Adkins' men edge back above Albion - but the race is closer than ever

Oscar Garcia and Reading boss Nigel Adkins

Oscar Garcia and Reading boss Nigel Adkins

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Albion are back outside the Championship’s top six tonight – but only on goal difference.

The Seagulls were overhauled by Reading as they drew 1-1 at home to leaders Leicester.

But Oscar Garcia’s men are level on points with the Royals going into the last four matches.

Reading have a goal difference of plus-13 compared to Albion’s plus-12.

The Berkshire club have also scored more goals.

The race is hotting up going into the Easter programme with Bournemouth, Ipswich and arguably Blackburn also in the thick of it.

Fifth-placed Wigan also have work to do to secure their play-off berth.

Reading visit Wigan on Good Friday but will do so without midfielder Mikele Leigertwood, who was sent-off tonight for a second bookable offence 25 minutes after coming off the bench.

Danny Drinkwater fired a superb long-range equaliser for Leicester after Alex Pearce had nodded Reading in front.

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10:34pm Mon 14 Apr 14

PressBoxTeaBoy says...

I think they should do away with goal difference and replace it with home attendance figures. We'd have the edge on Reading by 2-1 on that front.

Very surprised to see that the home gate was only 20,000 for team contending for the play offs, and playing against Champions elect. Quite a miserable and unenthusiastic approach to wanting to return to Premier Lge footie?
I think they should do away with goal difference and replace it with home attendance figures. We'd have the edge on Reading by 2-1 on that front. Very surprised to see that the home gate was only 20,000 for team contending for the play offs, and playing against Champions elect. Quite a miserable and unenthusiastic approach to wanting to return to Premier Lge footie? PressBoxTeaBoy
  • Score: 6

11:33pm Mon 14 Apr 14

pablobrowno says...

PressBoxTeaBoy wrote:
I think they should do away with goal difference and replace it with home attendance figures. We'd have the edge on Reading by 2-1 on that front.

Very surprised to see that the home gate was only 20,000 for team contending for the play offs, and playing against Champions elect. Quite a miserable and unenthusiastic approach to wanting to return to Premier Lge footie?
Oooooooh 'ark at him. We haven't always had gates of 27k so let's not get on our high horses. The talking must be done ON the pitch! Starting with a win at Hudds on Friday!
[quote][p][bold]PressBoxTeaBoy[/bold] wrote: I think they should do away with goal difference and replace it with home attendance figures. We'd have the edge on Reading by 2-1 on that front. Very surprised to see that the home gate was only 20,000 for team contending for the play offs, and playing against Champions elect. Quite a miserable and unenthusiastic approach to wanting to return to Premier Lge footie?[/p][/quote]Oooooooh 'ark at him. We haven't always had gates of 27k so let's not get on our high horses. The talking must be done ON the pitch! Starting with a win at Hudds on Friday! pablobrowno
  • Score: 20

11:51pm Mon 14 Apr 14

KeefyH69 says...

Did anyone see that apparently Gus is refusing to rule out walking away from Sunderland at the end of the season! Seems he's fallen out with the suits again.
Did anyone see that apparently Gus is refusing to rule out walking away from Sunderland at the end of the season! Seems he's fallen out with the suits again. KeefyH69
  • Score: 7

11:59pm Mon 14 Apr 14

BIG TROUBLE says...

All we have to do is keep winning and score more goals than reading they have tougher games than us, two goals more will see us through to play offs
UTA
All we have to do is keep winning and score more goals than reading they have tougher games than us, two goals more will see us through to play offs UTA BIG TROUBLE
  • Score: 13

12:18am Tue 15 Apr 14

Norfolk and way says...

PressBoxTeaBoy wrote:
I think they should do away with goal difference and replace it with home attendance figures. We'd have the edge on Reading by 2-1 on that front.

