Macca back with assist for Albion

Craig Mackail-Smith

Craig Mackail-Smith

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Craig Mackail-Smith gained more valuable game time on the road to recovery at Lancing tonight.

The Albion striker, watched by his partner's father Barry Fry, played for 50 minutes in a 3-2 win for the development team against Crystal Palace at Culver Road.

It was Mackail-Smith's first home appearance for ten months after Achilles and ankle injuries.

He more than doubled the game time he was given on his comeback at Brentford last week and set up Brennan Dickenson's crisply struck equaliser by nodding into his path.

Albion were 2-1 ahead against the run of play at the break with goals in the closing stages of the first half from Dickenson and Glen Rea.

Reise Allassani had slotted Palace into an early lead before the outstanding Christian Walton saved the goalscorer's ninth minute penalty.

Mackail-Smith's replacement Jordan Maguire-Drew sealed a spirited victory for Albion with 20 minutes left.

An audacious lob from Quade Taylor came too late to rescue Palace.

Albion (4-1-2-3): Walton; Deen, Rea, Dallison, Hunt; Asmundsson; Harris, Starkey; Monakana (Davis 69), Mackail-Smith (Maguire-Drew 50), Dickenson. Subs not used: Davis, Smith, Wiltshire, Muitt, Maguire-Drew.

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9:16pm Mon 3 Feb 14

WiseOldSeagull says...

Great news. 10 or 15 mins on Saturday?
Great news. 10 or 15 mins on Saturday? WiseOldSeagull
  • Score: 4

9:30pm Mon 3 Feb 14

2ndCitySeagull says...

I left at halftime, CMS looked quick when he needed to be, showed some assured first time touches too. Albion had a slow start, but recovered after the Walton penalty save. Didn't see enough of Monakana to mention. Dickinson took his goal well and is industrious on the left wing, needs to keep his eye on the ball though. The one to watch though is Admundsson, pace, passing, keeps the ball well nicks the ball from opponents and does something positive with it. Full of running and not afraid to shoot. Not fair to compare but he's a lot like Freddy Lundberg.
I left at halftime, CMS looked quick when he needed to be, showed some assured first time touches too. Albion had a slow start, but recovered after the Walton penalty save. Didn't see enough of Monakana to mention. Dickinson took his goal well and is industrious on the left wing, needs to keep his eye on the ball though. The one to watch though is Admundsson, pace, passing, keeps the ball well nicks the ball from opponents and does something positive with it. Full of running and not afraid to shoot. Not fair to compare but he's a lot like Freddy Lundberg. 2ndCitySeagull
  • Score: 8

10:17pm Mon 3 Feb 14

pwlr1966 says...

watched online, shame the first team couldn't put in such an effort at Watford!!!
watched online, shame the first team couldn't put in such an effort at Watford!!! pwlr1966
  • Score: 1

10:26pm Mon 3 Feb 14

PressBoxTeaBoy says...

Did anyone else spot the 4-1-2-3 formation? Perhaps our dev coach could have a word with Oscar and Nathan?
Did anyone else spot the 4-1-2-3 formation? Perhaps our dev coach could have a word with Oscar and Nathan? PressBoxTeaBoy
  • Score: 4

11:45pm Mon 3 Feb 14

championshipgull says...

2ndCitySeagull wrote:
I left at halftime, CMS looked quick when he needed to be, showed some assured first time touches too. Albion had a slow start, but recovered after the Walton penalty save. Didn't see enough of Monakana to mention. Dickinson took his goal well and is industrious on the left wing, needs to keep his eye on the ball though. The one to watch though is Admundsson, pace, passing, keeps the ball well nicks the ball from opponents and does something positive with it. Full of running and not afraid to shoot. Not fair to compare but he's a lot like Freddy Lundberg.
Good report 2ndCity
I thought CMS turned it on, last 15mins of the first half leading to the goals and changing the game. Monakana has got blistering pace on the ball and had a couple of good runs but as you say we didn’t see enough of him. I like Asmundsson also, he reminds me both in looks and style of Will Hughes. It was an enjoyable evening. Didn’t think it was going to be when at 0-1 down the ball went on the spot for a palace penalty but Walton was exceptional throughout. Looking forward to Saturday now. It’s time for the first team to stuff someone as well.
[quote][p][bold]2ndCitySeagull[/bold] wrote: I left at halftime, CMS looked quick when he needed to be, showed some assured first time touches too. Albion had a slow start, but recovered after the Walton penalty save. Didn't see enough of Monakana to mention. Dickinson took his goal well and is industrious on the left wing, needs to keep his eye on the ball though. The one to watch though is Admundsson, pace, passing, keeps the ball well nicks the ball from opponents and does something positive with it. Full of running and not afraid to shoot. Not fair to compare but he's a lot like Freddy Lundberg.[/p][/quote]Good report 2ndCity I thought CMS turned it on, last 15mins of the first half leading to the goals and changing the game. Monakana has got blistering pace on the ball and had a couple of good runs but as you say we didn’t see enough of him. I like Asmundsson also, he reminds me both in looks and style of Will Hughes. It was an enjoyable evening. Didn’t think it was going to be when at 0-1 down the ball went on the spot for a palace penalty but Walton was exceptional throughout. Looking forward to Saturday now. It’s time for the first team to stuff someone as well. championshipgull
  • Score: 6

