Ulloa back in contention

The Argus: Leo Ulloa is set to be named in the squad for tomorrow's game at Middlesbrough Leo Ulloa is set to be named in the squad for tomorrow's game at Middlesbrough

Leo Ulloa is back in contention for Albion.

The Seagulls’ Argentinian spearhead is poised to return to the squad for tomorrow’s trip to Middlesbrough.

Head coach Oscar Garcia confirmed to The Argus last night that Ulloa will be available for selection as long as he comes through Albion’s light training session before they fly up to the North-East this afternoon.

Ulloa has missed the last ten-and-a-half weeks of action and nine matches since fracturing a foot bone against Sheffield Wednesday at The Amex.

Ashley Barnes is sure to keep the lone striking role after five goals in as many games but Ulloa will be in contention for a place on the bench either alongside or in place of Leroy Lita.

Barnes’ form has been so good that Lita, who spent two years at Middlesbrough between August 2009 and 2011, has been restricted to five substitute appearances since signing on loan from Swansea in mid-October.

Ulloa started the season with four goals in six appearances before a red card at Reading ruled him out for three games.

He was injured on his comeback against Sheffield and, although Albion have coped well in his absence, his return is a big boost ahead of the hectic Christmas programme.

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5:09am Fri 13 Dec 13

twonk says...

Wasn't this the headline yesterday?
Wasn't this the headline yesterday? twonk

6:38am Fri 13 Dec 13

Theodoridi says...

twonk wrote:
Wasn't this the headline yesterday?
I think the difference is that it is more certain now
[quote][p][bold]twonk[/bold] wrote: Wasn't this the headline yesterday?[/p][/quote]I think the difference is that it is more certain now Theodoridi

7:07am Fri 13 Dec 13

Albion fan in London says...

Yesterday was a meeting about a meeting today is the meeting if you get my drift! Either way we are back on track with Leo back in the frame. Great headline to read this morning
Yesterday was a meeting about a meeting today is the meeting if you get my drift! Either way we are back on track with Leo back in the frame. Great headline to read this morning Albion fan in London

8:23am Fri 13 Dec 13

gozogull says...

What a nice headache for O G
3 more points tomorrow, then watch the seagulls fly.
What a nice headache for O G 3 more points tomorrow, then watch the seagulls fly. gozogull

8:47am Fri 13 Dec 13

Clean Sheet says...

Yep, really good news ahead of the Christmas period.
Yep, really good news ahead of the Christmas period. Clean Sheet

10:13am Fri 13 Dec 13

fratsomrover says...

That's cheered me up no end. The best bit of Christmas news so far.
A proper centre forward to lead our attack. Let's hope Conway comes back as he is the most accurate provider of crosses I've seen so far. I can see him and Leo doing really well.
CC on one wing, WB on the other and the Cyclone down the centre.
Now that's what I'd call a forward line !!
2014 suddenly looks much more appetising
That's cheered me up no end. The best bit of Christmas news so far. A proper centre forward to lead our attack. Let's hope Conway comes back as he is the most accurate provider of crosses I've seen so far. I can see him and Leo doing really well. CC on one wing, WB on the other and the Cyclone down the centre. Now that's what I'd call a forward line !! 2014 suddenly looks much more appetising fratsomrover

10:19am Fri 13 Dec 13

Therapist says...

Good news but early days yet. Not likely to get 90 mins is he?
Good news but early days yet. Not likely to get 90 mins is he? Therapist

10:56am Fri 13 Dec 13

Captain Haddock says...

Great news of course, but let's not rush things - take it as easy as need be (15 mins here, 10 mins there for a couple of games).
Great news of course, but let's not rush things - take it as easy as need be (15 mins here, 10 mins there for a couple of games). Captain Haddock

12:23pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Albion23 says...

Agree terrific news. Might get a few mins 2nd half, should be a couple up by then so no worries theire then. SeriouslyDigger has done a great job these last few wks, im keen to see digger & Ullua as a strike force, guess that not going to happen but it would work I believe.
Agree terrific news. Might get a few mins 2nd half, should be a couple up by then so no worries theire then. SeriouslyDigger has done a great job these last few wks, im keen to see digger & Ullua as a strike force, guess that not going to happen but it would work I believe. Albion23

12:25pm Fri 13 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

The most intriguing part of the fact that Ulloa will soon be available to start matches is what this all means to the line up.
When Ulloa starts it has to mean a change for Barnes. Can we play Barnes and Ulloa if the one striker system is to remain? If we do play them both then who loses out, which midfield player stands down or do we see Ince on the bench and Bridcutt back to his normal role?
Bring a player in and you must take a player out, who from those that played so well against Leicester do you put on the bench to accommodate Ulloa?

Ulloa won't start against Boro so if the lads pull off another win, would we even want Oscar to change the starting eleven, I know I wouldn't. There are those that would like to see two wide players and Ulloa up front but wouldn't that mean that Barnes has to step down, Barnes is not the best option to play wide, not when you look at who we have on the bench, but how could we drop Barnes.

