Spat shows Albion do care

Tomasz Kuszczak clashed with Bruno at Sheffield Wednesday last week

Tomasz Kuszczak clashed with Bruno at Sheffield Wednesday last week

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Tomasz Kuszczak wants to finish Albion’s latest away test at Blackburn Rovers with a grin instead of a grimace.

The keeper and team-mate Bruno clashed in the Seagulls’ last away game a week ago when Sheffield Wednesday snatched a late winner.

Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat by Middlesbrough put a further dent in Albion’s challenge for the top six, leaving Kuszczak desperate to end the evening in Lancashire with a smile on his face.

Kuszczak said of his spat with right-back Bruno: “It was cleared up in the dressing room. Words were spoken and that’s it. From my side it definitely wasn’t about the mistake. I am never going to blame somebody for a mistake because I make mistakes too.

“One day you can be in the same position. It was about something else but you can definitely see the lads care about the result, myself and all the players.

“We get frustrated sometimes, especially when things happen in the last minute of a game you feel you should win.

“It’s good that we care because we want to achieve something here. I prefer more the smiling moments after the game and the good feeling when we win and feel we did a good job, especially away from home.”

Albion have won seven of their 18 outings away from the Amex. Kuszczak believes it should have been more.

He said: “There have been plenty of games this season where we’ve had a great chance to win away from home but haven’t scored enough or we’ve conceded in the last minute, like at Leeds for example in the first game of the season.

“Tonight we have another great opportunity to get some points and we definitely can - we have proved that enough this season. It’s always tough at Blackburn but now we have put ourselves in this position we have to clear the air and start to score points.”

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8:06am Tue 1 Apr 14

Clean Sheet says...

Sensible words Thomas. Another clean sheet please, and 3 points to get us back on the road to the play offs.
Sensible words Thomas. Another clean sheet please, and 3 points to get us back on the road to the play offs. Clean Sheet
  • Score: 10

8:32am Tue 1 Apr 14

gozogull says...

I think Albion's problem generally this season has not been at the back, but at the other end.

Goals win games!

Let's hope there's three points for the Albion this evening, and all supporters stay behind our fabulous team.
I think Albion's problem generally this season has not been at the back, but at the other end. Goals win games! Let's hope there's three points for the Albion this evening, and all supporters stay behind our fabulous team. gozogull
  • Score: 10

9:03am Tue 1 Apr 14

hursthill says...

Tomasz says - " I prefer more the smiling moments".
The picture shows he achieved his preference, by giving the Sheffield fans a lot to smile about.
Tomasz says - " I prefer more the smiling moments". The picture shows he achieved his preference, by giving the Sheffield fans a lot to smile about. hursthill
  • Score: -8

9:24am Tue 1 Apr 14

Alfie T says...

Sounds like he's happy here, new contract soon?
Sounds like he's happy here, new contract soon? Alfie T
  • Score: 5

9:39am Tue 1 Apr 14

wiseman of hove says...

All history now. Apologies for digressing off the thread but I was listening late last night on Talksport to a succession of despondent Sunderland fans. Loved the comments by one who bemoaned our former manager for trying to play like Barcelona with a team of pub footballers. He was asked about Bridcutt " good at passing sideways and backwards" was the measured response!
Nothing more to add. Here's hoping for a bounce back tonight.
All history now. Apologies for digressing off the thread but I was listening late last night on Talksport to a succession of despondent Sunderland fans. Loved the comments by one who bemoaned our former manager for trying to play like Barcelona with a team of pub footballers. He was asked about Bridcutt " good at passing sideways and backwards" was the measured response! Nothing more to add. Here's hoping for a bounce back tonight. wiseman of hove
  • Score: 8

10:07am Tue 1 Apr 14

Claude Back says...

wiseman of hove wrote:
All history now. Apologies for digressing off the thread but I was listening late last night on Talksport to a succession of despondent Sunderland fans. Loved the comments by one who bemoaned our former manager for trying to play like Barcelona with a team of pub footballers. He was asked about Bridcutt " good at passing sideways and backwards" was the measured response!
Nothing more to add. Here's hoping for a bounce back tonight.
Yes, Bridcutt looked out of his depth and nobody seemed to want to pass to him. He did not tackle either. Actually, Gus changed his tactics last night and was more direct. However, West Ham out muscled them as they did to us when we played them.
[quote][p][bold]wiseman of hove[/bold] wrote: All history now. Apologies for digressing off the thread but I was listening late last night on Talksport to a succession of despondent Sunderland fans. Loved the comments by one who bemoaned our former manager for trying to play like Barcelona with a team of pub footballers. He was asked about Bridcutt " good at passing sideways and backwards" was the measured response! Nothing more to add. Here's hoping for a bounce back tonight.[/p][/quote]Yes, Bridcutt looked out of his depth and nobody seemed to want to pass to him. He did not tackle either. Actually, Gus changed his tactics last night and was more direct. However, West Ham out muscled them as they did to us when we played them. Claude Back
  • Score: 3

10:11am Tue 1 Apr 14

fairweathersupporter says...

