FA Cup countdown: Upson says Albion can go all the way

The Argus: Matt Upson sees no reason why Albion can't keep their run going Matt Upson sees no reason why Albion can't keep their run going

Matt Upson believes Albion can go “all the way” in the FA Cup.

The Seagulls attempt to claim another Premier League scalp against Hull City in the fifth round at the Amex tonight.

They dumped Newcastle out of the competition in each of the last two seasons and Upson insists they are capable of extending their run beyond a first quarter-final appearance since 1986.

The former England centre-half said: “We can go all the way, why not? There’s no point us thinking otherwise, or else don’t turn up for the tie and we all stay at home.

“We can win and we can keep winning. It’s a one-off game and on that day or night anything can happen.”

Upson has drawn inspiration from Wigan, the next Championship visitors to the Amex on Saturday. They shocked Manchester City in the final last year when they were relegated from the Premier League.

He said: “The cup’s the cup and that is the beauty of the competition. That’s what makes it so exciting and historically such a great thing to play in. It’s a great opportunity for the club to have a cup run. We’ve drawn Premier League opposition, I don’t regard ourselves as being a million miles away from Premier standard and we’re at home so it will be a great tie.”

Upson, 34, asked to play in Albion’s fourth round win at Port Vale after he was rested for the win in round three at home to Reading. He said: “You never know when it’s going to be the last time you play in the FA Cup. I’ve said it before but the older you get, the more you appreciate and respect the competition. I absolutely love it.

“I remember as a kid that when you throw the jumpers down and play football in the park, it’s the FA Cup final that gets mentioned, you don’t play for the league.”

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8:25am Mon 17 Feb 14

mickagull says...

Let's hope all the big boys are taking off their jumpers tonight. Seeeagulllllls !!
Let's hope all the big boys are taking off their jumpers tonight. Seeeagulllllls !! mickagull

9:28am Mon 17 Feb 14

Alfie T says...

24,000 rumoured to be there tonight, what an opportunity to be able to sing "you should have stayed with a big club" Think it's written in the stars, come on OG,go for it tonight.
24,000 rumoured to be there tonight, what an opportunity to be able to sing "you should have stayed with a big club" Think it's written in the stars, come on OG,go for it tonight. Alfie T

9:48am Mon 17 Feb 14

Albion In Staffs says...

I absolutely love his last comment. It sums up the competition perfectly.
I absolutely love his last comment. It sums up the competition perfectly. Albion In Staffs

9:54am Mon 17 Feb 14

wiseman of hove says...

I like the 'asked to play' comment, after being rested for the Reading game. Great player and says it alI.
Cannot imagine anyone wanting to be rested for this one, with the amount of interest the tie is generating, and the potential rewards. They are huge.
I like the 'asked to play' comment, after being rested for the Reading game. Great player and says it alI. Cannot imagine anyone wanting to be rested for this one, with the amount of interest the tie is generating, and the potential rewards. They are huge. wiseman of hove

11:17am Mon 17 Feb 14

Uckfield Seagull says...

Maybe I am one of a few but I truly hope we put out a strong side tonight, I want Ulloa, Lua Lua, Buckley, Orlandi all playing.

What a chance to get too Wembley, I know we have a chance of promotion but if I was a player I would be gagging to play tonight, these chances come along so rarely, I believe we will get to premiership sooner or later, cant see tonights game hindering that too much, with 5 days rest and players just as likely to get injured in training lets go for it, such a good chance to further enhance the club to the rest of the country. Especially with a winnable 1/4 final as well, come on Oscar pick a side for the fans,

I want to see
Tomas
Calderon, Upson, Greer, Ward,
Ince, Andrews,
Buckley, Orlandi, Lua Lua
Ulloa
Maybe I am one of a few but I truly hope we put out a strong side tonight, I want Ulloa, Lua Lua, Buckley, Orlandi all playing. What a chance to get too Wembley, I know we have a chance of promotion but if I was a player I would be gagging to play tonight, these chances come along so rarely, I believe we will get to premiership sooner or later, cant see tonights game hindering that too much, with 5 days rest and players just as likely to get injured in training lets go for it, such a good chance to further enhance the club to the rest of the country. Especially with a winnable 1/4 final as well, come on Oscar pick a side for the fans, I want to see Tomas Calderon, Upson, Greer, Ward, Ince, Andrews, Buckley, Orlandi, Lua Lua Ulloa Uckfield Seagull

11:25am Mon 17 Feb 14

bIsleybill says...

Upson gave a great interview. What a class act he is..a true professional, part of an English tradition that goes back to Finney et al.

Lucky the young players who play alongside him, lucky the fans who share his later years.
Upson gave a great interview. What a class act he is..a true professional, part of an English tradition that goes back to Finney et al. Lucky the young players who play alongside him, lucky the fans who share his later years. bIsleybill

12:17pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Steveg1958 says...

Uckfield Seagull wrote:
Maybe I am one of a few but I truly hope we put out a strong side tonight, I want Ulloa, Lua Lua, Buckley, Orlandi all playing.

What a chance to get too Wembley, I know we have a chance of promotion but if I was a player I would be gagging to play tonight, these chances come along so rarely, I believe we will get to premiership sooner or later, cant see tonights game hindering that too much, with 5 days rest and players just as likely to get injured in training lets go for it, such a good chance to further enhance the club to the rest of the country. Especially with a winnable 1/4 final as well, come on Oscar pick a side for the fans,

