El-Abd: We're in good shape for Christmas (includes match highlights)

The Argus: Bruno tussles with James Vaughan while Adam El-Abd (in background) covers Bruno tussles with James Vaughan while Adam El-Abd (in background) covers

Adam El-Abd has urged Albion to step up their play-off push over the festive period.

The Seagulls are eighth going into Christmas after their disappointing 0-0 draw with Huddersfield.

But they have taken seven points from their last three games and El-Abd believes there are lots of encouraging signs.

The defender said: "The overall performance was generally good.

"Perhaps the first half was a little bit lethargic and it took us a while to get going possibly.

"In the second half I thought we really took the game to them and, on a different day, we would have taken it.

"It wasn’t to be but we will take the positives out of the game.

"We didn’t get beat. We are on an unbeaten run now and hopefully we take that into Boxing Day and have a good Christmas period."

Albion go to Charlton, where they have a good recent record, on Boxing Day.

El-Abd added: "You take our results there in the past few years with a pinch of salt.

"It's the Championship and every week you can never predict the score in any fixture really.

"We go up there trying to maintain the level of performance we have had recently, which has been quite high.

"If we do that we will be in with a shout of getting the points."

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11:00am Sun 22 Dec 13

championshipgull says...

Adam is spot on; Nathan should have all the gen on Charlton to get the tactics right from the coaching he has done there last season. That just leaves the team to perform and our away form is better than our home form up till now, so we should be on a winner but as Adam says it’s hard to predict in this league
Adam is spot on; Nathan should have all the gen on Charlton to get the tactics right from the coaching he has done there last season. That just leaves the team to perform and our away form is better than our home form up till now, so we should be on a winner but as Adam says it’s hard to predict in this league championshipgull

11:03am Sun 22 Dec 13

Clean Sheet says...

Yep, Adam and team, give us a great Boxing Day please. 3 more points and a clean sheet.
Yep, Adam and team, give us a great Boxing Day please. 3 more points and a clean sheet. Clean Sheet

11:44am Sun 22 Dec 13

Mancgulled says...

Please keep him in - he is so much better than Greer! Some really first rate 40+ yard pinpoint passes yesterday as well ....
Please keep him in - he is so much better than Greer! Some really first rate 40+ yard pinpoint passes yesterday as well .... Mancgulled

2:16pm Sun 22 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

I doubt anyone on this forum would want to see the Bridcutt - Ince pairing fall by the wayside but, as the weeks go on one of them must become more of a threat going forward, it is a luxury to have two central defensive midfielders if one of them doesn't push on and create a threat and or score goals.
When playing at home, against a middle order team, do we really need a back five plus two, seven players that are all about breaking down attacks and keeping a clean sheet.
Bridcutt has always been a gem for us because he is so good at defending, he sees a threat coming and breaks it up, that is and always has been his role. If the pairing is to continue Ince has to be the one to push on as his presence on the park is keeping a more attack minded midfielder out of the line up and certainly ensures that we will only start with one wide player.
There are those that would like to see us start with two strikers, if Oscar were to do that they would need service both from midfield and from out wide. Seven defenders, two strikers, throw in one wide player, ten spots gone leaving one for a play maker, that is not a balance that will win matches, we need two driving out of midfield.
I think Ince is perfect cover for Bridcutt but as yet, he is not a midfield play maker and Bridders has always been the guy that plays the ball out to the play makers.
There are also those that want to see us start with two wide players and two strikers, add the back five and Bridcutt and Ince and just look how that doesn't work, who creates the plays out of midfield.

The experiment with Bridders and Ince will have to come to an end unless one of them develops an ability to get forward and get forward with a purpose. It seems to me that we have sacrificed an attacking midfield player to make room for an extra defender, and whilst that might work when playing away to one of the top teams, this approach is too cautious when playing at home against the likes of Huddersfield.
I know we created chances and that Barnes didn't put any away, that's his and Oscar's problem, but who else got into forward positions to also offer themselves up for a forward pass or cross, the attacking midfielder wasn't on the park, Ince has his place in the line up.