I think the loser will be Ince, I can't see any reason to drop Crofts and we do have Bridders. Of course all these decisions are not for now, as Ulloa is not yet ready for a full game, Buckers is not fit and Conway is going away but sooner or later the decision will have to be made. Perhaps nothing will change and Ulloa will have to wait his turn, wait for the day when Barnes goes off the boil, and the way the team are playing right now that might be a long wait.
The most intriguing part of the fact that Ulloa will soon be available to start matches is what this all means to the line up. When Ulloa starts it has to mean a change for Barnes. Can we play Barnes and Ulloa if the one striker system is to remain? If we do play them both then who loses out, which midfield player stands down or do we see Ince on the bench and Bridcutt back to his normal role? Bring a player in and you must take a player out, who from those that played so well against Leicester do you put on the bench to accommodate Ulloa? Ulloa won't start against Boro so if the lads pull off another win, would we even want Oscar to change the starting eleven, I know I wouldn't. There are those that would like to see two wide players and Ulloa up front but wouldn't that mean that Barnes has to step down, Barnes is not the best option to play wide, not when you look at who we have on the bench, but how could we drop Barnes. I think the loser will be Ince, I can't see any reason to drop Crofts and we do have Bridders. Of course all these decisions are not for now, as Ulloa is not yet ready for a full game, Buckers is not fit and Conway is going away but sooner or later the decision will have to be made. Perhaps nothing will change and Ulloa will have to wait his turn, wait for the day when Barnes goes off the boil, and the way the team are playing right now that might be a long wait. VegasSeagull

12:39pm Fri 13 Dec 13

To baldly go says...

Albion23 wrote:
Agree terrific news. Might get a few mins 2nd half, should be a couple up by then so no worries theire then. SeriouslyDigger has done a great job these last few wks, im keen to see digger & Ullua as a strike force, guess that not going to happen but it would work I believe.
Good news in the lead up to the christmas/new year games, Ulloa with Barnes just behind him could work, this could be the attacking force OG has been promising us, some had their doubts over Ince and Bridcutt working together but that looks ok, plenty of options out wide as well, things finally happening for us rather than against, playoffs or better come end of season.
UTA.
[quote][p][bold]Albion23[/bold] wrote: Agree terrific news. Might get a few mins 2nd half, should be a couple up by then so no worries theire then. SeriouslyDigger has done a great job these last few wks, im keen to see digger & Ullua as a strike force, guess that not going to happen but it would work I believe.[/p][/quote]Good news in the lead up to the christmas/new year games, Ulloa with Barnes just behind him could work, this could be the attacking force OG has been promising us, some had their doubts over Ince and Bridcutt working together but that looks ok, plenty of options out wide as well, things finally happening for us rather than against, playoffs or better come end of season. UTA. To baldly go

12:39pm Fri 13 Dec 13

mrgull says...

1 more yellow card for croft and all of Vegases' concerns evaporate
1 more yellow card for croft and all of Vegases' concerns evaporate mrgull

12:44pm Fri 13 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

mrgull wrote:
1 more yellow card for croft and all of Vegases' concerns evaporate
So if Crofts got a yellow tomorrow how many matches would he miss out on, Ulloa won't be ready for 90 minutes for at least two matches, maybe three.
[quote][p][bold]mrgull[/bold] wrote: 1 more yellow card for croft and all of Vegases' concerns evaporate[/p][/quote]So if Crofts got a yellow tomorrow how many matches would he miss out on, Ulloa won't be ready for 90 minutes for at least two matches, maybe three. VegasSeagull

2:47pm Fri 13 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

I am not one that thinks that you change your game from how you play at home to how you play away, so with that in mind I hope that we see our lads pressing Boro in their own half, just as we did against Leicester.
Leicester rarely got into their stride against us, we didn't let them, I see no point in allowing Boro to get their game going.
Boro need a win and will be looking to move up the table by a couple of places, they are not that far out of the drop zone, if we press and harass them, and get the quality of our passes right, I think we can turn them over.
Apart from the enforced changes I want to see the same starting eleven as last week, Bridcutt and Ince will offer some added protection at the back, this will help the back five and, like last week, give a little extra drive to the midfield.
David was dangerous last week and we need the same performance from him this week, Conway had his best game wearing the stripes, another performance from him will do no harm to his chances of a full time contract.
I am not one that thinks that you change your game from how you play at home to how you play away, so with that in mind I hope that we see our lads pressing Boro in their own half, just as we did against Leicester. Leicester rarely got into their stride against us, we didn't let them, I see no point in allowing Boro to get their game going. Boro need a win and will be looking to move up the table by a couple of places, they are not that far out of the drop zone, if we press and harass them, and get the quality of our passes right, I think we can turn them over. Apart from the enforced changes I want to see the same starting eleven as last week, Bridcutt and Ince will offer some added protection at the back, this will help the back five and, like last week, give a little extra drive to the midfield. David was dangerous last week and we need the same performance from him this week, Conway had his best game wearing the stripes, another performance from him will do no harm to his chances of a full time contract. VegasSeagull

