Albion talking point: A merry Christmas? Or have those dropped points got you down?

The Argus: Ashley Barnes ends up in the net (photo Simon Dack) Ashley Barnes ends up in the net (photo Simon Dack)

Albion missed a golden chance to move into the play-off zone today.

Victory over Huddersfield would have taken them into top six.

So will you be reflecting on what might have been over Christmas?

Will you be full of festive cheer over their run of one defeat in ten games?

Or is your mood somewhere between the two extremes in terms of where Albion - two places and two points off the top six - stand in the Championship this Christmas?

We’d like to know your thoughts.

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6:47pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Alfie T says...

Given our injury problems I'll take our league position gladly, could have been bottom half. Should now push on, just need to be more ruthless at home, have to improve our goal tally at the Amex.
Given our injury problems I'll take our league position gladly, could have been bottom half. Should now push on, just need to be more ruthless at home, have to improve our goal tally at the Amex. Alfie T

7:14pm Sat 21 Dec 13

tug509 says...

Given how hard our lads work for us ,how hard everyone at our Great club works to get us where we all want to be ,yes i am disappointed for our players ,they are the guys at the sharp end ,who sometimes are expected to produce miracles ,and sometimes they do .

I think that after such a herendous period in our history ,we as supporters might ask a little too much from Mr Bloom and Oscar ,i can only speak for myself ,but this is my 43rd year since my first Albion game ,and i never missed a game ,but like a lot of our fans ,i now live far enough away ,to keep me to a handfull of games each season . But the belief is still there that we have earn`t and deserve a place in the top flight ,but typical of the best supporters in the country ,my BP and lungs would still take a hit every Saturday for The Albion regardless of what league we are in . UTA
Given how hard our lads work for us ,how hard everyone at our Great club works to get us where we all want to be ,yes i am disappointed for our players ,they are the guys at the sharp end ,who sometimes are expected to produce miracles ,and sometimes they do . I think that after such a herendous period in our history ,we as supporters might ask a little too much from Mr Bloom and Oscar ,i can only speak for myself ,but this is my 43rd year since my first Albion game ,and i never missed a game ,but like a lot of our fans ,i now live far enough away ,to keep me to a handfull of games each season . But the belief is still there that we have earn`t and deserve a place in the top flight ,but typical of the best supporters in the country ,my BP and lungs would still take a hit every Saturday for The Albion regardless of what league we are in . UTA tug509

7:28pm Sat 21 Dec 13

ringtone says...

tug509 wrote:
Given how hard our lads work for us ,how hard everyone at our Great club works to get us where we all want to be ,yes i am disappointed for our players ,they are the guys at the sharp end ,who sometimes are expected to produce miracles ,and sometimes they do .

I think that after such a herendous period in our history ,we as supporters might ask a little too much from Mr Bloom and Oscar ,i can only speak for myself ,but this is my 43rd year since my first Albion game ,and i never missed a game ,but like a lot of our fans ,i now live far enough away ,to keep me to a handfull of games each season . But the belief is still there that we have earn`t and deserve a place in the top flight ,but typical of the best supporters in the country ,my BP and lungs would still take a hit every Saturday for The Albion regardless of what league we are in . UTA
Best fans in the country, now you are having a laugh.

We are neither the best or the worst somewhere in the middle, maybe leyton orient.

But if you are talking about numbers for home games then yes premier league.
[quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: Given how hard our lads work for us ,how hard everyone at our Great club works to get us where we all want to be ,yes i am disappointed for our players ,they are the guys at the sharp end ,who sometimes are expected to produce miracles ,and sometimes they do . I think that after such a herendous period in our history ,we as supporters might ask a little too much from Mr Bloom and Oscar ,i can only speak for myself ,but this is my 43rd year since my first Albion game ,and i never missed a game ,but like a lot of our fans ,i now live far enough away ,to keep me to a handfull of games each season . But the belief is still there that we have earn`t and deserve a place in the top flight ,but typical of the best supporters in the country ,my BP and lungs would still take a hit every Saturday for The Albion regardless of what league we are in . UTA[/p][/quote]Best fans in the country, now you are having a laugh. We are neither the best or the worst somewhere in the middle, maybe leyton orient. But if you are talking about numbers for home games then yes premier league. ringtone

7:35pm Sat 21 Dec 13

championshipgull says...

I’m cool, we’re going to make a play off place, With Ulloa back to take the chances, and CMS back to run all over the place. Oh I’m I looking forward to next year. Oh yes here come the Seagulls
I’m cool, we’re going to make a play off place, With Ulloa back to take the chances, and CMS back to run all over the place. Oh I’m I looking forward to next year. Oh yes here come the Seagulls championshipgull

7:54pm Sat 21 Dec 13

tooncgull says...

2 points dropped today frustratingly... Huddersfield were there for the taking. I was talking to a Huddersfield fan in the pub afterwards, who said he was relieved to get a point.
But, this is the nature of the game - its only December - you don't win promotion by being in the top 6 in December - we are handily placed, played quite well today barring that final ball, and there is a lot of the season still to play.
Brezovan didn't have a lot to do. Bruno, El Abd, Upson and Ward didn't give Huddersfield a sniff today. I was impressed with Agustien too... if fit, looks a classy midfielder. Bridcutt and Ince are great but where I feel we are currently struggling is in the wide positions - Buckley is not half the player he was - very poor today, and Lopez too. Good to see Ulloa get a runout. Onwards and upwards! We are still handily placed ....
2 points dropped today frustratingly... Huddersfield were there for the taking. I was talking to a Huddersfield fan in the pub afterwards, who said he was relieved to get a point. But, this is the nature of the game - its only December - you don't win promotion by being in the top 6 in December - we are handily placed, played quite well today barring that final ball, and there is a lot of the season still to play. Brezovan didn't have a lot to do. Bruno, El Abd, Upson and Ward didn't give Huddersfield a sniff today. I was impressed with Agustien too... if fit, looks a classy midfielder. Bridcutt and Ince are great but where I feel we are currently struggling is in the wide positions - Buckley is not half the player he was - very poor today, and Lopez too. Good to see Ulloa get a runout. Onwards and upwards! We are still handily placed .... tooncgull

