Albion can't slip up again, says goal-scorer Stephens

Stephen Dobbie's shot goes in for Blackpool

Stephen Dobbie's shot goes in for Blackpool

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

DALE Stephens believes Albion must win their last two games to sneak into the play-offs after blowing the chance to ensure their fate remains in their own hands.

Yesterday’s 1-1 draw against third-bottom Blackpool at the Amex has left the Seagulls still clinging onto sixth spot, although Reading can move above them if they beat Middlesbrough at home tonight.

Stephens, whose first home goal for the club straight after half-time was quickly cancelled out by ex-Albion striker Stephen Dobbie, reckons Oscar Garcia’s side must now see off doomed Yeovil at the Amex on Friday evening and fellow challengers Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on May 3.

The former Charlton midfielder told The Argus: “We have got to look forward now and move on and do what we can do from now until the end of the season. We wanted maximum points from this game but we have got to do it in the next two now.

“It’s going to be difficult. We knew we had to win this game to put ourselves in a great position. Unfortunately we couldn’t do it.

“We are left kicking ourselves again, because we’ve definitely missed a great opportunity to put distance between ourselves and everybody else.

“We have got to rely on others results now, which is not the way we waanted it to be, but hopefully we can look after what we can do in the next two games and things will fall for us.”

Stephens’ 20-yard curler stretched Albion’s unbeaten run to six games but four of them have been draws and Dobbie’s superb reply four minutes later left Oscar’s team regretting another sluggish start. Stephens said: “We’ve started slowly in the last two games now. We can’t really do that. We need to start at a fast tempo and carry that through.

“We were sloppy from the start but we picked it up and I thought after the goal we would go on and score more but they scored a great goal and they’ve hung on for a draw.

“I obviously enjoyed the goal. I would have enjoyed it a lot more if we had come out of the game with three points. It was a good goal but you can’t help but feel disappointed overall.”

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5:53am Tue 22 Apr 14

JeffLomer says...

Morning guys
When we went in to the game away at town we was not in playoffs position we drew and Reading lost to Wigan so we squeezed in, yes we drew again against Blackpool but were still in sixth,
Who says Reading are guaranteed to win tonight against borough, we only need borough to draw tonight for it to be back in our own hands there capable off doing that as we well no, stop all the negative posts were having a great season!!!!
UP THE Albion!!!!
Morning guys When we went in to the game away at town we was not in playoffs position we drew and Reading lost to Wigan so we squeezed in, yes we drew again against Blackpool but were still in sixth, Who says Reading are guaranteed to win tonight against borough, we only need borough to draw tonight for it to be back in our own hands there capable off doing that as we well no, stop all the negative posts were having a great season!!!! UP THE Albion!!!! JeffLomer
  • Score: 20

6:55am Tue 22 Apr 14

Lord Hamilton says...

I was expecting us to play with tempo, width, movement and passion yesterday. I was disappointed but we've come a long way. Can we get in play offs? Can we get in premiership? Could we stay in premiership? Who knows... and that is the addiction of being an Albion fan. Please play with width on Friday and look up and pick the best pass though. Also don't give the ball away so easily. It's all school boy stuff.
I was expecting us to play with tempo, width, movement and passion yesterday. I was disappointed but we've come a long way. Can we get in play offs? Can we get in premiership? Could we stay in premiership? Who knows... and that is the addiction of being an Albion fan. Please play with width on Friday and look up and pick the best pass though. Also don't give the ball away so easily. It's all school boy stuff. Lord Hamilton
  • Score: 6

7:20am Tue 22 Apr 14

russellsnr2 says...

For a team trying to have a play off place and maybe go up to the Premier league we are not doing ourselves any favours are we?
The last two games although I can only listen on the player we just did seem to turn up, what happened to the team that won at Leicester? Put 3 past Charlton?
Commentator on the player stated he had not such bad delivery from crosses and corners since way back when!!
Personally and I will probably get thumbs down here, we did not win 2 points over the last two games we dropped 4 to teams that we should not have had a problem beating. Yeovil is a must win and Notts Forrest now will be harder for us as they also now have a chance of 6th spot!!.
For a team trying to have a play off place and maybe go up to the Premier league we are not doing ourselves any favours are we? The last two games although I can only listen on the player we just did seem to turn up, what happened to the team that won at Leicester? Put 3 past Charlton? Commentator on the player stated he had not such bad delivery from crosses and corners since way back when!! Personally and I will probably get thumbs down here, we did not win 2 points over the last two games we dropped 4 to teams that we should not have had a problem beating. Yeovil is a must win and Notts Forrest now will be harder for us as they also now have a chance of 6th spot!!. russellsnr2
  • Score: 9

7:57am Tue 22 Apr 14

mark by the sea says...