Very surprised to see that the home gate was only 20,000 for team contending for the play offs, and playing against Champions elect. Quite a miserable and unenthusiastic approach to wanting to return to Premier Lge footie?
On that basis it's lucky we're not still at the withdean or goldstone, or Gillingham, we've acquired a load of the prawn sandwich brigade who are attracted by a shiny bowl and wouldnt have gone near any of our other grounds even if they had the capacity as they would've been forced to concentrate only on the football instead of a comfortable seat and a bowl of cous cous. The sort of pretentious t***s that are plaguing the Amex these days- when they can actually be bothered to turn up for the seats they paid a season ticket for. We have become a club full of miserable unenthusiastic plastic fans why and pushed out the real supporters, also why the atmosphere on match days is so dead.
[quote][p][bold]PressBoxTeaBoy[/bold] wrote: I think they should do away with goal difference and replace it with home attendance figures. We'd have the edge on Reading by 2-1 on that front. Very surprised to see that the home gate was only 20,000 for team contending for the play offs, and playing against Champions elect. Quite a miserable and unenthusiastic approach to wanting to return to Premier Lge footie?[/p][/quote]On that basis it's lucky we're not still at the withdean or goldstone, or Gillingham, we've acquired a load of the prawn sandwich brigade who are attracted by a shiny bowl and wouldnt have gone near any of our other grounds even if they had the capacity as they would've been forced to concentrate only on the football instead of a comfortable seat and a bowl of cous cous. The sort of pretentious t***s that are plaguing the Amex these days- when they can actually be bothered to turn up for the seats they paid a season ticket for. We have become a club full of miserable unenthusiastic plastic fans why and pushed out the real supporters, also why the atmosphere on match days is so dead. Norfolk and way
  • Score: -37

12:22am Tue 15 Apr 14

PressBoxTeaBoy says...

pablobrowno wrote:
PressBoxTeaBoy wrote:
I think they should do away with goal difference and replace it with home attendance figures. We'd have the edge on Reading by 2-1 on that front.

Very surprised to see that the home gate was only 20,000 for team contending for the play offs, and playing against Champions elect. Quite a miserable and unenthusiastic approach to wanting to return to Premier Lge footie?
Oooooooh 'ark at him. We haven't always had gates of 27k so let's not get on our high horses. The talking must be done ON the pitch! Starting with a win at Hudds on Friday!
Ooh ark at you too, put your teeth back in Pablo. We haven't always have we..........but we do now, and if your'e older than 12, which might be pushing it, then you'd remember that we have always had good support in the Championship (or Div 2), except when evicted or restricted by not actually having a stadium at all, or one that could hold north of 8,000.

Were you having a bad day lover boy. Comment was an observation and humorous dig, but probably a bit to challenging for ya ? Don't fret though, nobody is really going to do away with goal difference.
[quote][p][bold]pablobrowno[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PressBoxTeaBoy[/bold] wrote: I think they should do away with goal difference and replace it with home attendance figures. We'd have the edge on Reading by 2-1 on that front. Very surprised to see that the home gate was only 20,000 for team contending for the play offs, and playing against Champions elect. Quite a miserable and unenthusiastic approach to wanting to return to Premier Lge footie?[/p][/quote]Oooooooh 'ark at him. We haven't always had gates of 27k so let's not get on our high horses. The talking must be done ON the pitch! Starting with a win at Hudds on Friday![/p][/quote]Ooh ark at you too, put your teeth back in Pablo. We haven't always have we..........but we do now, and if your'e older than 12, which might be pushing it, then you'd remember that we have always had good support in the Championship (or Div 2), except when evicted or restricted by not actually having a stadium at all, or one that could hold north of 8,000. Were you having a bad day lover boy. Comment was an observation and humorous dig, but probably a bit to challenging for ya ? Don't fret though, nobody is really going to do away with goal difference. PressBoxTeaBoy
  • Score: -7

12:35am Tue 15 Apr 14

Graydog says...

KeefyH69 wrote:
Did anyone see that apparently Gus is refusing to rule out walking away from Sunderland at the end of the season! Seems he's fallen out with the suits again.
Resignation or dismissal is very likely as Sunderland look for a fresh start in the hope of an immediate return to the Premier League.

Mathematically, Gus should still be talking about the Black Cats staging a dramatic last-minute escape, but there seems to be an air of resignation on Wearside.

