Albion drop back out of the play-offs

Reading's win at Doncaster was not what Albion boss Oscar Garcia wanted on his 41st birthday.

Reading's win at Doncaster was not what Albion boss Oscar Garcia wanted on his 41st birthday.

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Albion's challenge for the play-offs is back out of their hands with a game to go.

Reading came from behind to win 3-1 at Doncaster today.

They are a point above the Seagulls with an identical plus 14 goal difference ahead of their final game at home to promoted Burnley next Saturday.

Albion's last day hosts Nottingham Forest are out of contention after crashing 4-1 at Bournemouth.

Watford, beaten 4-2 at Derby, have also dropped out of the race and so almost certainly have Blackburn, despite winning 3-1 at Charlton.

Wigan are looking nervously over their shoulders after losing 2-0 at home to Blackpool.

They have dropped below Reading into sixth and are one point above Albion with a one-goal inferior goal difference.

Wigan have a game in hand at relegation-haunted Birmingham on Tuesday evening before visiting Blackburn on the last day.

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5:18pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Graydog says...

Oh dear! Donkey disaster.
Oh dear! Donkey disaster. Graydog
  • Score: -12

5:18pm Sat 26 Apr 14

bikerjimbo says...

What an end to the season. All we can do is hope for a win next Saturday and for Burnley to come to our rescue. Fingers crossed.
What an end to the season. All we can do is hope for a win next Saturday and for Burnley to come to our rescue. Fingers crossed. bikerjimbo
  • Score: 6

5:20pm Sat 26 Apr 14

mark by the sea says...

We could go up with a draw ! Funny old season, to be honest there are 6-7 clubs playing with nearly being good enough to go up, Beating QPR or Derby I don't think either reading or Wigan could do in a final.. Or us to be honest.

Bottom line is far to many points dropped to weaker sides, when your trying to hold on for a 1-0 for 60 minutes every week the dropping of points is going to happen more .
We have not score enough goals this season approx 15 less than last season, that is a massive drop of approx 20% ish
We could go up with a draw ! Funny old season, to be honest there are 6-7 clubs playing with nearly being good enough to go up, Beating QPR or Derby I don't think either reading or Wigan could do in a final.. Or us to be honest. Bottom line is far to many points dropped to weaker sides, when your trying to hold on for a 1-0 for 60 minutes every week the dropping of points is going to happen more . We have not score enough goals this season approx 15 less than last season, that is a massive drop of approx 20% ish mark by the sea
  • Score: 23

5:21pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Conelli98 says...

Brighton will draw at Forest and Wigan will lose both their games at Birmingham and Blackburn...thus making us in play-offs thanks to goal diff!
Brighton will draw at Forest and Wigan will lose both their games at Birmingham and Blackburn...thus making us in play-offs thanks to goal diff! Conelli98
  • Score: -3

5:21pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Willie, Willie Irvine says...

It could yet all go wrong for Wigan, given their run in. We can only hope so.
It could yet all go wrong for Wigan, given their run in. We can only hope so. Willie, Willie Irvine
  • Score: 4

5:22pm Sat 26 Apr 14

mark by the sea says...

I don't fancy Wigan if they have to go to Blackburn for 3 points, they have a massive game at St. Andrews Tuesday .... We could sneak in
I don't fancy Wigan if they have to go to Blackburn for 3 points, they have a massive game at St. Andrews Tuesday .... We could sneak in mark by the sea
  • Score: 1

5:23pm Sat 26 Apr 14

JeffLomer says...

What will be will be boys going down to last game as we thought it would, are Wigan losing there bottle let's hope so, keep the belief boys were still in with a shout,
Up the Albion!!!!
What will be will be boys going down to last game as we thought it would, are Wigan losing there bottle let's hope so, keep the belief boys were still in with a shout, Up the Albion!!!! JeffLomer
  • Score: 10

5:26pm Sat 26 Apr 14

SMF20 says...

I wouldn't dismiss Wigan dropping out of the playoffs yet.

They've a very tough game away at Birmingham who desperately need the points on Tuesday and with Backburn away after that, it's not a formality.

I fancy we might finish 7th this season if I'm honest and as MBTS says,,, we have dropped far to many points at home to the so called lesser teams.

It's not over yet though.

Uta
I wouldn't dismiss Wigan dropping out of the playoffs yet. They've a very tough game away at Birmingham who desperately need the points on Tuesday and with Backburn away after that, it's not a formality. I fancy we might finish 7th this season if I'm honest and as MBTS says,,, we have dropped far to many points at home to the so called lesser teams. It's not over yet though. Uta SMF20
  • Score: 10

5:35pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Major Bloodboil says...

SMF20 wrote:
I wouldn't dismiss Wigan dropping out of the playoffs yet.

They've a very tough game away at Birmingham who desperately need the points on Tuesday and with Backburn away after that, it's not a formality.

I fancy we might finish 7th this season if I'm honest and as MBTS says,,, we have dropped far to many points at home to the so called lesser teams.

It's not over yet though.

Uta
Sorry SMF20 but I don't think that Wigan will lose at Birmingham. Leeds won there at a canter today and Wigan are better than Leeds. Would love to be proved wrong though.
I think that it all depends on Burnley getting at least a point at Reading and us getting a win at Notts F.
[quote][p][bold]SMF20[/bold] wrote: I wouldn't dismiss Wigan dropping out of the playoffs yet. They've a very tough game away at Birmingham who desperately need the points on Tuesday and with Backburn away after that, it's not a formality. I fancy we might finish 7th this season if I'm honest and as MBTS says,,, we have dropped far to many points at home to the so called lesser teams. It's not over yet though. Uta[/p][/quote]Sorry SMF20 but I don't think that Wigan will lose at Birmingham. Leeds won there at a canter today and Wigan are better than Leeds. Would love to be proved wrong though. I think that it all depends on Burnley getting at least a point at Reading and us getting a win at Notts F. Major Bloodboil
  • Score: 7

5:38pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Vince says...

