Oscar will stick to his guns on Cup team- whatever the draw

The Argus: Oscar Garcia will not change his plans on team selection even if a big name comes out of the hat in the draw tomorrow Oscar Garcia will not change his plans on team selection even if a big name comes out of the hat in the draw tomorrow

Oscar Garcia will stick to his guns in the FA Cup, even if Albion are handed the incentive of a lucrative quarter-final.

The head coach has dismissed the possibility of his plans being swayed by knowing who the Seagulls could face before Monday night’s fifth round clash against Hull City at the Amex.

The draw is tomorrow afternoon, so Albion could have the carrot of a moneyspinner against Manchester City or Chelsea or the winners of the tie between Arsenal and Liverpool if they upset Hull.

Oscar is not interested in who his team might face and is adamant it will not affect his approach to the test against the Tigers.

He said: “I am only focused on our draw and our game, not the others.

“Hull are in a comfortable position. They are always well organised. They don’t concede many goals but we need to enjoy the occasion, playing against Premier League opposition. It will be a great atmosphere under lights.”

Former Manchester United defender Steve Bruce, beaten at the Amex in the League Cup when he was Sunderland manager, took Hull up from the Championship last season when they were unfancied.

Oscar said: “He’s doing a great job, he is an experienced manager. He was a fantastic player in one of the best teams in the world. He had Alex Fergsuon and for sure he has a learnt a lot off him.”

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8:03am Sat 15 Feb 14

mickagull says...

So Oscar, is that focused on putting out a strong team, He's not saying.............a
nything
So Oscar, is that focused on putting out a strong team, He's not saying.............a nything mickagull

8:25am Sat 15 Feb 14

Hector66 says...

that's wrong, imo, how on earth could a lucrative QF tie not influence our selection, be it the prospect of one of the top teams or one of the lesser lights and thus a great chance of making the semis.

i so want oscar to respect the Cup and, i believe the overwhelming majority of fans who want a strong team put out to give us a great chance of making the QF.

UTA.
that's wrong, imo, how on earth could a lucrative QF tie not influence our selection, be it the prospect of one of the top teams or one of the lesser lights and thus a great chance of making the semis. i so want oscar to respect the Cup and, i believe the overwhelming majority of fans who want a strong team put out to give us a great chance of making the QF. UTA. Hector66

8:40am Sat 15 Feb 14

WestStander17 says...

Hector66 wrote:
that's wrong, imo, how on earth could a lucrative QF tie not influence our selection, be it the prospect of one of the top teams or one of the lesser lights and thus a great chance of making the semis.

i so want oscar to respect the Cup and, i believe the overwhelming majority of fans who want a strong team put out to give us a great chance of making the QF.

UTA.
I think he is saying that he is playing to win the game whatever draw we get.
[quote][p][bold]Hector66[/bold] wrote: that's wrong, imo, how on earth could a lucrative QF tie not influence our selection, be it the prospect of one of the top teams or one of the lesser lights and thus a great chance of making the semis. i so want oscar to respect the Cup and, i believe the overwhelming majority of fans who want a strong team put out to give us a great chance of making the QF. UTA.[/p][/quote]I think he is saying that he is playing to win the game whatever draw we get. WestStander17

9:20am Sat 15 Feb 14

raymondo999 says...

I wonder what Tom Finney would have said?
I wonder what Tom Finney would have said? raymondo999

9:37am Sat 15 Feb 14

SeagullOverSelsey says...

WestStander17 wrote:
Hector66 wrote:
that's wrong, imo, how on earth could a lucrative QF tie not influence our selection, be it the prospect of one of the top teams or one of the lesser lights and thus a great chance of making the semis.

i so want oscar to respect the Cup and, i believe the overwhelming majority of fans who want a strong team put out to give us a great chance of making the QF.

