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Oscar admits: We switched off twice

The Argus: Oscar Garcia with Mick McCarthy at the final whistle (photo Simon Dack) Oscar Garcia with Mick McCarthy at the final whistle (photo Simon Dack)

Oscar Garcia felt his side deserved better against Ipswich.

But he admitted they switched off defensively in their 2-0 defeat at the Amex.

Albion’s head coach also felt his side had enough chances to have gained some reward against the Tractor Boys.

Oscar said: “We created the best chances and didn’t take them.

“We are frustrated and disappointed because we conceded two goals when we switched off twice and they punished us.

“For us it is too hard to score.

“We are creating a lot of chances but we didn’t take them.

“I think we switched off only twice. Apart from those two goals they did very little.”

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5:58pm Sat 22 Mar 14

pwlr1966 says...

switched off at the start of the first half & then again at the start of the second. Poor lack lustre performance
switched off at the start of the first half & then again at the start of the second. Poor lack lustre performance pwlr1966
  • Score: 7

6:06pm Sat 22 Mar 14

ringtone says...

Just thought i would let you know that our passionate spanish players are all renting big houses and will go back to España as soon as the contract ends.

Do they really care?

Answers on a post card
Just thought i would let you know that our passionate spanish players are all renting big houses and will go back to España as soon as the contract ends. Do they really care? Answers on a post card ringtone
  • Score: -38

6:15pm Sat 22 Mar 14

johnboy144 says...

Thought I'd get in early before all the doom merchants get in: WE'RE 3 POINTS OFF THE TOP 6 WITH A GAME IN HAND!!!! Yes, frustrating not to get any points today, but created plenty of chances and on another day at least one would have gone in. Ipswich took their two chances well and set themselves up for a typical away performance so fair play to them - we've done the same before. So, don't throw in the towel - plenty to play for and try and be a little positive!
Thought I'd get in early before all the doom merchants get in: WE'RE 3 POINTS OFF THE TOP 6 WITH A GAME IN HAND!!!! Yes, frustrating not to get any points today, but created plenty of chances and on another day at least one would have gone in. Ipswich took their two chances well and set themselves up for a typical away performance so fair play to them - we've done the same before. So, don't throw in the towel - plenty to play for and try and be a little positive! johnboy144
  • Score: 23

6:15pm Sat 22 Mar 14

graham w says...

"switched off oscar," i think you did, i think most albion supporters will be bitterly disapointed, wrong team selection at start, why not stephens instead off andrews, why not lua lua earlier before they scored, and lingaurd was doing ok,why take him off not andrews, nothing wrong with bringing on march lingaurd should have stayed on with him ... i think the management choices were poor today. im so disapointed with a lost opportunity....
"switched off oscar," i think you did, i think most albion supporters will be bitterly disapointed, wrong team selection at start, why not stephens instead off andrews, why not lua lua earlier before they scored, and lingaurd was doing ok,why take him off not andrews, nothing wrong with bringing on march lingaurd should have stayed on with him ... i think the management choices were poor today. im so disapointed with a lost opportunity.... graham w
  • Score: 12

6:28pm Sat 22 Mar 14

WiseOldSeagull says...

Wake up call. WAKE UP! It was in our hands and now it's not. Ipswich have played themselves right back into the mix and knew that a loss here today would have made things extremely difficult for them. There was more passion and desire and more at stake for them. We had a bit of a rest and more time to play our xboxes thinking all we had to do was turn up. I thought we were starting to show a bit of consistency of late but losing at home in a crunch match shows us otherwise. We are mentally not at the races and to lose at home against a play off rival is not a good sign.

All things considered we have done well to be in with a shout this season. The next match will show us whether or not this is a blip or the start of a downward spiral.
Wake up call. WAKE UP! It was in our hands and now it's not. Ipswich have played themselves right back into the mix and knew that a loss here today would have made things extremely difficult for them. There was more passion and desire and more at stake for them. We had a bit of a rest and more time to play our xboxes thinking all we had to do was turn up. I thought we were starting to show a bit of consistency of late but losing at home in a crunch match shows us otherwise. We are mentally not at the races and to lose at home against a play off rival is not a good sign. All things considered we have done well to be in with a shout this season. The next match will show us whether or not this is a blip or the start of a downward spiral. WiseOldSeagull
  • Score: 5

6:29pm Sat 22 Mar 14

namgo49 says...

We never switched on!! I had some fears about the game as McCarthy is a clever manager and knows how to work things.

Team selection is something we all feel we are good at particularly as we do so invariably with the benefit of hindsight. We were too defensive though and Buckley decided to go absent which he does from time to time. Chucking balls in to the middle in the hope Ulloa was going to get a good connection was never going to work. Lingard in spite of his arrogance looks short on quality. March and Forster-Caskey had nothing to offer. Ince, his poorest game to date.

