Ulloa hails role of Albion new boy

The Argus: Le Ulloa in action against Doncaster Le Ulloa in action against Doncaster

ALBION marksman Leo Ulloa believes the arrival of spring-heeled David Rodriguez can help him in his quest to return to regular goalscoring form.

Ulloa ended six matches without a goal, the longest barren spell of his Albion career, by heading the winner against Doncaster Rovers at the Amex.

The match also marked the full debut of January signing Rodriguez. Spaniard Rodriguez, formerly with Celta Vigo, featured on both wings as Ulloa scored for the first time since a double at Charlton on Boxing Day.

The Argentinian bought from Almeria a year ago told The Argus: “I know him because I have played against him. He is fast and he works hard and he has a good cross. He needs to gradually adapt and then I think he will be a good player for us.

“I am very happy, because I needed to score, but we needed it more. It was important for us to win.

“It’s difficult when you are not scoring. I want to score every game. Sometimes I haven’t had chances to score but you need to work for the team.”

Ulloa notched four goals in eight games at the start of the season before a fractured foot bone ruled him out for ten weeks.

He has struck three times in ten outings since his return, raising his overall tally for the club to 17 in 38 appearances.

“The injury was difficult,” Ulloa said. “Now I feel much better, now I feel 100 per cent. In this game and the last game (at Watford) I’ve felt good.”

Ulloa has been on target both times he has faced tomorrow night’s visitors Leeds United.

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9:55am Mon 10 Feb 14

SMF20 says...

Looking forward to seeing how Rod develops.

I thought he looked like he might offer us something on Saturday.. especially in the second half when he was switched to the right flank.

Certainly one to keep an eye on and definitely gave Leo some much needed support.

Uta
Looking forward to seeing how Rod develops. I thought he looked like he might offer us something on Saturday.. especially in the second half when he was switched to the right flank. Certainly one to keep an eye on and definitely gave Leo some much needed support. Uta SMF20

10:03am Mon 10 Feb 14

EastWorthingExocetMissile says...

We have desperately missed pace up front. Ulloa and Barnes are so slow. Could see oscar,s vision a lot more on Saturday with the pace of Spanish rod. If we got him down one wing Buckley or Lua Lua down the other with ullloa in the middle we could be very effective. Also means we don't need to rush the return of cms which is good.
We have desperately missed pace up front. Ulloa and Barnes are so slow. Could see oscar,s vision a lot more on Saturday with the pace of Spanish rod. If we got him down one wing Buckley or Lua Lua down the other with ullloa in the middle we could be very effective. Also means we don't need to rush the return of cms which is good. EastWorthingExocetMissile

10:04am Mon 10 Feb 14

Yorkieseagull says...

Ulloa took his goal well, having missed a sitter in the first half, and looked a bit lethargic for long periods on Saturday. On a couple of occasions possible moves forward had to be halted because he was just ambling back from an offside position. He's never going to beat anybody for pace so Rod's and Ward's crosses with pace should give him the opportunity to get some contact and attempts on target. I don't think we have anything to worry about him being poached by a PL side, he's good enough for this division but that's all.
Ulloa took his goal well, having missed a sitter in the first half, and looked a bit lethargic for long periods on Saturday. On a couple of occasions possible moves forward had to be halted because he was just ambling back from an offside position. He's never going to beat anybody for pace so Rod's and Ward's crosses with pace should give him the opportunity to get some contact and attempts on target. I don't think we have anything to worry about him being poached by a PL side, he's good enough for this division but that's all. Yorkieseagull

10:17am Mon 10 Feb 14

wiseman of hove says...

I have no doubt that Rodriguez will be an asset but perhaps not full 90 mins yet. As Ulloa says - he needs to gradually adapt. I noticed Ulloa being a bit peeved with a couple of runs in the second half by Rodriguez that did not result in perfect service to him. I hope it's just frustration at not yet firing on all cylinders but Ulloa is not backward at showing annoyance and I did wonder what his reaction might have been if Oscar had dared to replace him with Obika towards the end of match! It would not have been a bad shout in my view, just to give Obika a decent bit of match time, and rest Ulloa after his goal.
I hope Ulloa sees his medium to long term future with us. That header shows just how effective he is when the perfect cross does arrives.
I have no doubt that Rodriguez will be an asset but perhaps not full 90 mins yet. As Ulloa says - he needs to gradually adapt. I noticed Ulloa being a bit peeved with a couple of runs in the second half by Rodriguez that did not result in perfect service to him. I hope it's just frustration at not yet firing on all cylinders but Ulloa is not backward at showing annoyance and I did wonder what his reaction might have been if Oscar had dared to replace him with Obika towards the end of match! It would not have been a bad shout in my view, just to give Obika a decent bit of match time, and rest Ulloa after his goal. I hope Ulloa sees his medium to long term future with us. That header shows just how effective he is when the perfect cross does arrives. wiseman of hove

