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Replay timing riles Oscar and Bruce

The Argus: Oscar Garcia and Steve Bruce are unhappy that the replay has to be played next Monday - just 48 hours after key league games Oscar Garcia and Steve Bruce are unhappy that the replay has to be played next Monday - just 48 hours after key league games

Albion boss Oscar Garcia and Hull chief Steve Bruce have criticised UEFA for condemning their teams to two key games in little over 48 hours.

The Seagulls drew 1-1 with the Premier League visitors at the Amex last night and now face an FA Cup fifth round replay on Humberside at the KC Stadium on Monday evening to decide who hosts Gus Poyet's Sunderland in the quarter-finals.

The replay has been brought forward from Tuesday under UEFA regulations to avoid a clash with Champions League fixtures and Albion have a crucial game at home to fellow Championship play-off contenders Wigan on Saturday.

Oscar said: "I don't think it's good for anybody to play two games in three days but it's what we have to do. Of course the travelling will not go in our favour.

"We can't do anything about it. It's not the best scenario for us but the competition is like this."

Bruce's Hull go to Cardiff on Saturday in their quest for Premier League survival. He said of the UEFA rule: "I think that's ridiculous. Surely we could play on the same night as the Champions League. We'll have to take it and deal with it. Brighton have got the same problem as us but the big worry is injuries."

Oscar also refuted criticism on Twitter from former Albion loan signing Robbie Savage about his team selection after Leo Ulloa's third goal in as many games in the first half was cancelled out by Yannick Sagbo's 86th minute equaliser for Hull.

The Spaniard's seven changes included the return from injuries of Will Buckley, Keith Andrews and Jake Forster-Caskey, while Kazenga LuaLua is also nursing an ongoing knee tendon problem.

Oscar said: "I didn't hear anything from him (Savage) when we played against Reading. We made a lot of changes then as well. It's a traditional competition and I am always looking to win every game. For 85 minutes we were in the quarter-finals."

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5:52am Tue 18 Feb 14

epiphany says...

Surely the headline story was the farcical parking arrangements.
Surely the headline story was the farcical parking arrangements. epiphany
  • Score: -13

6:21am Tue 18 Feb 14

albionbloke says...

And who the hell is Robbie Savage to criticize OGs team selection? That useless moron needs to keep his yap shut, I don't think too many Albion fans are interested in his trash talk. Ignore him Oscar, he's a man of little meaning.
And who the hell is Robbie Savage to criticize OGs team selection? That useless moron needs to keep his yap shut, I don't think too many Albion fans are interested in his trash talk. Ignore him Oscar, he's a man of little meaning. albionbloke
  • Score: 28

6:55am Tue 18 Feb 14

Eddy B says...

I agree and disagree!

I agree with Robbie Savage that footballers should be able to handle 3 or 4 games in quick succession. I don't really buy this "tired" thing, it's only 90 minutes (and a bit of sitting on a bus) and these days it's a squad game. Also think it's ridiculous to field weakened teams so close to the Final, .....
BT actually I don't think the Brighton team was that significantly weakened to be honest with like for like swaps generally and the "Cup team" should retain their places as they should for the Final if they got there (actually Man C got criticised last year for dropping some of their second string for the final so you can't win).

Also agree with the managers that the champions league should have nothing to do with it. Everything governed by TV now.
I agree and disagree! I agree with Robbie Savage that footballers should be able to handle 3 or 4 games in quick succession. I don't really buy this "tired" thing, it's only 90 minutes (and a bit of sitting on a bus) and these days it's a squad game. Also think it's ridiculous to field weakened teams so close to the Final, ..... BT actually I don't think the Brighton team was that significantly weakened to be honest with like for like swaps generally and the "Cup team" should retain their places as they should for the Final if they got there (actually Man C got criticised last year for dropping some of their second string for the final so you can't win). Also agree with the managers that the champions league should have nothing to do with it. Everything governed by TV now. Eddy B
  • Score: 8

8:20am Tue 18 Feb 14

impose our game gull says...

Good team selection. It'll work in our favour too re the Wigan match. Good to have a decent broadly uninjured squad at the moment!!
Good team selection. It'll work in our favour too re the Wigan match. Good to have a decent broadly uninjured squad at the moment!! impose our game gull
  • Score: 10

8:36am Tue 18 Feb 14

Albion In Staffs says...

Never thought it was a weakened team in the first place, just a different one.
As for the replay date and its reason, one word: Ridiculous.
Never thought it was a weakened team in the first place, just a different one. As for the replay date and its reason, one word: Ridiculous. Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 16

9:16am Tue 18 Feb 14

Tonyuk175 says...

