How another shut out - and Ross McCormack - put Albion top of the standings

Oscar Garcia issues instructions at Millwall

Oscar Garcia issues instructions at Millwall

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Albion have gone top of the table – with a little help from Ross McCormack.

The Seagulls now lead the way in the Championship for clean sheets home and away.

They have been top of the pile for away shutouts for some time and yesterday’s 1-0 win at Millwall took them to nine, at least three more than any other team.

But for the first time this season they also have most clean sheets in total with 15.

They have gone one clear of QPR, who conceded a deflected McCormack free-kick in yesterday’s 1-1 home draw with Leeds.

Ironically McCormack scored the first goal against Oscar Garcia's men this season at Elland Road on the opening day.

But Albion have improved since shipping four goals in their first two league games.

Burnley have conceded fewest goals per game with five teams letting in an average of less than one per match.

Albion are also kings of the 1-0 win with eight in total, including five away from home.

The figures are for Championship matches only.

Total clean sheets: Albion 15, QPR 14, Burnley 13.

Goals conceded per game: Burnley 0.79, QPR 0.81, Albion 0.84, Wigan 0.94, Leicester 0.97.

Away clean sheets: Albion 9, QPR and Wigan 6, Burnley and Leicester 5.

Away goals conceded per game: Albion 0.75, QPR 0.87, Wigan 0.94.

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4:10pm Sun 2 Mar 14

pjwilk says...

Looks good so why arent we top of the league?,i think it may be that we have one of the lowest goals for.
Looks good so why arent we top of the league?,i think it may be that we have one of the lowest goals for. pjwilk
  • Score: 5

4:24pm Sun 2 Mar 14

SouthernTD says...

A half decent journalist would point out that despite the clean sheets they barely scrape an average of 1 goal scored per game. Quite boring this season - I know a lot would agree. They best improve or all those neutral fans of other clubs won't renew there Albion season tickets next time round...
A half decent journalist would point out that despite the clean sheets they barely scrape an average of 1 goal scored per game. Quite boring this season - I know a lot would agree. They best improve or all those neutral fans of other clubs won't renew there Albion season tickets next time round... SouthernTD
  • Score: 2

4:36pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Dolph Ins says...

Well that's one end of the field dealt with. We now desperately need to sort out the other end. Most of the season we have appeared close (sat excepted). Please Oscar can we play a little bit further up the field and maybe concede a few more.
Well that's one end of the field dealt with. We now desperately need to sort out the other end. Most of the season we have appeared close (sat excepted). Please Oscar can we play a little bit further up the field and maybe concede a few more. Dolph Ins
  • Score: -3

5:26pm Sun 2 Mar 14

PressBoxTeaBoy says...

But sadly the Argus neglects to remind you that this all means nothing because remarkably, only points per game is counted as the judgement for who gets promoted.

Shocking, but true.
But sadly the Argus neglects to remind you that this all means nothing because remarkably, only points per game is counted as the judgement for who gets promoted. Shocking, but true. PressBoxTeaBoy
  • Score: 0

6:02pm Sun 2 Mar 14

pablobrowno says...

Indeed. Shows that if we could score 2 goals every game we'd be top!!
Indeed. Shows that if we could score 2 goals every game we'd be top!! pablobrowno
  • Score: 3

6:29pm Sun 2 Mar 14

namgo49 says...

Lita on for Swansea. More game time in one game than all the time he had in his 3 months with us! Glen Murray scores from the spot, back for his 2nd game having recovered far quicker than CMS from his cruciate ligament injury. In the words of Alanis Morisette, Isn't it ironic, don't you think!
Lita on for Swansea. More game time in one game than all the time he had in his 3 months with us! Glen Murray scores from the spot, back for his 2nd game having recovered far quicker than CMS from his cruciate ligament injury. In the words of Alanis Morisette, Isn't it ironic, don't you think! namgo49
  • Score: 0

7:01pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Seagull in Malta says...

SouthernTD wrote:
A half decent journalist would point out that despite the clean sheets they barely scrape an average of 1 goal scored per game. Quite boring this season - I know a lot would agree. They best improve or all those neutral fans of other clubs won't renew there Albion season tickets next time round...
THEIR!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]SouthernTD[/bold] wrote: A half decent journalist would point out that despite the clean sheets they barely scrape an average of 1 goal scored per game. Quite boring this season - I know a lot would agree. They best improve or all those neutral fans of other clubs won't renew there Albion season tickets next time round...[/p][/quote]THEIR!!!!! Seagull in Malta
  • Score: 6

7:10pm Sun 2 Mar 14

The Phantom says...