The press there have an interesting take on how the many signings over the past year have worked out.
The one signing that Paulo cannot be blamed for and who Albion fans would expect to get a passing grade is among the "misses".
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Most would agree that Liam would do well in the right Premiership side, but I can see that his style may not be best suited to the way Sunderland are presently playing, or having to play.
I was impressed however when the discerning Anfield crowd gave him an appreciative round of applause for skillfully preventing a seemingly lost-cause high ball from going into touch.
Hope what many felt was a rash decision on his part to leave still works out for him amid the N.E. turmoil.
[quote][p][bold]KeefyH69[/bold] wrote: Did anyone see that apparently Gus is refusing to rule out walking away from Sunderland at the end of the season! Seems he's fallen out with the suits again.[/p][/quote]Resignation or dismissal is very likely as Sunderland look for a fresh start in the hope of an immediate return to the Premier League. Mathematically, Gus should still be talking about the Black Cats staging a dramatic last-minute escape, but there seems to be an air of resignation on Wearside. The press there have an interesting take on how the many signings over the past year have worked out. The one signing that Paulo cannot be blamed for and who Albion fans would expect to get a passing grade is among the "misses". http://www.thenorthe rnecho.co.uk/sport/1 1120427.Sunderland_s _transfer_trouble__H ow_19_signings_produ ced_precious_few_gem s/?ref=ar Most would agree that Liam would do well in the right Premiership side, but I can see that his style may not be best suited to the way Sunderland are presently playing, or having to play. I was impressed however when the discerning Anfield crowd gave him an appreciative round of applause for skillfully preventing a seemingly lost-cause high ball from going into touch. Hope what many felt was a rash decision on his part to leave still works out for him amid the N.E. turmoil. Graydog
  • Score: -4

1:55am Tue 15 Apr 14

VegasSeagull says...

There is a story suggesting that Poyet has been sacked, News Now on the Sunderland tag. The article suggests that was his recent comments about an underlying problem existing at Sunderland.
There is a story suggesting that Poyet has been sacked, News Now on the Sunderland tag. The article suggests that was his recent comments about an underlying problem existing at Sunderland. VegasSeagull
  • Score: -1

2:13am Tue 15 Apr 14

VegasSeagull says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
There is a story suggesting that Poyet has been sacked, News Now on the Sunderland tag. The article suggests that was his recent comments about an underlying problem existing at Sunderland.
that IT was his recent comments

If this article turns out to be true, could this be Poyet's second dismissal for gross misconduct? His CV is certainly taking a battering.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: There is a story suggesting that Poyet has been sacked, News Now on the Sunderland tag. The article suggests that was his recent comments about an underlying problem existing at Sunderland.[/p][/quote]that IT was his recent comments If this article turns out to be true, could this be Poyet's second dismissal for gross misconduct? His CV is certainly taking a battering. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 2

3:07am Tue 15 Apr 14

albionbloke says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
There is a story suggesting that Poyet has been sacked, News Now on the Sunderland tag. The article suggests that was his recent comments about an underlying problem existing at Sunderland.
From the Daily Mail:

"Gus Poyet can leave Sunderland for nothing this summer if he completes a miraculous relegation escape. Sportsmail understands the Uruguayan could walk away from the Stadium of Light for free if he keeps them up. It is believed the release clause stipulates Sunderland must waive a compensation fee should Poyet decide to move on, providing he saves them from relegation. The clause was negotiated when Poyet took over from sacked Paolo Di Canio in October."

So he had planned an 'escape' if he kept them up? Put that down to his ego....thinking he could move on to a better club if he DID keep Sunderland up. For Sunderland fans, read between the lines....he has no loyalty to you, this guy is all about 'me'.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: There is a story suggesting that Poyet has been sacked, News Now on the Sunderland tag. The article suggests that was his recent comments about an underlying problem existing at Sunderland.[/p][/quote]From the Daily Mail: "Gus Poyet can leave Sunderland for nothing this summer if he completes a miraculous relegation escape. Sportsmail understands the Uruguayan could walk away from the Stadium of Light for free if he keeps them up. It is believed the release clause stipulates Sunderland must waive a compensation fee should Poyet decide to move on, providing he saves them from relegation. The clause was negotiated when Poyet took over from sacked Paolo Di Canio in October." So he had planned an 'escape' if he kept them up? Put that down to his ego....thinking he could move on to a better club if he DID keep Sunderland up. For Sunderland fans, read between the lines....he has no loyalty to you, this guy is all about 'me'. albionbloke
  • Score: 6

