Ward reckons Blues will fancy their chances

The Argus: Stephen Ward on his Albion debut at Birmingham Stephen Ward on his Albion debut at Birmingham

Stephen Ward expects Birmingham City to shrug off four key absences and fancy their chances at The Amex.

Blues come south unbeaten in ten games, including four wins and two draws from their last six away fixtures.

 

But they have recently seen giant defender Dan Burn and attackers Jesse Lingard and Aaron Mclean return to their parent clubs after loan stints.

Burn’s defensive sidekick Kyle Bartley looks set to miss out with a hamstring problem.

Fulham are likely to agree to Burn returning to Birmingham in the coming days.

Ward, who made his debut for the club in the 1-0 win at St Andrew’s, denies the Seagulls are catching them at a good time.

The on-loan left-back said: “I think we are probably catching them at a time when they will be full of confidence no matter who is out there for them.

“They have had some very decent results against teams at the top end of the table.

“We are under no illusions it is going to be a tough game from the game we played them up there at St Andrew’s.

“They will be expecting to get a result because of the form they are in.”

Blues are expected to switch experienced defender Paul Robinson, who made an impressive debut for the club in last season’s unexpected 1-0 win at The Amex, to centre-back alongside Will Packwood, who recently returned from a loan stint at Bristol Rovers.

The 6ft 8in Serb striker Nikola Zigic leads their attack with Chris Burke and Lee Novak among the danger men working off him in a 4-2-3-1 set-up.

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11:13am Sat 11 Jan 14

Baldseagull says...

Not an easy one, but we lose the easy ones usually and get results in the tough ones, so hopefully 3 points today.
Not an easy one, but we lose the easy ones usually and get results in the tough ones, so hopefully 3 points today. Baldseagull

11:49am Sat 11 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

I think Ward is bang on the money, Birmingham will fancy their chances today, our home form has not been good. That said, I don't think that they will play as open as Leicester tried to do, just like most teams that come to the Amex, they will try to hit us on the break. We know how to beat teams that play for a win, our away form shows that, our weakness seems to be how to beat a team that is looking to nick a game by one goal, or take home a point. Now that we have Ulloa back to full strength we might now see a change in our fortunes when playing at home because his ability demands that two defenders are assigned to him.
I think Ward is bang on the money, Birmingham will fancy their chances today, our home form has not been good. That said, I don't think that they will play as open as Leicester tried to do, just like most teams that come to the Amex, they will try to hit us on the break. We know how to beat teams that play for a win, our away form shows that, our weakness seems to be how to beat a team that is looking to nick a game by one goal, or take home a point. Now that we have Ulloa back to full strength we might now see a change in our fortunes when playing at home because his ability demands that two defenders are assigned to him. VegasSeagull

12:27pm Sat 11 Jan 14

fairweathersupporter says...

To Bridcutt or not to Bridcutt? Might be a good indication of his mindset. Greer back after solid displays by Adam? Anyway,.. 'bout time for a comfortable home win and i think it will be.
To Bridcutt or not to Bridcutt? Might be a good indication of his mindset. Greer back after solid displays by Adam? Anyway,.. 'bout time for a comfortable home win and i think it will be. fairweathersupporter

12:41pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

fairweathersupporter wrote:
To Bridcutt or not to Bridcutt? Might be a good indication of his mindset. Greer back after solid displays by Adam? Anyway,.. 'bout time for a comfortable home win and i think it will be.
Naylor says Bridders still hasn't overcome his niggling injury...
[quote][p][bold]fairweathersupporter[/bold] wrote: To Bridcutt or not to Bridcutt? Might be a good indication of his mindset. Greer back after solid displays by Adam? Anyway,.. 'bout time for a comfortable home win and i think it will be.[/p][/quote]Naylor says Bridders still hasn't overcome his niggling injury... Ex-pat Arnie