I want to see
Tomas
Calderon, Upson, Greer, Ward,
Ince, Andrews,
Buckley, Orlandi, Lua Lua
Ulloa
Good post exactly my thoughts and team selection, we need to go for it, a playoff place is by no means certain so why not, and as you say there is still 5 days till Saturdays match, enough of this rotation rubbish, Tom Finney et al, didn't rotate and they had to kick that heavy leather ball each game. !
[quote][p][bold]Uckfield Seagull[/bold] wrote: Maybe I am one of a few but I truly hope we put out a strong side tonight, I want Ulloa, Lua Lua, Buckley, Orlandi all playing. What a chance to get too Wembley, I know we have a chance of promotion but if I was a player I would be gagging to play tonight, these chances come along so rarely, I believe we will get to premiership sooner or later, cant see tonights game hindering that too much, with 5 days rest and players just as likely to get injured in training lets go for it, such a good chance to further enhance the club to the rest of the country. Especially with a winnable 1/4 final as well, come on Oscar pick a side for the fans, I want to see Tomas Calderon, Upson, Greer, Ward, Ince, Andrews, Buckley, Orlandi, Lua Lua Ulloa[/p][/quote]Good post exactly my thoughts and team selection, we need to go for it, a playoff place is by no means certain so why not, and as you say there is still 5 days till Saturdays match, enough of this rotation rubbish, Tom Finney et al, didn't rotate and they had to kick that heavy leather ball each game. ! Steveg1958

12:48pm Mon 17 Feb 14

tooncgull says...

OG wont play that team though - he'll play Brez, Chicksen and JFC I bet, and probably Stephens in place of Ince. He HAS been playing Solly in the Cup though, so will probably continue with him.
OG wont play that team though - he'll play Brez, Chicksen and JFC I bet, and probably Stephens in place of Ince. He HAS been playing Solly in the Cup though, so will probably continue with him. tooncgull

1:03pm Mon 17 Feb 14

pjwilk says...

If Oscar thinks he will bring on the heavy guns later in the game when we are 2 down it will be too late.The best way of defending is to attack from the start with our strongest attacking players.Dont do a Southampton all those fans travelled to Sunderland just to see 6 changes and a loss.Fans not happy and our fans wont be happy either.
If Oscar thinks he will bring on the heavy guns later in the game when we are 2 down it will be too late.The best way of defending is to attack from the start with our strongest attacking players.Dont do a Southampton all those fans travelled to Sunderland just to see 6 changes and a loss.Fans not happy and our fans wont be happy either. pjwilk

1:18pm Mon 17 Feb 14

SeagullOverSelsey says...

tooncgull wrote:
OG wont play that team though - he'll play Brez, Chicksen and JFC I bet, and probably Stephens in place of Ince. He HAS been playing Solly in the Cup though, so will probably continue with him.
I may be wrong but I think Stephens is cup tied.
[quote][p][bold]tooncgull[/bold] wrote: OG wont play that team though - he'll play Brez, Chicksen and JFC I bet, and probably Stephens in place of Ince. He HAS been playing Solly in the Cup though, so will probably continue with him.[/p][/quote]I may be wrong but I think Stephens is cup tied. SeagullOverSelsey

1:28pm Mon 17 Feb 14

SeagullOverSelsey says...

pjwilk wrote:
If Oscar thinks he will bring on the heavy guns later in the game when we are 2 down it will be too late.The best way of defending is to attack from the start with our strongest attacking players.Dont do a Southampton all those fans travelled to Sunderland just to see 6 changes and a loss.Fans not happy and our fans wont be happy either.
Totally agree.To put out a weakened team because of the play off push is just crazy.We are in front of the cameras with a possible huge cash bonanza again waiting in the wings and to worry that playing the strongest side will leave them tired for the Wigan game I just do not go along with.Attack is always the best form of defence so OG put out the strongest side and go for it all guns blazing!!
[quote][p][bold]pjwilk[/bold] wrote: If Oscar thinks he will bring on the heavy guns later in the game when we are 2 down it will be too late.The best way of defending is to attack from the start with our strongest attacking players.Dont do a Southampton all those fans travelled to Sunderland just to see 6 changes and a loss.Fans not happy and our fans wont be happy either.[/p][/quote]Totally agree.To put out a weakened team because of the play off push is just crazy.We are in front of the cameras with a possible huge cash bonanza again waiting in the wings and to worry that playing the strongest side will leave them tired for the Wigan game I just do not go along with.Attack is always the best form of defence so OG put out the strongest side and go for it all guns blazing!! SeagullOverSelsey

1:44pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Far gull says...

Top pro. He went to school in Bury st.edmunds and my sister taught him. She said he was a great lad and had a good brain. It shows in his interviews and on the pitch.
As to the team Andrews bench for me ,Ince and Jfc from the start please with only one of three kll,wb or Solly on bench to be able to come on. Not worried if Chicksen on as he looks good with pace Ward does not have(that's not to do ward down as he has been good this season) TK in goal l,Leo to start up front please. Am sure it will be a strong team if Matt comments to go by.
COME ON!
Top pro. He went to school in Bury st.edmunds and my sister taught him. She said he was a great lad and had a good brain. It shows in his interviews and on the pitch. As to the team Andrews bench for me ,Ince and Jfc from the start please with only one of three kll,wb or Solly on bench to be able to come on. Not worried if Chicksen on as he looks good with pace Ward does not have(that's not to do ward down as he has been good this season) TK in goal l,Leo to start up front please. Am sure it will be a strong team if Matt comments to go by. COME ON! Far gull

1:47pm Mon 17 Feb 14

wiseman of hove says...

SeagullOverSelsey wrote:
pjwilk wrote:
If Oscar thinks he will bring on the heavy guns later in the game when we are 2 down it will be too late.The best way of defending is to attack from the start with our strongest attacking players.Dont do a Southampton all those fans travelled to Sunderland just to see 6 changes and a loss.Fans not happy and our fans wont be happy either.
Totally agree.To put out a weakened team because of the play off push is just crazy.We are in front of the cameras with a possible huge cash bonanza again waiting in the wings and to worry that playing the strongest side will leave them tired for the Wigan game I just do not go along with.Attack is always the best form of defence so OG put out the strongest side and go for it all guns blazing!!
Entirely agree. If Ulloa and TK do not start, that is a weakened team for me which to put it mildy, would be a tad disappointing.
[quote][p][bold]SeagullOverSelsey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pjwilk[/bold] wrote: If Oscar thinks he will bring on the heavy guns later in the game when we are 2 down it will be too late.The best way of defending is to attack from the start with our strongest attacking players.Dont do a Southampton all those fans travelled to Sunderland just to see 6 changes and a loss.Fans not happy and our fans wont be happy either.[/p][/quote]Totally agree.To put out a weakened team because of the play off push is just crazy.We are in front of the cameras with a possible huge cash bonanza again waiting in the wings and to worry that playing the strongest side will leave them tired for the Wigan game I just do not go along with.Attack is always the best form of defence so OG put out the strongest side and go for it all guns blazing!![/p][/quote]Entirely agree. If Ulloa and TK do not start, that is a weakened team for me which to put it mildy, would be a tad disappointing. wiseman of hove

2:04pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Tommy11 says...