Had we won , victory friday would have sealed a play off spot, had we played well ( Wigan) and lost no one would have made a comment about our performance ...
Had we won , victory friday would have sealed a play off spot, had we played well ( Wigan) and lost no one would have made a comment about our performance ... mark by the sea
  • Score: -5

8:09am Tue 22 Apr 14

Albion In Staffs says...

russellsnr2 wrote:
For a team trying to have a play off place and maybe go up to the Premier league we are not doing ourselves any favours are we?
The last two games although I can only listen on the player we just did seem to turn up, what happened to the team that won at Leicester? Put 3 past Charlton?
Commentator on the player stated he had not such bad delivery from crosses and corners since way back when!!
Personally and I will probably get thumbs down here, we did not win 2 points over the last two games we dropped 4 to teams that we should not have had a problem beating. Yeovil is a must win and Notts Forrest now will be harder for us as they also now have a chance of 6th spot!!.
Thinking ahead...
If we go up, we'll need to massively strengthen and if we stay down, we'll need to generally strengthen a squad that clearly isn't strong enough to be consistent and challenge right at the top.
And here's an opinion to earn me ridicule...
I saw us at Leicester where we played some excellent one-touch, passing football but my thought was that when it broke down it did so because Ulloa doesn't readily contribute to that style of play. Sure, he scored two well taken goals but he's a not pass and move player and I reckon he might be sacrificed in preference for attackers who'll provide more passing focus in the area where everyone knows we've been lacking penetration.
And if it were to happen, it wouldn't bother me one jot. We'll get decent money for a decent player who, in my opinion, doesn't naturally fit the required style. Square peg in a round hole?
[quote][p][bold]russellsnr2[/bold] wrote: For a team trying to have a play off place and maybe go up to the Premier league we are not doing ourselves any favours are we? The last two games although I can only listen on the player we just did seem to turn up, what happened to the team that won at Leicester? Put 3 past Charlton? Commentator on the player stated he had not such bad delivery from crosses and corners since way back when!! Personally and I will probably get thumbs down here, we did not win 2 points over the last two games we dropped 4 to teams that we should not have had a problem beating. Yeovil is a must win and Notts Forrest now will be harder for us as they also now have a chance of 6th spot!!.[/p][/quote]Thinking ahead... If we go up, we'll need to massively strengthen and if we stay down, we'll need to generally strengthen a squad that clearly isn't strong enough to be consistent and challenge right at the top. And here's an opinion to earn me ridicule... I saw us at Leicester where we played some excellent one-touch, passing football but my thought was that when it broke down it did so because Ulloa doesn't readily contribute to that style of play. Sure, he scored two well taken goals but he's a not pass and move player and I reckon he might be sacrificed in preference for attackers who'll provide more passing focus in the area where everyone knows we've been lacking penetration. And if it were to happen, it wouldn't bother me one jot. We'll get decent money for a decent player who, in my opinion, doesn't naturally fit the required style. Square peg in a round hole? Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 18

8:28am Tue 22 Apr 14

mark by the sea says...

