Albion striker steps up comeback

Craig Mackail-Smith

Craig Mackail-Smith

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

Craig Mackail-Smith continued his comeback from more than a year out of Albion's first team at the Amex tonight.

The striker played in the development side for 76 minutes in a 2-1 defeat by QPR.

Mackail-Smith, recovering from Achilles, ankle and groin injuries, was denied a goal midway through the first half by Rangers keeper Joe Lumley.

Canadian winger Michael Petrasso, back from a loan spell with Coventry, fired the visitors into a second minute lead.

Glen Rea hammered in Albion's equaliser from the edge of the box via the bar after 21 minutes.

Mo Sharif restored Rangers' advantage seven minutes into the restart, slotting in from ten yards.

Albion: Walton; Deen, Hunt, Dallison, Rea; Asmundsson, Harris, Starkey; Monakana, Mackail-Smith (Maguire-Drew 76), Muitt. Subs not used: Smith; Richards, Horncastle, Barnett.

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9:44pm Mon 24 Mar 14

To baldly go says...

Cms looked pretty sharp and the pace is still there guys, which is good to see. Asmundson looked good in midfield and Monakana is another LuaLua in the making.
Good to see they are teaching the youngsters to play the Brighton way but QPR were very sharp and put the lads under pressure and we lost the ball passing it around at the back to often.
I think Cms will get 90 minutes next Monday and will then push for a place on the bench after that.
Cms looked pretty sharp and the pace is still there guys, which is good to see. Asmundson looked good in midfield and Monakana is another LuaLua in the making. Good to see they are teaching the youngsters to play the Brighton way but QPR were very sharp and put the lads under pressure and we lost the ball passing it around at the back to often. I think Cms will get 90 minutes next Monday and will then push for a place on the bench after that. To baldly go
  • Score: 6

9:51pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Tonyuk175 says...

Good news it will be a big bonus to have CMS back for the run in
Good news it will be a big bonus to have CMS back for the run in Tonyuk175
  • Score: 4

9:54pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Alfie T says...

To baldly go wrote:
Cms looked pretty sharp and the pace is still there guys, which is good to see. Asmundson looked good in midfield and Monakana is another LuaLua in the making.
Good to see they are teaching the youngsters to play the Brighton way but QPR were very sharp and put the lads under pressure and we lost the ball passing it around at the back to often.
I think Cms will get 90 minutes next Monday and will then push for a place on the bench after that.
Cms looked ok, his pace is still there but looked deflated when substituted after playing up front on his own. Agree Monakana has got potential, his first touch is poor, but has plenty of pace and is pretty direct, crosses were decent too. Asmundsen is ok but very small and lightweight, would like to report that I've seen the next star in the making but not on this showing.
[quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: Cms looked pretty sharp and the pace is still there guys, which is good to see. Asmundson looked good in midfield and Monakana is another LuaLua in the making. Good to see they are teaching the youngsters to play the Brighton way but QPR were very sharp and put the lads under pressure and we lost the ball passing it around at the back to often. I think Cms will get 90 minutes next Monday and will then push for a place on the bench after that.[/p][/quote]Cms looked ok, his pace is still there but looked deflated when substituted after playing up front on his own. Agree Monakana has got potential, his first touch is poor, but has plenty of pace and is pretty direct, crosses were decent too. Asmundsen is ok but very small and lightweight, would like to report that I've seen the next star in the making but not on this showing. Alfie T
  • Score: 0

11:32pm Mon 24 Mar 14

gordongull says...

If the rotation is to include strikers, CMS will be getting deja vu.
He will cut a lonely figure as the solitary front man, starved of service, watching the ball being rolled back and forth in the distance.
If the rotation is to include strikers, CMS will be getting deja vu. He will cut a lonely figure as the solitary front man, starved of service, watching the ball being rolled back and forth in the distance. gordongull
  • Score: 10

12:13am Tue 25 Mar 14

Vince says...

gordongull wrote:
If the rotation is to include strikers, CMS will be getting deja vu. He will cut a lonely figure as the solitary front man, starved of service, watching the ball being rolled back and forth in the distance.
Yes Gordon Greer says we shouldn't abandon our passing game. I suppose that if we had played the "greer" way - sideways and backwards - we would have got away with a 0-0 draw against Ipswich.
Only joking - but despite our one striker policy we were still unlucky to lose. Lingard was clean through early on - if that goes in it's 1-0, and we would probably have secured a comfortable er...1-0 win. The ref robbed us of 2 clear penalties - one on Lingard in the first half and the second a blatant push in the back on Ulloa in the second half - when ref awarded the free kick to Ipswich - very odd decision from a very poor referee.
TK had a poor game in goal - should have been first to the ball on their opener - and was badly at fault with their disallowed goal in the first half.
Midfield was poor - no creativity. Our only threat was from the right wing through Buckley and Bruno.