To put mildly we were ineffectual and got what we deserved, roundly beaten. Shame as a win would have seen us on the cusp of the play offs with a game in hand over Readng. Really only one play off place to be decided and we cannot afford another performance like today again this season.

Hugely disappointing.
We never switched on!! I had some fears about the game as McCarthy is a clever manager and knows how to work things. Team selection is something we all feel we are good at particularly as we do so invariably with the benefit of hindsight. We were too defensive though and Buckley decided to go absent which he does from time to time. Chucking balls in to the middle in the hope Ulloa was going to get a good connection was never going to work. Lingard in spite of his arrogance looks short on quality. March and Forster-Caskey had nothing to offer. Ince, his poorest game to date. To put mildly we were ineffectual and got what we deserved, roundly beaten. Shame as a win would have seen us on the cusp of the play offs with a game in hand over Readng. Really only one play off place to be decided and we cannot afford another performance like today again this season. Hugely disappointing. namgo49
  • Score: 7

6:35pm Sat 22 Mar 14

WoodingdeanDS says...

Switched off twice? There is such a thing as winning 3-2. But not if you rely on one lone striker. Ulloa is good, but not that good. There's a few passengers in the team that can be tolerated if the others are on top of their game. I assume Bruno was told to play further up the pitch, but that that corner exposed a few times with Greer not really up to playing all over the place.

Switched off twice? Not switched on at all is more like it.

Biggest gate of the season and they don't rise to the occasion. Seen it too many times before (in 40 odd years). You can expect a couple of losses like this, but not as many as this season

I think the radio analysis after the game (nice walk back in the sun for a change) was spot on - Adam Virgo thought the lack of a second recognised striker is the problem, not the defence.
Switched off twice? There is such a thing as winning 3-2. But not if you rely on one lone striker. Ulloa is good, but not that good. There's a few passengers in the team that can be tolerated if the others are on top of their game. I assume Bruno was told to play further up the pitch, but that that corner exposed a few times with Greer not really up to playing all over the place. Switched off twice? Not switched on at all is more like it. Biggest gate of the season and they don't rise to the occasion. Seen it too many times before (in 40 odd years). You can expect a couple of losses like this, but not as many as this season I think the radio analysis after the game (nice walk back in the sun for a change) was spot on - Adam Virgo thought the lack of a second recognised striker is the problem, not the defence. WoodingdeanDS
  • Score: 8

6:48pm Sat 22 Mar 14

East of CrawleyDown says...

A frustrating day all round. It always seems just when a big chance to progress comes along we pass that chance up. Today was a chance to advance on the play offs against a team just behind us but we've conceded ground to them and the other clubs, Reading and Wigan who also won. Getting into the play offs in a crunch game like today's is a bit like a tricky move in rock climbing, you've got to trust your footing and commit to the move in order to climb up the rock face (the league table in this case)and get to the top. Today we just didn't look like we wanted to commit to the move enough and therefore haven't got to where we wanted to be. A bit more zest and determination is called for in these sort of games, still in with a shout but it's just that bit more difficult than before today now.
A frustrating day all round. It always seems just when a big chance to progress comes along we pass that chance up. Today was a chance to advance on the play offs against a team just behind us but we've conceded ground to them and the other clubs, Reading and Wigan who also won. Getting into the play offs in a crunch game like today's is a bit like a tricky move in rock climbing, you've got to trust your footing and commit to the move in order to climb up the rock face (the league table in this case)and get to the top. Today we just didn't look like we wanted to commit to the move enough and therefore haven't got to where we wanted to be. A bit more zest and determination is called for in these sort of games, still in with a shout but it's just that bit more difficult than before today now. East of CrawleyDown
  • Score: 8

6:55pm Sat 22 Mar 14

brightonup says...

Disappointing - but I am sure there will be several more 'twists and turns' in the final games before the last play off places are decided.
What I don't quite understand is the presumption of victory that some supporters showed before the game. Ipswich were only one place beneath us, i.e. not bad at getting results (although I would argue that their playing style is dull, dull, dull). Also I think this game represented an opportunity for Ipswich to avoid being cast adrift from the 'play off pack'. In effect they had nothing to lose!
Disappointing - but I am sure there will be several more 'twists and turns' in the final games before the last play off places are decided. What I don't quite understand is the presumption of victory that some supporters showed before the game. Ipswich were only one place beneath us, i.e. not bad at getting results (although I would argue that their playing style is dull, dull, dull). Also I think this game represented an opportunity for Ipswich to avoid being cast adrift from the 'play off pack'. In effect they had nothing to lose! brightonup
  • Score: 7

7:01pm Sat 22 Mar 14

ringtone says...