7:55pm Sat 21 Dec 13

tug509 says...

ringtone wrote:
tug509 wrote:
Given how hard our lads work for us ,how hard everyone at our Great club works to get us where we all want to be ,yes i am disappointed for our players ,they are the guys at the sharp end ,who sometimes are expected to produce miracles ,and sometimes they do .

I think that after such a herendous period in our history ,we as supporters might ask a little too much from Mr Bloom and Oscar ,i can only speak for myself ,but this is my 43rd year since my first Albion game ,and i never missed a game ,but like a lot of our fans ,i now live far enough away ,to keep me to a handfull of games each season . But the belief is still there that we have earn`t and deserve a place in the top flight ,but typical of the best supporters in the country ,my BP and lungs would still take a hit every Saturday for The Albion regardless of what league we are in . UTA
Best fans in the country, now you are having a laugh.

We are neither the best or the worst somewhere in the middle, maybe leyton orient.

But if you are talking about numbers for home games then yes premier league.
I dont know why you insist on allying yourself with us ,you are clearly not an Albion supporter ,nor a knowledgeable palace fan . History has proven so far ,we are the ONLY club ever to recover from the position we were placed in by scumbag money grabbing developers . To keep the faith as JBJ would say ,for all those years ,and lose a whole generation of young fans ,and come back to where we are ,with loyal fans and supporters across the globe,i would agree with History ,we are UNIQUE ,the rules that protect other clubs were born from our experiences ,we are still here ,and always will be ,the question is ,why are you ?. UTA
[quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: Given how hard our lads work for us ,how hard everyone at our Great club works to get us where we all want to be ,yes i am disappointed for our players ,they are the guys at the sharp end ,who sometimes are expected to produce miracles ,and sometimes they do . I think that after such a herendous period in our history ,we as supporters might ask a little too much from Mr Bloom and Oscar ,i can only speak for myself ,but this is my 43rd year since my first Albion game ,and i never missed a game ,but like a lot of our fans ,i now live far enough away ,to keep me to a handfull of games each season . But the belief is still there that we have earn`t and deserve a place in the top flight ,but typical of the best supporters in the country ,my BP and lungs would still take a hit every Saturday for The Albion regardless of what league we are in . UTA[/p][/quote]Best fans in the country, now you are having a laugh. We are neither the best or the worst somewhere in the middle, maybe leyton orient. But if you are talking about numbers for home games then yes premier league.[/p][/quote]I dont know why you insist on allying yourself with us ,you are clearly not an Albion supporter ,nor a knowledgeable palace fan . History has proven so far ,we are the ONLY club ever to recover from the position we were placed in by scumbag money grabbing developers . To keep the faith as JBJ would say ,for all those years ,and lose a whole generation of young fans ,and come back to where we are ,with loyal fans and supporters across the globe,i would agree with History ,we are UNIQUE ,the rules that protect other clubs were born from our experiences ,we are still here ,and always will be ,the question is ,why are you ?. UTA tug509

7:55pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Far gull says...

Just back. Have to say we watched a good footballing side today in the Albion . All that was missing was final ball and putting it in the net. Such a shame a win v Barnsley and today would have put us right in the mix.
That said goal scorers are always the difference and that's why they go for big bucks. Liked the whole balance of side to day and sub options. Brezza looked ok ish but he is not TK . Brono finally back to his opening spell of games he played for us.
This type of game cried out though for that Vicente type player as we ran out of ideas towards the end.
With tug though we can't complain ,just hope !!!!!,
Just back. Have to say we watched a good footballing side today in the Albion . All that was missing was final ball and putting it in the net. Such a shame a win v Barnsley and today would have put us right in the mix. That said goal scorers are always the difference and that's why they go for big bucks. Liked the whole balance of side to day and sub options. Brezza looked ok ish but he is not TK . Brono finally back to his opening spell of games he played for us. This type of game cried out though for that Vicente type player as we ran out of ideas towards the end. With tug though we can't complain ,just hope !!!!!, Far gull

7:59pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Thewithdeanyears says...

championshipgull wrote:
I’m cool, we’re going to make a play off place, With Ulloa back to take the chances, and CMS back to run all over the place. Oh I’m I looking forward to next year. Oh yes here come the Seagulls
I concur! Here come the seagulls indeed, watch out premier league, we will steal your fish and chips on the beach any day of the week and no one will do it better.
[quote][p][bold]championshipgull[/bold] wrote: I’m cool, we’re going to make a play off place, With Ulloa back to take the chances, and CMS back to run all over the place. Oh I’m I looking forward to next year. Oh yes here come the Seagulls[/p][/quote]I concur! Here come the seagulls indeed, watch out premier league, we will steal your fish and chips on the beach any day of the week and no one will do it better. Thewithdeanyears

8:12pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Neville says...

Home form is the key to success,OG,in my opinion is not ambitious enough with team selections at The Amex,today too many defensive subs,Lita should have been on bench,has an eye for a goal and should have replaced Barnes who worked hard but cannot finish the chances he had.
Home form is the key to success,OG,in my opinion is not ambitious enough with team selections at The Amex,today too many defensive subs,Lita should have been on bench,has an eye for a goal and should have replaced Barnes who worked hard but cannot finish the chances he had. Neville

8:16pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Liambhataylor19 says...