12:41pm Sat 11 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

fairweathersupporter wrote:
To Bridcutt or not to Bridcutt? Might be a good indication of his mindset. Greer back after solid displays by Adam? Anyway,.. 'bout time for a comfortable home win and i think it will be.
I don't think Bridcutt will start, apparently he still has a niggle. I don't think Greer will start, Oscar has said that he will have to earn his place back. TK between the sticks looks certain, to me anyway. I think Orlandi will start, and possibly a surprise in that Solly gets to start, can he replace Barnes today?
[quote][p][bold]fairweathersupporter[/bold] wrote: To Bridcutt or not to Bridcutt? Might be a good indication of his mindset. Greer back after solid displays by Adam? Anyway,.. 'bout time for a comfortable home win and i think it will be.[/p][/quote]I don't think Bridcutt will start, apparently he still has a niggle. I don't think Greer will start, Oscar has said that he will have to earn his place back. TK between the sticks looks certain, to me anyway. I think Orlandi will start, and possibly a surprise in that Solly gets to start, can he replace Barnes today? VegasSeagull

12:47pm Sat 11 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

Possible desire from Leeds for Buckley, could be interesting.
Possible desire from Leeds for Buckley, could be interesting. VegasSeagull

12:54pm Sat 11 Jan 14

tug509 says...

For a team who hav`nt lost in 10 thats a pretty defensive set-up ,i think if they intend to try and catch us on the break ,we should definitely play Obika with Ulloa and go for them from the start ,i believe they expect us to play only one forward hence there counter attacking posture ,omo. I think we will be too strong for them ,if we have a show of courage ,so two strikers and at least one winger ,with Ince playing from the start . UTA
For a team who hav`nt lost in 10 thats a pretty defensive set-up ,i think if they intend to try and catch us on the break ,we should definitely play Obika with Ulloa and go for them from the start ,i believe they expect us to play only one forward hence there counter attacking posture ,omo. I think we will be too strong for them ,if we have a show of courage ,so two strikers and at least one winger ,with Ince playing from the start . UTA tug509

1:02pm Sat 11 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

tug509 wrote:
For a team who hav`nt lost in 10 thats a pretty defensive set-up ,i think if they intend to try and catch us on the break ,we should definitely play Obika with Ulloa and go for them from the start ,i believe they expect us to play only one forward hence there counter attacking posture ,omo. I think we will be too strong for them ,if we have a show of courage ,so two strikers and at least one winger ,with Ince playing from the start . UTA
Good morning Tug.
I think Obika only starts today if Oscar feels that he can give us what Barnes gave, for me Obika is more the Ulloa type, hence Oscar has said that he needs to replace Barnes now he has left.
If we think of Barnes as an, attacking midfielder who can get wide, rather than as an all out striker, then maybe JFC comes into mind and perhaps Solly.
[quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: For a team who hav`nt lost in 10 thats a pretty defensive set-up ,i think if they intend to try and catch us on the break ,we should definitely play Obika with Ulloa and go for them from the start ,i believe they expect us to play only one forward hence there counter attacking posture ,omo. I think we will be too strong for them ,if we have a show of courage ,so two strikers and at least one winger ,with Ince playing from the start . UTA[/p][/quote]Good morning Tug. I think Obika only starts today if Oscar feels that he can give us what Barnes gave, for me Obika is more the Ulloa type, hence Oscar has said that he needs to replace Barnes now he has left. If we think of Barnes as an, attacking midfielder who can get wide, rather than as an all out striker, then maybe JFC comes into mind and perhaps Solly. VegasSeagull

1:06pm Sat 11 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

Sheff Wed beating Leeds 2-0, that's good for us.
Sheff Wed beating Leeds 2-0, that's good for us. VegasSeagull

