Albion youngster surprised by rapid progress

Solly March has started Albion's last two Championship games

Solly March has started Albion's last two Championship games

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Solly March admits he has surprised himself by his progress this season.

The 19-year-old from Eastbourne has started the last two Championship games for Albion, in the wins against Doncaster and Leeds. He has played some part in each of the last six matches, including scoring his first senior goal in the FA Cup win at Port Vale last month.

March knows, with the likes of Will Buckley and Jake Forster-Caskey returning from injury and Kazenga LuaLua pushing for a start after two impressive substitute appearances, there is now hot competition for places.

But the former Lewes youngster is pleased with how his breakthrough season is going. He said: “The more I play the more comfortable I’m starting to feel. The first game was nerve-racking. It is still tough but now the more minutes I play it becomes easier.

“The game is a lot faster but I’m getting used to it and hopefully I can play more games and make more of an impact.

“My career is developing a bit quicker than I thought but hopefully Ican keep it going.”

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7:36am Thu 13 Feb 14

impose our game gull says...

HE's played well in almost every minute he's had on the pitch. Making the difference, mixing it up, tiring the opponents. More of Solly please. Kazenga is best always as a 55th minute sub!!
HE's played well in almost every minute he's had on the pitch. Making the difference, mixing it up, tiring the opponents. More of Solly please. Kazenga is best always as a 55th minute sub!! impose our game gull
  • Score: 17

8:39am Thu 13 Feb 14

gilbertthecat says...

Great showings by SM in last few games. Tricky feet and fast turns that completely fox opponents. Ball seemed stuck to his feet occasionally on Tuesday. Like RI he is coming along just fine and could be really important in the future if he keeps developing as he is.
Great showings by SM in last few games. Tricky feet and fast turns that completely fox opponents. Ball seemed stuck to his feet occasionally on Tuesday. Like RI he is coming along just fine and could be really important in the future if he keeps developing as he is. gilbertthecat
  • Score: 19

9:23am Thu 13 Feb 14

fratsomrover says...

I dont think anyone who witnessed Solly's contribution against Norwich in the pre-season friendly will be surprised at the impact he has made on the team these last few weeks.
He showed in that game he was a talented player in the making as he was the only one to trouble their defence with his direct running, close ball control and, of course the incredible goal he scored that night.
He showed on Tuesday against Leeds he is a real talent, not just because of his contribution, but also because it has to be remembered he was up against Stephen Warnock, one of the most experienced full backs in The Championship. If Warnock had never heard of him before Tuesday, he certainly knows about him now.
The most satisfying aspect of the season for me, has been the emergence of March and Ince. They are both very talented. It's quite remarkable that many fans view that the brightest lights in our promotion push could be the two youngest and least experienced players in the squad. They have a flair that only emerging players seem to have and I really enjoy watching them play.
As I also have to confess at being a real WB fan, I am quite torn between who I'd rather see starting wide right at present, but I do believe Solly has earned the right to keep his place and I think we may end up of having the incredible luxury of seeing both Kazenga and Buckley playing the roll of impact subs.
I'm up for a cup upset on Monday and a place in the QF's.
Here's hoping Solly caps a wonderful display with a goal. He deserves one.
I dont think anyone who witnessed Solly's contribution against Norwich in the pre-season friendly will be surprised at the impact he has made on the team these last few weeks. He showed in that game he was a talented player in the making as he was the only one to trouble their defence with his direct running, close ball control and, of course the incredible goal he scored that night. He showed on Tuesday against Leeds he is a real talent, not just because of his contribution, but also because it has to be remembered he was up against Stephen Warnock, one of the most experienced full backs in The Championship. If Warnock had never heard of him before Tuesday, he certainly knows about him now. The most satisfying aspect of the season for me, has been the emergence of March and Ince. They are both very talented. It's quite remarkable that many fans view that the brightest lights in our promotion push could be the two youngest and least experienced players in the squad. They have a flair that only emerging players seem to have and I really enjoy watching them play. As I also have to confess at being a real WB fan, I am quite torn between who I'd rather see starting wide right at present, but I do believe Solly has earned the right to keep his place and I think we may end up of having the incredible luxury of seeing both Kazenga and Buckley playing the roll of impact subs. I'm up for a cup upset on Monday and a place in the QF's. Here's hoping Solly caps a wonderful display with a goal. He deserves one. fratsomrover
  • Score: 30

9:40am Thu 13 Feb 14

Tonyuk175 says...

Great opportunity Oscar has given him, lets hope he keeps learning and keep his feet on the ground. Solly make yourself an Albion Legend and fire us to the Prem
Great opportunity Oscar has given him, lets hope he keeps learning and keep his feet on the ground. Solly make yourself an Albion Legend and fire us to the Prem Tonyuk175
  • Score: 18

9:58am Thu 13 Feb 14

jockithenoo says...

