Mackail-Smith closing on return for Albion

Craig Mackail-Smith could be included in the squad tomorrow to face Barnsley

Craig Mackail-Smith could be included in the squad tomorrow to face Barnsley

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Albion striker Craig Mackail-Smith is closing in on a Championship comeback.

The Scotland international could be part of the 18 to face battling Barnsley tomorrow if he has no ill effects from his run out for the development squad on Monday.

Mackail-Smith scored twice against Charlton’s under-21s but the fact he played the full 90 minutes was even more significant for Oscar Garcia.

Albion’s head coach will assess his squad this morning and consider a call into the 18 for the striker who has not featured since rupturing his Achilles 14 months ago.

Will Buckley (hamstring) and Andrea Orlandi (thigh) are again absent as the Seagulls visit a Barnsley side looking to leave the drop zone for the first time in almost seven months.

Rohan Ince will be further assessed after taking a heavy blow to the knee in the 3-3 draw at Blackburn on Tuesday.

Oscar has called for an end to the blunders which have blemished his side’s impressive defensive record in the last three games.

He said: “We have not been getting it wrong tactically.

“The last few goals have included a lot of individual mistakes and these are more difficult to control.”

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7:45am Fri 4 Apr 14

albionfan33 says...

i'd be very surprised if he was'nt in the 18. as for incey he should have a rest he deserves a little break. i would expect us to win tommorow with solly starting
i'd be very surprised if he was'nt in the 18. as for incey he should have a rest he deserves a little break. i would expect us to win tommorow with solly starting albionfan33
  • Score: 10

7:52am Fri 4 Apr 14

Albion In Staffs says...

A good guy to have back in the fold.
Now, I'm not one of them, but there'll be people who'll take issue with the comment: "We have not been getting it wrong tactically."
Good on ya OG, there aren't many on here who've been involved in the game for twenty-odd years and played for Barcelona.
A good guy to have back in the fold. Now, I'm not one of them, but there'll be people who'll take issue with the comment: "We have not been getting it wrong tactically." Good on ya OG, there aren't many on here who've been involved in the game for twenty-odd years and played for Barcelona. Albion In Staffs
  • Score: -1

8:03am Fri 4 Apr 14

Willie, Willie Irvine says...

Albion In Staffs wrote:
A good guy to have back in the fold.
Now, I'm not one of them, but there'll be people who'll take issue with the comment: "We have not been getting it wrong tactically."
Good on ya OG, there aren't many on here who've been involved in the game for twenty-odd years and played for Barcelona.
I have...
[quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: A good guy to have back in the fold. Now, I'm not one of them, but there'll be people who'll take issue with the comment: "We have not been getting it wrong tactically." Good on ya OG, there aren't many on here who've been involved in the game for twenty-odd years and played for Barcelona.[/p][/quote]I have... Willie, Willie Irvine
  • Score: 4

8:08am Fri 4 Apr 14

Never_Wrong says...

His "not been getting it wrong tactically" line may be correct, but his choice of team has been a bit off recently. We need to start Stephens-March-Lualu
a, play on the front foot.
His "not been getting it wrong tactically" line may be correct, but his choice of team has been a bit off recently. We need to start Stephens-March-Lualu a, play on the front foot. Never_Wrong
  • Score: 9

8:40am Fri 4 Apr 14

pablobrowno says...

Willie, Willie Irvine wrote:
Albion In Staffs wrote:
A good guy to have back in the fold.
Now, I'm not one of them, but there'll be people who'll take issue with the comment: "We have not been getting it wrong tactically."
Good on ya OG, there aren't many on here who've been involved in the game for twenty-odd years and played for Barcelona.
I have...
Me too. Haven't most on here?
[quote][p][bold]Willie, Willie Irvine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: A good guy to have back in the fold. Now, I'm not one of them, but there'll be people who'll take issue with the comment: "We have not been getting it wrong tactically." Good on ya OG, there aren't many on here who've been involved in the game for twenty-odd years and played for Barcelona.[/p][/quote]I have...[/p][/quote]Me too. Haven't most on here? pablobrowno
  • Score: 7

8:51am Fri 4 Apr 14

Baldseagull says...

pablobrowno wrote:
Willie, Willie Irvine wrote:
Albion In Staffs wrote:
A good guy to have back in the fold.
Now, I'm not one of them, but there'll be people who'll take issue with the comment: "We have not been getting it wrong tactically."
Good on ya OG, there aren't many on here who've been involved in the game for twenty-odd years and played for Barcelona.
I have...
Me too. Haven't most on here?
Not me, I played for Real Madrid.
[quote][p][bold]pablobrowno[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Willie, Willie Irvine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: A good guy to have back in the fold. Now, I'm not one of them, but there'll be people who'll take issue with the comment: "We have not been getting it wrong tactically." Good on ya OG, there aren't many on here who've been involved in the game for twenty-odd years and played for Barcelona.[/p][/quote]I have...[/p][/quote]Me too. Haven't most on here?[/p][/quote]Not me, I played for Real Madrid. Baldseagull
  • Score: 3

9:00am Fri 4 Apr 14

Brighton Scot says...