Another offering from The Argus for the A-Z of pointless articles - and misleading as well. There is no "table" in football for the most number of clean sheets, so it is pretty irrelevant that we are top of it. It is a good stat to have but the whole point of association football is to score goals for which we have shown very little intent in the last two away games. Whatever happened to Oscar's obsession with attacking football - precious little evidence of it from recent away trips.
Another offering from The Argus for the A-Z of pointless articles - and misleading as well. There is no "table" in football for the most number of clean sheets, so it is pretty irrelevant that we are top of it. It is a good stat to have but the whole point of association football is to score goals for which we have shown very little intent in the last two away games. Whatever happened to Oscar's obsession with attacking football - precious little evidence of it from recent away trips. The Phantom
  • Score: 0

7:14pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

The Phantom wrote:
Another offering from The Argus for the A-Z of pointless articles - and misleading as well. There is no "table" in football for the most number of clean sheets, so it is pretty irrelevant that we are top of it. It is a good stat to have but the whole point of association football is to score goals for which we have shown very little intent in the last two away games. Whatever happened to Oscar's obsession with attacking football - precious little evidence of it from recent away trips.
No, the whole point of football is to score more than the opposition. A new manager should always create a good defensive base then build from there. OG is doing both just fine.
[quote][p][bold]The Phantom[/bold] wrote: Another offering from The Argus for the A-Z of pointless articles - and misleading as well. There is no "table" in football for the most number of clean sheets, so it is pretty irrelevant that we are top of it. It is a good stat to have but the whole point of association football is to score goals for which we have shown very little intent in the last two away games. Whatever happened to Oscar's obsession with attacking football - precious little evidence of it from recent away trips.[/p][/quote]No, the whole point of football is to score more than the opposition. A new manager should always create a good defensive base then build from there. OG is doing both just fine. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 9

7:34pm Sun 2 Mar 14

city-boy says...

A week ago last Wednesday I posted on here on the article about hull and TV money for BTN. I got loads and loads of negative hits....

All I said was Brighton will lose against Wigan and Hull and then go on to win at Millwall............


Need I say anymore. If only I was betting man.......... :)

Do I dare to predict Reading /QPR as well???
A week ago last Wednesday I posted on here on the article about hull and TV money for BTN. I got loads and loads of negative hits.... All I said was Brighton will lose against Wigan and Hull and then go on to win at Millwall............ Need I say anymore. If only I was betting man.......... :) Do I dare to predict Reading /QPR as well??? city-boy
  • Score: 0

8:08pm Sun 2 Mar 14

gordongull says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
The Phantom wrote:
Another offering from The Argus for the A-Z of pointless articles - and misleading as well. There is no "table" in football for the most number of clean sheets, so it is pretty irrelevant that we are top of it. It is a good stat to have but the whole point of association football is to score goals for which we have shown very little intent in the last two away games. Whatever happened to Oscar's obsession with attacking football - precious little evidence of it from recent away trips.
No, the whole point of football is to score more than the opposition. A new manager should always create a good defensive base then build from there. OG is doing both just fine.
Is there a 5 year plan to build an attack?
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Phantom[/bold] wrote: Another offering from The Argus for the A-Z of pointless articles - and misleading as well. There is no "table" in football for the most number of clean sheets, so it is pretty irrelevant that we are top of it. It is a good stat to have but the whole point of association football is to score goals for which we have shown very little intent in the last two away games. Whatever happened to Oscar's obsession with attacking football - precious little evidence of it from recent away trips.[/p][/quote]No, the whole point of football is to score more than the opposition. A new manager should always create a good defensive base then build from there. OG is doing both just fine.[/p][/quote]Is there a 5 year plan to build an attack? gordongull
  • Score: 0

8:30pm Sun 2 Mar 14

gordongull says...

city-boy wrote:
A week ago last Wednesday I posted on here on the article about hull and TV money for BTN. I got loads and loads of negative hits....

All I said was Brighton will lose against Wigan and Hull and then go on to win at Millwall............


Need I say anymore. If only I was betting man.......... :)

Do I dare to predict Reading /QPR as well???
Assuming this is some kind of hobby, how did your predictiions for the other 23 teams go?
[quote][p][bold]city-boy[/bold] wrote: A week ago last Wednesday I posted on here on the article about hull and TV money for BTN. I got loads and loads of negative hits.... All I said was Brighton will lose against Wigan and Hull and then go on to win at Millwall............ Need I say anymore. If only I was betting man.......... :) Do I dare to predict Reading /QPR as well???[/p][/quote]Assuming this is some kind of hobby, how did your predictiions for the other 23 teams go? gordongull
  • Score: 2

9:15pm Sun 2 Mar 14

city-boy says...

gordongull wrote:
city-boy wrote:
A week ago last Wednesday I posted on here on the article about hull and TV money for BTN. I got loads and loads of negative hits....

All I said was Brighton will lose against Wigan and Hull and then go on to win at Millwall............