He's a real threat and a bit of a handful as Leeds discovered Tuesday up against three every time he was on the ball. A definite legend in the making.
WE MARCH ON
UTA
He's a real threat and a bit of a handful as Leeds discovered Tuesday up against three every time he was on the ball. A definite legend in the making. WE MARCH ON UTA jockithenoo
  • Score: 17

10:27am Thu 13 Feb 14

Chi Gull says...

Excellent post fratsomrover. Like you said, he was the star against Norwich in pre-season - and not just for the goal. He needs to work on his final ball as he has been getting into some excellent positions and then sometimes over-hitting the cross. That's probably just the adrenalin so I am sure that will improve as he feels more comfortable in the 1st team. Difficult to find any other faults so far so very promising.
Excellent post fratsomrover. Like you said, he was the star against Norwich in pre-season - and not just for the goal. He needs to work on his final ball as he has been getting into some excellent positions and then sometimes over-hitting the cross. That's probably just the adrenalin so I am sure that will improve as he feels more comfortable in the 1st team. Difficult to find any other faults so far so very promising. Chi Gull
  • Score: 14

11:53am Thu 13 Feb 14

Yogi says...

Keep your head, keep learning, listen to the right people & live the right life and you'll go a long way!!

Good luck.
Keep your head, keep learning, listen to the right people & live the right life and you'll go a long way!! Good luck. Yogi
  • Score: 15

12:42pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Broadwater Juice says...

Erm.. I think you'll find he is from Hailsham, NOT Eastbourne. What a liberty to suggest otherwise!
Erm.. I think you'll find he is from Hailsham, NOT Eastbourne. What a liberty to suggest otherwise! Broadwater Juice
  • Score: 8

12:53pm Thu 13 Feb 14

bikerjimbo says...

Very impressive player and his strength is that he is so willing. In the last 2 games he shone and was always trying to pass players rather than pass the ball, which Brighton tend to do even n the penalty area. OG realises he has talent and I am sure will develop him at the right speed and in the right circumstances. You also have to admire OGs calm approach to the game. We are in safe hands.
Very impressive player and his strength is that he is so willing. In the last 2 games he shone and was always trying to pass players rather than pass the ball, which Brighton tend to do even n the penalty area. OG realises he has talent and I am sure will develop him at the right speed and in the right circumstances. You also have to admire OGs calm approach to the game. We are in safe hands. bikerjimbo
  • Score: 7

12:56pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

It's comforting that we have a head Coach who seems very adept at bringing on our young talent. Rohan has been a revelation and now Solly is showing us what he can do. Oscar is putting down his marker on the Albion and considering he has only been here 5 minutes he is doing a remarkable job. We are very lucky to have Oscar and his team and some very good players who are getting better under his guidance. Even our more experienced players have benefitted.
Even if we don't go up this year I think our progress under Oscar has been really good. This is just the beginning. UTA
It's comforting that we have a head Coach who seems very adept at bringing on our young talent. Rohan has been a revelation and now Solly is showing us what he can do. Oscar is putting down his marker on the Albion and considering he has only been here 5 minutes he is doing a remarkable job. We are very lucky to have Oscar and his team and some very good players who are getting better under his guidance. Even our more experienced players have benefitted. Even if we don't go up this year I think our progress under Oscar has been really good. This is just the beginning. UTA Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 11

1:05pm Thu 13 Feb 14

VegasSeagull says...

With all that Gus did for Brighton, and he did a lot, the only young player that he really brought on in terms of playing career, was Bridcutt. As we now know we have young lads with talent, and we had them when Gus was at the helm, Gus going was a blessing for lads such as March and JFC, I think that the progress they have made since Gus departed would not have occurred had he stayed, and would Ince have come on as quickly as he has if not for Oscar's experience of working with young players.
If Oscar continues to bring out the best in our existing young lads, and why wouldn't he, I can't wait to see who comes thru the academy in the next two or three years. It's such a pity that Hoskins had to miss out on this season, who knows what Oscar might have been able to do for him, I hope that he is retained for next season and that he gets his chance to improve and impress.
With all that Gus did for Brighton, and he did a lot, the only young player that he really brought on in terms of playing career, was Bridcutt. As we now know we have young lads with talent, and we had them when Gus was at the helm, Gus going was a blessing for lads such as March and JFC, I think that the progress they have made since Gus departed would not have occurred had he stayed, and would Ince have come on as quickly as he has if not for Oscar's experience of working with young players. If Oscar continues to bring out the best in our existing young lads, and why wouldn't he, I can't wait to see who comes thru the academy in the next two or three years. It's such a pity that Hoskins had to miss out on this season, who knows what Oscar might have been able to do for him, I hope that he is retained for next season and that he gets his chance to improve and impress. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 11

1:24pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Hovite says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
With all that Gus did for Brighton, and he did a lot, the only young player that he really brought on in terms of playing career, was Bridcutt. As we now know we have young lads with talent, and we had them when Gus was at the helm, Gus going was a blessing for lads such as March and JFC, I think that the progress they have made since Gus departed would not have occurred had he stayed, and would Ince have come on as quickly as he has if not for Oscar's experience of working with young players.
If Oscar continues to bring out the best in our existing young lads, and why wouldn't he, I can't wait to see who comes thru the academy in the next two or three years. It's such a pity that Hoskins had to miss out on this season, who knows what Oscar might have been able to do for him, I hope that he is retained for next season and that he gets his chance to improve and impress.
Agree, Gus wanted us to buy players for himself not for the club, so he could take his favourites with him, if and when he moved.

