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Albion stay sixth but Forest are back in the thick of it

The Argus: Bruno in action aganst Blackpool today Bruno in action aganst Blackpool today

Albion are still in the top six tonight – with Reading and Nottingham Forest leading the chase.

The Seagulls clung on to their play-off berth with a 1-1 draw at home to Blackpool while rivals Ipswich and Bournemouth were also having to settle for a point apiece.

Ipswich were twice pegged back by Bournemouth at Portman Road as they shared a 2-2 draw.

Matt Ritchie got the second leveller on 80 minutes to keep Albion above the dotted line for now.

Reading will overhaul Osar Garcia’s men if they beat Middlesbrough at the Madejski tomorrow.

And Forest, who host the Seagulls on the final day of the season, are right back in the hunt after two wins over Easter.

They followed Saturday’s home success over Birmingham by winning 2-0 at Leeds today.

Matt Derbyshire scored twice in the first 16 minutes at Elland Road to send Forest seventh, a point behind Albion.

Forest go to Bournemouth on Saturday with Ipswich visiting Burnley, whose promotion was confirmed today.

Blackburn and Reading visit two teams just above the bottom three, Charlton and Doncaster respectively.

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7:27pm Mon 21 Apr 14

mark by the sea says...

I would love OG to come out and say that was rubbish and they will be back in training tomo
I would love OG to come out and say that was rubbish and they will be back in training tomo mark by the sea
  • Score: 5

7:35pm Mon 21 Apr 14

bruce beckett says...

Was listening to Talksport this morning and heard Stan Collymore make a good comment. He said he has seen so many teams this season who start games with a negative attitude and only start attacking in the last 10 mins when they're either level or behind.

No surprise that Liverpool are going to win the PL title this season. They come out with all guns blazing right from the first whistle.

I know it's an unfair comparison but I honestly expected us to rip Blackpool to shreds in the first half today, but it just didn't happen.
Was listening to Talksport this morning and heard Stan Collymore make a good comment. He said he has seen so many teams this season who start games with a negative attitude and only start attacking in the last 10 mins when they're either level or behind. No surprise that Liverpool are going to win the PL title this season. They come out with all guns blazing right from the first whistle. I know it's an unfair comparison but I honestly expected us to rip Blackpool to shreds in the first half today, but it just didn't happen. bruce beckett
  • Score: 4

7:59pm Mon 21 Apr 14

To baldly go says...

mark by the sea wrote:
I would love OG to come out and say that was rubbish and they will be back in training tomo
Here here, no excuses please Oscar! Maybe to much training could be the problem! nothing left in the tank come match day! just a thought!
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: I would love OG to come out and say that was rubbish and they will be back in training tomo[/p][/quote]Here here, no excuses please Oscar! Maybe to much training could be the problem! nothing left in the tank come match day! just a thought! To baldly go
  • Score: 3

7:59pm Mon 21 Apr 14

ringtone says...

bruce beckett wrote:
Was listening to Talksport this morning and heard Stan Collymore make a good comment. He said he has seen so many teams this season who start games with a negative attitude and only start attacking in the last 10 mins when they're either level or behind.

No surprise that Liverpool are going to win the PL title this season. They come out with all guns blazing right from the first whistle.

I know it's an unfair comparison but I honestly expected us to rip Blackpool to shreds in the first half today, but it just didn't happen.
Spot on Bruce.

Tony took a punt on a Barcelona lite aficionado that would impress the gluten free pie brigade that can afford the premier league priced season tickets.

That worked, oscar hasn`t.

Just cos you have spent time at Barcelona does not make you a good manager (winning the Israell league aside)
[quote][p][bold]bruce beckett[/bold] wrote: Was listening to Talksport this morning and heard Stan Collymore make a good comment. He said he has seen so many teams this season who start games with a negative attitude and only start attacking in the last 10 mins when they're either level or behind. No surprise that Liverpool are going to win the PL title this season. They come out with all guns blazing right from the first whistle. I know it's an unfair comparison but I honestly expected us to rip Blackpool to shreds in the first half today, but it just didn't happen.[/p][/quote]Spot on Bruce. Tony took a punt on a Barcelona lite aficionado that would impress the gluten free pie brigade that can afford the premier league priced season tickets. That worked, oscar hasn`t. Just cos you have spent time at Barcelona does not make you a good manager (winning the Israell league aside) ringtone
  • Score: 4

7:59pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Albion In Staffs says...

