David: I never lost confidence

The Argus: David Lopez scores at Middlesbrough last season David Lopez scores at Middlesbrough last season

Albion playmaker David Lopez hopes for a repeat performance on Teesside today.

But the man who set up two goals against Leicester last Saturday (see accompanying video) insists he never lost self-belief when his form dipped.

David told The Argus: "I haven’t lacked confidence but things just hadn’t been coming off for me.

"I don’t really know why. Players have good and not so good patches. I wasn’t having a good time and I was fully aware of that.

"I think I’m playing better and I hope to maintain that until the end of the season."

David was linked with a move to Boro in the summer after his chip secured the Seagulls' 2-0 success at the Riverside.

He said: "People told me about the rumours but I only really wanted to come back to Brighton."

What to expect from Karanka's team - read David's insight in The Argus today

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11:41am Sat 14 Dec 13

Joel'sGrandad says...

Keep it going Spanish Dave. Good Luck. UTA
Keep it going Spanish Dave. Good Luck. UTA Joel'sGrandad

11:58am Sat 14 Dec 13

Alfie T says...

Lopez is a touch player, not like crofts who is box to box and tackles, but can be just as effective as we all witnessed against Leicester. I think he will also benefit from Ulloa back as our target man, he's an intelligent player and I think we all have to accept that he will have games where he disappears for long periods.

This I can accept when he produces killer passes and quality firer kicks, that are game changing. We have got some real options in the middle of the park now, but the real bonus is the form of Ince, anyone for Trotter now?
Lopez is a touch player, not like crofts who is box to box and tackles, but can be just as effective as we all witnessed against Leicester. I think he will also benefit from Ulloa back as our target man, he's an intelligent player and I think we all have to accept that he will have games where he disappears for long periods. This I can accept when he produces killer passes and quality firer kicks, that are game changing. We have got some real options in the middle of the park now, but the real bonus is the form of Ince, anyone for Trotter now? Alfie T

12:08pm Sat 14 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

Alfie T wrote:
Lopez is a touch player, not like crofts who is box to box and tackles, but can be just as effective as we all witnessed against Leicester. I think he will also benefit from Ulloa back as our target man, he's an intelligent player and I think we all have to accept that he will have games where he disappears for long periods.

This I can accept when he produces killer passes and quality firer kicks, that are game changing. We have got some real options in the middle of the park now, but the real bonus is the form of Ince, anyone for Trotter now?
Alfie, would you play both Ulloa and Barnes and if so, could that mean that Ince makes way for Ulloa or would you leave someone else out, or, would you drop Barnes for Ulloa?
I am not thinking of today as Ulloa is not yet ready for 90 minutes.
[quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: Lopez is a touch player, not like crofts who is box to box and tackles, but can be just as effective as we all witnessed against Leicester. I think he will also benefit from Ulloa back as our target man, he's an intelligent player and I think we all have to accept that he will have games where he disappears for long periods. This I can accept when he produces killer passes and quality firer kicks, that are game changing. We have got some real options in the middle of the park now, but the real bonus is the form of Ince, anyone for Trotter now?[/p][/quote]Alfie, would you play both Ulloa and Barnes and if so, could that mean that Ince makes way for Ulloa or would you leave someone else out, or, would you drop Barnes for Ulloa? I am not thinking of today as Ulloa is not yet ready for 90 minutes. VegasSeagull

12:13pm Sat 14 Dec 13

PressBoxTeaBoy says...

Sorry, one decent 20 min spell does not dictate that he's back on form. He's been our weak link almost every game this season and he'll need plenty more decent games from him to win my faith.

Personally I dont think we should have re-signed him, but it happened last minute because we couldn't get an alternative at the time.
Sorry, one decent 20 min spell does not dictate that he's back on form. He's been our weak link almost every game this season and he'll need plenty more decent games from him to win my faith. Personally I dont think we should have re-signed him, but it happened last minute because we couldn't get an alternative at the time. PressBoxTeaBoy

12:18pm Sat 14 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

PressBoxTeaBoy wrote:
Sorry, one decent 20 min spell does not dictate that he's back on form. He's been our weak link almost every game this season and he'll need plenty more decent games from him to win my faith.