We played well and it's good for the younger guys to get great experience we were almost there just sat too deep although on counter we were a threat!!

We did ourselves proud

UTA
We played well and it's good for the younger guys to get great experience we were almost there just sat too deep although on counter we were a threat!! We did ourselves proud UTA Tonyuk175
  • Score: 5

9:21am Tue 18 Feb 14

Tonyuk175 says...

Will it be on tv ?
Will it be on tv ? Tonyuk175
  • Score: 0

10:19am Tue 18 Feb 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

Magnificent performance last night by a seemingly weakened team. If that was a weakened team we are in a very strong position and have got a squad which is very adaptable to today's football needs.
Well done everyone including the fans.
As for Robbie Savage? Not worth the effort.
UTA
Magnificent performance last night by a seemingly weakened team. If that was a weakened team we are in a very strong position and have got a squad which is very adaptable to today's football needs. Well done everyone including the fans. As for Robbie Savage? Not worth the effort. UTA Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 6

11:54am Tue 18 Feb 14

Chi Gull says...

Certainly not a weakened team. More than held its own and we had first team regulars back in the side after injury. I didn't think we sat too deep, they barely got a sniff of a goal in the 2nd half until they scored. We did look dangerous on the break - even with Obika on the field - and with a bit more composure would have got a 2nd.
Certainly not a weakened team. More than held its own and we had first team regulars back in the side after injury. I didn't think we sat too deep, they barely got a sniff of a goal in the 2nd half until they scored. We did look dangerous on the break - even with Obika on the field - and with a bit more composure would have got a 2nd. Chi Gull
  • Score: 1

12:37pm Tue 18 Feb 14

VegasSeagull says...

We didn't do a lot of inward business in the transfer window, and yesterday's performance showed why we didn't, all the talk of, 'weaker players,' should now stop, period.
Steve Bruce put out a strong eleven, probably the strongest he could considering that he needs three points from the Cardiff game. Come the replay, and considering the meager 48 hours between matches, he will have to look to his fringe again and maybe one or two different faces will take to the park for Hull.
In contrast to the issues Hull will have regarding selections for the replay, look at what we can do in terms of selections. Some of our options to face Wigan and Hull.
TK/Brez/, Greer/Dunk, Ward/Chicksen, Buckley/Solly, Orlandi/JFC, Calde/Spanish Dave or Bruno if fit, Andrews/Kemmy, Stephens/Spanish Dave if Bruno is fit and he probably will be by Monday evening, that leaves me with Upson, Ince and Ulloa for both matches. Eight possible changes from one match to the other none of which I don't see as a major problem. Our squad is strong, it always has been, even with all the injuries we have suffered as our position in the table proves. For the replay we could send out eight pairs of fresh legs consisting of players that are all good enough to challenge for a starting spot, we don't have, 'weaker players,' but what we do have are, 'options.' The fact that there are only 48 hours between matches could actually help us.
We didn't do a lot of inward business in the transfer window, and yesterday's performance showed why we didn't, all the talk of, 'weaker players,' should now stop, period. Steve Bruce put out a strong eleven, probably the strongest he could considering that he needs three points from the Cardiff game. Come the replay, and considering the meager 48 hours between matches, he will have to look to his fringe again and maybe one or two different faces will take to the park for Hull. In contrast to the issues Hull will have regarding selections for the replay, look at what we can do in terms of selections. Some of our options to face Wigan and Hull. TK/Brez/, Greer/Dunk, Ward/Chicksen, Buckley/Solly, Orlandi/JFC, Calde/Spanish Dave or Bruno if fit, Andrews/Kemmy, Stephens/Spanish Dave if Bruno is fit and he probably will be by Monday evening, that leaves me with Upson, Ince and Ulloa for both matches. Eight possible changes from one match to the other none of which I don't see as a major problem. Our squad is strong, it always has been, even with all the injuries we have suffered as our position in the table proves. For the replay we could send out eight pairs of fresh legs consisting of players that are all good enough to challenge for a starting spot, we don't have, 'weaker players,' but what we do have are, 'options.' The fact that there are only 48 hours between matches could actually help us. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 1

12:40pm Tue 18 Feb 14

nana maz says...