UTA.
I think he is saying that he is playing to win the game whatever draw we get.
Yes agree.If we lose the tie having played a weaker team then OG might wonder whether he should have put out a stronger team and the fans certainly will.If we lose with a stronger team then at least we gave it our best shot-pardon the pun!
[quote][p][bold]WestStander17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hector66[/bold] wrote: that's wrong, imo, how on earth could a lucrative QF tie not influence our selection, be it the prospect of one of the top teams or one of the lesser lights and thus a great chance of making the semis. i so want oscar to respect the Cup and, i believe the overwhelming majority of fans who want a strong team put out to give us a great chance of making the QF. UTA.[/p][/quote]I think he is saying that he is playing to win the game whatever draw we get.[/p][/quote]Yes agree.If we lose the tie having played a weaker team then OG might wonder whether he should have put out a stronger team and the fans certainly will.If we lose with a stronger team then at least we gave it our best shot-pardon the pun! SeagullOverSelsey

9:38am Sat 15 Feb 14

Tonyuk175 says...

I'll go with Oscar he has trust in the whole squad and that shows so far this season , just look wbere we are
I'll go with Oscar he has trust in the whole squad and that shows so far this season , just look wbere we are Tonyuk175

9:49am Sat 15 Feb 14

Dorset Seagull says...

Is there a potential 'bad' draw in the next round (should we get through)? Either we face one if the big teams in a money spinner or we play one of the lesser sides in a winnable fixture that could see us reach Wembley! I hope his comments are made in that context.
Is there a potential 'bad' draw in the next round (should we get through)? Either we face one if the big teams in a money spinner or we play one of the lesser sides in a winnable fixture that could see us reach Wembley! I hope his comments are made in that context. Dorset Seagull

9:58am Sat 15 Feb 14

Andrea Orlandigasm says...

More to the point, we could be drawn against a non-Prem team in the last 8! Has anyone told Oscar that we've been in the quarter-final only twice, the semi-final (and final) once and played at Wembley 3 times in 113 years? Oh and his playing budget might be higher in the summer if we get through.
More to the point, we could be drawn against a non-Prem team in the last 8! Has anyone told Oscar that we've been in the quarter-final only twice, the semi-final (and final) once and played at Wembley 3 times in 113 years? Oh and his playing budget might be higher in the summer if we get through. Andrea Orlandigasm

10:04am Sat 15 Feb 14

Neville says...

This shows a distinct lack of flexibility on his part,if the Albion do have the opportunity of a real money making glamour tie next then this should be reflected in his team selection. To just stick with his plans regardless is,in my opinion folly. The club need all the finances they can recoup.
The team have a five day break before Wigan and paying fans want to see a strong team put out with a view to winning.
OG seems to be putting all his eggs into the basket of getting a play off place,well realistically 6th place is all thats likely to be available so a tad stubborn attitude may well cost us dear.
This shows a distinct lack of flexibility on his part,if the Albion do have the opportunity of a real money making glamour tie next then this should be reflected in his team selection. To just stick with his plans regardless is,in my opinion folly. The club need all the finances they can recoup. The team have a five day break before Wigan and paying fans want to see a strong team put out with a view to winning. OG seems to be putting all his eggs into the basket of getting a play off place,well realistically 6th place is all thats likely to be available so a tad stubborn attitude may well cost us dear. Neville

10:27am Sat 15 Feb 14

Merdalf the Wizard says...

I find the negativity here slightly strange, maybe I read it wrong, but I don't recall Oscar saying he wasn't fielding a side that he thought could win the game, in fact he doesn't name his side at all.
Bearing in mind the current squad and management have got us this far (no mean feat with all the injuries we've had) I'm pretty sure he'll select a team that he thinks will win the game.
If sticking to his guns means playing to win, then I'm more than happy with that, IMO he's just stating he'll worry about the quarter final opposition after we beat Hull and not before, but what do I know! UTA
I find the negativity here slightly strange, maybe I read it wrong, but I don't recall Oscar saying he wasn't fielding a side that he thought could win the game, in fact he doesn't name his side at all. Bearing in mind the current squad and management have got us this far (no mean feat with all the injuries we've had) I'm pretty sure he'll select a team that he thinks will win the game. If sticking to his guns means playing to win, then I'm more than happy with that, IMO he's just stating he'll worry about the quarter final opposition after we beat Hull and not before, but what do I know! UTA Merdalf the Wizard

10:29am Sat 15 Feb 14

Conelli98 says...

...I think uncle Tony may have a say!
...I think uncle Tony may have a say! Conelli98

10:31am Sat 15 Feb 14

Carter_Cooldancer says...

