Albion still pass masters under Oscar

The Argus: Oscar Garcia. Albion are still passing their way to success under the Spanish head coach. Oscar Garcia. Albion are still passing their way to success under the Spanish head coach.

The manager has changed, the method has been modified, but the recipe for success remains essentially the same.

Albion are one of the pass masters of the Championship under Oscar Garcia.

They are also laying the foundations for another promotion challenge by enjoying more possession than their opponents.

Albion get the ball forward a bit quicker at times than was the case last season under Gus Poyet.

They also press teams higher up the pitch and get more balls into the box but the alterations introduced by Oscar have not been at the expense of the identity established by Poyet.

Albion's passing accuracy stands at 80.2 per cent, according to figures provided by WhoScored.com.

That puts Albion third behind only Watford (81.3) and Queens Park Rangers (80.6).

Albion also lie third in the possession table supplied by the football statistics website on 54.8 per cent.

Only QPR (58.5) and Derby County (54.9) have a greater share of the ball.

Albion's strengths and weaknesses, caculated by WhoScored.com from this season's stats, make interesting reading.

The Seagulls are regarded as strong at counter-attacks, attacking set pieces and attacking down the wings.

There has been recent evidence of all three in the goals scored against Barnsley, Leicester and Middlesbrough.

On the debit side, Albion are viewed as weak in aerial duels and avoiding fouling in dangerous areas.

Topping the chart for most aerial battles won is not, as you might expect Matt Upson, but Rohan Ince.

Albion are going to miss Craig Conway following the conclusion of his loan spell from Cardiff. He leads the assists table on three with Inigo Calderon and is second in the individual ratings on 7.11 behind Upson (7.28) and above Tomasz Kuszczak (7.02).

A lot of Albion supporters would argue that Ince ought to be higher than fifth (6.96).

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3:23pm Wed 18 Dec 13

B rian Tawses left foot says...

The previous managerial incumbent was at least as adept at blowing his own trumpet as he was at coaching the players and dealing in the transfer market. OG lets results speak for themselves. Absolutely fine with me.
The previous managerial incumbent was at least as adept at blowing his own trumpet as he was at coaching the players and dealing in the transfer market. OG lets results speak for themselves. Absolutely fine with me. B rian Tawses left foot

3:23pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Neville says...

Interesting article with stats.In my opinion I do not think Albion are dangerous enough from set pieces,majority of crosses are defended and don't score too many from corners (yes I know Upson did). Agree we commit too many needless fouls in dangerous areas,mainly due to lack of pace from our defenders I suggest.
Possession stats interesting but have to say the majority of possession is in our own half so quite misleading when comparing attacking play.
Personally I would like a few more players taking on defenders and shooting and attacking in numbers through the middle rather than lone striker.
So far so good under OG and he has done fairly well with restricted resources for a while but true test will come when and if we have a full squad to choose from. Looking forward to CMS and Ulloa together hopefully but not 100% sure that will happen.
Interesting article with stats.In my opinion I do not think Albion are dangerous enough from set pieces,majority of crosses are defended and don't score too many from corners (yes I know Upson did). Agree we commit too many needless fouls in dangerous areas,mainly due to lack of pace from our defenders I suggest. Possession stats interesting but have to say the majority of possession is in our own half so quite misleading when comparing attacking play. Personally I would like a few more players taking on defenders and shooting and attacking in numbers through the middle rather than lone striker. So far so good under OG and he has done fairly well with restricted resources for a while but true test will come when and if we have a full squad to choose from. Looking forward to CMS and Ulloa together hopefully but not 100% sure that will happen. Neville

3:30pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Neville says...

Change of subject,some interesting points from CMS on sky site regarding Xmas plans and he says he is not in full training yet and there seems no indication of when he is likely to return.
Change of subject,some interesting points from CMS on sky site regarding Xmas plans and he says he is not in full training yet and there seems no indication of when he is likely to return. Neville

3:33pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Thewithdeanyears says...

For gawds sake try lumping it up the middle a bit more we don't pose enough threat half the time. This is Brighton, not Barcelona, sometimes we need to learn to splat our way to glory. Someone get Oscar a DVD of Watford under Graham Taylor for Christmas, it will make him a more complete manager. All this pretty stuff gets a bit boring after a while.
For gawds sake try lumping it up the middle a bit more we don't pose enough threat half the time. This is Brighton, not Barcelona, sometimes we need to learn to splat our way to glory. Someone get Oscar a DVD of Watford under Graham Taylor for Christmas, it will make him a more complete manager. All this pretty stuff gets a bit boring after a while. Thewithdeanyears

3:44pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Piglet1 says...