Great Comment from MU - At present, I feel he totally deserves Player of the year award. His attitude and peformances have been brilliant on & off the pitch.
We must must must go for it tonight!!!! Full strenght team with both Buckley/ March & Lua Lua on the wings please!!!

If we play an under strength team, and go out - i'm afraid it will be utter dismay in the stands. As a result this game is vital for Oscar as I honestly believe that he could lose a big chunk of the fans if he takes this away from us.
Great Comment from MU - At present, I feel he totally deserves Player of the year award. His attitude and peformances have been brilliant on & off the pitch. We must must must go for it tonight!!!! Full strenght team with both Buckley/ March & Lua Lua on the wings please!!! If we play an under strength team, and go out - i'm afraid it will be utter dismay in the stands. As a result this game is vital for Oscar as I honestly believe that he could lose a big chunk of the fans if he takes this away from us. Tommy11

2:17pm Mon 17 Feb 14

VegasSeagull says...

There are those on both sides of the fence when it comes to making changes to our line up, with the apparent majority calling for zero changes.
With three of the possible changes all coming within the back five, Brez, Dunk and Chicksen, perhaps it would allay some of the concerns if Oscar didn't make any changes at the back, keep the fortress well guarded, or perhaps just made one, Dunk for Greer.
Buckley for Solly surely can't be a negative in anyone's mind as Solly has been filling in for Buckers. Stephens is cup tied so that is a forced change so JFC or Andrews will probably start. Starting with Kaz would be a change but many on here wouldn't call it a bad move. The big issue seems to be Obika for Ulloa, that is the one that is causing most to have concerns.

So for all of you that want our, 'strongest,' eleven to start this match how about going with. Brez, Calde, Greer, Upson, Ward, Andrews, Ince, Orlandi, Buckley, Rodriguez and Obika. Changes but possibly acceptable changes, two are forced, Stephens cup tied and Bruno injured, and one might be seen as reverting to a senior player from a back up, Buckley for Solly.
There are those on both sides of the fence when it comes to making changes to our line up, with the apparent majority calling for zero changes. With three of the possible changes all coming within the back five, Brez, Dunk and Chicksen, perhaps it would allay some of the concerns if Oscar didn't make any changes at the back, keep the fortress well guarded, or perhaps just made one, Dunk for Greer. Buckley for Solly surely can't be a negative in anyone's mind as Solly has been filling in for Buckers. Stephens is cup tied so that is a forced change so JFC or Andrews will probably start. Starting with Kaz would be a change but many on here wouldn't call it a bad move. The big issue seems to be Obika for Ulloa, that is the one that is causing most to have concerns. So for all of you that want our, 'strongest,' eleven to start this match how about going with. Brez, Calde, Greer, Upson, Ward, Andrews, Ince, Orlandi, Buckley, Rodriguez and Obika. Changes but possibly acceptable changes, two are forced, Stephens cup tied and Bruno injured, and one might be seen as reverting to a senior player from a back up, Buckley for Solly. VegasSeagull

2:26pm Mon 17 Feb 14

fratsomrover says...

I see that a Brighton line-up for tonight is printed in The Times today.
I sincerely hope it is incorrect as it looks as disjointed a team as I could imagine. There is no: Kuzak, Bruno, Upson, Ward, Stephens, Buckley, Lua Lua, Ulloa, Lopez, Rodriguez or Andrews.
Obika is named as the only forward !!!
I do so hope this a joke, not that I'm laughing !!!!!
I see that a Brighton line-up for tonight is printed in The Times today. I sincerely hope it is incorrect as it looks as disjointed a team as I could imagine. There is no: Kuzak, Bruno, Upson, Ward, Stephens, Buckley, Lua Lua, Ulloa, Lopez, Rodriguez or Andrews. Obika is named as the only forward !!! I do so hope this a joke, not that I'm laughing !!!!! fratsomrover

2:36pm Mon 17 Feb 14

KeefyH69 says...

Uckfield Seagull wrote:
Maybe I am one of a few but I truly hope we put out a strong side tonight, I want Ulloa, Lua Lua, Buckley, Orlandi all playing.

What a chance to get too Wembley, I know we have a chance of promotion but if I was a player I would be gagging to play tonight, these chances come along so rarely, I believe we will get to premiership sooner or later, cant see tonights game hindering that too much, with 5 days rest and players just as likely to get injured in training lets go for it, such a good chance to further enhance the club to the rest of the country. Especially with a winnable 1/4 final as well, come on Oscar pick a side for the fans,

I want to see
Tomas
Calderon, Upson, Greer, Ward,
Ince, Andrews,
Buckley, Orlandi, Lua Lua
Ulloa
I want to see us stuff Poyet and again, Sunderland, so, Come on boys and show 'e-mail who BRIGHTON are!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Uckfield Seagull[/bold] wrote: Maybe I am one of a few but I truly hope we put out a strong side tonight, I want Ulloa, Lua Lua, Buckley, Orlandi all playing. What a chance to get too Wembley, I know we have a chance of promotion but if I was a player I would be gagging to play tonight, these chances come along so rarely, I believe we will get to premiership sooner or later, cant see tonights game hindering that too much, with 5 days rest and players just as likely to get injured in training lets go for it, such a good chance to further enhance the club to the rest of the country. Especially with a winnable 1/4 final as well, come on Oscar pick a side for the fans, I want to see Tomas Calderon, Upson, Greer, Ward, Ince, Andrews, Buckley, Orlandi, Lua Lua Ulloa[/p][/quote]I want to see us stuff Poyet and again, Sunderland, so, Come on boys and show 'e-mail who BRIGHTON are!!!! KeefyH69

