Ward grabs late Albion leveller

The Argus: Stephen Ward celebrates after scoring the late equaliser (photo Simon Dack) Stephen Ward celebrates after scoring the late equaliser (photo Simon Dack)

Stephen Ward headed a late equaliser for Albion today.

But they were still left to count the cost of two dropped points after a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth.

Ward struck from close range on 90 minutes after Andrea Orlandi puled the ball back from the byline in a hectic goalmouth scramble.

His effort cancelled out a highly controversial first-half penalty drilled home by Lewis Grabban for what looked a clean tackle by Inigo Calderon on Marc Pugh.

Referee Simon Hooper was booed off at half-time but, even, with that poor decision, Albion should have been in front at the break.

Andrew Crofts shot against the post even before the Cherries had gone ahead.

Lee Camp was at fault with that one as he let the ball skid under his body.

But the on-loan keeper came to his side’s rescue with a stunning save from Kazenga LuaLua before the break.

He also did well to block two Leo Ulloa efforts although the striker probably should have scored on each occasion.

Albion struggled for attacking fluency after the break but still went close with a LuaLua shot which crashed back off the underside of the bar.

Camp made another good save to deny Ashley Barnes, who also headed on to the top of the bar.

Then, in added time, the on-loan keeper blocked from Kemy Agustien and held Liam Bridcutt’s shot as the hosts chased a very late winner.

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5:17pm Wed 1 Jan 14

ringtone says...

Yet another Groundhog day at the Amex.

How long is Oscars contract??
Yet another Groundhog day at the Amex. How long is Oscars contract?? ringtone

5:24pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

ringtone wrote:
Yet another Groundhog day at the Amex.

How long is Oscars contract??
Not quite long enough. We want OG here long term - at least 4-5 years.
[quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: Yet another Groundhog day at the Amex. How long is Oscars contract??[/p][/quote]Not quite long enough. We want OG here long term - at least 4-5 years. Ex-pat Arnie

5:39pm Wed 1 Jan 14

PressBoxTeaBoy says...

Frustrating, but stay positive, we are 2 points and 3 places better off after the same quantity of games versus last season.

We dropped points today because of the refs poor decision for the penalty and a park the bus team that didn't have the guts to come here and play to win.

No big secret on our home results, theres too many fearful sides like B'muff that will come to the Amex to spoil rather than play.

Probably the last time we will see Liam play for BHA, but based on his last three performances I would'nt worry too much about losing him.

We will be up there come May for the play off party.
Frustrating, but stay positive, we are 2 points and 3 places better off after the same quantity of games versus last season. We dropped points today because of the refs poor decision for the penalty and a park the bus team that didn't have the guts to come here and play to win. No big secret on our home results, theres too many fearful sides like B'muff that will come to the Amex to spoil rather than play. Probably the last time we will see Liam play for BHA, but based on his last three performances I would'nt worry too much about losing him. We will be up there come May for the play off party. PressBoxTeaBoy

5:45pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Tony the tiger eastbourne says...

Good game today despite the poor weather conditions. Bournemouths goal lead a charmed life. Three times the wood work was struck. Another day a different result. Onward and upwards. UTA!!!
Good game today despite the poor weather conditions. Bournemouths goal lead a charmed life. Three times the wood work was struck. Another day a different result. Onward and upwards. UTA!!! Tony the tiger eastbourne

5:45pm Wed 1 Jan 14

BHA Dave says...

Got to feel for Ulloa up there on his own with no support from an ACM or another CF. Barnes up there in place of Spanish Dave should do the trick. Yes we had chances but our home results suggest we are too negative with just Kaz as the only other real attacking threat. Some more support for Ulloa please Oscar...
Got to feel for Ulloa up there on his own with no support from an ACM or another CF. Barnes up there in place of Spanish Dave should do the trick. Yes we had chances but our home results suggest we are too negative with just Kaz as the only other real attacking threat. Some more support for Ulloa please Oscar... BHA Dave

5:47pm Wed 1 Jan 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

Yet another Groundhog day at the Amex.

How long is Oscars contract??

