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Albion challenged to be more ruthless

The Argus: Oscar Garcia wants his side to be more clinical Oscar Garcia wants his side to be more clinical

Albion boss Oscar Garcia has challenged Albion to marry their mean streak with a killer instinct as they prepare to face the most prolific goalscorer in the Championship.

The Seagulls’ defensive record of 25 goals conceded in 29 games, the third-best in the division behind QPR and Burnley, will be tested at the Amex tonight by fellow play-off contenders Leeds United and their spearhead Ross McCormack.

Oscar wants his side to make more of the chances they create at the other end to improve on a modest tally of 31 goals scored, the lowest of any team in the top ten and better only than Wigan, Blackpool and sides in the bottom five.

The head coach told The Argus: “The defensive line is experienced. They know each other quite well and they have a good understanding.

“It’s not only the defence. The attacking players are also working hard and the midfielders as well.

“The way we are playing we need to score more goals, to be more clinical in front of goal, but I am not worried because we are creating chances.

“Sometimes you can score the most difficult chances and miss the easy ones. Hopefully this kind of thing will change in the games coming up.

“Of course, Leeds have to worry about most of the players we have. We are at home, we want to keep playing like we have been and hopefully our killer instinct will change from now until the end of the season.”

Leeds have been galvanised by consecutive victories, including four goals for McCormack, since manager Brian McDermott was told he would be sacked and was then reinstated.

Uncertainty still surrounds the Yorkshiremen, with a takeover by the controversial Massimo Cellino on the brink of completion, but Oscar regards them as dangerous opponents.

He said: “The players are showing good character and he (McDermott) has been strong as well. These kind of things are affecting them in the right way, because they are winning.

“When you have a player like McCormack, who has scored 22 goals in 29 games, it was important for them to keep him during the transfer window. They didn’t lose anybody and they signed very good players. They are a stronger team now.”

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6:54am Tue 11 Feb 14

Grendel says...

We really need to lift our game in order to avoid defeat tonight. Come on u Seagulls!
We really need to lift our game in order to avoid defeat tonight. Come on u Seagulls! Grendel
  • Score: 3

6:57am Tue 11 Feb 14

Baldseagull says...

I saw some stats someone had dug up on NSC, that showed we had hit the woodwork 12 times this season so far, more than any other side, also we are 5th or 6th for shots at goal, ahead of Derby.
Oscar has us creating enough chances, just need to hit the net and not the posts.
I saw some stats someone had dug up on NSC, that showed we had hit the woodwork 12 times this season so far, more than any other side, also we are 5th or 6th for shots at goal, ahead of Derby. Oscar has us creating enough chances, just need to hit the net and not the posts. Baldseagull
  • Score: 10

8:43am Tue 11 Feb 14

AlanDuffy says...

Baldseagull wrote:
I saw some stats someone had dug up on NSC, that showed we had hit the woodwork 12 times this season so far, more than any other side, also we are 5th or 6th for shots at goal, ahead of Derby.
Oscar has us creating enough chances, just need to hit the net and not the posts.
I'd be willing to bet most of those shots were from outside the area......we've been struggling to get players in the box, but saw signs of that changing on Saturday and hope it continues tonight. 3-0.
[quote][p][bold]Baldseagull[/bold] wrote: I saw some stats someone had dug up on NSC, that showed we had hit the woodwork 12 times this season so far, more than any other side, also we are 5th or 6th for shots at goal, ahead of Derby. Oscar has us creating enough chances, just need to hit the net and not the posts.[/p][/quote]I'd be willing to bet most of those shots were from outside the area......we've been struggling to get players in the box, but saw signs of that changing on Saturday and hope it continues tonight. 3-0. AlanDuffy
  • Score: 5

8:54am Tue 11 Feb 14

Baldseagull says...

http://www.football-
league.co.uk/page/Cl
ubShooting/0,,10794~
20137,00.html

Shows the stats I mentioned in my previous post.
http://www.football- league.co.uk/page/Cl ubShooting/0,,10794~ 20137,00.html Shows the stats I mentioned in my previous post. Baldseagull
  • Score: 4

9:25am Tue 11 Feb 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Baldseagull wrote:
http://www.football-

league.co.uk/page/Cl

ubShooting/0,,10794~

20137,00.html

Shows the stats I mentioned in my previous post.
Very interesting! All clubs hits the target between 26% and 35% of the time (with Burnley 2% higher than anyone else), a remarkably small spread of accuracy.