3:43am Tue 15 Apr 14

VegasSeagull says...

albionbloke wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
There is a story suggesting that Poyet has been sacked, News Now on the Sunderland tag. The article suggests that was his recent comments about an underlying problem existing at Sunderland.
From the Daily Mail:

"Gus Poyet can leave Sunderland for nothing this summer if he completes a miraculous relegation escape. Sportsmail understands the Uruguayan could walk away from the Stadium of Light for free if he keeps them up. It is believed the release clause stipulates Sunderland must waive a compensation fee should Poyet decide to move on, providing he saves them from relegation. The clause was negotiated when Poyet took over from sacked Paolo Di Canio in October."

So he had planned an 'escape' if he kept them up? Put that down to his ego....thinking he could move on to a better club if he DID keep Sunderland up. For Sunderland fans, read between the lines....he has no loyalty to you, this guy is all about 'me'.
Well maybe Sunderland have handed him an, 'escape,' route right out the door along with his P45.
[quote][p][bold]albionbloke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: There is a story suggesting that Poyet has been sacked, News Now on the Sunderland tag. The article suggests that was his recent comments about an underlying problem existing at Sunderland.[/p][/quote]From the Daily Mail: "Gus Poyet can leave Sunderland for nothing this summer if he completes a miraculous relegation escape. Sportsmail understands the Uruguayan could walk away from the Stadium of Light for free if he keeps them up. It is believed the release clause stipulates Sunderland must waive a compensation fee should Poyet decide to move on, providing he saves them from relegation. The clause was negotiated when Poyet took over from sacked Paolo Di Canio in October." So he had planned an 'escape' if he kept them up? Put that down to his ego....thinking he could move on to a better club if he DID keep Sunderland up. For Sunderland fans, read between the lines....he has no loyalty to you, this guy is all about 'me'.[/p][/quote]Well maybe Sunderland have handed him an, 'escape,' route right out the door along with his P45. VegasSeagull
  • Score: -3

4:22am Tue 15 Apr 14

Jonathan Mouette says...

Back to reality lads. The article is basically about goal difference and the fact that we haven't scored enough this season. Obviously there is still time to put this right but... If young Mr Lingard can stop, for just one minute, bleating on that he is god's gift to Old Trafford and start converting the chances he has for Brighton everyone will be better off. I do not dispute that he isn't the source of our lack of prowess in front of goal but we have GOT to start converting the chances created... starting at Huddersfield on Friday. UTA!!!
Back to reality lads. The article is basically about goal difference and the fact that we haven't scored enough this season. Obviously there is still time to put this right but... If young Mr Lingard can stop, for just one minute, bleating on that he is god's gift to Old Trafford and start converting the chances he has for Brighton everyone will be better off. I do not dispute that he isn't the source of our lack of prowess in front of goal but we have GOT to start converting the chances created... starting at Huddersfield on Friday. UTA!!! Jonathan Mouette
  • Score: 0

6:49am Tue 15 Apr 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

Norfolk and way says...


PressBoxTeaBoy wrote:
I think they should do away with goal difference and replace it with home attendance figures. We'd have the edge on Reading by 2-1 on that front.

Very surprised to see that the home gate was only 20,000 for team contending for the play offs, and playing against Champions elect. Quite a miserable and unenthusiastic approach to wanting to return to Premier Lge footie?
On that basis it's lucky we're not still at the withdean or goldstone, or Gillingham, we've acquired a load of the prawn sandwich brigade who are attracted by a shiny bowl and wouldnt have gone near any of our other grounds even if they had the capacity as they would've been forced to concentrate only on the football instead of a comfortable seat and a bowl of cous cous. The sort of pretentious t***s that are plaguing the Amex these days- when they can actually be bothered to turn up for the seats they paid a season ticket for. We have become a club full of miserable unenthusiastic plastic fans why and pushed out the real supporters, also why the atmosphere on match days is so dead.