Albion In Staffs wrote:
russellsnr2 wrote:
For a team trying to have a play off place and maybe go up to the Premier league we are not doing ourselves any favours are we?
The last two games although I can only listen on the player we just did seem to turn up, what happened to the team that won at Leicester? Put 3 past Charlton?
Commentator on the player stated he had not such bad delivery from crosses and corners since way back when!!
Personally and I will probably get thumbs down here, we did not win 2 points over the last two games we dropped 4 to teams that we should not have had a problem beating. Yeovil is a must win and Notts Forrest now will be harder for us as they also now have a chance of 6th spot!!.
Thinking ahead...
If we go up, we'll need to massively strengthen and if we stay down, we'll need to generally strengthen a squad that clearly isn't strong enough to be consistent and challenge right at the top.
And here's an opinion to earn me ridicule...
I saw us at Leicester where we played some excellent one-touch, passing football but my thought was that when it broke down it did so because Ulloa doesn't readily contribute to that style of play. Sure, he scored two well taken goals but he's a not pass and move player and I reckon he might be sacrificed in preference for attackers who'll provide more passing focus in the area where everyone knows we've been lacking penetration.
And if it were to happen, it wouldn't bother me one jot. We'll get decent money for a decent player who, in my opinion, doesn't naturally fit the required style. Square peg in a round hole?
I see where your coming from, what of cms though? Another who can't hold the ball because his touch is pretty poor when we try and play quickly,
Two things that we should be doing, looking to sign black pools 18 year old centre back, mcgaheey check out on Blackpool echo there rating of him..
And clearing the dead wood at the club, Hoskins is fit but can't make the 18?
Augustin ? What's he getting paid for exactly? Cms looks out of his depth , that's not new it was the same under Gus ..
Sell ulloa and Buckley, sign Murray and loan some pace , lingard and Sinclair would be my ideal loans.
[quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]russellsnr2[/bold] wrote: For a team trying to have a play off place and maybe go up to the Premier league we are not doing ourselves any favours are we? The last two games although I can only listen on the player we just did seem to turn up, what happened to the team that won at Leicester? Put 3 past Charlton? Commentator on the player stated he had not such bad delivery from crosses and corners since way back when!! Personally and I will probably get thumbs down here, we did not win 2 points over the last two games we dropped 4 to teams that we should not have had a problem beating. Yeovil is a must win and Notts Forrest now will be harder for us as they also now have a chance of 6th spot!!.[/p][/quote]Thinking ahead... If we go up, we'll need to massively strengthen and if we stay down, we'll need to generally strengthen a squad that clearly isn't strong enough to be consistent and challenge right at the top. And here's an opinion to earn me ridicule... I saw us at Leicester where we played some excellent one-touch, passing football but my thought was that when it broke down it did so because Ulloa doesn't readily contribute to that style of play. Sure, he scored two well taken goals but he's a not pass and move player and I reckon he might be sacrificed in preference for attackers who'll provide more passing focus in the area where everyone knows we've been lacking penetration. And if it were to happen, it wouldn't bother me one jot. We'll get decent money for a decent player who, in my opinion, doesn't naturally fit the required style. Square peg in a round hole?[/p][/quote]I see where your coming from, what of cms though? Another who can't hold the ball because his touch is pretty poor when we try and play quickly, Two things that we should be doing, looking to sign black pools 18 year old centre back, mcgaheey check out on Blackpool echo there rating of him.. And clearing the dead wood at the club, Hoskins is fit but can't make the 18? Augustin ? What's he getting paid for exactly? Cms looks out of his depth , that's not new it was the same under Gus .. Sell ulloa and Buckley, sign Murray and loan some pace , lingard and Sinclair would be my ideal loans. mark by the sea
  • Score: -5

8:31am Tue 22 Apr 14

championshipgull says...

Yes and I enjoyed being at the game, good football, great atmosphere, brilliant fans, but left a bit frustrated we didn’t get the 3 points. I guess that’s football. Still win the next two games and we will be nicely set up, for the play-offs.
Yes and I enjoyed being at the game, good football, great atmosphere, brilliant fans, but left a bit frustrated we didn’t get the 3 points. I guess that’s football. Still win the next two games and we will be nicely set up, for the play-offs. championshipgull
  • Score: 5

8:38am Tue 22 Apr 14

elljam says...

