Oscar on Buckley - and why he sent on JFC

Rival bosses Oscar Garcia and Aitor Karanka watch the action today

Rival bosses Oscar Garcia and Aitor Karanka watch the action today

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Oscar Garcia has confirmed Will Buckley suffered a hamstring problem in defeat by Middlesbrough today.

But he is unsure how serious the injury is.

Buckley left the action in the first half of the Seagulls' 2-0 reverse at the Amex.

Oscar said it was a hamstring problem but added: “Right now I don’t know exactly what happened or which kind of injury he has.”

The Albion head coach surprised some fans by replacing his right winger with midfielder Jake Forster-Caskey rather than Kazenga LuaLua or Solly March, who were also on the bench.

He moved David Lopez from a central role out to the right flank.

Oscar said: “We were losing the midfield. We knew the understanding between David Lopez and Bruno would be fine on the right side.

“So we decided to put Jake on.”

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6:32pm Sat 29 Mar 14

mark by the sea says...

We were losing the midfield? Why was that happening? Lack of so many things in the engine room, ince looked tired , Andrews looked totally un inspired .. Where is the passion? OG says we decided to change things? Does he mean I decided ? If he is the coach only he should be fired up and saying in public what fans want to hear, and that's today we were sh-t .
The criticism at half time at the bars in the east stand was audible .. Club needs strength from OG ... Not talking nonsense about missed chances,the football was dire, so painfully predictable, OG needs to realise playing the Barcelona way can only be done with the right players, we seem to be carrying a host of journeymen who lack the passion .
We were losing the midfield? Why was that happening? Lack of so many things in the engine room, ince looked tired , Andrews looked totally un inspired .. Where is the passion? OG says we decided to change things? Does he mean I decided ? If he is the coach only he should be fired up and saying in public what fans want to hear, and that's today we were sh-t . The criticism at half time at the bars in the east stand was audible .. Club needs strength from OG ... Not talking nonsense about missed chances,the football was dire, so painfully predictable, OG needs to realise playing the Barcelona way can only be done with the right players, we seem to be carrying a host of journeymen who lack the passion . mark by the sea
  • Score: 34

6:38pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Hugothepug says...

Not having that,

Lost the midfield so bought on JfC - yeah right coz that's gonna sure it up! Already playing two defensive midfielders, how many more do we need to 'sure it up'. Worse performance at the Amex so far.

Just a personal opinion but I feel that Jesse's arrival and inclusion straight into the team 'contract condition' has caused some unrest within the camp. Not the lads fault I must add.

Dunk and March must wonder what they have to do. The later was ripping this division apart earlier in the season.

Teams know they can't be hurt when we are playing it around at the back. All they have to do is be organised, concentrate and wait for their chance and take one of them. We are set up as a countering side and that's why we do ok away from home and against sides that come to take us on at home. We need to attack as I feel this is the best form of defence. Give teams something to worry about from the off, rather than them feeling nice and comfy and gaining more confidence with every minute that passes.

Absolutely gutted!!!
Not having that, Lost the midfield so bought on JfC - yeah right coz that's gonna sure it up! Already playing two defensive midfielders, how many more do we need to 'sure it up'. Worse performance at the Amex so far. Just a personal opinion but I feel that Jesse's arrival and inclusion straight into the team 'contract condition' has caused some unrest within the camp. Not the lads fault I must add. Dunk and March must wonder what they have to do. The later was ripping this division apart earlier in the season. Teams know they can't be hurt when we are playing it around at the back. All they have to do is be organised, concentrate and wait for their chance and take one of them. We are set up as a countering side and that's why we do ok away from home and against sides that come to take us on at home. We need to attack as I feel this is the best form of defence. Give teams something to worry about from the off, rather than them feeling nice and comfy and gaining more confidence with every minute that passes. Absolutely gutted!!! Hugothepug
  • Score: 20

6:43pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Far gull says...

To think we were head and shoulders better than palace last season and they beat Chelsea today to help them stay up again defies belief.
To think we were head and shoulders better than palace last season and they beat Chelsea today to help them stay up again defies belief. Far gull
  • Score: 7

6:52pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Tonyuk175 says...