Albion could still even finish 5th. Forest are out of it - but will probably want to prevent us going up. However, I still fancy us for the 3 points. If Burnley field their strongest team they could get a draw or even victory over Reading. If Wigan get no more than two draws against Birmingham and Blackburn, then Brighton with a victory would finish 5th.

I have that horrible feeling however, that Reading and Wigan will sneak into the play-offs - teams that we deserved to beat both at home and away.
They say the table doesn't lie - but if Reading finish above us - I would say that in this case it does! We are a much better team than them.

Wigan have done massively well to reach 5th place after all those games playing in Europe and getting to the FA Cup semi-final only going out on penalties to Arsenal.

Sod's Law says Reading will get to the Premiership this season - after yet another dodgy le Fondre penalty decision at Doncaster to get them back into the game with 25 mins left.
Albion could still even finish 5th. Forest are out of it - but will probably want to prevent us going up. However, I still fancy us for the 3 points. If Burnley field their strongest team they could get a draw or even victory over Reading. If Wigan get no more than two draws against Birmingham and Blackburn, then Brighton with a victory would finish 5th. I have that horrible feeling however, that Reading and Wigan will sneak into the play-offs - teams that we deserved to beat both at home and away. They say the table doesn't lie - but if Reading finish above us - I would say that in this case it does! We are a much better team than them. Wigan have done massively well to reach 5th place after all those games playing in Europe and getting to the FA Cup semi-final only going out on penalties to Arsenal. Sod's Law says Reading will get to the Premiership this season - after yet another dodgy le Fondre penalty decision at Doncaster to get them back into the game with 25 mins left. Vince
  • Score: 5

5:40pm Sat 26 Apr 14

VegasSeagull says...

Reading will get nothing other than beaten when they play Burnley. I really didn't think Bunley would be too intested today but that was far from the truth, they played to win and I think they will when the take on Reading, and they are good enough to get the job done.
Reading will get nothing other than beaten when they play Burnley. I really didn't think Bunley would be too intested today but that was far from the truth, they played to win and I think they will when the take on Reading, and they are good enough to get the job done. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 12

5:42pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Southwick seagull says...

Just have to go all out for a win at Forest and keep fingers and toes firmly crossed. It's looking unlikely but not impossible - focus on the next game is everything (as OG has been saying all season).
Just have to go all out for a win at Forest and keep fingers and toes firmly crossed. It's looking unlikely but not impossible - focus on the next game is everything (as OG has been saying all season). Southwick seagull
  • Score: 4

5:47pm Sat 26 Apr 14

wardfan says...

Reading will lose to Burnley in my opinion, whether we beat Forest is a different thing.
What ever happens after last season's loss to Palace, I am prepared for anything this season.
My brain tells me we are not ready for the premier league, but my Heart want's us in the play-off's. Then who can say over 3 games, if we play to our full potential. I mean would you have bet on Brighton beating Leicester, QPR, .
Reading will lose to Burnley in my opinion, whether we beat Forest is a different thing. What ever happens after last season's loss to Palace, I am prepared for anything this season. My brain tells me we are not ready for the premier league, but my Heart want's us in the play-off's. Then who can say over 3 games, if we play to our full potential. I mean would you have bet on Brighton beating Leicester, QPR, . wardfan
  • Score: 9

5:56pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Aldrington Halt says...

Take it to the wire..Seagulls!!!
Take it to the wire..Seagulls!!! Aldrington Halt
  • Score: 5

5:57pm Sat 26 Apr 14

JeffLomer says...

Major Bloodboil wrote:
SMF20 wrote:
I wouldn't dismiss Wigan dropping out of the playoffs yet.

They've a very tough game away at Birmingham who desperately need the points on Tuesday and with Backburn away after that, it's not a formality.

I fancy we might finish 7th this season if I'm honest and as MBTS says,,, we have dropped far to many points at home to the so called lesser teams.

It's not over yet though.

Uta
Sorry SMF20 but I don't think that Wigan will lose at Birmingham. Leeds won there at a canter today and Wigan are better than Leeds. Would love to be proved wrong though.
I think that it all depends on Burnley getting at least a point at Reading and us getting a win at Notts F.
Don't you think Birmingham are fighting to stay up yes they lost to Leeds today but we beat Leicester home and away don't make us better than them, what I'm saying is any team can beat any team in a one off game just my opinion, we can all hope Birmingham can get something!!
I understand what your saying though mate brum are poor
Up the Albion!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Major Bloodboil[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SMF20[/bold] wrote: I wouldn't dismiss Wigan dropping out of the playoffs yet. They've a very tough game away at Birmingham who desperately need the points on Tuesday and with Backburn away after that, it's not a formality. I fancy we might finish 7th this season if I'm honest and as MBTS says,,, we have dropped far to many points at home to the so called lesser teams. It's not over yet though. Uta[/p][/quote]Sorry SMF20 but I don't think that Wigan will lose at Birmingham. Leeds won there at a canter today and Wigan are better than Leeds. Would love to be proved wrong though. I think that it all depends on Burnley getting at least a point at Reading and us getting a win at Notts F.[/p][/quote]Don't you think Birmingham are fighting to stay up yes they lost to Leeds today but we beat Leicester home and away don't make us better than them, what I'm saying is any team can beat any team in a one off game just my opinion, we can all hope Birmingham can get something!! I understand what your saying though mate brum are poor Up the Albion!!!! JeffLomer
  • Score: 7

6:14pm Sat 26 Apr 14

ringtone says...

wardfan wrote:
Reading will lose to Burnley in my opinion, whether we beat Forest is a different thing.
What ever happens after last season's loss to Palace, I am prepared for anything this season.
My brain tells me we are not ready for the premier league, but my Heart want's us in the play-off's. Then who can say over 3 games, if we play to our full potential. I mean would you have bet on Brighton beating Leicester, QPR, .
Nerd Alert !!