I think you need to give Oscar a break and credit him a little more intelligence.
Why would he give his cards away so early? If he comes out and says he will play his best team now, or after the draw tomorrow, Steve bruce might change his team, to a stronger line up. After all, you don't show your opponent your poker hand before the river or turn do you? Surely Bloom wouldn't and let's be frank here, Bloom will have a say if the next tie after this is a home game against one of the big four.
I think you need to give Oscar a break and credit him a little more intelligence. Why would he give his cards away so early? If he comes out and says he will play his best team now, or after the draw tomorrow, Steve bruce might change his team, to a stronger line up. After all, you don't show your opponent your poker hand before the river or turn do you? Surely Bloom wouldn't and let's be frank here, Bloom will have a say if the next tie after this is a home game against one of the big four. Carter_Cooldancer

10:54am Sat 15 Feb 14

seegull fly in sky says...

A oscra fatty man e eet to meny caikes a na fit in e troosers
A oscra fatty man e eet to meny caikes a na fit in e troosers seegull fly in sky

11:50am Sat 15 Feb 14

bbb1969 says...

Not too concerned what team Oscar puts out as it will be strong with players we have. Good oppoertunity for Buckers and Lua lua to start and swap them as they tire.
Ulloa and Stephens to play
Not too concerned what team Oscar puts out as it will be strong with players we have. Good oppoertunity for Buckers and Lua lua to start and swap them as they tire. Ulloa and Stephens to play bbb1969

11:50am Sat 15 Feb 14

Aldrington Halt says...

No change then from Oscar's 'game at a time' philosophy which seems to have worked well thus far given our current position in the table and the FA cup, the man is quiet and competent thus far and in my humble opinion doing everything he can in a solid manner. His playing of the reserves is genius because he's including them in the fight which will boost their confidence and because of Oscars belief they play well and fit in when 1st team slots are opened due to injury as we've seen earlier this season.TEAM BUILDING seems to really important to him and we've seen a marked improvement in the integrity and character under pressure of our squad than under Gus. The FA cup is exiting, lucrative and gives us the chance to shine on the big stage but is a short term high, Wigan won last year but suffered relegation and are now hot on our heels for that last playoff spot which for us is only currently a win away. The Premiership, ready or not has all the benefits above mentioned and more plus it lasts a whole season, good reason for Oscar to keep his head down each game and target that play off battle, equally lucrative televised and with 60million quid prize..UTA
No change then from Oscar's 'game at a time' philosophy which seems to have worked well thus far given our current position in the table and the FA cup, the man is quiet and competent thus far and in my humble opinion doing everything he can in a solid manner. His playing of the reserves is genius because he's including them in the fight which will boost their confidence and because of Oscars belief they play well and fit in when 1st team slots are opened due to injury as we've seen earlier this season.TEAM BUILDING seems to really important to him and we've seen a marked improvement in the integrity and character under pressure of our squad than under Gus. The FA cup is exiting, lucrative and gives us the chance to shine on the big stage but is a short term high, Wigan won last year but suffered relegation and are now hot on our heels for that last playoff spot which for us is only currently a win away. The Premiership, ready or not has all the benefits above mentioned and more plus it lasts a whole season, good reason for Oscar to keep his head down each game and target that play off battle, equally lucrative televised and with 60million quid prize..UTA Aldrington Halt

12:12pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Claude Back says...

Neville wrote:
This shows a distinct lack of flexibility on his part,if the Albion do have the opportunity of a real money making glamour tie next then this should be reflected in his team selection. To just stick with his plans regardless is,in my opinion folly. The club need all the finances they can recoup.
The team have a five day break before Wigan and paying fans want to see a strong team put out with a view to winning.
OG seems to be putting all his eggs into the basket of getting a play off place,well realistically 6th place is all thats likely to be available so a tad stubborn attitude may well cost us dear.
Ignore the Thumbs Down, Neville. You post sensible comments which are wasted on most on here, unfortunately.
[quote][p][bold]Neville[/bold] wrote: This shows a distinct lack of flexibility on his part,if the Albion do have the opportunity of a real money making glamour tie next then this should be reflected in his team selection. To just stick with his plans regardless is,in my opinion folly. The club need all the finances they can recoup. The team have a five day break before Wigan and paying fans want to see a strong team put out with a view to winning. OG seems to be putting all his eggs into the basket of getting a play off place,well realistically 6th place is all thats likely to be available so a tad stubborn attitude may well cost us dear.[/p][/quote]Ignore the Thumbs Down, Neville. You post sensible comments which are wasted on most on here, unfortunately. Claude Back

12:17pm Sat 15 Feb 14

VegasSeagull says...