brightonup wrote:
Disappointing - but I am sure there will be several more 'twists and turns' in the final games before the last play off places are decided.
What I don't quite understand is the presumption of victory that some supporters showed before the game. Ipswich were only one place beneath us, i.e. not bad at getting results (although I would argue that their playing style is dull, dull, dull). Also I think this game represented an opportunity for Ipswich to avoid being cast adrift from the 'play off pack'. In effect they had nothing to lose!
sorry brightonup gave you a thumbs down then read your once a week article
and you are so right, new found respect bro.
[quote][p][bold]brightonup[/bold] wrote: Disappointing - but I am sure there will be several more 'twists and turns' in the final games before the last play off places are decided. What I don't quite understand is the presumption of victory that some supporters showed before the game. Ipswich were only one place beneath us, i.e. not bad at getting results (although I would argue that their playing style is dull, dull, dull). Also I think this game represented an opportunity for Ipswich to avoid being cast adrift from the 'play off pack'. In effect they had nothing to lose![/p][/quote]sorry brightonup gave you a thumbs down then read your once a week article and you are so right, new found respect bro. ringtone
  • Score: -11

7:01pm Sat 22 Mar 14

tug509 says...

We switched off once ,that was the starting 11 ,we knew their plan ,and we gave them the team they wanted ,F****n unbelievable ,Oscar cocked it up ,and the team knew it ,they were set up for attacking ,but with only one flank WB ,with KLL on the other side ,they would have been opened up from the 1st minute . .
We switched off once ,that was the starting 11 ,we knew their plan ,and we gave them the team they wanted ,F****n unbelievable ,Oscar cocked it up ,and the team knew it ,they were set up for attacking ,but with only one flank WB ,with KLL on the other side ,they would have been opened up from the 1st minute . . tug509
  • Score: -1

7:06pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Vince says...

No, Oscar we didn't deserve better - with that negative starting line-up and the total lack of creativity in midfield. We should go for the jugular from the start. Also NEVER change a winning team!
No, Oscar we didn't deserve better - with that negative starting line-up and the total lack of creativity in midfield. We should go for the jugular from the start. Also NEVER change a winning team! Vince
  • Score: 9

7:18pm Sat 22 Mar 14

The Phantom says...

Average performance, poor result - Ipswich didn't do a great deal to win the game other than be fairly organised and difficult to break down. To be fair Brighton have been playing at a similar level for most of the season with the exception of Leicester at home (brilliant), Barnsley at home (awful) and Ipswich and Millwall away (even more awful) - everything else has just been fairly average. Didn't understand Stephens not playing after playing so well at Bolton or Lingard coming off when looking our most dangerous player. Still a way to go but think today was a big opportunity lost.
Average performance, poor result - Ipswich didn't do a great deal to win the game other than be fairly organised and difficult to break down. To be fair Brighton have been playing at a similar level for most of the season with the exception of Leicester at home (brilliant), Barnsley at home (awful) and Ipswich and Millwall away (even more awful) - everything else has just been fairly average. Didn't understand Stephens not playing after playing so well at Bolton or Lingard coming off when looking our most dangerous player. Still a way to go but think today was a big opportunity lost. The Phantom
  • Score: 14

7:22pm Sat 22 Mar 14

SecondReserve says...

I’ve supported the Albion for many years and will continue to do so but it is obvious to me – and presumably to all but the most blinkered of our fans – that there is no earthly chance of this team getting promoted.

We had 65% of the play today and should have won comfortably but we lost 2-0. Ipswich had 4 shots on target and scored 2 goals and the so-called best defence in the division was dreadful. We had lots of shots of sorts (23 apparently) but only 5 of them were on target and in truth we didn’t look like scoring.

I think serious questions do need to be asked of the management team. Even at home we play two defensive midfielders and only one player up front – it is effectively 6-3-1. The team selection and tactics (especially at home) are far too defensive and negative and our build up is far too slow and predictable. As a team we don’t seem to have any idea of how to put teams under real pressure or of how to score goals.
I’ve supported the Albion for many years and will continue to do so but it is obvious to me – and presumably to all but the most blinkered of our fans – that there is no earthly chance of this team getting promoted. We had 65% of the play today and should have won comfortably but we lost 2-0. Ipswich had 4 shots on target and scored 2 goals and the so-called best defence in the division was dreadful. We had lots of shots of sorts (23 apparently) but only 5 of them were on target and in truth we didn’t look like scoring. I think serious questions do need to be asked of the management team. Even at home we play two defensive midfielders and only one player up front – it is effectively 6-3-1. The team selection and tactics (especially at home) are far too defensive and negative and our build up is far too slow and predictable. As a team we don’t seem to have any idea of how to put teams under real pressure or of how to score goals. SecondReserve
  • Score: 22

7:39pm Sat 22 Mar 14

ringtone says...

I see our old friend Mr Barnes scored Burnleys opener in a 3-0 romp.

How can a depressed cotton mill town in the north of england with a third of our gates be almost promoted.

