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LuaLua is Albion's supersub

The Argus: Kazenga LuaLua came off the bench to set up the winner for Leo Ulloa Kazenga LuaLua came off the bench to set up the winner for Leo Ulloa

Albion boss Oscar Garcia has hailed Kazenga LuaLua as a game-changing supersub.

The former Newcastle winger came off the bench in the second half to set up the winning goal for Leo Ulloa in last night’s 1-0 win against fellow Championship play-off contenders Leeds United at the Amex.

LuaLua, still troubled by knee tendon soreness, has been used as a substitute in the last three matches.

Oscar said: “We thought in this game he could come off the bench and make an immediate impact and he did it.

“He is a player who can change a game. We are very happy with him, because every game when he has to come off the bench he comes on with the right attitude and plays really well.

“Leo took the chance really well. Everyone knows what he can do inside the box. He is a real threat and he is a goalscorer.”

Ulloa’s classy finish with the outside of his right foot from LuaLua’s cross has lifted Albion to within a point and a place of the play-offs and four clear of Leeds but Oscar still refuses to discuss the P-word.

He said: “As you know I never think two weeks ahead. I am only focused on the next game. We will enjoy this victory, have two days off and then we will start to prepare for the FA Cup game (against Hull).”

Bruno missed the match with a minor thigh injury but his right-back replacement Inigo Calderon helped Albion to a fourth straight clean sheet at home as Leeds hotshot Ross McCormack, the top scorer in the Championship, was snuffed out.

Oscar added: “It wasn’t easy against one of the best players in the league. McCormack has scored 22 goals and it is not easy to restrict him to no chances. The whole defence played really well."

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6:50am Wed 12 Feb 14

Eddy B says...

Super sub indeed. But does anyone think he'd lose his effectiveness if he started?
Super sub indeed. But does anyone think he'd lose his effectiveness if he started? Eddy B
  • Score: 4

7:10am Wed 12 Feb 14

Far gull says...

Eddy B wrote:
Super sub indeed. But does anyone think he'd lose his effectiveness if he started?
He ultimately needs to stay fit . Played the odd game or two fully and was good. But its a fitness thing ,same with Will Buckley. Good to have them both and Solly / Orlandi to give us options. Think Rodders helped in that respect as well.
[quote][p][bold]Eddy B[/bold] wrote: Super sub indeed. But does anyone think he'd lose his effectiveness if he started?[/p][/quote]He ultimately needs to stay fit . Played the odd game or two fully and was good. But its a fitness thing ,same with Will Buckley. Good to have them both and Solly / Orlandi to give us options. Think Rodders helped in that respect as well. Far gull
  • Score: 8

7:18am Wed 12 Feb 14

gazzamagoo says...

He does need to be wrapped up in cotton wool to some extent but if he doesn't get more starts, which he deserves, he will lose heart again as he did under Poyet.
He does need to be wrapped up in cotton wool to some extent but if he doesn't get more starts, which he deserves, he will lose heart again as he did under Poyet. gazzamagoo
  • Score: 3

8:50am Wed 12 Feb 14

Alfie T says...

Eddy B wrote:
Super sub indeed. But does anyone think he'd lose his effectiveness if he started?
He has played 90 minutes and looked a constant threat, admittedly he needs to be fully fit to perform over an entire game but I guess the medical team are looking at his knee problems.
More importantly,time to show him our commitment to his future and offer him a three year deal, he's out of contract at the end of the season, he would be impossible to replace on a like for like basis.
[quote][p][bold]Eddy B[/bold] wrote: Super sub indeed. But does anyone think he'd lose his effectiveness if he started?[/p][/quote]He has played 90 minutes and looked a constant threat, admittedly he needs to be fully fit to perform over an entire game but I guess the medical team are looking at his knee problems. More importantly,time to show him our commitment to his future and offer him a three year deal, he's out of contract at the end of the season, he would be impossible to replace on a like for like basis. Alfie T
  • Score: 16

9:46am Wed 12 Feb 14

gilbertthecat says...

Agree that KLL could be used all game but I think he tends to tire and slow down second half when he does. That's probably to do with the repetitive injuries and resulting dip in match fitness. At the moment he's brilliant and lightning fast for 30-40 minutes. Last night Leeds put 2 on him pretty quickly, then had to make that 3 speaks volumes for how much fear he puts into a defence. For the most part he's an absolute menace against a tired defence so a part of me thinks to leave him as a 'supersub' and keep him injury free. Another part says put him on from the start,score some goals then bring him off if he's knackered. With this squad, if all fit, there are some good options.
Agree that KLL could be used all game but I think he tends to tire and slow down second half when he does. That's probably to do with the repetitive injuries and resulting dip in match fitness. At the moment he's brilliant and lightning fast for 30-40 minutes. Last night Leeds put 2 on him pretty quickly, then had to make that 3 speaks volumes for how much fear he puts into a defence. For the most part he's an absolute menace against a tired defence so a part of me thinks to leave him as a 'supersub' and keep him injury free. Another part says put him on from the start,score some goals then bring him off if he's knackered. With this squad, if all fit, there are some good options. gilbertthecat
  • Score: 10

10:10am Wed 12 Feb 14

wiseman of hove says...