Should of won today. I kept faith with Barnes for weeks until now missed two great chances wich a st should of scored all day long sorry to say this Barnes I don't. Want you in the team anymore I stayed with ya for weeks now I've had enough
Should of won today. I kept faith with Barnes for weeks until now missed two great chances wich a st should of scored all day long sorry to say this Barnes I don't. Want you in the team anymore I stayed with ya for weeks now I've had enough Liambhataylor19

8:39pm Sat 21 Dec 13

damien hilton says...

think huddersfield done their homework well by changing their formation during the game , if i i ashley had taken his chances who knows what would have been credit the manager for changes but please start with kaz at charton he alwayys plays well there , the barnes haters make me sick no one gives more in a game he has done remarkably well for an average player i have been in many scraps with so called fans i would sooner have barnesy than cms anyday ...
think huddersfield done their homework well by changing their formation during the game , if i i ashley had taken his chances who knows what would have been credit the manager for changes but please start with kaz at charton he alwayys plays well there , the barnes haters make me sick no one gives more in a game he has done remarkably well for an average player i have been in many scraps with so called fans i would sooner have barnesy than cms anyday ... damien hilton

8:50pm Sat 21 Dec 13

tooncgull says...

Liambhataylor19 wrote:
Should of won today. I kept faith with Barnes for weeks until now missed two great chances wich a st should of scored all day long sorry to say this Barnes I don't. Want you in the team anymore I stayed with ya for weeks now I've had enough
Disagree. So he missed two great chances today? Name me a striker who doesn't?
The one from the Agustien header which the keeper palmed back out bounce up and came at him quickly... I don't blame him for that - good grief. So its Barnes that you have decided you "don't want " in the team anymore, even though it was Buckley who had the poorest game of the 13 who got a runout today? Buckley was clean through on the left at one stage yet took a needless and poor extra touch - yet its Barnes who is to blame ?
I like Buckley, don't get me wrong, but he was poor today. Why have a go at Barnes every week?
[quote][p][bold]Liambhataylor19[/bold] wrote: Should of won today. I kept faith with Barnes for weeks until now missed two great chances wich a st should of scored all day long sorry to say this Barnes I don't. Want you in the team anymore I stayed with ya for weeks now I've had enough[/p][/quote]Disagree. So he missed two great chances today? Name me a striker who doesn't? The one from the Agustien header which the keeper palmed back out bounce up and came at him quickly... I don't blame him for that - good grief. So its Barnes that you have decided you "don't want " in the team anymore, even though it was Buckley who had the poorest game of the 13 who got a runout today? Buckley was clean through on the left at one stage yet took a needless and poor extra touch - yet its Barnes who is to blame ? I like Buckley, don't get me wrong, but he was poor today. Why have a go at Barnes every week? tooncgull

8:54pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Falmer Wizard says...

To be fair only Barnes header should have counted,however teams like Huddersfield should have been defeated, I am not downhearted as I am not looking for us to be in the playoffs because we are not a Premiership side and should we be promoted would in the same position as Palace,
The Premiership is for the top ten teams, the others make up the also rans.
We can be a top half of the Championship if we played attacking,entertaini
ng football at home which would keep our attendances around 25,000,so be thankful for what we have achieved
To be fair only Barnes header should have counted,however teams like Huddersfield should have been defeated, I am not downhearted as I am not looking for us to be in the playoffs because we are not a Premiership side and should we be promoted would in the same position as Palace, The Premiership is for the top ten teams, the others make up the also rans. We can be a top half of the Championship if we played attacking,entertaini ng football at home which would keep our attendances around 25,000,so be thankful for what we have achieved Falmer Wizard

9:01pm Sat 21 Dec 13

steve seeagullls says...

damien hilton wrote:
think huddersfield done their homework well by changing their formation during the game , if i i ashley had taken his chances who knows what would have been credit the manager for changes but please start with kaz at charton he alwayys plays well there , the barnes haters make me sick no one gives more in a game he has done remarkably well for an average player i have been in many scraps with so called fans i would sooner have barnesy than cms anyday ...
cms gves his all like barnes and they give it for one team , our team the seagulls UTA we need that sort of desire and with bit little bit more class we will be in the prem
[quote][p][bold]damien hilton[/bold] wrote: think huddersfield done their homework well by changing their formation during the game , if i i ashley had taken his chances who knows what would have been credit the manager for changes but please start with kaz at charton he alwayys plays well there , the barnes haters make me sick no one gives more in a game he has done remarkably well for an average player i have been in many scraps with so called fans i would sooner have barnesy than cms anyday ...[/p][/quote]cms gves his all like barnes and they give it for one team , our team the seagulls UTA we need that sort of desire and with bit little bit more class we will be in the prem steve seeagullls

9:17pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Liambhataylor19 says...