A long Post by a frustrated customer who will forgive and forget (if the team shows it does care and gets us back in the frame tonight) due to the reasons highlighted in thier long post which you may choose to read or ignore but at least i have got it off my chest after all the posts and inquests previous to this one since Saturday.,,

Budget: Some have bigger ones, some have smaller ones and it's what you do with it that counts. Despite some bad results, man for man the squad is better than this time last season. Throwing money at a problem generally does not work unless you have a stupid amount (Man City etc). What the squad is capable of is another thing...

Tactics: OG came in with a promise of a more attacking possession style. We struggled early season to create chances but now can't put them away. Those who call for two strikers and five attacking midfielders are sadly deluded and out of touch with anything resembling modern football. Your average Scouser could tell you that they don't play a 4-4-2 (despite the much lauded SS combination up front) and it's about adapting during the game. Brand Gus was not a strict 4-3-3 and led to many a debate as to which was the line up (4-2-3-1 , 4-5-1 etc) but it's effectiveness was limited due to the abilities of the players. We are where we are because of the much maligned 'cautious' approach (not to mention some tippy tappy stuff for a few seasons before...). However, I agree, at home we should at least be seeing our highly 'technical' players in something vaguely resembling a positive line up. Ability of course has a lot to do with it. Spain famously playing without a recognised striker and Barcelona etc etc. We are of course not that good (and also not as bad as some would believe after Saturday). BUT we are better than hopeful punts and long balls which creep into our game when we start to panic. I am dumfounded as to OG's losing the midfield argument on Saturday. Since Crofts has gone we have struggled to effectively link the central midfield to the attack. When we get compressed to a midfield slog fest, we normally get pushed back into our own half. Width generally relieves this but is underused by the current regime. Supporting the striker is part of the answer but getting Lingard to run around for 90minutes without support from the midfield is not THE answer. Having a defensive midfielder is essential with our system and lack of pace at the back but we must work and press harder further up the field to have any hope of making it work. Either that or go back to try and pass teams to death. Brand OG is yet to be seen.

Sack the boss: Bit of an over reaction. The Plan B argument is often used when we lose a few and was of course a major frustration with Gus. If your 2-0 down, then a 3-1-6 formation might work but hey... We changed formation at least twice on Saturday, so there's your plan B. Gus even played 3 at the back once, so the myth of a plan B is perhaps overused. The wrong tactics is perhaps a slightly better description and is of course open to hindsight and a landslide of opinion, some informed, some not. But OG's tactical genius is not something i have heard of recently, if at all. I am unconvinced with OG. His seeming lack of personality and easy sound bytes tend towards a lack of drive and ability to motivate those under him. Certainly these questions need to be asked after Saturday's performance when we looked at best disinterested, at worst didn't care. Get 'em by the short and curleys and pull hard (or whatever that translates to in Spanish), OG. You are four points off the play offs. Get some balls man. A win tonight is essential to our season.

Loyalty and entertainment: Lots of comments this week about leaving early and loyalty etc. Those who suggest entertaining losses are preferable to dire, negative football; are of course disillusioned after losing (having watched a dire, negative loss coming off another not so dire but possibly frustrating loss). Had Gordon not have lost the plot (not for the first time recently, okay bring in Dunk, i give in), the linesman flagged offside and Big Len not have mistaken the whole of the North Stand for the goal, i believe that such comments would be muted, if not silenced. Despite what would still have been a dire game. If we were in the automatic promotion places playing defensive, negative football, winning one nil every week; it really would be a case of 'look at how fantastic we are, no one can break us down' etc etc (and don't pretend otherwise).
I welcome the plastics. the prawn sandwich brigade, the poor, the rich, the families, the occasionals and the bloke in front three rows in front of me who annoys the hell out of me. You all pay your money and are entitled to your opinion, you all support the club. And if you are not entertained, you take your choices.

