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Play-off dream is not over insists Albion boss

The Argus: Oscar Garcia on the touchline with opposite number Aitor Karanka on Saturday Oscar Garcia on the touchline with opposite number Aitor Karanka on Saturday

Albion boss Oscar Garcia insists his out-of-form team are still capable of defying the financial odds and reaching the play-offs.

They can move back to within a point of the top six by winning their game in hand at Blackburn Rovers tomorrow night, despite a hat-trick of defeats completed by another 2-0 setback at the Amex against Middlesbrough. Oscar told The Argus: “We did a lot of good things before and because of this we are there and we deserve to be there.

“It’s not easy to be there because we have a lot of big teams with big budgets above us and some of them below us.

“I am thinking we have a chance to win on Tuesday. All the games are important but the most important is always the next one.”

Albion were booed off at half-time by some fans before second-half goals by Albert Adomah and Danny Graham, divided by a wayward penalty miss by Leo Ulloa, condemned them to the latest blow to their challenge.

Oscar said of the boos: “Normally I am the first one to go to the dressing room and I didn’t hear them. It’s normal. We play for the fans and if they are not happy they can do this.

“I can only say good things about our fans because they are supporting us all the time and they are clever fans.

“They know we don’t have the biggest budget on the table. We have a mid-table budget and to be another year fighting for this high position is a good thing for the club.”

Will Buckley is expected to miss the visit to Ewood Park after a recurrence of hamstring trouble forced him off in the first half.

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7:06am Mon 31 Mar 14

fozziesheadband says...

Perhaps change our tactics Oscar, then we might have a chance of climbing the leagues. The football is boring under your leadership, with few opportunities to score. It's goals that win games not possession football !
Perhaps change our tactics Oscar, then we might have a chance of climbing the leagues. The football is boring under your leadership, with few opportunities to score. It's goals that win games not possession football ! fozziesheadband
  • Score: 22

7:46am Mon 31 Mar 14

elljam says...

Please stop giving us the "mid-table budget" line as though you are achieving some miracle as there are teams on lower/similar budgets above or around us who are also more entertaining to watch.
Please stop giving us the "mid-table budget" line as though you are achieving some miracle as there are teams on lower/similar budgets above or around us who are also more entertaining to watch. elljam
  • Score: 21

8:07am Mon 31 Mar 14

farside says...

Keep the faith!
Keep the faith! farside
  • Score: 7

8:27am Mon 31 Mar 14

seagullsays says...

The team is about where I expected it to be after the turmoil of last summer, but it's now several months on and we can't keep using those issues as a smokescreen for below par results. I think the players we have in our squad are capable of better results than we've been achieving, and therefore the issue lies with the way we set up, particularly at home. Not enough width, lack of support for Ulloa, and too slow. We seem start games with a mentality of lets not lose, rather than lets get a win. The first substitution on Saturday sums this lack of intent up in my view. Therefore, I think the buck stops with OG and his staff, not the players. Everyone one makes mistakes occasionally, so whilst Greer and Bruno have made them recently, it's the set up and style that are the major problem.
The team is about where I expected it to be after the turmoil of last summer, but it's now several months on and we can't keep using those issues as a smokescreen for below par results. I think the players we have in our squad are capable of better results than we've been achieving, and therefore the issue lies with the way we set up, particularly at home. Not enough width, lack of support for Ulloa, and too slow. We seem start games with a mentality of lets not lose, rather than lets get a win. The first substitution on Saturday sums this lack of intent up in my view. Therefore, I think the buck stops with OG and his staff, not the players. Everyone one makes mistakes occasionally, so whilst Greer and Bruno have made them recently, it's the set up and style that are the major problem. seagullsays
  • Score: 22

8:30am Mon 31 Mar 14

Steveg1958 says...