10:50am Mon 10 Feb 14

fratsomrover says...

wiseman of hove wrote:
I have no doubt that Rodriguez will be an asset but perhaps not full 90 mins yet. As Ulloa says - he needs to gradually adapt. I noticed Ulloa being a bit peeved with a couple of runs in the second half by Rodriguez that did not result in perfect service to him. I hope it's just frustration at not yet firing on all cylinders but Ulloa is not backward at showing annoyance and I did wonder what his reaction might have been if Oscar had dared to replace him with Obika towards the end of match! It would not have been a bad shout in my view, just to give Obika a decent bit of match time, and rest Ulloa after his goal.
I hope Ulloa sees his medium to long term future with us. That header shows just how effective he is when the perfect cross does arrives.
I too noticed that there were several occasions when players, not just Ulloa, spun away from defenders to run into space and were not picked out by the man on the ball. It happened several times with Rodriguez and also March and has frequently happened with Buckley.
The art of the penetrating ball forward is all in the timing. Forwards work hard to create space behind defenders and when they achieve that, and spin away to make that run, they want that ball delivered into the space behind the defender so they can attack it at full speed. All too often the forwards have to check their runs as they are not spotted by the midfielder.
It's something they should work at repeatedly in training, to get midfielders with the vision to spot these runs and to get them to deliver the ball before the forward either runs offside or has to check his run.
With Barnes gone, there is pace in the side now with March, Lua Lua, Rodriguez, Buckley & Obika, so lets utilise this asset to get behind defenders and keep them stretched. This way we create more space in the box for Ulloa and midfielders to attack.
We need to score more goals and I have a feeling more than one will be required to beat Leeds. We need to score first too or else they will be content to sit back and rely on their forwards outpacing Greer down the centre, which could be highly probable at present. The last thing we want is to go a goal down.
Looking forward to the game and I hope to see the same positive approach again on Tuesday, with perhaps a bit better quality with the final ball and more quality with the finishing.
[quote][p][bold]wiseman of hove[/bold] wrote: I have no doubt that Rodriguez will be an asset but perhaps not full 90 mins yet. As Ulloa says - he needs to gradually adapt. I noticed Ulloa being a bit peeved with a couple of runs in the second half by Rodriguez that did not result in perfect service to him. I hope it's just frustration at not yet firing on all cylinders but Ulloa is not backward at showing annoyance and I did wonder what his reaction might have been if Oscar had dared to replace him with Obika towards the end of match! It would not have been a bad shout in my view, just to give Obika a decent bit of match time, and rest Ulloa after his goal. I hope Ulloa sees his medium to long term future with us. That header shows just how effective he is when the perfect cross does arrives.[/p][/quote]I too noticed that there were several occasions when players, not just Ulloa, spun away from defenders to run into space and were not picked out by the man on the ball. It happened several times with Rodriguez and also March and has frequently happened with Buckley. The art of the penetrating ball forward is all in the timing. Forwards work hard to create space behind defenders and when they achieve that, and spin away to make that run, they want that ball delivered into the space behind the defender so they can attack it at full speed. All too often the forwards have to check their runs as they are not spotted by the midfielder. It's something they should work at repeatedly in training, to get midfielders with the vision to spot these runs and to get them to deliver the ball before the forward either runs offside or has to check his run. With Barnes gone, there is pace in the side now with March, Lua Lua, Rodriguez, Buckley & Obika, so lets utilise this asset to get behind defenders and keep them stretched. This way we create more space in the box for Ulloa and midfielders to attack. We need to score more goals and I have a feeling more than one will be required to beat Leeds. We need to score first too or else they will be content to sit back and rely on their forwards outpacing Greer down the centre, which could be highly probable at present. The last thing we want is to go a goal down. Looking forward to the game and I hope to see the same positive approach again on Tuesday, with perhaps a bit better quality with the final ball and more quality with the finishing. fratsomrover

1:56pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Cory and Trevor says...