Personally I dont think we should have re-signed him, but it happened last minute because we couldn't get an alternative at the time.
You are obviously right about one game not meaning that he is back to his best but, Barnes went a long time without scoring but as soon as he did, well you know the rest.
David will take confidence from having had a very good match and we will soon find out if his performance against Leicester can be the springboard for a consistent run to the end of the season. Once he got going last year he got better and better.
[quote][p][bold]PressBoxTeaBoy[/bold] wrote: Sorry, one decent 20 min spell does not dictate that he's back on form. He's been our weak link almost every game this season and he'll need plenty more decent games from him to win my faith. Personally I dont think we should have re-signed him, but it happened last minute because we couldn't get an alternative at the time.[/p][/quote]You are obviously right about one game not meaning that he is back to his best but, Barnes went a long time without scoring but as soon as he did, well you know the rest. David will take confidence from having had a very good match and we will soon find out if his performance against Leicester can be the springboard for a consistent run to the end of the season. Once he got going last year he got better and better. VegasSeagull

12:29pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Alfie T says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Alfie T wrote:
Lopez is a touch player, not like crofts who is box to box and tackles, but can be just as effective as we all witnessed against Leicester. I think he will also benefit from Ulloa back as our target man, he's an intelligent player and I think we all have to accept that he will have games where he disappears for long periods.

This I can accept when he produces killer passes and quality firer kicks, that are game changing. We have got some real options in the middle of the park now, but the real bonus is the form of Ince, anyone for Trotter now?
Alfie, would you play both Ulloa and Barnes and if so, could that mean that Ince makes way for Ulloa or would you leave someone else out, or, would you drop Barnes for Ulloa?
I am not thinking of today as Ulloa is not yet ready for 90 minutes.
When Leo is fit he starts ahead of Barnes every time for me, however I do appreciate what AB brings to this side. Ince and Bridcutt played so well together against Leicester, potentially they could forge a fantastic partnership, so those three start the majority of games, along with Upson and TK gives a very solid spine to the side.

Crofts probably starts also, which leaves two places between Barnes, Buckley, Lua Lua, Orlandi.,Lopez,and Conway should he return. That give OG some seriously strong options for 2014.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: Lopez is a touch player, not like crofts who is box to box and tackles, but can be just as effective as we all witnessed against Leicester. I think he will also benefit from Ulloa back as our target man, he's an intelligent player and I think we all have to accept that he will have games where he disappears for long periods. This I can accept when he produces killer passes and quality firer kicks, that are game changing. We have got some real options in the middle of the park now, but the real bonus is the form of Ince, anyone for Trotter now?[/p][/quote]Alfie, would you play both Ulloa and Barnes and if so, could that mean that Ince makes way for Ulloa or would you leave someone else out, or, would you drop Barnes for Ulloa? I am not thinking of today as Ulloa is not yet ready for 90 minutes.[/p][/quote]When Leo is fit he starts ahead of Barnes every time for me, however I do appreciate what AB brings to this side. Ince and Bridcutt played so well together against Leicester, potentially they could forge a fantastic partnership, so those three start the majority of games, along with Upson and TK gives a very solid spine to the side. Crofts probably starts also, which leaves two places between Barnes, Buckley, Lua Lua, Orlandi.,Lopez,and Conway should he return. That give OG some seriously strong options for 2014. Alfie T

12:29pm Sat 14 Dec 13

To baldly go says...