Speaking the "party line" Oscar,! I thought TB had higher aspirations than scraping into the playoffs or a mid table finish this year, I hope TB is as disappointed as I am, "fast attacking football" Oscar, that's what you said ! I have yet to see anything like that this season apart from Leicester at home. Change something Oscar please, the team is toothless, no passion, no desire, no clue, they say teams reflect their managers, obviously the same applies to head coaches, watch Conway and Jordan Rhodes take us apart on Tuesday, I bet Conway cant wait to take on Bruno and Greer. I hope not but fear the worst, I don't think you could inspire my team of 8 year olds !
Speaking the "party line" Oscar,! I thought TB had higher aspirations than scraping into the playoffs or a mid table finish this year, I hope TB is as disappointed as I am, "fast attacking football" Oscar, that's what you said ! I have yet to see anything like that this season apart from Leicester at home. Change something Oscar please, the team is toothless, no passion, no desire, no clue, they say teams reflect their managers, obviously the same applies to head coaches, watch Conway and Jordan Rhodes take us apart on Tuesday, I bet Conway cant wait to take on Bruno and Greer. I hope not but fear the worst, I don't think you could inspire my team of 8 year olds ! Steveg1958
  • Score: -5

8:54am Mon 31 Mar 14

Barney123 says...

I do find it quite strange when supporters on a well-known forum site are asking "when did you lose faith in OG". I must admit that from the first home game this season I have been disappointed with the play. There seems to be no direction or cohesion, and "passing around the back for passings sake". Our goal scoring and wins seem to be more out of luck than any proper decent strategy.

I am understandably not a football manager, but from what I see (and being a season ticket holder who pays over £700/year to watch my team play, my opinion is quite valid!) we are far too defensive. Why do we play with just a striker isolated up front, but fill the midfield with two defensive midfielders but sometimes just have one winger at a time? Players on the run going forward seem scared to take a shot themselves, often passing it back or wide, losing the momentum of any attacking spirit. When we signed Lingard I was hoping that it would force OG in playing two strikers, but surprise, surprise, he was playing as a winger on Saturday. With the way we play, we do not deserve to be anywhere near the playoffs.
I do find it quite strange when supporters on a well-known forum site are asking "when did you lose faith in OG". I must admit that from the first home game this season I have been disappointed with the play. There seems to be no direction or cohesion, and "passing around the back for passings sake". Our goal scoring and wins seem to be more out of luck than any proper decent strategy. I am understandably not a football manager, but from what I see (and being a season ticket holder who pays over £700/year to watch my team play, my opinion is quite valid!) we are far too defensive. Why do we play with just a striker isolated up front, but fill the midfield with two defensive midfielders but sometimes just have one winger at a time? Players on the run going forward seem scared to take a shot themselves, often passing it back or wide, losing the momentum of any attacking spirit. When we signed Lingard I was hoping that it would force OG in playing two strikers, but surprise, surprise, he was playing as a winger on Saturday. With the way we play, we do not deserve to be anywhere near the playoffs. Barney123
  • Score: 24

8:57am Mon 31 Mar 14

Asleep in Dorset says...

pigs just flew over Dorset heading eastwards !!!!
pigs just flew over Dorset heading eastwards !!!! Asleep in Dorset
  • Score: 4

9:20am Mon 31 Mar 14

raymondo999 says...

elljam wrote:
Please stop giving us the "mid-table budget" line as though you are achieving some miracle as there are teams on lower/similar budgets above or around us who are also more entertaining to watch.
I agree. Made myself unpopular on here weeks ago, and will now. Said we should have gone for Uwe Rosler when he was achieving miracles at brentford. But he went to Wigan and look how they started to fly after his arrival. Also told all the enthusiasts tat the beginning of the season to wait and see How OG does. Still think he should be judged over a full season, but signs at the moment are not good.
[quote][p][bold]elljam[/bold] wrote: Please stop giving us the "mid-table budget" line as though you are achieving some miracle as there are teams on lower/similar budgets above or around us who are also more entertaining to watch.[/p][/quote]I agree. Made myself unpopular on here weeks ago, and will now. Said we should have gone for Uwe Rosler when he was achieving miracles at brentford. But he went to Wigan and look how they started to fly after his arrival. Also told all the enthusiasts tat the beginning of the season to wait and see How OG does. Still think he should be judged over a full season, but signs at the moment are not good. raymondo999
  • Score: 7

9:40am Mon 31 Mar 14

Neville says...

