Greer off as Albion are pegged back

Albion celebrate taking the lead

Albion celebrate taking the lead

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Ten-man Albion held on for a draw against Reading today.

But they were convinced the controversial dismissal of skipper Gordon Greer cost them their best shot at all three points.

The Seagulls drew 1-1 with their play-off rivals at the Amex after being gifted a 16th-minute lead by Chris Gunter’s own goal.

Greer was sent off for a second yellow card six minutes after the break.

Royston Drenthe cut inside to fire the Royals level 13 minutes later.

But Albion defended strongly and preserved their point.

Their biggest alarm came when Tomasz Kuszczak stood big and strong to block from the clean-through Jobi McAnuff.

And the Seagulls almost nicked it in added time when Alex McCarthy blocked Will Buckley’s shot.

Greer was shown yellow for the second time after a foul on Adam Le Fondre.

But the Seagulls were convinced referee Fred Graham – who was booed off by home fans – only produced his cards as a result of the reaction of Reading players.

The hosts led at that stage thanks to Gunter’s header past his oncoming goalkeeper as he tried to deal with David Lopez’s ball into the area.

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5:20pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

All things considered, I think we've got to be grateful we ground out a point.

It'll be interesting to see the foul as I've yet to read anyone who thinks it was worthy of a second yellow card.
All things considered, I think we've got to be grateful we ground out a point. It'll be interesting to see the foul as I've yet to read anyone who thinks it was worthy of a second yellow card. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 4

5:32pm Sat 8 Mar 14

ringtone says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
All things considered, I think we've got to be grateful we ground out a point.

It'll be interesting to see the foul as I've yet to read anyone who thinks it was worthy of a second yellow card.
I agree the foul was not worthy of a yellow card

it should have been a straight red!
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: All things considered, I think we've got to be grateful we ground out a point. It'll be interesting to see the foul as I've yet to read anyone who thinks it was worthy of a second yellow card.[/p][/quote]I agree the foul was not worthy of a yellow card it should have been a straight red! ringtone
  • Score: -20

5:35pm Sat 8 Mar 14

ringtone says...

Is that our own Paul Barber sending off Greer today?

Blimey he really is committed to Fair play.
Is that our own Paul Barber sending off Greer today? Blimey he really is committed to Fair play. ringtone
  • Score: -15

5:40pm Sat 8 Mar 14

VegasSeagull says...

So now Dunk steps in for Greer and that leaves us without a recognized center back as cover. I am not worried about Dunk, he will do his job but, both he and Upson will have to tread a tad carefully.
If Reading think that they deserved more from the game they need to look at their shots ratio, in excess of 25 shots taken only a handful on target, and with a man advantage for over 45 minutes, a point each seems right just based on their bad finishing.
So now Dunk steps in for Greer and that leaves us without a recognized center back as cover. I am not worried about Dunk, he will do his job but, both he and Upson will have to tread a tad carefully. If Reading think that they deserved more from the game they need to look at their shots ratio, in excess of 25 shots taken only a handful on target, and with a man advantage for over 45 minutes, a point each seems right just based on their bad finishing. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 4

5:42pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

At least, as two yellows, it's only a one match ban. Any more matches and we'd definitely need to tap into the loan market, and we probably still do need more cover anyway.
At least, as two yellows, it's only a one match ban. Any more matches and we'd definitely need to tap into the loan market, and we probably still do need more cover anyway. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 4

5:46pm Sat 8 Mar 14

VegasSeagull says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
At least, as two yellows, it's only a one match ban. Any more matches and we'd definitely need to tap into the loan market, and we probably still do need more cover anyway.
Yes just a one match ban but it's the possible, tread lightly, approach that Dunk and Upson might have to take against QPR that worries me, can you imagine what could happen if either of them got an early yellow.
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: At least, as two yellows, it's only a one match ban. Any more matches and we'd definitely need to tap into the loan market, and we probably still do need more cover anyway.[/p][/quote]Yes just a one match ban but it's the possible, tread lightly, approach that Dunk and Upson might have to take against QPR that worries me, can you imagine what could happen if either of them got an early yellow. VegasSeagull
  • Score: -1

5:49pm Sat 8 Mar 14

VegasSeagull says...

ringtone wrote:
Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
All things considered, I think we've got to be grateful we ground out a point.