I think those that are taking a negative view of what Oscar has said are misunderstanding him. I think the point he is trying to make is that he has a plan for how to beat Hull and that plan will not change regardless of who we might face if we get thru. Oscar has said many times, focus on the game in hand and only the game in hand.
I think that it is highly likely that Oscar knows who is going to start against Hull and he knows his bench. If his plan is in place and the squad training is reflecting that plan, why would he change it based on who we might get in the next round.
I think those that are taking a negative view of what Oscar has said are misunderstanding him. I think the point he is trying to make is that he has a plan for how to beat Hull and that plan will not change regardless of who we might face if we get thru. Oscar has said many times, focus on the game in hand and only the game in hand. I think that it is highly likely that Oscar knows who is going to start against Hull and he knows his bench. If his plan is in place and the squad training is reflecting that plan, why would he change it based on who we might get in the next round. VegasSeagull

12:27pm Sat 15 Feb 14

wiseman of hove says...

Neville wrote:
This shows a distinct lack of flexibility on his part,if the Albion do have the opportunity of a real money making glamour tie next then this should be reflected in his team selection. To just stick with his plans regardless is,in my opinion folly. The club need all the finances they can recoup.
The team have a five day break before Wigan and paying fans want to see a strong team put out with a view to winning.
OG seems to be putting all his eggs into the basket of getting a play off place,well realistically 6th place is all thats likely to be available so a tad stubborn attitude may well cost us dear.
I entirely agree with you. You would think we had just announced profits. Still, it might all be a smoke screen and Oscar will field his strongest team!
[quote][p][bold]Neville[/bold] wrote: This shows a distinct lack of flexibility on his part,if the Albion do have the opportunity of a real money making glamour tie next then this should be reflected in his team selection. To just stick with his plans regardless is,in my opinion folly. The club need all the finances they can recoup. The team have a five day break before Wigan and paying fans want to see a strong team put out with a view to winning. OG seems to be putting all his eggs into the basket of getting a play off place,well realistically 6th place is all thats likely to be available so a tad stubborn attitude may well cost us dear.[/p][/quote]I entirely agree with you. You would think we had just announced profits. Still, it might all be a smoke screen and Oscar will field his strongest team! wiseman of hove

12:58pm Sat 15 Feb 14

brightonfan34 says...

what ever team we play the worry i have is where will the goals come from as we dont look like scoring goals
what ever team we play the worry i have is where will the goals come from as we dont look like scoring goals brightonfan34

1:25pm Sat 15 Feb 14

VegasSeagull says...

Neville wrote:
This shows a distinct lack of flexibility on his part,if the Albion do have the opportunity of a real money making glamour tie next then this should be reflected in his team selection. To just stick with his plans regardless is,in my opinion folly. The club need all the finances they can recoup.
The team have a five day break before Wigan and paying fans want to see a strong team put out with a view to winning.
OG seems to be putting all his eggs into the basket of getting a play off place,well realistically 6th place is all thats likely to be available so a tad stubborn attitude may well cost us dear.
Neville, would you have Oscar pick his starting eleven Sunday afternoon, after the draw has been made? I would hope that he has his players better prepared than that, I mean no disrespect Nev, but to wait that long would seem very odd to me.
[quote][p][bold]Neville[/bold] wrote: This shows a distinct lack of flexibility on his part,if the Albion do have the opportunity of a real money making glamour tie next then this should be reflected in his team selection. To just stick with his plans regardless is,in my opinion folly. The club need all the finances they can recoup. The team have a five day break before Wigan and paying fans want to see a strong team put out with a view to winning. OG seems to be putting all his eggs into the basket of getting a play off place,well realistically 6th place is all thats likely to be available so a tad stubborn attitude may well cost us dear.[/p][/quote]Neville, would you have Oscar pick his starting eleven Sunday afternoon, after the draw has been made? I would hope that he has his players better prepared than that, I mean no disrespect Nev, but to wait that long would seem very odd to me. VegasSeagull

