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Albion boss concerned about injured Crofts

The Argus: Andrew Crofts goes down in pain (photo Simon Dack) Andrew Crofts goes down in pain (photo Simon Dack)

Albion boss Oscar Garcia fears a long lay-off for Andrew Crofts and may now have to consider signing a midfield replacement.

Crofts left The Amex on crutches tonight after suffering a serious-looking knee injury in the second half against Birmingham.

The Welsh international had to be carried off and his plight marred for Oscar a 1-0 victory which lifted the Seagulls to sixth, the first time they have been in the play-off zone this season.

Crofts twisted awkwardly as he attempted to tackle Birmingham sub Reece Brown. He punched the ground in anguish before being helped off.

Oscar said: "I'm not sure 100% but it's a bad injury for sure.

"He'll have to have a scan and we'll have to wait for the results. That was the worst news today. We won but the other side is Crofty being injured."

Oscar, asked if signing a striker in January is the priority after Ashley Barnes joined Burnley, said: "Yes, and a midfielder for Crofty. We'll have to see what we need and we have to decide if it is possible to sign some new faces or not."

Liam Bridcutt, wanted by Sunderland and the subject of a rejected transfer request, was not in the squad due to an injury which also ruled him out of last Saturday's FA Cup tie against Reading.

Oscar confirmed: "He is carrying a groin injury and he wasn't 100%. We needed people who are 100%. He is a Brighton player and he will be avaiable for selection when he is 100%."

Oscar also confirmed David Lopez was at risk of being replaced by Solly March just before volleying in Albion's second half winner.

The head coach said of his fellow Spaniard: "We had two options and one was him."

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6:55pm Sat 11 Jan 14

john newman says...

A sad loss, hopefully not too serious. The show goes on as we enter the play-off places . Now the fun begins!
A sad loss, hopefully not too serious. The show goes on as we enter the play-off places . Now the fun begins! john newman
  • Score: 6

7:02pm Sat 11 Jan 14

keswick says...

It looked a bad one from the reaction of the player at the time and also when he was being carried off. Hope your not out for too long Crofty.

Yes there is a need for reinforcements, two is the bare minimum and may e more depending on what happens with Bridcutt/Buckley.

Thought Bruno was poor again today, particularly 1st half. And Lopez was on the point of being withdrawn when he scored but he did improve after that. Still lets not take anything away from a hard fought win against a team who's main purpose was not to lose and hope to snatch something on the break.
It looked a bad one from the reaction of the player at the time and also when he was being carried off. Hope your not out for too long Crofty. Yes there is a need for reinforcements, two is the bare minimum and may e more depending on what happens with Bridcutt/Buckley. Thought Bruno was poor again today, particularly 1st half. And Lopez was on the point of being withdrawn when he scored but he did improve after that. Still lets not take anything away from a hard fought win against a team who's main purpose was not to lose and hope to snatch something on the break. keswick
  • Score: 6

7:08pm Sat 11 Jan 14

bruce beckett says...

Awful news about Crofty; probably been our most consistent player this season and, of course, the main goal threat from midfield. Just when we get our first-team squad healthy again, this happens. Really bad luck for the player, OG and the fans.

Going to feel his loss in the next few games as they're all away from home and Crofty's work-rate is tremendous. Someone else (probably Kemy) is going to need to step up.
Awful news about Crofty; probably been our most consistent player this season and, of course, the main goal threat from midfield. Just when we get our first-team squad healthy again, this happens. Really bad luck for the player, OG and the fans. Going to feel his loss in the next few games as they're all away from home and Crofty's work-rate is tremendous. Someone else (probably Kemy) is going to need to step up. bruce beckett
  • Score: 20

7:13pm Sat 11 Jan 14

fratsomrover says...