tooncgull wrote:
Liambhataylor19 wrote:
Should of won today. I kept faith with Barnes for weeks until now missed two great chances wich a st should of scored all day long sorry to say this Barnes I don't. Want you in the team anymore I stayed with ya for weeks now I've had enough
Disagree. So he missed two great chances today? Name me a striker who doesn't?
The one from the Agustien header which the keeper palmed back out bounce up and came at him quickly... I don't blame him for that - good grief. So its Barnes that you have decided you "don't want " in the team anymore, even though it was Buckley who had the poorest game of the 13 who got a runout today? Buckley was clean through on the left at one stage yet took a needless and poor extra touch - yet its Barnes who is to blame ?
I like Buckley, don't get me wrong, but he was poor today. Why have a go at Barnes every week?
Yh the 1st one was a bit hard but past few games he missed loads of good chances for a st u expect them to score
[quote][p][bold]tooncgull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Liambhataylor19[/bold] wrote: Should of won today. I kept faith with Barnes for weeks until now missed two great chances wich a st should of scored all day long sorry to say this Barnes I don't. Want you in the team anymore I stayed with ya for weeks now I've had enough[/p][/quote]Disagree. So he missed two great chances today? Name me a striker who doesn't? The one from the Agustien header which the keeper palmed back out bounce up and came at him quickly... I don't blame him for that - good grief. So its Barnes that you have decided you "don't want " in the team anymore, even though it was Buckley who had the poorest game of the 13 who got a runout today? Buckley was clean through on the left at one stage yet took a needless and poor extra touch - yet its Barnes who is to blame ? I like Buckley, don't get me wrong, but he was poor today. Why have a go at Barnes every week?[/p][/quote]Yh the 1st one was a bit hard but past few games he missed loads of good chances for a st u expect them to score Liambhataylor19

9:28pm Sat 21 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

We have gained 32 points from the last possible 57, that's very close to two point average per game, and two points per game will see us in the playoffs, why wouldn't I be happy. There is a lot more football to be played.
We have gained 32 points from the last possible 57, that's very close to two point average per game, and two points per game will see us in the playoffs, why wouldn't I be happy. There is a lot more football to be played. VegasSeagull

9:31pm Sat 21 Dec 13

steve seeagullls says...

tooncgull wrote:
Liambhataylor19 wrote:
Should of won today. I kept faith with Barnes for weeks until now missed two great chances wich a st should of scored all day long sorry to say this Barnes I don't. Want you in the team anymore I stayed with ya for weeks now I've had enough
Disagree. So he missed two great chances today? Name me a striker who doesn't?
The one from the Agustien header which the keeper palmed back out bounce up and came at him quickly... I don't blame him for that - good grief. So its Barnes that you have decided you "don't want " in the team anymore, even though it was Buckley who had the poorest game of the 13 who got a runout today? Buckley was clean through on the left at one stage yet took a needless and poor extra touch - yet its Barnes who is to blame ?
I like Buckley, don't get me wrong, but he was poor today. Why have a go at Barnes every week?
I agree . he holds the ball up very well a lot of time and is our first line of defence .he sweats blue and white , and yes i agree he could be a bit more clinical but hes not being given a massive amount of clear cut chances even the best in the prem miss chances and probably getter better delivery into the box than he gets
[quote][p][bold]tooncgull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Liambhataylor19[/bold] wrote: Should of won today. I kept faith with Barnes for weeks until now missed two great chances wich a st should of scored all day long sorry to say this Barnes I don't. Want you in the team anymore I stayed with ya for weeks now I've had enough[/p][/quote]Disagree. So he missed two great chances today? Name me a striker who doesn't? The one from the Agustien header which the keeper palmed back out bounce up and came at him quickly... I don't blame him for that - good grief. So its Barnes that you have decided you "don't want " in the team anymore, even though it was Buckley who had the poorest game of the 13 who got a runout today? Buckley was clean through on the left at one stage yet took a needless and poor extra touch - yet its Barnes who is to blame ? I like Buckley, don't get me wrong, but he was poor today. Why have a go at Barnes every week?[/p][/quote]I agree . he holds the ball up very well a lot of time and is our first line of defence .he sweats blue and white , and yes i agree he could be a bit more clinical but hes not being given a massive amount of clear cut chances even the best in the prem miss chances and probably getter better delivery into the box than he gets steve seeagullls

9:35pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Aldrington Halt says...

Frustrating game but on the up side we're not badly placed and only 10 points behind the top spot, if things start to go our way... when things don't go well, which has been the case for much of this season and the end of last years season, we have proven ourselves resiliant and resourceful. Thanks to Garcia's steady match-at-a time guiding force we are strong through the storm and grounded. The injured heroes are returning steadily. Patience my friends...We will fully deserve and defend our place if we find ourselves high in the table come spring. UTA
Frustrating game but on the up side we're not badly placed and only 10 points behind the top spot, if things start to go our way... when things don't go well, which has been the case for much of this season and the end of last years season, we have proven ourselves resiliant and resourceful. Thanks to Garcia's steady match-at-a time guiding force we are strong through the storm and grounded. The injured heroes are returning steadily. Patience my friends...We will fully deserve and defend our place if we find ourselves high in the table come spring. UTA Aldrington Halt

9:39pm Sat 21 Dec 13

WiseOldSeagull says...

We are a bit too predictable at home. Our formation and game plan is the same every time which gives the opposition an advantage. Opponents have the opportunity to prepare properly to face us knowing that the only variable is personnel not the formation.

I feel that we have got to be a bit more flexible at home and dare to play a second striker in order to provide the cutting edge that we have lacked so often at home this season.

I would like to play AB behind Ulloa.
We are a bit too predictable at home. Our formation and game plan is the same every time which gives the opposition an advantage. Opponents have the opportunity to prepare properly to face us knowing that the only variable is personnel not the formation. I feel that we have got to be a bit more flexible at home and dare to play a second striker in order to provide the cutting edge that we have lacked so often at home this season. I would like to play AB behind Ulloa. WiseOldSeagull

9:40pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Vince says...

Barnes is not a clinical striker. His touch is too heavy and one cross from the right wing was so overhit it was untrue. Today we should have been looking at anything upwards of 3-0. Derby would have had 6 from the situations we created.