1:57pm Sat 15 Feb 14

To baldly go says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
I think those that are taking a negative view of what Oscar has said are misunderstanding him. I think the point he is trying to make is that he has a plan for how to beat Hull and that plan will not change regardless of who we might face if we get thru. Oscar has said many times, focus on the game in hand and only the game in hand.
I think that it is highly likely that Oscar knows who is going to start against Hull and he knows his bench. If his plan is in place and the squad training is reflecting that plan, why would he change it based on who we might get in the next round.
Spot on Vegas, Oscar would have done his homework on Hull and have the team training on how to beat them, Hull will come as favourites and try to outplay us which will allow us to play our game, the only thing I hope is that we don't play defensively and try and score on the break, let's entertain the crowd at the stadium and those watching on tv and we could be tv again next round.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: I think those that are taking a negative view of what Oscar has said are misunderstanding him. I think the point he is trying to make is that he has a plan for how to beat Hull and that plan will not change regardless of who we might face if we get thru. Oscar has said many times, focus on the game in hand and only the game in hand. I think that it is highly likely that Oscar knows who is going to start against Hull and he knows his bench. If his plan is in place and the squad training is reflecting that plan, why would he change it based on who we might get in the next round.[/p][/quote]Spot on Vegas, Oscar would have done his homework on Hull and have the team training on how to beat them, Hull will come as favourites and try to outplay us which will allow us to play our game, the only thing I hope is that we don't play defensively and try and score on the break, let's entertain the crowd at the stadium and those watching on tv and we could be tv again next round. To baldly go

1:59pm Sat 15 Feb 14

bbb1969 says...

As I said above; I think OG will have a strong team to put out whoever he chooses. My only slight concern is Brez; only slight mind as I feel he has a lot of presence in the air.
will be there with the kids and will be hoping we score a few . In 2 minds of who I want us to play yet; do we have another lower league team and easy path to the final or one of the big 4 (ot 2 when they have played each other)).
Good gate if at home no matter what and probably tv coverage anyway so I don't think it matters too much.
As I said above; I think OG will have a strong team to put out whoever he chooses. My only slight concern is Brez; only slight mind as I feel he has a lot of presence in the air. will be there with the kids and will be hoping we score a few . In 2 minds of who I want us to play yet; do we have another lower league team and easy path to the final or one of the big 4 (ot 2 when they have played each other)). Good gate if at home no matter what and probably tv coverage anyway so I don't think it matters too much. bbb1969

2:01pm Sat 15 Feb 14

There are seagulls in Islamabad says...

Personally...I think you're all ****...! I trust him, back him and uta! All good
Personally...I think you're all ****...! I trust him, back him and uta! All good There are seagulls in Islamabad

2:01pm Sat 15 Feb 14

There are seagulls in Islamabad says...

Personally...I think you're all ****...! I trust him, back him and uta! All good
Personally...I think you're all ****...! I trust him, back him and uta! All good There are seagulls in Islamabad

2:01pm Sat 15 Feb 14

There are seagulls in Islamabad says...

Personally...I think you're all ****...! I trust him, back him and uta! All good
Personally...I think you're all ****...! I trust him, back him and uta! All good There are seagulls in Islamabad

2:02pm Sat 15 Feb 14

There are seagulls in Islamabad says...

Personally...I think you're all ****...! I trust him, back him and uta! All good
Personally...I think you're all ****...! I trust him, back him and uta! All good There are seagulls in Islamabad

2:18pm Sat 15 Feb 14

VegasSeagull says...

There are seagulls in Islamabad wrote:
Personally...I think you're all ****...! I trust him, back him and uta! All good
Ok so you spent some time thinking about your comment, and in your comprehensive opinion, we infidels know zip, but did we need to be told that four times?
[quote][p][bold]There are seagulls in Islamabad[/bold] wrote: Personally...I think you're all ****...! I trust him, back him and uta! All good[/p][/quote]Ok so you spent some time thinking about your comment, and in your comprehensive opinion, we infidels know zip, but did we need to be told that four times? VegasSeagull

2:39pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Neville says...