A huge blow losing Crofts. He has been outstanding these last couple of months. He is our most dynamic midfielder, wins countless tackles and is also the first one up in support of the forwards. He is also a dependable finisher. Let's hope it's not as serious as it appeared, though I'm not optimistic.
It took the edge off a good win. Not an easy one to replace I fear.
A huge blow losing Crofts. He has been outstanding these last couple of months. He is our most dynamic midfielder, wins countless tackles and is also the first one up in support of the forwards. He is also a dependable finisher. Let's hope it's not as serious as it appeared, though I'm not optimistic. It took the edge off a good win. Not an easy one to replace I fear. fratsomrover
  • Score: 22

7:24pm Sat 11 Jan 14

graham w says...

I fear for andrew crofts , he looked in dire pain and he has been albions best player so far this season a real work horse hes like a machine I feel he could be out for 6 months which will be be devastating for him as he only knows one way to play footie. .get better soon andrew....all the best. ...
I fear for andrew crofts , he looked in dire pain and he has been albions best player so far this season a real work horse hes like a machine I feel he could be out for 6 months which will be be devastating for him as he only knows one way to play footie. .get better soon andrew....all the best. ... graham w
  • Score: 17

7:44pm Sat 11 Jan 14

mark by the sea says...

Looks like cruciate ligaments ... The twist was similar to Hoskins twist...
Really big loss, great to have Greer back in the side, his positional play and power was a noticeable difference.
Today was important that we hit the top six for first time today, we have a tricky 4 games coming up..... After that I think we can really assess the sides chance of a play off.
I can't see crofts playing again this season, which means if bridcutt does go, we need someone who can play that position, I don't think we have someone who can do the crofts role.
I think we need a striker, hopeful lua lua can stay fit till Buckley returns ,
If I was Gus I would offer Conner wiickham in exchange for bridcutt, guy is 20 years old and has similar traits to Barnes ,
I hope to see a loan in this week.
Looks like cruciate ligaments ... The twist was similar to Hoskins twist... Really big loss, great to have Greer back in the side, his positional play and power was a noticeable difference. Today was important that we hit the top six for first time today, we have a tricky 4 games coming up..... After that I think we can really assess the sides chance of a play off. I can't see crofts playing again this season, which means if bridcutt does go, we need someone who can play that position, I don't think we have someone who can do the crofts role. I think we need a striker, hopeful lua lua can stay fit till Buckley returns , If I was Gus I would offer Conner wiickham in exchange for bridcutt, guy is 20 years old and has similar traits to Barnes , I hope to see a loan in this week. mark by the sea
  • Score: -6

8:08pm Sat 11 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

Central midfield attacking Crofts could be replaced either by Orlandi or Kemmy, could he not? We also have JFC, he did not let himself of the squad down when he stood in. I am not saying don't bring a good player in, just that maybe we don't have to rush it, take a little time and get the right guy.

A good win today but to be honest, I am getting tad frustrated about the fact that we don't get a little cushion with a second goal often enough.

Oscar's plan for Birmingham was the same as the one for Leicester, press high and win the ball back quickly, it works, why not play the same plan every home match.
Central midfield attacking Crofts could be replaced either by Orlandi or Kemmy, could he not? We also have JFC, he did not let himself of the squad down when he stood in. I am not saying don't bring a good player in, just that maybe we don't have to rush it, take a little time and get the right guy. A good win today but to be honest, I am getting tad frustrated about the fact that we don't get a little cushion with a second goal often enough. Oscar's plan for Birmingham was the same as the one for Leicester, press high and win the ball back quickly, it works, why not play the same plan every home match. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 3

8:18pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Far gull says...