1:32pm Sat 11 Jan 14

tug509 says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
tug509 wrote:
For a team who hav`nt lost in 10 thats a pretty defensive set-up ,i think if they intend to try and catch us on the break ,we should definitely play Obika with Ulloa and go for them from the start ,i believe they expect us to play only one forward hence there counter attacking posture ,omo. I think we will be too strong for them ,if we have a show of courage ,so two strikers and at least one winger ,with Ince playing from the start . UTA
Good morning Tug.
I think Obika only starts today if Oscar feels that he can give us what Barnes gave, for me Obika is more the Ulloa type, hence Oscar has said that he needs to replace Barnes now he has left.
If we think of Barnes as an, attacking midfielder who can get wide, rather than as an all out striker, then maybe JFC comes into mind and perhaps Solly.
Hey Vegas . To be honest i was thinking more of a good old fashioned set-up ,with 2 out and out strikers ,if we start well ,we can dictate the pace of the game without worrying about stretching ourselves ,and losing a late goal as has happened countless times before ,as i have said before ,if the set-up needs changing ,Oscar can do it with a simple nod of the head from the sidelines .I don`t necessarily think our poor form at home is all our fault ,more the way the opposition plays at the Amex ,so a different approach might be the way ?. UTA
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: For a team who hav`nt lost in 10 thats a pretty defensive set-up ,i think if they intend to try and catch us on the break ,we should definitely play Obika with Ulloa and go for them from the start ,i believe they expect us to play only one forward hence there counter attacking posture ,omo. I think we will be too strong for them ,if we have a show of courage ,so two strikers and at least one winger ,with Ince playing from the start . UTA[/p][/quote]Good morning Tug. I think Obika only starts today if Oscar feels that he can give us what Barnes gave, for me Obika is more the Ulloa type, hence Oscar has said that he needs to replace Barnes now he has left. If we think of Barnes as an, attacking midfielder who can get wide, rather than as an all out striker, then maybe JFC comes into mind and perhaps Solly.[/p][/quote]Hey Vegas . To be honest i was thinking more of a good old fashioned set-up ,with 2 out and out strikers ,if we start well ,we can dictate the pace of the game without worrying about stretching ourselves ,and losing a late goal as has happened countless times before ,as i have said before ,if the set-up needs changing ,Oscar can do it with a simple nod of the head from the sidelines .I don`t necessarily think our poor form at home is all our fault ,more the way the opposition plays at the Amex ,so a different approach might be the way ?. UTA tug509