Where exactly do you think that albion should be? The team is level on points with 6th placed Ipswich - pretty much where we were this time last season ? What is wrong with this exactly? Or do you think we should be in the top two? Even though OG is working with a restricted budget and had scant time to prepare pre-season. Still key players are injured or not fully match fit. I just don't see how anyone could hope for better really.
Yet another Groundhog day at the Amex. How long is Oscars contract?? Where exactly do you think that albion should be? The team is level on points with 6th placed Ipswich - pretty much where we were this time last season ? What is wrong with this exactly? Or do you think we should be in the top two? Even though OG is working with a restricted budget and had scant time to prepare pre-season. Still key players are injured or not fully match fit. I just don't see how anyone could hope for better really. B rian Tawses left foot

5:56pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Clean Sheet says...

Yep, pretty happy with the season so far, and we normally improve in the second half of the season. We have no need to fear any team in the division, although we currently don't always finish lower sides off. Probably, as others have said, sides come to the Amex with damage limitation in mind.
Yep, pretty happy with the season so far, and we normally improve in the second half of the season. We have no need to fear any team in the division, although we currently don't always finish lower sides off. Probably, as others have said, sides come to the Amex with damage limitation in mind. Clean Sheet

6:02pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Clean Sheet wrote:
Yep, pretty happy with the season so far, and we normally improve in the second half of the season. We have no need to fear any team in the division, although we currently don't always finish lower sides off. Probably, as others have said, sides come to the Amex with damage limitation in mind.
I rather think they do, and with a dodgy ref, inspired keeper and season's worth of luck, Bournemouth got what they were probably hoping for - a point.
[quote][p][bold]Clean Sheet[/bold] wrote: Yep, pretty happy with the season so far, and we normally improve in the second half of the season. We have no need to fear any team in the division, although we currently don't always finish lower sides off. Probably, as others have said, sides come to the Amex with damage limitation in mind.[/p][/quote]I rather think they do, and with a dodgy ref, inspired keeper and season's worth of luck, Bournemouth got what they were probably hoping for - a point. Ex-pat Arnie

6:02pm Wed 1 Jan 14

WisdomSpeaks says...

I'm really pleased with Oscar but the one thing I'm finding strange is the absence of Solly March. I follow the Development Squad as well and he is the most tricky and positive winger we have in my opinion.

OG has given great opportunity to other young players like Ince so I wonder what he seems to find wrong with Solly March.

He is far more direct and less injury prone than Will Buckley. Would love to see him given a run in the side.
I'm really pleased with Oscar but the one thing I'm finding strange is the absence of Solly March. I follow the Development Squad as well and he is the most tricky and positive winger we have in my opinion. OG has given great opportunity to other young players like Ince so I wonder what he seems to find wrong with Solly March. He is far more direct and less injury prone than Will Buckley. Would love to see him given a run in the side. WisdomSpeaks

6:16pm Wed 1 Jan 14

bbb1969 says...

WisdomSpeaks wrote:
I'm really pleased with Oscar but the one thing I'm finding strange is the absence of Solly March. I follow the Development Squad as well and he is the most tricky and positive winger we have in my opinion.

OG has given great opportunity to other young players like Ince so I wonder what he seems to find wrong with Solly March.

He is far more direct and less injury prone than Will Buckley. Would love to see him given a run in the side.
I agree and Dickenson also. I would think other teams would struggle if we throw them into the mix. Solly has speed and skill but is not physically built but that will come. Solly is a great playey and I would say on a par with Buckers but without the injuries.
[quote][p][bold]WisdomSpeaks[/bold] wrote: I'm really pleased with Oscar but the one thing I'm finding strange is the absence of Solly March. I follow the Development Squad as well and he is the most tricky and positive winger we have in my opinion. OG has given great opportunity to other young players like Ince so I wonder what he seems to find wrong with Solly March. He is far more direct and less injury prone than Will Buckley. Would love to see him given a run in the side.[/p][/quote]I agree and Dickenson also. I would think other teams would struggle if we throw them into the mix. Solly has speed and skill but is not physically built but that will come. Solly is a great playey and I would say on a par with Buckers but without the injuries. bbb1969

6:33pm Wed 1 Jan 14

namgo49 says...

I quite liked the look of the lineup today with KLL and Ulloa both playing but as is, it just didn 't work out. We sorely missed Buckley down the right and Calderon did not manage to get forward as much as one would have liked. Lopez must only get a game because of his dead ball ability, he just gets knocked off the ball too easily.