It's not all over yet! Biggest game of season this Tuesday come on Brighton let's get this unwanted run finished and go on the run we need to get us to those play offs UTA

The guys don't need a slagging the need the backing of all of us this season has been a lot better than it could of been with no signings, a lot of injuries and no strikers. I think Oscar has done well and now we all know why Gus left and said those words after the play offs last term.

UTA
It's not all over yet! Biggest game of season this Tuesday come on Brighton let's get this unwanted run finished and go on the run we need to get us to those play offs UTA The guys don't need a slagging the need the backing of all of us this season has been a lot better than it could of been with no signings, a lot of injuries and no strikers. I think Oscar has done well and now we all know why Gus left and said those words after the play offs last term. UTA Tonyuk175
  • Score: 4

6:56pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Conelli98 says...

Not only did we lose the midfield in the first half Oscar but we LOST the game as well! Poor comments from you tonight Senor!
Not only did we lose the midfield in the first half Oscar but we LOST the game as well! Poor comments from you tonight Senor! Conelli98
  • Score: 7

6:57pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Howie2 says...

Lets face it we are not good enough in midfield or in attack. We have very few players with pace and skill. We have even fewer who can shoot on target. Nathan jones may be a good defensive coach but is obviously not good on attack. The club lacks ambition in not signing players on loan to help us out.
Lets face it we are not good enough in midfield or in attack. We have very few players with pace and skill. We have even fewer who can shoot on target. Nathan jones may be a good defensive coach but is obviously not good on attack. The club lacks ambition in not signing players on loan to help us out. Howie2
  • Score: 7

7:21pm Sat 29 Mar 14

oscar must go says...

Absolute drivel again from Oscar, sack him now.

At the same time get rid of Burke and Day and their 20+ scouting group so we can bring in a proper manager who understands the game in Britain.

Another pre season like this year with this lot in charge will be a disaster.

Oscar OUT.
Absolute drivel again from Oscar, sack him now. At the same time get rid of Burke and Day and their 20+ scouting group so we can bring in a proper manager who understands the game in Britain. Another pre season like this year with this lot in charge will be a disaster. Oscar OUT. oscar must go
  • Score: -6

7:25pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Far gull says...

What are we doing wrong ? Should be on every member of the team and management tonight.
This team is not all that different to last season. Most agreed Andrews not up to it. Last season Hammond was far better. But we don't sign him . Yes Bridcutt moved on but Ince has been as good in many games. Crofts before injury also better than last season when he rarely played. The management is not as motivational i feel and that allied to quality of Bridge and occasionally Vicente missing . Even those two at training would excite me as a fellow player. Agestine/andrews/ste
vens/rodreguez don't do it for me or the rest of the team i feel. And it shows
What are we doing wrong ? Should be on every member of the team and management tonight. This team is not all that different to last season. Most agreed Andrews not up to it. Last season Hammond was far better. But we don't sign him . Yes Bridcutt moved on but Ince has been as good in many games. Crofts before injury also better than last season when he rarely played. The management is not as motivational i feel and that allied to quality of Bridge and occasionally Vicente missing . Even those two at training would excite me as a fellow player. Agestine/andrews/ste vens/rodreguez don't do it for me or the rest of the team i feel. And it shows Far gull
  • Score: 8

7:46pm Sat 29 Mar 14

WoodingdeanDS says...

You can read too much into this. No excuse - the loss of Buckley made no difference.
The loss of OG might.
You can read too much into this. No excuse - the loss of Buckley made no difference. The loss of OG might. WoodingdeanDS
  • Score: 7

7:51pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

WoodingdeanDS wrote:
You can read too much into this. No excuse - the loss of Buckley made no difference.
The loss of OG might.
Really? He'd already set up one glorious chance before he went off.
[quote][p][bold]WoodingdeanDS[/bold] wrote: You can read too much into this. No excuse - the loss of Buckley made no difference. The loss of OG might.[/p][/quote]Really? He'd already set up one glorious chance before he went off. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 3

7:51pm Sat 29 Mar 14

mikeygit says...