Could it be that our great leader thought that he would plough the trough of foreign mercenaris that our so trendy at the moment and got it oh so terribly wrong.
I see our old friend Mr Barnes scored Burnleys opener in a 3-0 romp. How can a depressed cotton mill town in the north of england with a third of our gates be almost promoted. Could it be that our great leader thought that he would plough the trough of foreign mercenaris that our so trendy at the moment and got it oh so terribly wrong. ringtone
  • Score: -4

8:05pm Sat 22 Mar 14

wiseman of hove says...

I think we could have played for another hour and still not scored. Poor team set up by Oscar today. The Stephens omission was frankly a shocker for me. Pointless bringing Rodriquez on - an aimless, token substitution..
I think we could have played for another hour and still not scored. Poor team set up by Oscar today. The Stephens omission was frankly a shocker for me. Pointless bringing Rodriquez on - an aimless, token substitution.. wiseman of hove
  • Score: 13

8:06pm Sat 22 Mar 14

fratsomrover says...

Nothing to do with switching off. We started with a negative team and as usual failed to get enough players forward into scoring positions. So again we dominated the possession statistics, but had no end product.
I'm afraid I cannot see any of Andrews, Ince or JFK getting on the score sheet.
We had that punch in midfield when Crofts was playing and when he got injured we replaced him with Stephens. So why didn't Stephens start today ? He was great at Bolton last week.
Tactic wise, we have to be the easiest team to read. Opponents know if they can keep WB quiet and stifle Ulloa, we pose no threat.
Result was Ipswich did to us what we did to Bolton last Saturday.
I accept Lingard should have scored with his early one on one chance and maybe things may have turned out differently if he had, but I'm not convinced he offers a greater threat than LuaLua or Orlandi.
The sad fact is our goals for tally is miserable. In every division the top 2 or 3 sides have GD's of between +30 to +49. We have a GD of +9.
If the system we play does not produce enough goals, the system should change. Why persevere with it.
There are no awards or prizes for having the meanest defence. The prizes normally end up with the teams scoring the most goals, not conceding the least.
Today was a disappointing and unexpected set back, but I believe this was due to team selection and system rather than " switching off a couple of times"
Take responsibility OG and address the problem of not scoring enough goals.
Nothing to do with switching off. We started with a negative team and as usual failed to get enough players forward into scoring positions. So again we dominated the possession statistics, but had no end product. I'm afraid I cannot see any of Andrews, Ince or JFK getting on the score sheet. We had that punch in midfield when Crofts was playing and when he got injured we replaced him with Stephens. So why didn't Stephens start today ? He was great at Bolton last week. Tactic wise, we have to be the easiest team to read. Opponents know if they can keep WB quiet and stifle Ulloa, we pose no threat. Result was Ipswich did to us what we did to Bolton last Saturday. I accept Lingard should have scored with his early one on one chance and maybe things may have turned out differently if he had, but I'm not convinced he offers a greater threat than LuaLua or Orlandi. The sad fact is our goals for tally is miserable. In every division the top 2 or 3 sides have GD's of between +30 to +49. We have a GD of +9. If the system we play does not produce enough goals, the system should change. Why persevere with it. There are no awards or prizes for having the meanest defence. The prizes normally end up with the teams scoring the most goals, not conceding the least. Today was a disappointing and unexpected set back, but I believe this was due to team selection and system rather than " switching off a couple of times" Take responsibility OG and address the problem of not scoring enough goals. fratsomrover
  • Score: 17

8:08pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Seagulls over Thanet says...

Switched off twice? Did I miss the part where we switched on? I am completely in the dark as to why Oscar can't pick a side to put on an electrifying home performance.
Switched off twice? Did I miss the part where we switched on? I am completely in the dark as to why Oscar can't pick a side to put on an electrifying home performance. Seagulls over Thanet
  • Score: 12

8:44pm Sat 22 Mar 14

oscar must go says...

Lets get rid of this clueless Spaniard and get a person in who knows what it takes to get out of the Championship and take Jones with him.
Lets get rid of this clueless Spaniard and get a person in who knows what it takes to get out of the Championship and take Jones with him. oscar must go
  • Score: -4

9:28pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Ringmer Rich says...

Thought we played extremely well, but didn't get the rub of the green today. Ipswich crowded out the midfield and played a high backline which stifled us. I think most of the posters on here today are pretty clueless.
Thought we played extremely well, but didn't get the rub of the green today. Ipswich crowded out the midfield and played a high backline which stifled us. I think most of the posters on here today are pretty clueless. Ringmer Rich
  • Score: 3

10:14pm Sat 22 Mar 14

wenners says...

