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Oscar calls on Albion to be more clinical

The Argus: Leo Ulloa celebrates his matchwinner Leo Ulloa celebrates his matchwinner

Oscar Garcia was delighted with Albion’s win over Leeds but has called on them to be more clinical.

The Seagulls won 1-0 at home for the fourth game in succession.

Leeds boss Brian McDermott felt it should have been a draw but Oscar disagreed.

Albion’s head coach said: “I think we deserved the win. We created the better chances. It is not easy in front of such quality opposition.

“We need to be a little bit more clinical in front of goal. If not we will finish all the games a little bit nervous because with one goal the opposition can equaliser.”

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11:22pm Tue 11 Feb 14

albion64 says...

He asked for our players to be more clinical before tonight's game. The first shot on target was the goal. Woeful crosses and shots were abundant in the first half and until Lua Lua came on, we didn't have a hope.

I think we need to be realistic and build for next season. Of course a late surge for a play-off position won't be turned away, but we aren't convincing so far this season. Nothing against Oscar, he is doing a fantastic job with what he has in front of him.

On another note Obika has shown very little when he has come on (apart from a tap in at Port Vale). He doesn't hold the ball up when he has replaced Ulloa. Could be another Lita situation. I hope I am totally wrong on this one. Let's turn it on against Hull (with a strong team) and send them packing. UTA
He asked for our players to be more clinical before tonight's game. The first shot on target was the goal. Woeful crosses and shots were abundant in the first half and until Lua Lua came on, we didn't have a hope. I think we need to be realistic and build for next season. Of course a late surge for a play-off position won't be turned away, but we aren't convincing so far this season. Nothing against Oscar, he is doing a fantastic job with what he has in front of him. On another note Obika has shown very little when he has come on (apart from a tap in at Port Vale). He doesn't hold the ball up when he has replaced Ulloa. Could be another Lita situation. I hope I am totally wrong on this one. Let's turn it on against Hull (with a strong team) and send them packing. UTA albion64
  • Score: 3

11:49pm Tue 11 Feb 14

VegasSeagull says...

Yet again we hear the call to be, 'more clinical,' I wonder, just how do the players go about that task.

Shots from distance invariably get blocked so we don't know what would have happened had the shot go thru. How can we stop defenders blocking shots, it's what they do.
Reach a better standard when it comes to heading a ball, seems fair, but very often the header is only as good as the cross is. Do we look at the people sending balls in, is the service more the problem than the recipient being clinical.
Who exactly is not being clinical enough, our back four rarely get a head on a ball from corners. Calde and Bruno pop up every now and then with a goal, but surely we are not looking to them to win matches, they do their best work at the other end of the park.
The call to be more clinical must be aimed at Ulloa, Rodriguez, Stephens, Orlandi, Buckley, Kazenga, Solly or any other midfielder or striker. Sadly several of these guys take shots from outside the box and you can't be clinical on along range effort. Ulloa has not been getting the right quality supply and has gone thru a mini barren spell which all strikers go thru. Buckley has only just returned from injury and Solly is only now getting to start matches. Rodders and Stephens are still finding their feet having only just joined us.
Clinical finishing requires a settled team, players that know the runs others will make, they each play to each other's strengths. Create a settled starting eleven, or as settled as it can be, and then we will see more clinical finishing.
Yet again we hear the call to be, 'more clinical,' I wonder, just how do the players go about that task. Shots from distance invariably get blocked so we don't know what would have happened had the shot go thru. How can we stop defenders blocking shots, it's what they do. Reach a better standard when it comes to heading a ball, seems fair, but very often the header is only as good as the cross is. Do we look at the people sending balls in, is the service more the problem than the recipient being clinical. Who exactly is not being clinical enough, our back four rarely get a head on a ball from corners. Calde and Bruno pop up every now and then with a goal, but surely we are not looking to them to win matches, they do their best work at the other end of the park. The call to be more clinical must be aimed at Ulloa, Rodriguez, Stephens, Orlandi, Buckley, Kazenga, Solly or any other midfielder or striker. Sadly several of these guys take shots from outside the box and you can't be clinical on along range effort. Ulloa has not been getting the right quality supply and has gone thru a mini barren spell which all strikers go thru. Buckley has only just returned from injury and Solly is only now getting to start matches. Rodders and Stephens are still finding their feet having only just joined us. Clinical finishing requires a settled team, players that know the runs others will make, they each play to each other's strengths. Create a settled starting eleven, or as settled as it can be, and then we will see more clinical finishing. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 4

12:24am Wed 12 Feb 14

Chi Gull says...