Everyday I get down on my knees and thank god for those 'pretentious t£$%&' - they provide the cash that has taken us to where we are now. It's called success !
Norfolk and way says... PressBoxTeaBoy wrote: I think they should do away with goal difference and replace it with home attendance figures. We'd have the edge on Reading by 2-1 on that front. Very surprised to see that the home gate was only 20,000 for team contending for the play offs, and playing against Champions elect. Quite a miserable and unenthusiastic approach to wanting to return to Premier Lge footie? On that basis it's lucky we're not still at the withdean or goldstone, or Gillingham, we've acquired a load of the prawn sandwich brigade who are attracted by a shiny bowl and wouldnt have gone near any of our other grounds even if they had the capacity as they would've been forced to concentrate only on the football instead of a comfortable seat and a bowl of cous cous. The sort of pretentious t***s that are plaguing the Amex these days- when they can actually be bothered to turn up for the seats they paid a season ticket for. We have become a club full of miserable unenthusiastic plastic fans why and pushed out the real supporters, also why the atmosphere on match days is so dead. Everyday I get down on my knees and thank god for those 'pretentious t£$%&' - they provide the cash that has taken us to where we are now. It's called success ! B rian Tawses left foot
  • Score: 10

7:51am Tue 15 Apr 14

TheWerewolf says...

Jonathan Mouette wrote:
Back to reality lads. The article is basically about goal difference and the fact that we haven't scored enough this season. Obviously there is still time to put this right but... If young Mr Lingard can stop, for just one minute, bleating on that he is god's gift to Old Trafford and start converting the chances he has for Brighton everyone will be better off. I do not dispute that he isn't the source of our lack of prowess in front of goal but we have GOT to start converting the chances created... starting at Huddersfield on Friday. UTA!!!
7 in last 2 not good enough for you? Lingard has been one of the keys to our recent return to form, along with Dale and a solid back line. He is creating lots of chances, and agreed has missed a few, but I'd rather have that than not making the chances at all.
[quote][p][bold]Jonathan Mouette[/bold] wrote: Back to reality lads. The article is basically about goal difference and the fact that we haven't scored enough this season. Obviously there is still time to put this right but... If young Mr Lingard can stop, for just one minute, bleating on that he is god's gift to Old Trafford and start converting the chances he has for Brighton everyone will be better off. I do not dispute that he isn't the source of our lack of prowess in front of goal but we have GOT to start converting the chances created... starting at Huddersfield on Friday. UTA!!![/p][/quote]7 in last 2 not good enough for you? Lingard has been one of the keys to our recent return to form, along with Dale and a solid back line. He is creating lots of chances, and agreed has missed a few, but I'd rather have that than not making the chances at all. TheWerewolf
  • Score: 10

9:11am Tue 15 Apr 14

Chi Gull says...

I wondered how long it would be before someone looked at the goal difference and moaned about our lack of goals. All I will say is Bournemouth have scored far more than us and have a crap goal difference. And that is the point - its goal DIFFERENCE - not goals scored. We are pretty much on a par with those immediately above us on that score.
I wondered how long it would be before someone looked at the goal difference and moaned about our lack of goals. All I will say is Bournemouth have scored far more than us and have a crap goal difference. And that is the point - its goal DIFFERENCE - not goals scored. We are pretty much on a par with those immediately above us on that score. Chi Gull
  • Score: 8

11:36am Tue 15 Apr 14

Clean Sheet says...

PressBoxTeaBoy wrote:
pablobrowno wrote:
PressBoxTeaBoy wrote: I think they should do away with goal difference and replace it with home attendance figures. We'd have the edge on Reading by 2-1 on that front. Very surprised to see that the home gate was only 20,000 for team contending for the play offs, and playing against Champions elect. Quite a miserable and unenthusiastic approach to wanting to return to Premier Lge footie?
Oooooooh 'ark at him. We haven't always had gates of 27k so let's not get on our high horses. The talking must be done ON the pitch! Starting with a win at Hudds on Friday!
Ooh ark at you too, put your teeth back in Pablo. We haven't always have we..........but we do now, and if your'e older than 12, which might be pushing it, then you'd remember that we have always had good support in the Championship (or Div 2), except when evicted or restricted by not actually having a stadium at all, or one that could hold north of 8,000. Were you having a bad day lover boy. Comment was an observation and humorous dig, but probably a bit to challenging for ya ? Don't fret though, nobody is really going to do away with goal difference.
Agreed. Back in the Goldstone days we were regularly getting mid 20,000's even in Div 2 or 3.