The plays offs actually consist of 5 games,the semi-finals are played over two legs, with 3rd playing 6th and 4th playing 5th, with the return fixtures following. The final is played at Wembley Stadium.
[quote][p][bold]wardfan[/bold] wrote: Reading will lose to Burnley in my opinion, whether we beat Forest is a different thing. What ever happens after last season's loss to Palace, I am prepared for anything this season. My brain tells me we are not ready for the premier league, but my Heart want's us in the play-off's. Then who can say over 3 games, if we play to our full potential. I mean would you have bet on Brighton beating Leicester, QPR, .[/p][/quote]Nerd Alert !! The plays offs actually consist of 5 games,the semi-finals are played over two legs, with 3rd playing 6th and 4th playing 5th, with the return fixtures following. The final is played at Wembley Stadium. ringtone
  • Score: -12

6:26pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Quiterie says...

Albion to draw a Forest.

Reading to lose against Burnley with a Barnesy hat-trick!!!
Albion to draw a Forest. Reading to lose against Burnley with a Barnesy hat-trick!!! Quiterie
  • Score: 1

6:43pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Blue and White Gulls says...

ringtone wrote:
wardfan wrote:
Reading will lose to Burnley in my opinion, whether we beat Forest is a different thing.
What ever happens after last season's loss to Palace, I am prepared for anything this season.
My brain tells me we are not ready for the premier league, but my Heart want's us in the play-off's. Then who can say over 3 games, if we play to our full potential. I mean would you have bet on Brighton beating Leicester, QPR, .
Nerd Alert !!

The plays offs actually consist of 5 games,the semi-finals are played over two legs, with 3rd playing 6th and 4th playing 5th, with the return fixtures following. The final is played at Wembley Stadium.
You going to explain to him Wardfan?
[quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wardfan[/bold] wrote: Reading will lose to Burnley in my opinion, whether we beat Forest is a different thing. What ever happens after last season's loss to Palace, I am prepared for anything this season. My brain tells me we are not ready for the premier league, but my Heart want's us in the play-off's. Then who can say over 3 games, if we play to our full potential. I mean would you have bet on Brighton beating Leicester, QPR, .[/p][/quote]Nerd Alert !! The plays offs actually consist of 5 games,the semi-finals are played over two legs, with 3rd playing 6th and 4th playing 5th, with the return fixtures following. The final is played at Wembley Stadium.[/p][/quote]You going to explain to him Wardfan? Blue and White Gulls
  • Score: 2

6:50pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

ringtone wrote:
wardfan wrote:
Reading will lose to Burnley in my opinion, whether we beat Forest is a different thing.
What ever happens after last season's loss to Palace, I am prepared for anything this season.
My brain tells me we are not ready for the premier league, but my Heart want's us in the play-off's. Then who can say over 3 games, if we play to our full potential. I mean would you have bet on Brighton beating Leicester, QPR, .
Nerd Alert !!

The plays offs actually consist of 5 games,the semi-finals are played over two legs, with 3rd playing 6th and 4th playing 5th, with the return fixtures following. The final is played at Wembley Stadium.
The teams in the play off final each play 3 games.
2 in the semifinal and 1 in the final.
If we win we play 3 games.

You're the Nerd
[quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wardfan[/bold] wrote: Reading will lose to Burnley in my opinion, whether we beat Forest is a different thing. What ever happens after last season's loss to Palace, I am prepared for anything this season. My brain tells me we are not ready for the premier league, but my Heart want's us in the play-off's. Then who can say over 3 games, if we play to our full potential. I mean would you have bet on Brighton beating Leicester, QPR, .[/p][/quote]Nerd Alert !! The plays offs actually consist of 5 games,the semi-finals are played over two legs, with 3rd playing 6th and 4th playing 5th, with the return fixtures following. The final is played at Wembley Stadium.[/p][/quote]The teams in the play off final each play 3 games. 2 in the semifinal and 1 in the final. If we win we play 3 games. You're the Nerd Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 6

7:06pm Sat 26 Apr 14

ringtone says...

Joel'sGrandad wrote:
ringtone wrote:
wardfan wrote:
Reading will lose to Burnley in my opinion, whether we beat Forest is a different thing.
What ever happens after last season's loss to Palace, I am prepared for anything this season.
My brain tells me we are not ready for the premier league, but my Heart want's us in the play-off's. Then who can say over 3 games, if we play to our full potential. I mean would you have bet on Brighton beating Leicester, QPR, .
Nerd Alert !!

The plays offs actually consist of 5 games,the semi-finals are played over two legs, with 3rd playing 6th and 4th playing 5th, with the return fixtures following. The final is played at Wembley Stadium.
The teams in the play off final each play 3 games.
2 in the semifinal and 1 in the final.
If we win we play 3 games.

You're the Nerd
You cant count

You dont know what a nerd is

And you have no sense of humour

I really wouldnt take me on, even Vegas and Arnie pick their battles
[quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wardfan[/bold] wrote: Reading will lose to Burnley in my opinion, whether we beat Forest is a different thing. What ever happens after last season's loss to Palace, I am prepared for anything this season. My brain tells me we are not ready for the premier league, but my Heart want's us in the play-off's. Then who can say over 3 games, if we play to our full potential. I mean would you have bet on Brighton beating Leicester, QPR, .[/p][/quote]Nerd Alert !! The plays offs actually consist of 5 games,the semi-finals are played over two legs, with 3rd playing 6th and 4th playing 5th, with the return fixtures following. The final is played at Wembley Stadium.[/p][/quote]The teams in the play off final each play 3 games. 2 in the semifinal and 1 in the final. If we win we play 3 games. You're the Nerd[/p][/quote]You cant count You dont know what a nerd is And you have no sense of humour I really wouldnt take me on, even Vegas and Arnie pick their battles ringtone
  • Score: -10

7:13pm Sat 26 Apr 14

WisdomSpeaks says...

I'm grateful that we are VERY MUCH still in the chase - now it could be two places still up for grabs!

In 1991 we were by far the inferior of the clubs going into the last game. Our goal difference was some 21 worse than Barnsley and we ended up drawing our last game so giving us a one point advantage. Very few gave us any chance against Millwall who finished 3 points and 27 goals better than us.