As much as I've criticised Oscar recently I didn't feel as disappointed with him after this game.The team selection was ok, sticking with the same line-up which has improved things of late & he even made the substitutions I was calling him to make & also gave the subs plenty of time to make an impact.
I've also often criticised the slow & negative distribution from the back (especially Greer), but yesterday I could see them looking forward with no movement in front of them whatsoever & the only option was to either pass sideways/backwards or lump a hopeful long ball. Although as usual they defended far too deep.
The main thoughts in my mind were either some of the players don't actually want to go up because it would certainly mean them having to find a new club as there is no way some of them could play in the Premier league, or that they hadn't fully recovered from the Huddersfield game & therefore lacked that extra sharpness that I saw in the Charlton (& obviously Leicester) match. These were the only reasons I could justify for us being so flat for virtually the whole 90 minutes. Usually, regardless of how poorly we are playing we have a spell in the match when we get on top but yesterday there was never a time when you thought we were starting to dominate.
Solly March obviously has lots of ability when in possession but the problem is he doesn't do enough to get that possession. I don't really think he knows how to play in the central role off the striker & seems to float around on the periphery of things. Like LuaLua he only ever wants the ball played to his feet & never seems prepared to gamble & make a run beyond the striker to receive the ball in more advanced areas. I wonder about his fitness levels as he only seems to play in patches & often seems to struggle keeping up when we attack with any tempo. What is the point of Ulloa winning headers if no-one is prepared to gamble to get on the end of them. Because of the lack of tempo we reverted to type, playing in front of Blackpool with no penetration instead of the quick one-touch football that helped us beat Leicester & Charlton. Now Buckley is fit (???) I'm hoping Lingard will be moved into the central position because he is the one player who seems to have the energy levels to run beyond Ulloa & when he gets more involved he seems to lift the pace of our game.
Keith Andrews passing was ponderous & inaccurate all game, so if that part of his game isn't working then I don't really see what he brings to the table. Surely Ince is rested enough to get involved for the final push. With a middle five of Ince, Stephens, LuaLua, Lingard & Buckley we have pace & energy to burn who can help us play at the tempo required to break down stubborn defences & track back when required.
We need players buzzing around Ulloa like they did in the Charlton game where his one touch lay-offs were delightful. Yesterday he was often fighting a lone battle yet again.
Spend the next few days freshening the minds & bodies because looking at the other teams fixtures a win on Friday could well be enough.
As much as I've criticised Oscar recently I didn't feel as disappointed with him after this game.The team selection was ok, sticking with the same line-up which has improved things of late & he even made the substitutions I was calling him to make & also gave the subs plenty of time to make an impact. I've also often criticised the slow & negative distribution from the back (especially Greer), but yesterday I could see them looking forward with no movement in front of them whatsoever & the only option was to either pass sideways/backwards or lump a hopeful long ball. Although as usual they defended far too deep. The main thoughts in my mind were either some of the players don't actually want to go up because it would certainly mean them having to find a new club as there is no way some of them could play in the Premier league, or that they hadn't fully recovered from the Huddersfield game & therefore lacked that extra sharpness that I saw in the Charlton (& obviously Leicester) match. These were the only reasons I could justify for us being so flat for virtually the whole 90 minutes. Usually, regardless of how poorly we are playing we have a spell in the match when we get on top but yesterday there was never a time when you thought we were starting to dominate. Solly March obviously has lots of ability when in possession but the problem is he doesn't do enough to get that possession. I don't really think he knows how to play in the central role off the striker & seems to float around on the periphery of things. Like LuaLua he only ever wants the ball played to his feet & never seems prepared to gamble & make a run beyond the striker to receive the ball in more advanced areas. I wonder about his fitness levels as he only seems to play in patches & often seems to struggle keeping up when we attack with any tempo. What is the point of Ulloa winning headers if no-one is prepared to gamble to get on the end of them. Because of the lack of tempo we reverted to type, playing in front of Blackpool with no penetration instead of the quick one-touch football that helped us beat Leicester & Charlton. Now Buckley is fit (???) I'm hoping Lingard will be moved into the central position because he is the one player who seems to have the energy levels to run beyond Ulloa & when he gets more involved he seems to lift the pace of our game. Keith Andrews passing was ponderous & inaccurate all game, so if that part of his game isn't working then I don't really see what he brings to the table. Surely Ince is rested enough to get involved for the final push. With a middle five of Ince, Stephens, LuaLua, Lingard & Buckley we have pace & energy to burn who can help us play at the tempo required to break down stubborn defences & track back when required. We need players buzzing around Ulloa like they did in the Charlton game where his one touch lay-offs were delightful. Yesterday he was often fighting a lone battle yet again. Spend the next few days freshening the minds & bodies because looking at the other teams fixtures a win on Friday could well be enough. elljam
  • Score: 10

8:49am Tue 22 Apr 14

brighton1980 says...