Have to admit that Oscar is NOT the right manager for us.He has had plenty of time to get things right and play a good game of football, but he has got it woefully wrong. Time for the management to think of a replacement for next season.
Have to admit that Oscar is NOT the right manager for us.He has had plenty of time to get things right and play a good game of football, but he has got it woefully wrong. Time for the management to think of a replacement for next season. mikeygit
  • Score: 3

7:54pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Seagull John says...

We sold Ashley Barnes for a paltry £750k. We lost the guts from midfield/forward line, our free kick winner, our penalty taker and our second most likely goalscorer. All for the sake of £750k which we frittered away on Rodrigues and Stephens who weren't good enough to play in today's shower of a team, plus wages on the rookie Lingard. How we could have done with his edge today.
We sold Ashley Barnes for a paltry £750k. We lost the guts from midfield/forward line, our free kick winner, our penalty taker and our second most likely goalscorer. All for the sake of £750k which we frittered away on Rodrigues and Stephens who weren't good enough to play in today's shower of a team, plus wages on the rookie Lingard. How we could have done with his edge today. Seagull John
  • Score: 5

8:02pm Sat 29 Mar 14

mark by the sea says...

Seagull John wrote:
We sold Ashley Barnes for a paltry £750k. We lost the guts from midfield/forward line, our free kick winner, our penalty taker and our second most likely goalscorer. All for the sake of £750k which we frittered away on Rodrigues and Stephens who weren't good enough to play in today's shower of a team, plus wages on the rookie Lingard. How we could have done with his edge today.
I totally agree, Barnes could have been sold , that's fine, but sign a player to replace him, grabban should have been tied up before the obvious move that Barnes wanted in the summer, so the sale was on the cards for months.
[quote][p][bold]Seagull John[/bold] wrote: We sold Ashley Barnes for a paltry £750k. We lost the guts from midfield/forward line, our free kick winner, our penalty taker and our second most likely goalscorer. All for the sake of £750k which we frittered away on Rodrigues and Stephens who weren't good enough to play in today's shower of a team, plus wages on the rookie Lingard. How we could have done with his edge today.[/p][/quote]I totally agree, Barnes could have been sold , that's fine, but sign a player to replace him, grabban should have been tied up before the obvious move that Barnes wanted in the summer, so the sale was on the cards for months. mark by the sea
  • Score: 8

8:17pm Sat 29 Mar 14

fratsomrover says...

Lots of angry posts after another inept performance and I have to say, totally understandable. Sure WB was a loss, I'm afraid he really is a "sicknote" (Darren Anderton springs to mind), but to maintain the width and inventiveness, why not replace him with Solly March. He's shown he has good feet and a finish. JFC coming on brought a bit more stability to the midfield but it did limit our attacking options, which was disappointing. In fact when March did come on, he won the penalty and hit over the best cross of the game, unlike Lopez whose corner kicks and free kicks were all over hit and nowhere near anybody.
OG has to take some bold decisions. Three goalless defeats against lesser teams is dire. We looked tactically inept and very soulless after the first goal went in. GG has been a good captain for us in the past but today he was diabolical. His passing has never been very good, but today his lack of pace, strength and general vulnerability was there for all to see.
I cant see any justification of keeping him in the side at the expense of Dunk now. He was responsible for both goals.
To drop all 9 points in three relatively comfortable matches for me ends any chance of a play-off position. Instead of being in 5th place, we're in 9th and will probably be overtaken by Bournemouth in the week.
We looked in total disarray towards the end of the game. The players body language was so negative. I'm not sure Ulloa wanted to take the penalty. But then nobody else did either, so what do they practise at training ? And as for that free kick in injury time ????? Did anyone know what was going on ? Greer didn't even bother going up for it.
There can be no hiding after today. Another 27,500 crowd were sent home angry and frustrated. I can accept defeat if the team are outplayed by better opposition, but I find it hard to accept such lack of effort, ineptitude and disorganisation and OG & NJ have to shoulder responsibility for that
Lots of angry posts after another inept performance and I have to say, totally understandable. Sure WB was a loss, I'm afraid he really is a "sicknote" (Darren Anderton springs to mind), but to maintain the width and inventiveness, why not replace him with Solly March. He's shown he has good feet and a finish. JFC coming on brought a bit more stability to the midfield but it did limit our attacking options, which was disappointing. In fact when March did come on, he won the penalty and hit over the best cross of the game, unlike Lopez whose corner kicks and free kicks were all over hit and nowhere near anybody. OG has to take some bold decisions. Three goalless defeats against lesser teams is dire. We looked tactically inept and very soulless after the first goal went in. GG has been a good captain for us in the past but today he was diabolical. His passing has never been very good, but today his lack of pace, strength and general vulnerability was there for all to see. I cant see any justification of keeping him in the side at the expense of Dunk now. He was responsible for both goals. To drop all 9 points in three relatively comfortable matches for me ends any chance of a play-off position. Instead of being in 5th place, we're in 9th and will probably be overtaken by Bournemouth in the week. We looked in total disarray towards the end of the game. The players body language was so negative. I'm not sure Ulloa wanted to take the penalty. But then nobody else did either, so what do they practise at training ? And as for that free kick in injury time ????? Did anyone know what was going on ? Greer didn't even bother going up for it. There can be no hiding after today. Another 27,500 crowd were sent home angry and frustrated. I can accept defeat if the team are outplayed by better opposition, but I find it hard to accept such lack of effort, ineptitude and disorganisation and OG & NJ have to shoulder responsibility for that fratsomrover
  • Score: 34