4:03pm Fri 13 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
I am not one that thinks that you change your game from how you play at home to how you play away, so with that in mind I hope that we see our lads pressing Boro in their own half, just as we did against Leicester.
Leicester rarely got into their stride against us, we didn't let them, I see no point in allowing Boro to get their game going.
Boro need a win and will be looking to move up the table by a couple of places, they are not that far out of the drop zone, if we press and harass them, and get the quality of our passes right, I think we can turn them over.
Apart from the enforced changes I want to see the same starting eleven as last week, Bridcutt and Ince will offer some added protection at the back, this will help the back five and, like last week, give a little extra drive to the midfield.
David was dangerous last week and we need the same performance from him this week, Conway had his best game wearing the stripes, another performance from him will do no harm to his chances of a full time contract.
just out of interest, I note that my comment has 2 thumbs down, would either of those giving the thumbs down care to enter into debate as to what is wrong with my thinking regarding our match against Boro?
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: I am not one that thinks that you change your game from how you play at home to how you play away, so with that in mind I hope that we see our lads pressing Boro in their own half, just as we did against Leicester. Leicester rarely got into their stride against us, we didn't let them, I see no point in allowing Boro to get their game going. Boro need a win and will be looking to move up the table by a couple of places, they are not that far out of the drop zone, if we press and harass them, and get the quality of our passes right, I think we can turn them over. Apart from the enforced changes I want to see the same starting eleven as last week, Bridcutt and Ince will offer some added protection at the back, this will help the back five and, like last week, give a little extra drive to the midfield. David was dangerous last week and we need the same performance from him this week, Conway had his best game wearing the stripes, another performance from him will do no harm to his chances of a full time contract.[/p][/quote]just out of interest, I note that my comment has 2 thumbs down, would either of those giving the thumbs down care to enter into debate as to what is wrong with my thinking regarding our match against Boro? VegasSeagull

4:32pm Fri 13 Dec 13

tug509 says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
I am not one that thinks that you change your game from how you play at home to how you play away, so with that in mind I hope that we see our lads pressing Boro in their own half, just as we did against Leicester.
Leicester rarely got into their stride against us, we didn't let them, I see no point in allowing Boro to get their game going.
Boro need a win and will be looking to move up the table by a couple of places, they are not that far out of the drop zone, if we press and harass them, and get the quality of our passes right, I think we can turn them over.
Apart from the enforced changes I want to see the same starting eleven as last week, Bridcutt and Ince will offer some added protection at the back, this will help the back five and, like last week, give a little extra drive to the midfield.
David was dangerous last week and we need the same performance from him this week, Conway had his best game wearing the stripes, another performance from him will do no harm to his chances of a full time contract.
I dont get it,3 people gave this post a negative response,so they dont agree that we should play as well as we did against the league leaders and WIN.

I agree,play the same way and get the same result !!. how hard is that to understand ?. UTA
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: I am not one that thinks that you change your game from how you play at home to how you play away, so with that in mind I hope that we see our lads pressing Boro in their own half, just as we did against Leicester. Leicester rarely got into their stride against us, we didn't let them, I see no point in allowing Boro to get their game going. Boro need a win and will be looking to move up the table by a couple of places, they are not that far out of the drop zone, if we press and harass them, and get the quality of our passes right, I think we can turn them over. Apart from the enforced changes I want to see the same starting eleven as last week, Bridcutt and Ince will offer some added protection at the back, this will help the back five and, like last week, give a little extra drive to the midfield. David was dangerous last week and we need the same performance from him this week, Conway had his best game wearing the stripes, another performance from him will do no harm to his chances of a full time contract.[/p][/quote]I dont get it,3 people gave this post a negative response,so they dont agree that we should play as well as we did against the league leaders and WIN. I agree,play the same way and get the same result !!. how hard is that to understand ?. UTA tug509

5:01pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Vegas - there are some weirdos on this site who will thumbs down everything you write. Ignore them.

If the Argus could implement a better voting system (or just scrap the current one) then you would know who voted which way and thus ignore the votes of those who blindly click down.

Back the story: Ulloa just being on the bench will worry the opposition. Knowing that even if they manage to keep us at bay for 60-70 minutes, the best (IMO) striker in the division is just waiting to step up and give them something else to think about.
Vegas - there are some weirdos on this site who will thumbs down everything you write. Ignore them. If the Argus could implement a better voting system (or just scrap the current one) then you would know who voted which way and thus ignore the votes of those who blindly click down. Back the story: Ulloa just being on the bench will worry the opposition. Knowing that even if they manage to keep us at bay for 60-70 minutes, the best (IMO) striker in the division is just waiting to step up and give them something else to think about. Ex-pat Arnie

5:10pm Fri 13 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
Vegas - there are some weirdos on this site who will thumbs down everything you write. Ignore them.

