Upson feels positive about another play-off push for Albion

The Argus: Matt Upson feels Albion have as good a chance as last season of maintaining a push for the play-offs Matt Upson feels Albion have as good a chance as last season of maintaining a push for the play-offs

Matt Upson has backed Albion to mount another Championship promotion challenge.

The former England centre-half is as optimistic about the Seagulls’ chances this season as he was last season.

Upson’s late winner at Middlesbrough last Saturday lifted Oscar Garcia’s side to eighth with 31 points after 20 games, two points outside the play-off zone.

They were in exactly the same situation at the corresponding stage last season, when they went on to finish fourth under Gus Poyet.

Ex-Stoke stopper Upson, a mainstay of the defence since signing in January, told The Argus: “We are probably in a similar place.

“There have been several changes, notably the manager, which is obviously going to have a big impact on the group, but I feel as positive as I did last season with this team.

“Possibly the squad is a little big bigger and, providing we can keep bodies on the pitch and keep people healthy, we’ll have a good push.”

Upson will start alongside injured skipper Gordon Greer’s deputy Adam El-Abd against Huddersfield tomorrow for the first time at home since they partnered each other in a 4-1 drubbing of the same opponents at The Amex in early March.

Upson said: “I think he (El-Abd) has done a fantastic job, having been out so long. He hadn’t played 90 minutes for quite a while.

“He is a good professional. He works hard in the gym, he works hard in training and it shows when he steps in and plays.”

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8:15am Fri 20 Dec 13

Thewithdeanyears says...

If we can get about 10 million out of blooms piggy bank marked 'new yacht' to spend on players then we can all be optimistic.
If we can get about 10 million out of blooms piggy bank marked 'new yacht' to spend on players then we can all be optimistic. Thewithdeanyears

8:39am Fri 20 Dec 13

Clean Sheet says...

If we can get Thewithdeanyears to grow up, then this forum would be much better.
If we can get Thewithdeanyears to grow up, then this forum would be much better. Clean Sheet

8:42am Fri 20 Dec 13

Chi Gull says...

Clean Sheet wrote:
If we can get Thewithdeanyears to grow up, then this forum would be much better.
If we can get people to stop responding and giving him the thumbs down he might get bored and go away - but not while you are all feeding him.
[quote][p][bold]Clean Sheet[/bold] wrote: If we can get Thewithdeanyears to grow up, then this forum would be much better.[/p][/quote]If we can get people to stop responding and giving him the thumbs down he might get bored and go away - but not while you are all feeding him. Chi Gull

8:44am Fri 20 Dec 13

Chi Gull says...

Back to the topic - if we can keep the whole squad on the pitch we will have twice as many players as Huddersfield and win easily :)
Back to the topic - if we can keep the whole squad on the pitch we will have twice as many players as Huddersfield and win easily :) Chi Gull

9:10am Fri 20 Dec 13

Alfie T says...

Chi Gull wrote:
Clean Sheet wrote:
If we can get Thewithdeanyears to grow up, then this forum would be much better.
If we can get people to stop responding and giving him the thumbs down he might get bored and go away - but not while you are all feeding him.
Spot on Chi Gull, just scroll past and ignore.
[quote][p][bold]Chi Gull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Clean Sheet[/bold] wrote: If we can get Thewithdeanyears to grow up, then this forum would be much better.[/p][/quote]If we can get people to stop responding and giving him the thumbs down he might get bored and go away - but not while you are all feeding him.[/p][/quote]Spot on Chi Gull, just scroll past and ignore. Alfie T

9:13am Fri 20 Dec 13

Simbosims says...

Chi Gull wrote:
Clean Sheet wrote: If we can get Thewithdeanyears to grow up, then this forum would be much better.
If we can get people to stop responding and giving him the thumbs down he might get bored and go away - but not while you are all feeding him.
What is the address for the equivalent Palace forum please?
[quote][p][bold]Chi Gull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Clean Sheet[/bold] wrote: If we can get Thewithdeanyears to grow up, then this forum would be much better.[/p][/quote]If we can get people to stop responding and giving him the thumbs down he might get bored and go away - but not while you are all feeding him.[/p][/quote]What is the address for the equivalent Palace forum please? Simbosims

9:34am Fri 20 Dec 13

pannell1 says...

think the is address www.selhurstpoohole.
com or www.goingdowngoingdo
wnpikeys.com
think the is address www.selhurstpoohole. com or www.goingdowngoingdo wnpikeys.com pannell1

9:37am Fri 20 Dec 13

Notters_Seagull says...

Given that we have Ulloa for an extra month this season, could it be the difference between playoffs and automatic promotion (we were only a couple of points off last year)?
Given that we have Ulloa for an extra month this season, could it be the difference between playoffs and automatic promotion (we were only a couple of points off last year)? Notters_Seagull

11:08am Fri 20 Dec 13

Tonyuk175 says...

Thewithdeanyears wrote:
If we can get about 10 million out of blooms piggy bank marked 'new yacht' to spend on players then we can all be optimistic.
Everyday day you say something stupid why not try and get a life then a job !!!! Total Idiot
[quote][p][bold]Thewithdeanyears[/bold] wrote: If we can get about 10 million out of blooms piggy bank marked 'new yacht' to spend on players then we can all be optimistic.[/p][/quote]Everyday day you say something stupid why not try and get a life then a job !!!! Total Idiot Tonyuk175

11:27am Fri 20 Dec 13

Joel'sGrandad says...