9:13pm Sat 29 Mar 14

WoodingdeanDS says...

I absolutely have no objection to comments about my posts, nor disagreement.
Ex-Pat Arnie is a good bloke but Buckley did not score a goal or make a difference.
Some of you can't rationalise a loss - I see it as three in a row, and looking forward to next season. My 42nd. I love the Albion. OK - an obsession!
Maybe Zola next?
I absolutely have no objection to comments about my posts, nor disagreement. Ex-Pat Arnie is a good bloke but Buckley did not score a goal or make a difference. Some of you can't rationalise a loss - I see it as three in a row, and looking forward to next season. My 42nd. I love the Albion. OK - an obsession! Maybe Zola next? WoodingdeanDS
  • Score: 2

9:28pm Sat 29 Mar 14

searich1983 says...

Come on lads, now we have to realise why Gus left, he knew that we will have a worst squad. It looks to me now, that at the end Gus wanted the best for us supporters, better budget=better team=more chances of Premier League football.
We keep believing in TB, PB and DB so then we should get use to this kind of performances.
Nothing to do with Oscar, he is a decent coach, the problem is that we cannot promise Premier League football with this budget/players.
WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!! (x2)
Come on lads, now we have to realise why Gus left, he knew that we will have a worst squad. It looks to me now, that at the end Gus wanted the best for us supporters, better budget=better team=more chances of Premier League football. We keep believing in TB, PB and DB so then we should get use to this kind of performances. Nothing to do with Oscar, he is a decent coach, the problem is that we cannot promise Premier League football with this budget/players. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!! (x2) searich1983
  • Score: -10

10:16pm Sat 29 Mar 14

ringtone says...

WoodingdeanDS wrote:
I absolutely have no objection to comments about my posts, nor disagreement.
Ex-Pat Arnie is a good bloke but Buckley did not score a goal or make a difference.
Some of you can't rationalise a loss - I see it as three in a row, and looking forward to next season. My 42nd. I love the Albion. OK - an obsession!
Maybe Zola next?
Agree with all of your points accept the one about Arnie.
[quote][p][bold]WoodingdeanDS[/bold] wrote: I absolutely have no objection to comments about my posts, nor disagreement. Ex-Pat Arnie is a good bloke but Buckley did not score a goal or make a difference. Some of you can't rationalise a loss - I see it as three in a row, and looking forward to next season. My 42nd. I love the Albion. OK - an obsession! Maybe Zola next?[/p][/quote]Agree with all of your points accept the one about Arnie. ringtone
  • Score: -2

12:03am Sun 30 Mar 14

pte says...