There is no set formula to winning a game of football, so not coming out "all guns blazing" is not the definitive answer as some suggest here.
I still hold with my long held view. I desperately want us to win every game we play and I hope we get into the play offs, but our squad is not good enough for promotion. Magnificent failure will be the platform for a real go next year... With OG still in charge.
There is no set formula to winning a game of football, so not coming out "all guns blazing" is not the definitive answer as some suggest here. I still hold with my long held view. I desperately want us to win every game we play and I hope we get into the play offs, but our squad is not good enough for promotion. Magnificent failure will be the platform for a real go next year... With OG still in charge. Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 2

8:03pm Mon 21 Apr 14

OldGull says...

mark by the sea wrote:
I would love OG to come out and say that was rubbish and they will be back in training tomo
He spoke on Radio Sussex and said he was disappointed with the 1st half performance
That is why he introduced Buckley. Which initially did make a difference
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: I would love OG to come out and say that was rubbish and they will be back in training tomo[/p][/quote]He spoke on Radio Sussex and said he was disappointed with the 1st half performance That is why he introduced Buckley. Which initially did make a difference OldGull
  • Score: -1

8:05pm Mon 21 Apr 14

OldGull says...

Albion In Staffs wrote:
There is no set formula to winning a game of football, so not coming out "all guns blazing" is not the definitive answer as some suggest here.
I still hold with my long held view. I desperately want us to win every game we play and I hope we get into the play offs, but our squad is not good enough for promotion. Magnificent failure will be the platform for a real go next year... With OG still in charge.
agreed
[quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: There is no set formula to winning a game of football, so not coming out "all guns blazing" is not the definitive answer as some suggest here. I still hold with my long held view. I desperately want us to win every game we play and I hope we get into the play offs, but our squad is not good enough for promotion. Magnificent failure will be the platform for a real go next year... With OG still in charge.[/p][/quote]agreed OldGull
  • Score: 0

8:20pm Mon 21 Apr 14

JeffLomer says...

mark by the sea wrote:
I would love OG to come out and say that was rubbish and they will be back in training tomo
He says what he has to say in dressing room, he ain't got to wash his dirty washing in public, to you me or any fan, we got two games left I think he has more important things to worry about,
Up the Albion!!!!
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: I would love OG to come out and say that was rubbish and they will be back in training tomo[/p][/quote]He says what he has to say in dressing room, he ain't got to wash his dirty washing in public, to you me or any fan, we got two games left I think he has more important things to worry about, Up the Albion!!!! JeffLomer
  • Score: 1

8:26pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Conelli98 says...

We have to give OG another season...but...he has to rethink his tactics and playing staff for next season. Any right minded fan will accept we are nowhere near being a prem club at the moment.
We have to give OG another season...but...he has to rethink his tactics and playing staff for next season. Any right minded fan will accept we are nowhere near being a prem club at the moment. Conelli98
  • Score: 9

8:33pm Mon 21 Apr 14

To baldly go says...