Ringmer Rich wrote:
Thought we played extremely well, but didn't get the rub of the green today. Ipswich crowded out the midfield and played a high backline which stifled us. I think most of the posters on here today are pretty clueless.
No were not. We played ..OK. Nothing more. This isn't the first time either…its a continuing theme when we play at home. HArdly any shots on goals….lack of midfield.. Playing too deep . It goes on and on..week in week out. And what exactly do you mean..'rub of the green'?.. If someone can't score an easy goal ..with a one on one..if we can't get quality balls into the box (match after match)..if Oscar sets us up to play as a counter attacking team …there is no 'rub of the green'. Maybe its you who is pretty clueless …the majority here, beginning to maybe realise that Oscar isn't the man for us . And lets get rid of Nathan Jones….please !!
[quote][p][bold]Ringmer Rich[/bold] wrote: Thought we played extremely well, but didn't get the rub of the green today. Ipswich crowded out the midfield and played a high backline which stifled us. I think most of the posters on here today are pretty clueless.[/p][/quote]No were not. We played ..OK. Nothing more. This isn't the first time either…its a continuing theme when we play at home. HArdly any shots on goals….lack of midfield.. Playing too deep . It goes on and on..week in week out. And what exactly do you mean..'rub of the green'?.. If someone can't score an easy goal ..with a one on one..if we can't get quality balls into the box (match after match)..if Oscar sets us up to play as a counter attacking team …there is no 'rub of the green'. Maybe its you who is pretty clueless …the majority here, beginning to maybe realise that Oscar isn't the man for us . And lets get rid of Nathan Jones….please !! wenners
  • Score: 3

10:20pm Sat 22 Mar 14

mikeygit says...

I am beginning to lose faith in Oscar. He came with high hopes and most fans were prepared to give him a chance. But at this state of the season he should now begin to know the players well and what team to play. He cannot alter his character but to me he lacks charisma and therefore is he able to drive the team on. Whatever has been said about Gus he did /does know how to motivate a team---although not doing so well up North. I just think a more enthusiastic manager would be able to motivate he players more. My opinion is that the players often do not seem up for it. I may be wrong.
I am beginning to lose faith in Oscar. He came with high hopes and most fans were prepared to give him a chance. But at this state of the season he should now begin to know the players well and what team to play. He cannot alter his character but to me he lacks charisma and therefore is he able to drive the team on. Whatever has been said about Gus he did /does know how to motivate a team---although not doing so well up North. I just think a more enthusiastic manager would be able to motivate he players more. My opinion is that the players often do not seem up for it. I may be wrong. mikeygit
  • Score: 3

10:33pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Gazza by the sea says...

Not a wholly unfair assessment by Oscar but we could have played for another 90 minutes and not scored today. We just seem to lack a certain something in midfield. And it really does seem that Oscar hasn't found, or doesn't know the best midfield formation. Surprised to see Andrews AND Ince start as they are both best in the 'Bridcutt' role. Neither are as effective playing further forward. We are well served in that position. And we are well served with the two wide players to support Ulloa. Perm any two from Buckley, Lua Lua, Lingard and March.

I'm then struggling for the two central midfield roles which are absolutely key to knit the whole thing together. And at least one has to have the cunning and the guile to regularly play the telling pass wide or forward to release the fron three. Orlandi is an obvious choice when fit and probably Crofts too as he's the only one who can close enough to Leo to provide regular support.

In the absence of both of them what do we truly have? Stephens? - jury still out. Could be the answer but still gives the ball away too cheaply too often. Lopez? Too lightweight and will rarely make a tackle. JFC? Possibly but offers virtually no threat going forward. And with current injuries that's about it.

So what choice did Oscar really have today for those key midfield roles? And for me that's where we lost the game.

And our deficiencies in those two central midfield roles are why we'll fall just short this season. Priority recruitment area for the summer.

And in truth does the club really want promotion just yet? Are we ready? Could we really afford to recruit 10 players this summer? - cos that's what we'd need. Lot of contracts run out this summer. 5 good recruits this year for a strong push next season followed by another 5 the following summer.

That seems a more sensible and realistic plan. We'll go up. Maybe next season. Or the one after. Not this season.
Not a wholly unfair assessment by Oscar but we could have played for another 90 minutes and not scored today. We just seem to lack a certain something in midfield. And it really does seem that Oscar hasn't found, or doesn't know the best midfield formation. Surprised to see Andrews AND Ince start as they are both best in the 'Bridcutt' role. Neither are as effective playing further forward. We are well served in that position. And we are well served with the two wide players to support Ulloa. Perm any two from Buckley, Lua Lua, Lingard and March. I'm then struggling for the two central midfield roles which are absolutely key to knit the whole thing together. And at least one has to have the cunning and the guile to regularly play the telling pass wide or forward to release the fron three. Orlandi is an obvious choice when fit and probably Crofts too as he's the only one who can close enough to Leo to provide regular support. In the absence of both of them what do we truly have? Stephens? - jury still out. Could be the answer but still gives the ball away too cheaply too often. Lopez? Too lightweight and will rarely make a tackle. JFC? Possibly but offers virtually no threat going forward. And with current injuries that's about it. So what choice did Oscar really have today for those key midfield roles? And for me that's where we lost the game. And our deficiencies in those two central midfield roles are why we'll fall just short this season. Priority recruitment area for the summer. And in truth does the club really want promotion just yet? Are we ready? Could we really afford to recruit 10 players this summer? - cos that's what we'd need. Lot of contracts run out this summer. 5 good recruits this year for a strong push next season followed by another 5 the following summer. That seems a more sensible and realistic plan. We'll go up. Maybe next season. Or the one after. Not this season. Gazza by the sea
  • Score: 13

10:34pm Sat 22 Mar 14

ringtone says...