All of the above might sound like I am having a pop at Ince, nothing could be further from the truth, I rate him highly but we need to give him more time to develop his attacking skills or we need more from Bridcutt, and I don't think that will happen. When playing at home we don't need seven defenders. Perhaps selling Bridders is the right thing to do, open up a space on the team sheet for the Orlandi and Crofts type player and retain Ince in the Bridcutt role. Yesterday's line up, or perhaps I should say, performance, would have suited an away match at Forest or the like, defend well and nick a goal for an away win.
I doubt anyone on this forum would want to see the Bridcutt - Ince pairing fall by the wayside but, as the weeks go on one of them must become more of a threat going forward, it is a luxury to have two central defensive midfielders if one of them doesn't push on and create a threat and or score goals. When playing at home, against a middle order team, do we really need a back five plus two, seven players that are all about breaking down attacks and keeping a clean sheet. Bridcutt has always been a gem for us because he is so good at defending, he sees a threat coming and breaks it up, that is and always has been his role. If the pairing is to continue Ince has to be the one to push on as his presence on the park is keeping a more attack minded midfielder out of the line up and certainly ensures that we will only start with one wide player. There are those that would like to see us start with two strikers, if Oscar were to do that they would need service both from midfield and from out wide. Seven defenders, two strikers, throw in one wide player, ten spots gone leaving one for a play maker, that is not a balance that will win matches, we need two driving out of midfield. I think Ince is perfect cover for Bridcutt but as yet, he is not a midfield play maker and Bridders has always been the guy that plays the ball out to the play makers. There are also those that want to see us start with two wide players and two strikers, add the back five and Bridcutt and Ince and just look how that doesn't work, who creates the plays out of midfield. The experiment with Bridders and Ince will have to come to an end unless one of them develops an ability to get forward and get forward with a purpose. It seems to me that we have sacrificed an attacking midfield player to make room for an extra defender, and whilst that might work when playing away to one of the top teams, this approach is too cautious when playing at home against the likes of Huddersfield. I know we created chances and that Barnes didn't put any away, that's his and Oscar's problem, but who else got into forward positions to also offer themselves up for a forward pass or cross, the attacking midfielder wasn't on the park, Ince has his place in the line up. All of the above might sound like I am having a pop at Ince, nothing could be further from the truth, I rate him highly but we need to give him more time to develop his attacking skills or we need more from Bridcutt, and I don't think that will happen. When playing at home we don't need seven defenders. Perhaps selling Bridders is the right thing to do, open up a space on the team sheet for the Orlandi and Crofts type player and retain Ince in the Bridcutt role. Yesterday's line up, or perhaps I should say, performance, would have suited an away match at Forest or the like, defend well and nick a goal for an away win. VegasSeagull

2:42pm Sun 22 Dec 13

ringtone says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
I doubt anyone on this forum would want to see the Bridcutt - Ince pairing fall by the wayside but, as the weeks go on one of them must become more of a threat going forward, it is a luxury to have two central defensive midfielders if one of them doesn't push on and create a threat and or score goals.
When playing at home, against a middle order team, do we really need a back five plus two, seven players that are all about breaking down attacks and keeping a clean sheet.
Bridcutt has always been a gem for us because he is so good at defending, he sees a threat coming and breaks it up, that is and always has been his role. If the pairing is to continue Ince has to be the one to push on as his presence on the park is keeping a more attack minded midfielder out of the line up and certainly ensures that we will only start with one wide player.
There are those that would like to see us start with two strikers, if Oscar were to do that they would need service both from midfield and from out wide. Seven defenders, two strikers, throw in one wide player, ten spots gone leaving one for a play maker, that is not a balance that will win matches, we need two driving out of midfield.
I think Ince is perfect cover for Bridcutt but as yet, he is not a midfield play maker and Bridders has always been the guy that plays the ball out to the play makers.
There are also those that want to see us start with two wide players and two strikers, add the back five and Bridcutt and Ince and just look how that doesn't work, who creates the plays out of midfield.

The experiment with Bridders and Ince will have to come to an end unless one of them develops an ability to get forward and get forward with a purpose. It seems to me that we have sacrificed an attacking midfield player to make room for an extra defender, and whilst that might work when playing away to one of the top teams, this approach is too cautious when playing at home against the likes of Huddersfield.
I know we created chances and that Barnes didn't put any away, that's his and Oscar's problem, but who else got into forward positions to also offer themselves up for a forward pass or cross, the attacking midfielder wasn't on the park, Ince has his place in the line up.

All of the above might sound like I am having a pop at Ince, nothing could be further from the truth, I rate him highly but we need to give him more time to develop his attacking skills or we need more from Bridcutt, and I don't think that will happen. When playing at home we don't need seven defenders. Perhaps selling Bridders is the right thing to do, open up a space on the team sheet for the Orlandi and Crofts type player and retain Ince in the Bridcutt role. Yesterday's line up, or perhaps I should say, performance, would have suited an away match at Forest or the like, defend well and nick a goal for an away win.
Totally agree Vegas, yet another outstanding post, sometimes you really hit the spot.