Finally, i wonder what the man who matters most thinks? Is it all season ticket sales and business plans? Is it all Premiership ready but never quite there? Is it all a con to keep 'em coming? For all those who blame or doubt Burke and Barber, whose men are they? But i hear no dissention towards Mr Bloom and rightly so.
A long Post by a frustrated customer who will forgive and forget (if the team shows it does care and gets us back in the frame tonight) due to the reasons highlighted in thier long post which you may choose to read or ignore but at least i have got it off my chest after all the posts and inquests previous to this one since Saturday.,, Budget: Some have bigger ones, some have smaller ones and it's what you do with it that counts. Despite some bad results, man for man the squad is better than this time last season. Throwing money at a problem generally does not work unless you have a stupid amount (Man City etc). What the squad is capable of is another thing... Tactics: OG came in with a promise of a more attacking possession style. We struggled early season to create chances but now can't put them away. Those who call for two strikers and five attacking midfielders are sadly deluded and out of touch with anything resembling modern football. Your average Scouser could tell you that they don't play a 4-4-2 (despite the much lauded SS combination up front) and it's about adapting during the game. Brand Gus was not a strict 4-3-3 and led to many a debate as to which was the line up (4-2-3-1 , 4-5-1 etc) but it's effectiveness was limited due to the abilities of the players. We are where we are because of the much maligned 'cautious' approach (not to mention some tippy tappy stuff for a few seasons before...). However, I agree, at home we should at least be seeing our highly 'technical' players in something vaguely resembling a positive line up. Ability of course has a lot to do with it. Spain famously playing without a recognised striker and Barcelona etc etc. We are of course not that good (and also not as bad as some would believe after Saturday). BUT we are better than hopeful punts and long balls which creep into our game when we start to panic. I am dumfounded as to OG's losing the midfield argument on Saturday. Since Crofts has gone we have struggled to effectively link the central midfield to the attack. When we get compressed to a midfield slog fest, we normally get pushed back into our own half. Width generally relieves this but is underused by the current regime. Supporting the striker is part of the answer but getting Lingard to run around for 90minutes without support from the midfield is not THE answer. Having a defensive midfielder is essential with our system and lack of pace at the back but we must work and press harder further up the field to have any hope of making it work. Either that or go back to try and pass teams to death. Brand OG is yet to be seen. Sack the boss: Bit of an over reaction. The Plan B argument is often used when we lose a few and was of course a major frustration with Gus. If your 2-0 down, then a 3-1-6 formation might work but hey... We changed formation at least twice on Saturday, so there's your plan B. Gus even played 3 at the back once, so the myth of a plan B is perhaps overused. The wrong tactics is perhaps a slightly better description and is of course open to hindsight and a landslide of opinion, some informed, some not. But OG's tactical genius is not something i have heard of recently, if at all. I am unconvinced with OG. His seeming lack of personality and easy sound bytes tend towards a lack of drive and ability to motivate those under him. Certainly these questions need to be asked after Saturday's performance when we looked at best disinterested, at worst didn't care. Get 'em by the short and curleys and pull hard (or whatever that translates to in Spanish), OG. You are four points off the play offs. Get some balls man. A win tonight is essential to our season. Loyalty and entertainment: Lots of comments this week about leaving early and loyalty etc. Those who suggest entertaining losses are preferable to dire, negative football; are of course disillusioned after losing (having watched a dire, negative loss coming off another not so dire but possibly frustrating loss). Had Gordon not have lost the plot (not for the first time recently, okay bring in Dunk, i give in), the linesman flagged offside and Big Len not have mistaken the whole of the North Stand for the goal, i believe that such comments would be muted, if not silenced. Despite what would still have been a dire game. If we were in the automatic promotion places playing defensive, negative football, winning one nil every week; it really would be a case of 'look at how fantastic we are, no one can break us down' etc etc (and don't pretend otherwise). I welcome the plastics. the prawn sandwich brigade, the poor, the rich, the families, the occasionals and the bloke in front three rows in front of me who annoys the hell out of me. You all pay your money and are entitled to your opinion, you all support the club. And if you are not entertained, you take your choices. Finally, i wonder what the man who matters most thinks? Is it all season ticket sales and business plans? Is it all Premiership ready but never quite there? Is it all a con to keep 'em coming? For all those who blame or doubt Burke and Barber, whose men are they? But i hear no dissention towards Mr Bloom and rightly so. fairweathersupporter
  • Score: 11

11:59am Tue 1 Apr 14

jockithenoo says...

fairweathersupporter wrote:
A long Post by a frustrated customer who will forgive and forget (if the team shows it does care and gets us back in the frame tonight) due to the reasons highlighted in thier long post which you may choose to read or ignore but at least i have got it off my chest after all the posts and inquests previous to this one since Saturday.,,

Budget: Some have bigger ones, some have smaller ones and it's what you do with it that counts. Despite some bad results, man for man the squad is better than this time last season. Throwing money at a problem generally does not work unless you have a stupid amount (Man City etc). What the squad is capable of is another thing...