I notice our sponsored (american express) chief cheer leaders Arnie and Vegas are not saying anything or has Mr Barber seen another way to save some money.
I notice our sponsored (american express) chief cheer leaders Arnie and Vegas are not saying anything or has Mr Barber seen another way to save some money. ringtone
  • Score: -6

11:04pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Brighton Scot says...

Why oh why do never sub Ulloa in my view he,s lazy and always looking for free kicks which a decent ref will not give I.m looking forward to Hoskins and CMS back also give Rodders a chance up front with Lingard and Buckley pace will scare any defence in any league.
Why oh why do never sub Ulloa in my view he,s lazy and always looking for free kicks which a decent ref will not give I.m looking forward to Hoskins and CMS back also give Rodders a chance up front with Lingard and Buckley pace will scare any defence in any league. Brighton Scot
  • Score: -9

11:50pm Sat 22 Mar 14

jockithenoo says...

FFS SHUT THE FRONT DOOR.
Let's compare to same stage last season
Played 36: won 14/ drawn 14 / lost 8 points 56 / gd +14 position 7th
This season
Played 36 : won 15/ drawn 11/ lost 10 points 56/ gd +9 position 8th

So whats all the fuss about Oscar being poor not much of a difference is there
Get off his case and get behind the team FFS.
WE MARCH ON
UTA
FFS SHUT THE FRONT DOOR. Let's compare to same stage last season Played 36: won 14/ drawn 14 / lost 8 points 56 / gd +14 position 7th This season Played 36 : won 15/ drawn 11/ lost 10 points 56/ gd +9 position 8th So whats all the fuss about Oscar being poor not much of a difference is there Get off his case and get behind the team FFS. WE MARCH ON UTA jockithenoo
  • Score: 9

12:26am Sun 23 Mar 14

The Bosch says...

mikeygit wrote:
I am beginning to lose faith in Oscar. He came with high hopes and most fans were prepared to give him a chance. But at this state of the season he should now begin to know the players well and what team to play. He cannot alter his character but to me he lacks charisma and therefore is he able to drive the team on. Whatever has been said about Gus he did /does know how to motivate a team---although not doing so well up North. I just think a more enthusiastic manager would be able to motivate he players more. My opinion is that the players often do not seem up for it. I may be wrong.
You are 100% correct.JFK looked like he was on a sunday walk in the park again.
[quote][p][bold]mikeygit[/bold] wrote: I am beginning to lose faith in Oscar. He came with high hopes and most fans were prepared to give him a chance. But at this state of the season he should now begin to know the players well and what team to play. He cannot alter his character but to me he lacks charisma and therefore is he able to drive the team on. Whatever has been said about Gus he did /does know how to motivate a team---although not doing so well up North. I just think a more enthusiastic manager would be able to motivate he players more. My opinion is that the players often do not seem up for it. I may be wrong.[/p][/quote]You are 100% correct.JFK looked like he was on a sunday walk in the park again. The Bosch
  • Score: -6

12:27am Sun 23 Mar 14

The Bosch says...