Yet we murdered them, home and away, under a very quietly unemotional manager who, like Oscar, only ever focused on the positive despite a horrid boardroom situation to contend with which none of us were aware of until Stanley/Archer/Bello
tti showed their true intentions.

So I'm staying hugely positive that this time we can go one stage better!

Well done to Oscar and all the team - and, by the way, Ashley looked in great form today. Let's trust he'll pull out all the stops next Saturday!!!
I'm grateful that we are VERY MUCH still in the chase - now it could be two places still up for grabs! In 1991 we were by far the inferior of the clubs going into the last game. Our goal difference was some 21 worse than Barnsley and we ended up drawing our last game so giving us a one point advantage. Very few gave us any chance against Millwall who finished 3 points and 27 goals better than us. Yet we murdered them, home and away, under a very quietly unemotional manager who, like Oscar, only ever focused on the positive despite a horrid boardroom situation to contend with which none of us were aware of until Stanley/Archer/Bello tti showed their true intentions. So I'm staying hugely positive that this time we can go one stage better! Well done to Oscar and all the team - and, by the way, Ashley looked in great form today. Let's trust he'll pull out all the stops next Saturday!!! WisdomSpeaks
  • Score: 11

7:14pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Conelli98 says...

ringtone wrote:
Joel'sGrandad wrote:
ringtone wrote:
wardfan wrote:
Reading will lose to Burnley in my opinion, whether we beat Forest is a different thing.
What ever happens after last season's loss to Palace, I am prepared for anything this season.
My brain tells me we are not ready for the premier league, but my Heart want's us in the play-off's. Then who can say over 3 games, if we play to our full potential. I mean would you have bet on Brighton beating Leicester, QPR, .
Nerd Alert !!

The plays offs actually consist of 5 games,the semi-finals are played over two legs, with 3rd playing 6th and 4th playing 5th, with the return fixtures following. The final is played at Wembley Stadium.
The teams in the play off final each play 3 games.
2 in the semifinal and 1 in the final.
If we win we play 3 games.

You're the Nerd
You cant count

You dont know what a nerd is

And you have no sense of humour

I really wouldnt take me on, even Vegas and Arnie pick their battles
I would gladly take you on ringworm but apparently you are busy tonight trolling the bridges and the mound!
[quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wardfan[/bold] wrote: Reading will lose to Burnley in my opinion, whether we beat Forest is a different thing. What ever happens after last season's loss to Palace, I am prepared for anything this season. My brain tells me we are not ready for the premier league, but my Heart want's us in the play-off's. Then who can say over 3 games, if we play to our full potential. I mean would you have bet on Brighton beating Leicester, QPR, .[/p][/quote]Nerd Alert !! The plays offs actually consist of 5 games,the semi-finals are played over two legs, with 3rd playing 6th and 4th playing 5th, with the return fixtures following. The final is played at Wembley Stadium.[/p][/quote]The teams in the play off final each play 3 games. 2 in the semifinal and 1 in the final. If we win we play 3 games. You're the Nerd[/p][/quote]You cant count You dont know what a nerd is And you have no sense of humour I really wouldnt take me on, even Vegas and Arnie pick their battles[/p][/quote]I would gladly take you on ringworm but apparently you are busy tonight trolling the bridges and the mound! Conelli98
  • Score: -7

7:18pm Sat 26 Apr 14

ringtone says...

Joel'sGrandad wrote:
ringtone wrote:
wardfan wrote:
Reading will lose to Burnley in my opinion, whether we beat Forest is a different thing.
What ever happens after last season's loss to Palace, I am prepared for anything this season.
My brain tells me we are not ready for the premier league, but my Heart want's us in the play-off's. Then who can say over 3 games, if we play to our full potential. I mean would you have bet on Brighton beating Leicester, QPR, .
Nerd Alert !!

The plays offs actually consist of 5 games,the semi-finals are played over two legs, with 3rd playing 6th and 4th playing 5th, with the return fixtures following. The final is played at Wembley Stadium.
The teams in the play off final each play 3 games.
2 in the semifinal and 1 in the final.
If we win we play 3 games.

You're the Nerd
Maybe you are saying there are 6 games in the play offs.

Well i do not remember the play off game between Brighton and Leicester to decide 3rd place, how did we get on?
[quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wardfan[/bold] wrote: Reading will lose to Burnley in my opinion, whether we beat Forest is a different thing. What ever happens after last season's loss to Palace, I am prepared for anything this season. My brain tells me we are not ready for the premier league, but my Heart want's us in the play-off's. Then who can say over 3 games, if we play to our full potential. I mean would you have bet on Brighton beating Leicester, QPR, .[/p][/quote]Nerd Alert !! The plays offs actually consist of 5 games,the semi-finals are played over two legs, with 3rd playing 6th and 4th playing 5th, with the return fixtures following. The final is played at Wembley Stadium.[/p][/quote]The teams in the play off final each play 3 games. 2 in the semifinal and 1 in the final. If we win we play 3 games. You're the Nerd[/p][/quote]Maybe you are saying there are 6 games in the play offs. Well i do not remember the play off game between Brighton and Leicester to decide 3rd place, how did we get on? ringtone
  • Score: 2

7:32pm Sat 26 Apr 14

pte says...

Who knows? We could draw and make it or win and still not make it. We could even end up making it with Reading without even winning and Wigan dropping out.

If it ends next week it won't be as bad as the way it ended last season
Who knows? We could draw and make it or win and still not make it. We could even end up making it with Reading without even winning and Wigan dropping out. If it ends next week it won't be as bad as the way it ended last season pte
  • Score: 4

7:46pm Sat 26 Apr 14

fratsomrover says...