Playing for Madrid does not count as playing football hahahah
Playing for Madrid does not count as playing football hahahah Brighton Scot
  • Score: 2

9:26am Fri 4 Apr 14

tug509 says...

If i knew for a fact Craig was going to get on the pitch tomorrow ,provided he is in the squad of course ,i would have a side bet on him scoring ,he must have so much built up nervous energy ,he would be like the Duracell bunny !.
If i knew for a fact Craig was going to get on the pitch tomorrow ,provided he is in the squad of course ,i would have a side bet on him scoring ,he must have so much built up nervous energy ,he would be like the Duracell bunny !. tug509
  • Score: 2

9:29am Fri 4 Apr 14

fratsomrover says...

" Oscar has called for an end to the blunders which have blemished his side’s impressive defensive record in the last three games".

Well how about leaving out the culprits who made the blunders ? Bruno is already out through suspension, so now all you have to do is replace Greer with Dunk. Being dropped, after all is normally the sanction managers use when players make mistakes

He said: “We have not been getting it wrong tactically."

Really ? 4 shots on target from a total of 7 in 90+ mins is part of our tactics?
And here's me thinking that to win games you need to get both the ball and players into forward positions so we create more scoring opportunities.
After all is not the aim of the game to score more goals than the opposition ?
On a positive note, great to hear CMS has made a full recovery from what is really a career threatening injury. Good luck to him and let's hope his efforts to get back into contention will provide a welcome boost to the squad. It will certainly help on the scoring front if his second goal mid week is anything to go by. Welcome back
" Oscar has called for an end to the blunders which have blemished his side’s impressive defensive record in the last three games". Well how about leaving out the culprits who made the blunders ? Bruno is already out through suspension, so now all you have to do is replace Greer with Dunk. Being dropped, after all is normally the sanction managers use when players make mistakes He said: “We have not been getting it wrong tactically." Really ? 4 shots on target from a total of 7 in 90+ mins is part of our tactics? And here's me thinking that to win games you need to get both the ball and players into forward positions so we create more scoring opportunities. After all is not the aim of the game to score more goals than the opposition ? On a positive note, great to hear CMS has made a full recovery from what is really a career threatening injury. Good luck to him and let's hope his efforts to get back into contention will provide a welcome boost to the squad. It will certainly help on the scoring front if his second goal mid week is anything to go by. Welcome back fratsomrover
  • Score: 10

9:32am Fri 4 Apr 14

gilbertthecat says...

Substitute cameo I reckon prior to a longer stint at Leicester then a full home return for the Charlton match. Nice dream but can't see how OG would fit him and LU in the side from the start, especially with JL seemingly being a contractual automatic starter. When others are back, such as AO, AC and WH it's going to be very hard to pick a first team line up without leaving some really good guys on the bench. Shame we're not getting them back a bit earlier in the season but any coming back will help in the run in to the playoffs. I still think it's doable but we'll need others to slip up to let us in.
Substitute cameo I reckon prior to a longer stint at Leicester then a full home return for the Charlton match. Nice dream but can't see how OG would fit him and LU in the side from the start, especially with JL seemingly being a contractual automatic starter. When others are back, such as AO, AC and WH it's going to be very hard to pick a first team line up without leaving some really good guys on the bench. Shame we're not getting them back a bit earlier in the season but any coming back will help in the run in to the playoffs. I still think it's doable but we'll need others to slip up to let us in. gilbertthecat
  • Score: 1

9:36am Fri 4 Apr 14

Claude Back says...

Albion In Staffs wrote:
A good guy to have back in the fold.
Now, I'm not one of them, but there'll be people who'll take issue with the comment: "We have not been getting it wrong tactically."
Good on ya OG, there aren't many on here who've been involved in the game for twenty-odd years and played for Barcelona.
You don't have to be an artist to draw a conclusion.
Therefore, your comment about O.G. is spurious.
[quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: A good guy to have back in the fold. Now, I'm not one of them, but there'll be people who'll take issue with the comment: "We have not been getting it wrong tactically." Good on ya OG, there aren't many on here who've been involved in the game for twenty-odd years and played for Barcelona.[/p][/quote]You don't have to be an artist to draw a conclusion. Therefore, your comment about O.G. is spurious. Claude Back
  • Score: 5

9:37am Fri 4 Apr 14

tug509 says...

Fratsomrover , if there was one post that i would like Oscar and Nathan to read ,it would be your one ,says it all !.
Fratsomrover , if there was one post that i would like Oscar and Nathan to read ,it would be your one ,says it all !. tug509
  • Score: 6

9:45am Fri 4 Apr 14

Max Ripple says...