Thought we did fairly well on Saturday but shame we didn't get the 3 points. Great to see CMS back. I'd rather see him start over Lingard purely for his work rate. I haven't seen any of our players charge at an opposition goalkeeper wasting time on a kick since I last saw CMS play. Stephens is on of the real positives from this season. He tries to move the ball around more than the rest of our midfield. LuaLua caused problems whenever he got the ball and great to see him finally get regular starts. He may lack the end product but if he had that as well as his pace and skill, he wouldn't be playing for Brighton! On Saturday, whenever he got the ball and ran at defenders, we always got a free-kick or a corner out of it. Shame we don't have anyone who can take set-pieces. Great atmosphere on Saturday. At a couple of points I thought I even heard the West Stand make a bit of noise. I put it down to Bank Holiday boozing.
Thought we did fairly well on Saturday but shame we didn't get the 3 points. Great to see CMS back. I'd rather see him start over Lingard purely for his work rate. I haven't seen any of our players charge at an opposition goalkeeper wasting time on a kick since I last saw CMS play. Stephens is on of the real positives from this season. He tries to move the ball around more than the rest of our midfield. LuaLua caused problems whenever he got the ball and great to see him finally get regular starts. He may lack the end product but if he had that as well as his pace and skill, he wouldn't be playing for Brighton! On Saturday, whenever he got the ball and ran at defenders, we always got a free-kick or a corner out of it. Shame we don't have anyone who can take set-pieces. Great atmosphere on Saturday. At a couple of points I thought I even heard the West Stand make a bit of noise. I put it down to Bank Holiday boozing. brighton1980
  • Score: 2

8:55am Tue 22 Apr 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

I don't blame Oscar for rubbish performances like yesterday - these are not his players, most were signed by Poyet - and very poor they are too. Big Tom makes some fine saves but his distribution is appalling - so often he throws the ball to Bruno. Bruno may add to the attack but defensively he is a total liability. Distribution is not really Greer's thing either. March needs a run back in the DV - totally out of his depth yesterday. Of the forwards only CMS looked like he might score - or even seemed like he was interested. Ulloa and Lingard were a waste of space and wouldn't have scored if the game had gone on all night. The quicker Lingard goes back to Man U the better and Ulloa should be sold in the summer - he's an idle, underperforming lump.
There MUST be a massive clear out this summer and Oscar must bring his own men in.
I don't blame Oscar for rubbish performances like yesterday - these are not his players, most were signed by Poyet - and very poor they are too. Big Tom makes some fine saves but his distribution is appalling - so often he throws the ball to Bruno. Bruno may add to the attack but defensively he is a total liability. Distribution is not really Greer's thing either. March needs a run back in the DV - totally out of his depth yesterday. Of the forwards only CMS looked like he might score - or even seemed like he was interested. Ulloa and Lingard were a waste of space and wouldn't have scored if the game had gone on all night. The quicker Lingard goes back to Man U the better and Ulloa should be sold in the summer - he's an idle, underperforming lump. There MUST be a massive clear out this summer and Oscar must bring his own men in. B rian Tawses left foot
  • Score: -11

9:03am Tue 22 Apr 14

championshipgull says...

Just had a scan through the comments from strait after the game and can’t believe the amount of negativity. Even ringtone the big wum and Bruce Bucket the big stirrer getting thumbs up. I was still in Dicks bar while some of these people where on here claiming to be at the game. If they were at the Amex they must be very sad people to be strait on here. I suspect it was mostly the trolls supporting each other though while most of us were enjoying ourselves. Just feel sorry for the genuine fans that post, who couldn’t get to the game and had to put up with them.
Just had a scan through the comments from strait after the game and can’t believe the amount of negativity. Even ringtone the big wum and Bruce Bucket the big stirrer getting thumbs up. I was still in Dicks bar while some of these people where on here claiming to be at the game. If they were at the Amex they must be very sad people to be strait on here. I suspect it was mostly the trolls supporting each other though while most of us were enjoying ourselves. Just feel sorry for the genuine fans that post, who couldn’t get to the game and had to put up with them. championshipgull
  • Score: 17