Overall the side played very well, but there were some downsides:-
1. Buckley should not be played on the left.
2. Ince should have been pushed further forward
3. Bridcutt is not a creative player - and many of his forward passes were
misplaced.
4. Barnes is not a striker

On the plus side:
1. Bruno - outstanding
2. Lopez much improved
3. Agustein - very good in first half
4. Defence looked solid and El Abd should not make way for Greer.
Barnes is not a clinical striker. His touch is too heavy and one cross from the right wing was so overhit it was untrue. Today we should have been looking at anything upwards of 3-0. Derby would have had 6 from the situations we created. Overall the side played very well, but there were some downsides:- 1. Buckley should not be played on the left. 2. Ince should have been pushed further forward 3. Bridcutt is not a creative player - and many of his forward passes were misplaced. 4. Barnes is not a striker On the plus side: 1. Bruno - outstanding 2. Lopez much improved 3. Agustein - very good in first half 4. Defence looked solid and El Abd should not make way for Greer. Vince

9:49pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Thewithdeanyears says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
We have gained 32 points from the last possible 57, that's very close to two point average per game, and two points per game will see us in the playoffs, why wouldn't I be happy. There is a lot more football to be played.
You can't get 2 points, it changed to 3 for a win in the 80's I think or the late 70's. We're chasing something that doesn't exist and it's costing us. But please can we have more statistics? And a big pie chart of performances, or maybe just a pie, steak and Stilton would be nice. nom nom nom.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: We have gained 32 points from the last possible 57, that's very close to two point average per game, and two points per game will see us in the playoffs, why wouldn't I be happy. There is a lot more football to be played.[/p][/quote]You can't get 2 points, it changed to 3 for a win in the 80's I think or the late 70's. We're chasing something that doesn't exist and it's costing us. But please can we have more statistics? And a big pie chart of performances, or maybe just a pie, steak and Stilton would be nice. nom nom nom. Thewithdeanyears

9:55pm Sat 21 Dec 13

wiseman of hove says...

Vince wrote:
Barnes is not a clinical striker. His touch is too heavy and one cross from the right wing was so overhit it was untrue. Today we should have been looking at anything upwards of 3-0. Derby would have had 6 from the situations we created.

Overall the side played very well, but there were some downsides:-
1. Buckley should not be played on the left.
2. Ince should have been pushed further forward
3. Bridcutt is not a creative player - and many of his forward passes were
misplaced.
4. Barnes is not a striker

On the plus side:
1. Bruno - outstanding
2. Lopez much improved
3. Agustein - very good in first half
4. Defence looked solid and El Abd should not make way for Greer.
Absolutely spot on.
[quote][p][bold]Vince[/bold] wrote: Barnes is not a clinical striker. His touch is too heavy and one cross from the right wing was so overhit it was untrue. Today we should have been looking at anything upwards of 3-0. Derby would have had 6 from the situations we created. Overall the side played very well, but there were some downsides:- 1. Buckley should not be played on the left. 2. Ince should have been pushed further forward 3. Bridcutt is not a creative player - and many of his forward passes were misplaced. 4. Barnes is not a striker On the plus side: 1. Bruno - outstanding 2. Lopez much improved 3. Agustein - very good in first half 4. Defence looked solid and El Abd should not make way for Greer.[/p][/quote]Absolutely spot on. wiseman of hove

10:01pm Sat 21 Dec 13

steve seeagullls says...

Thewithdeanyears wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
We have gained 32 points from the last possible 57, that's very close to two point average per game, and two points per game will see us in the playoffs, why wouldn't I be happy. There is a lot more football to be played.
You can't get 2 points, it changed to 3 for a win in the 80's I think or the late 70's. We're chasing something that doesn't exist and it's costing us. But please can we have more statistics? And a big pie chart of performances, or maybe just a pie, steak and Stilton would be nice. nom nom nom.
im happy to vegas considering the crippling injury list and fiasco of the end of last season the Oscar walked into . And while im at It its a blast from the past but I think russell slade doesnt get mentioned enough for keeping us up just before gus came In and helping us be where we are . Im glad hes doing so well at leyton orient UTA
[quote][p][bold]Thewithdeanyears[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: We have gained 32 points from the last possible 57, that's very close to two point average per game, and two points per game will see us in the playoffs, why wouldn't I be happy. There is a lot more football to be played.[/p][/quote]You can't get 2 points, it changed to 3 for a win in the 80's I think or the late 70's. We're chasing something that doesn't exist and it's costing us. But please can we have more statistics? And a big pie chart of performances, or maybe just a pie, steak and Stilton would be nice. nom nom nom.[/p][/quote]im happy to vegas considering the crippling injury list and fiasco of the end of last season the Oscar walked into . And while im at It its a blast from the past but I think russell slade doesnt get mentioned enough for keeping us up just before gus came In and helping us be where we are . Im glad hes doing so well at leyton orient UTA steve seeagullls

10:05pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Claude Back says...

Neville wrote:
Home form is the key to success,OG,in my opinion is not ambitious enough with team selections at The Amex,today too many defensive subs,Lita should have been on bench,has an eye for a goal and should have replaced Barnes who worked hard but cannot finish the chances he had.
Yes.
It's amazing that others on here cannot see it. .
Thanks, Neville. You save me the bother of making the same comments.
[quote][p][bold]Neville[/bold] wrote: Home form is the key to success,OG,in my opinion is not ambitious enough with team selections at The Amex,today too many defensive subs,Lita should have been on bench,has an eye for a goal and should have replaced Barnes who worked hard but cannot finish the chances he had.[/p][/quote]Yes. It's amazing that others on here cannot see it. . Thanks, Neville. You save me the bother of making the same comments. Claude Back

7:18am Sun 22 Dec 13

Albion In Staffs says...