Ince has poor game which I would attribute to the confusion of trying to keep Bridcutt in the side. They all looked very bunched and cluttered in midfield.

A lot of criticism of Bournemouth but I thought their forwards were very good, very agile and their interplay was pretty effective. Hence Calderon's inability to get forward. Howe seems to do us every time!!

Penalty was a travesty which the ref must have reflected on as they has a clear one later in the half not given.

We had plenty of possession and shots on target but we loooked so laboured from the start of the 2nd half when I thought we were really going to rip them apart. We deserved no more than the point we just about got.

Good to see Tommy Elphick lead his side so well, a local lad made good.
I quite liked the look of the lineup today with KLL and Ulloa both playing but as is, it just didn 't work out. We sorely missed Buckley down the right and Calderon did not manage to get forward as much as one would have liked. Lopez must only get a game because of his dead ball ability, he just gets knocked off the ball too easily. Ince has poor game which I would attribute to the confusion of trying to keep Bridcutt in the side. They all looked very bunched and cluttered in midfield. A lot of criticism of Bournemouth but I thought their forwards were very good, very agile and their interplay was pretty effective. Hence Calderon's inability to get forward. Howe seems to do us every time!! Penalty was a travesty which the ref must have reflected on as they has a clear one later in the half not given. We had plenty of possession and shots on target but we loooked so laboured from the start of the 2nd half when I thought we were really going to rip them apart. We deserved no more than the point we just about got. Good to see Tommy Elphick lead his side so well, a local lad made good. namgo49

6:59pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Howie2 says...

Lost count of the number of times Bridcutt gave the ball away or missed winning it like he normally does. Do we assume he is distracted by Gus and the interest from Sunderland. If so the sooner that situation is resolved the better for all concerned.
Lost count of the number of times Bridcutt gave the ball away or missed winning it like he normally does. Do we assume he is distracted by Gus and the interest from Sunderland. If so the sooner that situation is resolved the better for all concerned. Howie2

7:01pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Piglet1 says...

Upson was immense never put a foot wrong whilst those around him struggled at times. Class act.
Upson was immense never put a foot wrong whilst those around him struggled at times. Class act. Piglet1

7:17pm Wed 1 Jan 14

lowerbeedingseagull says...

Significant how Bridcutt made a big point at the end of the game to wave to all corners of the stadium and applaud the fans. Doubtful that we will see him in an Albion team again. Good luck to him as he has been a credit to himself and the club over the last few years.

Let's just make sure we obtain a sensible price for him.Some of the figures on here are not realistic so now Mr Burke do your bit.

UTA
Significant how Bridcutt made a big point at the end of the game to wave to all corners of the stadium and applaud the fans. Doubtful that we will see him in an Albion team again. Good luck to him as he has been a credit to himself and the club over the last few years. Let's just make sure we obtain a sensible price for him.Some of the figures on here are not realistic so now Mr Burke do your bit. UTA lowerbeedingseagull

7:19pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Aye Aye says...

namgo49 wrote:
I quite liked the look of the lineup today with KLL and Ulloa both playing but as is, it just didn 't work out. We sorely missed Buckley down the right and Calderon did not manage to get forward as much as one would have liked. Lopez must only get a game because of his dead ball ability, he just gets knocked off the ball too easily.

Ince has poor game which I would attribute to the confusion of trying to keep Bridcutt in the side. They all looked very bunched and cluttered in midfield.

A lot of criticism of Bournemouth but I thought their forwards were very good, very agile and their interplay was pretty effective. Hence Calderon's inability to get forward. Howe seems to do us every time!!

Penalty was a travesty which the ref must have reflected on as they has a clear one later in the half not given.

We had plenty of possession and shots on target but we loooked so laboured from the start of the 2nd half when I thought we were really going to rip them apart. We deserved no more than the point we just about got.