9:26am Tue 22 Apr 14

brighton1980 says...

brighton1980 wrote:
Thought we did fairly well on Saturday but shame we didn't get the 3 points. Great to see CMS back. I'd rather see him start over Lingard purely for his work rate. I haven't seen any of our players charge at an opposition goalkeeper wasting time on a kick since I last saw CMS play. Stephens is on of the real positives from this season. He tries to move the ball around more than the rest of our midfield. LuaLua caused problems whenever he got the ball and great to see him finally get regular starts. He may lack the end product but if he had that as well as his pace and skill, he wouldn't be playing for Brighton! On Saturday, whenever he got the ball and ran at defenders, we always got a free-kick or a corner out of it. Shame we don't have anyone who can take set-pieces. Great atmosphere on Saturday. At a couple of points I thought I even heard the West Stand make a bit of noise. I put it down to Bank Holiday boozing.
I meant Monday, not Saturday by the way!
[quote][p][bold]brighton1980[/bold] wrote: Thought we did fairly well on Saturday but shame we didn't get the 3 points. Great to see CMS back. I'd rather see him start over Lingard purely for his work rate. I haven't seen any of our players charge at an opposition goalkeeper wasting time on a kick since I last saw CMS play. Stephens is on of the real positives from this season. He tries to move the ball around more than the rest of our midfield. LuaLua caused problems whenever he got the ball and great to see him finally get regular starts. He may lack the end product but if he had that as well as his pace and skill, he wouldn't be playing for Brighton! On Saturday, whenever he got the ball and ran at defenders, we always got a free-kick or a corner out of it. Shame we don't have anyone who can take set-pieces. Great atmosphere on Saturday. At a couple of points I thought I even heard the West Stand make a bit of noise. I put it down to Bank Holiday boozing.[/p][/quote]I meant Monday, not Saturday by the way! brighton1980
  • Score: 2

9:48am Tue 22 Apr 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

championshipgull says...

Just had a scan through the comments from strait after the game and can’t believe the amount of negativity. Even ringtone the big wum and Bruce Bucket the big stirrer getting thumbs up. I was still in Dicks bar while some of these people where on here claiming to be at the game. If they were at the Amex they must be very sad people to be strait on here. I suspect it was mostly the trolls supporting each other though while most of us were enjoying ourselves. Just feel sorry for the genuine fans that post, who couldn’t get to the game and had to put up with them.

I WAS at the game yesterday - and I can't believe that anyone can find anything positive to say about it. The team is an ill constructed, under performing mess. DIY would have been more entertaining than wasting my time watching that crap.
championshipgull says... Just had a scan through the comments from strait after the game and can’t believe the amount of negativity. Even ringtone the big wum and Bruce Bucket the big stirrer getting thumbs up. I was still in Dicks bar while some of these people where on here claiming to be at the game. If they were at the Amex they must be very sad people to be strait on here. I suspect it was mostly the trolls supporting each other though while most of us were enjoying ourselves. Just feel sorry for the genuine fans that post, who couldn’t get to the game and had to put up with them. I WAS at the game yesterday - and I can't believe that anyone can find anything positive to say about it. The team is an ill constructed, under performing mess. DIY would have been more entertaining than wasting my time watching that crap. B rian Tawses left foot
  • Score: -10

11:17am Tue 22 Apr 14

barnieb says...

Another hapless performance against Blackpool,torturous to watch. Dale Stephens assertion that the Albion cannot afford any more slip ups and must win both games is optimistic in the extreme.We could win both games and still not make the play-offs.Unfortunat
ely,our destiny is no longer in our own hands.The only good thing to come from The dour 1-1 draw with Blackpool was the £120 I won predicting Dobbie would score against us.
See Barnes scored again.
Another hapless performance against Blackpool,torturous to watch. Dale Stephens assertion that the Albion cannot afford any more slip ups and must win both games is optimistic in the extreme.We could win both games and still not make the play-offs.Unfortunat ely,our destiny is no longer in our own hands.The only good thing to come from The dour 1-1 draw with Blackpool was the £120 I won predicting Dobbie would score against us. See Barnes scored again. barnieb
  • Score: -5

11:33am Tue 22 Apr 14

mikeygit says...