Yorkieseagull wrote:
Ulloa took his goal well, having missed a sitter in the first half, and looked a bit lethargic for long periods on Saturday. On a couple of occasions possible moves forward had to be halted because he was just ambling back from an offside position. He's never going to beat anybody for pace so Rod's and Ward's crosses with pace should give him the opportunity to get some contact and attempts on target. I don't think we have anything to worry about him being poached by a PL side, he's good enough for this division but that's all.
Disagree, i believe he's easily good enough for the PL, and so do at least a couple of managers of teams there who had enquiries for him re-buffed.

The lad's been superb for us. A bit slow getting into his stride following his injury, but ignore that and look at what he's done so far: the goals he's scored, the defending he does twhen we're under it, and his attitude are all spot on. He loves his football and wants to win, so forgive him a bit of on-pitch frustration at times, (especially when alone up front in recent weeks) when he's getting goals chalked off for off-side etc.
[quote][p][bold]Yorkieseagull[/bold] wrote: Ulloa took his goal well, having missed a sitter in the first half, and looked a bit lethargic for long periods on Saturday. On a couple of occasions possible moves forward had to be halted because he was just ambling back from an offside position. He's never going to beat anybody for pace so Rod's and Ward's crosses with pace should give him the opportunity to get some contact and attempts on target. I don't think we have anything to worry about him being poached by a PL side, he's good enough for this division but that's all.[/p][/quote]Disagree, i believe he's easily good enough for the PL, and so do at least a couple of managers of teams there who had enquiries for him re-buffed. The lad's been superb for us. A bit slow getting into his stride following his injury, but ignore that and look at what he's done so far: the goals he's scored, the defending he does twhen we're under it, and his attitude are all spot on. He loves his football and wants to win, so forgive him a bit of on-pitch frustration at times, (especially when alone up front in recent weeks) when he's getting goals chalked off for off-side etc. Cory and Trevor

4:01pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Yorkieseagull says...

Cory and Trevor wrote:
Yorkieseagull wrote:
Ulloa took his goal well, having missed a sitter in the first half, and looked a bit lethargic for long periods on Saturday. On a couple of occasions possible moves forward had to be halted because he was just ambling back from an offside position. He's never going to beat anybody for pace so Rod's and Ward's crosses with pace should give him the opportunity to get some contact and attempts on target. I don't think we have anything to worry about him being poached by a PL side, he's good enough for this division but that's all.
Disagree, i believe he's easily good enough for the PL, and so do at least a couple of managers of teams there who had enquiries for him re-buffed.

The lad's been superb for us. A bit slow getting into his stride following his injury, but ignore that and look at what he's done so far: the goals he's scored, the defending he does twhen we're under it, and his attitude are all spot on. He loves his football and wants to win, so forgive him a bit of on-pitch frustration at times, (especially when alone up front in recent weeks) when he's getting goals chalked off for off-side etc.
I don't disagree with your assertion that he's done a good job for us, my comment was that he would not trouble too many PL defenders with the tools he's got in his locker. Let's see how he does against Hull City?
[quote][p][bold]Cory and Trevor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Yorkieseagull[/bold] wrote: Ulloa took his goal well, having missed a sitter in the first half, and looked a bit lethargic for long periods on Saturday. On a couple of occasions possible moves forward had to be halted because he was just ambling back from an offside position. He's never going to beat anybody for pace so Rod's and Ward's crosses with pace should give him the opportunity to get some contact and attempts on target. I don't think we have anything to worry about him being poached by a PL side, he's good enough for this division but that's all.[/p][/quote]Disagree, i believe he's easily good enough for the PL, and so do at least a couple of managers of teams there who had enquiries for him re-buffed. The lad's been superb for us. A bit slow getting into his stride following his injury, but ignore that and look at what he's done so far: the goals he's scored, the defending he does twhen we're under it, and his attitude are all spot on. He loves his football and wants to win, so forgive him a bit of on-pitch frustration at times, (especially when alone up front in recent weeks) when he's getting goals chalked off for off-side etc.[/p][/quote]I don't disagree with your assertion that he's done a good job for us, my comment was that he would not trouble too many PL defenders with the tools he's got in his locker. Let's see how he does against Hull City? Yorkieseagull

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