Vegas - I don't think its just about the finishing. It's about keeping a calm head and making the killer pass when we are in promising situations. Some of that is down to confidence and not snatching at passes and shots when under pressure. I agree that having a settled side helps. These players have not played together as a team very much this season, aside from the defensive 5. In my opinion we seem to be getting better and we are close to being a very good team if a few things start to click a little better.
Vegas - I don't think its just about the finishing. It's about keeping a calm head and making the killer pass when we are in promising situations. Some of that is down to confidence and not snatching at passes and shots when under pressure. I agree that having a settled side helps. These players have not played together as a team very much this season, aside from the defensive 5. In my opinion we seem to be getting better and we are close to being a very good team if a few things start to click a little better. Chi Gull
  • Score: 3

1:46am Wed 12 Feb 14

campotolox says...

Vegas,Chi,do you 2 meet up Iin Brighton?
Vegas,Chi,do you 2 meet up Iin Brighton? campotolox
  • Score: -2

5:46am Wed 12 Feb 14

EastWorthingExocetMissile says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Yet again we hear the call to be, 'more clinical,' I wonder, just how do the players go about that task.

Shots from distance invariably get blocked so we don't know what would have happened had the shot go thru. How can we stop defenders blocking shots, it's what they do.
Reach a better standard when it comes to heading a ball, seems fair, but very often the header is only as good as the cross is. Do we look at the people sending balls in, is the service more the problem than the recipient being clinical.
Who exactly is not being clinical enough, our back four rarely get a head on a ball from corners. Calde and Bruno pop up every now and then with a goal, but surely we are not looking to them to win matches, they do their best work at the other end of the park.
The call to be more clinical must be aimed at Ulloa, Rodriguez, Stephens, Orlandi, Buckley, Kazenga, Solly or any other midfielder or striker. Sadly several of these guys take shots from outside the box and you can't be clinical on along range effort. Ulloa has not been getting the right quality supply and has gone thru a mini barren spell which all strikers go thru. Buckley has only just returned from injury and Solly is only now getting to start matches. Rodders and Stephens are still finding their feet having only just joined us.
Clinical finishing requires a settled team, players that know the runs others will make, they each play to each other's strengths. Create a settled starting eleven, or as settled as it can be, and then we will see more clinical finishing.
Are you serious?
We dominate games at the Amex week in, week out and yet never get the points our domination deserves. That pattern has gone on for three seasons now. To be frank our strikers finishing ability is mostly terrible, ullloa aside and the crosses in despite having three wingers in the squad are pretty shoddy eight times out of ten.
Yes, be more clinical, say it again oscar, it is exactly the problem, we had the best defence in the division last year by some margin. If we could be more clinical we would have gone up last season automatically no problem and we would be in the play offs now. Our inability to be clinical in front of goal would also be so much more exposed if we did not have the third best defence in the division this season.
Say it again oscar, be more clinical, say it again and keep saying it.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: Yet again we hear the call to be, 'more clinical,' I wonder, just how do the players go about that task. Shots from distance invariably get blocked so we don't know what would have happened had the shot go thru. How can we stop defenders blocking shots, it's what they do. Reach a better standard when it comes to heading a ball, seems fair, but very often the header is only as good as the cross is. Do we look at the people sending balls in, is the service more the problem than the recipient being clinical. Who exactly is not being clinical enough, our back four rarely get a head on a ball from corners. Calde and Bruno pop up every now and then with a goal, but surely we are not looking to them to win matches, they do their best work at the other end of the park. The call to be more clinical must be aimed at Ulloa, Rodriguez, Stephens, Orlandi, Buckley, Kazenga, Solly or any other midfielder or striker. Sadly several of these guys take shots from outside the box and you can't be clinical on along range effort. Ulloa has not been getting the right quality supply and has gone thru a mini barren spell which all strikers go thru. Buckley has only just returned from injury and Solly is only now getting to start matches. Rodders and Stephens are still finding their feet having only just joined us. Clinical finishing requires a settled team, players that know the runs others will make, they each play to each other's strengths. Create a settled starting eleven, or as settled as it can be, and then we will see more clinical finishing.[/p][/quote]Are you serious? We dominate games at the Amex week in, week out and yet never get the points our domination deserves. That pattern has gone on for three seasons now. To be frank our strikers finishing ability is mostly terrible, ullloa aside and the crosses in despite having three wingers in the squad are pretty shoddy eight times out of ten. Yes, be more clinical, say it again oscar, it is exactly the problem, we had the best defence in the division last year by some margin. If we could be more clinical we would have gone up last season automatically no problem and we would be in the play offs now. Our inability to be clinical in front of goal would also be so much more exposed if we did not have the third best defence in the division this season. Say it again oscar, be more clinical, say it again and keep saying it. EastWorthingExocetMissile
  • Score: 2

11:54am Wed 12 Feb 14

VegasSeagull says...