Frustrating as its been watching Lopez struggle to find form it was nice to see his performance last week, I have querried his inclusion in the starting line up a few times myself and think that if others had been fit he might have not played so much, hopefully now his bad spell has finished and along with all the injured coming back we can push on.
Vegas, if we played Barnes and Ulloa together i think it would have to be with Barnes playing behind Ulloa in a diamond shaped midfield with Ince, Bridcutt and Crofts and also with any one winger from Conway, Buckley, LuaLua or Lopez, Barnes himself can also cross the ball so could also play wide, a 4-5-1 style or if we are on top a 4-4-2 style, plenty of attacking options and still with Ince and Bridcutt taking turns to cover the defence.
Frustrating as its been watching Lopez struggle to find form it was nice to see his performance last week, I have querried his inclusion in the starting line up a few times myself and think that if others had been fit he might have not played so much, hopefully now his bad spell has finished and along with all the injured coming back we can push on. Vegas, if we played Barnes and Ulloa together i think it would have to be with Barnes playing behind Ulloa in a diamond shaped midfield with Ince, Bridcutt and Crofts and also with any one winger from Conway, Buckley, LuaLua or Lopez, Barnes himself can also cross the ball so could also play wide, a 4-5-1 style or if we are on top a 4-4-2 style, plenty of attacking options and still with Ince and Bridcutt taking turns to cover the defence. To baldly go

12:47pm Sat 14 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

To Baldly go --- Alfie T.
You both offer good ideas and you both point out that Oscar will have some interesting options to decide upon. I guess the one winger deal could work as Bruno, and Calde if playing, both like to get forward so a natural wide player on the left would be fine.
The important thing for me with both of your suggestions is, they both require either Bridders or Ince to push forward and when they do, make it count. Having two central defensive midfield players feels a tad too snug for me, I would want to see one of them causing some real problems and distributing the ball forward with some quality passes.
To Baldly go --- Alfie T. You both offer good ideas and you both point out that Oscar will have some interesting options to decide upon. I guess the one winger deal could work as Bruno, and Calde if playing, both like to get forward so a natural wide player on the left would be fine. The important thing for me with both of your suggestions is, they both require either Bridders or Ince to push forward and when they do, make it count. Having two central defensive midfield players feels a tad too snug for me, I would want to see one of them causing some real problems and distributing the ball forward with some quality passes. VegasSeagull

1:26pm Sat 14 Dec 13

To baldly go says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
To Baldly go --- Alfie T. You both offer good ideas and you both point out that Oscar will have some interesting options to decide upon. I guess the one winger deal could work as Bruno, and Calde if playing, both like to get forward so a natural wide player on the left would be fine. The important thing for me with both of your suggestions is, they both require either Bridders or Ince to push forward and when they do, make it count. Having two central defensive midfield players feels a tad too snug for me, I would want to see one of them causing some real problems and distributing the ball forward with some quality passes.
Agree Vegas on the Ince - Bridcutt pairing, it is still to be proven but having seen them perform last week and both getting in on goal (never seen Liam so far upfield) they could form a dangerous partnership and who would want to be the one responsible to pick up either one of them when they attack, one is small and nippy the other one a powerhouse! this could quite easily catch the opposition out and is worth persevering with imo.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: To Baldly go --- Alfie T. You both offer good ideas and you both point out that Oscar will have some interesting options to decide upon. I guess the one winger deal could work as Bruno, and Calde if playing, both like to get forward so a natural wide player on the left would be fine. The important thing for me with both of your suggestions is, they both require either Bridders or Ince to push forward and when they do, make it count. Having two central defensive midfield players feels a tad too snug for me, I would want to see one of them causing some real problems and distributing the ball forward with some quality passes.[/p][/quote]Agree Vegas on the Ince - Bridcutt pairing, it is still to be proven but having seen them perform last week and both getting in on goal (never seen Liam so far upfield) they could form a dangerous partnership and who would want to be the one responsible to pick up either one of them when they attack, one is small and nippy the other one a powerhouse! this could quite easily catch the opposition out and is worth persevering with imo. To baldly go

1:32pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Alfie T says...