Need I say anymore. If only I was betting man.......... :)

Do I dare to predict Reading /QPR as well???
Assuming this is some kind of hobby, how did your predictiions for the other 23 teams go?
Not at all.......(hobbie)


I based it on previous patterns of behaviour by the team. I have seen it all before and so many times, that is why I was able to easily predict three easy outcomes..........

I don't know much about football, but I do understand psychology of BHA footie team......
[quote][p][bold]gordongull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]city-boy[/bold] wrote: A week ago last Wednesday I posted on here on the article about hull and TV money for BTN. I got loads and loads of negative hits.... All I said was Brighton will lose against Wigan and Hull and then go on to win at Millwall............ Need I say anymore. If only I was betting man.......... :) Do I dare to predict Reading /QPR as well???[/p][/quote]Assuming this is some kind of hobby, how did your predictiions for the other 23 teams go?[/p][/quote]Not at all.......(hobbie) I based it on previous patterns of behaviour by the team. I have seen it all before and so many times, that is why I was able to easily predict three easy outcomes.......... I don't know much about football, but I do understand psychology of BHA footie team...... city-boy
  • Score: -7

9:30pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Tony the tiger eastbourne says...

pjwilk wrote:
Looks good so why arent we top of the league?,i think it may be that we have one of the lowest goals for.
Dah!!!
[quote][p][bold]pjwilk[/bold] wrote: Looks good so why arent we top of the league?,i think it may be that we have one of the lowest goals for.[/p][/quote]Dah!!! Tony the tiger eastbourne
  • Score: 1

9:40pm Sun 2 Mar 14

gordongull says...

Thanks to Ross McCormack for making that statistic possible.
In fact he can do us another favour a week Tuesday against Reading.
Not that we need a Leeds resurgence, but our fortunes for the remainder of the season depend to a large extent on the results of the clubs around us. For example, wins for Boro' against Ipswich and Forest, and for Burnley against Blackburn would be a helpful.
The result on Saturday was vital, and is the first of many games we need to win, but unexpectedly, the performance raised more questions than it answered.
We have nothing to fear from the teams above us. Leicester and Burnley are out of site, and the others seem to be going backwards. Except of course Wigan who we outplayed except in the finishing department. Can the team rediscover the scintillating form that they exhibited on that occasion?
If they can, then with our added firepower we can face the remaining 14 matches with optimism.
Thanks to Ross McCormack for making that statistic possible. In fact he can do us another favour a week Tuesday against Reading. Not that we need a Leeds resurgence, but our fortunes for the remainder of the season depend to a large extent on the results of the clubs around us. For example, wins for Boro' against Ipswich and Forest, and for Burnley against Blackburn would be a helpful. The result on Saturday was vital, and is the first of many games we need to win, but unexpectedly, the performance raised more questions than it answered. We have nothing to fear from the teams above us. Leicester and Burnley are out of site, and the others seem to be going backwards. Except of course Wigan who we outplayed except in the finishing department. Can the team rediscover the scintillating form that they exhibited on that occasion? If they can, then with our added firepower we can face the remaining 14 matches with optimism. gordongull
  • Score: 4

10:10pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

gordongull wrote:
Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
The Phantom wrote:
Another offering from The Argus for the A-Z of pointless articles - and misleading as well. There is no "table" in football for the most number of clean sheets, so it is pretty irrelevant that we are top of it. It is a good stat to have but the whole point of association football is to score goals for which we have shown very little intent in the last two away games. Whatever happened to Oscar's obsession with attacking football - precious little evidence of it from recent away trips.
No, the whole point of football is to score more than the opposition. A new manager should always create a good defensive base then build from there. OG is doing both just fine.
Is there a 5 year plan to build an attack?
I think the recent signing of Lingard gives you the answer to that question.
[quote][p][bold]gordongull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Phantom[/bold] wrote: Another offering from The Argus for the A-Z of pointless articles - and misleading as well. There is no "table" in football for the most number of clean sheets, so it is pretty irrelevant that we are top of it. It is a good stat to have but the whole point of association football is to score goals for which we have shown very little intent in the last two away games. Whatever happened to Oscar's obsession with attacking football - precious little evidence of it from recent away trips.[/p][/quote]No, the whole point of football is to score more than the opposition. A new manager should always create a good defensive base then build from there. OG is doing both just fine.[/p][/quote]Is there a 5 year plan to build an attack?[/p][/quote]I think the recent signing of Lingard gives you the answer to that question. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 1