If Oscar continues with one up front and so many defensive players at home he will go the way of AVB.

At least the revered Gus had a bit of charm and could mix it up during games.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: I doubt anyone on this forum would want to see the Bridcutt - Ince pairing fall by the wayside but, as the weeks go on one of them must become more of a threat going forward, it is a luxury to have two central defensive midfielders if one of them doesn't push on and create a threat and or score goals. When playing at home, against a middle order team, do we really need a back five plus two, seven players that are all about breaking down attacks and keeping a clean sheet. Bridcutt has always been a gem for us because he is so good at defending, he sees a threat coming and breaks it up, that is and always has been his role. If the pairing is to continue Ince has to be the one to push on as his presence on the park is keeping a more attack minded midfielder out of the line up and certainly ensures that we will only start with one wide player. There are those that would like to see us start with two strikers, if Oscar were to do that they would need service both from midfield and from out wide. Seven defenders, two strikers, throw in one wide player, ten spots gone leaving one for a play maker, that is not a balance that will win matches, we need two driving out of midfield. I think Ince is perfect cover for Bridcutt but as yet, he is not a midfield play maker and Bridders has always been the guy that plays the ball out to the play makers. There are also those that want to see us start with two wide players and two strikers, add the back five and Bridcutt and Ince and just look how that doesn't work, who creates the plays out of midfield. The experiment with Bridders and Ince will have to come to an end unless one of them develops an ability to get forward and get forward with a purpose. It seems to me that we have sacrificed an attacking midfield player to make room for an extra defender, and whilst that might work when playing away to one of the top teams, this approach is too cautious when playing at home against the likes of Huddersfield. I know we created chances and that Barnes didn't put any away, that's his and Oscar's problem, but who else got into forward positions to also offer themselves up for a forward pass or cross, the attacking midfielder wasn't on the park, Ince has his place in the line up. All of the above might sound like I am having a pop at Ince, nothing could be further from the truth, I rate him highly but we need to give him more time to develop his attacking skills or we need more from Bridcutt, and I don't think that will happen. When playing at home we don't need seven defenders. Perhaps selling Bridders is the right thing to do, open up a space on the team sheet for the Orlandi and Crofts type player and retain Ince in the Bridcutt role. Yesterday's line up, or perhaps I should say, performance, would have suited an away match at Forest or the like, defend well and nick a goal for an away win.[/p][/quote]Totally agree Vegas, yet another outstanding post, sometimes you really hit the spot. If Oscar continues with one up front and so many defensive players at home he will go the way of AVB. At least the revered Gus had a bit of charm and could mix it up during games. ringtone

3:28pm Sun 22 Dec 13

impose our game gull says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
I doubt anyone on this forum would want to see the Bridcutt - Ince pairing fall by the wayside but, as the weeks go on one of them must become more of a threat going forward, it is a luxury to have two central defensive midfielders if one of them doesn't push on and create a threat and or score goals.
When playing at home, against a middle order team, do we really need a back five plus two, seven players that are all about breaking down attacks and keeping a clean sheet.
Bridcutt has always been a gem for us because he is so good at defending, he sees a threat coming and breaks it up, that is and always has been his role. If the pairing is to continue Ince has to be the one to push on as his presence on the park is keeping a more attack minded midfielder out of the line up and certainly ensures that we will only start with one wide player.
There are those that would like to see us start with two strikers, if Oscar were to do that they would need service both from midfield and from out wide. Seven defenders, two strikers, throw in one wide player, ten spots gone leaving one for a play maker, that is not a balance that will win matches, we need two driving out of midfield.
I think Ince is perfect cover for Bridcutt but as yet, he is not a midfield play maker and Bridders has always been the guy that plays the ball out to the play makers.
There are also those that want to see us start with two wide players and two strikers, add the back five and Bridcutt and Ince and just look how that doesn't work, who creates the plays out of midfield.

The experiment with Bridders and Ince will have to come to an end unless one of them develops an ability to get forward and get forward with a purpose. It seems to me that we have sacrificed an attacking midfield player to make room for an extra defender, and whilst that might work when playing away to one of the top teams, this approach is too cautious when playing at home against the likes of Huddersfield.
I know we created chances and that Barnes didn't put any away, that's his and Oscar's problem, but who else got into forward positions to also offer themselves up for a forward pass or cross, the attacking midfielder wasn't on the park, Ince has his place in the line up.