Based on our up and down performances this season--and especially against lower down the division clubs--are we really ready for the Premiership?? I know we have to be professional and do our best, and try for the playoffs but does a team that struggles game after game to win games REALLY deserve to get into the Premiership?? I have my doubts. I would prefer to build a better team that warrants promotion with week after week good performances that gives the message that the team is ready to go up. At the moment we are not---struggle to get out of this division we will struggle in the Premiership. Many may not like what I say but sometimes the truth hurts.WE are 23 points behind Burnley and 27 points behind Leicester--who are already promoted---I think that says it all. Lets do it next season for sure.
Based on our up and down performances this season--and especially against lower down the division clubs--are we really ready for the Premiership?? I know we have to be professional and do our best, and try for the playoffs but does a team that struggles game after game to win games REALLY deserve to get into the Premiership?? I have my doubts. I would prefer to build a better team that warrants promotion with week after week good performances that gives the message that the team is ready to go up. At the moment we are not---struggle to get out of this division we will struggle in the Premiership. Many may not like what I say but sometimes the truth hurts.WE are 23 points behind Burnley and 27 points behind Leicester--who are already promoted---I think that says it all. Lets do it next season for sure. mikeygit
  • Score: 8

11:42am Tue 22 Apr 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

mikeygit wrote:
Based on our up and down performances this season--and especially against lower down the division clubs--are we really ready for the Premiership?? I know we have to be professional and do our best, and try for the playoffs but does a team that struggles game after game to win games REALLY deserve to get into the Premiership?? I have my doubts. I would prefer to build a better team that warrants promotion with week after week good performances that gives the message that the team is ready to go up. At the moment we are not---struggle to get out of this division we will struggle in the Premiership. Many may not like what I say but sometimes the truth hurts.WE are 23 points behind Burnley and 27 points behind Leicester--who are already promoted---I think that says it all. Lets do it next season for sure.
All fair comments, but look at the way Palace stumbled and tripped into the play-offs last season. They could hardly buy a point in the last few months of the season, but went up anyway and are now sitting very comfortably.

There will be a clear out of players whether or not we go up, so why not do it with the benefit of Premier League money?
[quote][p][bold]mikeygit[/bold] wrote: Based on our up and down performances this season--and especially against lower down the division clubs--are we really ready for the Premiership?? I know we have to be professional and do our best, and try for the playoffs but does a team that struggles game after game to win games REALLY deserve to get into the Premiership?? I have my doubts. I would prefer to build a better team that warrants promotion with week after week good performances that gives the message that the team is ready to go up. At the moment we are not---struggle to get out of this division we will struggle in the Premiership. Many may not like what I say but sometimes the truth hurts.WE are 23 points behind Burnley and 27 points behind Leicester--who are already promoted---I think that says it all. Lets do it next season for sure.[/p][/quote]All fair comments, but look at the way Palace stumbled and tripped into the play-offs last season. They could hardly buy a point in the last few months of the season, but went up anyway and are now sitting very comfortably. There will be a clear out of players whether or not we go up, so why not do it with the benefit of Premier League money? Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 11

11:51am Tue 22 Apr 14

JeffLomer says...

barnieb wrote:
Another hapless performance against Blackpool,torturous to watch. Dale Stephens assertion that the Albion cannot afford any more slip ups and must win both games is optimistic in the extreme.We could win both games and still not make the play-offs.Unfortunat

ely,our destiny is no longer in our own hands.The only good thing to come from The dour 1-1 draw with Blackpool was the £120 I won predicting Dobbie would score against us.
See Barnes scored again.
You probably wasted five mins off your life posting the crap you have posted on here mate, people like you **** me off with your negative posts, you don't like what your watching then don't go,
Take note from championshipgulls post spot on
[quote][p][bold]barnieb[/bold] wrote: Another hapless performance against Blackpool,torturous to watch. Dale Stephens assertion that the Albion cannot afford any more slip ups and must win both games is optimistic in the extreme.We could win both games and still not make the play-offs.Unfortunat ely,our destiny is no longer in our own hands.The only good thing to come from The dour 1-1 draw with Blackpool was the £120 I won predicting Dobbie would score against us. See Barnes scored again.[/p][/quote]You probably wasted five mins off your life posting the crap you have posted on here mate, people like you **** me off with your negative posts, you don't like what your watching then don't go, Take note from championshipgulls post spot on JeffLomer
  • Score: 9

2:31pm Tue 22 Apr 14

tinker111 says...