Good to see Tommy Elphick lead his side so well, a local lad made good.
I'm not sure why you should have attracted these thumbs down namgo49 as I pretty much agree with you. For me at least, ours was very nearly the perfect starting 11 (stress, very nearly), but Bournemouth had done their homework on us and frustrated our passing style and played us at our own game. We appeared to be forced into a long ball game which, on another day, might have worked. They put two men on LuaLua and snuffed him out (often unfairly) without giving him his usual freedom down the wing. They deefended in numbers and their keeper had the type of game we're used to seeing from TK which kept them in the game (as did their woodwork, twice). I'm a huge fan of Adam El Abd but he seemed bereft of ideas on the ball today and had an unerring tendency to pass the ball back to a somewhat wobbly TK; add to that the generally shocking refereeing which lead to some fathomable decisions, including the calamitous penalty decision.

But, you know want, we're going to get games like that from time to time but it's when a team can misfire yet still grind out a result (and, for me, a point out of today's game IS a result!) that defines their promotion credentials. Nope, not a great game today but a valuable point earned and we're still very much in touch with the playoff places.

Well done lads - let's put things right against Birmingham and get ourselves into the top six before the end of Jauary.
[quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: I quite liked the look of the lineup today with KLL and Ulloa both playing but as is, it just didn 't work out. We sorely missed Buckley down the right and Calderon did not manage to get forward as much as one would have liked. Lopez must only get a game because of his dead ball ability, he just gets knocked off the ball too easily. Ince has poor game which I would attribute to the confusion of trying to keep Bridcutt in the side. They all looked very bunched and cluttered in midfield. A lot of criticism of Bournemouth but I thought their forwards were very good, very agile and their interplay was pretty effective. Hence Calderon's inability to get forward. Howe seems to do us every time!! Penalty was a travesty which the ref must have reflected on as they has a clear one later in the half not given. We had plenty of possession and shots on target but we loooked so laboured from the start of the 2nd half when I thought we were really going to rip them apart. We deserved no more than the point we just about got. Good to see Tommy Elphick lead his side so well, a local lad made good.[/p][/quote]I'm not sure why you should have attracted these thumbs down namgo49 as I pretty much agree with you. For me at least, ours was very nearly the perfect starting 11 (stress, very nearly), but Bournemouth had done their homework on us and frustrated our passing style and played us at our own game. We appeared to be forced into a long ball game which, on another day, might have worked. They put two men on LuaLua and snuffed him out (often unfairly) without giving him his usual freedom down the wing. They deefended in numbers and their keeper had the type of game we're used to seeing from TK which kept them in the game (as did their woodwork, twice). I'm a huge fan of Adam El Abd but he seemed bereft of ideas on the ball today and had an unerring tendency to pass the ball back to a somewhat wobbly TK; add to that the generally shocking refereeing which lead to some fathomable decisions, including the calamitous penalty decision. But, you know want, we're going to get games like that from time to time but it's when a team can misfire yet still grind out a result (and, for me, a point out of today's game IS a result!) that defines their promotion credentials. Nope, not a great game today but a valuable point earned and we're still very much in touch with the playoff places. Well done lads - let's put things right against Birmingham and get ourselves into the top six before the end of Jauary. Aye Aye

7:38pm Wed 1 Jan 14

EastWorthingExocetMissile says...

We played with two strikers up front at Blackpool and won relatively comfortably. We play Bournemouth at home and we revert back to one lone striker and wonder why we struggle to win games. I am not a Barnes fan but we improved when he came on and only really got going when Orlandi came on. We must be more positive at home against midtable and below sides. Garcia waits too long to make effective substitutions at the moment and our record of getting victories from one nil down since we moved to the Amex is frankly appalling and too much rats on who gets the first goal. Must I've more attacked minded at home to achieve the play offs.

Blaming lower teams for parking the bus after they go one nil up, is absurd . What would you do in there position. They often have nowhere near a bench or budget it s up to us to open them up , if we insist on playing one up front for 72 minutes we won't do that and no one should be surprised by that, especially if the striker concerned ullloa is marked out of the game in the second half.
We played with two strikers up front at Blackpool and won relatively comfortably. We play Bournemouth at home and we revert back to one lone striker and wonder why we struggle to win games. I am not a Barnes fan but we improved when he came on and only really got going when Orlandi came on. We must be more positive at home against midtable and below sides. Garcia waits too long to make effective substitutions at the moment and our record of getting victories from one nil down since we moved to the Amex is frankly appalling and too much rats on who gets the first goal. Must I've more attacked minded at home to achieve the play offs. Blaming lower teams for parking the bus after they go one nil up, is absurd . What would you do in there position. They often have nowhere near a bench or budget it s up to us to open them up , if we insist on playing one up front for 72 minutes we won't do that and no one should be surprised by that, especially if the striker concerned ullloa is marked out of the game in the second half. EastWorthingExocetMissile

7:39pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Far gull says...