This is why we got Oscar in, he does not form personal relationships within the squad.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: With all that Gus did for Brighton, and he did a lot, the only young player that he really brought on in terms of playing career, was Bridcutt. As we now know we have young lads with talent, and we had them when Gus was at the helm, Gus going was a blessing for lads such as March and JFC, I think that the progress they have made since Gus departed would not have occurred had he stayed, and would Ince have come on as quickly as he has if not for Oscar's experience of working with young players. If Oscar continues to bring out the best in our existing young lads, and why wouldn't he, I can't wait to see who comes thru the academy in the next two or three years. It's such a pity that Hoskins had to miss out on this season, who knows what Oscar might have been able to do for him, I hope that he is retained for next season and that he gets his chance to improve and impress.[/p][/quote]Agree, Gus wanted us to buy players for himself not for the club, so he could take his favourites with him, if and when he moved. This is why we got Oscar in, he does not form personal relationships within the squad. Hovite
  • Score: 0

1:57pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Sheil says...

What a treat to see such positive comments!

Having said that I have to say I have a criticism of of KL - I feel he is
a slightly selfish player.....on Saturday there were several opportunities to
pass to an unmarked player, but no he hogged it ! Not the only match he has done that !

Grouch over !

One more point I observed is under Oscar's coaching is that the passes are quicker & more accurate & the players appear fitter . Does anybody else feel this too ?
What a treat to see such positive comments! Having said that I have to say I have a criticism of of KL - I feel he is a slightly selfish player.....on Saturday there were several opportunities to pass to an unmarked player, but no he hogged it ! Not the only match he has done that ! Grouch over ! One more point I observed is under Oscar's coaching is that the passes are quicker & more accurate & the players appear fitter . Does anybody else feel this too ? Sheil
  • Score: -1

5:52pm Thu 13 Feb 14

mikeygit says...

Lot of positive posts wich is good to see. Yes I like the way OG is bringing on the young guns and letting them prove themselves--which undoubtedly they are--and the more games they get the more confident and fitter they will get. Talent IS important but with that comes confidence which is a key factor in players giving good performances. Under Gus would we even still have them?? Keep them fit and injury free and we have the makings of a top notch squad!
Lot of positive posts wich is good to see. Yes I like the way OG is bringing on the young guns and letting them prove themselves--which undoubtedly they are--and the more games they get the more confident and fitter they will get. Talent IS important but with that comes confidence which is a key factor in players giving good performances. Under Gus would we even still have them?? Keep them fit and injury free and we have the makings of a top notch squad! mikeygit
  • Score: 1

6:31pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Mancgulled says...

Very impressed -- especially that jinking run into the opposition box on Tuesday night - would have been a great goal! Fo rm ehe had the same feel-good factor as Kazenga ........
Very impressed -- especially that jinking run into the opposition box on Tuesday night - would have been a great goal! Fo rm ehe had the same feel-good factor as Kazenga ........ Mancgulled
  • Score: 4

6:46pm Thu 13 Feb 14

VegasSeagull says...

mikeygit wrote:
Lot of positive posts wich is good to see. Yes I like the way OG is bringing on the young guns and letting them prove themselves--which undoubtedly they are--and the more games they get the more confident and fitter they will get. Talent IS important but with that comes confidence which is a key factor in players giving good performances. Under Gus would we even still have them?? Keep them fit and injury free and we have the makings of a top notch squad!
From what we have been told it would seem likely that we will do some business in the loan window, it will be interesting to see if we borrow young talent or older guys with experience. I am hoping for the former, give them a chance to shine and then maybe sign them for next year. I would so love to see our starting eleven, plus bench, for next year with more than half of them under the age of 26, a 70/30 split would be great.
[quote][p][bold]mikeygit[/bold] wrote: Lot of positive posts wich is good to see. Yes I like the way OG is bringing on the young guns and letting them prove themselves--which undoubtedly they are--and the more games they get the more confident and fitter they will get. Talent IS important but with that comes confidence which is a key factor in players giving good performances. Under Gus would we even still have them?? Keep them fit and injury free and we have the makings of a top notch squad![/p][/quote]From what we have been told it would seem likely that we will do some business in the loan window, it will be interesting to see if we borrow young talent or older guys with experience. I am hoping for the former, give them a chance to shine and then maybe sign them for next year. I would so love to see our starting eleven, plus bench, for next year with more than half of them under the age of 26, a 70/30 split would be great. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 0

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