Tactics: OG came in with a promise of a more attacking possession style. We struggled early season to create chances but now can't put them away. Those who call for two strikers and five attacking midfielders are sadly deluded and out of touch with anything resembling modern football. Your average Scouser could tell you that they don't play a 4-4-2 (despite the much lauded SS combination up front) and it's about adapting during the game. Brand Gus was not a strict 4-3-3 and led to many a debate as to which was the line up (4-2-3-1 , 4-5-1 etc) but it's effectiveness was limited due to the abilities of the players. We are where we are because of the much maligned 'cautious' approach (not to mention some tippy tappy stuff for a few seasons before...). However, I agree, at home we should at least be seeing our highly 'technical' players in something vaguely resembling a positive line up. Ability of course has a lot to do with it. Spain famously playing without a recognised striker and Barcelona etc etc. We are of course not that good (and also not as bad as some would believe after Saturday). BUT we are better than hopeful punts and long balls which creep into our game when we start to panic. I am dumfounded as to OG's losing the midfield argument on Saturday. Since Crofts has gone we have struggled to effectively link the central midfield to the attack. When we get compressed to a midfield slog fest, we normally get pushed back into our own half. Width generally relieves this but is underused by the current regime. Supporting the striker is part of the answer but getting Lingard to run around for 90minutes without support from the midfield is not THE answer. Having a defensive midfielder is essential with our system and lack of pace at the back but we must work and press harder further up the field to have any hope of making it work. Either that or go back to try and pass teams to death. Brand OG is yet to be seen.

Sack the boss: Bit of an over reaction. The Plan B argument is often used when we lose a few and was of course a major frustration with Gus. If your 2-0 down, then a 3-1-6 formation might work but hey... We changed formation at least twice on Saturday, so there's your plan B. Gus even played 3 at the back once, so the myth of a plan B is perhaps overused. The wrong tactics is perhaps a slightly better description and is of course open to hindsight and a landslide of opinion, some informed, some not. But OG's tactical genius is not something i have heard of recently, if at all. I am unconvinced with OG. His seeming lack of personality and easy sound bytes tend towards a lack of drive and ability to motivate those under him. Certainly these questions need to be asked after Saturday's performance when we looked at best disinterested, at worst didn't care. Get 'em by the short and curleys and pull hard (or whatever that translates to in Spanish), OG. You are four points off the play offs. Get some balls man. A win tonight is essential to our season.

Loyalty and entertainment: Lots of comments this week about leaving early and loyalty etc. Those who suggest entertaining losses are preferable to dire, negative football; are of course disillusioned after losing (having watched a dire, negative loss coming off another not so dire but possibly frustrating loss). Had Gordon not have lost the plot (not for the first time recently, okay bring in Dunk, i give in), the linesman flagged offside and Big Len not have mistaken the whole of the North Stand for the goal, i believe that such comments would be muted, if not silenced. Despite what would still have been a dire game. If we were in the automatic promotion places playing defensive, negative football, winning one nil every week; it really would be a case of 'look at how fantastic we are, no one can break us down' etc etc (and don't pretend otherwise).
I welcome the plastics. the prawn sandwich brigade, the poor, the rich, the families, the occasionals and the bloke in front three rows in front of me who annoys the hell out of me. You all pay your money and are entitled to your opinion, you all support the club. And if you are not entertained, you take your choices.