I'm not usually vindictive, but I desperately want us to get promoted this season for one more reason than the obvious.
It's that I want us to be able to wave to the bloke at Sunderland as he heads off to Millwall and we're on our way to The Emirates.
We just need to do our bit in the second half of the season, because the other element is being very well managed.
I'm not usually vindictive, but I desperately want us to get promoted this season for one more reason than the obvious. It's that I want us to be able to wave to the bloke at Sunderland as he heads off to Millwall and we're on our way to The Emirates. We just need to do our bit in the second half of the season, because the other element is being very well managed. Albion In Staffs

9:00am Sun 22 Dec 13

B rian Tawses left foot says...

Albion In Staffs says...

I'm not usually vindictive, but I desperately want us to get promoted this season for one more reason than the obvious.
It's that I want us to be able to wave to the bloke at Sunderland as he heads off to Millwall and we're on our way to The Emirates.
We just need to do our bit in the second half of the season, because the other element is being very well managed.

Spot on - 'old big 'ead' is taking Sunderland down. just hope none of our lads are tempted to join him on the journey.
Albion In Staffs says... I'm not usually vindictive, but I desperately want us to get promoted this season for one more reason than the obvious. It's that I want us to be able to wave to the bloke at Sunderland as he heads off to Millwall and we're on our way to The Emirates. We just need to do our bit in the second half of the season, because the other element is being very well managed. Spot on - 'old big 'ead' is taking Sunderland down. just hope none of our lads are tempted to join him on the journey. B rian Tawses left foot

9:53am Sun 22 Dec 13

albion64 says...

Thewithdeanyears wrote:
championshipgull wrote:
I’m cool, we’re going to make a play off place, With Ulloa back to take the chances, and CMS back to run all over the place. Oh I’m I looking forward to next year. Oh yes here come the Seagulls
I concur! Here come the seagulls indeed, watch out premier league, we will steal your fish and chips on the beach any day of the week and no one will do it better.
And your pikeys up the road will steal anything they can get their hands on.
[quote][p][bold]Thewithdeanyears[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]championshipgull[/bold] wrote: I’m cool, we’re going to make a play off place, With Ulloa back to take the chances, and CMS back to run all over the place. Oh I’m I looking forward to next year. Oh yes here come the Seagulls[/p][/quote]I concur! Here come the seagulls indeed, watch out premier league, we will steal your fish and chips on the beach any day of the week and no one will do it better.[/p][/quote]And your pikeys up the road will steal anything they can get their hands on. albion64

10:08am Sun 22 Dec 13

albion64 says...

Claude Back wrote:
Neville wrote:
Home form is the key to success,OG,in my opinion is not ambitious enough with team selections at The Amex,today too many defensive subs,Lita should have been on bench,has an eye for a goal and should have replaced Barnes who worked hard but cannot finish the chances he had.
Yes.
It's amazing that others on here cannot see it. .
Thanks, Neville. You save me the bother of making the same comments.
Good points here I agree.
With regards to Barnes, putting his petulance aside, he is not good enough to take us further. Nothing personal, but he actually had 3 easy chances yesterday. We need to purchase another striker.

I have no idea why we would go to the trouble of signing Lita when we don't even give him a chance. The other thing of note yesterday was having 3 midfielders on the pitch (K A, L M and R H) who can't hit a barn door with a banjo. Successful teams rely on goals coming from midfield and the starting line up yesterday reduced our chances of scoring. This would have taken some pressure off of Barnes also.

Two big games coming up, both tough ones. Fingers crossed for 4 points. UTA
[quote][p][bold]Claude Back[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Neville[/bold] wrote: Home form is the key to success,OG,in my opinion is not ambitious enough with team selections at The Amex,today too many defensive subs,Lita should have been on bench,has an eye for a goal and should have replaced Barnes who worked hard but cannot finish the chances he had.[/p][/quote]Yes. It's amazing that others on here cannot see it. . Thanks, Neville. You save me the bother of making the same comments.[/p][/quote]Good points here I agree. With regards to Barnes, putting his petulance aside, he is not good enough to take us further. Nothing personal, but he actually had 3 easy chances yesterday. We need to purchase another striker. I have no idea why we would go to the trouble of signing Lita when we don't even give him a chance. The other thing of note yesterday was having 3 midfielders on the pitch (K A, L M and R H) who can't hit a barn door with a banjo. Successful teams rely on goals coming from midfield and the starting line up yesterday reduced our chances of scoring. This would have taken some pressure off of Barnes also. Two big games coming up, both tough ones. Fingers crossed for 4 points. UTA albion64

10:30am Sun 22 Dec 13

Conelli98 says...

Vince wrote:
Barnes is not a clinical striker. His touch is too heavy and one cross from the right wing was so overhit it was untrue. Today we should have been looking at anything upwards of 3-0. Derby would have had 6 from the situations we created.