2:53pm Mon 17 Feb 14

wiseman of hove says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
There are those on both sides of the fence when it comes to making changes to our line up, with the apparent majority calling for zero changes.
With three of the possible changes all coming within the back five, Brez, Dunk and Chicksen, perhaps it would allay some of the concerns if Oscar didn't make any changes at the back, keep the fortress well guarded, or perhaps just made one, Dunk for Greer.
Buckley for Solly surely can't be a negative in anyone's mind as Solly has been filling in for Buckers. Stephens is cup tied so that is a forced change so JFC or Andrews will probably start. Starting with Kaz would be a change but many on here wouldn't call it a bad move. The big issue seems to be Obika for Ulloa, that is the one that is causing most to have concerns.

So for all of you that want our, 'strongest,' eleven to start this match how about going with. Brez, Calde, Greer, Upson, Ward, Andrews, Ince, Orlandi, Buckley, Rodriguez and Obika. Changes but possibly acceptable changes, two are forced, Stephens cup tied and Bruno injured, and one might be seen as reverting to a senior player from a back up, Buckley for Solly.
Good discssion post as usual Vegas. I would suggest the 'issue' is particularly about TK and Ulloa - although JFC certainly would not start for me.
If we progress tonight, does TK - if he is not selected - sit out the Sunderland match as well? That would not seem right to me. He is undisputedly the best keeper at the club and as good as any other in the Championship. He should play tonight. I think he just might want to.
Ulloa is simply our main striker but importantly, he is coming back to his best, albeit slowly- wise to disturb that?
Generally, I've never been a fan of rotation unless a fixture pileup. A luxury for the Man City's of this world. It was a contributory factor in Rafa losing his job at Liverpool and then of course, there was the Tinkerman at Chelsea.
Not one key player to be 'rested', Oscar!
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: There are those on both sides of the fence when it comes to making changes to our line up, with the apparent majority calling for zero changes. With three of the possible changes all coming within the back five, Brez, Dunk and Chicksen, perhaps it would allay some of the concerns if Oscar didn't make any changes at the back, keep the fortress well guarded, or perhaps just made one, Dunk for Greer. Buckley for Solly surely can't be a negative in anyone's mind as Solly has been filling in for Buckers. Stephens is cup tied so that is a forced change so JFC or Andrews will probably start. Starting with Kaz would be a change but many on here wouldn't call it a bad move. The big issue seems to be Obika for Ulloa, that is the one that is causing most to have concerns. So for all of you that want our, 'strongest,' eleven to start this match how about going with. Brez, Calde, Greer, Upson, Ward, Andrews, Ince, Orlandi, Buckley, Rodriguez and Obika. Changes but possibly acceptable changes, two are forced, Stephens cup tied and Bruno injured, and one might be seen as reverting to a senior player from a back up, Buckley for Solly.[/p][/quote]Good discssion post as usual Vegas. I would suggest the 'issue' is particularly about TK and Ulloa - although JFC certainly would not start for me. If we progress tonight, does TK - if he is not selected - sit out the Sunderland match as well? That would not seem right to me. He is undisputedly the best keeper at the club and as good as any other in the Championship. He should play tonight. I think he just might want to. Ulloa is simply our main striker but importantly, he is coming back to his best, albeit slowly- wise to disturb that? Generally, I've never been a fan of rotation unless a fixture pileup. A luxury for the Man City's of this world. It was a contributory factor in Rafa losing his job at Liverpool and then of course, there was the Tinkerman at Chelsea. Not one key player to be 'rested', Oscar! wiseman of hove

3:15pm Mon 17 Feb 14

VegasSeagull says...

Wiseman of Hove.
Yes TK in goal works for me but if Oscar is to make a few changes, the inclusion of Brez would not leave me thinking that we have a real weakness, TK is better but Brez is no dummy. If we were to proceed to the next round, I would certainly want TK to play against Sunderland.
The Ulloa decision is a tough one for me, I can see exactly why we should play him, you have it nailed, but I also think that we would benefit from getting some playing time into Obika. God forbid that Ulloa gets injured in coming matches, or a red card, but if he did, Obika would be called upon and hoping that he will deliver with so little playing time under his belt would be a big ask.
I guess it's possible that Rodriguez might get the CF position tonight and if needed in the weeks to come, and with CMS getting back to fitness Obika might become the new Lita, we have him but only as a last resort.
I honestly have mixed feelings about playing Ulloa tonight, but I think my indecision might be based on the fact that I want to see that we can win important matches without him. I want Brighton to have more strike options, Rodders and Obika to show that they can score too and for that to happen, they have to play. Our reliance on Ulloa is just too big, and making a serious challenge for a top six spot will require us to have more than one weapon, we can't put our whole season on one man's back.
This particular FA Cup round gives us a chance to find other options rather than just banking on Ulloa, after this one, if we get thru, we can start the debate all over again.
Wiseman of Hove. Yes TK in goal works for me but if Oscar is to make a few changes, the inclusion of Brez would not leave me thinking that we have a real weakness, TK is better but Brez is no dummy. If we were to proceed to the next round, I would certainly want TK to play against Sunderland. The Ulloa decision is a tough one for me, I can see exactly why we should play him, you have it nailed, but I also think that we would benefit from getting some playing time into Obika. God forbid that Ulloa gets injured in coming matches, or a red card, but if he did, Obika would be called upon and hoping that he will deliver with so little playing time under his belt would be a big ask. I guess it's possible that Rodriguez might get the CF position tonight and if needed in the weeks to come, and with CMS getting back to fitness Obika might become the new Lita, we have him but only as a last resort. I honestly have mixed feelings about playing Ulloa tonight, but I think my indecision might be based on the fact that I want to see that we can win important matches without him. I want Brighton to have more strike options, Rodders and Obika to show that they can score too and for that to happen, they have to play. Our reliance on Ulloa is just too big, and making a serious challenge for a top six spot will require us to have more than one weapon, we can't put our whole season on one man's back. This particular FA Cup round gives us a chance to find other options rather than just banking on Ulloa, after this one, if we get thru, we can start the debate all over again. VegasSeagull

3:44pm Mon 17 Feb 14

To baldly go says...