The theme is the same from majority of passionate fans. OG now sounding like GP but unless he changes the system and opts to support Ulloa with Lingard in close proximity and not on the wing I am afraid the season will be over in the next couple of games.
It is patently obvious the system is not functioning and our goals scored tally one of the leagues worst,if he just won't change then he needs to be changed.
The theme is the same from majority of passionate fans. OG now sounding like GP but unless he changes the system and opts to support Ulloa with Lingard in close proximity and not on the wing I am afraid the season will be over in the next couple of games. It is patently obvious the system is not functioning and our goals scored tally one of the leagues worst,if he just won't change then he needs to be changed. Neville
  • Score: 4

9:49am Mon 31 Mar 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Neville wrote:
The theme is the same from majority of passionate fans. OG now sounding like GP but unless he changes the system and opts to support Ulloa with Lingard in close proximity and not on the wing I am afraid the season will be over in the next couple of games.
It is patently obvious the system is not functioning and our goals scored tally one of the leagues worst,if he just won't change then he needs to be changed.
Changing the formation won't magically make us convert the many chances we are already creating. As I see it it's not the formation that's to blame but individual errors.
[quote][p][bold]Neville[/bold] wrote: The theme is the same from majority of passionate fans. OG now sounding like GP but unless he changes the system and opts to support Ulloa with Lingard in close proximity and not on the wing I am afraid the season will be over in the next couple of games. It is patently obvious the system is not functioning and our goals scored tally one of the leagues worst,if he just won't change then he needs to be changed.[/p][/quote]Changing the formation won't magically make us convert the many chances we are already creating. As I see it it's not the formation that's to blame but individual errors. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: -8

9:52am Mon 31 Mar 14

fratsomrover says...

The "budget" debate is too convenient an excuse. It is the tactics that are negative which are costing us points.
How does our budget compare with Burnley ??
I'd take a lot of convincing that they are financially better off than us. Apart from Ings, I doubt they have another player who'd get into our side.

Incidentally, I noted that only Man Utd, Arsenal & Southampton had bigger gates than us on Saturday. How does the FFP equation come to terms with that.
Support like that deserves entertainment. Dont alienate the fans with boring tactics.
The "budget" debate is too convenient an excuse. It is the tactics that are negative which are costing us points. How does our budget compare with Burnley ?? I'd take a lot of convincing that they are financially better off than us. Apart from Ings, I doubt they have another player who'd get into our side. Incidentally, I noted that only Man Utd, Arsenal & Southampton had bigger gates than us on Saturday. How does the FFP equation come to terms with that. Support like that deserves entertainment. Dont alienate the fans with boring tactics. fratsomrover
  • Score: 9

9:52am Mon 31 Mar 14

Aye Aye says...

I beg to differ but look forward to living the dream again next season.
I beg to differ but look forward to living the dream again next season. Aye Aye
  • Score: 4

10:02am Mon 31 Mar 14

brighton1980 says...

At the moment, our tactic seems to be get it down the wings and cross it to Ulloa. All well and good but when Buckley went off, we were left with no wingers on the pitch, while March and Kaz sat on the bench. In my opinion, to play one up front successfully, you need two wingers on the pitch, both of them cutting inside and running at goal. An attacking central midfielder is also key. They should be the creative force in the team and link the midfield with attack. A traditional number 10 if you like or even a playmaker dare I say with two holding midfielders behind him.

