Lingard positive Albion can reach the play-offs

Jesse Lingard is confident Albion will get into the play-off places

Jesse Lingard is confident Albion will get into the play-off places

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

Albion loan star Jesse Lingard has targeted an extended season – and a boost to his Manchester United and England career.

Lingard is confident the Seagulls will make it into the Championship play-offs after scoring his first goal for the club in Tuesday’s revitalising 4-1 victory at promoted leaders Leicester.

The versatile striker joined Albion at the end of February on a 93-day loan which includes the play-offs.

Oscar Garcia’s side are two points off the top six with five games left, starting with tomorrow’s home game against relegation-threatened Charlton.

Lingard told The Argus: “Everyone is positive now. I think the bad run is over. We’re back in winning form and hopefully we can win all our games. I’m positive we will.”

Club and country have been keeping tabs on Lingard’s progress on the South Coast.

He said: “I still speak to the reserve manager (Warren Joyce). He’s come to a few games. I’ve spoken to the England under 21 manager, Gareth Southgate. He was down at St George’s Park the other day when we were staying there. He’s been giving me praise.

“It’s all good on my front. I’m just enjoying my football at the moment and I’m positive we’ll get to the play-offs

“It’s more game time, playing with a good team pushing for the play-offs, and it’s big, pressure games which you are going to be playing in for the rest of your career.

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7:28am Fri 11 Apr 14

pwlr1966 says...

Hardly a star, only one goal and not much else
Hardly a star, only one goal and not much else pwlr1966
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7:29am Fri 11 Apr 14

fansunited says...

When are the players going to stop talking about the play offs, it always backs fires.
When are the players going to stop talking about the play offs, it always backs fires. fansunited
  • Score: 3

8:23am Fri 11 Apr 14

verucca says...

Need to raise your game Jesse. At the moment I'd rather we had kept Barnsy.
Need to raise your game Jesse. At the moment I'd rather we had kept Barnsy. verucca
  • Score: -13

8:59am Fri 11 Apr 14

gilbertthecat says...

Time to live up to the billing JL. Carry on where you left off on Tuesday and all will be good in the world come 5-52 (ish) tomorrow.
Time to live up to the billing JL. Carry on where you left off on Tuesday and all will be good in the world come 5-52 (ish) tomorrow. gilbertthecat
  • Score: 5

9:53am Fri 11 Apr 14

pablobrowno says...

verucca wrote:
Need to raise your game Jesse. At the moment I'd rather we had kept Barnsy.
You can't compare those two. Rodders is the comparison for Barnes and yes. Barnes was much more of an asset. People loved slating Barnes but everyone tried not to notice he was one of the most consistently picked players in 4 years under Poyet and Oscar.

Lingard is quality, sure he has to learn sometimes when to pass and when to shoot etc, but he has definitely been an asset, and seems well up for the fight. If we are promoted then who knows he may even stay!
[quote][p][bold]verucca[/bold] wrote: Need to raise your game Jesse. At the moment I'd rather we had kept Barnsy.[/p][/quote]You can't compare those two. Rodders is the comparison for Barnes and yes. Barnes was much more of an asset. People loved slating Barnes but everyone tried not to notice he was one of the most consistently picked players in 4 years under Poyet and Oscar. Lingard is quality, sure he has to learn sometimes when to pass and when to shoot etc, but he has definitely been an asset, and seems well up for the fight. If we are promoted then who knows he may even stay! pablobrowno
  • Score: 4

10:53am Fri 11 Apr 14

tinker111 says...

J L Way off the ** STAR ** just average run of the mill player Barnsey would leave him for dead.
J L Way off the ** STAR ** just average run of the mill player Barnsey would leave him for dead. tinker111
  • Score: -7

11:26am Fri 11 Apr 14

Newhavenles says...

I don't expect he thinks of himself as a star,most over used word in sport, added much to the team and a good future talent if he can progress through the system,hopefully ours.
I don't expect he thinks of himself as a star,most over used word in sport, added much to the team and a good future talent if he can progress through the system,hopefully ours. Newhavenles
  • Score: 3

2:30pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Mystertoo says...

Journalist's licence, a few games back he was a stand in striker, now after 1 goal he is a versatile striker. I really hope the lad does well a scores a bucket full of goals in the last few matches, but if he doesn't, I guess he'll be back to being a make shift striker who did his best.
Journalist's licence, a few games back he was a stand in striker, now after 1 goal he is a versatile striker. I really hope the lad does well a scores a bucket full of goals in the last few matches, but if he doesn't, I guess he'll be back to being a make shift striker who did his best. Mystertoo
  • Score: 3

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