Good effort all round today, dreadful for AC first and foremost ,then the team and us second .
Good result against a team that game with only one plan ( park the bus) and left with the result they deserved .
Bruno great second half,poor first .
No cries around me for mourning for Ashley having left,however with Andrew seemingly now out it is ironic as he could possibly have filled Crofts role as he did often last season. Who would run a football club !!?
Ok so now top six lets kick on ,use the injustice of last season,Gus ,cms ,Hoskins now Crofts injury as motivation to go forward.
Jfc could do Crofts role?
Personally prefer Ince in Bridcutt role to Andrews,not that Andrews had a bad game,and we often played today with a back three allowing Brono and ward forward but I do believe Chickson will be better in time on the left ,similar to Bridge in this system.
I can see why Dave still preferred by OG but he must feel Solly's breath on his back.
Kick on guys .uta
Good effort all round today, dreadful for AC first and foremost ,then the team and us second . Good result against a team that game with only one plan ( park the bus) and left with the result they deserved . Bruno great second half,poor first . No cries around me for mourning for Ashley having left,however with Andrew seemingly now out it is ironic as he could possibly have filled Crofts role as he did often last season. Who would run a football club !!? Ok so now top six lets kick on ,use the injustice of last season,Gus ,cms ,Hoskins now Crofts injury as motivation to go forward. Jfc could do Crofts role? Personally prefer Ince in Bridcutt role to Andrews,not that Andrews had a bad game,and we often played today with a back three allowing Brono and ward forward but I do believe Chickson will be better in time on the left ,similar to Bridge in this system. I can see why Dave still preferred by OG but he must feel Solly's breath on his back. Kick on guys .uta Far gull
  • Score: 8

8:20pm Sat 11 Jan 14

mark by the sea says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Central midfield attacking Crofts could be replaced either by Orlandi or Kemmy, could he not? We also have JFC, he did not let himself of the squad down when he stood in. I am not saying don't bring a good player in, just that maybe we don't have to rush it, take a little time and get the right guy.

A good win today but to be honest, I am getting tad frustrated about the fact that we don't get a little cushion with a second goal often enough.

Oscar's plan for Birmingham was the same as the one for Leicester, press high and win the ball back quickly, it works, why not play the same plan every home match.
The one word missing from the three you mention is consistency .. Crofts has been excellent this season, going to be really missed .
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: Central midfield attacking Crofts could be replaced either by Orlandi or Kemmy, could he not? We also have JFC, he did not let himself of the squad down when he stood in. I am not saying don't bring a good player in, just that maybe we don't have to rush it, take a little time and get the right guy. A good win today but to be honest, I am getting tad frustrated about the fact that we don't get a little cushion with a second goal often enough. Oscar's plan for Birmingham was the same as the one for Leicester, press high and win the ball back quickly, it works, why not play the same plan every home match.[/p][/quote]The one word missing from the three you mention is consistency .. Crofts has been excellent this season, going to be really missed . mark by the sea
  • Score: 13

8:22pm Sat 11 Jan 14

phumps says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Central midfield attacking Crofts could be replaced either by Orlandi or Kemmy, could he not? We also have JFC, he did not let himself of the squad down when he stood in. I am not saying don't bring a good player in, just that maybe we don't have to rush it, take a little time and get the right guy.

A good win today but to be honest, I am getting tad frustrated about the fact that we don't get a little cushion with a second goal often enough.

Oscar's plan for Birmingham was the same as the one for Leicester, press high and win the ball back quickly, it works, why not play the same plan every home match.
Have to say Vegas those were my thoughts re midfielders as well, I think the one position we are not bereft in
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: Central midfield attacking Crofts could be replaced either by Orlandi or Kemmy, could he not? We also have JFC, he did not let himself of the squad down when he stood in. I am not saying don't bring a good player in, just that maybe we don't have to rush it, take a little time and get the right guy. A good win today but to be honest, I am getting tad frustrated about the fact that we don't get a little cushion with a second goal often enough. Oscar's plan for Birmingham was the same as the one for Leicester, press high and win the ball back quickly, it works, why not play the same plan every home match.[/p][/quote]Have to say Vegas those were my thoughts re midfielders as well, I think the one position we are not bereft in phumps
  • Score: 1

8:39pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Far gull says...

I know Leo really only been back a short but though he was not still his usual self ?
I know Leo really only been back a short but though he was not still his usual self ? Far gull
  • Score: 8

8:45pm Sat 11 Jan 14

thebigun says...