Who would you say was our attacking central midfielder on Saturday or over the whole season? David Lopez? Great. Over the last 3 seasons, Vicente is the only player we've had that can and has performed this number 10 role. And he only played about twice!
At the moment, our tactic seems to be get it down the wings and cross it to Ulloa. All well and good but when Buckley went off, we were left with no wingers on the pitch, while March and Kaz sat on the bench. In my opinion, to play one up front successfully, you need two wingers on the pitch, both of them cutting inside and running at goal. An attacking central midfielder is also key. They should be the creative force in the team and link the midfield with attack. A traditional number 10 if you like or even a playmaker dare I say with two holding midfielders behind him. Who would you say was our attacking central midfielder on Saturday or over the whole season? David Lopez? Great. Over the last 3 seasons, Vicente is the only player we've had that can and has performed this number 10 role. And he only played about twice! brighton1980
  • Score: 6

10:28am Mon 31 Mar 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

fratsomrover wrote:
The "budget" debate is too convenient an excuse. It is the tactics that are negative which are costing us points.
How does our budget compare with Burnley ??
I'd take a lot of convincing that they are financially better off than us. Apart from Ings, I doubt they have another player who'd get into our side.

Incidentally, I noted that only Man Utd, Arsenal & Southampton had bigger gates than us on Saturday. How does the FFP equation come to terms with that.
Support like that deserves entertainment. Dont alienate the fans with boring tactics.
Burnley haven't had the catastrophic injuries we've had. They've had essentially the same squad of players to choose from week in week out. If they lost Heaton, Arfield, Ings and Vokes I reckon they'd be in about the same place we are.

The tactics may be 'negative', but we're still creating a lot of chances.
[quote][p][bold]fratsomrover[/bold] wrote: The "budget" debate is too convenient an excuse. It is the tactics that are negative which are costing us points. How does our budget compare with Burnley ?? I'd take a lot of convincing that they are financially better off than us. Apart from Ings, I doubt they have another player who'd get into our side. Incidentally, I noted that only Man Utd, Arsenal & Southampton had bigger gates than us on Saturday. How does the FFP equation come to terms with that. Support like that deserves entertainment. Dont alienate the fans with boring tactics.[/p][/quote]Burnley haven't had the catastrophic injuries we've had. They've had essentially the same squad of players to choose from week in week out. If they lost Heaton, Arfield, Ings and Vokes I reckon they'd be in about the same place we are. The tactics may be 'negative', but we're still creating a lot of chances. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: -5

10:31am Mon 31 Mar 14

SMF20 says...

brighton1980 wrote:
At the moment, our tactic seems to be get it down the wings and cross it to Ulloa. All well and good but when Buckley went off, we were left with no wingers on the pitch, while March and Kaz sat on the bench. In my opinion, to play one up front successfully, you need two wingers on the pitch, both of them cutting inside and running at goal. An attacking central midfielder is also key. They should be the creative force in the team and link the midfield with attack. A traditional number 10 if you like or even a playmaker dare I say with two holding midfielders behind him.

Who would you say was our attacking central midfielder on Saturday or over the whole season? David Lopez? Great. Over the last 3 seasons, Vicente is the only player we've had that can and has performed this number 10 role. And he only played about twice!
I couldn't agree more with your NO10 role... For me Lingard (Until Orlandi is fit) should be playing in there with his wing berth going to Kaz... With Buckley or March on the other wing we would offer a very potent attack when pressing on.

Equally with Ince still sitting in front of the back 4 and Stephens energy completing the midfield, we would still have solidity whilst defending.
I genuinely think that this team would easily be top 6.

Really tough to enjoy what is going on right now. I did stay to the end Saturday, as I always do and I did clap the side off at the end. It was tough listening to boos from some people as the players left the pitch. I understand why some might though.

OG is slowly losing the fans and although some will make excuses for him, there is no hiding that his tactics are negative and his passion for our club is subdued at best.
I like the guy and believe in his coaching ability.. I just wonder if management is a step to far.