It'll be interesting to see the foul as I've yet to read anyone who thinks it was worthy of a second yellow card.
I agree the foul was not worthy of a yellow card

it should have been a straight red!
Ringtone you really should take a leaf out of my book and not comment on what you didn't see, please don't try and convince us that you were at the match, the way you did when we played Millwall.
[quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: All things considered, I think we've got to be grateful we ground out a point. It'll be interesting to see the foul as I've yet to read anyone who thinks it was worthy of a second yellow card.[/p][/quote]I agree the foul was not worthy of a yellow card it should have been a straight red![/p][/quote]Ringtone you really should take a leaf out of my book and not comment on what you didn't see, please don't try and convince us that you were at the match, the way you did when we played Millwall. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 6

5:53pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
At least, as two yellows, it's only a one match ban. Any more matches and we'd definitely need to tap into the loan market, and we probably still do need more cover anyway.
Yes just a one match ban but it's the possible, tread lightly, approach that Dunk and Upson might have to take against QPR that worries me, can you imagine what could happen if either of them got an early yellow.
I would like to think they'll just go out and play their normal game. I presume OG and Burke will already have had some names in the frame for just this eventuality.

But this is the kind of opportunity Dunk will have been waiting for: league action against a moneybags team.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: At least, as two yellows, it's only a one match ban. Any more matches and we'd definitely need to tap into the loan market, and we probably still do need more cover anyway.[/p][/quote]Yes just a one match ban but it's the possible, tread lightly, approach that Dunk and Upson might have to take against QPR that worries me, can you imagine what could happen if either of them got an early yellow.[/p][/quote]I would like to think they'll just go out and play their normal game. I presume OG and Burke will already have had some names in the frame for just this eventuality. But this is the kind of opportunity Dunk will have been waiting for: league action against a moneybags team. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 3

5:56pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Hugothepug says...

Sit right by away dugout row E. I was dissipointed it was a free kick but could see why it was given. However a booking? Never! The ref didn't look for one minute as if he was going to book him until what seemed like half the Reading side barated him and made much more of it than it was. In fact looking closely throughout the match this seems to be a side ploy of theirs as a team. The bench, staff and players all seem, in unison, to be very dramatic at every opportunity, the main culprit being Peace - the centre back. On my way home to have a closer look at the THREE sendings offs last week when they played.

Thought we had enough first half to get the win until the sending off. Still it was very important we didn't lose today. 3pts Tuesday would be very nice now!!
Sit right by away dugout row E. I was dissipointed it was a free kick but could see why it was given. However a booking? Never! The ref didn't look for one minute as if he was going to book him until what seemed like half the Reading side barated him and made much more of it than it was. In fact looking closely throughout the match this seems to be a side ploy of theirs as a team. The bench, staff and players all seem, in unison, to be very dramatic at every opportunity, the main culprit being Peace - the centre back. On my way home to have a closer look at the THREE sendings offs last week when they played. Thought we had enough first half to get the win until the sending off. Still it was very important we didn't lose today. 3pts Tuesday would be very nice now!! Hugothepug
  • Score: 4

6:01pm Sat 8 Mar 14

JollyRoger says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
All things considered, I think we've got to be grateful we ground out a point.

It'll be interesting to see the foul as I've yet to read anyone who thinks it was worthy of a second yellow card.
Grateful to get the point I agree but this was a 'must win' that would have set us up for the QPR game. There's now a lot of pressure to beat QPR on Tuesday and on the past few performances I just don't see it.

Whilst all the talk is about GG's red card though, I do not remember many shots from our lads looking to extend the lead and really put Reading under the cosh. Once we were down to 10 men the equaliser was inevitable and we did well not to concede any more.

When oh when (rhetorical question) did we last score more than one goal? Oh Wait! We didn't score our goal today.
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: All things considered, I think we've got to be grateful we ground out a point. It'll be interesting to see the foul as I've yet to read anyone who thinks it was worthy of a second yellow card.[/p][/quote]Grateful to get the point I agree but this was a 'must win' that would have set us up for the QPR game. There's now a lot of pressure to beat QPR on Tuesday and on the past few performances I just don't see it. Whilst all the talk is about GG's red card though, I do not remember many shots from our lads looking to extend the lead and really put Reading under the cosh. Once we were down to 10 men the equaliser was inevitable and we did well not to concede any more. When oh when (rhetorical question) did we last score more than one goal? Oh Wait! We didn't score our goal today. JollyRoger
  • Score: 3

6:09pm Sat 8 Mar 14

VegasSeagull says...