If the Argus could implement a better voting system (or just scrap the current one) then you would know who voted which way and thus ignore the votes of those who blindly click down.

Back the story: Ulloa just being on the bench will worry the opposition. Knowing that even if they manage to keep us at bay for 60-70 minutes, the best (IMO) striker in the division is just waiting to step up and give them something else to think about.
Yes Arnie you are probably right about the thumbs own vote, personally I would like to see this feature gone as it only encourages the fools. As Tug says, what can be wrong about playing as we did against Leicester.

The second point you make re Ulloa on the bench has some merit, he will need some time and he is a proven goal scorer so the oppo will have to take this into account when forming their plans. The bookies have us at around 2/1 to win this match, should be good for Tug's Saturday bet.
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: Vegas - there are some weirdos on this site who will thumbs down everything you write. Ignore them. If the Argus could implement a better voting system (or just scrap the current one) then you would know who voted which way and thus ignore the votes of those who blindly click down. Back the story: Ulloa just being on the bench will worry the opposition. Knowing that even if they manage to keep us at bay for 60-70 minutes, the best (IMO) striker in the division is just waiting to step up and give them something else to think about.[/p][/quote]Yes Arnie you are probably right about the thumbs own vote, personally I would like to see this feature gone as it only encourages the fools. As Tug says, what can be wrong about playing as we did against Leicester. The second point you make re Ulloa on the bench has some merit, he will need some time and he is a proven goal scorer so the oppo will have to take this into account when forming their plans. The bookies have us at around 2/1 to win this match, should be good for Tug's Saturday bet. VegasSeagull

5:25pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Liambhataylor19 says...

Great news that ulloa is back give him a few sub ins first then jan maybe earlier start him
Great news that ulloa is back give him a few sub ins first then jan maybe earlier start him Liambhataylor19

10:00pm Fri 13 Dec 13

fratsomrover says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
I am not one that thinks that you change your game from how you play at home to how you play away, so with that in mind I hope that we see our lads pressing Boro in their own half, just as we did against Leicester.
Leicester rarely got into their stride against us, we didn't let them, I see no point in allowing Boro to get their game going.
Boro need a win and will be looking to move up the table by a couple of places, they are not that far out of the drop zone, if we press and harass them, and get the quality of our passes right, I think we can turn them over.
Apart from the enforced changes I want to see the same starting eleven as last week, Bridcutt and Ince will offer some added protection at the back, this will help the back five and, like last week, give a little extra drive to the midfield.
David was dangerous last week and we need the same performance from him this week, Conway had his best game wearing the stripes, another performance from him will do no harm to his chances of a full time contract.
just out of interest, I note that my comment has 2 thumbs down, would either of those giving the thumbs down care to enter into debate as to what is wrong with my thinking regarding our match against Boro?
I would imagine you got the thumbs down for stating " How can you drop Barnes " The answer is simply Ulloa is far and away a better centre forward than Barnes and we want to play our strongest and best players.
Ulloa scored 4 goals in 7 games, Barnes has scored 4 in 14 and he takes the Pens.
Ulloa leads the line as a centre forward should and is far more effective than AB.
Ulloa will thrive on the service that Conway, Buckley, Lopez can deliver because he has presence, skill, strength, pace and height, something we've been sadly missing.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: I am not one that thinks that you change your game from how you play at home to how you play away, so with that in mind I hope that we see our lads pressing Boro in their own half, just as we did against Leicester. Leicester rarely got into their stride against us, we didn't let them, I see no point in allowing Boro to get their game going. Boro need a win and will be looking to move up the table by a couple of places, they are not that far out of the drop zone, if we press and harass them, and get the quality of our passes right, I think we can turn them over. Apart from the enforced changes I want to see the same starting eleven as last week, Bridcutt and Ince will offer some added protection at the back, this will help the back five and, like last week, give a little extra drive to the midfield. David was dangerous last week and we need the same performance from him this week, Conway had his best game wearing the stripes, another performance from him will do no harm to his chances of a full time contract.[/p][/quote]just out of interest, I note that my comment has 2 thumbs down, would either of those giving the thumbs down care to enter into debate as to what is wrong with my thinking regarding our match against Boro?[/p][/quote]I would imagine you got the thumbs down for stating " How can you drop Barnes " The answer is simply Ulloa is far and away a better centre forward than Barnes and we want to play our strongest and best players. Ulloa scored 4 goals in 7 games, Barnes has scored 4 in 14 and he takes the Pens. Ulloa leads the line as a centre forward should and is far more effective than AB. Ulloa will thrive on the service that Conway, Buckley, Lopez can deliver because he has presence, skill, strength, pace and height, something we've been sadly missing. fratsomrover

11:36pm Fri 13 Dec 13

OldGull says...