OldGull wrote:
Albion In Staffs wrote:
There is no set formula to winning a game of football, so not coming out "all guns blazing" is not the definitive answer as some suggest here.
I still hold with my long held view. I desperately want us to win every game we play and I hope we get into the play offs, but our squad is not good enough for promotion. Magnificent failure will be the platform for a real go next year... With OG still in charge.
agreed
If only it was a magnificent failure! I also hope we still make the play offs but like you say the squad ain't good enough. If as others have posted over the last few weeks that we have over achieved this season, what will happen after the loanees, oldies and those out of contract have left etc. How much cash will Oscar get to buy HIS own players and how long will he be given to get results next season? A big change come summer either way and results will need to be up there or a bigger change after a few games imo.
[quote][p][bold]OldGull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: There is no set formula to winning a game of football, so not coming out "all guns blazing" is not the definitive answer as some suggest here. I still hold with my long held view. I desperately want us to win every game we play and I hope we get into the play offs, but our squad is not good enough for promotion. Magnificent failure will be the platform for a real go next year... With OG still in charge.[/p][/quote]agreed[/p][/quote]If only it was a magnificent failure! I also hope we still make the play offs but like you say the squad ain't good enough. If as others have posted over the last few weeks that we have over achieved this season, what will happen after the loanees, oldies and those out of contract have left etc. How much cash will Oscar get to buy HIS own players and how long will he be given to get results next season? A big change come summer either way and results will need to be up there or a bigger change after a few games imo. To baldly go
  • Score: 1

8:33pm Mon 21 Apr 14

albionfan64 says...

We have to face facts that we have been handed opportunities on a plate these last few weeks and have blown it. I think that Oscar has done what he could with what he has had in front of him though. We aren't good enough, simple. Oscar has seemingly listened to those who wanted more attacking options. It still hasn't worked.

Today should have seen us gain 3 points and breathing space. Now Nigel Tw@tkins up the road is smiling to himself, having been handed another shot at the play-offs. Whether Reading take it or not, the fact is we now have to go to Forest, hoping for a result, with them in the mix. That's after we dispatch Yeovil 5-0 first : )

In every football supporter, there is the romantic side dreaming of a Wembley appearance. The bl@@dy annoying thing is that if we actually got top six, we are capable of beating anyone, apart from relegation fodder of course. I am gutted but not surprised at the same time. UTA
We have to face facts that we have been handed opportunities on a plate these last few weeks and have blown it. I think that Oscar has done what he could with what he has had in front of him though. We aren't good enough, simple. Oscar has seemingly listened to those who wanted more attacking options. It still hasn't worked. Today should have seen us gain 3 points and breathing space. Now Nigel Tw@tkins up the road is smiling to himself, having been handed another shot at the play-offs. Whether Reading take it or not, the fact is we now have to go to Forest, hoping for a result, with them in the mix. That's after we dispatch Yeovil 5-0 first : ) In every football supporter, there is the romantic side dreaming of a Wembley appearance. The bl@@dy annoying thing is that if we actually got top six, we are capable of beating anyone, apart from relegation fodder of course. I am gutted but not surprised at the same time. UTA albionfan64
  • Score: 7

8:59pm Mon 21 Apr 14

fratsomrover says...

What a wasted opportunity ! In the week I quoted " Fortune favors the Brave" but brave we aint. Can anyone tell me what the first 45 minutes were about ?
Utterly and totally inept tactics, Ulloa up front on his own, Lua Lua and Lingard never anywhere near him and March all at sea.
When you play a team with morale as low as Blackpool's you go for the throat from the kick-off. You press home your superiority, you deny them space and time and you pepper their penalty box with crosses and shots.
Not us ! We keep as many players behind the ball as possible, give them time to work the ball out of defense. We did the same as we have been doing most of this season at home and it is pitiful.
Why cant we start a game like Liverpool, pushing players forward and attacking their goal.
I despair sometimes. We had control of our own destiny and now we've lost it and have to hope others slip up.
No doubt NJ will be writing soon about "how good Blackpool are", "that they are in a false position" "that they made it difficult for us".
Well isn't that the aim of the game, to make it difficult for the opposition.
It's just a pity we dont do the same to our opponents.
The final 20 minutes were exciting and a few chances were created, but the previous 70 minutes were appalling tactically.
The only good thing about today was that we witnessed 2 good goals.
Well taken efforts from Stephens and an absolute screamer from Dobbie.
How Dobbs must have enjoyed that after his fruitless year down here when he was hardly ever used. Today he showed what he is capable of, just a pity he didn't get the opportunity to show us when he was down here.