JollyRoger wrote:
Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
All things considered, I think we've got to be grateful we ground out a point.

It'll be interesting to see the foul as I've yet to read anyone who thinks it was worthy of a second yellow card.
Grateful to get the point I agree but this was a 'must win' that would have set us up for the QPR game. There's now a lot of pressure to beat QPR on Tuesday and on the past few performances I just don't see it.

Whilst all the talk is about GG's red card though, I do not remember many shots from our lads looking to extend the lead and really put Reading under the cosh. Once we were down to 10 men the equaliser was inevitable and we did well not to concede any more.

When oh when (rhetorical question) did we last score more than one goal? Oh Wait! We didn't score our goal today.
This match was important for both teams and once we went down to ten men, it shouldn't be too surprising that Reading came on strong or that we didn't spend much time in their 18 yard box. I don't think that this result makes much difference re the QPR match, even had we got 3 points today we still would see our next as a 6 pointer. As today's game played out taking a point is acceptable. I am sure that Forest expected 3 today, didn't even get one, and they had eleven men on the park for 90+ minutes.
[quote][p][bold]JollyRoger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: All things considered, I think we've got to be grateful we ground out a point. It'll be interesting to see the foul as I've yet to read anyone who thinks it was worthy of a second yellow card.[/p][/quote]Grateful to get the point I agree but this was a 'must win' that would have set us up for the QPR game. There's now a lot of pressure to beat QPR on Tuesday and on the past few performances I just don't see it. Whilst all the talk is about GG's red card though, I do not remember many shots from our lads looking to extend the lead and really put Reading under the cosh. Once we were down to 10 men the equaliser was inevitable and we did well not to concede any more. When oh when (rhetorical question) did we last score more than one goal? Oh Wait! We didn't score our goal today.[/p][/quote]This match was important for both teams and once we went down to ten men, it shouldn't be too surprising that Reading came on strong or that we didn't spend much time in their 18 yard box. I don't think that this result makes much difference re the QPR match, even had we got 3 points today we still would see our next as a 6 pointer. As today's game played out taking a point is acceptable. I am sure that Forest expected 3 today, didn't even get one, and they had eleven men on the park for 90+ minutes. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 4

6:22pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

JollyRoger wrote:
Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
All things considered, I think we've got to be grateful we ground out a point.

It'll be interesting to see the foul as I've yet to read anyone who thinks it was worthy of a second yellow card.
Grateful to get the point I agree but this was a 'must win' that would have set us up for the QPR game. There's now a lot of pressure to beat QPR on Tuesday and on the past few performances I just don't see it.

Whilst all the talk is about GG's red card though, I do not remember many shots from our lads looking to extend the lead and really put Reading under the cosh. Once we were down to 10 men the equaliser was inevitable and we did well not to concede any more.

When oh when (rhetorical question) did we last score more than one goal? Oh Wait! We didn't score our goal today.
This was less of a "must win" and more of a "mustn't lose".

A draw when you play half the game with 10 men is acceptable. Who scored our goal is irrelevant.
[quote][p][bold]JollyRoger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: All things considered, I think we've got to be grateful we ground out a point. It'll be interesting to see the foul as I've yet to read anyone who thinks it was worthy of a second yellow card.[/p][/quote]Grateful to get the point I agree but this was a 'must win' that would have set us up for the QPR game. There's now a lot of pressure to beat QPR on Tuesday and on the past few performances I just don't see it. Whilst all the talk is about GG's red card though, I do not remember many shots from our lads looking to extend the lead and really put Reading under the cosh. Once we were down to 10 men the equaliser was inevitable and we did well not to concede any more. When oh when (rhetorical question) did we last score more than one goal? Oh Wait! We didn't score our goal today.[/p][/quote]This was less of a "must win" and more of a "mustn't lose". A draw when you play half the game with 10 men is acceptable. Who scored our goal is irrelevant. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 3

6:27pm Sat 8 Mar 14

impose our game gull says...

When GG or Bruno (same with Calderon or Dunk if they start the match) are booked in the first half, especially if the opposition have nippy wingers/ attackers, best we substitute them at half time as they can both be inept and drawn in on occasion.

Bruno had some very good moments but was well beaten by his man/ the general move on at least 5 occasions today.