12:07am Tue 4 Feb 14

Captain Haddock says...

championshipgull wrote:
2ndCitySeagull wrote:
I left at halftime, CMS looked quick when he needed to be, showed some assured first time touches too. Albion had a slow start, but recovered after the Walton penalty save. Didn't see enough of Monakana to mention. Dickinson took his goal well and is industrious on the left wing, needs to keep his eye on the ball though. The one to watch though is Admundsson, pace, passing, keeps the ball well nicks the ball from opponents and does something positive with it. Full of running and not afraid to shoot. Not fair to compare but he's a lot like Freddy Lundberg.
Good report 2ndCity
I thought CMS turned it on, last 15mins of the first half leading to the goals and changing the game. Monakana has got blistering pace on the ball and had a couple of good runs but as you say we didn’t see enough of him. I like Asmundsson also, he reminds me both in looks and style of Will Hughes. It was an enjoyable evening. Didn’t think it was going to be when at 0-1 down the ball went on the spot for a palace penalty but Walton was exceptional throughout. Looking forward to Saturday now. It’s time for the first team to stuff someone as well.
Cheers for the info and observations chaps. Must admit that's cheered me up somewhat after a downbeat few days football wise. Very encouraged to hear about Dickensen's progress and the first feedback on Asmundsson, who's not been talked about in detail before. Sounds like he's the next likely candidate for a first team breakthrough.
[quote][p][bold]championshipgull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2ndCitySeagull[/bold] wrote: I left at halftime, CMS looked quick when he needed to be, showed some assured first time touches too. Albion had a slow start, but recovered after the Walton penalty save. Didn't see enough of Monakana to mention. Dickinson took his goal well and is industrious on the left wing, needs to keep his eye on the ball though. The one to watch though is Admundsson, pace, passing, keeps the ball well nicks the ball from opponents and does something positive with it. Full of running and not afraid to shoot. Not fair to compare but he's a lot like Freddy Lundberg.[/p][/quote]Good report 2ndCity I thought CMS turned it on, last 15mins of the first half leading to the goals and changing the game. Monakana has got blistering pace on the ball and had a couple of good runs but as you say we didn’t see enough of him. I like Asmundsson also, he reminds me both in looks and style of Will Hughes. It was an enjoyable evening. Didn’t think it was going to be when at 0-1 down the ball went on the spot for a palace penalty but Walton was exceptional throughout. Looking forward to Saturday now. It’s time for the first team to stuff someone as well.[/p][/quote]Cheers for the info and observations chaps. Must admit that's cheered me up somewhat after a downbeat few days football wise. Very encouraged to hear about Dickensen's progress and the first feedback on Asmundsson, who's not been talked about in detail before. Sounds like he's the next likely candidate for a first team breakthrough. Captain Haddock
  • Score: 4

1:30am Tue 4 Feb 14

Vince says...

The future is with our youngsters.

Hopefully, OG will eventually find the right blend of players from the devlpmnt squad to suit his system for the first team squad. The best teams have a good mix of youth and experience.

I think OG is still learning his trade - and at the moment he is like Gus in his early days - one style of play only - leaving changes until the last 10 mins, unless injuries force his hand earlier..

OG needs to develop his system by integrating the good aspects of the English game into his Spanish/Barcelona philosophy. For example, strikers hunting in pairs.