Aye Aye wrote:
namgo49 wrote:
I quite liked the look of the lineup today with KLL and Ulloa both playing but as is, it just didn 't work out. We sorely missed Buckley down the right and Calderon did not manage to get forward as much as one would have liked. Lopez must only get a game because of his dead ball ability, he just gets knocked off the ball too easily.

Ince has poor game which I would attribute to the confusion of trying to keep Bridcutt in the side. They all looked very bunched and cluttered in midfield.

A lot of criticism of Bournemouth but I thought their forwards were very good, very agile and their interplay was pretty effective. Hence Calderon's inability to get forward. Howe seems to do us every time!!

Penalty was a travesty which the ref must have reflected on as they has a clear one later in the half not given.

We had plenty of possession and shots on target but we loooked so laboured from the start of the 2nd half when I thought we were really going to rip them apart. We deserved no more than the point we just about got.

Good to see Tommy Elphick lead his side so well, a local lad made good.
I'm not sure why you should have attracted these thumbs down namgo49 as I pretty much agree with you. For me at least, ours was very nearly the perfect starting 11 (stress, very nearly), but Bournemouth had done their homework on us and frustrated our passing style and played us at our own game. We appeared to be forced into a long ball game which, on another day, might have worked. They put two men on LuaLua and snuffed him out (often unfairly) without giving him his usual freedom down the wing. They deefended in numbers and their keeper had the type of game we're used to seeing from TK which kept them in the game (as did their woodwork, twice). I'm a huge fan of Adam El Abd but he seemed bereft of ideas on the ball today and had an unerring tendency to pass the ball back to a somewhat wobbly TK; add to that the generally shocking refereeing which lead to some fathomable decisions, including the calamitous penalty decision.

But, you know want, we're going to get games like that from time to time but it's when a team can misfire yet still grind out a result (and, for me, a point out of today's game IS a result!) that defines their promotion credentials. Nope, not a great game today but a valuable point earned and we're still very much in touch with the playoff places.

Well done lads - let's put things right against Birmingham and get ourselves into the top six before the end of Jauary.
In total agreement with you both for what it's worth ,still think we have dropped a couple of points today ,but do think Liam deserves his chance in prem but this will work in our favour and allow Ince to blossom and leave room for another attacking midfielder / striker (I dream of two up top ;-)
Ince can do birders job and more and Solly and jfc can share attacking duties ?
[quote][p][bold]Aye Aye[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: I quite liked the look of the lineup today with KLL and Ulloa both playing but as is, it just didn 't work out. We sorely missed Buckley down the right and Calderon did not manage to get forward as much as one would have liked. Lopez must only get a game because of his dead ball ability, he just gets knocked off the ball too easily. Ince has poor game which I would attribute to the confusion of trying to keep Bridcutt in the side. They all looked very bunched and cluttered in midfield. A lot of criticism of Bournemouth but I thought their forwards were very good, very agile and their interplay was pretty effective. Hence Calderon's inability to get forward. Howe seems to do us every time!! Penalty was a travesty which the ref must have reflected on as they has a clear one later in the half not given. We had plenty of possession and shots on target but we loooked so laboured from the start of the 2nd half when I thought we were really going to rip them apart. We deserved no more than the point we just about got. Good to see Tommy Elphick lead his side so well, a local lad made good.[/p][/quote]I'm not sure why you should have attracted these thumbs down namgo49 as I pretty much agree with you. For me at least, ours was very nearly the perfect starting 11 (stress, very nearly), but Bournemouth had done their homework on us and frustrated our passing style and played us at our own game. We appeared to be forced into a long ball game which, on another day, might have worked. They put two men on LuaLua and snuffed him out (often unfairly) without giving him his usual freedom down the wing. They deefended in numbers and their keeper had the type of game we're used to seeing from TK which kept them in the game (as did their woodwork, twice). I'm a huge fan of Adam El Abd but he seemed bereft of ideas on the ball today and had an unerring tendency to pass the ball back to a somewhat wobbly TK; add to that the generally shocking refereeing which lead to some fathomable decisions, including the calamitous penalty decision. But, you know want, we're going to get games like that from time to time but it's when a team can misfire yet still grind out a result (and, for me, a point out of today's game IS a result!) that defines their promotion credentials. Nope, not a great game today but a valuable point earned and we're still very much in touch with the playoff places. Well done lads - let's put things right against Birmingham and get ourselves into the top six before the end of Jauary.[/p][/quote]In total agreement with you both for what it's worth ,still think we have dropped a couple of points today ,but do think Liam deserves his chance in prem but this will work in our favour and allow Ince to blossom and leave room for another attacking midfielder / striker (I dream of two up top ;-) Ince can do birders job and more and Solly and jfc can share attacking duties ? Far gull