fratsomrover wrote:
Nothing to do with switching off. We started with a negative team and as usual failed to get enough players forward into scoring positions. So again we dominated the possession statistics, but had no end product.
I'm afraid I cannot see any of Andrews, Ince or JFK getting on the score sheet.
We had that punch in midfield when Crofts was playing and when he got injured we replaced him with Stephens. So why didn't Stephens start today ? He was great at Bolton last week.
Tactic wise, we have to be the easiest team to read. Opponents know if they can keep WB quiet and stifle Ulloa, we pose no threat.
Result was Ipswich did to us what we did to Bolton last Saturday.
I accept Lingard should have scored with his early one on one chance and maybe things may have turned out differently if he had, but I'm not convinced he offers a greater threat than LuaLua or Orlandi.
The sad fact is our goals for tally is miserable. In every division the top 2 or 3 sides have GD's of between +30 to +49. We have a GD of +9.
If the system we play does not produce enough goals, the system should change. Why persevere with it.
There are no awards or prizes for having the meanest defence. The prizes normally end up with the teams scoring the most goals, not conceding the least.
Today was a disappointing and unexpected set back, but I believe this was due to team selection and system rather than " switching off a couple of times"
Take responsibility OG and address the problem of not scoring enough goals.
Outstanding post.It was like watching paint dry again.
[quote][p][bold]fratsomrover[/bold] wrote: Nothing to do with switching off. We started with a negative team and as usual failed to get enough players forward into scoring positions. So again we dominated the possession statistics, but had no end product. I'm afraid I cannot see any of Andrews, Ince or JFK getting on the score sheet. We had that punch in midfield when Crofts was playing and when he got injured we replaced him with Stephens. So why didn't Stephens start today ? He was great at Bolton last week. Tactic wise, we have to be the easiest team to read. Opponents know if they can keep WB quiet and stifle Ulloa, we pose no threat. Result was Ipswich did to us what we did to Bolton last Saturday. I accept Lingard should have scored with his early one on one chance and maybe things may have turned out differently if he had, but I'm not convinced he offers a greater threat than LuaLua or Orlandi. The sad fact is our goals for tally is miserable. In every division the top 2 or 3 sides have GD's of between +30 to +49. We have a GD of +9. If the system we play does not produce enough goals, the system should change. Why persevere with it. There are no awards or prizes for having the meanest defence. The prizes normally end up with the teams scoring the most goals, not conceding the least. Today was a disappointing and unexpected set back, but I believe this was due to team selection and system rather than " switching off a couple of times" Take responsibility OG and address the problem of not scoring enough goals.[/p][/quote]Outstanding post.It was like watching paint dry again. The Bosch
  • Score: -4

12:41am Sun 23 Mar 14

The Bosch says...

WoodingdeanDS wrote:
Switched off twice? There is such a thing as winning 3-2. But not if you rely on one lone striker. Ulloa is good, but not that good. There's a few passengers in the team that can be tolerated if the others are on top of their game. I assume Bruno was told to play further up the pitch, but that that corner exposed a few times with Greer not really up to playing all over the place.

Switched off twice? Not switched on at all is more like it.

Biggest gate of the season and they don't rise to the occasion. Seen it too many times before (in 40 odd years). You can expect a couple of losses like this, but not as many as this season

I think the radio analysis after the game (nice walk back in the sun for a change) was spot on - Adam Virgo thought the lack of a second recognised striker is the problem, not the defence.
Outstanding post.Had a long chat with Adam after the game and was talking about this very point.But the fact still stands Buckley was turned inside out for their second goal,and Tk had a very bad game.The players were not up for the game yet again for some reason.
[quote][p][bold]WoodingdeanDS[/bold] wrote: Switched off twice? There is such a thing as winning 3-2. But not if you rely on one lone striker. Ulloa is good, but not that good. There's a few passengers in the team that can be tolerated if the others are on top of their game. I assume Bruno was told to play further up the pitch, but that that corner exposed a few times with Greer not really up to playing all over the place. Switched off twice? Not switched on at all is more like it. Biggest gate of the season and they don't rise to the occasion. Seen it too many times before (in 40 odd years). You can expect a couple of losses like this, but not as many as this season I think the radio analysis after the game (nice walk back in the sun for a change) was spot on - Adam Virgo thought the lack of a second recognised striker is the problem, not the defence.[/p][/quote]Outstanding post.Had a long chat with Adam after the game and was talking about this very point.But the fact still stands Buckley was turned inside out for their second goal,and Tk had a very bad game.The players were not up for the game yet again for some reason. The Bosch
  • Score: -6

8:30am Sun 23 Mar 14

bbb1969 says...

Yes the team switched off twice but most of the team switched off all match.
I beleve in squad rotation when the winning team is starting to show signs of weakness or if there are a couple of players not performing. Should have kept the same team as last week.
I mentioned before to play Ince only with Stephens not Andrews.
Owls will be a hard game on Tuesday now so radical changes are needed.
Still sore at the loss and understand that we will lose some games but at least choosr a team that are hungry and will have a go.

Lingard just off Ulloa' 2 wingers lua and buckers. If the wingers are not performing by half time then the come off. Back 5 I do not care as long as they are looking to defend as well as getting forward and not sitting deep. Finally Ince CDM with Stephens and maybe March; he used to play a more central role.
Yes the team switched off twice but most of the team switched off all match. I beleve in squad rotation when the winning team is starting to show signs of weakness or if there are a couple of players not performing. Should have kept the same team as last week. I mentioned before to play Ince only with Stephens not Andrews. Owls will be a hard game on Tuesday now so radical changes are needed. Still sore at the loss and understand that we will lose some games but at least choosr a team that are hungry and will have a go. Lingard just off Ulloa' 2 wingers lua and buckers. If the wingers are not performing by half time then the come off. Back 5 I do not care as long as they are looking to defend as well as getting forward and not sitting deep. Finally Ince CDM with Stephens and maybe March; he used to play a more central role. bbb1969
  • Score: 2

8:39am Sun 23 Mar 14

Gazza by the sea says...