All of the players we seem to be worried about playing or not will probably be on the bench if required, question is, do we start with Ulloa etc, and if in front then change them, or do we risk going behind then bring them on and end up chasing the game!
If we start with Ulloa etc on the bench and lose, a lot of supporters will be p***** off, if we start with him on the pitch and lose, at least we tried, if we start with him and he gets injured we lose more! Oscar has to make that decision and I for one don't envy him that responsibility.
Will be cheering them on regardless who plays, just hope we do ourselves proud in front of the cameras. 2-1 Albion and bring on Poyet. UTA
All of the players we seem to be worried about playing or not will probably be on the bench if required, question is, do we start with Ulloa etc, and if in front then change them, or do we risk going behind then bring them on and end up chasing the game! If we start with Ulloa etc on the bench and lose, a lot of supporters will be p***** off, if we start with him on the pitch and lose, at least we tried, if we start with him and he gets injured we lose more! Oscar has to make that decision and I for one don't envy him that responsibility. Will be cheering them on regardless who plays, just hope we do ourselves proud in front of the cameras. 2-1 Albion and bring on Poyet. UTA To baldly go

3:48pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Tommy11 says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Wiseman of Hove. Yes TK in goal works for me but if Oscar is to make a few changes, the inclusion of Brez would not leave me thinking that we have a real weakness, TK is better but Brez is no dummy. If we were to proceed to the next round, I would certainly want TK to play against Sunderland. The Ulloa decision is a tough one for me, I can see exactly why we should play him, you have it nailed, but I also think that we would benefit from getting some playing time into Obika. God forbid that Ulloa gets injured in coming matches, or a red card, but if he did, Obika would be called upon and hoping that he will deliver with so little playing time under his belt would be a big ask. I guess it's possible that Rodriguez might get the CF position tonight and if needed in the weeks to come, and with CMS getting back to fitness Obika might become the new Lita, we have him but only as a last resort. I honestly have mixed feelings about playing Ulloa tonight, but I think my indecision might be based on the fact that I want to see that we can win important matches without him. I want Brighton to have more strike options, Rodders and Obika to show that they can score too and for that to happen, they have to play. Our reliance on Ulloa is just too big, and making a serious challenge for a top six spot will require us to have more than one weapon, we can't put our whole season on one man's back. This particular FA Cup round gives us a chance to find other options rather than just banking on Ulloa, after this one, if we get thru, we can start the debate all over again.
No no no no no.....This is not a game to ' find other options'. Ulloa is our best CF, Ulloa knows where the net is, Ulloa is difference between wining and losing, Ulloa needs to play!! He could be be c**p all game, but in the end we can scrape a 1-0 with him getting the only goal - that is what a good striker does.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: Wiseman of Hove. Yes TK in goal works for me but if Oscar is to make a few changes, the inclusion of Brez would not leave me thinking that we have a real weakness, TK is better but Brez is no dummy. If we were to proceed to the next round, I would certainly want TK to play against Sunderland. The Ulloa decision is a tough one for me, I can see exactly why we should play him, you have it nailed, but I also think that we would benefit from getting some playing time into Obika. God forbid that Ulloa gets injured in coming matches, or a red card, but if he did, Obika would be called upon and hoping that he will deliver with so little playing time under his belt would be a big ask. I guess it's possible that Rodriguez might get the CF position tonight and if needed in the weeks to come, and with CMS getting back to fitness Obika might become the new Lita, we have him but only as a last resort. I honestly have mixed feelings about playing Ulloa tonight, but I think my indecision might be based on the fact that I want to see that we can win important matches without him. I want Brighton to have more strike options, Rodders and Obika to show that they can score too and for that to happen, they have to play. Our reliance on Ulloa is just too big, and making a serious challenge for a top six spot will require us to have more than one weapon, we can't put our whole season on one man's back. This particular FA Cup round gives us a chance to find other options rather than just banking on Ulloa, after this one, if we get thru, we can start the debate all over again.[/p][/quote]No no no no no.....This is not a game to ' find other options'. Ulloa is our best CF, Ulloa knows where the net is, Ulloa is difference between wining and losing, Ulloa needs to play!! He could be be c**p all game, but in the end we can scrape a 1-0 with him getting the only goal - that is what a good striker does. Tommy11

3:59pm Mon 17 Feb 14

VegasSeagull says...