We are now reaping our potential, and we must not be sniffy about newcomers to the Amex. Many of these are our future, so to be encouraged. The trolls on here are purely envious of our gates, as are most of the Champ, and several of the PL clubs!
[quote][p][bold]PressBoxTeaBoy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pablobrowno[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PressBoxTeaBoy[/bold] wrote: I think they should do away with goal difference and replace it with home attendance figures. We'd have the edge on Reading by 2-1 on that front. Very surprised to see that the home gate was only 20,000 for team contending for the play offs, and playing against Champions elect. Quite a miserable and unenthusiastic approach to wanting to return to Premier Lge footie?[/p][/quote]Oooooooh 'ark at him. We haven't always had gates of 27k so let's not get on our high horses. The talking must be done ON the pitch! Starting with a win at Hudds on Friday![/p][/quote]Ooh ark at you too, put your teeth back in Pablo. We haven't always have we..........but we do now, and if your'e older than 12, which might be pushing it, then you'd remember that we have always had good support in the Championship (or Div 2), except when evicted or restricted by not actually having a stadium at all, or one that could hold north of 8,000. Were you having a bad day lover boy. Comment was an observation and humorous dig, but probably a bit to challenging for ya ? Don't fret though, nobody is really going to do away with goal difference.[/p][/quote]Agreed. Back in the Goldstone days we were regularly getting mid 20,000's even in Div 2 or 3. We are now reaping our potential, and we must not be sniffy about newcomers to the Amex. Many of these are our future, so to be encouraged. The trolls on here are purely envious of our gates, as are most of the Champ, and several of the PL clubs! Clean Sheet
  • Score: 5

11:53am Tue 15 Apr 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

It doesn't take long before there are arguments about goal difference or attendances. It really doesn't matter because we just have to win the next 4 games and I'm sure other results will give us at least 6 place. Stay together people. We all want the same thing. UTA
It doesn't take long before there are arguments about goal difference or attendances. It really doesn't matter because we just have to win the next 4 games and I'm sure other results will give us at least 6 place. Stay together people. We all want the same thing. UTA Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 8

1:38pm Tue 15 Apr 14

CantUseNSCatWork says...

Joel'sGrandad wrote:
It doesn't take long before there are arguments about goal difference or attendances. It really doesn't matter because we just have to win the next 4 games and I'm sure other results will give us at least 6 place. Stay together people. We all want the same thing. UTA
I agree with that. Even though mathematically, it is not 100% in our onw hands, I believe if we win our next 4, we'll make the play-offs.

The fact that Reading and Wigan have to play each other works massively in our favour as they can't both get maximum ponts from their remaining games. Same goes for Ipswich and B'muff.
[quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: It doesn't take long before there are arguments about goal difference or attendances. It really doesn't matter because we just have to win the next 4 games and I'm sure other results will give us at least 6 place. Stay together people. We all want the same thing. UTA[/p][/quote]I agree with that. Even though mathematically, it is not 100% in our onw hands, I believe if we win our next 4, we'll make the play-offs. The fact that Reading and Wigan have to play each other works massively in our favour as they can't both get maximum ponts from their remaining games. Same goes for Ipswich and B'muff. CantUseNSCatWork
  • Score: 5

12:35am Wed 16 Apr 14

OldGull says...