Thewithdeanyears wrote:
For gawds sake try lumping it up the middle a bit more we don't pose enough threat half the time. This is Brighton, not Barcelona, sometimes we need to learn to splat our way to glory. Someone get Oscar a DVD of Watford under Graham Taylor for Christmas, it will make him a more complete manager. All this pretty stuff gets a bit boring after a while.
Yawn.....
[quote][p][bold]Thewithdeanyears[/bold] wrote: For gawds sake try lumping it up the middle a bit more we don't pose enough threat half the time. This is Brighton, not Barcelona, sometimes we need to learn to splat our way to glory. Someone get Oscar a DVD of Watford under Graham Taylor for Christmas, it will make him a more complete manager. All this pretty stuff gets a bit boring after a while.[/p][/quote]Yawn..... Piglet1

3:47pm Wed 18 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

One stat from the same source that the Argus did not report is that our rating against skillful players is, very weak.
One stat from the same source that the Argus did not report is that our rating against skillful players is, very weak. VegasSeagull

4:32pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Claude Back says...

Neville wrote:
Interesting article with stats.In my opinion I do not think Albion are dangerous enough from set pieces,majority of crosses are defended and don't score too many from corners (yes I know Upson did). Agree we commit too many needless fouls in dangerous areas,mainly due to lack of pace from our defenders I suggest.
Possession stats interesting but have to say the majority of possession is in our own half so quite misleading when comparing attacking play.
Personally I would like a few more players taking on defenders and shooting and attacking in numbers through the middle rather than lone striker.
So far so good under OG and he has done fairly well with restricted resources for a while but true test will come when and if we have a full squad to choose from. Looking forward to CMS and Ulloa together hopefully but not 100% sure that will happen.
You, Neville, are a judge, in my opinion, which coincidentally coincides with yours. ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Neville[/bold] wrote: Interesting article with stats.In my opinion I do not think Albion are dangerous enough from set pieces,majority of crosses are defended and don't score too many from corners (yes I know Upson did). Agree we commit too many needless fouls in dangerous areas,mainly due to lack of pace from our defenders I suggest. Possession stats interesting but have to say the majority of possession is in our own half so quite misleading when comparing attacking play. Personally I would like a few more players taking on defenders and shooting and attacking in numbers through the middle rather than lone striker. So far so good under OG and he has done fairly well with restricted resources for a while but true test will come when and if we have a full squad to choose from. Looking forward to CMS and Ulloa together hopefully but not 100% sure that will happen.[/p][/quote]You, Neville, are a judge, in my opinion, which coincidentally coincides with yours. ;-) Claude Back

6:46pm Wed 18 Dec 13

saraman says...

Of course The Albion are pass masters. They will PASS every team in the championship this season on the way to the PL. Watch this space.
Of course The Albion are pass masters. They will PASS every team in the championship this season on the way to the PL. Watch this space. saraman

6:47pm Wed 18 Dec 13

championshipgull says...

Neville wrote:
Change of subject,some interesting points from CMS on sky site regarding Xmas plans and he says he is not in full training yet and there seems no indication of when he is likely to return.
There is a free to listen interview with CMS and his physio, put on the official site about a week ago . They rabbit on for over half an hour but near the end CMS says his aim is to get some game time by the end of Jan.

http://storage.bhafc
.co.uk/podcasts/Albi
onPodcast131213.mp3
[quote][p][bold]Neville[/bold] wrote: Change of subject,some interesting points from CMS on sky site regarding Xmas plans and he says he is not in full training yet and there seems no indication of when he is likely to return.[/p][/quote]There is a free to listen interview with CMS and his physio, put on the official site about a week ago . They rabbit on for over half an hour but near the end CMS says his aim is to get some game time by the end of Jan. http://storage.bhafc .co.uk/podcasts/Albi onPodcast131213.mp3 championshipgull

7:53pm Wed 18 Dec 13

albionbloke says...

Neville wrote:
Change of subject,some interesting points from CMS on sky site regarding Xmas plans and he says he is not in full training yet and there seems no indication of when he is likely to return.
Sadly I have to wonder whether we'll ever see him again. Part of me wonders whether this has actually turned into a career-threatening injury. I guess the lack of any real positive details about his recovery makes me think this way. I sure hope not as I'd love to see him back in the team.
[quote][p][bold]Neville[/bold] wrote: Change of subject,some interesting points from CMS on sky site regarding Xmas plans and he says he is not in full training yet and there seems no indication of when he is likely to return.[/p][/quote]Sadly I have to wonder whether we'll ever see him again. Part of me wonders whether this has actually turned into a career-threatening injury. I guess the lack of any real positive details about his recovery makes me think this way. I sure hope not as I'd love to see him back in the team. albionbloke

7:54pm Wed 18 Dec 13

albionbloke says...