fratsomrover wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
I am not one that thinks that you change your game from how you play at home to how you play away, so with that in mind I hope that we see our lads pressing Boro in their own half, just as we did against Leicester.
Leicester rarely got into their stride against us, we didn't let them, I see no point in allowing Boro to get their game going.
Boro need a win and will be looking to move up the table by a couple of places, they are not that far out of the drop zone, if we press and harass them, and get the quality of our passes right, I think we can turn them over.
Apart from the enforced changes I want to see the same starting eleven as last week, Bridcutt and Ince will offer some added protection at the back, this will help the back five and, like last week, give a little extra drive to the midfield.
David was dangerous last week and we need the same performance from him this week, Conway had his best game wearing the stripes, another performance from him will do no harm to his chances of a full time contract.
just out of interest, I note that my comment has 2 thumbs down, would either of those giving the thumbs down care to enter into debate as to what is wrong with my thinking regarding our match against Boro?
I would imagine you got the thumbs down for stating " How can you drop Barnes " The answer is simply Ulloa is far and away a better centre forward than Barnes and we want to play our strongest and best players.
Ulloa scored 4 goals in 7 games, Barnes has scored 4 in 14 and he takes the Pens.
Ulloa leads the line as a centre forward should and is far more effective than AB.
Ulloa will thrive on the service that Conway, Buckley, Lopez can deliver because he has presence, skill, strength, pace and height, something we've been sadly missing.
Barnes has scored 5 in 5, so would you drop him whilst he is producing the goods?
Once Ulloa is fully up to speed then maybe yes
[quote][p][bold]fratsomrover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: I am not one that thinks that you change your game from how you play at home to how you play away, so with that in mind I hope that we see our lads pressing Boro in their own half, just as we did against Leicester. Leicester rarely got into their stride against us, we didn't let them, I see no point in allowing Boro to get their game going. Boro need a win and will be looking to move up the table by a couple of places, they are not that far out of the drop zone, if we press and harass them, and get the quality of our passes right, I think we can turn them over. Apart from the enforced changes I want to see the same starting eleven as last week, Bridcutt and Ince will offer some added protection at the back, this will help the back five and, like last week, give a little extra drive to the midfield. David was dangerous last week and we need the same performance from him this week, Conway had his best game wearing the stripes, another performance from him will do no harm to his chances of a full time contract.[/p][/quote]just out of interest, I note that my comment has 2 thumbs down, would either of those giving the thumbs down care to enter into debate as to what is wrong with my thinking regarding our match against Boro?[/p][/quote]I would imagine you got the thumbs down for stating " How can you drop Barnes " The answer is simply Ulloa is far and away a better centre forward than Barnes and we want to play our strongest and best players. Ulloa scored 4 goals in 7 games, Barnes has scored 4 in 14 and he takes the Pens. Ulloa leads the line as a centre forward should and is far more effective than AB. Ulloa will thrive on the service that Conway, Buckley, Lopez can deliver because he has presence, skill, strength, pace and height, something we've been sadly missing.[/p][/quote]Barnes has scored 5 in 5, so would you drop him whilst he is producing the goods? Once Ulloa is fully up to speed then maybe yes OldGull

12:10am Sat 14 Dec 13

Claude Back says...

fratsomrover wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
I am not one that thinks that you change your game from how you play at home to how you play away, so with that in mind I hope that we see our lads pressing Boro in their own half, just as we did against Leicester.
Leicester rarely got into their stride against us, we didn't let them, I see no point in allowing Boro to get their game going.
Boro need a win and will be looking to move up the table by a couple of places, they are not that far out of the drop zone, if we press and harass them, and get the quality of our passes right, I think we can turn them over.
Apart from the enforced changes I want to see the same starting eleven as last week, Bridcutt and Ince will offer some added protection at the back, this will help the back five and, like last week, give a little extra drive to the midfield.
David was dangerous last week and we need the same performance from him this week, Conway had his best game wearing the stripes, another performance from him will do no harm to his chances of a full time contract.
just out of interest, I note that my comment has 2 thumbs down, would either of those giving the thumbs down care to enter into debate as to what is wrong with my thinking regarding our match against Boro?
I would imagine you got the thumbs down for stating " How can you drop Barnes " The answer is simply Ulloa is far and away a better centre forward than Barnes and we want to play our strongest and best players.
Ulloa scored 4 goals in 7 games, Barnes has scored 4 in 14 and he takes the Pens.
Ulloa leads the line as a centre forward should and is far more effective than AB.
Ulloa will thrive on the service that Conway, Buckley, Lopez can deliver because he has presence, skill, strength, pace and height, something we've been sadly missing.
Exactly.
No more to be said.
[quote][p][bold]fratsomrover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: I am not one that thinks that you change your game from how you play at home to how you play away, so with that in mind I hope that we see our lads pressing Boro in their own half, just as we did against Leicester. Leicester rarely got into their stride against us, we didn't let them, I see no point in allowing Boro to get their game going. Boro need a win and will be looking to move up the table by a couple of places, they are not that far out of the drop zone, if we press and harass them, and get the quality of our passes right, I think we can turn them over. Apart from the enforced changes I want to see the same starting eleven as last week, Bridcutt and Ince will offer some added protection at the back, this will help the back five and, like last week, give a little extra drive to the midfield. David was dangerous last week and we need the same performance from him this week, Conway had his best game wearing the stripes, another performance from him will do no harm to his chances of a full time contract.[/p][/quote]just out of interest, I note that my comment has 2 thumbs down, would either of those giving the thumbs down care to enter into debate as to what is wrong with my thinking regarding our match against Boro?[/p][/quote]I would imagine you got the thumbs down for stating " How can you drop Barnes " The answer is simply Ulloa is far and away a better centre forward than Barnes and we want to play our strongest and best players. Ulloa scored 4 goals in 7 games, Barnes has scored 4 in 14 and he takes the Pens. Ulloa leads the line as a centre forward should and is far more effective than AB. Ulloa will thrive on the service that Conway, Buckley, Lopez can deliver because he has presence, skill, strength, pace and height, something we've been sadly missing.[/p][/quote]Exactly. No more to be said. Claude Back