Lots of optimists on line tonight !!!!
Just imagine our entire season might hinge on Barne door Ashley scoring at the Madjeski !!
Mind you if Wigan fail to beat Brum on Tuesday, there just might be another alternative to us scraping into the top 6.
Funny old game !!!
Lots of optimists on line tonight !!!! Just imagine our entire season might hinge on Barne door Ashley scoring at the Madjeski !! Mind you if Wigan fail to beat Brum on Tuesday, there just might be another alternative to us scraping into the top 6. Funny old game !!! fratsomrover
  • Score: 2

7:49pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Norfolk and way says...

All this fuss over coming 6th, it's getting beyond tedious, it should be the top 3 going up and no one else. With the exception of palace those that go up finishing 6th usually bomb, that means us I'm afraid. It's quite clear we aren't good enough.
All this fuss over coming 6th, it's getting beyond tedious, it should be the top 3 going up and no one else. With the exception of palace those that go up finishing 6th usually bomb, that means us I'm afraid. It's quite clear we aren't good enough. Norfolk and way
  • Score: -12

9:28pm Sat 26 Apr 14

PressBoxTeaBoy says...

Quiterie wrote:
Albion to draw a Forest.

Reading to lose against Burnley with a Barnesy hat-trick!!!
Wrong, Albion to beat Forest 6-0, CMS gets 3, Ulloa gets 3, Reading beat Burnley 1-0 with Barnes missing two sitters, missing a penalty, and getting sent off, cos he's a dozy dick, and we stay in the championship but feel better because we can blame it on Barnes. Yeehaa!
[quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: Albion to draw a Forest. Reading to lose against Burnley with a Barnesy hat-trick!!![/p][/quote]Wrong, Albion to beat Forest 6-0, CMS gets 3, Ulloa gets 3, Reading beat Burnley 1-0 with Barnes missing two sitters, missing a penalty, and getting sent off, cos he's a dozy dick, and we stay in the championship but feel better because we can blame it on Barnes. Yeehaa! PressBoxTeaBoy
  • Score: -1

9:29pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Quiterie says...

Norfolk and way wrote:
All this fuss over coming 6th, it's getting beyond tedious, it should be the top 3 going up and no one else. With the exception of palace those that go up finishing 6th usually bomb, that means us I'm afraid. It's quite clear we aren't good enough.
Firstly Palace finished 5th, not 6th.

Secondly the last 3 teams who went up after finishing 6th have either stayed up or gone back down by just a single point.
[quote][p][bold]Norfolk and way[/bold] wrote: All this fuss over coming 6th, it's getting beyond tedious, it should be the top 3 going up and no one else. With the exception of palace those that go up finishing 6th usually bomb, that means us I'm afraid. It's quite clear we aren't good enough.[/p][/quote]Firstly Palace finished 5th, not 6th. Secondly the last 3 teams who went up after finishing 6th have either stayed up or gone back down by just a single point. Quiterie
  • Score: 8

9:30pm Sat 26 Apr 14

PressBoxTeaBoy says...

fratsomrover wrote:
Lots of optimists on line tonight !!!!
Just imagine our entire season might hinge on Barne door Ashley scoring at the Madjeski !!
Mind you if Wigan fail to beat Brum on Tuesday, there just might be another alternative to us scraping into the top 6.
Funny old game !!!
And Brum need to win big time.
[quote][p][bold]fratsomrover[/bold] wrote: Lots of optimists on line tonight !!!! Just imagine our entire season might hinge on Barne door Ashley scoring at the Madjeski !! Mind you if Wigan fail to beat Brum on Tuesday, there just might be another alternative to us scraping into the top 6. Funny old game !!![/p][/quote]And Brum need to win big time. PressBoxTeaBoy
  • Score: 1

9:56pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Ken in Spain says...

Well I'm **** like the rest of us on here. That's the only way I can explain the postings I'm reading. Nothing wrong with that, I have to say.

I posted earlier that it is Readings to lose and as far as I can see it still is. Personally I am not going to fret about it. What will be, will be. Come on, it's not the end of the world. I'm thinking of Leicester missing out in the play offs last year and storming the league this year. That's the way to go up. Or you could scrape up like Palace, panic buy loads of players and have to get Tony Pulis in to rescue you. Do you really want that? That's desperate. I'm sure that Palace fans will he so grateful to Tony they will grant him the Freedom of Croydon. They finally have 2 seasons in succession in the PL. Guarantee come October, bottom of the league they will want him out. That's Football for you!
Well I'm **** like the rest of us on here. That's the only way I can explain the postings I'm reading. Nothing wrong with that, I have to say. I posted earlier that it is Readings to lose and as far as I can see it still is. Personally I am not going to fret about it. What will be, will be. Come on, it's not the end of the world. I'm thinking of Leicester missing out in the play offs last year and storming the league this year. That's the way to go up. Or you could scrape up like Palace, panic buy loads of players and have to get Tony Pulis in to rescue you. Do you really want that? That's desperate. I'm sure that Palace fans will he so grateful to Tony they will grant him the Freedom of Croydon. They finally have 2 seasons in succession in the PL. Guarantee come October, bottom of the league they will want him out. That's Football for you! Ken in Spain
  • Score: 1

10:09pm Sat 26 Apr 14

gordongull says...

Nottingham Forest are the worst team in the Championship by some margin. In the last two months Derby, QPR, Wigan, and Bournemouth have put 18 goals past them with only 4 in reply. They have also been beaten at home by Charlton and Millwall in that time. I will be disappointed if we don't win this fixture by at least three clear goals.
That is only half the job , of course. We are also relying on Reading to come unstuck. I think Burnley will have too much for them. They have only lost once in the League this year, and that was to Leicester. They haven't got 22 points more than Reading by accident. Today against Ipswich suggests that they are taking their remaining fixtures seriously. I'm not even looking at Wigan. Reading is the most likely route into sixth place, and I believe that is where we will finish.
Nottingham Forest are the worst team in the Championship by some margin. In the last two months Derby, QPR, Wigan, and Bournemouth have put 18 goals past them with only 4 in reply. They have also been beaten at home by Charlton and Millwall in that time. I will be disappointed if we don't win this fixture by at least three clear goals. That is only half the job , of course. We are also relying on Reading to come unstuck. I think Burnley will have too much for them. They have only lost once in the League this year, and that was to Leicester. They haven't got 22 points more than Reading by accident. Today against Ipswich suggests that they are taking their remaining fixtures seriously. I'm not even looking at Wigan. Reading is the most likely route into sixth place, and I believe that is where we will finish. gordongull
  • Score: -1