It might be a few years ago since I got my Coaching badges, but I really have to admit I totally fail to understand what OG"s tactics are at home. What is he frightened of ? We are the home team, we are in the top 6 and 3 games from a play-off opportunity at Wembley and he plays a solitary striker down the middle and no width in attack.
We have a centre forward who thrives on crosses, but we hardly hit any in. The best crosses today came from left back Ward.
Blackpool got more men forward in the first 45 mins than we did. We dont stack the box. The gap between Ulloa and our midfield in the first half was huge. Lingard races down the right wing and crosses to a solitary Ulloa in the penalty box. No-one else anywhere near.
I just dont understand this approach.
We score so few goals because our tactics are woeful. Player for player we are stronger than almost everyone in this division, but our tactics do not work, so our class and ability is nullified by our stifling approach.
Maybe David Moyes might be the answer ?
What a wasted opportunity ! In the week I quoted " Fortune favors the Brave" but brave we aint. Can anyone tell me what the first 45 minutes were about ? Utterly and totally inept tactics, Ulloa up front on his own, Lua Lua and Lingard never anywhere near him and March all at sea. When you play a team with morale as low as Blackpool's you go for the throat from the kick-off. You press home your superiority, you deny them space and time and you pepper their penalty box with crosses and shots. Not us ! We keep as many players behind the ball as possible, give them time to work the ball out of defense. We did the same as we have been doing most of this season at home and it is pitiful. Why cant we start a game like Liverpool, pushing players forward and attacking their goal. I despair sometimes. We had control of our own destiny and now we've lost it and have to hope others slip up. No doubt NJ will be writing soon about "how good Blackpool are", "that they are in a false position" "that they made it difficult for us". Well isn't that the aim of the game, to make it difficult for the opposition. It's just a pity we dont do the same to our opponents. The final 20 minutes were exciting and a few chances were created, but the previous 70 minutes were appalling tactically. The only good thing about today was that we witnessed 2 good goals. Well taken efforts from Stephens and an absolute screamer from Dobbie. How Dobbs must have enjoyed that after his fruitless year down here when he was hardly ever used. Today he showed what he is capable of, just a pity he didn't get the opportunity to show us when he was down here. It might be a few years ago since I got my Coaching badges, but I really have to admit I totally fail to understand what OG"s tactics are at home. What is he frightened of ? We are the home team, we are in the top 6 and 3 games from a play-off opportunity at Wembley and he plays a solitary striker down the middle and no width in attack. We have a centre forward who thrives on crosses, but we hardly hit any in. The best crosses today came from left back Ward. Blackpool got more men forward in the first 45 mins than we did. We dont stack the box. The gap between Ulloa and our midfield in the first half was huge. Lingard races down the right wing and crosses to a solitary Ulloa in the penalty box. No-one else anywhere near. I just dont understand this approach. We score so few goals because our tactics are woeful. Player for player we are stronger than almost everyone in this division, but our tactics do not work, so our class and ability is nullified by our stifling approach. Maybe David Moyes might be the answer ? fratsomrover
  • Score: 9

9:38pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Far gull says...

Just unreal . Part of me after today wished we had been soundly beaten and put out of our misery !. Well played Dale today and Matt Upson . Bruno still our best creative player on the park which sums it up.
Just unreal . Part of me after today wished we had been soundly beaten and put out of our misery !. Well played Dale today and Matt Upson . Bruno still our best creative player on the park which sums it up. Far gull
  • Score: 2

9:39pm Mon 21 Apr 14

pablobrowno says...

For me the most poignant thing Oscar said in his interview was, when asked what he would change next season if we are still in the championship, said "a lot". Tells a tale. Don't lose faith in Oscar. Give him a summer and let's have another great season in this great division in our amazing stadium with our fantastic fans!

Unless we scrape up to the prem like the palace did!

uTA!!
For me the most poignant thing Oscar said in his interview was, when asked what he would change next season if we are still in the championship, said "a lot". Tells a tale. Don't lose faith in Oscar. Give him a summer and let's have another great season in this great division in our amazing stadium with our fantastic fans! Unless we scrape up to the prem like the palace did! uTA!! pablobrowno
  • Score: 3

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