2:12am Sat 14 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

Claude Back wrote:
fratsomrover wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
I am not one that thinks that you change your game from how you play at home to how you play away, so with that in mind I hope that we see our lads pressing Boro in their own half, just as we did against Leicester.
Leicester rarely got into their stride against us, we didn't let them, I see no point in allowing Boro to get their game going.
Boro need a win and will be looking to move up the table by a couple of places, they are not that far out of the drop zone, if we press and harass them, and get the quality of our passes right, I think we can turn them over.
Apart from the enforced changes I want to see the same starting eleven as last week, Bridcutt and Ince will offer some added protection at the back, this will help the back five and, like last week, give a little extra drive to the midfield.
David was dangerous last week and we need the same performance from him this week, Conway had his best game wearing the stripes, another performance from him will do no harm to his chances of a full time contract.
just out of interest, I note that my comment has 2 thumbs down, would either of those giving the thumbs down care to enter into debate as to what is wrong with my thinking regarding our match against Boro?
I would imagine you got the thumbs down for stating " How can you drop Barnes " The answer is simply Ulloa is far and away a better centre forward than Barnes and we want to play our strongest and best players.
Ulloa scored 4 goals in 7 games, Barnes has scored 4 in 14 and he takes the Pens.
Ulloa leads the line as a centre forward should and is far more effective than AB.
Ulloa will thrive on the service that Conway, Buckley, Lopez can deliver because he has presence, skill, strength, pace and height, something we've been sadly missing.
Exactly.
No more to be said.
Ok so Ulloa is one of the best strikers in the division, but if Barnes continues the way he is, surely you are not saying that he should stand down. Would you really drop a player that is scoring goals so that you can replace with another striker. Goals are what counts, I am pretty sure that Ulloa wants Barnes to carry on scoring, even if it means he has to wait his chance.
If you are only going to field one striker you put the guy out that is scoring, and right now that guy is Barnes.
[quote][p][bold]Claude Back[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fratsomrover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: I am not one that thinks that you change your game from how you play at home to how you play away, so with that in mind I hope that we see our lads pressing Boro in their own half, just as we did against Leicester. Leicester rarely got into their stride against us, we didn't let them, I see no point in allowing Boro to get their game going. Boro need a win and will be looking to move up the table by a couple of places, they are not that far out of the drop zone, if we press and harass them, and get the quality of our passes right, I think we can turn them over. Apart from the enforced changes I want to see the same starting eleven as last week, Bridcutt and Ince will offer some added protection at the back, this will help the back five and, like last week, give a little extra drive to the midfield. David was dangerous last week and we need the same performance from him this week, Conway had his best game wearing the stripes, another performance from him will do no harm to his chances of a full time contract.[/p][/quote]just out of interest, I note that my comment has 2 thumbs down, would either of those giving the thumbs down care to enter into debate as to what is wrong with my thinking regarding our match against Boro?[/p][/quote]I would imagine you got the thumbs down for stating " How can you drop Barnes " The answer is simply Ulloa is far and away a better centre forward than Barnes and we want to play our strongest and best players. Ulloa scored 4 goals in 7 games, Barnes has scored 4 in 14 and he takes the Pens. Ulloa leads the line as a centre forward should and is far more effective than AB. Ulloa will thrive on the service that Conway, Buckley, Lopez can deliver because he has presence, skill, strength, pace and height, something we've been sadly missing.[/p][/quote]Exactly. No more to be said.[/p][/quote]Ok so Ulloa is one of the best strikers in the division, but if Barnes continues the way he is, surely you are not saying that he should stand down. Would you really drop a player that is scoring goals so that you can replace with another striker. Goals are what counts, I am pretty sure that Ulloa wants Barnes to carry on scoring, even if it means he has to wait his chance. If you are only going to field one striker you put the guy out that is scoring, and right now that guy is Barnes. VegasSeagull