Carry on doing your very best and ignore criticism from RETIRED ex footballers
Carry on doing your very best and ignore criticism from RETIRED ex footballers nana maz
  • Score: 0

12:48pm Tue 18 Feb 14

VegasSeagull says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
We didn't do a lot of inward business in the transfer window, and yesterday's performance showed why we didn't, all the talk of, 'weaker players,' should now stop, period.
Steve Bruce put out a strong eleven, probably the strongest he could considering that he needs three points from the Cardiff game. Come the replay, and considering the meager 48 hours between matches, he will have to look to his fringe again and maybe one or two different faces will take to the park for Hull.
In contrast to the issues Hull will have regarding selections for the replay, look at what we can do in terms of selections. Some of our options to face Wigan and Hull.
TK/Brez/, Greer/Dunk, Ward/Chicksen, Buckley/Solly, Orlandi/JFC, Calde/Spanish Dave or Bruno if fit, Andrews/Kemmy, Stephens/Spanish Dave if Bruno is fit and he probably will be by Monday evening, that leaves me with Upson, Ince and Ulloa for both matches. Eight possible changes from one match to the other none of which I don't see as a major problem. Our squad is strong, it always has been, even with all the injuries we have suffered as our position in the table proves. For the replay we could send out eight pairs of fresh legs consisting of players that are all good enough to challenge for a starting spot, we don't have, 'weaker players,' but what we do have are, 'options.' The fact that there are only 48 hours between matches could actually help us.
none of which I see as a problem
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: We didn't do a lot of inward business in the transfer window, and yesterday's performance showed why we didn't, all the talk of, 'weaker players,' should now stop, period. Steve Bruce put out a strong eleven, probably the strongest he could considering that he needs three points from the Cardiff game. Come the replay, and considering the meager 48 hours between matches, he will have to look to his fringe again and maybe one or two different faces will take to the park for Hull. In contrast to the issues Hull will have regarding selections for the replay, look at what we can do in terms of selections. Some of our options to face Wigan and Hull. TK/Brez/, Greer/Dunk, Ward/Chicksen, Buckley/Solly, Orlandi/JFC, Calde/Spanish Dave or Bruno if fit, Andrews/Kemmy, Stephens/Spanish Dave if Bruno is fit and he probably will be by Monday evening, that leaves me with Upson, Ince and Ulloa for both matches. Eight possible changes from one match to the other none of which I don't see as a major problem. Our squad is strong, it always has been, even with all the injuries we have suffered as our position in the table proves. For the replay we could send out eight pairs of fresh legs consisting of players that are all good enough to challenge for a starting spot, we don't have, 'weaker players,' but what we do have are, 'options.' The fact that there are only 48 hours between matches could actually help us.[/p][/quote]none of which I see as a problem VegasSeagull
  • Score: 0

1:59pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Dave in Hastings says...

Eddy B wrote:
I agree and disagree!

I agree with Robbie Savage that footballers should be able to handle 3 or 4 games in quick succession. I don't really buy this "tired" thing, it's only 90 minutes (and a bit of sitting on a bus) and these days it's a squad game. Also think it's ridiculous to field weakened teams so close to the Final, .....
BT actually I don't think the Brighton team was that significantly weakened to be honest with like for like swaps generally and the "Cup team" should retain their places as they should for the Final if they got there (actually Man C got criticised last year for dropping some of their second string for the final so you can't win).

Also agree with the managers that the champions league should have nothing to do with it. Everything governed by TV now.
You have obviously never played high level sport my friend and know nothing of sports physiology. Sums up why until relatively recently most British coaches were crap compared to their continental counterparts, as they didn't buy into this 'sports science mumbo-jumbo' either...
But do agree on the other points.
[quote][p][bold]Eddy B[/bold] wrote: I agree and disagree! I agree with Robbie Savage that footballers should be able to handle 3 or 4 games in quick succession. I don't really buy this "tired" thing, it's only 90 minutes (and a bit of sitting on a bus) and these days it's a squad game. Also think it's ridiculous to field weakened teams so close to the Final, ..... BT actually I don't think the Brighton team was that significantly weakened to be honest with like for like swaps generally and the "Cup team" should retain their places as they should for the Final if they got there (actually Man C got criticised last year for dropping some of their second string for the final so you can't win). Also agree with the managers that the champions league should have nothing to do with it. Everything governed by TV now.[/p][/quote]You have obviously never played high level sport my friend and know nothing of sports physiology. Sums up why until relatively recently most British coaches were crap compared to their continental counterparts, as they didn't buy into this 'sports science mumbo-jumbo' either... But do agree on the other points. Dave in Hastings
  • Score: 1

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