As we are nearer the bottom of this particular table it adds weight to the argument that we may shoot more from distance (although no doubt there are actual stats for that too).
[quote][p][bold]Baldseagull[/bold] wrote: http://www.football- league.co.uk/page/Cl ubShooting/0,,10794~ 20137,00.html Shows the stats I mentioned in my previous post.[/p][/quote]Very interesting! All clubs hits the target between 26% and 35% of the time (with Burnley 2% higher than anyone else), a remarkably small spread of accuracy. As we are nearer the bottom of this particular table it adds weight to the argument that we may shoot more from distance (although no doubt there are actual stats for that too). Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 2

11:26am Tue 11 Feb 14

campotolox says...

What about the stats on the pies?
What about the stats on the pies? campotolox
  • Score: 1

11:29am Tue 11 Feb 14

campotolox says...

How many of those pies hit the pan?
How many of those pies hit the pan? campotolox
  • Score: 1

12:24pm Tue 11 Feb 14

campotolox says...

What planet are you on baldy,stats,hitting the post or bar,ye stats about how wany times they should have won at home or winning away then lost but not about hitting the post or bar,do you think,cause i think you have not played football that when they shoot for goal they are aiming for the post or bar and the ball to come straight out again cause that is clever,really clever,iff they can pinpoint the ball like that they should be top club in the country!oh,they are not so not worth even talking about stats like that,pathetic comment on stats?
What planet are you on baldy,stats,hitting the post or bar,ye stats about how wany times they should have won at home or winning away then lost but not about hitting the post or bar,do you think,cause i think you have not played football that when they shoot for goal they are aiming for the post or bar and the ball to come straight out again cause that is clever,really clever,iff they can pinpoint the ball like that they should be top club in the country!oh,they are not so not worth even talking about stats like that,pathetic comment on stats? campotolox
  • Score: -12

12:31pm Tue 11 Feb 14

campotolox says...

Put wany instead of many,before someone tells me,thats another stat,oh is that with an e on the end,?
Put wany instead of many,before someone tells me,thats another stat,oh is that with an e on the end,? campotolox
  • Score: -7

12:58pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

campotolox wrote:
What planet are you on baldy,stats,hitting the post or bar,ye stats about how wany times they should have won at home or winning away then lost but not about hitting the post or bar,do you think,cause i think you have not played football that when they shoot for goal they are aiming for the post or bar and the ball to come straight out again cause that is clever,really clever,iff they can pinpoint the ball like that they should be top club in the country!oh,they are not so not worth even talking about stats like that,pathetic comment on stats?
When you hit the bar or post you are very close to the ball going exactly where you aimed it - far closer in fact than a shot which goes straight in the middle. One is 'on target', the other isn't but is a much better effort.
[quote][p][bold]campotolox[/bold] wrote: What planet are you on baldy,stats,hitting the post or bar,ye stats about how wany times they should have won at home or winning away then lost but not about hitting the post or bar,do you think,cause i think you have not played football that when they shoot for goal they are aiming for the post or bar and the ball to come straight out again cause that is clever,really clever,iff they can pinpoint the ball like that they should be top club in the country!oh,they are not so not worth even talking about stats like that,pathetic comment on stats?[/p][/quote]When you hit the bar or post you are very close to the ball going exactly where you aimed it - far closer in fact than a shot which goes straight in the middle. One is 'on target', the other isn't but is a much better effort. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 5

1:26pm Tue 11 Feb 14

campotolox says...

Dont think you get it,so are you saying they aim for the post or bar,you dont aim for the post or bar unless you are Ronaldo,i dont think you are or any BHA players,stick to snooker,
Dont think you get it,so are you saying they aim for the post or bar,you dont aim for the post or bar unless you are Ronaldo,i dont think you are or any BHA players,stick to snooker, campotolox
  • Score: -6

1:58pm Tue 11 Feb 14

VegasSeagull says...