Just a thought but when croftie got injured ,the medics didn,t call for a stretcher,and assuming they know what they are doing and let him walk off the pitchI would take this to be the injury isn,t as bad as we all think,hope I,m right
Just a thought but when croftie got injured ,the medics didn,t call for a stretcher,and assuming they know what they are doing and let him walk off the pitch[albeit helped]I would take this to be the injury isn,t as bad as we all think,hope I,m right[usually am] thebigun
  • Score: 5

8:56pm Sat 11 Jan 14

wiseman of hove says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Central midfield attacking Crofts could be replaced either by Orlandi or Kemmy, could he not? We also have JFC, he did not let himself of the squad down when he stood in. I am not saying don't bring a good player in, just that maybe we don't have to rush it, take a little time and get the right guy.

A good win today but to be honest, I am getting tad frustrated about the fact that we don't get a little cushion with a second goal often enough.

Oscar's plan for Birmingham was the same as the one for Leicester, press high and win the ball back quickly, it works, why not play the same plan every home match.
I think if we take both Bridcutt and Crofts out of the midfield, Vegas, we might have problems. Oscar's statement about an additional midfielder confirms to me that Bridcutt has 'gone'. I have absolutely no doubts with a fully fit Orlandi but I simply do not think Augustein will consistently step up to the plate and I remain unconvinced by Forster-Caskey. Current team selection indicates that Oscar is not convinced either.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: Central midfield attacking Crofts could be replaced either by Orlandi or Kemmy, could he not? We also have JFC, he did not let himself of the squad down when he stood in. I am not saying don't bring a good player in, just that maybe we don't have to rush it, take a little time and get the right guy. A good win today but to be honest, I am getting tad frustrated about the fact that we don't get a little cushion with a second goal often enough. Oscar's plan for Birmingham was the same as the one for Leicester, press high and win the ball back quickly, it works, why not play the same plan every home match.[/p][/quote]I think if we take both Bridcutt and Crofts out of the midfield, Vegas, we might have problems. Oscar's statement about an additional midfielder confirms to me that Bridcutt has 'gone'. I have absolutely no doubts with a fully fit Orlandi but I simply do not think Augustein will consistently step up to the plate and I remain unconvinced by Forster-Caskey. Current team selection indicates that Oscar is not convinced either. wiseman of hove
  • Score: 6

8:57pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

We have plenty of cover in midfield, but they are all different to Crofts and each other. Getting a Crofts-a-like during the window will be hard, but we can tweak the formation slightly to play without him.

Excellent result against the division's form team today. Other results kinda going our way, so a good day but for the injury.
We have plenty of cover in midfield, but they are all different to Crofts and each other. Getting a Crofts-a-like during the window will be hard, but we can tweak the formation slightly to play without him. Excellent result against the division's form team today. Other results kinda going our way, so a good day but for the injury. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 6

9:33pm Sat 11 Jan 14

namgo49 says...

Crofts was man of the match today, an immense performance cut short by what appears to be a season ending injury. A desparate shame.
Crofts was man of the match today, an immense performance cut short by what appears to be a season ending injury. A desparate shame. namgo49
  • Score: 9

9:35pm Sat 11 Jan 14

sussexram40 says...

Any win is a good win but I think we all must agree that Gus was the manager of the day.
Any win is a good win but I think we all must agree that Gus was the manager of the day. sussexram40
  • Score: -19

9:43pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Webley says...

sussexram40 wrote:
Any win is a good win but I think we all must agree that Gus was the manager of the day.
Why? What is Poyet up to now? UTA
[quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: Any win is a good win but I think we all must agree that Gus was the manager of the day.[/p][/quote]Why? What is Poyet up to now? UTA Webley
  • Score: 11

10:27pm Sat 11 Jan 14

To baldly go says...