10:31pm Sat 26 Apr 14

hannover seagull says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Reading will get nothing other than beaten when they play Burnley. I really didn't think Bunley would be too intested today but that was far from the truth, they played to win and I think they will when the take on Reading, and they are good enough to get the job done.
Forgot your R`S today Vegas but otherwise,tend to agree
UTA...............
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: Reading will get nothing other than beaten when they play Burnley. I really didn't think Bunley would be too intested today but that was far from the truth, they played to win and I think they will when the take on Reading, and they are good enough to get the job done.[/p][/quote]Forgot your R`S today Vegas but otherwise,tend to agree UTA............... hannover seagull
  • Score: 1

10:57pm Sat 26 Apr 14

hannover seagull says...

Sad day for Donny,bad ref and poor penalty decision to brake the early momentum
I will be hoping they will stay in the C´ship as they are also a little bit of our history
Last game at the Goldstone and first at the Amex,having been to both games it was emotional to say the least for two different reasons and worlds apart for Brighton
Whatever happens in the next week lets remember the fact we were out for the count at one time and Phoenix from the ashes comes to mind when you look at our bright future
No-one is forcing anyone to be an Albion fan and as most of us know we are in for the long haul and realise the club is still building for the next step up
We are not yet good enough to contemplate Prem football but we have proved to be a very good C´ship side and that is IMHO a very good season

UTA.................
..................
Sad day for Donny,bad ref and poor penalty decision to brake the early momentum I will be hoping they will stay in the C´ship as they are also a little bit of our history Last game at the Goldstone and first at the Amex,having been to both games it was emotional to say the least for two different reasons and worlds apart for Brighton Whatever happens in the next week lets remember the fact we were out for the count at one time and Phoenix from the ashes comes to mind when you look at our bright future No-one is forcing anyone to be an Albion fan and as most of us know we are in for the long haul and realise the club is still building for the next step up We are not yet good enough to contemplate Prem football but we have proved to be a very good C´ship side and that is IMHO a very good season UTA................. .................. hannover seagull
  • Score: 13

11:34pm Sat 26 Apr 14

OldGull says...

ringtone wrote:
Joel'sGrandad wrote:
ringtone wrote:
wardfan wrote:
Reading will lose to Burnley in my opinion, whether we beat Forest is a different thing.
What ever happens after last season's loss to Palace, I am prepared for anything this season.
My brain tells me we are not ready for the premier league, but my Heart want's us in the play-off's. Then who can say over 3 games, if we play to our full potential. I mean would you have bet on Brighton beating Leicester, QPR, .
Nerd Alert !!

The plays offs actually consist of 5 games,the semi-finals are played over two legs, with 3rd playing 6th and 4th playing 5th, with the return fixtures following. The final is played at Wembley Stadium.
The teams in the play off final each play 3 games.
2 in the semifinal and 1 in the final.
If we win we play 3 games.

You're the Nerd
You cant count

You dont know what a nerd is

And you have no sense of humour

I really wouldnt take me on, even Vegas and Arnie pick their battles
Terd alert
[quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wardfan[/bold] wrote: Reading will lose to Burnley in my opinion, whether we beat Forest is a different thing. What ever happens after last season's loss to Palace, I am prepared for anything this season. My brain tells me we are not ready for the premier league, but my Heart want's us in the play-off's. Then who can say over 3 games, if we play to our full potential. I mean would you have bet on Brighton beating Leicester, QPR, .[/p][/quote]Nerd Alert !! The plays offs actually consist of 5 games,the semi-finals are played over two legs, with 3rd playing 6th and 4th playing 5th, with the return fixtures following. The final is played at Wembley Stadium.[/p][/quote]The teams in the play off final each play 3 games. 2 in the semifinal and 1 in the final. If we win we play 3 games. You're the Nerd[/p][/quote]You cant count You dont know what a nerd is And you have no sense of humour I really wouldnt take me on, even Vegas and Arnie pick their battles[/p][/quote]Terd alert OldGull
  • Score: -1

12:22am Sun 27 Apr 14

Norfolk and way says...

Ken in Spain wrote:
Well I'm **** like the rest of us on here. That's the only way I can explain the postings I'm reading. Nothing wrong with that, I have to say.

I posted earlier that it is Readings to lose and as far as I can see it still is. Personally I am not going to fret about it. What will be, will be. Come on, it's not the end of the world. I'm thinking of Leicester missing out in the play offs last year and storming the league this year. That's the way to go up. Or you could scrape up like Palace, panic buy loads of players and have to get Tony Pulis in to rescue you. Do you really want that? That's desperate. I'm sure that Palace fans will he so grateful to Tony they will grant him the Freedom of Croydon. They finally have 2 seasons in succession in the PL. Guarantee come October, bottom of the league they will want him out. That's Football for you!
I'd love Pulis to have come here, he's evolved as a manager, it's no longer hoofball he's got palace playing total football and soaring up the league. They could win a trophy and get into Europe next season, that's how good they are! Oh how we long for that at the Albion.
[quote][p][bold]Ken in Spain[/bold] wrote: Well I'm **** like the rest of us on here. That's the only way I can explain the postings I'm reading. Nothing wrong with that, I have to say. I posted earlier that it is Readings to lose and as far as I can see it still is. Personally I am not going to fret about it. What will be, will be. Come on, it's not the end of the world. I'm thinking of Leicester missing out in the play offs last year and storming the league this year. That's the way to go up. Or you could scrape up like Palace, panic buy loads of players and have to get Tony Pulis in to rescue you. Do you really want that? That's desperate. I'm sure that Palace fans will he so grateful to Tony they will grant him the Freedom of Croydon. They finally have 2 seasons in succession in the PL. Guarantee come October, bottom of the league they will want him out. That's Football for you![/p][/quote]I'd love Pulis to have come here, he's evolved as a manager, it's no longer hoofball he's got palace playing total football and soaring up the league. They could win a trophy and get into Europe next season, that's how good they are! Oh how we long for that at the Albion. Norfolk and way
  • Score: -9

7:24am Sun 27 Apr 14

Hugothepug says...