Clinical and ruthless are nice managerial type words but the correct word is, 'better.' We need to be better in front of goal, you won't see that word used very often as it has a hint of criticism about it, but it is the right word.
Better thru balls, better crosses, better creativity and of course, better finishing.

I think we will win tonight simply because Leeds will think that they can win, an open game that we take by the odd goal, 1-0 or 2-1.
Clinical and ruthless are nice managerial type words but the correct word is, 'better.' We need to be better in front of goal, you won't see that word used very often as it has a hint of criticism about it, but it is the right word. Better thru balls, better crosses, better creativity and of course, better finishing. I think we will win tonight simply because Leeds will think that they can win, an open game that we take by the odd goal, 1-0 or 2-1. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 5

2:25pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

campotolox wrote:
Dont think you get it,so are you saying they aim for the post or bar,you dont aim for the post or bar unless you are Ronaldo,i dont think you are or any BHA players,stick to snooker,
Okay, be deliberately obtuse. #ignoreinfuture
[quote][p][bold]campotolox[/bold] wrote: Dont think you get it,so are you saying they aim for the post or bar,you dont aim for the post or bar unless you are Ronaldo,i dont think you are or any BHA players,stick to snooker,[/p][/quote]Okay, be deliberately obtuse. #ignoreinfuture Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 1

3:17pm Tue 11 Feb 14

campotolox says...

OK whats obtuse,left school at 14half with F,all,dont know what obtuse is but been a BHA supporter more than you would ever know, now 71,young bugger,but seen better times then than you have now with these one season wonders,bet i live in a better house than you can dream of,,hope you are happy in your bedsit,oh,i might own it,just pay the rent?
OK whats obtuse,left school at 14half with F,all,dont know what obtuse is but been a BHA supporter more than you would ever know, now 71,young bugger,but seen better times then than you have now with these one season wonders,bet i live in a better house than you can dream of,,hope you are happy in your bedsit,oh,i might own it,just pay the rent? campotolox
  • Score: -6

4:30pm Tue 11 Feb 14

OldGull says...

I will not respond to any of his posts, but boy does
Campobollox live up to his name
I will not respond to any of his posts, but boy does Campobollox live up to his name OldGull
  • Score: 2

4:32pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Singing Seagull, Indonesia says...

campotolox wrote:
OK whats obtuse,left school at 14half with F,all,dont know what obtuse is but been a BHA supporter more than you would ever know, now 71,young bugger,but seen better times then than you have now with these one season wonders,bet i live in a better house than you can dream of,,hope you are happy in your bedsit,oh,i might own it,just pay the rent?
Oh get a life.
[quote][p][bold]campotolox[/bold] wrote: OK whats obtuse,left school at 14half with F,all,dont know what obtuse is but been a BHA supporter more than you would ever know, now 71,young bugger,but seen better times then than you have now with these one season wonders,bet i live in a better house than you can dream of,,hope you are happy in your bedsit,oh,i might own it,just pay the rent?[/p][/quote]Oh get a life. Singing Seagull, Indonesia
  • Score: 2

6:55pm Tue 11 Feb 14

campotolox says...

Ye got one, get into your bedsit,drink the speciale brew,white diamonde,get on with it mate,dont forget the pies,dont eat that crap,that you eat ,on a bench,na
Ye got one, get into your bedsit,drink the speciale brew,white diamonde,get on with it mate,dont forget the pies,dont eat that crap,that you eat ,on a bench,na campotolox
  • Score: -1

9:53pm Tue 11 Feb 14

campotolox says...

Oh Gull youTO
Oh Gull youTO campotolox
  • Score: -1

9:58pm Tue 11 Feb 14

campotolox says...

TOLD YOU 0,0 THATS THEYS HOW IT WILL FINESHE
TOLD YOU 0,0 THATS THEYS HOW IT WILL FINESHE campotolox
  • Score: -1

10:02pm Tue 11 Feb 14

campotolox says...

Vegas is a Waanaaker
Vegas is a Waanaaker campotolox
  • Score: -1

1:56am Wed 12 Feb 14

Baldseagull says...

Seems like someone else has hit the bar tonight.
Seems like someone else has hit the bar tonight. Baldseagull
  • Score: 1

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