1:53pm Sat 11 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

tug509 wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
tug509 wrote:
For a team who hav`nt lost in 10 thats a pretty defensive set-up ,i think if they intend to try and catch us on the break ,we should definitely play Obika with Ulloa and go for them from the start ,i believe they expect us to play only one forward hence there counter attacking posture ,omo. I think we will be too strong for them ,if we have a show of courage ,so two strikers and at least one winger ,with Ince playing from the start . UTA
Good morning Tug.
I think Obika only starts today if Oscar feels that he can give us what Barnes gave, for me Obika is more the Ulloa type, hence Oscar has said that he needs to replace Barnes now he has left.
If we think of Barnes as an, attacking midfielder who can get wide, rather than as an all out striker, then maybe JFC comes into mind and perhaps Solly.
Hey Vegas . To be honest i was thinking more of a good old fashioned set-up ,with 2 out and out strikers ,if we start well ,we can dictate the pace of the game without worrying about stretching ourselves ,and losing a late goal as has happened countless times before ,as i have said before ,if the set-up needs changing ,Oscar can do it with a simple nod of the head from the sidelines .I don`t necessarily think our poor form at home is all our fault ,more the way the opposition plays at the Amex ,so a different approach might be the way ?. UTA
I understand your thinking Tug but starting with the only two fit strikers we have could be a risk that Oscar won't take.
There is also the fact that in today's world very few teams play two strikers, our lads have trained the whole season on the single striker plan and to change that now might be counter productive.
The opposition come to the Amex looking for a point, we know that, if they come and play for a win they run the risk of going the same way Leicester went, they get beat. The best way to counter the defensive nature of our opponents is to make set pieces count, corners and free kicks, Ulloa adds that threat. If we score first they have to come out and attack, no pint in sitting back, and that is when we need to pile on the pressure and get the second and third goals, and we don't seem to do that enough.
If by chance we go two nil up today Ulloa will come off and Obika will come on, and with only two fit strikers we can't really expect anything different.
I think we are short one midfield striker, Crofts has done well but we need more from others, that is what makes the single striker plan work.
[quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: For a team who hav`nt lost in 10 thats a pretty defensive set-up ,i think if they intend to try and catch us on the break ,we should definitely play Obika with Ulloa and go for them from the start ,i believe they expect us to play only one forward hence there counter attacking posture ,omo. I think we will be too strong for them ,if we have a show of courage ,so two strikers and at least one winger ,with Ince playing from the start . UTA[/p][/quote]Good morning Tug. I think Obika only starts today if Oscar feels that he can give us what Barnes gave, for me Obika is more the Ulloa type, hence Oscar has said that he needs to replace Barnes now he has left. If we think of Barnes as an, attacking midfielder who can get wide, rather than as an all out striker, then maybe JFC comes into mind and perhaps Solly.[/p][/quote]Hey Vegas . To be honest i was thinking more of a good old fashioned set-up ,with 2 out and out strikers ,if we start well ,we can dictate the pace of the game without worrying about stretching ourselves ,and losing a late goal as has happened countless times before ,as i have said before ,if the set-up needs changing ,Oscar can do it with a simple nod of the head from the sidelines .I don`t necessarily think our poor form at home is all our fault ,more the way the opposition plays at the Amex ,so a different approach might be the way ?. UTA[/p][/quote]I understand your thinking Tug but starting with the only two fit strikers we have could be a risk that Oscar won't take. There is also the fact that in today's world very few teams play two strikers, our lads have trained the whole season on the single striker plan and to change that now might be counter productive. The opposition come to the Amex looking for a point, we know that, if they come and play for a win they run the risk of going the same way Leicester went, they get beat. The best way to counter the defensive nature of our opponents is to make set pieces count, corners and free kicks, Ulloa adds that threat. If we score first they have to come out and attack, no pint in sitting back, and that is when we need to pile on the pressure and get the second and third goals, and we don't seem to do that enough. If by chance we go two nil up today Ulloa will come off and Obika will come on, and with only two fit strikers we can't really expect anything different. I think we are short one midfield striker, Crofts has done well but we need more from others, that is what makes the single striker plan work. VegasSeagull

2:13pm Sat 11 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

Leeds get roasted 0-6, can only be good for us.
Leeds get roasted 0-6, can only be good for us. VegasSeagull

2:37pm Sat 11 Jan 14

tug509 says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
tug509 wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
tug509 wrote:
For a team who hav`nt lost in 10 thats a pretty defensive set-up ,i think if they intend to try and catch us on the break ,we should definitely play Obika with Ulloa and go for them from the start ,i believe they expect us to play only one forward hence there counter attacking posture ,omo. I think we will be too strong for them ,if we have a show of courage ,so two strikers and at least one winger ,with Ince playing from the start . UTA
Good morning Tug.
I think Obika only starts today if Oscar feels that he can give us what Barnes gave, for me Obika is more the Ulloa type, hence Oscar has said that he needs to replace Barnes now he has left.
If we think of Barnes as an, attacking midfielder who can get wide, rather than as an all out striker, then maybe JFC comes into mind and perhaps Solly.
Hey Vegas . To be honest i was thinking more of a good old fashioned set-up ,with 2 out and out strikers ,if we start well ,we can dictate the pace of the game without worrying about stretching ourselves ,and losing a late goal as has happened countless times before ,as i have said before ,if the set-up needs changing ,Oscar can do it with a simple nod of the head from the sidelines .I don`t necessarily think our poor form at home is all our fault ,more the way the opposition plays at the Amex ,so a different approach might be the way ?. UTA
I understand your thinking Tug but starting with the only two fit strikers we have could be a risk that Oscar won't take.
There is also the fact that in today's world very few teams play two strikers, our lads have trained the whole season on the single striker plan and to change that now might be counter productive.
The opposition come to the Amex looking for a point, we know that, if they come and play for a win they run the risk of going the same way Leicester went, they get beat. The best way to counter the defensive nature of our opponents is to make set pieces count, corners and free kicks, Ulloa adds that threat. If we score first they have to come out and attack, no pint in sitting back, and that is when we need to pile on the pressure and get the second and third goals, and we don't seem to do that enough.
If by chance we go two nil up today Ulloa will come off and Obika will come on, and with only two fit strikers we can't really expect anything different.
I think we are short one midfield striker, Crofts has done well but we need more from others, that is what makes the single striker plan work.
Surely there is no difference between playing JO and LU ,than playing LU and AB together ? ,as you rightly say the team has been trained with one striker in mind , but all squads are affected by injuries and illness ,and as such have provision for an alternative set-up . AB more often than not played from the left ,and cut in to attack ,i am suggesting purely as devils advocate ,that we play Kaz on the left with JO sitting 10 yards behind Leo ,i havn`t got a clue whether it would work or not ,but a lot of lads and lasses on this site have been advocating the 2 strikers at home game plan for some time ,but ultimately whatever Oscar does ,i will be happy with . As for a midfield scorer ,i think we have 3 on their way ,Rohan ,Solly and Jake are all cpable of filling that spot in due course .