7:10am Sat 14 Dec 13

To baldly go says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Claude Back wrote:
fratsomrover wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote: I am not one that thinks that you change your game from how you play at home to how you play away, so with that in mind I hope that we see our lads pressing Boro in their own half, just as we did against Leicester. Leicester rarely got into their stride against us, we didn't let them, I see no point in allowing Boro to get their game going. Boro need a win and will be looking to move up the table by a couple of places, they are not that far out of the drop zone, if we press and harass them, and get the quality of our passes right, I think we can turn them over. Apart from the enforced changes I want to see the same starting eleven as last week, Bridcutt and Ince will offer some added protection at the back, this will help the back five and, like last week, give a little extra drive to the midfield. David was dangerous last week and we need the same performance from him this week, Conway had his best game wearing the stripes, another performance from him will do no harm to his chances of a full time contract.
just out of interest, I note that my comment has 2 thumbs down, would either of those giving the thumbs down care to enter into debate as to what is wrong with my thinking regarding our match against Boro?
I would imagine you got the thumbs down for stating " How can you drop Barnes " The answer is simply Ulloa is far and away a better centre forward than Barnes and we want to play our strongest and best players. Ulloa scored 4 goals in 7 games, Barnes has scored 4 in 14 and he takes the Pens. Ulloa leads the line as a centre forward should and is far more effective than AB. Ulloa will thrive on the service that Conway, Buckley, Lopez can deliver because he has presence, skill, strength, pace and height, something we've been sadly missing.
Exactly. No more to be said.
Ok so Ulloa is one of the best strikers in the division, but if Barnes continues the way he is, surely you are not saying that he should stand down. Would you really drop a player that is scoring goals so that you can replace with another striker. Goals are what counts, I am pretty sure that Ulloa wants Barnes to carry on scoring, even if it means he has to wait his chance. If you are only going to field one striker you put the guy out that is scoring, and right now that guy is Barnes.
Agree with most on here that Ulloa is the best in this league, but it surprises me to say this, Barnes (Mr Marmite) has proved himself worthy of keeping his place and if OG can find a way of playing both of them then goals aplenty will come our way. Barnes has grown up this year! he behaves himself, he has kept going despite not scoring and is now putting them away so should retain a spot in the team, get the crosses into Ulloa and if hes not clear on goal he can lay the ball off to Barnes, could be what weve been missing!
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Claude Back[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fratsomrover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: I am not one that thinks that you change your game from how you play at home to how you play away, so with that in mind I hope that we see our lads pressing Boro in their own half, just as we did against Leicester. Leicester rarely got into their stride against us, we didn't let them, I see no point in allowing Boro to get their game going. Boro need a win and will be looking to move up the table by a couple of places, they are not that far out of the drop zone, if we press and harass them, and get the quality of our passes right, I think we can turn them over. Apart from the enforced changes I want to see the same starting eleven as last week, Bridcutt and Ince will offer some added protection at the back, this will help the back five and, like last week, give a little extra drive to the midfield. David was dangerous last week and we need the same performance from him this week, Conway had his best game wearing the stripes, another performance from him will do no harm to his chances of a full time contract.[/p][/quote]just out of interest, I note that my comment has 2 thumbs down, would either of those giving the thumbs down care to enter into debate as to what is wrong with my thinking regarding our match against Boro?[/p][/quote]I would imagine you got the thumbs down for stating " How can you drop Barnes " The answer is simply Ulloa is far and away a better centre forward than Barnes and we want to play our strongest and best players. Ulloa scored 4 goals in 7 games, Barnes has scored 4 in 14 and he takes the Pens. Ulloa leads the line as a centre forward should and is far more effective than AB. Ulloa will thrive on the service that Conway, Buckley, Lopez can deliver because he has presence, skill, strength, pace and height, something we've been sadly missing.[/p][/quote]Exactly. No more to be said.[/p][/quote]Ok so Ulloa is one of the best strikers in the division, but if Barnes continues the way he is, surely you are not saying that he should stand down. Would you really drop a player that is scoring goals so that you can replace with another striker. Goals are what counts, I am pretty sure that Ulloa wants Barnes to carry on scoring, even if it means he has to wait his chance. If you are only going to field one striker you put the guy out that is scoring, and right now that guy is Barnes.[/p][/quote]Agree with most on here that Ulloa is the best in this league, but it surprises me to say this, Barnes (Mr Marmite) has proved himself worthy of keeping his place and if OG can find a way of playing both of them then goals aplenty will come our way. Barnes has grown up this year! he behaves himself, he has kept going despite not scoring and is now putting them away so should retain a spot in the team, get the crosses into Ulloa and if hes not clear on goal he can lay the ball off to Barnes, could be what weve been missing! To baldly go

9:36am Sat 14 Dec 13

fratsomrover says...