Thewithdeanyears wrote:
For gawds sake try lumping it up the middle a bit more we don't pose enough threat half the time. This is Brighton, not Barcelona, sometimes we need to learn to splat our way to glory. Someone get Oscar a DVD of Watford under Graham Taylor for Christmas, it will make him a more complete manager. All this pretty stuff gets a bit boring after a while.
....as are you.
[quote][p][bold]Thewithdeanyears[/bold] wrote: For gawds sake try lumping it up the middle a bit more we don't pose enough threat half the time. This is Brighton, not Barcelona, sometimes we need to learn to splat our way to glory. Someone get Oscar a DVD of Watford under Graham Taylor for Christmas, it will make him a more complete manager. All this pretty stuff gets a bit boring after a while.[/p][/quote]....as are you. albionbloke

8:41pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Alfie T says...

albionbloke wrote:
Neville wrote:
Change of subject,some interesting points from CMS on sky site regarding Xmas plans and he says he is not in full training yet and there seems no indication of when he is likely to return.
Sadly I have to wonder whether we'll ever see him again. Part of me wonders whether this has actually turned into a career-threatening injury. I guess the lack of any real positive details about his recovery makes me think this way. I sure hope not as I'd love to see him back in the team.
It's nearly Christmas Albionbloke, try to be a bit more optimistic, before this injury he was pretty much a permanent fixture in the side, I believe some players are just injury prone,Hoskins and Vicente for example.CMS will be back as good as new and challenging for a first team spot in January. UTA
[quote][p][bold]albionbloke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Neville[/bold] wrote: Change of subject,some interesting points from CMS on sky site regarding Xmas plans and he says he is not in full training yet and there seems no indication of when he is likely to return.[/p][/quote]Sadly I have to wonder whether we'll ever see him again. Part of me wonders whether this has actually turned into a career-threatening injury. I guess the lack of any real positive details about his recovery makes me think this way. I sure hope not as I'd love to see him back in the team.[/p][/quote]It's nearly Christmas Albionbloke, try to be a bit more optimistic, before this injury he was pretty much a permanent fixture in the side, I believe some players are just injury prone,Hoskins and Vicente for example.CMS will be back as good as new and challenging for a first team spot in January. UTA Alfie T

9:55pm Wed 18 Dec 13

mikeygit says...

I guess CMS injury is very complex and it would be folly to give any dates on his possible return---although it would be good sometimes to have a progress report. Ankle a very delicate part of the body.
I guess CMS injury is very complex and it would be folly to give any dates on his possible return---although it would be good sometimes to have a progress report. Ankle a very delicate part of the body. mikeygit

11:07am Thu 19 Dec 13

rackhamlouis says...