Doesn't matter who the manager is, he'll struggle the way the club is set up
Doesn't matter who the manager is, he'll struggle the way the club is set up pte
  • Score: 1

7:19am Sun 30 Mar 14

Albion In Staffs says...

We all have opinions and however ridiculous we think some of them are, the only people who control the club's destiny, don't write posts on here.
They are the people who have stated an ambition to reach the PL
They are the people trying to cut massive operating losses
They are the people setting the levels of quality by setting our level of spending
And they are the people who will determine the future of the club and it's staff.
So now, with supporters looking for answers, even with play-offs still a (distant) possibility, surely now is the time to begin revealing some long term thinking?
if OG is still their man, surely they must make it clear? They don't have to issue an obvious 'vote of confidence' but they can drop out a few hints?
If, on the other hand, they're thinking he's not the long term answer, then please, let's not waste another summer by changing things too late?
WE don't really know whether OG has been forced to work with players identified by others, or whether he has or hasn't 'lost' the dressing room as some have suggested.
What we do know is the current form is poor, we can't score goals and the players brought in through the season have inevitably been nothing more than adequate. Even before any clear out or out of contract departures, the squad looks thin so we just need someone at the top to tell us how it's going to be from here.
Sometimes a few words from the Crow's Nest can calm everyone else on deck...
We all have opinions and however ridiculous we think some of them are, the only people who control the club's destiny, don't write posts on here. They are the people who have stated an ambition to reach the PL They are the people trying to cut massive operating losses They are the people setting the levels of quality by setting our level of spending And they are the people who will determine the future of the club and it's staff. So now, with supporters looking for answers, even with play-offs still a (distant) possibility, surely now is the time to begin revealing some long term thinking? if OG is still their man, surely they must make it clear? They don't have to issue an obvious 'vote of confidence' but they can drop out a few hints? If, on the other hand, they're thinking he's not the long term answer, then please, let's not waste another summer by changing things too late? WE don't really know whether OG has been forced to work with players identified by others, or whether he has or hasn't 'lost' the dressing room as some have suggested. What we do know is the current form is poor, we can't score goals and the players brought in through the season have inevitably been nothing more than adequate. Even before any clear out or out of contract departures, the squad looks thin so we just need someone at the top to tell us how it's going to be from here. Sometimes a few words from the Crow's Nest can calm everyone else on deck... Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 6

7:38am Sun 30 Mar 14

mickagull says...

“So we decided to put Jake on.” " WE decided to put on Jake" " We", your the manager, you not Mr Jones, YOU, and if it was YOU on your own who made the decision would you have decided to put on Lua Lua as your passion is attacking football? Come on man 27000 eyes are now on YOU and if YOU don't start attacking they will, attacking YOU.
“So we decided to put Jake on.” " WE decided to put on Jake" " We", your the manager, you not Mr Jones, YOU, and if it was YOU on your own who made the decision would you have decided to put on Lua Lua as your passion is attacking football? Come on man 27000 eyes are now on YOU and if YOU don't start attacking they will, attacking YOU. mickagull
  • Score: 4

9:07am Sun 30 Mar 14

brighton bluenose says...

mark by the sea wrote:
Seagull John wrote:
We sold Ashley Barnes for a paltry £750k. We lost the guts from midfield/forward line, our free kick winner, our penalty taker and our second most likely goalscorer. All for the sake of £750k which we frittered away on Rodrigues and Stephens who weren't good enough to play in today's shower of a team, plus wages on the rookie Lingard. How we could have done with his edge today.
I totally agree, Barnes could have been sold , that's fine, but sign a player to replace him, grabban should have been tied up before the obvious move that Barnes wanted in the summer, so the sale was on the cards for months.
What are you on about?! Barnes DIDN'T want to go - we didn't offer him a decent deal - simple as!
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seagull John[/bold] wrote: We sold Ashley Barnes for a paltry £750k. We lost the guts from midfield/forward line, our free kick winner, our penalty taker and our second most likely goalscorer. All for the sake of £750k which we frittered away on Rodrigues and Stephens who weren't good enough to play in today's shower of a team, plus wages on the rookie Lingard. How we could have done with his edge today.[/p][/quote]I totally agree, Barnes could have been sold , that's fine, but sign a player to replace him, grabban should have been tied up before the obvious move that Barnes wanted in the summer, so the sale was on the cards for months.[/p][/quote]What are you on about?! Barnes DIDN'T want to go - we didn't offer him a decent deal - simple as! brighton bluenose
  • Score: 0

9:10am Sun 30 Mar 14

brighton bluenose says...