To baldly go wrote:
All of the players we seem to be worried about playing or not will probably be on the bench if required, question is, do we start with Ulloa etc, and if in front then change them, or do we risk going behind then bring them on and end up chasing the game!
If we start with Ulloa etc on the bench and lose, a lot of supporters will be p***** off, if we start with him on the pitch and lose, at least we tried, if we start with him and he gets injured we lose more! Oscar has to make that decision and I for one don't envy him that responsibility.
Will be cheering them on regardless who plays, just hope we do ourselves proud in front of the cameras. 2-1 Albion and bring on Poyet. UTA
You have it in a nutshell TBG, we the fans live for today and today's result, the Oscars of this world have to think just a few steps down the road, as you say, rather them than us.
Injuries have plagued us all season and I wouldn't bet against us getting a couple more but if that is the case, then let it happen when we are going for three points. We all know that there are a few key players that we would have a hard time losing for a few weeks, TK, Upson, Ince and Ulloa, and maybe Stephens as he is the replacement for Crofts, as Stephens is cup tied just the other four guys are of any concern in this match. Fringe players, by their very definition, don't get to play a lot of competitive football, some challenges might not be that well timed, accidents can happen, it's a coin flip, it's a cup match, protect them or play them.
[quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: All of the players we seem to be worried about playing or not will probably be on the bench if required, question is, do we start with Ulloa etc, and if in front then change them, or do we risk going behind then bring them on and end up chasing the game! If we start with Ulloa etc on the bench and lose, a lot of supporters will be p***** off, if we start with him on the pitch and lose, at least we tried, if we start with him and he gets injured we lose more! Oscar has to make that decision and I for one don't envy him that responsibility. Will be cheering them on regardless who plays, just hope we do ourselves proud in front of the cameras. 2-1 Albion and bring on Poyet. UTA[/p][/quote]You have it in a nutshell TBG, we the fans live for today and today's result, the Oscars of this world have to think just a few steps down the road, as you say, rather them than us. Injuries have plagued us all season and I wouldn't bet against us getting a couple more but if that is the case, then let it happen when we are going for three points. We all know that there are a few key players that we would have a hard time losing for a few weeks, TK, Upson, Ince and Ulloa, and maybe Stephens as he is the replacement for Crofts, as Stephens is cup tied just the other four guys are of any concern in this match. Fringe players, by their very definition, don't get to play a lot of competitive football, some challenges might not be that well timed, accidents can happen, it's a coin flip, it's a cup match, protect them or play them. VegasSeagull

4:07pm Mon 17 Feb 14

rockie says...

Tommy11 wrote:
Great Comment from MU - At present, I feel he totally deserves Player of the year award. His attitude and peformances have been brilliant on & off the pitch. We must must must go for it tonight!!!! Full strenght team with both Buckley/ March & Lua Lua on the wings please!!! If we play an under strength team, and go out - i'm afraid it will be utter dismay in the stands. As a result this game is vital for Oscar as I honestly believe that he could lose a big chunk of the fans if he takes this away from us.
So no pressure on Oscar then! Let the man do his job, everyone is picking different teams but he makes the decisions and can't please everyone. Just go along and sing, sing sing the seagulls to victory whatever the team picked. That's our job as supporters...you are just building up to knock down.
[quote][p][bold]Tommy11[/bold] wrote: Great Comment from MU - At present, I feel he totally deserves Player of the year award. His attitude and peformances have been brilliant on & off the pitch. We must must must go for it tonight!!!! Full strenght team with both Buckley/ March & Lua Lua on the wings please!!! If we play an under strength team, and go out - i'm afraid it will be utter dismay in the stands. As a result this game is vital for Oscar as I honestly believe that he could lose a big chunk of the fans if he takes this away from us.[/p][/quote]So no pressure on Oscar then! Let the man do his job, everyone is picking different teams but he makes the decisions and can't please everyone. Just go along and sing, sing sing the seagulls to victory whatever the team picked. That's our job as supporters...you are just building up to knock down. rockie

4:17pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Hovite says...

SeagullOverSelsey wrote:
tooncgull wrote:
OG wont play that team though - he'll play Brez, Chicksen and JFC I bet, and probably Stephens in place of Ince. He HAS been playing Solly in the Cup though, so will probably continue with him.
I may be wrong but I think Stephens is cup tied.
Good point.
[quote][p][bold]SeagullOverSelsey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tooncgull[/bold] wrote: OG wont play that team though - he'll play Brez, Chicksen and JFC I bet, and probably Stephens in place of Ince. He HAS been playing Solly in the Cup though, so will probably continue with him.[/p][/quote]I may be wrong but I think Stephens is cup tied.[/p][/quote]Good point. Hovite

4:22pm Mon 17 Feb 14

VegasSeagull says...

Tommy11 wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
Wiseman of Hove. Yes TK in goal works for me but if Oscar is to make a few changes, the inclusion of Brez would not leave me thinking that we have a real weakness, TK is better but Brez is no dummy. If we were to proceed to the next round, I would certainly want TK to play against Sunderland. The Ulloa decision is a tough one for me, I can see exactly why we should play him, you have it nailed, but I also think that we would benefit from getting some playing time into Obika. God forbid that Ulloa gets injured in coming matches, or a red card, but if he did, Obika would be called upon and hoping that he will deliver with so little playing time under his belt would be a big ask. I guess it's possible that Rodriguez might get the CF position tonight and if needed in the weeks to come, and with CMS getting back to fitness Obika might become the new Lita, we have him but only as a last resort. I honestly have mixed feelings about playing Ulloa tonight, but I think my indecision might be based on the fact that I want to see that we can win important matches without him. I want Brighton to have more strike options, Rodders and Obika to show that they can score too and for that to happen, they have to play. Our reliance on Ulloa is just too big, and making a serious challenge for a top six spot will require us to have more than one weapon, we can't put our whole season on one man's back. This particular FA Cup round gives us a chance to find other options rather than just banking on Ulloa, after this one, if we get thru, we can start the debate all over again.
No no no no no.....This is not a game to ' find other options'. Ulloa is our best CF, Ulloa knows where the net is, Ulloa is difference between wining and losing, Ulloa needs to play!! He could be be c**p all game, but in the end we can scrape a 1-0 with him getting the only goal - that is what a good striker does.
Tommy, do you think that we rely on Ulloa too much? Do you think that it would be good to have another proven option on the bench right now an as our season progresses? Should we live in the hope that when CMS is fit to play he will deliver. Would it not be a distinct advantage for the rest of the year to see turn it on and pop a couple of goals in? Do you agree that competition for places improves players? How can Ulloa compete for his place if we don't give other contenders a chance to show what they can do?