4-3-4? Should up our prospects bbb1969 with 12 players on the pitch.....
4-3-4? Should up our prospects bbb1969 with 12 players on the pitch..... Gazza by the sea
  • Score: 0

8:40am Sun 23 Mar 14

Gazza by the sea says...

.......or maybe rush goalie......
.......or maybe rush goalie...... Gazza by the sea
  • Score: 0

9:54am Sun 23 Mar 14

Piglet1 says...

jockithenoo wrote:
FFS SHUT THE FRONT DOOR.
Let's compare to same stage last season
Played 36: won 14/ drawn 14 / lost 8 points 56 / gd +14 position 7th
This season
Played 36 : won 15/ drawn 11/ lost 10 points 56/ gd +9 position 8th

So whats all the fuss about Oscar being poor not much of a difference is there
Get off his case and get behind the team FFS.
WE MARCH ON
UTA
At last a voice of reason.
I despair reading some of the comments; it is as though the victories against QPR, Bolton, Milwall and the draw with 10 men against Reading all in this Month March are wiped from some posters memories. What is it you realistically expect, you must live in a fantasy world if you think we can win every game and play to our best ability always, it just dont happen.
Some names only crop up when we lose so I can only assume they are not really supporters of the Albion and just revel when we lose.
It was strange that Stepehns did not play of course but before we berate the management perhaps consider he may have a knock and not be 100% fit, I suggest that is the most likely reason.
[quote][p][bold]jockithenoo[/bold] wrote: FFS SHUT THE FRONT DOOR. Let's compare to same stage last season Played 36: won 14/ drawn 14 / lost 8 points 56 / gd +14 position 7th This season Played 36 : won 15/ drawn 11/ lost 10 points 56/ gd +9 position 8th So whats all the fuss about Oscar being poor not much of a difference is there Get off his case and get behind the team FFS. WE MARCH ON UTA[/p][/quote]At last a voice of reason. I despair reading some of the comments; it is as though the victories against QPR, Bolton, Milwall and the draw with 10 men against Reading all in this Month March are wiped from some posters memories. What is it you realistically expect, you must live in a fantasy world if you think we can win every game and play to our best ability always, it just dont happen. Some names only crop up when we lose so I can only assume they are not really supporters of the Albion and just revel when we lose. It was strange that Stepehns did not play of course but before we berate the management perhaps consider he may have a knock and not be 100% fit, I suggest that is the most likely reason. Piglet1
  • Score: 7

10:33am Sun 23 Mar 14

bbb1969 says...

Gazza by the sea wrote:
4-3-4? Should up our prospects bbb1969 with 12 players on the pitch.....
I thought someone would add my players up and get 12. Well we need a 12th player judging by the lack of noise yesterday. What I meqnt iw if wingers nit performing then play one of them more central like March
[quote][p][bold]Gazza by the sea[/bold] wrote: 4-3-4? Should up our prospects bbb1969 with 12 players on the pitch.....[/p][/quote]I thought someone would add my players up and get 12. Well we need a 12th player judging by the lack of noise yesterday. What I meqnt iw if wingers nit performing then play one of them more central like March bbb1969
  • Score: -1

12:07pm Sun 23 Mar 14

the taffster says...

Vince wrote:
No, Oscar we didn't deserve better - with that negative starting line-up and the total lack of creativity in midfield. We should go for the jugular from the start. Also NEVER change a winning team!
totally agree.why change a winning team......
[quote][p][bold]Vince[/bold] wrote: No, Oscar we didn't deserve better - with that negative starting line-up and the total lack of creativity in midfield. We should go for the jugular from the start. Also NEVER change a winning team![/p][/quote]totally agree.why change a winning team...... the taffster
  • Score: 0

12:21pm Sun 23 Mar 14

elljam says...

All season Oscar has continually said we created lots of chances. Assuming he genuinely believes this, then the problem will never be solved & things will plod on as they are.
We hardly ever create lots of chances, So he's either trying to portray a better scenario or a deluded fool.
All season Oscar has continually said we created lots of chances. Assuming he genuinely believes this, then the problem will never be solved & things will plod on as they are. We hardly ever create lots of chances, So he's either trying to portray a better scenario or a deluded fool. elljam
  • Score: -4

6:33pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

elljam wrote:
All season Oscar has continually said we created lots of chances. Assuming he genuinely believes this, then the problem will never be solved & things will plod on as they are.
We hardly ever create lots of chances, So he's either trying to portray a better scenario or a deluded fool.
The stats say 22 attempts at goal. If you add the chances that didn't result in an attempt I'd say we created lots of chances.
[quote][p][bold]elljam[/bold] wrote: All season Oscar has continually said we created lots of chances. Assuming he genuinely believes this, then the problem will never be solved & things will plod on as they are. We hardly ever create lots of chances, So he's either trying to portray a better scenario or a deluded fool.[/p][/quote]The stats say 22 attempts at goal. If you add the chances that didn't result in an attempt I'd say we created lots of chances. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: -1

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