Thewithdeanyears wrote:
If we can get about 10 million out of blooms piggy bank marked 'new yacht' to spend on players then we can all be optimistic.
Those days are gone. Ever heard of FFP.
Besides we don't want that sort of club. Just look at the debacle going on at Cardiff City at the moment.
We should count our lucky stars. UTA
[quote][p][bold]Thewithdeanyears[/bold] wrote: If we can get about 10 million out of blooms piggy bank marked 'new yacht' to spend on players then we can all be optimistic.[/p][/quote]Those days are gone. Ever heard of FFP. Besides we don't want that sort of club. Just look at the debacle going on at Cardiff City at the moment. We should count our lucky stars. UTA Joel'sGrandad

1:42pm Fri 20 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

This is not the time to be talking of a playoff place, that can wait until the next window closes, a time when we see what our squad looks like. Right now it's all about beating Huddersfield and nothing more.
Vaughn could be out and Ulloa could be in, two huge factors in terms of how this match might pan out. Huddersfield will want to play good football, just as Leicester wanted to, we will need to snuff out their ambitions, press them high and hard, just as we did Leicester.
This is not the time to be talking of a playoff place, that can wait until the next window closes, a time when we see what our squad looks like. Right now it's all about beating Huddersfield and nothing more. Vaughn could be out and Ulloa could be in, two huge factors in terms of how this match might pan out. Huddersfield will want to play good football, just as Leicester wanted to, we will need to snuff out their ambitions, press them high and hard, just as we did Leicester. VegasSeagull

2:21pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Thewithdeanyears says...

Tonyuk175 wrote:
Thewithdeanyears wrote:
If we can get about 10 million out of blooms piggy bank marked 'new yacht' to spend on players then we can all be optimistic.
Everyday day you say something stupid why not try and get a life then a job !!!! Total Idiot
I have a job thanks, and my life is the Albion, 344 years of my life have been spent following them through thick and thin.
[quote][p][bold]Tonyuk175[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thewithdeanyears[/bold] wrote: If we can get about 10 million out of blooms piggy bank marked 'new yacht' to spend on players then we can all be optimistic.[/p][/quote]Everyday day you say something stupid why not try and get a life then a job !!!! Total Idiot[/p][/quote]I have a job thanks, and my life is the Albion, 344 years of my life have been spent following them through thick and thin. Thewithdeanyears

2:24pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Thewithdeanyears says...

Meant 44 years! Although it feels like another 300 with all that's gone on!
Meant 44 years! Although it feels like another 300 with all that's gone on! Thewithdeanyears

3:08pm Fri 20 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

Interesting to hear Ulloa say that his foot is 100% fixed but his level of physical fitness is only at 70%, he goes on to say that playing time will solve that issue, or words to that effect.
Oscar says that Barnes and Ulloa offer different options, or words to that effect, he also says that one of those options is that they both play.
Is Oscar sending out false messages to Huddersfield or are we going to start with the strongest front line for many a month.
Interesting to hear Ulloa say that his foot is 100% fixed but his level of physical fitness is only at 70%, he goes on to say that playing time will solve that issue, or words to that effect. Oscar says that Barnes and Ulloa offer different options, or words to that effect, he also says that one of those options is that they both play. Is Oscar sending out false messages to Huddersfield or are we going to start with the strongest front line for many a month. VegasSeagull

4:12pm Fri 20 Dec 13

albionbloke says...

Thewithdeanyears wrote:
If we can get about 10 million out of blooms piggy bank marked 'new yacht' to spend on players then we can all be optimistic.
Idiot. Everyone here is already optimistic....except you of course. But then, following that useless mob from Croydon gives you cause for your lack of optimism.
[quote][p][bold]Thewithdeanyears[/bold] wrote: If we can get about 10 million out of blooms piggy bank marked 'new yacht' to spend on players then we can all be optimistic.[/p][/quote]Idiot. Everyone here is already optimistic....except you of course. But then, following that useless mob from Croydon gives you cause for your lack of optimism. albionbloke

4:14pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Willie, Willie Irvine says...

Thewithdeanyears wrote:
Tonyuk175 wrote:
Thewithdeanyears wrote: If we can get about 10 million out of blooms piggy bank marked 'new yacht' to spend on players then we can all be optimistic.
Everyday day you say something stupid why not try and get a life then a job !!!! Total Idiot
I have a job thanks, and my life is the Albion, 344 years of my life have been spent following them through thick and thin.
At 344 I had thought perhaps you were a Time Lord, so I was going to ask you to tell us how it works out this season....
[quote][p][bold]Thewithdeanyears[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tonyuk175[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thewithdeanyears[/bold] wrote: If we can get about 10 million out of blooms piggy bank marked 'new yacht' to spend on players then we can all be optimistic.[/p][/quote]Everyday day you say something stupid why not try and get a life then a job !!!! Total Idiot[/p][/quote]I have a job thanks, and my life is the Albion, 344 years of my life have been spent following them through thick and thin.[/p][/quote]At 344 I had thought perhaps you were a Time Lord, so I was going to ask you to tell us how it works out this season.... Willie, Willie Irvine

7:33pm Fri 20 Dec 13

albion64 says...

Simbosims wrote:
Chi Gull wrote:
Clean Sheet wrote: If we can get Thewithdeanyears to grow up, then this forum would be much better.
If we can get people to stop responding and giving him the thumbs down he might get bored and go away - but not while you are all feeding him.
What is the address for the equivalent Palace forum please?
www.w@nkers.****.uk
[quote][p][bold]Simbosims[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chi Gull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Clean Sheet[/bold] wrote: If we can get Thewithdeanyears to grow up, then this forum would be much better.[/p][/quote]If we can get people to stop responding and giving him the thumbs down he might get bored and go away - but not while you are all feeding him.[/p][/quote]What is the address for the equivalent Palace forum please?[/p][/quote]www.w@nkers.****.uk albion64

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