Vegas Hi
No regardless I believe Oscar should select his strongest team,unless any minor niggles,as we so often talk about it FFP is dominant and this is a one off chance to get into some really big money,which will in turn help the playing budget and hopefully our push for play offs.
Also TV there for which we are getting 230k (lot more than Sky pay) and hopefully some younger first time fans,who we want to entertain and attract to future games. Fans expect to see the best players compete.
TK is by far the best keeper but pretty sure PB will play.
Vegas Hi No regardless I believe Oscar should select his strongest team,unless any minor niggles,as we so often talk about it FFP is dominant and this is a one off chance to get into some really big money,which will in turn help the playing budget and hopefully our push for play offs. Also TV there for which we are getting 230k (lot more than Sky pay) and hopefully some younger first time fans,who we want to entertain and attract to future games. Fans expect to see the best players compete. TK is by far the best keeper but pretty sure PB will play. Neville

2:49pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Chi Gull says...

It amuses me that all the negative comments flood in when we don't even know what the team will be. This season we haven't had a regular starting 11 because of injuries transfers etc. Three weeks ago we would all have been saying that playing March was part of a 'weakened' team - but few would say that now. If he rests Ince and plays Andrews - is that a weakened team? The fact is we have 17 or so regular first team players and rotating them for a cup game does not always mean the team is much weaker.
It amuses me that all the negative comments flood in when we don't even know what the team will be. This season we haven't had a regular starting 11 because of injuries transfers etc. Three weeks ago we would all have been saying that playing March was part of a 'weakened' team - but few would say that now. If he rests Ince and plays Andrews - is that a weakened team? The fact is we have 17 or so regular first team players and rotating them for a cup game does not always mean the team is much weaker. Chi Gull

3:40pm Sat 15 Feb 14

VegasSeagull says...

Chi Gull wrote:
It amuses me that all the negative comments flood in when we don't even know what the team will be. This season we haven't had a regular starting 11 because of injuries transfers etc. Three weeks ago we would all have been saying that playing March was part of a 'weakened' team - but few would say that now. If he rests Ince and plays Andrews - is that a weakened team? The fact is we have 17 or so regular first team players and rotating them for a cup game does not always mean the team is much weaker.
Yeah made a similar point yesterday, just who is our best eleven, I haven't a clue to be honest. I think it's great that we have different opinions as to who are our best starters, it goes to show the strength in depth we have. If it were that easy to pick eleven we would have a problem. Part of me wants Brez to start, he has served us well in the cup, but another part of me says that TK should be between the sticks as he is our number one, and goalkeeper might be the position that I wouldn't let sentiment play a part. I think it would be tough on some of the lads if the bigger names kept them out of the side considering it was they that got us here. As I said, we have a strong squad so those that might seen as weaker options, to my mind, are anything but weaker.
[quote][p][bold]Chi Gull[/bold] wrote: It amuses me that all the negative comments flood in when we don't even know what the team will be. This season we haven't had a regular starting 11 because of injuries transfers etc. Three weeks ago we would all have been saying that playing March was part of a 'weakened' team - but few would say that now. If he rests Ince and plays Andrews - is that a weakened team? The fact is we have 17 or so regular first team players and rotating them for a cup game does not always mean the team is much weaker.[/p][/quote]Yeah made a similar point yesterday, just who is our best eleven, I haven't a clue to be honest. I think it's great that we have different opinions as to who are our best starters, it goes to show the strength in depth we have. If it were that easy to pick eleven we would have a problem. Part of me wants Brez to start, he has served us well in the cup, but another part of me says that TK should be between the sticks as he is our number one, and goalkeeper might be the position that I wouldn't let sentiment play a part. I think it would be tough on some of the lads if the bigger names kept them out of the side considering it was they that got us here. As I said, we have a strong squad so those that might seen as weaker options, to my mind, are anything but weaker. VegasSeagull

3:54pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Hector66 says...

i'm firmly with Neville and Claude here and it isn't negativity rather it is a passionate desire to see us do well in the Cup, especially as there is now the very real possibility of meeting Sunderland in the QF. Wouldn't that be a fantastic draw!!?