We played broadly not that well in the first half, slow, imposed little and all a little lethargic for such a big match at home. Deliveries across from the wings were broadly poor. Starting without Buckley (who again looked pretty decent once on), Lua Lua (again) and March - yet having all 3 on the bench in a home match against a team we squashed in the first half in Jan in the Cup at home seems odd and uninspiring.


We came out after half time no well either and a better finish would have seen a Reading goal. 2 shots for us I believe in the first half, neither on target. Kusczcak a well deserved MoM and stood up and made large brilliantly for the one on one.

Ulloa played well, worked hard and Lingard looked as if could come very well and will make some positive difference in matches to come.

Restricting Reading to one point instead of 3 in light of how the other results went today ended up being excellent for us!!

Roll on Tuesday but please can we go for it a little more!!


UTA!!
When GG or Bruno (same with Calderon or Dunk if they start the match) are booked in the first half, especially if the opposition have nippy wingers/ attackers, best we substitute them at half time as they can both be inept and drawn in on occasion. Bruno had some very good moments but was well beaten by his man/ the general move on at least 5 occasions today. We played broadly not that well in the first half, slow, imposed little and all a little lethargic for such a big match at home. Deliveries across from the wings were broadly poor. Starting without Buckley (who again looked pretty decent once on), Lua Lua (again) and March - yet having all 3 on the bench in a home match against a team we squashed in the first half in Jan in the Cup at home seems odd and uninspiring. We came out after half time no well either and a better finish would have seen a Reading goal. 2 shots for us I believe in the first half, neither on target. Kusczcak a well deserved MoM and stood up and made large brilliantly for the one on one. Ulloa played well, worked hard and Lingard looked as if could come very well and will make some positive difference in matches to come. Restricting Reading to one point instead of 3 in light of how the other results went today ended up being excellent for us!! Roll on Tuesday but please can we go for it a little more!! UTA!! impose our game gull
  • Score: 6

8:08pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Falmer Wizard says...

Noted the comments indicate we were down to ten men as a reason for not taking full points at home today,simply ignoring we did not score our usual one goal,in fact our opponents gave us a goal otherwise we would have not taken any points,its no good avoiding the fact we do not threaten our opponents goal area and shots on goal are few.
Noted the comments indicate we were down to ten men as a reason for not taking full points at home today,simply ignoring we did not score our usual one goal,in fact our opponents gave us a goal otherwise we would have not taken any points,its no good avoiding the fact we do not threaten our opponents goal area and shots on goal are few. Falmer Wizard
  • Score: 1

9:06pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Captain Haddock says...

ringtone wrote:
Ex-pat Arnie wrote: All things considered, I think we've got to be grateful we ground out a point. It'll be interesting to see the foul as I've yet to read anyone who thinks it was worthy of a second yellow card.
I agree the foul was not worthy of a yellow card it should have been a straight red!
Yawn.
[quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: All things considered, I think we've got to be grateful we ground out a point. It'll be interesting to see the foul as I've yet to read anyone who thinks it was worthy of a second yellow card.[/p][/quote]I agree the foul was not worthy of a yellow card it should have been a straight red![/p][/quote]Yawn. Captain Haddock
  • Score: 2

9:19pm Sat 8 Mar 14

mark by the sea says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
At least, as two yellows, it's only a one match ban. Any more matches and we'd definitely need to tap into the loan market, and we probably still do need more cover anyway.
You disagreed we needed a centre back a month ago"
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: At least, as two yellows, it's only a one match ban. Any more matches and we'd definitely need to tap into the loan market, and we probably still do need more cover anyway.[/p][/quote]You disagreed we needed a centre back a month ago" mark by the sea
  • Score: 1

10:52pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

mark by the sea wrote:
Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
At least, as two yellows, it's only a one match ban. Any more matches and we'd definitely need to tap into the loan market, and we probably still do need more cover anyway.
You disagreed we needed a centre back a month ago"
Because we had cover in Dunk. If he and Upson get through QPR then we'll be fine again.
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: At least, as two yellows, it's only a one match ban. Any more matches and we'd definitely need to tap into the loan market, and we probably still do need more cover anyway.[/p][/quote]You disagreed we needed a centre back a month ago"[/p][/quote]Because we had cover in Dunk. If he and Upson get through QPR then we'll be fine again. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 0

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