Overall the side played very well, but there were some downsides:-
1. Buckley should not be played on the left.
2. Ince should have been pushed further forward
3. Bridcutt is not a creative player - and many of his forward passes were
misplaced.
4. Barnes is not a striker

On the plus side:
1. Bruno - outstanding
2. Lopez much improved
3. Agustein - very good in first half
4. Defence looked solid and El Abd should not make way for Greer.
Vince, have u been on the mulled wine! Lopez has played well. WHEN??? two good passes in 21 games...is not a good return and r u seriously telling me AEA is better than Greer. He is good but a liability in and around our box. Ref should have awarded Huddesfield a pen in the first half!
[quote][p][bold]Vince[/bold] wrote: Barnes is not a clinical striker. His touch is too heavy and one cross from the right wing was so overhit it was untrue. Today we should have been looking at anything upwards of 3-0. Derby would have had 6 from the situations we created. Overall the side played very well, but there were some downsides:- 1. Buckley should not be played on the left. 2. Ince should have been pushed further forward 3. Bridcutt is not a creative player - and many of his forward passes were misplaced. 4. Barnes is not a striker On the plus side: 1. Bruno - outstanding 2. Lopez much improved 3. Agustein - very good in first half 4. Defence looked solid and El Abd should not make way for Greer.[/p][/quote]Vince, have u been on the mulled wine! Lopez has played well. WHEN??? two good passes in 21 games...is not a good return and r u seriously telling me AEA is better than Greer. He is good but a liability in and around our box. Ref should have awarded Huddesfield a pen in the first half! Conelli98

11:42am Sun 22 Dec 13

Mancgulled says...

disappointing result but I thought that Bruno was superb - best I've seen him play for a long time . El Abd - love the bloke - he takes no prisoners! Kazenga - always the difference for me - so glad to see him make his usual cameo appearance. Barnesy? Sure he'll be disappointed - should have just lurched himself at it. Strange and often fortunate thing about the championship is that all the shakers and movers seem to win and/or lose at the same intervals .....
disappointing result but I thought that Bruno was superb - best I've seen him play for a long time . El Abd - love the bloke - he takes no prisoners! Kazenga - always the difference for me - so glad to see him make his usual cameo appearance. Barnesy? Sure he'll be disappointed - should have just lurched himself at it. Strange and often fortunate thing about the championship is that all the shakers and movers seem to win and/or lose at the same intervals ..... Mancgulled

12:54pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Alfie T says...

Conelli98 wrote:
Vince wrote:
Barnes is not a clinical striker. His touch is too heavy and one cross from the right wing was so overhit it was untrue. Today we should have been looking at anything upwards of 3-0. Derby would have had 6 from the situations we created.

Overall the side played very well, but there were some downsides:-
1. Buckley should not be played on the left.
2. Ince should have been pushed further forward
3. Bridcutt is not a creative player - and many of his forward passes were
misplaced.
4. Barnes is not a striker

On the plus side:
1. Bruno - outstanding
2. Lopez much improved
3. Agustein - very good in first half
4. Defence looked solid and El Abd should not make way for Greer.
Vince, have u been on the mulled wine! Lopez has played well. WHEN??? two good passes in 21 games...is not a good return and r u seriously telling me AEA is better than Greer. He is good but a liability in and around our box. Ref should have awarded Huddesfield a pen in the first half!
Lopez played well WHEN? Actually yesterday, he and Bruno were the stand out players, their link up play was fabulous, and once again both chances for the profligate Barnes came from the boot of Lopez. Admittedly, prior to the Leicester game he had been awful, but his last two appearances have been excellent.
[quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vince[/bold] wrote: Barnes is not a clinical striker. His touch is too heavy and one cross from the right wing was so overhit it was untrue. Today we should have been looking at anything upwards of 3-0. Derby would have had 6 from the situations we created. Overall the side played very well, but there were some downsides:- 1. Buckley should not be played on the left. 2. Ince should have been pushed further forward 3. Bridcutt is not a creative player - and many of his forward passes were misplaced. 4. Barnes is not a striker On the plus side: 1. Bruno - outstanding 2. Lopez much improved 3. Agustein - very good in first half 4. Defence looked solid and El Abd should not make way for Greer.[/p][/quote]Vince, have u been on the mulled wine! Lopez has played well. WHEN??? two good passes in 21 games...is not a good return and r u seriously telling me AEA is better than Greer. He is good but a liability in and around our box. Ref should have awarded Huddesfield a pen in the first half![/p][/quote]Lopez played well WHEN? Actually yesterday, he and Bruno were the stand out players, their link up play was fabulous, and once again both chances for the profligate Barnes came from the boot of Lopez. Admittedly, prior to the Leicester game he had been awful, but his last two appearances have been excellent. Alfie T

5:15pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Liambhataylor19 says...

Who would you rather play upfront Barnes or ulloa I have ulloa all day long bur Barnes work ethic is good but I rather have someone who can score goals and win matches for us but with ulloa he holds the ball up better than Barnes and can also score loads anyway looking forward to see brighton get back to winning ways prem here we come
Who would you rather play upfront Barnes or ulloa I have ulloa all day long bur Barnes work ethic is good but I rather have someone who can score goals and win matches for us but with ulloa he holds the ball up better than Barnes and can also score loads anyway looking forward to see brighton get back to winning ways prem here we come Liambhataylor19

5:18pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Conelli98 says...

Alfie T wrote:
Conelli98 wrote:
Vince wrote:
Barnes is not a clinical striker. His touch is too heavy and one cross from the right wing was so overhit it was untrue. Today we should have been looking at anything upwards of 3-0. Derby would have had 6 from the situations we created.