All of the above might sound like I am having a pop at Ince, nothing could be further from the truth, I rate him highly but we need to give him more time to develop his attacking skills or we need more from Bridcutt, and I don't think that will happen. When playing at home we don't need seven defenders. Perhaps selling Bridders is the right thing to do, open up a space on the team sheet for the Orlandi and Crofts type player and retain Ince in the Bridcutt role. Yesterday's line up, or perhaps I should say, performance, would have suited an away match at Forest or the like, defend well and nick a goal for an away win.
Good post Vegas. Fortune favours the .... It'll be good to have Gordon back as an option - love Adam but he can't seem to risk being up to his old tricks. They should have had a penalty yesterday from his push.

Kazenga to start, if not finish, especially at home, as Buckley is so hot and cold after a hamstring injury, as shown many times in the past. Hardly in he game yesterday.

Rohan - be even bolder with your devastating runs forward and your headers from corners - create mayhem as we know you can for opposition defences
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: I doubt anyone on this forum would want to see the Bridcutt - Ince pairing fall by the wayside but, as the weeks go on one of them must become more of a threat going forward, it is a luxury to have two central defensive midfielders if one of them doesn't push on and create a threat and or score goals. When playing at home, against a middle order team, do we really need a back five plus two, seven players that are all about breaking down attacks and keeping a clean sheet. Bridcutt has always been a gem for us because he is so good at defending, he sees a threat coming and breaks it up, that is and always has been his role. If the pairing is to continue Ince has to be the one to push on as his presence on the park is keeping a more attack minded midfielder out of the line up and certainly ensures that we will only start with one wide player. There are those that would like to see us start with two strikers, if Oscar were to do that they would need service both from midfield and from out wide. Seven defenders, two strikers, throw in one wide player, ten spots gone leaving one for a play maker, that is not a balance that will win matches, we need two driving out of midfield. I think Ince is perfect cover for Bridcutt but as yet, he is not a midfield play maker and Bridders has always been the guy that plays the ball out to the play makers. There are also those that want to see us start with two wide players and two strikers, add the back five and Bridcutt and Ince and just look how that doesn't work, who creates the plays out of midfield. The experiment with Bridders and Ince will have to come to an end unless one of them develops an ability to get forward and get forward with a purpose. It seems to me that we have sacrificed an attacking midfield player to make room for an extra defender, and whilst that might work when playing away to one of the top teams, this approach is too cautious when playing at home against the likes of Huddersfield. I know we created chances and that Barnes didn't put any away, that's his and Oscar's problem, but who else got into forward positions to also offer themselves up for a forward pass or cross, the attacking midfielder wasn't on the park, Ince has his place in the line up. All of the above might sound like I am having a pop at Ince, nothing could be further from the truth, I rate him highly but we need to give him more time to develop his attacking skills or we need more from Bridcutt, and I don't think that will happen. When playing at home we don't need seven defenders. Perhaps selling Bridders is the right thing to do, open up a space on the team sheet for the Orlandi and Crofts type player and retain Ince in the Bridcutt role. Yesterday's line up, or perhaps I should say, performance, would have suited an away match at Forest or the like, defend well and nick a goal for an away win.[/p][/quote]Good post Vegas. Fortune favours the .... It'll be good to have Gordon back as an option - love Adam but he can't seem to risk being up to his old tricks. They should have had a penalty yesterday from his push. Kazenga to start, if not finish, especially at home, as Buckley is so hot and cold after a hamstring injury, as shown many times in the past. Hardly in he game yesterday. Rohan - be even bolder with your devastating runs forward and your headers from corners - create mayhem as we know you can for opposition defences impose our game gull

4:38pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Far gull says...

With you vegas. Simply bridcutt resumes his role of last season and ince becomes more the forward midfielder ,which actually would be asking alot of a defender actually ,as that is what he is. Sell Bridders ,unthinkable a few months ago and use the money to strenghten attack ( with who i have no idea ,but cms when he comes back may not be the same player ,his first touch could be poor anyway) . Or could we play Ince in his rightfull position along side Upson where he could learn and keeper bridders,what ever Bridders not an attacking midfielder even occasional on the evidence of the last few games. Imho
With you vegas. Simply bridcutt resumes his role of last season and ince becomes more the forward midfielder ,which actually would be asking alot of a defender actually ,as that is what he is. Sell Bridders ,unthinkable a few months ago and use the money to strenghten attack ( with who i have no idea ,but cms when he comes back may not be the same player ,his first touch could be poor anyway) . Or could we play Ince in his rightfull position along side Upson where he could learn and keeper bridders,what ever Bridders not an attacking midfielder even occasional on the evidence of the last few games. Imho Far gull

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