namgo49 wrote:
Crofts was man of the match today, an immense performance cut short by what appears to be a season ending injury. A desparate shame.
Man of the season so far for me, gets on with his job without getting the plaudits of others, thought Ulloa looked extremely pi55ed off when substituted, hope we don't upset him to much for the sake of a loan player!
Andrews had his best game for a while and might have to repeat that now Crofty looks out for the season. Lopez was about to be subbed then bangs in a cracker, from where I was sat you could see it curl around the keeper! class.
If we are still in the top 6 come next home match we can push for an auto spot, if not, a nervous end to the season beckons.
[quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: Crofts was man of the match today, an immense performance cut short by what appears to be a season ending injury. A desparate shame.[/p][/quote]Man of the season so far for me, gets on with his job without getting the plaudits of others, thought Ulloa looked extremely pi55ed off when substituted, hope we don't upset him to much for the sake of a loan player! Andrews had his best game for a while and might have to repeat that now Crofty looks out for the season. Lopez was about to be subbed then bangs in a cracker, from where I was sat you could see it curl around the keeper! class. If we are still in the top 6 come next home match we can push for an auto spot, if not, a nervous end to the season beckons. To baldly go
  • Score: 8

10:34pm Sat 11 Jan 14

hannover seagull says...

Another injury and I hope Crofty has not got the Crucial but ,we have Kemy and why not give Solly a chance in the hole
He played that role in the Dev Squad and his pace behind the striker is something to think about
Ulloa is still not 100% match fit and struggled today and looked lacking in confidence
Kaz was once again a threat every time he got the ball and defo MOM
Good 3 points today against another 8 defender team
UTA...
Another injury and I hope Crofty has not got the Crucial but ,we have Kemy and why not give Solly a chance in the hole He played that role in the Dev Squad and his pace behind the striker is something to think about Ulloa is still not 100% match fit and struggled today and looked lacking in confidence Kaz was once again a threat every time he got the ball and defo MOM Good 3 points today against another 8 defender team UTA... hannover seagull
  • Score: 5

10:35pm Sat 11 Jan 14

fratsomrover says...

wiseman of hove wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
Central midfield attacking Crofts could be replaced either by Orlandi or Kemmy, could he not? We also have JFC, he did not let himself of the squad down when he stood in. I am not saying don't bring a good player in, just that maybe we don't have to rush it, take a little time and get the right guy.

A good win today but to be honest, I am getting tad frustrated about the fact that we don't get a little cushion with a second goal often enough.

Oscar's plan for Birmingham was the same as the one for Leicester, press high and win the ball back quickly, it works, why not play the same plan every home match.
I think if we take both Bridcutt and Crofts out of the midfield, Vegas, we might have problems. Oscar's statement about an additional midfielder confirms to me that Bridcutt has 'gone'. I have absolutely no doubts with a fully fit Orlandi but I simply do not think Augustein will consistently step up to the plate and I remain unconvinced by Forster-Caskey. Current team selection indicates that Oscar is not convinced either.
I dont think Orlandi, Agustein or JFC will have the impact of Crofts. He has been exceptional these last few weeks. I wonder if OG might be tempted to change the system and play Obika alongside Ulloa. Cant say either of those front two impressed too much today however, although it might be different if they start together.
I also hope Buckley returns soon as I think we need his pace and width to stretch defences.
Four successive away games should prove a telling test for us and I must admit I would be a bit happier if we knocking in a few more goals.
We still dominate possession, but in all honesty create very few good scoring chances. Most of our efforts were from distance with few created in their penalty box and we do need to improve this aspect of our game if we are to keep up our challenge over this challenging period.
[quote][p][bold]wiseman of hove[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: Central midfield attacking Crofts could be replaced either by Orlandi or Kemmy, could he not? We also have JFC, he did not let himself of the squad down when he stood in. I am not saying don't bring a good player in, just that maybe we don't have to rush it, take a little time and get the right guy. A good win today but to be honest, I am getting tad frustrated about the fact that we don't get a little cushion with a second goal often enough. Oscar's plan for Birmingham was the same as the one for Leicester, press high and win the ball back quickly, it works, why not play the same plan every home match.[/p][/quote]I think if we take both Bridcutt and Crofts out of the midfield, Vegas, we might have problems. Oscar's statement about an additional midfielder confirms to me that Bridcutt has 'gone'. I have absolutely no doubts with a fully fit Orlandi but I simply do not think Augustein will consistently step up to the plate and I remain unconvinced by Forster-Caskey. Current team selection indicates that Oscar is not convinced either.[/p][/quote]I dont think Orlandi, Agustein or JFC will have the impact of Crofts. He has been exceptional these last few weeks. I wonder if OG might be tempted to change the system and play Obika alongside Ulloa. Cant say either of those front two impressed too much today however, although it might be different if they start together. I also hope Buckley returns soon as I think we need his pace and width to stretch defences. Four successive away games should prove a telling test for us and I must admit I would be a bit happier if we knocking in a few more goals. We still dominate possession, but in all honesty create very few good scoring chances. Most of our efforts were from distance with few created in their penalty box and we do need to improve this aspect of our game if we are to keep up our challenge over this challenging period. fratsomrover
  • Score: 5