I look back at vevious points in the season and my stomachs turns. If only Greer weren't sent off against reading and was the one to close down Drenth (or whatever his name was). If only the Barnsley game went to plan, if only Crofts was rested that day. Fine margins!! Shows how exciting the championship really is for me. If we don't make it I'll still be waiting impatiently for that first sunny day in August for it all to begin again. Only this time it should be with new trading complex, a settled side and a manager that has learnt so much for his experiences this season and players of his own choice. With players that 100% want to be at our club, important players back we could storm the league. Inbetween now and then we have the World Cup also - another great journey to go on!

IMO it's far from over yet tho. Yes Brum haven't won at home for 17 games or whatever, but you just never know in this league. I also watched the Barnsley game and they were proper up for it! They want to make history for their club with the highest points haul ever. Dych is a man and manager with huge integrity and will go into the game as if they need to win to go up. We couldn't ask for a better team to be doing us a favour to be honest. Also I bet some of our players will be right in Barnsey's ears this week asking for one more favour - he looked a very tidy player yesterday and I feel he has one more roll for the Albion. Over to us - I fancy we can pull off a result against NF.

Whatever will be will be - I will always be thankful to the Albion for providing me with so many great memories. I'm also thankful for Mr Bloom for providing us with stability and a chance every year to reach the holy grail.

Fingers crossed everyone - you just never know, if it's our time it's our time.

UTA
I look back at vevious points in the season and my stomachs turns. If only Greer weren't sent off against reading and was the one to close down Drenth (or whatever his name was). If only the Barnsley game went to plan, if only Crofts was rested that day. Fine margins!! Shows how exciting the championship really is for me. If we don't make it I'll still be waiting impatiently for that first sunny day in August for it all to begin again. Only this time it should be with new trading complex, a settled side and a manager that has learnt so much for his experiences this season and players of his own choice. With players that 100% want to be at our club, important players back we could storm the league. Inbetween now and then we have the World Cup also - another great journey to go on! IMO it's far from over yet tho. Yes Brum haven't won at home for 17 games or whatever, but you just never know in this league. I also watched the Barnsley game and they were proper up for it! They want to make history for their club with the highest points haul ever. Dych is a man and manager with huge integrity and will go into the game as if they need to win to go up. We couldn't ask for a better team to be doing us a favour to be honest. Also I bet some of our players will be right in Barnsey's ears this week asking for one more favour - he looked a very tidy player yesterday and I feel he has one more roll for the Albion. Over to us - I fancy we can pull off a result against NF. Whatever will be will be - I will always be thankful to the Albion for providing me with so many great memories. I'm also thankful for Mr Bloom for providing us with stability and a chance every year to reach the holy grail. Fingers crossed everyone - you just never know, if it's our time it's our time. UTA Hugothepug
  • Score: 11

1:23pm Sun 27 Apr 14

wardfan says...

Blue and White Gulls wrote:
ringtone wrote:
wardfan wrote:
Reading will lose to Burnley in my opinion, whether we beat Forest is a different thing.
What ever happens after last season's loss to Palace, I am prepared for anything this season.
My brain tells me we are not ready for the premier league, but my Heart want's us in the play-off's. Then who can say over 3 games, if we play to our full potential. I mean would you have bet on Brighton beating Leicester, QPR, .
Nerd Alert !!

The plays offs actually consist of 5 games,the semi-finals are played over two legs, with 3rd playing 6th and 4th playing 5th, with the return fixtures following. The final is played at Wembley Stadium.
You going to explain to him Wardfan?
No, he has just show all what he is.
[quote][p][bold]Blue and White Gulls[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wardfan[/bold] wrote: Reading will lose to Burnley in my opinion, whether we beat Forest is a different thing. What ever happens after last season's loss to Palace, I am prepared for anything this season. My brain tells me we are not ready for the premier league, but my Heart want's us in the play-off's. Then who can say over 3 games, if we play to our full potential. I mean would you have bet on Brighton beating Leicester, QPR, .[/p][/quote]Nerd Alert !! The plays offs actually consist of 5 games,the semi-finals are played over two legs, with 3rd playing 6th and 4th playing 5th, with the return fixtures following. The final is played at Wembley Stadium.[/p][/quote]You going to explain to him Wardfan?[/p][/quote]No, he has just show all what he is. wardfan
  • Score: 1

1:36pm Sun 27 Apr 14

wardfan says...

wardfan wrote:
Blue and White Gulls wrote:
ringtone wrote:
wardfan wrote:
Reading will lose to Burnley in my opinion, whether we beat Forest is a different thing.
What ever happens after last season's loss to Palace, I am prepared for anything this season.
My brain tells me we are not ready for the premier league, but my Heart want's us in the play-off's. Then who can say over 3 games, if we play to our full potential. I mean would you have bet on Brighton beating Leicester, QPR, .
Nerd Alert !!