So here's a plea to Oscar to put out a really strong side, for the sake of Cup traditions and the little matter of finance. (I'm less concerned about the play-offs as I think we are not good enough to go up and stay up - that's for the following season!)
i'm firmly with Neville and Claude here and it isn't negativity rather it is a passionate desire to see us do well in the Cup, especially as there is now the very real possibility of meeting Sunderland in the QF. Wouldn't that be a fantastic draw!!? So here's a plea to Oscar to put out a really strong side, for the sake of Cup traditions and the little matter of finance. (I'm less concerned about the play-offs as I think we are not good enough to go up and stay up - that's for the following season!) Hector66

6:06pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

I don't think it matters one iota who we draw in the next round and it won't affect Oscar's team selection for Monday. If we don't beat Hull it won't matter anyway.
Oscar has got us thus far and he will pick the team he thinks will beat Hull irrespective of who we might play in the next round.
The only difference will be extra excitement for the fans if we draw potentially Chelsea or Man City at home.
Oscar is a top professional and we should shut up and let him get on with it. UTA
I don't think it matters one iota who we draw in the next round and it won't affect Oscar's team selection for Monday. If we don't beat Hull it won't matter anyway. Oscar has got us thus far and he will pick the team he thinks will beat Hull irrespective of who we might play in the next round. The only difference will be extra excitement for the fans if we draw potentially Chelsea or Man City at home. Oscar is a top professional and we should shut up and let him get on with it. UTA Joel'sGrandad

6:31pm Sat 15 Feb 14

VegasSeagull says...

Hector66 wrote:
i'm firmly with Neville and Claude here and it isn't negativity rather it is a passionate desire to see us do well in the Cup, especially as there is now the very real possibility of meeting Sunderland in the QF. Wouldn't that be a fantastic draw!!?

So here's a plea to Oscar to put out a really strong side, for the sake of Cup traditions and the little matter of finance. (I'm less concerned about the play-offs as I think we are not good enough to go up and stay up - that's for the following season!)
Get your point Hector but your eleven best players might be different from five or six other people on this forum, and Oscar might even have a, best eleven, that differs from all of us. Possible following cup matches mean nothing, it's all about beating Hull. Oscar has two jobs to do, the first is to study the Hull squad and calculate who they look likely to send out, and then he has to pick the eleven he feels can get the job done for us. If Oscar's eleven differs from other's eleven, there are probably good reasons for his thinking, reasons we don't know, but that's why he gets paid the big bucks.
[quote][p][bold]Hector66[/bold] wrote: i'm firmly with Neville and Claude here and it isn't negativity rather it is a passionate desire to see us do well in the Cup, especially as there is now the very real possibility of meeting Sunderland in the QF. Wouldn't that be a fantastic draw!!? So here's a plea to Oscar to put out a really strong side, for the sake of Cup traditions and the little matter of finance. (I'm less concerned about the play-offs as I think we are not good enough to go up and stay up - that's for the following season!)[/p][/quote]Get your point Hector but your eleven best players might be different from five or six other people on this forum, and Oscar might even have a, best eleven, that differs from all of us. Possible following cup matches mean nothing, it's all about beating Hull. Oscar has two jobs to do, the first is to study the Hull squad and calculate who they look likely to send out, and then he has to pick the eleven he feels can get the job done for us. If Oscar's eleven differs from other's eleven, there are probably good reasons for his thinking, reasons we don't know, but that's why he gets paid the big bucks. VegasSeagull

9:45pm Sat 15 Feb 14

DaveTurnerSuperstar says...

Just a couple of thoughts; we don't know that Oscar has already picked his starting eleven, and we do know that whoever he has/will pick his choice is/will be a team to beat Hull. It matters not in the slightest who we may be playing in the next round if the team is incapable of beating Hull it's all irrelevant.
Just a couple of thoughts; we don't know that Oscar has already picked his starting eleven, and we do know that whoever he has/will pick his choice is/will be a team to beat Hull. It matters not in the slightest who we may be playing in the next round if the team is incapable of beating Hull it's all irrelevant. DaveTurnerSuperstar

11:31pm Sat 15 Feb 14

OldGull says...