11:00pm Sat 11 Jan 14

mark by the sea says...

fratsomrover wrote:
wiseman of hove wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
Central midfield attacking Crofts could be replaced either by Orlandi or Kemmy, could he not? We also have JFC, he did not let himself of the squad down when he stood in. I am not saying don't bring a good player in, just that maybe we don't have to rush it, take a little time and get the right guy.

A good win today but to be honest, I am getting tad frustrated about the fact that we don't get a little cushion with a second goal often enough.

Oscar's plan for Birmingham was the same as the one for Leicester, press high and win the ball back quickly, it works, why not play the same plan every home match.
I think if we take both Bridcutt and Crofts out of the midfield, Vegas, we might have problems. Oscar's statement about an additional midfielder confirms to me that Bridcutt has 'gone'. I have absolutely no doubts with a fully fit Orlandi but I simply do not think Augustein will consistently step up to the plate and I remain unconvinced by Forster-Caskey. Current team selection indicates that Oscar is not convinced either.
I dont think Orlandi, Agustein or JFC will have the impact of Crofts. He has been exceptional these last few weeks. I wonder if OG might be tempted to change the system and play Obika alongside Ulloa. Cant say either of those front two impressed too much today however, although it might be different if they start together.
I also hope Buckley returns soon as I think we need his pace and width to stretch defences.
Four successive away games should prove a telling test for us and I must admit I would be a bit happier if we knocking in a few more goals.
We still dominate possession, but in all honesty create very few good scoring chances. Most of our efforts were from distance with few created in their penalty box and we do need to improve this aspect of our game if we are to keep up our challenge over this challenging period.
Why would we change a system? He had the chance when Barnes was here, I can't see us going 2 up front to even weaken the midfield more.. Remember last season our basic midfield was Buckley, bridcutt crofts Hammond Barnes. We must find a goal scoring midfielder, and a croft type man,
Obika has pace, how he performs is really a guess, bonus today was lua lua, is he out of contract too this summer?
[quote][p][bold]fratsomrover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wiseman of hove[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: Central midfield attacking Crofts could be replaced either by Orlandi or Kemmy, could he not? We also have JFC, he did not let himself of the squad down when he stood in. I am not saying don't bring a good player in, just that maybe we don't have to rush it, take a little time and get the right guy. A good win today but to be honest, I am getting tad frustrated about the fact that we don't get a little cushion with a second goal often enough. Oscar's plan for Birmingham was the same as the one for Leicester, press high and win the ball back quickly, it works, why not play the same plan every home match.[/p][/quote]I think if we take both Bridcutt and Crofts out of the midfield, Vegas, we might have problems. Oscar's statement about an additional midfielder confirms to me that Bridcutt has 'gone'. I have absolutely no doubts with a fully fit Orlandi but I simply do not think Augustein will consistently step up to the plate and I remain unconvinced by Forster-Caskey. Current team selection indicates that Oscar is not convinced either.[/p][/quote]I dont think Orlandi, Agustein or JFC will have the impact of Crofts. He has been exceptional these last few weeks. I wonder if OG might be tempted to change the system and play Obika alongside Ulloa. Cant say either of those front two impressed too much today however, although it might be different if they start together. I also hope Buckley returns soon as I think we need his pace and width to stretch defences. Four successive away games should prove a telling test for us and I must admit I would be a bit happier if we knocking in a few more goals. We still dominate possession, but in all honesty create very few good scoring chances. Most of our efforts were from distance with few created in their penalty box and we do need to improve this aspect of our game if we are to keep up our challenge over this challenging period.[/p][/quote]Why would we change a system? He had the chance when Barnes was here, I can't see us going 2 up front to even weaken the midfield more.. Remember last season our basic midfield was Buckley, bridcutt crofts Hammond Barnes. We must find a goal scoring midfielder, and a croft type man, Obika has pace, how he performs is really a guess, bonus today was lua lua, is he out of contract too this summer? mark by the sea
  • Score: 2