Now regretting not taking the alleged £2million Poyet offered for Buckley!
Now regretting not taking the alleged £2million Poyet offered for Buckley! brighton bluenose
  • Score: -3

9:48am Sun 30 Mar 14

Mancgulled says...

He had Buckley on the wing - so why not a straight like for like swap and bring on Kazenga?
He had Buckley on the wing - so why not a straight like for like swap and bring on Kazenga? Mancgulled
  • Score: 1

1:02pm Sun 30 Mar 14

tinker111 says...

Far gull wrote:
To think we were head and shoulders better than palace last season and they beat Chelsea today to help them stay up again defies belief.
Palace have spent MONEY " YOU KNOW FOLDING STUFF" and this club is all about money"NOT SPENDING FFP HIDE BEHIND" TO HELL WITH THE FANS WHO DO PAY GOOD MONEY AND SELL BUT NOT BUY JUST GET MID / LOWER CLASS LOANEEEES.
[quote][p][bold]Far gull[/bold] wrote: To think we were head and shoulders better than palace last season and they beat Chelsea today to help them stay up again defies belief.[/p][/quote]Palace have spent MONEY " YOU KNOW FOLDING STUFF" and this club is all about money"NOT SPENDING FFP HIDE BEHIND" TO HELL WITH THE FANS WHO DO PAY GOOD MONEY AND SELL BUT NOT BUY JUST GET MID / LOWER CLASS LOANEEEES. tinker111
  • Score: -6

2:02pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Mancgulled says...

If we were losing the midfield and put on JFC why then did we take off Ince? He is the most solid midfielder we have! And Solly again was excellent - won the penalty. I forgive Leo because he has shouldered the pressure pretty much by himself and his good points outweigh the miss, over the whole season, but as many have said he needs help - he cannot do it himself alone - put the excellent Mr. March on with him from the start. If Lingard is being loaned on a use him or lose him kind of deal then maybe the club need to look at that because industrious though he is he could have been subbed to maybe effect a change - with the excellent Mr. March. If an outsider was looking on yesterday and asked to choose which of the young players was the Man U loanee without having prior knowledge of them then surely he would think it must be Solly. As I keep saying - start strong then resort to lesser options - wrong lineup - again! We do have the players - we penned Wigan into their own 18 yard box the last ten mins of that game - as usual it was after the substitutions had been made. Some old boy leaving the game in the parknride queue said it was the first time in 60 years he had left early! For me that game shows a marked decline - and I don't think its solely the players fault.
If we were losing the midfield and put on JFC why then did we take off Ince? He is the most solid midfielder we have! And Solly again was excellent - won the penalty. I forgive Leo because he has shouldered the pressure pretty much by himself and his good points outweigh the miss, over the whole season, but as many have said he needs help - he cannot do it himself alone - put the excellent Mr. March on with him from the start. If Lingard is being loaned on a use him or lose him kind of deal then maybe the club need to look at that because industrious though he is he could have been subbed to maybe effect a change - with the excellent Mr. March. If an outsider was looking on yesterday and asked to choose which of the young players was the Man U loanee without having prior knowledge of them then surely he would think it must be Solly. As I keep saying - start strong then resort to lesser options - wrong lineup - again! We do have the players - we penned Wigan into their own 18 yard box the last ten mins of that game - as usual it was after the substitutions had been made. Some old boy leaving the game in the parknride queue said it was the first time in 60 years he had left early! For me that game shows a marked decline - and I don't think its solely the players fault. Mancgulled
  • Score: -1

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