions.
Elliott Bennett covered at right back on a number of occasions and was excellent there, he's out of favour at Norwich perhaps another old boys return is on the cards with CMS on his way there? 4 mill on the table for Charlie Austin, January will give all of us a clear indication of our short term ambitions. Alfie T
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9:52am Fri 21 Dec 12

wiseman of hove says...

Hammond looks pretty assured on his right foot Hovite - do you recall his excellent right foot against the bar from long distance following a slick move with Orlandi ? - think it was first half against Bristol City. I agree that Bridge is no right back. Fabulous as he is, I have noticed a few occasions where utilising his right foot would have been beneficial.
Hammond looks pretty assured on his right foot Hovite - do you recall his excellent right foot against the bar from long distance following a slick move with Orlandi ? - think it was first half against Bristol City. I agree that Bridge is no right back. Fabulous as he is, I have noticed a few occasions where utilising his right foot would have been beneficial. wiseman of hove
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11:53am Fri 21 Dec 12

Hovite says...

I went to the Bristol City game but I can't clearly remember which foot he used wiseman, I was too far away in Lower North of the West Stand, but if you do recall this that's good enough for me.

I just think that Lopez working in a triangle with GG and LB would be able to pick the pass to Buckers or KLL and then join them in midfield, whilst GG and LB cover the right back positions.
I went to the Bristol City game but I can't clearly remember which foot he used wiseman, I was too far away in Lower North of the West Stand, but if you do recall this that's good enough for me. I just think that Lopez working in a triangle with GG and LB would be able to pick the pass to Buckers or KLL and then join them in midfield, whilst GG and LB cover the right back positions. Hovite
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