UTA
[quote][p][bold]brighton1980[/bold] wrote: At the moment, our tactic seems to be get it down the wings and cross it to Ulloa. All well and good but when Buckley went off, we were left with no wingers on the pitch, while March and Kaz sat on the bench. In my opinion, to play one up front successfully, you need two wingers on the pitch, both of them cutting inside and running at goal. An attacking central midfielder is also key. They should be the creative force in the team and link the midfield with attack. A traditional number 10 if you like or even a playmaker dare I say with two holding midfielders behind him. Who would you say was our attacking central midfielder on Saturday or over the whole season? David Lopez? Great. Over the last 3 seasons, Vicente is the only player we've had that can and has performed this number 10 role. And he only played about twice![/p][/quote]I couldn't agree more with your NO10 role... For me Lingard (Until Orlandi is fit) should be playing in there with his wing berth going to Kaz... With Buckley or March on the other wing we would offer a very potent attack when pressing on. Equally with Ince still sitting in front of the back 4 and Stephens energy completing the midfield, we would still have solidity whilst defending. I genuinely think that this team would easily be top 6. Really tough to enjoy what is going on right now. I did stay to the end Saturday, as I always do and I did clap the side off at the end. It was tough listening to boos from some people as the players left the pitch. I understand why some might though. OG is slowly losing the fans and although some will make excuses for him, there is no hiding that his tactics are negative and his passion for our club is subdued at best. I like the guy and believe in his coaching ability.. I just wonder if management is a step to far. UTA SMF20
  • Score: 16

10:36am Mon 31 Mar 14

Baldseagull says...

fozziesheadband wrote:
Perhaps change our tactics Oscar, then we might have a chance of climbing the leagues. The football is boring under your leadership, with few opportunities to score. It's goals that win games not possession football !
We make the opportunities to score, we just don't take them.
Compare our shots on goal stats to Burnley and Wigan and you will see we are similar in terms of total shots at goal, Burnley having played one more than us.
Oscar has done a reasonable job to date, this is the first time he has mentioned the budget, as opposed to every other week from the previous boss, but it has been obvious all season that we were being more restrained with spending than most of those above us.
I don't believe Uwe Rosler would have done any better than Oscar if he had come in, he got a result here but we were the better side for most of that game and more than half his side that day played for them in the Premier League.
I am not wearing rose tinted specs, I want us to do better but I have realistic expectations for this season. Oscar has done bloody well to keep us in touch with the play offs, we are 3 points worse off than at the same stage last season and this is with missing key players for much of this season.
I don't think Gus would have got us this close without CMS, Bridcutt, Orlandi, Buckley for so many games, and Crofts and Barnes for only the first half of the season, he just might have managed fan expectations better, by mentioning the budget at every opportunity.
[quote][p][bold]fozziesheadband[/bold] wrote: Perhaps change our tactics Oscar, then we might have a chance of climbing the leagues. The football is boring under your leadership, with few opportunities to score. It's goals that win games not possession football ![/p][/quote]We make the opportunities to score, we just don't take them. Compare our shots on goal stats to Burnley and Wigan and you will see we are similar in terms of total shots at goal, Burnley having played one more than us. Oscar has done a reasonable job to date, this is the first time he has mentioned the budget, as opposed to every other week from the previous boss, but it has been obvious all season that we were being more restrained with spending than most of those above us. I don't believe Uwe Rosler would have done any better than Oscar if he had come in, he got a result here but we were the better side for most of that game and more than half his side that day played for them in the Premier League. I am not wearing rose tinted specs, I want us to do better but I have realistic expectations for this season. Oscar has done bloody well to keep us in touch with the play offs, we are 3 points worse off than at the same stage last season and this is with missing key players for much of this season. I don't think Gus would have got us this close without CMS, Bridcutt, Orlandi, Buckley for so many games, and Crofts and Barnes for only the first half of the season, he just might have managed fan expectations better, by mentioning the budget at every opportunity. Baldseagull
  • Score: 5

11:08am Mon 31 Mar 14

SecondReserve says...

Oh no, not the old Poyet budget excuse again! I wonder what Burnley's budget is given that, even when they are close to promotion, they only get crowds that are half what we get.

Regardless of what he really thinks and after three consecutive defeats and no goals, it is good to see Garcia still being positive but I wonder if he'll still be able to make this claim after our next 3 matches. We need at the very least 6 points from those 3 games.
Oh no, not the old Poyet budget excuse again! I wonder what Burnley's budget is given that, even when they are close to promotion, they only get crowds that are half what we get. Regardless of what he really thinks and after three consecutive defeats and no goals, it is good to see Garcia still being positive but I wonder if he'll still be able to make this claim after our next 3 matches. We need at the very least 6 points from those 3 games. SecondReserve
  • Score: 0

11:17am Mon 31 Mar 14

sauly07 says...