TheWerewolf wrote:
Jonathan Mouette wrote:
Back to reality lads. The article is basically about goal difference and the fact that we haven't scored enough this season. Obviously there is still time to put this right but... If young Mr Lingard can stop, for just one minute, bleating on that he is god's gift to Old Trafford and start converting the chances he has for Brighton everyone will be better off. I do not dispute that he isn't the source of our lack of prowess in front of goal but we have GOT to start converting the chances created... starting at Huddersfield on Friday. UTA!!!
7 in last 2 not good enough for you? Lingard has been one of the keys to our recent return to form, along with Dale and a solid back line. He is creating lots of chances, and agreed has missed a few, but I'd rather have that than not making the chances at all.
10 in the last 4
[quote][p][bold]TheWerewolf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jonathan Mouette[/bold] wrote: Back to reality lads. The article is basically about goal difference and the fact that we haven't scored enough this season. Obviously there is still time to put this right but... If young Mr Lingard can stop, for just one minute, bleating on that he is god's gift to Old Trafford and start converting the chances he has for Brighton everyone will be better off. I do not dispute that he isn't the source of our lack of prowess in front of goal but we have GOT to start converting the chances created... starting at Huddersfield on Friday. UTA!!![/p][/quote]7 in last 2 not good enough for you? Lingard has been one of the keys to our recent return to form, along with Dale and a solid back line. He is creating lots of chances, and agreed has missed a few, but I'd rather have that than not making the chances at all.[/p][/quote]10 in the last 4 OldGull
  • Score: 0

9:33am Thu 17 Apr 14

Captain Haddock says...

Norfolk and way wrote:
PressBoxTeaBoy wrote:
I think they should do away with goal difference and replace it with home attendance figures. We'd have the edge on Reading by 2-1 on that front.

Very surprised to see that the home gate was only 20,000 for team contending for the play offs, and playing against Champions elect. Quite a miserable and unenthusiastic approach to wanting to return to Premier Lge footie?
On that basis it's lucky we're not still at the withdean or goldstone, or Gillingham, we've acquired a load of the prawn sandwich brigade who are attracted by a shiny bowl and wouldnt have gone near any of our other grounds even if they had the capacity as they would've been forced to concentrate only on the football instead of a comfortable seat and a bowl of cous cous. The sort of pretentious t***s that are plaguing the Amex these days- when they can actually be bothered to turn up for the seats they paid a season ticket for. We have become a club full of miserable unenthusiastic plastic fans why and pushed out the real supporters, also why the atmosphere on match days is so dead.
Too right! Meantime we have it perfect at Palace. Our awesome teenyboppers organise (via the Internet) arrangements for big displays which look so much better than all the German ones you see. Plus all our songs are original (never stolen from St Pauli or anywhere else) and all complement the stylish goal music perfectly.

On top of all that, we have a drum just for good measure. Everybody likes a drum. It isn't in the least bit a sign of plasticity among supporters or sign of the lack of natural noise coming from the support.

What's most totally cool of all is the idea we came up with of getting all of our superhard ultras to wear black T-shirts to look menacing. It's a great idea and again it's really original. For example there aren't any Real Madrid fans who do exactly the same thing behind the goal looking totally cool while spouting their neo-Nazi philosophies. We Palace fans are totally awesome.
[quote][p][bold]Norfolk and way[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PressBoxTeaBoy[/bold] wrote: I think they should do away with goal difference and replace it with home attendance figures. We'd have the edge on Reading by 2-1 on that front. Very surprised to see that the home gate was only 20,000 for team contending for the play offs, and playing against Champions elect. Quite a miserable and unenthusiastic approach to wanting to return to Premier Lge footie?[/p][/quote]On that basis it's lucky we're not still at the withdean or goldstone, or Gillingham, we've acquired a load of the prawn sandwich brigade who are attracted by a shiny bowl and wouldnt have gone near any of our other grounds even if they had the capacity as they would've been forced to concentrate only on the football instead of a comfortable seat and a bowl of cous cous. The sort of pretentious t***s that are plaguing the Amex these days- when they can actually be bothered to turn up for the seats they paid a season ticket for. We have become a club full of miserable unenthusiastic plastic fans why and pushed out the real supporters, also why the atmosphere on match days is so dead.[/p][/quote]Too right! Meantime we have it perfect at Palace. Our awesome teenyboppers organise (via the Internet) arrangements for big displays which look so much better than all the German ones you see. Plus all our songs are original (never stolen from St Pauli or anywhere else) and all complement the stylish goal music perfectly. On top of all that, we have a drum just for good measure. Everybody likes a drum. It isn't in the least bit a sign of plasticity among supporters or sign of the lack of natural noise coming from the support. What's most totally cool of all is the idea we came up with of getting all of our superhard ultras to wear black T-shirts to look menacing. It's a great idea and again it's really original. For example there aren't any Real Madrid fans who do exactly the same thing behind the goal looking totally cool while spouting their neo-Nazi philosophies. We Palace fans are totally awesome. Captain Haddock
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9:44am Thu 17 Apr 14