6-0 Sheffield Wendies ,great result for us ,all the best mate ,2-0 the ALBION . UTA

just for fun my bet today ; Brighton,Everton,Bla
ckburn,Brentford,Sou
thport.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: For a team who hav`nt lost in 10 thats a pretty defensive set-up ,i think if they intend to try and catch us on the break ,we should definitely play Obika with Ulloa and go for them from the start ,i believe they expect us to play only one forward hence there counter attacking posture ,omo. I think we will be too strong for them ,if we have a show of courage ,so two strikers and at least one winger ,with Ince playing from the start . UTA[/p][/quote]Good morning Tug. I think Obika only starts today if Oscar feels that he can give us what Barnes gave, for me Obika is more the Ulloa type, hence Oscar has said that he needs to replace Barnes now he has left. If we think of Barnes as an, attacking midfielder who can get wide, rather than as an all out striker, then maybe JFC comes into mind and perhaps Solly.[/p][/quote]Hey Vegas . To be honest i was thinking more of a good old fashioned set-up ,with 2 out and out strikers ,if we start well ,we can dictate the pace of the game without worrying about stretching ourselves ,and losing a late goal as has happened countless times before ,as i have said before ,if the set-up needs changing ,Oscar can do it with a simple nod of the head from the sidelines .I don`t necessarily think our poor form at home is all our fault ,more the way the opposition plays at the Amex ,so a different approach might be the way ?. UTA[/p][/quote]I understand your thinking Tug but starting with the only two fit strikers we have could be a risk that Oscar won't take. There is also the fact that in today's world very few teams play two strikers, our lads have trained the whole season on the single striker plan and to change that now might be counter productive. The opposition come to the Amex looking for a point, we know that, if they come and play for a win they run the risk of going the same way Leicester went, they get beat. The best way to counter the defensive nature of our opponents is to make set pieces count, corners and free kicks, Ulloa adds that threat. If we score first they have to come out and attack, no pint in sitting back, and that is when we need to pile on the pressure and get the second and third goals, and we don't seem to do that enough. If by chance we go two nil up today Ulloa will come off and Obika will come on, and with only two fit strikers we can't really expect anything different. I think we are short one midfield striker, Crofts has done well but we need more from others, that is what makes the single striker plan work.[/p][/quote]Surely there is no difference between playing JO and LU ,than playing LU and AB together ? ,as you rightly say the team has been trained with one striker in mind , but all squads are affected by injuries and illness ,and as such have provision for an alternative set-up . AB more often than not played from the left ,and cut in to attack ,i am suggesting purely as devils advocate ,that we play Kaz on the left with JO sitting 10 yards behind Leo ,i havn`t got a clue whether it would work or not ,but a lot of lads and lasses on this site have been advocating the 2 strikers at home game plan for some time ,but ultimately whatever Oscar does ,i will be happy with . As for a midfield scorer ,i think we have 3 on their way ,Rohan ,Solly and Jake are all cpable of filling that spot in due course . 6-0 Sheffield Wendies ,great result for us ,all the best mate ,2-0 the ALBION . UTA just for fun my bet today ; Brighton,Everton,Bla ckburn,Brentford,Sou thport. tug509