Garcia must go simple as that
Garcia must go simple as that sauly07
  • Score: 3

11:59am Mon 31 Mar 14

Gazza by the sea says...

If we were to scramble into 6th and somehow stumble into the PL this summer is there anyone on here who really thinks that with our current squad - supplemented by the strengthening that we could afford over one transfer wndow - we could do anything but suffer abject humiliation next season. We're not ready yet and we can' afford t get ready in one hit.

We have one goalkeeper, one centre forward, an ageing central defence, one (borrowed) left back and no creative midfield players that could give you at least 30 games a season without suffering muscle injuries.

It is far too early to know if Oscar should be added to the list of premier league shortcomings but with his pedigree and his footballing philosophy he certainly ought to be capable.

We need to use the opportunity afforded by a large number of expiring contracts this summer to move from a comfortable 'top half' team to a comfortable 'top 6' team.

Reality check required.
If we were to scramble into 6th and somehow stumble into the PL this summer is there anyone on here who really thinks that with our current squad - supplemented by the strengthening that we could afford over one transfer wndow - we could do anything but suffer abject humiliation next season. We're not ready yet and we can' afford t get ready in one hit. We have one goalkeeper, one centre forward, an ageing central defence, one (borrowed) left back and no creative midfield players that could give you at least 30 games a season without suffering muscle injuries. It is far too early to know if Oscar should be added to the list of premier league shortcomings but with his pedigree and his footballing philosophy he certainly ought to be capable. We need to use the opportunity afforded by a large number of expiring contracts this summer to move from a comfortable 'top half' team to a comfortable 'top 6' team. Reality check required. Gazza by the sea
  • Score: 5

1:15pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Baldseagull says...

SecondReserve wrote:
Oh no, not the old Poyet budget excuse again! I wonder what Burnley's budget is given that, even when they are close to promotion, they only get crowds that are half what we get.

Regardless of what he really thinks and after three consecutive defeats and no goals, it is good to see Garcia still being positive but I wonder if he'll still be able to make this claim after our next 3 matches. We need at the very least 6 points from those 3 games.
Burnley are in the last season of Parachute payments, still not a massive budget but bigger than you might think and probably bigger than ours.
[quote][p][bold]SecondReserve[/bold] wrote: Oh no, not the old Poyet budget excuse again! I wonder what Burnley's budget is given that, even when they are close to promotion, they only get crowds that are half what we get. Regardless of what he really thinks and after three consecutive defeats and no goals, it is good to see Garcia still being positive but I wonder if he'll still be able to make this claim after our next 3 matches. We need at the very least 6 points from those 3 games.[/p][/quote]Burnley are in the last season of Parachute payments, still not a massive budget but bigger than you might think and probably bigger than ours. Baldseagull
  • Score: 4

2:16pm Mon 31 Mar 14

tinker111 says...

farside wrote:
Keep the faith!
YOU AND O G JEST ?????
[quote][p][bold]farside[/bold] wrote: Keep the faith![/p][/quote]YOU AND O G JEST ????? tinker111
  • Score: -5

2:27pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Baldseagull wrote:
SecondReserve wrote:
Oh no, not the old Poyet budget excuse again! I wonder what Burnley's budget is given that, even when they are close to promotion, they only get crowds that are half what we get.

Regardless of what he really thinks and after three consecutive defeats and no goals, it is good to see Garcia still being positive but I wonder if he'll still be able to make this claim after our next 3 matches. We need at the very least 6 points from those 3 games.
Burnley are in the last season of Parachute payments, still not a massive budget but bigger than you might think and probably bigger than ours.
Careful now, any post that is in any way positive is being heavily 'thumbed down'. No reasoning or optimism allowed now. Shame.