All my questions are not focused on this one cup match but our year as a whole.
[quote][p][bold]Tommy11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: Wiseman of Hove. Yes TK in goal works for me but if Oscar is to make a few changes, the inclusion of Brez would not leave me thinking that we have a real weakness, TK is better but Brez is no dummy. If we were to proceed to the next round, I would certainly want TK to play against Sunderland. The Ulloa decision is a tough one for me, I can see exactly why we should play him, you have it nailed, but I also think that we would benefit from getting some playing time into Obika. God forbid that Ulloa gets injured in coming matches, or a red card, but if he did, Obika would be called upon and hoping that he will deliver with so little playing time under his belt would be a big ask. I guess it's possible that Rodriguez might get the CF position tonight and if needed in the weeks to come, and with CMS getting back to fitness Obika might become the new Lita, we have him but only as a last resort. I honestly have mixed feelings about playing Ulloa tonight, but I think my indecision might be based on the fact that I want to see that we can win important matches without him. I want Brighton to have more strike options, Rodders and Obika to show that they can score too and for that to happen, they have to play. Our reliance on Ulloa is just too big, and making a serious challenge for a top six spot will require us to have more than one weapon, we can't put our whole season on one man's back. This particular FA Cup round gives us a chance to find other options rather than just banking on Ulloa, after this one, if we get thru, we can start the debate all over again.[/p][/quote]No no no no no.....This is not a game to ' find other options'. Ulloa is our best CF, Ulloa knows where the net is, Ulloa is difference between wining and losing, Ulloa needs to play!! He could be be c**p all game, but in the end we can scrape a 1-0 with him getting the only goal - that is what a good striker does.[/p][/quote]Tommy, do you think that we rely on Ulloa too much? Do you think that it would be good to have another proven option on the bench right now an as our season progresses? Should we live in the hope that when CMS is fit to play he will deliver. Would it not be a distinct advantage for the rest of the year to see turn it on and pop a couple of goals in? Do you agree that competition for places improves players? How can Ulloa compete for his place if we don't give other contenders a chance to show what they can do? All my questions are not focused on this one cup match but our year as a whole. VegasSeagull

4:27pm Mon 17 Feb 14

VegasSeagull says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Tommy11 wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
Wiseman of Hove. Yes TK in goal works for me but if Oscar is to make a few changes, the inclusion of Brez would not leave me thinking that we have a real weakness, TK is better but Brez is no dummy. If we were to proceed to the next round, I would certainly want TK to play against Sunderland. The Ulloa decision is a tough one for me, I can see exactly why we should play him, you have it nailed, but I also think that we would benefit from getting some playing time into Obika. God forbid that Ulloa gets injured in coming matches, or a red card, but if he did, Obika would be called upon and hoping that he will deliver with so little playing time under his belt would be a big ask. I guess it's possible that Rodriguez might get the CF position tonight and if needed in the weeks to come, and with CMS getting back to fitness Obika might become the new Lita, we have him but only as a last resort. I honestly have mixed feelings about playing Ulloa tonight, but I think my indecision might be based on the fact that I want to see that we can win important matches without him. I want Brighton to have more strike options, Rodders and Obika to show that they can score too and for that to happen, they have to play. Our reliance on Ulloa is just too big, and making a serious challenge for a top six spot will require us to have more than one weapon, we can't put our whole season on one man's back. This particular FA Cup round gives us a chance to find other options rather than just banking on Ulloa, after this one, if we get thru, we can start the debate all over again.
No no no no no.....This is not a game to ' find other options'. Ulloa is our best CF, Ulloa knows where the net is, Ulloa is difference between wining and losing, Ulloa needs to play!! He could be be c**p all game, but in the end we can scrape a 1-0 with him getting the only goal - that is what a good striker does.
Tommy, do you think that we rely on Ulloa too much? Do you think that it would be good to have another proven option on the bench right now an as our season progresses? Should we live in the hope that when CMS is fit to play he will deliver. Would it not be a distinct advantage for the rest of the year to see turn it on and pop a couple of goals in? Do you agree that competition for places improves players? How can Ulloa compete for his place if we don't give other contenders a chance to show what they can do?

All my questions are not focused on this one cup match but our year as a whole.
to see Obika turn it on
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tommy11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: Wiseman of Hove. Yes TK in goal works for me but if Oscar is to make a few changes, the inclusion of Brez would not leave me thinking that we have a real weakness, TK is better but Brez is no dummy. If we were to proceed to the next round, I would certainly want TK to play against Sunderland. The Ulloa decision is a tough one for me, I can see exactly why we should play him, you have it nailed, but I also think that we would benefit from getting some playing time into Obika. God forbid that Ulloa gets injured in coming matches, or a red card, but if he did, Obika would be called upon and hoping that he will deliver with so little playing time under his belt would be a big ask. I guess it's possible that Rodriguez might get the CF position tonight and if needed in the weeks to come, and with CMS getting back to fitness Obika might become the new Lita, we have him but only as a last resort. I honestly have mixed feelings about playing Ulloa tonight, but I think my indecision might be based on the fact that I want to see that we can win important matches without him. I want Brighton to have more strike options, Rodders and Obika to show that they can score too and for that to happen, they have to play. Our reliance on Ulloa is just too big, and making a serious challenge for a top six spot will require us to have more than one weapon, we can't put our whole season on one man's back. This particular FA Cup round gives us a chance to find other options rather than just banking on Ulloa, after this one, if we get thru, we can start the debate all over again.[/p][/quote]No no no no no.....This is not a game to ' find other options'. Ulloa is our best CF, Ulloa knows where the net is, Ulloa is difference between wining and losing, Ulloa needs to play!! He could be be c**p all game, but in the end we can scrape a 1-0 with him getting the only goal - that is what a good striker does.[/p][/quote]Tommy, do you think that we rely on Ulloa too much? Do you think that it would be good to have another proven option on the bench right now an as our season progresses? Should we live in the hope that when CMS is fit to play he will deliver. Would it not be a distinct advantage for the rest of the year to see turn it on and pop a couple of goals in? Do you agree that competition for places improves players? How can Ulloa compete for his place if we don't give other contenders a chance to show what they can do? All my questions are not focused on this one cup match but our year as a whole.[/p][/quote]to see Obika turn it on VegasSeagull

4:42pm Mon 17 Feb 14

brightonup says...

It would be good to see what Obika can do.
Unlike most views expressed here, I am still thinking a play off place beckons and we should recognise the league as the priority.