11:10pm Sat 11 Jan 14

hannover seagull says...

To be honest, we are not exactly that good at the moment
We have no flare up front
We have an ageing back four
A confused midfield
But we will still make the play-offs because we are
SUPER BHA
To be honest, we are not exactly that good at the moment We have no flare up front We have an ageing back four A confused midfield But we will still make the play-offs because we are SUPER BHA hannover seagull
  • Score: 2

1:44am Sun 12 Jan 14

Chi Gull says...

Assuming Crofts is out for months, we have lost 2 of our top 3 scorers in the space of a few days. I am with MBTS as the only other goal scoring midfielders are Lopez and Orlandi, but the latter is still not fully fit and its a risk playing both of them and Lua Lua because you have 3 players who are not that good at winning the ball back. Although Ince is good at winning the ball and using it simply, I am beginning to think he is another that isn't going to score goals. He ought to be a threat in the air but he isn't.

I don't think Ulloa was miffed about being taken off. He just didn't seem to have his usual energy today and he knew he hadn't played well. Too early to tell with Obika.

I thought Bruno got better as the game went on and Ward had a good game. Greer was outstanding in the 1st half especially and even crossed the half way line a few times and gave telling passes.

Vegas - yes we did sit back too much after the goal, but I think the Crofts injury didn't help in that respect. At least we seem to be dominating teams more at home now - even if the scorelines are still close.

Next three games should be interesting !
Assuming Crofts is out for months, we have lost 2 of our top 3 scorers in the space of a few days. I am with MBTS as the only other goal scoring midfielders are Lopez and Orlandi, but the latter is still not fully fit and its a risk playing both of them and Lua Lua because you have 3 players who are not that good at winning the ball back. Although Ince is good at winning the ball and using it simply, I am beginning to think he is another that isn't going to score goals. He ought to be a threat in the air but he isn't. I don't think Ulloa was miffed about being taken off. He just didn't seem to have his usual energy today and he knew he hadn't played well. Too early to tell with Obika. I thought Bruno got better as the game went on and Ward had a good game. Greer was outstanding in the 1st half especially and even crossed the half way line a few times and gave telling passes. Vegas - yes we did sit back too much after the goal, but I think the Crofts injury didn't help in that respect. At least we seem to be dominating teams more at home now - even if the scorelines are still close. Next three games should be interesting ! Chi Gull
  • Score: 5

9:41am Sun 12 Jan 14

Eddy B says...

Personally don't see the need for panic. We have a squad of midfielders. Will give Augestein a chance for a consistent run and I don't think we'll be too disappointed from what i've seen of him so far. If any of these squad players are not good enough to step up after an injury (without resorting to another loan) what's the point? Furthermore we are yet to see Orlandi reestablished and agree it is time for March to be given a chance from the bench at least.
Personally don't see the need for panic. We have a squad of midfielders. Will give Augestein a chance for a consistent run and I don't think we'll be too disappointed from what i've seen of him so far. If any of these squad players are not good enough to step up after an injury (without resorting to another loan) what's the point? Furthermore we are yet to see Orlandi reestablished and agree it is time for March to be given a chance from the bench at least. Eddy B
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