7:47pm Wed 1 Jan 14

blue-eyed-boy says...

Was the fact that Liam didn't wear the armband today signal it as his farewell game?
Was the fact that Liam didn't wear the armband today signal it as his farewell game? blue-eyed-boy

7:51pm Wed 1 Jan 14

blueskiesfromnowon says...

I feel a lot of sympathy for the players today. A couple of banging strikes that hit the cross bar, some good saves from the Bournemouth keeper, and a poor refereeing decision which saw Brighton chasing a goal deficit that shouldn't have been. It's interesting how much psychology plays a part in affecting play, though. They let it get to them, no doubt feeling that nothing was going to go their way, and things slipped to the extent that it looked as though we could have been in for another Barnsleygate. Only after the late equaliser did the team remember just how good they can be, and it made for one of the most exciting 5 minutes of football I've seen in a long time! Seventh now, one place better than this morning. Things are still looking up!
I feel a lot of sympathy for the players today. A couple of banging strikes that hit the cross bar, some good saves from the Bournemouth keeper, and a poor refereeing decision which saw Brighton chasing a goal deficit that shouldn't have been. It's interesting how much psychology plays a part in affecting play, though. They let it get to them, no doubt feeling that nothing was going to go their way, and things slipped to the extent that it looked as though we could have been in for another Barnsleygate. Only after the late equaliser did the team remember just how good they can be, and it made for one of the most exciting 5 minutes of football I've seen in a long time! Seventh now, one place better than this morning. Things are still looking up! blueskiesfromnowon

8:01pm Wed 1 Jan 14

The Phantom says...

lowerbeedingseagull wrote:
Significant how Bridcutt made a big point at the end of the game to wave to all corners of the stadium and applaud the fans. Doubtful that we will see him in an Albion team again. Good luck to him as he has been a credit to himself and the club over the last few years.

Let's just make sure we obtain a sensible price for him.Some of the figures on here are not realistic so now Mr Burke do your bit.

UTA
If Bridcutt does go to a Premiership club in this window, good luck to him. Has been outstanding almost since day one at the Albion and deserves the chance to play at a higher level if it suits both him and the club. Saddened me today that certain moronic elements in the crowd were slagging him off just because we were losing 1-0 at home. Although he is not at his very best at the moment due in part to his long lay-off and slightly different position, he is still contributing significantly in every game and should remain one of the first names on the team sheet until such time as he goes.

Patchy performance today - really good first 35-40 minutes and a brilliant final push but quite poor in between. Several players looked a bit leggy in the second half but still found a way to get a point and almost a win. Bournemouth were a decent team and their manager was ultimately pleased with a point.
[quote][p][bold]lowerbeedingseagull[/bold] wrote: Significant how Bridcutt made a big point at the end of the game to wave to all corners of the stadium and applaud the fans. Doubtful that we will see him in an Albion team again. Good luck to him as he has been a credit to himself and the club over the last few years. Let's just make sure we obtain a sensible price for him.Some of the figures on here are not realistic so now Mr Burke do your bit. UTA[/p][/quote]If Bridcutt does go to a Premiership club in this window, good luck to him. Has been outstanding almost since day one at the Albion and deserves the chance to play at a higher level if it suits both him and the club. Saddened me today that certain moronic elements in the crowd were slagging him off just because we were losing 1-0 at home. Although he is not at his very best at the moment due in part to his long lay-off and slightly different position, he is still contributing significantly in every game and should remain one of the first names on the team sheet until such time as he goes. Patchy performance today - really good first 35-40 minutes and a brilliant final push but quite poor in between. Several players looked a bit leggy in the second half but still found a way to get a point and almost a win. Bournemouth were a decent team and their manager was ultimately pleased with a point. The Phantom

10:54pm Wed 1 Jan 14

graham w says...