Neville wrote:
Interesting article with stats.In my opinion I do not think Albion are dangerous enough from set pieces,majority of crosses are defended and don't score too many from corners (yes I know Upson did). Agree we commit too many needless fouls in dangerous areas,mainly due to lack of pace from our defenders I suggest.
Possession stats interesting but have to say the majority of possession is in our own half so quite misleading when comparing attacking play.
Personally I would like a few more players taking on defenders and shooting and attacking in numbers through the middle rather than lone striker.
So far so good under OG and he has done fairly well with restricted resources for a while but true test will come when and if we have a full squad to choose from. Looking forward to CMS and Ulloa together hopefully but not 100% sure that will happen.
Neville, I'm with you. It's become a bit of a standing joke where I sit that whenever we get a corner we know we've no chance of scoring. Really pleased to see that has changed with a couple of goals in the last few games from Upson but I don't think that it papers over cracks that we simply don't either have the ability to deliver quality crosses or don't seem to attack the ball from these crosses / corners. (not harking back to the past but Vicente has been the only player to deliver a decent corner in recent years). With Ince, GG, and Upson we should be posing more threat from these set pieces and I guess that this is an area that Oscar will want to work on. Another slight area of concern is the fact that does anyone notice that whenever the ball get's defended away from the oppositions penalty area that the ball always seems to fall to an opposition player? We never seem to have anyone in a position to pick up or challenge for the ball in this attacking area. However opposing teams always seem to be able to apply this additional pressure to us? Anyway didn't want this to be a negative note as there are many plusses to our current play but just thought that these were 2 area's that we could improve on and become more dangerous going forward.
[quote][p][bold]Neville[/bold] wrote: Interesting article with stats.In my opinion I do not think Albion are dangerous enough from set pieces,majority of crosses are defended and don't score too many from corners (yes I know Upson did). Agree we commit too many needless fouls in dangerous areas,mainly due to lack of pace from our defenders I suggest. Possession stats interesting but have to say the majority of possession is in our own half so quite misleading when comparing attacking play. Personally I would like a few more players taking on defenders and shooting and attacking in numbers through the middle rather than lone striker. So far so good under OG and he has done fairly well with restricted resources for a while but true test will come when and if we have a full squad to choose from. Looking forward to CMS and Ulloa together hopefully but not 100% sure that will happen.[/p][/quote]Neville, I'm with you. It's become a bit of a standing joke where I sit that whenever we get a corner we know we've no chance of scoring. Really pleased to see that has changed with a couple of goals in the last few games from Upson but I don't think that it papers over cracks that we simply don't either have the ability to deliver quality crosses or don't seem to attack the ball from these crosses / corners. (not harking back to the past but Vicente has been the only player to deliver a decent corner in recent years). With Ince, GG, and Upson we should be posing more threat from these set pieces and I guess that this is an area that Oscar will want to work on. Another slight area of concern is the fact that does anyone notice that whenever the ball get's defended away from the oppositions penalty area that the ball always seems to fall to an opposition player? We never seem to have anyone in a position to pick up or challenge for the ball in this attacking area. However opposing teams always seem to be able to apply this additional pressure to us? Anyway didn't want this to be a negative note as there are many plusses to our current play but just thought that these were 2 area's that we could improve on and become more dangerous going forward. rackhamlouis

6:45pm Thu 19 Dec 13

albionbloke says...

Alfie T wrote:
albionbloke wrote:
Neville wrote:
Change of subject,some interesting points from CMS on sky site regarding Xmas plans and he says he is not in full training yet and there seems no indication of when he is likely to return.
Sadly I have to wonder whether we'll ever see him again. Part of me wonders whether this has actually turned into a career-threatening injury. I guess the lack of any real positive details about his recovery makes me think this way. I sure hope not as I'd love to see him back in the team.
It's nearly Christmas Albionbloke, try to be a bit more optimistic, before this injury he was pretty much a permanent fixture in the side, I believe some players are just injury prone,Hoskins and Vicente for example.CMS will be back as good as new and challenging for a first team spot in January. UTA
Point taken mate.....I was simply expressing a little thought that niggles me at times (as to whether his injury is more serious than we know). I'll be the first to stand up and cheer when he comes back, just love the bloke's work ethic and skill. If he returns to his old form, we would have a devastating front line.
[quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]albionbloke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Neville[/bold] wrote: Change of subject,some interesting points from CMS on sky site regarding Xmas plans and he says he is not in full training yet and there seems no indication of when he is likely to return.[/p][/quote]Sadly I have to wonder whether we'll ever see him again. Part of me wonders whether this has actually turned into a career-threatening injury. I guess the lack of any real positive details about his recovery makes me think this way. I sure hope not as I'd love to see him back in the team.[/p][/quote]It's nearly Christmas Albionbloke, try to be a bit more optimistic, before this injury he was pretty much a permanent fixture in the side, I believe some players are just injury prone,Hoskins and Vicente for example.CMS will be back as good as new and challenging for a first team spot in January. UTA[/p][/quote]Point taken mate.....I was simply expressing a little thought that niggles me at times (as to whether his injury is more serious than we know). I'll be the first to stand up and cheer when he comes back, just love the bloke's work ethic and skill. If he returns to his old form, we would have a devastating front line. albionbloke

8:12pm Thu 19 Dec 13

OldGull says...

Thewithdeanyears wrote:
For gawds sake try lumping it up the middle a bit more we don't pose enough threat half the time. This is Brighton, not Barcelona, sometimes we need to learn to splat our way to glory. Someone get Oscar a DVD of Watford under Graham Taylor for Christmas, it will make him a more complete manager. All this pretty stuff gets a bit boring after a while.
When nurse tells you to take your medication it is for your own good.
[quote][p][bold]Thewithdeanyears[/bold] wrote: For gawds sake try lumping it up the middle a bit more we don't pose enough threat half the time. This is Brighton, not Barcelona, sometimes we need to learn to splat our way to glory. Someone get Oscar a DVD of Watford under Graham Taylor for Christmas, it will make him a more complete manager. All this pretty stuff gets a bit boring after a while.[/p][/quote]When nurse tells you to take your medication it is for your own good. OldGull

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