There must be a temptation to start LuaLua but on reflection, Oscar is probably utilising LuaLua in the best possible way. It was a decisive early substitution last night which you would have not seen from our former manager. LuaLua looks up for it every time he appears now, and that is different from last season. Irreplaceable.
There must be a temptation to start LuaLua but on reflection, Oscar is probably utilising LuaLua in the best possible way. It was a decisive early substitution last night which you would have not seen from our former manager. LuaLua looks up for it every time he appears now, and that is different from last season. Irreplaceable. wiseman of hove
  • Score: 6

11:37am Wed 12 Feb 14

jockithenoo says...

wiseman of hove wrote:
There must be a temptation to start LuaLua but on reflection, Oscar is probably utilising LuaLua in the best possible way. It was a decisive early substitution last night which you would have not seen from our former manager. LuaLua looks up for it every time he appears now, and that is different from last season. Irreplaceable.
Absolutely spot on
I also liked the fact that all three subs where positive attack minded this is more of what we have wanted. Well done Seagulls
UTA
[quote][p][bold]wiseman of hove[/bold] wrote: There must be a temptation to start LuaLua but on reflection, Oscar is probably utilising LuaLua in the best possible way. It was a decisive early substitution last night which you would have not seen from our former manager. LuaLua looks up for it every time he appears now, and that is different from last season. Irreplaceable.[/p][/quote]Absolutely spot on I also liked the fact that all three subs where positive attack minded this is more of what we have wanted. Well done Seagulls UTA jockithenoo
  • Score: 7

12:22pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Chi Gull says...

I may have my facts slightly wrong but when he started against Notts Forest, five of their players were booked - all for fouls on Kaz. That's one of the problems he has, he gets some rough treatment as that is the only way defences can stop him when he is on form. Of course we lost the Forest game and he had his knee problem afterwards. I agree with others that we now have some excellent wide options, so it makes sense to rotate players and keep everyone match fit. Who needs Conway!
I may have my facts slightly wrong but when he started against Notts Forest, five of their players were booked - all for fouls on Kaz. That's one of the problems he has, he gets some rough treatment as that is the only way defences can stop him when he is on form. Of course we lost the Forest game and he had his knee problem afterwards. I agree with others that we now have some excellent wide options, so it makes sense to rotate players and keep everyone match fit. Who needs Conway! Chi Gull
  • Score: 3

2:44pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Howie2 says...

gilbertthecat wrote:
Agree that KLL could be used all game but I think he tends to tire and slow down second half when he does. That's probably to do with the repetitive injuries and resulting dip in match fitness. At the moment he's brilliant and lightning fast for 30-40 minutes. Last night Leeds put 2 on him pretty quickly, then had to make that 3 speaks volumes for how much fear he puts into a defence. For the most part he's an absolute menace against a tired defence so a part of me thinks to leave him as a 'supersub' and keep him injury free. Another part says put him on from the start,score some goals then bring him off if he's knackered. With this squad, if all fit, there are some good options.
I think Gilbert is right Lua Lua is a match winner. Put him on from the start and get the early goal. If he can only do half the match we still have plenty of subs to take over.
[quote][p][bold]gilbertthecat[/bold] wrote: Agree that KLL could be used all game but I think he tends to tire and slow down second half when he does. That's probably to do with the repetitive injuries and resulting dip in match fitness. At the moment he's brilliant and lightning fast for 30-40 minutes. Last night Leeds put 2 on him pretty quickly, then had to make that 3 speaks volumes for how much fear he puts into a defence. For the most part he's an absolute menace against a tired defence so a part of me thinks to leave him as a 'supersub' and keep him injury free. Another part says put him on from the start,score some goals then bring him off if he's knackered. With this squad, if all fit, there are some good options.[/p][/quote]I think Gilbert is right Lua Lua is a match winner. Put him on from the start and get the early goal. If he can only do half the match we still have plenty of subs to take over. Howie2
  • Score: 2

6:31am Thu 13 Feb 14

bbb1969 says...

Tendonsoreness; there must be anunderlying problem maybe caused by kneesurgery or maybe simply a problem he has to live with or a problem that will take time and he needs the rest. Whatever the reason; we cannot afford to lose him but playing him from the start may be a bit of a problem.
The way I see t is that e is being used well at the moment; he comes on when teams are tired having to deal with March and Rodders; to have Lua and Buckers run at you when you are tired plus different type of players must be demotivating especially if on a yellow due tp the fouls drawn by eithe Rodders and March.
Good to keep him as impact as the team are starting to get in the box more and the final ball will improve. Training focus for the team should be crosing practice and runs into the box from mf; stephens did more of this against Leeds and so did Orlandi on occasion however if there was more belief in that final ball then there would be no concerns pn the break. Lets face it Solly and Rodders can track back quick enough for any counter and the other teams have to get passed the mighty Ince.
Tendonsoreness; there must be anunderlying problem maybe caused by kneesurgery or maybe simply a problem he has to live with or a problem that will take time and he needs the rest. Whatever the reason; we cannot afford to lose him but playing him from the start may be a bit of a problem. The way I see t is that e is being used well at the moment; he comes on when teams are tired having to deal with March and Rodders; to have Lua and Buckers run at you when you are tired plus different type of players must be demotivating especially if on a yellow due tp the fouls drawn by eithe Rodders and March. Good to keep him as impact as the team are starting to get in the box more and the final ball will improve. Training focus for the team should be crosing practice and runs into the box from mf; stephens did more of this against Leeds and so did Orlandi on occasion however if there was more belief in that final ball then there would be no concerns pn the break. Lets face it Solly and Rodders can track back quick enough for any counter and the other teams have to get passed the mighty Ince. bbb1969
  • Score: 1

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