I cant believe what ive just read. On the cherries web site Eddie howe reckons his goal keeper had nothing to do for 80 minutes.christ on another LUCKY day we could have got into double figures lee camp made 4 stunning saves, the bar saved another three and the posts another 3...Christ what game was that dick eddie howe watching ....the cherries had only 2 poor shots at goal in the whole game.... my god did they park the bus....
I cant believe what ive just read. On the cherries web site Eddie howe reckons his goal keeper had nothing to do for 80 minutes.christ on another LUCKY day we could have got into double figures lee camp made 4 stunning saves, the bar saved another three and the posts another 3...Christ what game was that dick eddie howe watching ....the cherries had only 2 poor shots at goal in the whole game.... my god did they park the bus.... graham w

11:33pm Wed 1 Jan 14

sussexram40 says...

What still concerns me, and many other Seagulls, is that we have scored fewer goals than any other team in the Top 10. That has to flag up a concern.

Basically 8 teams are chasing the 5th and 6th play off spots. That means 6 out of 8 sides will miss out. We need more goals if we are to challenge for those positions. That could mean OG going with 2 up front.
What still concerns me, and many other Seagulls, is that we have scored fewer goals than any other team in the Top 10. That has to flag up a concern. Basically 8 teams are chasing the 5th and 6th play off spots. That means 6 out of 8 sides will miss out. We need more goals if we are to challenge for those positions. That could mean OG going with 2 up front. sussexram40

7:26pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Falmer Wizard says...

EastWorthingExocetMi
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We played with two strikers up front at Blackpool and won relatively comfortably. We play Bournemouth at home and we revert back to one lone striker and wonder why we struggle to win games. I am not a Barnes fan but we improved when he came on and only really got going when Orlandi came on. We must be more positive at home against midtable and below sides. Garcia waits too long to make effective substitutions at the moment and our record of getting victories from one nil down since we moved to the Amex is frankly appalling and too much rats on who gets the first goal. Must I've more attacked minded at home to achieve the play offs.

Blaming lower teams for parking the bus after they go one nil up, is absurd . What would you do in there position. They often have nowhere near a bench or budget it s up to us to open them up , if we insist on playing one up front for 72 minutes we won't do that and no one should be surprised by that, especially if the striker concerned ullloa is marked out of the game in the second half.
These comments are spot on.
I had intended to attend if any indication that we would play two up so more than satisfied I missed this match,If we field an attacking side at home to give our supporters real entertainment and more goals would be fine, a more defensive and greater possession in our half and midfield when away would still give enough points for us to maintain a top half position in the table.
[quote][p][bold]EastWorthingExocetMi ssile[/bold] wrote: We played with two strikers up front at Blackpool and won relatively comfortably. We play Bournemouth at home and we revert back to one lone striker and wonder why we struggle to win games. I am not a Barnes fan but we improved when he came on and only really got going when Orlandi came on. We must be more positive at home against midtable and below sides. Garcia waits too long to make effective substitutions at the moment and our record of getting victories from one nil down since we moved to the Amex is frankly appalling and too much rats on who gets the first goal. Must I've more attacked minded at home to achieve the play offs. Blaming lower teams for parking the bus after they go one nil up, is absurd . What would you do in there position. They often have nowhere near a bench or budget it s up to us to open them up , if we insist on playing one up front for 72 minutes we won't do that and no one should be surprised by that, especially if the striker concerned ullloa is marked out of the game in the second half.[/p][/quote]These comments are spot on. I had intended to attend if any indication that we would play two up so more than satisfied I missed this match,If we field an attacking side at home to give our supporters real entertainment and more goals would be fine, a more defensive and greater possession in our half and midfield when away would still give enough points for us to maintain a top half position in the table. Falmer Wizard

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