10:12pm Sun 2 Mar 14

The Phantom says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
The Phantom wrote:
Another offering from The Argus for the A-Z of pointless articles - and misleading as well. There is no "table" in football for the most number of clean sheets, so it is pretty irrelevant that we are top of it. It is a good stat to have but the whole point of association football is to score goals for which we have shown very little intent in the last two away games. Whatever happened to Oscar's obsession with attacking football - precious little evidence of it from recent away trips.
No, the whole point of football is to score more than the opposition. A new manager should always create a good defensive base then build from there. OG is doing both just fine.
Agree, all good managers will start by creating a good defensive base which to be fair was already all but in place from the previous regime. Just swap Ward for Bridge and latterly Ince for Bridcutt and it remains as solid as before. What is so disappointing from the last two away games is the total lack of attacking intent - for what is perceived as a pass and move style of football we did neither on Saturday or last Tuesday - the only reason that people are happier after Saturday was that we nicked an undeserved and fortuitous win. Wins like that on Saturday can only cover up the cracks for so long and the side will need to both improve significantly and change their mindset if they are to maintain or improve their current position.
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Phantom[/bold] wrote: Another offering from The Argus for the A-Z of pointless articles - and misleading as well. There is no "table" in football for the most number of clean sheets, so it is pretty irrelevant that we are top of it. It is a good stat to have but the whole point of association football is to score goals for which we have shown very little intent in the last two away games. Whatever happened to Oscar's obsession with attacking football - precious little evidence of it from recent away trips.[/p][/quote]No, the whole point of football is to score more than the opposition. A new manager should always create a good defensive base then build from there. OG is doing both just fine.[/p][/quote]Agree, all good managers will start by creating a good defensive base which to be fair was already all but in place from the previous regime. Just swap Ward for Bridge and latterly Ince for Bridcutt and it remains as solid as before. What is so disappointing from the last two away games is the total lack of attacking intent - for what is perceived as a pass and move style of football we did neither on Saturday or last Tuesday - the only reason that people are happier after Saturday was that we nicked an undeserved and fortuitous win. Wins like that on Saturday can only cover up the cracks for so long and the side will need to both improve significantly and change their mindset if they are to maintain or improve their current position. The Phantom
  • Score: 5

10:13pm Sun 2 Mar 14

gordongull says...

city-boy wrote:
gordongull wrote:
city-boy wrote:
A week ago last Wednesday I posted on here on the article about hull and TV money for BTN. I got loads and loads of negative hits....

All I said was Brighton will lose against Wigan and Hull and then go on to win at Millwall............


Need I say anymore. If only I was betting man.......... :)

Do I dare to predict Reading /QPR as well???
Assuming this is some kind of hobby, how did your predictiions for the other 23 teams go?
Not at all.......(hobbie)


I based it on previous patterns of behaviour by the team. I have seen it all before and so many times, that is why I was able to easily predict three easy outcomes..........

I don't know much about football, but I do understand psychology of BHA footie team......
When you consider that Wigan had just won six on the bounce in all competitions,
Hull were a Premier League team playing at home, having just put four without reply past Cardiff three days before,
Millwall have taken only 3 points from the last 18,
I don't think Paddy Power has too much to worry about.
[quote][p][bold]city-boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gordongull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]city-boy[/bold] wrote: A week ago last Wednesday I posted on here on the article about hull and TV money for BTN. I got loads and loads of negative hits.... All I said was Brighton will lose against Wigan and Hull and then go on to win at Millwall............ Need I say anymore. If only I was betting man.......... :) Do I dare to predict Reading /QPR as well???[/p][/quote]Assuming this is some kind of hobby, how did your predictiions for the other 23 teams go?[/p][/quote]Not at all.......(hobbie) I based it on previous patterns of behaviour by the team. I have seen it all before and so many times, that is why I was able to easily predict three easy outcomes.......... I don't know much about football, but I do understand psychology of BHA footie team......[/p][/quote]When you consider that Wigan had just won six on the bounce in all competitions, Hull were a Premier League team playing at home, having just put four without reply past Cardiff three days before, Millwall have taken only 3 points from the last 18, I don't think Paddy Power has too much to worry about. gordongull
  • Score: 4

4:00pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Captain Haddock says...

city-boy wrote:
A week ago last Wednesday I posted on here on the article about hull and TV money for BTN. I got loads and loads of negative hits.... All I said was Brighton will lose against Wigan and Hull and then go on to win at Millwall............ Need I say anymore. If only I was betting man.......... :) Do I dare to predict Reading /QPR as well???
If you fancy wins then yes. If not, keep your typing fingers firmly in your pockets!!!! ;0)
[quote][p][bold]city-boy[/bold] wrote: A week ago last Wednesday I posted on here on the article about hull and TV money for BTN. I got loads and loads of negative hits.... All I said was Brighton will lose against Wigan and Hull and then go on to win at Millwall............ Need I say anymore. If only I was betting man.......... :) Do I dare to predict Reading /QPR as well???[/p][/quote]If you fancy wins then yes. If not, keep your typing fingers firmly in your pockets!!!! ;0) Captain Haddock
  • Score: 2

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