Macca back in action again

Craig Mackail-Smith

Craig Mackail-Smith

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

Albion striker Craig Mackail-Smith makes his latest return to action in the development team today.

He joins Will Hoskins up front as an over-age player in a friendly behind closed doors against Bournemouth at Withdean.

Mackail-Smith suffered a groin injury in training last month after a couple of appearances for the under 21's.

It put his comeback from almost a year out with Achilles and ankle problems back on hold.

Knee op victim Hoskins travelled with the first team to Bolton on Saturday after his first 90 minutes in over a year in the development team against Swansea last week.

Hoskins is scheduled for another full run-out today. Mackail-Smith has been earmarked to play for up to an hour.

Albion (from): Walton; Smith; Deen, Barclay, Rea, Hunt, Asmundsson, Harris, Starkey, Monakana, Richards, Wiltshire, Barnett, Mackail-Smith, Hoskins, Muitt.

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12:12pm Mon 17 Mar 14

russellsnr2 says...

Really hope that this is not a another false start for Craig Mackail-Smith.
He himself must be getting a bit fed up not being able to get some action.
If we get both him and WH back in the next few weeks I think Oscar will maybe have a headache over who plays.
I would assume that Leo would still be first up but would love to see him and Craig Mackail-Smith playing up front together.
Really hope that this is not a another false start for Craig Mackail-Smith. He himself must be getting a bit fed up not being able to get some action. If we get both him and WH back in the next few weeks I think Oscar will maybe have a headache over who plays. I would assume that Leo would still be first up but would love to see him and Craig Mackail-Smith playing up front together. russellsnr2
  • Score: 9

12:54pm Mon 17 Mar 14

VegasSeagull says...

russellsnr2 wrote:
Really hope that this is not a another false start for Craig Mackail-Smith.
He himself must be getting a bit fed up not being able to get some action.
If we get both him and WH back in the next few weeks I think Oscar will maybe have a headache over who plays.
I would assume that Leo would still be first up but would love to see him and Craig Mackail-Smith playing up front together.
Oscar took Ince out of the back line and placed him in midfield, he saw something in the lad and made it happen, could CMS be our new attacking midfield player, Lingard is only here on loan and we know Oscar has an eye on how best to use players.
[quote][p][bold]russellsnr2[/bold] wrote: Really hope that this is not a another false start for Craig Mackail-Smith. He himself must be getting a bit fed up not being able to get some action. If we get both him and WH back in the next few weeks I think Oscar will maybe have a headache over who plays. I would assume that Leo would still be first up but would love to see him and Craig Mackail-Smith playing up front together.[/p][/quote]Oscar took Ince out of the back line and placed him in midfield, he saw something in the lad and made it happen, could CMS be our new attacking midfield player, Lingard is only here on loan and we know Oscar has an eye on how best to use players. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 4

4:48pm Mon 17 Mar 14

WisdomSpeaks says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
russellsnr2 wrote:
Really hope that this is not a another false start for Craig Mackail-Smith.
He himself must be getting a bit fed up not being able to get some action.
If we get both him and WH back in the next few weeks I think Oscar will maybe have a headache over who plays.
I would assume that Leo would still be first up but would love to see him and Craig Mackail-Smith playing up front together.
Oscar took Ince out of the back line and placed him in midfield, he saw something in the lad and made it happen, could CMS be our new attacking midfield player, Lingard is only here on loan and we know Oscar has an eye on how best to use players.
Great post. I was thinking the same because I have great faith in Oscar's ability to think 'outside the box' and see abilities which others might not see.

I could see CMS as a similar midfield player to Paul Clark in our 1st Division side of the 70's

Whatever, I think when he and Will Hoskins are both fully fit we will have some real strong choices!
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]russellsnr2[/bold] wrote: Really hope that this is not a another false start for Craig Mackail-Smith. He himself must be getting a bit fed up not being able to get some action. If we get both him and WH back in the next few weeks I think Oscar will maybe have a headache over who plays. I would assume that Leo would still be first up but would love to see him and Craig Mackail-Smith playing up front together.[/p][/quote]Oscar took Ince out of the back line and placed him in midfield, he saw something in the lad and made it happen, could CMS be our new attacking midfield player, Lingard is only here on loan and we know Oscar has an eye on how best to use players.[/p][/quote]Great post. I was thinking the same because I have great faith in Oscar's ability to think 'outside the box' and see abilities which others might not see. I could see CMS as a similar midfield player to Paul Clark in our 1st Division side of the 70's Whatever, I think when he and Will Hoskins are both fully fit we will have some real strong choices! WisdomSpeaks
  • Score: 10

5:25pm Mon 17 Mar 14

VegasSeagull says...

WisdomSpeaks wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
russellsnr2 wrote:
Really hope that this is not a another false start for Craig Mackail-Smith.
He himself must be getting a bit fed up not being able to get some action.
If we get both him and WH back in the next few weeks I think Oscar will maybe have a headache over who plays.
I would assume that Leo would still be first up but would love to see him and Craig Mackail-Smith playing up front together.
Oscar took Ince out of the back line and placed him in midfield, he saw something in the lad and made it happen, could CMS be our new attacking midfield player, Lingard is only here on loan and we know Oscar has an eye on how best to use players.
Great post. I was thinking the same because I have great faith in Oscar's ability to think 'outside the box' and see abilities which others might not see.

I could see CMS as a similar midfield player to Paul Clark in our 1st Division side of the 70's

Whatever, I think when he and Will Hoskins are both fully fit we will have some real strong choices!
well if you look at what attributes are needed to be aneffective attacking midfield player CMS seems to qualify.
Speed, yep. An eye for goal, yep. Run with the ball, yep. Find the spaces in the 18 yard box, his strikers instinct gives him that. Delivering the killer pass, the one question left to be answered as usually he is looking to receive the killer pass.
[quote][p][bold]WisdomSpeaks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]russellsnr2[/bold] wrote: Really hope that this is not a another false start for Craig Mackail-Smith. He himself must be getting a bit fed up not being able to get some action. If we get both him and WH back in the next few weeks I think Oscar will maybe have a headache over who plays. I would assume that Leo would still be first up but would love to see him and Craig Mackail-Smith playing up front together.[/p][/quote]Oscar took Ince out of the back line and placed him in midfield, he saw something in the lad and made it happen, could CMS be our new attacking midfield player, Lingard is only here on loan and we know Oscar has an eye on how best to use players.[/p][/quote]Great post. I was thinking the same because I have great faith in Oscar's ability to think 'outside the box' and see abilities which others might not see. I could see CMS as a similar midfield player to Paul Clark in our 1st Division side of the 70's Whatever, I think when he and Will Hoskins are both fully fit we will have some real strong choices![/p][/quote]well if you look at what attributes are needed to be aneffective attacking midfield player CMS seems to qualify. Speed, yep. An eye for goal, yep. Run with the ball, yep. Find the spaces in the 18 yard box, his strikers instinct gives him that. Delivering the killer pass, the one question left to be answered as usually he is looking to receive the killer pass. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 1

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