OldGull wrote:
fratsomrover wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
I am not one that thinks that you change your game from how you play at home to how you play away, so with that in mind I hope that we see our lads pressing Boro in their own half, just as we did against Leicester.
Leicester rarely got into their stride against us, we didn't let them, I see no point in allowing Boro to get their game going.
Boro need a win and will be looking to move up the table by a couple of places, they are not that far out of the drop zone, if we press and harass them, and get the quality of our passes right, I think we can turn them over.
Apart from the enforced changes I want to see the same starting eleven as last week, Bridcutt and Ince will offer some added protection at the back, this will help the back five and, like last week, give a little extra drive to the midfield.
David was dangerous last week and we need the same performance from him this week, Conway had his best game wearing the stripes, another performance from him will do no harm to his chances of a full time contract.
just out of interest, I note that my comment has 2 thumbs down, would either of those giving the thumbs down care to enter into debate as to what is wrong with my thinking regarding our match against Boro?
I would imagine you got the thumbs down for stating " How can you drop Barnes " The answer is simply Ulloa is far and away a better centre forward than Barnes and we want to play our strongest and best players.
Ulloa scored 4 goals in 7 games, Barnes has scored 4 in 14 and he takes the Pens.
Ulloa leads the line as a centre forward should and is far more effective than AB.
Ulloa will thrive on the service that Conway, Buckley, Lopez can deliver because he has presence, skill, strength, pace and height, something we've been sadly missing.
Barnes has scored 5 in 5, so would you drop him whilst he is producing the goods?
Once Ulloa is fully up to speed then maybe yes
Yes I would drop Barnes for Ulloa. Yes, Barnes has scored 5 in 5. They were 2 pens and 2 tap ins and one brilliant strike, but he is nowhere near close to keeping Leo out of the team. If Ulloa hadn't been suspended and injured and had played all season he would have 12 or more goals by now, the team would have at least 10 more points than they do now and we'd be talking about winning the Championship, not sweating on whether or not we might make the play-offs.
We can be grateful for AB's contribution but he has to concede to a better player. After all, if Lionel Messi's replacement came on a scored a few goals, would you retain him in the side once Messi was fit ? No way, you play your strongest players whenever they become available and in our system where we play one up front, that player has to be Ulloa.
[quote][p][bold]OldGull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fratsomrover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: I am not one that thinks that you change your game from how you play at home to how you play away, so with that in mind I hope that we see our lads pressing Boro in their own half, just as we did against Leicester. Leicester rarely got into their stride against us, we didn't let them, I see no point in allowing Boro to get their game going. Boro need a win and will be looking to move up the table by a couple of places, they are not that far out of the drop zone, if we press and harass them, and get the quality of our passes right, I think we can turn them over. Apart from the enforced changes I want to see the same starting eleven as last week, Bridcutt and Ince will offer some added protection at the back, this will help the back five and, like last week, give a little extra drive to the midfield. David was dangerous last week and we need the same performance from him this week, Conway had his best game wearing the stripes, another performance from him will do no harm to his chances of a full time contract.[/p][/quote]just out of interest, I note that my comment has 2 thumbs down, would either of those giving the thumbs down care to enter into debate as to what is wrong with my thinking regarding our match against Boro?[/p][/quote]I would imagine you got the thumbs down for stating " How can you drop Barnes " The answer is simply Ulloa is far and away a better centre forward than Barnes and we want to play our strongest and best players. Ulloa scored 4 goals in 7 games, Barnes has scored 4 in 14 and he takes the Pens. Ulloa leads the line as a centre forward should and is far more effective than AB. Ulloa will thrive on the service that Conway, Buckley, Lopez can deliver because he has presence, skill, strength, pace and height, something we've been sadly missing.[/p][/quote]Barnes has scored 5 in 5, so would you drop him whilst he is producing the goods? Once Ulloa is fully up to speed then maybe yes[/p][/quote]Yes I would drop Barnes for Ulloa. Yes, Barnes has scored 5 in 5. They were 2 pens and 2 tap ins and one brilliant strike, but he is nowhere near close to keeping Leo out of the team. If Ulloa hadn't been suspended and injured and had played all season he would have 12 or more goals by now, the team would have at least 10 more points than they do now and we'd be talking about winning the Championship, not sweating on whether or not we might make the play-offs. We can be grateful for AB's contribution but he has to concede to a better player. After all, if Lionel Messi's replacement came on a scored a few goals, would you retain him in the side once Messi was fit ? No way, you play your strongest players whenever they become available and in our system where we play one up front, that player has to be Ulloa. fratsomrover

10:15am Sat 14 Dec 13

tonypulis says...

I cannot believe that some of you would have Barnes over Ulloa. Ulloa has to be your number one. He is by far the best striker you have in your squad. Barnes however is far superior to anything I have in my own team at the moment and I would love to have him up front. Maybe we could arrange a loan? I'll get Prince Charming to give Mr Bloom a call.
I cannot believe that some of you would have Barnes over Ulloa. Ulloa has to be your number one. He is by far the best striker you have in your squad. Barnes however is far superior to anything I have in my own team at the moment and I would love to have him up front. Maybe we could arrange a loan? I'll get Prince Charming to give Mr Bloom a call. tonypulis

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