Neville wrote:
This shows a distinct lack of flexibility on his part,if the Albion do have the opportunity of a real money making glamour tie next then this should be reflected in his team selection. To just stick with his plans regardless is,in my opinion folly. The club need all the finances they can recoup.
The team have a five day break before Wigan and paying fans want to see a strong team put out with a view to winning.
OG seems to be putting all his eggs into the basket of getting a play off place,well realistically 6th place is all thats likely to be available so a tad stubborn attitude may well cost us dear.
And do you know his plans?
NO?
Then how do you know he is being inflexible?
[quote][p][bold]Neville[/bold] wrote: This shows a distinct lack of flexibility on his part,if the Albion do have the opportunity of a real money making glamour tie next then this should be reflected in his team selection. To just stick with his plans regardless is,in my opinion folly. The club need all the finances they can recoup. The team have a five day break before Wigan and paying fans want to see a strong team put out with a view to winning. OG seems to be putting all his eggs into the basket of getting a play off place,well realistically 6th place is all thats likely to be available so a tad stubborn attitude may well cost us dear.[/p][/quote]And do you know his plans? NO? Then how do you know he is being inflexible? OldGull

11:38pm Sat 15 Feb 14

OldGull says...

wiseman of hove wrote:
Neville wrote:
This shows a distinct lack of flexibility on his part,if the Albion do have the opportunity of a real money making glamour tie next then this should be reflected in his team selection. To just stick with his plans regardless is,in my opinion folly. The club need all the finances they can recoup.
The team have a five day break before Wigan and paying fans want to see a strong team put out with a view to winning.
OG seems to be putting all his eggs into the basket of getting a play off place,well realistically 6th place is all thats likely to be available so a tad stubborn attitude may well cost us dear.
I entirely agree with you. You would think we had just announced profits. Still, it might all be a smoke screen and Oscar will field his strongest team!
Did he say he wouldn't?
[quote][p][bold]wiseman of hove[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Neville[/bold] wrote: This shows a distinct lack of flexibility on his part,if the Albion do have the opportunity of a real money making glamour tie next then this should be reflected in his team selection. To just stick with his plans regardless is,in my opinion folly. The club need all the finances they can recoup. The team have a five day break before Wigan and paying fans want to see a strong team put out with a view to winning. OG seems to be putting all his eggs into the basket of getting a play off place,well realistically 6th place is all thats likely to be available so a tad stubborn attitude may well cost us dear.[/p][/quote]I entirely agree with you. You would think we had just announced profits. Still, it might all be a smoke screen and Oscar will field his strongest team![/p][/quote]Did he say he wouldn't? OldGull

12:49am Sun 16 Feb 14

Hector66 says...

yes that is clearly the inference from the story, the goalie being the clearest illustration of this.
yes that is clearly the inference from the story, the goalie being the clearest illustration of this. Hector66

11:26am Sun 16 Feb 14

Baldseagull says...

Hector66 wrote:
i'm firmly with Neville and Claude here and it isn't negativity rather it is a passionate desire to see us do well in the Cup, especially as there is now the very real possibility of meeting Sunderland in the QF. Wouldn't that be a fantastic draw!!?

So here's a plea to Oscar to put out a really strong side, for the sake of Cup traditions and the little matter of finance. (I'm less concerned about the play-offs as I think we are not good enough to go up and stay up - that's for the following season!)
And along with Neville and Claude you have misunderstood the message
The team will be picked to play Hull, regardless of who the next opponents would be. The message does not contain the information as to the intention to rest certain players or not.
Personally I am expecting that Brezovan will play but otherwise it will be much as a league game team, but none of us know this. I am with you on wanting to progress as far as we can in the FA Cup, but would rather have Sunderland in the Semi's or the Final, too soon to have Gus back here and I don't fancy travelling to the North East.
[quote][p][bold]Hector66[/bold] wrote: i'm firmly with Neville and Claude here and it isn't negativity rather it is a passionate desire to see us do well in the Cup, especially as there is now the very real possibility of meeting Sunderland in the QF. Wouldn't that be a fantastic draw!!? So here's a plea to Oscar to put out a really strong side, for the sake of Cup traditions and the little matter of finance. (I'm less concerned about the play-offs as I think we are not good enough to go up and stay up - that's for the following season!)[/p][/quote]And along with Neville and Claude you have misunderstood the message The team will be picked to play Hull, regardless of who the next opponents would be. The message does not contain the information as to the intention to rest certain players or not. Personally I am expecting that Brezovan will play but otherwise it will be much as a league game team, but none of us know this. I am with you on wanting to progress as far as we can in the FA Cup, but would rather have Sunderland in the Semi's or the Final, too soon to have Gus back here and I don't fancy travelling to the North East. Baldseagull

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