2:40pm Sat 11 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

tug509 wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
tug509 wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
tug509 wrote:
For a team who hav`nt lost in 10 thats a pretty defensive set-up ,i think if they intend to try and catch us on the break ,we should definitely play Obika with Ulloa and go for them from the start ,i believe they expect us to play only one forward hence there counter attacking posture ,omo. I think we will be too strong for them ,if we have a show of courage ,so two strikers and at least one winger ,with Ince playing from the start . UTA
Good morning Tug.
I think Obika only starts today if Oscar feels that he can give us what Barnes gave, for me Obika is more the Ulloa type, hence Oscar has said that he needs to replace Barnes now he has left.
If we think of Barnes as an, attacking midfielder who can get wide, rather than as an all out striker, then maybe JFC comes into mind and perhaps Solly.
Hey Vegas . To be honest i was thinking more of a good old fashioned set-up ,with 2 out and out strikers ,if we start well ,we can dictate the pace of the game without worrying about stretching ourselves ,and losing a late goal as has happened countless times before ,as i have said before ,if the set-up needs changing ,Oscar can do it with a simple nod of the head from the sidelines .I don`t necessarily think our poor form at home is all our fault ,more the way the opposition plays at the Amex ,so a different approach might be the way ?. UTA
I understand your thinking Tug but starting with the only two fit strikers we have could be a risk that Oscar won't take.
There is also the fact that in today's world very few teams play two strikers, our lads have trained the whole season on the single striker plan and to change that now might be counter productive.
The opposition come to the Amex looking for a point, we know that, if they come and play for a win they run the risk of going the same way Leicester went, they get beat. The best way to counter the defensive nature of our opponents is to make set pieces count, corners and free kicks, Ulloa adds that threat. If we score first they have to come out and attack, no pint in sitting back, and that is when we need to pile on the pressure and get the second and third goals, and we don't seem to do that enough.
If by chance we go two nil up today Ulloa will come off and Obika will come on, and with only two fit strikers we can't really expect anything different.
I think we are short one midfield striker, Crofts has done well but we need more from others, that is what makes the single striker plan work.
Surely there is no difference between playing JO and LU ,than playing LU and AB together ? ,as you rightly say the team has been trained with one striker in mind , but all squads are affected by injuries and illness ,and as such have provision for an alternative set-up . AB more often than not played from the left ,and cut in to attack ,i am suggesting purely as devils advocate ,that we play Kaz on the left with JO sitting 10 yards behind Leo ,i havn`t got a clue whether it would work or not ,but a lot of lads and lasses on this site have been advocating the 2 strikers at home game plan for some time ,but ultimately whatever Oscar does ,i will be happy with . As for a midfield scorer ,i think we have 3 on their way ,Rohan ,Solly and Jake are all cpable of filling that spot in due course .

6-0 Sheffield Wendies ,great result for us ,all the best mate ,2-0 the ALBION . UTA