Of course fans are disappointed by this run, but these things happen. We had been on a particularly good run and then we weren't. Thanks to all the teams around us being equally inconsistent we're still in with a shout.
[quote][p][bold]Baldseagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SecondReserve[/bold] wrote: Oh no, not the old Poyet budget excuse again! I wonder what Burnley's budget is given that, even when they are close to promotion, they only get crowds that are half what we get. Regardless of what he really thinks and after three consecutive defeats and no goals, it is good to see Garcia still being positive but I wonder if he'll still be able to make this claim after our next 3 matches. We need at the very least 6 points from those 3 games.[/p][/quote]Burnley are in the last season of Parachute payments, still not a massive budget but bigger than you might think and probably bigger than ours.[/p][/quote]Careful now, any post that is in any way positive is being heavily 'thumbed down'. No reasoning or optimism allowed now. Shame. Of course fans are disappointed by this run, but these things happen. We had been on a particularly good run and then we weren't. Thanks to all the teams around us being equally inconsistent we're still in with a shout. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 4

2:29pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Gazza by the sea wrote:
If we were to scramble into 6th and somehow stumble into the PL this summer is there anyone on here who really thinks that with our current squad - supplemented by the strengthening that we could afford over one transfer wndow - we could do anything but suffer abject humiliation next season. We're not ready yet and we can' afford t get ready in one hit.

We have one goalkeeper, one centre forward, an ageing central defence, one (borrowed) left back and no creative midfield players that could give you at least 30 games a season without suffering muscle injuries.

It is far too early to know if Oscar should be added to the list of premier league shortcomings but with his pedigree and his footballing philosophy he certainly ought to be capable.

We need to use the opportunity afforded by a large number of expiring contracts this summer to move from a comfortable 'top half' team to a comfortable 'top 6' team.

Reality check required.
To be fair though Gazza, Crystal Palace did exactly that - they stumbled over the line despite awful form, sold their one decent player and they're doing okay for themselves.
[quote][p][bold]Gazza by the sea[/bold] wrote: If we were to scramble into 6th and somehow stumble into the PL this summer is there anyone on here who really thinks that with our current squad - supplemented by the strengthening that we could afford over one transfer wndow - we could do anything but suffer abject humiliation next season. We're not ready yet and we can' afford t get ready in one hit. We have one goalkeeper, one centre forward, an ageing central defence, one (borrowed) left back and no creative midfield players that could give you at least 30 games a season without suffering muscle injuries. It is far too early to know if Oscar should be added to the list of premier league shortcomings but with his pedigree and his footballing philosophy he certainly ought to be capable. We need to use the opportunity afforded by a large number of expiring contracts this summer to move from a comfortable 'top half' team to a comfortable 'top 6' team. Reality check required.[/p][/quote]To be fair though Gazza, Crystal Palace did exactly that - they stumbled over the line despite awful form, sold their one decent player and they're doing okay for themselves. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 3

2:44pm Mon 31 Mar 14

wenners says...

Aye Aye wrote:
I beg to differ but look forward to living the dream again next season.
There will be no dream next season , if we continue to play the way we are under Oscar. Are you not watching this rubbish…week after week…the confidence draining from the players. No passion…no attacking ambition…players out of position. Playing at home with two defensive midfielders….dread
ful substitutions. It will be more of a nightmare than a dream !
[quote][p][bold]Aye Aye[/bold] wrote: I beg to differ but look forward to living the dream again next season.[/p][/quote]There will be no dream next season , if we continue to play the way we are under Oscar. Are you not watching this rubbish…week after week…the confidence draining from the players. No passion…no attacking ambition…players out of position. Playing at home with two defensive midfielders….dread ful substitutions. It will be more of a nightmare than a dream ! wenners
  • Score: 0

3:59pm Mon 31 Mar 14

sussexram40 says...

we couldn't score at brighton belles!
OG out, we need a real manager not a spanish coach.
we couldn't score at brighton belles! OG out, we need a real manager not a spanish coach. sussexram40
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4:36pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Seagulls High says...