To baldly go wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
To Baldly go --- Alfie T. You both offer good ideas and you both point out that Oscar will have some interesting options to decide upon. I guess the one winger deal could work as Bruno, and Calde if playing, both like to get forward so a natural wide player on the left would be fine. The important thing for me with both of your suggestions is, they both require either Bridders or Ince to push forward and when they do, make it count. Having two central defensive midfield players feels a tad too snug for me, I would want to see one of them causing some real problems and distributing the ball forward with some quality passes.
Agree Vegas on the Ince - Bridcutt pairing, it is still to be proven but having seen them perform last week and both getting in on goal (never seen Liam so far upfield) they could form a dangerous partnership and who would want to be the one responsible to pick up either one of them when they attack, one is small and nippy the other one a powerhouse! this could quite easily catch the opposition out and is worth persevering with imo.
Think it's only a matter of time until Ince gets on the score sheet, he was close against Leicester from a Conway cross, can only see this lad getting better. He will be the one to push higher up the pitch, with Bridders sitting deeper, he missed a couple of tackles last Saturday, but don't think it will be long before he's back to his immaculate best. 1.0 today, UTA
[quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: To Baldly go --- Alfie T. You both offer good ideas and you both point out that Oscar will have some interesting options to decide upon. I guess the one winger deal could work as Bruno, and Calde if playing, both like to get forward so a natural wide player on the left would be fine. The important thing for me with both of your suggestions is, they both require either Bridders or Ince to push forward and when they do, make it count. Having two central defensive midfield players feels a tad too snug for me, I would want to see one of them causing some real problems and distributing the ball forward with some quality passes.[/p][/quote]Agree Vegas on the Ince - Bridcutt pairing, it is still to be proven but having seen them perform last week and both getting in on goal (never seen Liam so far upfield) they could form a dangerous partnership and who would want to be the one responsible to pick up either one of them when they attack, one is small and nippy the other one a powerhouse! this could quite easily catch the opposition out and is worth persevering with imo.[/p][/quote]Think it's only a matter of time until Ince gets on the score sheet, he was close against Leicester from a Conway cross, can only see this lad getting better. He will be the one to push higher up the pitch, with Bridders sitting deeper, he missed a couple of tackles last Saturday, but don't think it will be long before he's back to his immaculate best. 1.0 today, UTA Alfie T

1:36pm Sat 14 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

To baldly go wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
To Baldly go --- Alfie T. You both offer good ideas and you both point out that Oscar will have some interesting options to decide upon. I guess the one winger deal could work as Bruno, and Calde if playing, both like to get forward so a natural wide player on the left would be fine. The important thing for me with both of your suggestions is, they both require either Bridders or Ince to push forward and when they do, make it count. Having two central defensive midfield players feels a tad too snug for me, I would want to see one of them causing some real problems and distributing the ball forward with some quality passes.
Agree Vegas on the Ince - Bridcutt pairing, it is still to be proven but having seen them perform last week and both getting in on goal (never seen Liam so far upfield) they could form a dangerous partnership and who would want to be the one responsible to pick up either one of them when they attack, one is small and nippy the other one a powerhouse! this could quite easily catch the opposition out and is worth persevering with imo.
Agreed, and, by having both on the park if we need to add fire power to get a result, we could take either one out and bring on a striker without losing anything in defense.
There is still some polishing work to be done on Ince but I like the fact that he is tall and very strong, he won't get pushed off the ball too often. Last season Ballantrae, and others, were calling for a midfield powerhouse to be bought, in Ince I think we might have one.
[quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: To Baldly go --- Alfie T. You both offer good ideas and you both point out that Oscar will have some interesting options to decide upon. I guess the one winger deal could work as Bruno, and Calde if playing, both like to get forward so a natural wide player on the left would be fine. The important thing for me with both of your suggestions is, they both require either Bridders or Ince to push forward and when they do, make it count. Having two central defensive midfield players feels a tad too snug for me, I would want to see one of them causing some real problems and distributing the ball forward with some quality passes.[/p][/quote]Agree Vegas on the Ince - Bridcutt pairing, it is still to be proven but having seen them perform last week and both getting in on goal (never seen Liam so far upfield) they could form a dangerous partnership and who would want to be the one responsible to pick up either one of them when they attack, one is small and nippy the other one a powerhouse! this could quite easily catch the opposition out and is worth persevering with imo.[/p][/quote]Agreed, and, by having both on the park if we need to add fire power to get a result, we could take either one out and bring on a striker without losing anything in defense. There is still some polishing work to be done on Ince but I like the fact that he is tall and very strong, he won't get pushed off the ball too often. Last season Ballantrae, and others, were calling for a midfield powerhouse to be bought, in Ince I think we might have one. VegasSeagull

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