Finally, i wonder what the man who matters most thinks? Is it all season ticket sales and business plans? Is it all Premiership ready but never quite there? Is it all a con to keep 'em coming? For all those who blame or doubt Burke and Barber, whose men are they? But i hear no dissention towards Mr Bloom and rightly so.
WHATEVER
[quote][p][bold]fairweathersupporter[/bold] wrote: A long Post by a frustrated customer who will forgive and forget (if the team shows it does care and gets us back in the frame tonight) due to the reasons highlighted in thier long post which you may choose to read or ignore but at least i have got it off my chest after all the posts and inquests previous to this one since Saturday.,, Budget: Some have bigger ones, some have smaller ones and it's what you do with it that counts. Despite some bad results, man for man the squad is better than this time last season. Throwing money at a problem generally does not work unless you have a stupid amount (Man City etc). What the squad is capable of is another thing... Tactics: OG came in with a promise of a more attacking possession style. We struggled early season to create chances but now can't put them away. Those who call for two strikers and five attacking midfielders are sadly deluded and out of touch with anything resembling modern football. Your average Scouser could tell you that they don't play a 4-4-2 (despite the much lauded SS combination up front) and it's about adapting during the game. Brand Gus was not a strict 4-3-3 and led to many a debate as to which was the line up (4-2-3-1 , 4-5-1 etc) but it's effectiveness was limited due to the abilities of the players. We are where we are because of the much maligned 'cautious' approach (not to mention some tippy tappy stuff for a few seasons before...). However, I agree, at home we should at least be seeing our highly 'technical' players in something vaguely resembling a positive line up. Ability of course has a lot to do with it. Spain famously playing without a recognised striker and Barcelona etc etc. We are of course not that good (and also not as bad as some would believe after Saturday). BUT we are better than hopeful punts and long balls which creep into our game when we start to panic. I am dumfounded as to OG's losing the midfield argument on Saturday. Since Crofts has gone we have struggled to effectively link the central midfield to the attack. When we get compressed to a midfield slog fest, we normally get pushed back into our own half. Width generally relieves this but is underused by the current regime. Supporting the striker is part of the answer but getting Lingard to run around for 90minutes without support from the midfield is not THE answer. Having a defensive midfielder is essential with our system and lack of pace at the back but we must work and press harder further up the field to have any hope of making it work. Either that or go back to try and pass teams to death. Brand OG is yet to be seen. Sack the boss: Bit of an over reaction. The Plan B argument is often used when we lose a few and was of course a major frustration with Gus. If your 2-0 down, then a 3-1-6 formation might work but hey... We changed formation at least twice on Saturday, so there's your plan B. Gus even played 3 at the back once, so the myth of a plan B is perhaps overused. The wrong tactics is perhaps a slightly better description and is of course open to hindsight and a landslide of opinion, some informed, some not. But OG's tactical genius is not something i have heard of recently, if at all. I am unconvinced with OG. His seeming lack of personality and easy sound bytes tend towards a lack of drive and ability to motivate those under him. Certainly these questions need to be asked after Saturday's performance when we looked at best disinterested, at worst didn't care. Get 'em by the short and curleys and pull hard (or whatever that translates to in Spanish), OG. You are four points off the play offs. Get some balls man. A win tonight is essential to our season. Loyalty and entertainment: Lots of comments this week about leaving early and loyalty etc. Those who suggest entertaining losses are preferable to dire, negative football; are of course disillusioned after losing (having watched a dire, negative loss coming off another not so dire but possibly frustrating loss). Had Gordon not have lost the plot (not for the first time recently, okay bring in Dunk, i give in), the linesman flagged offside and Big Len not have mistaken the whole of the North Stand for the goal, i believe that such comments would be muted, if not silenced. Despite what would still have been a dire game. If we were in the automatic promotion places playing defensive, negative football, winning one nil every week; it really would be a case of 'look at how fantastic we are, no one can break us down' etc etc (and don't pretend otherwise). I welcome the plastics. the prawn sandwich brigade, the poor, the rich, the families, the occasionals and the bloke in front three rows in front of me who annoys the hell out of me. You all pay your money and are entitled to your opinion, you all support the club. And if you are not entertained, you take your choices. Finally, i wonder what the man who matters most thinks? Is it all season ticket sales and business plans? Is it all Premiership ready but never quite there? Is it all a con to keep 'em coming? For all those who blame or doubt Burke and Barber, whose men are they? But i hear no dissention towards Mr Bloom and rightly so.[/p][/quote]WHATEVER jockithenoo
  • Score: -11

7:55pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Falmer Wizard says...

Fairweathersupporter is welcome to one man up front and own half possession, i have had enough of watching that type of football which at most gave us one goal a game, if we were lucky. Home games must be entertaining plenty of flair and a decent number of goals,otherwise its Sky Channel.
Fairweathersupporter is welcome to one man up front and own half possession, i have had enough of watching that type of football which at most gave us one goal a game, if we were lucky. Home games must be entertaining plenty of flair and a decent number of goals,otherwise its Sky Channel. Falmer Wizard
  • Score: -3

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