Having said that, like everyone else, I would really enjoy seeing the Albion take on Sunderland....and win! I'm just greedy I suppose.
It would be good to see what Obika can do. Unlike most views expressed here, I am still thinking a play off place beckons and we should recognise the league as the priority. Having said that, like everyone else, I would really enjoy seeing the Albion take on Sunderland....and win! I'm just greedy I suppose. brightonup

4:58pm Mon 17 Feb 14

VegasSeagull says...

brightonup wrote:
It would be good to see what Obika can do.
Unlike most views expressed here, I am still thinking a play off place beckons and we should recognise the league as the priority.

Having said that, like everyone else, I would really enjoy seeing the Albion take on Sunderland....and win! I'm just greedy I suppose.
Well tonight I have a feeling that we will get to see what Obika can do, my guess is that he will start. Ferret, in his betting advice column, points out that we have only been awarded just two penalties, I think that is largely down to the fact that we don't have a player taking the ball into the box enough times, Obika and Buckley, I hope, will change that tonight. Shots from distance are amazing when they go in, but they are also the easiest to defend against. Rodriguez to provide an airial threat in the box and Obika with the ball at his feet. I don't think Ulloa will start but only one person knows the answer to that question.
[quote][p][bold]brightonup[/bold] wrote: It would be good to see what Obika can do. Unlike most views expressed here, I am still thinking a play off place beckons and we should recognise the league as the priority. Having said that, like everyone else, I would really enjoy seeing the Albion take on Sunderland....and win! I'm just greedy I suppose.[/p][/quote]Well tonight I have a feeling that we will get to see what Obika can do, my guess is that he will start. Ferret, in his betting advice column, points out that we have only been awarded just two penalties, I think that is largely down to the fact that we don't have a player taking the ball into the box enough times, Obika and Buckley, I hope, will change that tonight. Shots from distance are amazing when they go in, but they are also the easiest to defend against. Rodriguez to provide an airial threat in the box and Obika with the ball at his feet. I don't think Ulloa will start but only one person knows the answer to that question. VegasSeagull

5:01pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Far gull says...

Forget about s.....ding league. This is a chance to emulate our some of our finest moments as a club. The chance to win something. Even with promotion to prem and it's money. After first season ,may be 5 do we think we are going to win the prem/ get champions league football....really ???? .
This is as Matty Upson has been saying ,the chance of a career, end of.
Best team possible then no regrets
Forget about s.....ding league. This is a chance to emulate our some of our finest moments as a club. The chance to win something. Even with promotion to prem and it's money. After first season ,may be 5 do we think we are going to win the prem/ get champions league football....really ???? . This is as Matty Upson has been saying ,the chance of a career, end of. Best team possible then no regrets Far gull

5:41pm Mon 17 Feb 14

VegasSeagull says...

Far gull wrote:
Forget about s.....ding league. This is a chance to emulate our some of our finest moments as a club. The chance to win something. Even with promotion to prem and it's money. After first season ,may be 5 do we think we are going to win the prem/ get champions league football....really ???? .
This is as Matty Upson has been saying ,the chance of a career, end of.
Best team possible then no regrets
what is your idea of the, 'best team possible,?
[quote][p][bold]Far gull[/bold] wrote: Forget about s.....ding league. This is a chance to emulate our some of our finest moments as a club. The chance to win something. Even with promotion to prem and it's money. After first season ,may be 5 do we think we are going to win the prem/ get champions league football....really ???? . This is as Matty Upson has been saying ,the chance of a career, end of. Best team possible then no regrets[/p][/quote]what is your idea of the, 'best team possible,? VegasSeagull

6:24pm Mon 17 Feb 14

KeefyH69 says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
brightonup wrote:
It would be good to see what Obika can do.
Unlike most views expressed here, I am still thinking a play off place beckons and we should recognise the league as the priority.

Having said that, like everyone else, I would really enjoy seeing the Albion take on Sunderland....and win! I'm just greedy I suppose.
Well tonight I have a feeling that we will get to see what Obika can do, my guess is that he will start. Ferret, in his betting advice column, points out that we have only been awarded just two penalties, I think that is largely down to the fact that we don't have a player taking the ball into the box enough times, Obika and Buckley, I hope, will change that tonight. Shots from distance are amazing when they go in, but they are also the easiest to defend against. Rodriguez to provide an airial threat in the box and Obika with the ball at his feet. I don't think Ulloa will start but only one person knows the answer to that question.
As opposed to when we won the League One Title when we scored so freely and had a penalty awarded almost every other game it seemed, (even if we did miss most of them!).I agree with Fargull. This is a chance to make some history for the club, and I truly would like to see us stuff Poyet. We had a chance to make the Premier League but turning up 15 minutes before the Palace game and refusing to inform players who was to be let go shows he'd stopped being an Albion man whether he was being paid or not. So, COME ON LADS!
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]brightonup[/bold] wrote: It would be good to see what Obika can do. Unlike most views expressed here, I am still thinking a play off place beckons and we should recognise the league as the priority. Having said that, like everyone else, I would really enjoy seeing the Albion take on Sunderland....and win! I'm just greedy I suppose.[/p][/quote]Well tonight I have a feeling that we will get to see what Obika can do, my guess is that he will start. Ferret, in his betting advice column, points out that we have only been awarded just two penalties, I think that is largely down to the fact that we don't have a player taking the ball into the box enough times, Obika and Buckley, I hope, will change that tonight. Shots from distance are amazing when they go in, but they are also the easiest to defend against. Rodriguez to provide an airial threat in the box and Obika with the ball at his feet. I don't think Ulloa will start but only one person knows the answer to that question.[/p][/quote]As opposed to when we won the League One Title when we scored so freely and had a penalty awarded almost every other game it seemed, (even if we did miss most of them!).I agree with Fargull. This is a chance to make some history for the club, and I truly would like to see us stuff Poyet. We had a chance to make the Premier League but turning up 15 minutes before the Palace game and refusing to inform players who was to be let go shows he'd stopped being an Albion man whether he was being paid or not. So, COME ON LADS! KeefyH69

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