Overall the side played very well, but there were some downsides:-
1. Buckley should not be played on the left.
2. Ince should have been pushed further forward
3. Bridcutt is not a creative player - and many of his forward passes were
misplaced.
4. Barnes is not a striker

On the plus side:
1. Bruno - outstanding
2. Lopez much improved
3. Agustein - very good in first half
4. Defence looked solid and El Abd should not make way for Greer.
Vince, have u been on the mulled wine! Lopez has played well. WHEN??? two good passes in 21 games...is not a good return and r u seriously telling me AEA is better than Greer. He is good but a liability in and around our box. Ref should have awarded Huddesfield a pen in the first half!
Lopez played well WHEN? Actually yesterday, he and Bruno were the stand out players, their link up play was fabulous, and once again both chances for the profligate Barnes came from the boot of Lopez. Admittedly, prior to the Leicester game he had been awful, but his last two appearances have been excellent.
Lopez is a non starter when all fit and well imo. Orlandi has to start in front of him when fit.
Bruno yes is playing well in spasms.
When we played Bournemouth the co commentator who ever he was said that one criticism of Brighton over the past couple of seasons was that they dont get men quick enough when breaking forward. I have to agree with that as our goals scored coloumn backs that statement up. If Ince and Bridcutt are two be our CMs then we should surely play 442 as this will then give us the option of two flair players wide and two out and out strikers.
So whats your starting xi then Alfie T? Mine is now, if all fit TK, BS GG MU SW, WB/KLL? LB RI AO, AB LU.
[quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vince[/bold] wrote: Barnes is not a clinical striker. His touch is too heavy and one cross from the right wing was so overhit it was untrue. Today we should have been looking at anything upwards of 3-0. Derby would have had 6 from the situations we created. Overall the side played very well, but there were some downsides:- 1. Buckley should not be played on the left. 2. Ince should have been pushed further forward 3. Bridcutt is not a creative player - and many of his forward passes were misplaced. 4. Barnes is not a striker On the plus side: 1. Bruno - outstanding 2. Lopez much improved 3. Agustein - very good in first half 4. Defence looked solid and El Abd should not make way for Greer.[/p][/quote]Vince, have u been on the mulled wine! Lopez has played well. WHEN??? two good passes in 21 games...is not a good return and r u seriously telling me AEA is better than Greer. He is good but a liability in and around our box. Ref should have awarded Huddesfield a pen in the first half![/p][/quote]Lopez played well WHEN? Actually yesterday, he and Bruno were the stand out players, their link up play was fabulous, and once again both chances for the profligate Barnes came from the boot of Lopez. Admittedly, prior to the Leicester game he had been awful, but his last two appearances have been excellent.[/p][/quote]Lopez is a non starter when all fit and well imo. Orlandi has to start in front of him when fit. Bruno yes is playing well in spasms. When we played Bournemouth the co commentator who ever he was said that one criticism of Brighton over the past couple of seasons was that they dont get men quick enough when breaking forward. I have to agree with that as our goals scored coloumn backs that statement up. If Ince and Bridcutt are two be our CMs then we should surely play 442 as this will then give us the option of two flair players wide and two out and out strikers. So whats your starting xi then Alfie T? Mine is now, if all fit TK, BS GG MU SW, WB/KLL? LB RI AO, AB LU. Conelli98

9:18pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Joel'sGrandad says...

It's frustrating to have dropped 5 points at home recently, especially as our performance ws outstandin against Leicester.
However it's no good dwellig on it because what's done is done.
We just need to move on and ensure we get as many points as possible starting at Charlton.UTA
It's frustrating to have dropped 5 points at home recently, especially as our performance ws outstandin against Leicester. However it's no good dwellig on it because what's done is done. We just need to move on and ensure we get as many points as possible starting at Charlton.UTA Joel'sGrandad

10:03pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Major Bloodboil says...

Oscar much prefers using only one striker and no amount of huffing and puffing from us is going to change that. It's a pity because when Barnes got his 20 goals he was playing up front and feeding off Murray (although it has to be said that the opposition was inferior). It would be so refreshing to see two strikers, namely Ulloa and Barnes playing together, but it isn't going to happen. Lita was always only going to be used as cover, regrettably. Oscar, like Gus is happier with a 1-0 win than a 4-3 win. That's why he will stick with one striker and we will have to continue to be content with mostly narrow victories or draws and the occasional defeat. This policy is likely to succeed or come very close to it; but it is very frustrating for us fans who want to see us put 3 goals past each opponent at home.
Oscar much prefers using only one striker and no amount of huffing and puffing from us is going to change that. It's a pity because when Barnes got his 20 goals he was playing up front and feeding off Murray (although it has to be said that the opposition was inferior). It would be so refreshing to see two strikers, namely Ulloa and Barnes playing together, but it isn't going to happen. Lita was always only going to be used as cover, regrettably. Oscar, like Gus is happier with a 1-0 win than a 4-3 win. That's why he will stick with one striker and we will have to continue to be content with mostly narrow victories or draws and the occasional defeat. This policy is likely to succeed or come very close to it; but it is very frustrating for us fans who want to see us put 3 goals past each opponent at home. Major Bloodboil

10:08am Mon 23 Dec 13

JollyRoger says...

Regrettably, it has to be two points dropped as I see it. It has been said too often that we can't finish teams off despite the amount of possession we have and Saturday was another prime example. It was a good game and we had some really good spells but we didn't take our chances and so another team goes away from the Amex happy with the point they've made.

We HAVE GOT TO START MAKING THE AMEX A GROUND THAT TEAMS DREAD COMING TO.

This time of far is always important and Saturday was a good opportunity to get the ball rolling with a good and much needed 3 points. Let's hope the result does not come back to haunt us again!
Regrettably, it has to be two points dropped as I see it. It has been said too often that we can't finish teams off despite the amount of possession we have and Saturday was another prime example. It was a good game and we had some really good spells but we didn't take our chances and so another team goes away from the Amex happy with the point they've made. We HAVE GOT TO START MAKING THE AMEX A GROUND THAT TEAMS DREAD COMING TO. This time of far is always important and Saturday was a good opportunity to get the ball rolling with a good and much needed 3 points. Let's hope the result does not come back to haunt us again! JollyRoger

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