EastWorthing, would you not agree that one of the main factors contributing to the performance level of our back five is the fact that they have continuity, they, 'know,' each other's game. The knowledge in each other's ability and reliability gives them a level of confidence that means they are hard to score against.
Now look to the front end of our game, where is the continuity, that asset is continuously being taken from us by injuries, it's almost as though they are, 'doing what they can for now,' we just have to wait for this player or that player to be fit again, and when he is, ooops, another goes down.

If a thru ball is to be player the guy playing it needs to know that the recipient will have made the run, not hope he has, 'know,' he has, that level of understanding is not there. We have to get the same continuity at the front end as we have at the back end, build the partnerships that will allow facets of our game to become automatic rather than hopeful.
EastWorthing, would you not agree that one of the main factors contributing to the performance level of our back five is the fact that they have continuity, they, 'know,' each other's game. The knowledge in each other's ability and reliability gives them a level of confidence that means they are hard to score against. Now look to the front end of our game, where is the continuity, that asset is continuously being taken from us by injuries, it's almost as though they are, 'doing what they can for now,' we just have to wait for this player or that player to be fit again, and when he is, ooops, another goes down. If a thru ball is to be player the guy playing it needs to know that the recipient will have made the run, not hope he has, 'know,' he has, that level of understanding is not there. We have to get the same continuity at the front end as we have at the back end, build the partnerships that will allow facets of our game to become automatic rather than hopeful. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 1

2:19pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Howie2 says...

What is very clear this season and last is that we do not have a player who can consistently hit the goal area. The vast majority of our efforts are high and wide. It is much more difficult to score from distance but because we seldom have any players moving into the box we are compelled to have a go from outside. Crofts was the only midfielder that would appear in the box and we are sadly lacking that box to box type of player. March and Lua Lua have shown the ability to open up defences but their final delivery is usually poor. There have been the odd flashes of briiliance from Buckley and Lopez (sadly few this season) but we are crying out for a midfielder that can drive forward with confidence.
What is very clear this season and last is that we do not have a player who can consistently hit the goal area. The vast majority of our efforts are high and wide. It is much more difficult to score from distance but because we seldom have any players moving into the box we are compelled to have a go from outside. Crofts was the only midfielder that would appear in the box and we are sadly lacking that box to box type of player. March and Lua Lua have shown the ability to open up defences but their final delivery is usually poor. There have been the odd flashes of briiliance from Buckley and Lopez (sadly few this season) but we are crying out for a midfielder that can drive forward with confidence. Howie2
  • Score: 1

2:32pm Wed 12 Feb 14

VegasSeagull says...

Howie2 wrote:
What is very clear this season and last is that we do not have a player who can consistently hit the goal area. The vast majority of our efforts are high and wide. It is much more difficult to score from distance but because we seldom have any players moving into the box we are compelled to have a go from outside. Crofts was the only midfielder that would appear in the box and we are sadly lacking that box to box type of player. March and Lua Lua have shown the ability to open up defences but their final delivery is usually poor. There have been the odd flashes of briiliance from Buckley and Lopez (sadly few this season) but we are crying out for a midfielder that can drive forward with confidence.
I agree with your thoughts and maybe Stephens will be that player, the more time he gets on the park the sooner we will know. In my humble opinion, the sooner we get a settled front end the quicker they will become a more dangerous force for defenders to deal with.
[quote][p][bold]Howie2[/bold] wrote: What is very clear this season and last is that we do not have a player who can consistently hit the goal area. The vast majority of our efforts are high and wide. It is much more difficult to score from distance but because we seldom have any players moving into the box we are compelled to have a go from outside. Crofts was the only midfielder that would appear in the box and we are sadly lacking that box to box type of player. March and Lua Lua have shown the ability to open up defences but their final delivery is usually poor. There have been the odd flashes of briiliance from Buckley and Lopez (sadly few this season) but we are crying out for a midfielder that can drive forward with confidence.[/p][/quote]I agree with your thoughts and maybe Stephens will be that player, the more time he gets on the park the sooner we will know. In my humble opinion, the sooner we get a settled front end the quicker they will become a more dangerous force for defenders to deal with. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 0

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