Albion can still make the play offs, but they will need experience and guile to unlock opposition defences. Mackail Smith returning may boost Albion's playoff credentials. The Albion defence seems recently to leak Goals, but I guess football goes like that. Even the best teams loose matches now and then. What matters is putting it right .We need to return to clean sheets at the back to move into a play off spot.
Albion can still make the play offs, but they will need experience and guile to unlock opposition defences. Mackail Smith returning may boost Albion's playoff credentials. The Albion defence seems recently to leak Goals, but I guess football goes like that. Even the best teams loose matches now and then. What matters is putting it right .We need to return to clean sheets at the back to move into a play off spot. Seagulls High
  • Score: 4

6:05pm Mon 31 Mar 14

bbb1969 says...

Asleep in Dorset wrote:
pigs just flew over Dorset heading eastwards !!!!
That's not good as the price pf bacon will go up.
To be hpnest I have not slated OG once only his tactics sometimes to bring a mf on for a winger when 2 are sat in the wings (excuse the pun).
I for one see the next games as sh*t or bust time; attack the games; use the right players and if we play well and lose so be it.
[quote][p][bold]Asleep in Dorset[/bold] wrote: pigs just flew over Dorset heading eastwards !!!![/p][/quote]That's not good as the price pf bacon will go up. To be hpnest I have not slated OG once only his tactics sometimes to bring a mf on for a winger when 2 are sat in the wings (excuse the pun). I for one see the next games as sh*t or bust time; attack the games; use the right players and if we play well and lose so be it. bbb1969
  • Score: 0

7:28pm Mon 31 Mar 14

OldGull says...

For those of you who claim Albion do not have shots on goal.

We are averaging 15.5 shots at home this season.
Averaging more than
Wigan, Reading, Ipswich & Blackburn among others.

So perhaps the intent is there, but the end result isn't.

For example Kaz has had over 50 shots and is yet to score.
And yet many of you are calling for him to have more game time.

Discuss.............
...........
For those of you who claim Albion do not have shots on goal. We are averaging 15.5 shots at home this season. Averaging more than Wigan, Reading, Ipswich & Blackburn among others. So perhaps the intent is there, but the end result isn't. For example Kaz has had over 50 shots and is yet to score. And yet many of you are calling for him to have more game time. Discuss............. ........... OldGull
  • Score: 4

8:05pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

OldGull wrote:
For those of you who claim Albion do not have shots on goal.

We are averaging 15.5 shots at home this season.
Averaging more than
Wigan, Reading, Ipswich & Blackburn among others.

So perhaps the intent is there, but the end result isn't.

For example Kaz has had over 50 shots and is yet to score.
And yet many of you are calling for him to have more game time.

Discuss.............

...........
You won't get far with facts on here, OldGull :-)

The reason (it seems to me) that OG quotes stats is to get past this mistaken belief that we are a defensive side that doesn't create chances. As you have shown we do (despite being very sound at the back - until recently!), but we're just not converting them.
[quote][p][bold]OldGull[/bold] wrote: For those of you who claim Albion do not have shots on goal. We are averaging 15.5 shots at home this season. Averaging more than Wigan, Reading, Ipswich & Blackburn among others. So perhaps the intent is there, but the end result isn't. For example Kaz has had over 50 shots and is yet to score. And yet many of you are calling for him to have more game time. Discuss............. ...........[/p][/quote]You won't get far with facts on here, OldGull :-) The reason (it seems to me) that OG quotes stats is to get past this mistaken belief that we are a defensive side that doesn't create chances. As you have shown we do (despite being very sound at the back - until recently!), but we're just not converting them. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 1

10:54pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Sussex113 says...

We have a big strong centre forward in Ulloa and then try to run everything into the penalty area, or have no-one feeding off him. He is not Messi, Ronaldo or Van Persie so we shouldn't be playing like those teams. Just keep throwing the ball at him and let him use his strength.

Just don't let him take penalties.
We have a big strong centre forward in Ulloa and then try to run everything into the penalty area, or have no-one feeding off him. He is not Messi, Ronaldo or Van Persie so we shouldn't be playing like those teams. Just keep throwing the ball at him and let him use his strength. Just don't let him take penalties. Sussex113
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