just for fun my bet today ; Brighton,Everton,Bla

ckburn,Brentford,Sou

thport.
good luck with your bet, I will be checking the results, chat more after the match 3-1 to us, maybe 3-0
[quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: For a team who hav`nt lost in 10 thats a pretty defensive set-up ,i think if they intend to try and catch us on the break ,we should definitely play Obika with Ulloa and go for them from the start ,i believe they expect us to play only one forward hence there counter attacking posture ,omo. I think we will be too strong for them ,if we have a show of courage ,so two strikers and at least one winger ,with Ince playing from the start . UTA[/p][/quote]Good morning Tug. I think Obika only starts today if Oscar feels that he can give us what Barnes gave, for me Obika is more the Ulloa type, hence Oscar has said that he needs to replace Barnes now he has left. If we think of Barnes as an, attacking midfielder who can get wide, rather than as an all out striker, then maybe JFC comes into mind and perhaps Solly.[/p][/quote]Hey Vegas . To be honest i was thinking more of a good old fashioned set-up ,with 2 out and out strikers ,if we start well ,we can dictate the pace of the game without worrying about stretching ourselves ,and losing a late goal as has happened countless times before ,as i have said before ,if the set-up needs changing ,Oscar can do it with a simple nod of the head from the sidelines .I don`t necessarily think our poor form at home is all our fault ,more the way the opposition plays at the Amex ,so a different approach might be the way ?. UTA[/p][/quote]I understand your thinking Tug but starting with the only two fit strikers we have could be a risk that Oscar won't take. There is also the fact that in today's world very few teams play two strikers, our lads have trained the whole season on the single striker plan and to change that now might be counter productive. The opposition come to the Amex looking for a point, we know that, if they come and play for a win they run the risk of going the same way Leicester went, they get beat. The best way to counter the defensive nature of our opponents is to make set pieces count, corners and free kicks, Ulloa adds that threat. If we score first they have to come out and attack, no pint in sitting back, and that is when we need to pile on the pressure and get the second and third goals, and we don't seem to do that enough. If by chance we go two nil up today Ulloa will come off and Obika will come on, and with only two fit strikers we can't really expect anything different. I think we are short one midfield striker, Crofts has done well but we need more from others, that is what makes the single striker plan work.[/p][/quote]Surely there is no difference between playing JO and LU ,than playing LU and AB together ? ,as you rightly say the team has been trained with one striker in mind , but all squads are affected by injuries and illness ,and as such have provision for an alternative set-up . AB more often than not played from the left ,and cut in to attack ,i am suggesting purely as devils advocate ,that we play Kaz on the left with JO sitting 10 yards behind Leo ,i havn`t got a clue whether it would work or not ,but a lot of lads and lasses on this site have been advocating the 2 strikers at home game plan for some time ,but ultimately whatever Oscar does ,i will be happy with . As for a midfield scorer ,i think we have 3 on their way ,Rohan ,Solly and Jake are all cpable of filling that spot in due course . 6-0 Sheffield Wendies ,great result for us ,all the best mate ,2-0 the ALBION . UTA just for fun my bet today ; Brighton,Everton,Bla ckburn,Brentford,Sou thport.[/p][/quote]good luck with your bet, I will be checking the results, chat more after the match 3-1 to us, maybe 3-0 VegasSeagull

5:07pm Sat 11 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

Tug you were so unlucky, just the draw fro Southport letting you down, bummer.
Tug you were so unlucky, just the draw fro Southport letting you down, bummer. VegasSeagull

8:11pm Sat 11 Jan 14

fairweathersupporter says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
fairweathersupporter wrote:
To Bridcutt or not to Bridcutt? Might be a good indication of his mindset. Greer back after solid displays by Adam? Anyway,.. 'bout time for a comfortable home win and i think it will be.
Naylor says Bridders still hasn't overcome his niggling injury...
but the club would say that and i don't think that's too conspiracy theory... Anyway good win, shame about Crofts. Spanish Dave back to his best.
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fairweathersupporter[/bold] wrote: To Bridcutt or not to Bridcutt? Might be a good indication of his mindset. Greer back after solid displays by Adam? Anyway,.. 'bout time for a comfortable home win and i think it will be.[/p][/quote]Naylor says Bridders still hasn't overcome his niggling injury...[/p][/quote]but the club would say that and i don't think that's too conspiracy theory... Anyway good win, shame about Crofts. Spanish Dave back to his best. fairweathersupporter

12:45am Sun 12 Jan 14

tug509 says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Tug you were so unlucky, just the draw fro Southport letting you down, bummer.
Thanks mate ,it happens like that quite often ,the worse bit ,is that Hyde had lost 23 out of 24 previous games!!!! now thats a bummer ! .
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: Tug you were so unlucky, just the draw fro Southport letting you down, bummer.[/p][/quote]Thanks mate ,it happens like that quite often ,the worse bit ,is that Hyde had lost 23 out of 24 previous games!!!! now thats a bummer ! . tug509

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