Not much point playing a lone striker - if the service from mid field is non-existent!
[quote][p][bold]gordongull[/bold] wrote: If the rotation is to include strikers, CMS will be getting deja vu. He will cut a lonely figure as the solitary front man, starved of service, watching the ball being rolled back and forth in the distance.[/p][/quote]Yes Gordon Greer says we shouldn't abandon our passing game. I suppose that if we had played the "greer" way - sideways and backwards - we would have got away with a 0-0 draw against Ipswich. Only joking - but despite our one striker policy we were still unlucky to lose. Lingard was clean through early on - if that goes in it's 1-0, and we would probably have secured a comfortable er...1-0 win. The ref robbed us of 2 clear penalties - one on Lingard in the first half and the second a blatant push in the back on Ulloa in the second half - when ref awarded the free kick to Ipswich - very odd decision from a very poor referee. TK had a poor game in goal - should have been first to the ball on their opener - and was badly at fault with their disallowed goal in the first half. Midfield was poor - no creativity. Our only threat was from the right wing through Buckley and Bruno. Not much point playing a lone striker - if the service from mid field is non-existent! Vince
  • Score: 4

12:58am Tue 25 Mar 14

championshipgull says...

And Craig has tweeted

Craig Mackail-Smith ‏@12CMS12
“Was great to get 75mins at the AMEX tonight. Very tired now but another step closer to 1st team😃. Thanks for the support tonight was quality”
And Craig has tweeted Craig Mackail-Smith ‏@12CMS12 “Was great to get 75mins at the AMEX tonight. Very tired now but another step closer to 1st team😃. Thanks for the support tonight was quality” championshipgull
  • Score: 5

2:18am Tue 25 Mar 14

The Bosch says...

Note no sign of Hoskins again lol.
Note no sign of Hoskins again lol. The Bosch
  • Score: -11

2:32am Tue 25 Mar 14

Baldseagull says...

The Bosch wrote:
Note no sign of Hoskins again lol.
No, probably in the squad for tonight, so he wouldn't be playing for the dev's last night would he, feckwit.
[quote][p][bold]The Bosch[/bold] wrote: Note no sign of Hoskins again lol.[/p][/quote]No, probably in the squad for tonight, so he wouldn't be playing for the dev's last night would he, feckwit. Baldseagull
  • Score: 3

2:35am Tue 25 Mar 14

Baldseagull says...

Baldseagull wrote:
The Bosch wrote:
Note no sign of Hoskins again lol.
No, probably in the squad for tonight, so he wouldn't be playing for the dev's last night would he, feckwit.
Bum, just read he has pulled up again, but you're still a feckwit.
[quote][p][bold]Baldseagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Bosch[/bold] wrote: Note no sign of Hoskins again lol.[/p][/quote]No, probably in the squad for tonight, so he wouldn't be playing for the dev's last night would he, feckwit.[/p][/quote]Bum, just read he has pulled up again, but you're still a feckwit. Baldseagull
  • Score: 4

5:01am Tue 25 Mar 14

twonk says...

Hoskins return has been delayed a week. Don't you people read the Argus?
Hoskins return has been delayed a week. Don't you people read the Argus? twonk
  • Score: 3

10:01am Tue 25 Mar 14

russellsnr2 says...

twonk wrote:
Hoskins return has been delayed a week. Don't you people read the Argus?
NO!!
Looked for it here but just cannot find a copy,
SUN,MAIL, Etc, Etc to be found in the Rhodes town shops but NO Argus!!!
[quote][p][bold]twonk[/bold] wrote: Hoskins return has been delayed a week. Don't you people read the Argus?[/p][/quote]NO!! Looked for it here but just cannot find a copy, SUN,MAIL, Etc, Etc to be found in the Rhodes town shops but NO Argus!!! russellsnr2
  • Score: 2

1:27pm Tue 25 Mar 14

heathgate says...

russellsnr2 wrote:
twonk wrote: Hoskins return has been delayed a week. Don't you people read the Argus?
NO!! Looked for it here but just cannot find a copy, SUN,MAIL, Etc, Etc to be found in the Rhodes town shops but NO Argus!!!
It was online yesterday, pulled up with a tight thigh/hamstring,....
. in the Stephens article.
[quote][p][bold]russellsnr2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]twonk[/bold] wrote: Hoskins return has been delayed a week. Don't you people read the Argus?[/p][/quote]NO!! Looked for it here but just cannot find a copy, SUN,MAIL, Etc, Etc to be found in the Rhodes town shops but NO Argus!!![/p][/quote]It was online yesterday, pulled up with a tight thigh/hamstring,.... . in the Stephens article. heathgate
  • Score: 0

1:42pm Tue 25 Mar 14

CantUseNSCatWork says...

Dear Argus

Please stop writing stories like this, as it seems almost every time there is a "striker close to comeback" story, it is usually followed a day or 2 later with a "set back for striker" story.

STOP THE ARGUS JINX !!!
Dear Argus Please stop writing stories like this, as it seems almost every time there is a "striker close to comeback" story, it is usually followed a day or 2 later with a "set back for striker" story. STOP THE ARGUS JINX !!! CantUseNSCatWork
  • Score: 2

3:05am Wed 26 Mar 14

The Bosch says...

Baldseagull wrote:
Baldseagull wrote:
The Bosch wrote:
Note no sign of Hoskins again lol.
No, probably in the squad for tonight, so he wouldn't be playing for the dev's last night would he, feckwit.
Bum, just read he has pulled up again, but you're still a feckwit.
What a sad little man you are.Yet again im 100% correct lol hahaha.
[quote][p][bold]Baldseagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baldseagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Bosch[/bold] wrote: Note no sign of Hoskins again lol.[/p][/quote]No, probably in the squad for tonight, so he wouldn't be playing for the dev's last night would he, feckwit.[/p][/quote]Bum, just read he has pulled up again, but you're still a feckwit.[/p][/quote]What a sad little man you are.Yet again im 100% correct lol hahaha. The Bosch
  • Score: 0

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