Personally I've never been all that impressed by CMS. Oh, he runs around a lot......
Personally I've never been all that impressed by CMS. Oh, he runs around a lot...... Max Ripple
  • Score: -7

10:24am Fri 4 Apr 14

Willie, Willie Irvine says...

It's really great that CMS is approaching full fitness and I truly hope he gets back to his best for the rest of his career.

Whether the current style of play suits his strengths, I don't know. He did really well at Peterborough because they tended to play hell-for-leather football. He lead a very quick attacking side and his own speed got him on the end of many fast-building moves. Brighton's more 'considered' approach means greater skill, not speed, is required. CMS struggled at times under Gus, but it could be even harder now. But I hope it works out for his and the team's sake.
It's really great that CMS is approaching full fitness and I truly hope he gets back to his best for the rest of his career. Whether the current style of play suits his strengths, I don't know. He did really well at Peterborough because they tended to play hell-for-leather football. He lead a very quick attacking side and his own speed got him on the end of many fast-building moves. Brighton's more 'considered' approach means greater skill, not speed, is required. CMS struggled at times under Gus, but it could be even harder now. But I hope it works out for his and the team's sake. Willie, Willie Irvine
  • Score: 2

10:24am Fri 4 Apr 14

Gee Jay says...

Just having CMS on the bench may well 'spur' our forwards on the pitch to put in a good performance.
Just having CMS on the bench may well 'spur' our forwards on the pitch to put in a good performance. Gee Jay
  • Score: 2

10:31am Fri 4 Apr 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

It's great for Craig, the team and the fans that he is back in contention for a return. I trust the medical team and Oscar to make the right decision on this and if it means waiting a few games so be it. Same goes for Will Hoskins. UTA
It's great for Craig, the team and the fans that he is back in contention for a return. I trust the medical team and Oscar to make the right decision on this and if it means waiting a few games so be it. Same goes for Will Hoskins. UTA Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 0

10:34am Fri 4 Apr 14

gilbertthecat says...

Willie, Willie Irvine wrote:
It's really great that CMS is approaching full fitness and I truly hope he gets back to his best for the rest of his career.

Whether the current style of play suits his strengths, I don't know. He did really well at Peterborough because they tended to play hell-for-leather football. He lead a very quick attacking side and his own speed got him on the end of many fast-building moves. Brighton's more 'considered' approach means greater skill, not speed, is required. CMS struggled at times under Gus, but it could be even harder now. But I hope it works out for his and the team's sake.
I agree with this. I caused a few comments (and some smiles) on a train after one match saying he 'scampers' around alot. At the time he wasn't achieving much other than that, but it wasn't down to him and his abilities. It was just that he was left alone, isolated up front, with too little and slow service. That's a playing style that does him no favours. I'm hoping that OG will have something in mind that will help to get the best out of CMS and LU but that's quite a tuff ask.
[quote][p][bold]Willie, Willie Irvine[/bold] wrote: It's really great that CMS is approaching full fitness and I truly hope he gets back to his best for the rest of his career. Whether the current style of play suits his strengths, I don't know. He did really well at Peterborough because they tended to play hell-for-leather football. He lead a very quick attacking side and his own speed got him on the end of many fast-building moves. Brighton's more 'considered' approach means greater skill, not speed, is required. CMS struggled at times under Gus, but it could be even harder now. But I hope it works out for his and the team's sake.[/p][/quote]I agree with this. I caused a few comments (and some smiles) on a train after one match saying he 'scampers' around alot. At the time he wasn't achieving much other than that, but it wasn't down to him and his abilities. It was just that he was left alone, isolated up front, with too little and slow service. That's a playing style that does him no favours. I'm hoping that OG will have something in mind that will help to get the best out of CMS and LU but that's quite a tuff ask. gilbertthecat
  • Score: 1

2:40pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Albion In Staffs says...

Claude Back wrote:
Albion In Staffs wrote: A good guy to have back in the fold. Now, I'm not one of them, but there'll be people who'll take issue with the comment: "We have not been getting it wrong tactically." Good on ya OG, there aren't many on here who've been involved in the game for twenty-odd years and played for Barcelona.
You don't have to be an artist to draw a conclusion. Therefore, your comment about O.G. is spurious.
Well everyone is entitled to an opinion, of course and mine is he's more likely to be itght than most of us.
[quote][p][bold]Claude Back[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: A good guy to have back in the fold. Now, I'm not one of them, but there'll be people who'll take issue with the comment: "We have not been getting it wrong tactically." Good on ya OG, there aren't many on here who've been involved in the game for twenty-odd years and played for Barcelona.[/p][/quote]You don't have to be an artist to draw a conclusion. Therefore, your comment about O.G. is spurious.[/p][/quote]Well everyone is entitled to an opinion, of course and mine is he's more likely to be itght than most of us. Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 0

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