Captain Haddock says...

albionbloke wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
There is a story suggesting that Poyet has been sacked, News Now on the Sunderland tag. The article suggests that was his recent comments about an underlying problem existing at Sunderland.
From the Daily Mail:

"Gus Poyet can leave Sunderland for nothing this summer if he completes a miraculous relegation escape. Sportsmail understands the Uruguayan could walk away from the Stadium of Light for free if he keeps them up. It is believed the release clause stipulates Sunderland must waive a compensation fee should Poyet decide to move on, providing he saves them from relegation. The clause was negotiated when Poyet took over from sacked Paolo Di Canio in October."

So he had planned an 'escape' if he kept them up? Put that down to his ego....thinking he could move on to a better club if he DID keep Sunderland up. For Sunderland fans, read between the lines....he has no loyalty to you, this guy is all about 'me'.
Absolutely spot on, AlbionBloke. For all his achievements with us his attitude always had an unpleasant whiff that became a stink as it festered over time. He always takes the opportunity to big himself up, imply success against the odds and throw in disclaimers. He also has the loyalty of a psychopath!

Just who does (did) he think would take him on if he helped Sunderland survive? A bigger club? If so, who? Spurs? If so he's dreaming.
[quote][p][bold]albionbloke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: There is a story suggesting that Poyet has been sacked, News Now on the Sunderland tag. The article suggests that was his recent comments about an underlying problem existing at Sunderland.[/p][/quote]From the Daily Mail: "Gus Poyet can leave Sunderland for nothing this summer if he completes a miraculous relegation escape. Sportsmail understands the Uruguayan could walk away from the Stadium of Light for free if he keeps them up. It is believed the release clause stipulates Sunderland must waive a compensation fee should Poyet decide to move on, providing he saves them from relegation. The clause was negotiated when Poyet took over from sacked Paolo Di Canio in October." So he had planned an 'escape' if he kept them up? Put that down to his ego....thinking he could move on to a better club if he DID keep Sunderland up. For Sunderland fans, read between the lines....he has no loyalty to you, this guy is all about 'me'.[/p][/quote]Absolutely spot on, AlbionBloke. For all his achievements with us his attitude always had an unpleasant whiff that became a stink as it festered over time. He always takes the opportunity to big himself up, imply success against the odds and throw in disclaimers. He also has the loyalty of a psychopath! Just who does (did) he think would take him on if he helped Sunderland survive? A bigger club? If so, who? Spurs? If so he's dreaming. Captain Haddock
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9:51am Thu 17 Apr 14

Captain Haddock says...

Chi Gull wrote:
I wondered how long it would be before someone looked at the goal difference and moaned about our lack of goals. All I will say is Bournemouth have scored far more than us and have a crap goal difference. And that is the point - its goal DIFFERENCE - not goals scored. We are pretty much on a par with those immediately above us on that score.
Is the (very) right answer. People seem to think we would have blitzed the division with more attacking footy. Perhaps we would but then again we could have been a Forest or Bournemouth. The point is we are in the mix on GD. Keep our current vain of form going and that issue will be rectified anyway.
[quote][p][bold]Chi Gull[/bold] wrote: I wondered how long it would be before someone looked at the goal difference and moaned about our lack of goals. All I will say is Bournemouth have scored far more than us and have a crap goal difference. And that is the point - its goal DIFFERENCE - not goals scored. We are pretty much on a par with those immediately above us on that score.[/p][/quote]Is the (very) right answer. People seem to think we would have blitzed the division with more attacking footy. Perhaps we would but then again we could have been a Forest or Bournemouth. The point is we are in the mix on GD. Keep our current vain of form going and that issue will be rectified anyway. Captain Haddock
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