DS Make sure your performance is as good as your mouth ,just because you scored the other 89 mins also count and yours was not that good match sponsors talked into giving you M O M ?????
DS Make sure your performance is as good as your mouth ,just because you scored the other 89 mins also count and yours was not that good match sponsors talked into giving you M O M ????? tinker111
  • Score: -4

2:59pm Tue 22 Apr 14

bruce beckett says...

Championshipgull...h
ow fitting it is that you were in Dicks Bar after the game. Was it named after you?
Championshipgull...h ow fitting it is that you were in Dicks Bar after the game. Was it named after you? bruce beckett
  • Score: -6

5:43pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Mancgulled says...

he's right - concentrate for these last 2 games and hope that Burnley ( if not Middlesborough tonight - cant see it! ) tonk Reading in the final fixture. Also hopefully Bournemouth will draw with Forest ..... starts tonight in earnest -- Reading must draw or hopefully lose ......... still time but we really must have some game plan to beat Yeovil first -- we play well against teams that play constructive footy -- just the fixtures that present the 'park the bus and then timewaste' - even from quarter way in - (Millwall) that the formation becomes important - hopefully Yeovil will want to finish with a flourish and show their fans some free flowing football which will suit us more. Worried about Forest though - if Reading lose tonight I think it will go to the wire.
he's right - concentrate for these last 2 games and hope that Burnley ( if not Middlesborough tonight - cant see it! ) tonk Reading in the final fixture. Also hopefully Bournemouth will draw with Forest ..... starts tonight in earnest -- Reading must draw or hopefully lose ......... still time but we really must have some game plan to beat Yeovil first -- we play well against teams that play constructive footy -- just the fixtures that present the 'park the bus and then timewaste' - even from quarter way in - (Millwall) that the formation becomes important - hopefully Yeovil will want to finish with a flourish and show their fans some free flowing football which will suit us more. Worried about Forest though - if Reading lose tonight I think it will go to the wire. Mancgulled
  • Score: 1

6:31pm Tue 22 Apr 14

saraman says...

I've read with interest the dross and good posts on this thread and others, but the fact remains that The Albion, (the club that I love) were total crap against 'Pool. That does not stop me however, to sincerely hope that we reach the play-offs To report on what one sees at a match does not make one a troll.
.And yes, I was there and every game before.
I've read with interest the dross and good posts on this thread and others, but the fact remains that The Albion, (the club that I love) were total crap against 'Pool. That does not stop me however, to sincerely hope that we reach the play-offs To report on what one sees at a match does not make one a troll. .And yes, I was there and every game before. saraman
  • Score: 1

6:52pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

saraman wrote:
I've read with interest the dross and good posts on this thread and others, but the fact remains that The Albion, (the club that I love) were total crap against 'Pool. That does not stop me however, to sincerely hope that we reach the play-offs To report on what one sees at a match does not make one a troll.
.And yes, I was there and every game before.
I don't think anyone who goes has been called a troll - it's those who make deliberately provocative statements that are.

What do you reckon were the main problems on Tuesday? Various reports claim it was the formation, others the personnel, others a general ennui. Thoughts?
[quote][p][bold]saraman[/bold] wrote: I've read with interest the dross and good posts on this thread and others, but the fact remains that The Albion, (the club that I love) were total crap against 'Pool. That does not stop me however, to sincerely hope that we reach the play-offs To report on what one sees at a match does not make one a troll. .And yes, I was there and every game before.[/p][/quote]I don't think anyone who goes has been called a troll - it's those who make deliberately provocative statements that are. What do you reckon were the main problems on Tuesday? Various reports claim it was the formation, others the personnel, others a general ennui. Thoughts? Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 0

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