Otherwise he may continue to score OG's at home :-)
The future is with our youngsters. Hopefully, OG will eventually find the right blend of players from the devlpmnt squad to suit his system for the first team squad. The best teams have a good mix of youth and experience. I think OG is still learning his trade - and at the moment he is like Gus in his early days - one style of play only - leaving changes until the last 10 mins, unless injuries force his hand earlier.. OG needs to develop his system by integrating the good aspects of the English game into his Spanish/Barcelona philosophy. For example, strikers hunting in pairs. Otherwise he may continue to score OG's at home :-) Vince
  • Score: 1

6:19am Tue 4 Feb 14

Alfie T says...

Captain Haddock wrote:
championshipgull wrote:
2ndCitySeagull wrote:
I left at halftime, CMS looked quick when he needed to be, showed some assured first time touches too. Albion had a slow start, but recovered after the Walton penalty save. Didn't see enough of Monakana to mention. Dickinson took his goal well and is industrious on the left wing, needs to keep his eye on the ball though. The one to watch though is Admundsson, pace, passing, keeps the ball well nicks the ball from opponents and does something positive with it. Full of running and not afraid to shoot. Not fair to compare but he's a lot like Freddy Lundberg.
Good report 2ndCity
I thought CMS turned it on, last 15mins of the first half leading to the goals and changing the game. Monakana has got blistering pace on the ball and had a couple of good runs but as you say we didn’t see enough of him. I like Asmundsson also, he reminds me both in looks and style of Will Hughes. It was an enjoyable evening. Didn’t think it was going to be when at 0-1 down the ball went on the spot for a palace penalty but Walton was exceptional throughout. Looking forward to Saturday now. It’s time for the first team to stuff someone as well.
Cheers for the info and observations chaps. Must admit that's cheered me up somewhat after a downbeat few days football wise. Very encouraged to hear about Dickensen's progress and the first feedback on Asmundsson, who's not been talked about in detail before. Sounds like he's the next likely candidate for a first team breakthrough.
Agree with the above,some positivity to lift us all after the Watford no show. Gut feeling is telling me Donny could be on the receiving end of a big home win this Saturday.
[quote][p][bold]Captain Haddock[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]championshipgull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2ndCitySeagull[/bold] wrote: I left at halftime, CMS looked quick when he needed to be, showed some assured first time touches too. Albion had a slow start, but recovered after the Walton penalty save. Didn't see enough of Monakana to mention. Dickinson took his goal well and is industrious on the left wing, needs to keep his eye on the ball though. The one to watch though is Admundsson, pace, passing, keeps the ball well nicks the ball from opponents and does something positive with it. Full of running and not afraid to shoot. Not fair to compare but he's a lot like Freddy Lundberg.[/p][/quote]Good report 2ndCity I thought CMS turned it on, last 15mins of the first half leading to the goals and changing the game. Monakana has got blistering pace on the ball and had a couple of good runs but as you say we didn’t see enough of him. I like Asmundsson also, he reminds me both in looks and style of Will Hughes. It was an enjoyable evening. Didn’t think it was going to be when at 0-1 down the ball went on the spot for a palace penalty but Walton was exceptional throughout. Looking forward to Saturday now. It’s time for the first team to stuff someone as well.[/p][/quote]Cheers for the info and observations chaps. Must admit that's cheered me up somewhat after a downbeat few days football wise. Very encouraged to hear about Dickensen's progress and the first feedback on Asmundsson, who's not been talked about in detail before. Sounds like he's the next likely candidate for a first team breakthrough.[/p][/quote]Agree with the above,some positivity to lift us all after the Watford no show. Gut feeling is telling me Donny could be on the receiving end of a big home win this Saturday. Alfie T
  • Score: 3

10:38am Tue 4 Feb 14

tinker111 says...

AND WHERE IS HOSKINS ??????
AND WHERE IS HOSKINS ?????? tinker111
  • Score: -2

11:33am Tue 4 Feb 14

tug509 says...

PressBoxTeaBoy wrote:
Did anyone else spot the 4-1-2-3 formation? Perhaps our dev coach could have a word with Oscar and Nathan?
It shone out of the page ,like 3D ,it would be nice to see on saturday ,but i wont bet on it .
[quote][p][bold]PressBoxTeaBoy[/bold] wrote: Did anyone else spot the 4-1-2-3 formation? Perhaps our dev coach could have a word with Oscar and Nathan?[/p][/quote]It shone out of the page ,like 3D ,it would be nice to see on saturday ,but i wont bet on it . tug509
  • Score: 0

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