The plays offs actually consist of 5 games,the semi-finals are played over two legs, with 3rd playing 6th and 4th playing 5th, with the return fixtures following. The final is played at Wembley Stadium.
You going to explain to him Wardfan?
No, he has just show all what he is.
Well if we look at what I said dingtone. Then who can say over 3 games.
[quote][p][bold]wardfan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blue and White Gulls[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wardfan[/bold] wrote: Reading will lose to Burnley in my opinion, whether we beat Forest is a different thing. What ever happens after last season's loss to Palace, I am prepared for anything this season. My brain tells me we are not ready for the premier league, but my Heart want's us in the play-off's. Then who can say over 3 games, if we play to our full potential. I mean would you have bet on Brighton beating Leicester, QPR, .[/p][/quote]Nerd Alert !! The plays offs actually consist of 5 games,the semi-finals are played over two legs, with 3rd playing 6th and 4th playing 5th, with the return fixtures following. The final is played at Wembley Stadium.[/p][/quote]You going to explain to him Wardfan?[/p][/quote]No, he has just show all what he is.[/p][/quote]Well if we look at what I said dingtone. Then who can say over 3 games. wardfan
  • Score: 2

1:50pm Sun 27 Apr 14

wardfan says...

wardfan wrote:
wardfan wrote:
Blue and White Gulls wrote:
ringtone wrote:
wardfan wrote:
Reading will lose to Burnley in my opinion, whether we beat Forest is a different thing.
What ever happens after last season's loss to Palace, I am prepared for anything this season.
My brain tells me we are not ready for the premier league, but my Heart want's us in the play-off's. Then who can say over 3 games, if we play to our full potential. I mean would you have bet on Brighton beating Leicester, QPR, .
Nerd Alert !!

The plays offs actually consist of 5 games,the semi-finals are played over two legs, with 3rd playing 6th and 4th playing 5th, with the return fixtures following. The final is played at Wembley Stadium.
You going to explain to him Wardfan?
No, he has just show all what he is.
Well if we look at what I said dingtone. Then who can say over 3 games.
If we consider what a Ringtone is, sometimes very amusing. But most of the time very unpleasant.
[quote][p][bold]wardfan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wardfan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blue and White Gulls[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wardfan[/bold] wrote: Reading will lose to Burnley in my opinion, whether we beat Forest is a different thing. What ever happens after last season's loss to Palace, I am prepared for anything this season. My brain tells me we are not ready for the premier league, but my Heart want's us in the play-off's. Then who can say over 3 games, if we play to our full potential. I mean would you have bet on Brighton beating Leicester, QPR, .[/p][/quote]Nerd Alert !! The plays offs actually consist of 5 games,the semi-finals are played over two legs, with 3rd playing 6th and 4th playing 5th, with the return fixtures following. The final is played at Wembley Stadium.[/p][/quote]You going to explain to him Wardfan?[/p][/quote]No, he has just show all what he is.[/p][/quote]Well if we look at what I said dingtone. Then who can say over 3 games.[/p][/quote]If we consider what a Ringtone is, sometimes very amusing. But most of the time very unpleasant. wardfan
  • Score: -1

2:35pm Sun 27 Apr 14

gordongull says...

My above comment attracted a few thumbs down for what was a fairly positive post.
Was that because I dismissed Forest as the worst team in the League?
Have a look at their points total compared to the other lowest achieving sides for the last two months which is what I based it on.
Points for the last thirteen games:
Forest - - - 10
Barnsley -10
Brum - - - 10
Hudders - 10
Blackpool -10
Yeovil - - - 11
Leeds - - - 12
No other side has dropped six places in this time which is why I say they are the worst side by some distance.
My above comment attracted a few thumbs down for what was a fairly positive post. Was that because I dismissed Forest as the worst team in the League? Have a look at their points total compared to the other lowest achieving sides for the last two months which is what I based it on. Points for the last thirteen games: Forest - - - 10 Barnsley -10 Brum - - - 10 Hudders - 10 Blackpool -10 Yeovil - - - 11 Leeds - - - 12 No other side has dropped six places in this time which is why I say they are the worst side by some distance. gordongull
  • Score: -1

3:07pm Sun 27 Apr 14

ringtone says...

gordongull wrote:
My above comment attracted a few thumbs down for what was a fairly positive post.
Was that because I dismissed Forest as the worst team in the League?
Have a look at their points total compared to the other lowest achieving sides for the last two months which is what I based it on.
Points for the last thirteen games:
Forest - - - 10
Barnsley -10
Brum - - - 10
Hudders - 10
Blackpool -10
Yeovil - - - 11
Leeds - - - 12
No other side has dropped six places in this time which is why I say they are the worst side by some distance.
Are you trying to rewrite the rule book?

Even i would not be this controvsersial, outstandingly Dumb.
[quote][p][bold]gordongull[/bold] wrote: My above comment attracted a few thumbs down for what was a fairly positive post. Was that because I dismissed Forest as the worst team in the League? Have a look at their points total compared to the other lowest achieving sides for the last two months which is what I based it on. Points for the last thirteen games: Forest - - - 10 Barnsley -10 Brum - - - 10 Hudders - 10 Blackpool -10 Yeovil - - - 11 Leeds - - - 12 No other side has dropped six places in this time which is why I say they are the worst side by some distance.[/p][/quote]Are you trying to rewrite the rule book? Even i would not be this controvsersial, outstandingly Dumb. ringtone
  • Score: -2

3:16pm Sun 27 Apr 14

VegasSeagull says...

Have any of you guys given and thought to the young lads we have out on loan, I only ask as all of them will soon be heading back.
Maksi, Monakana, Dickensen and Goodwin, are they about to miss out on the use of our new facility, I guess Monakana won't.
Have any of you guys given and thought to the young lads we have out on loan, I only ask as all of them will soon be heading back. Maksi, Monakana, Dickensen and Goodwin, are they about to miss out on the use of our new facility, I guess Monakana won't. VegasSeagull
  • Score: -4

3:51pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Norfolk and way says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Have any of you guys given and thought to the young lads we have out on loan, I only ask as all of them will soon be heading back.
Maksi, Monakana, Dickensen and Goodwin, are they about to miss out on the use of our new facility, I guess Monakana won't.
Yes. Sell the lot of them and sign a team of galacticos. A Real Madrid approach is what's needed here.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: Have any of you guys given and thought to the young lads we have out on loan, I only ask as all of them will soon be heading back. Maksi, Monakana, Dickensen and Goodwin, are they about to miss out on the use of our new facility, I guess Monakana won't.[/p][/quote]Yes. Sell the lot of them and sign a team of galacticos. A Real Madrid approach is what's needed here. Norfolk and way
  • Score: 0

4:42pm Sun 27 Apr 14

gordongull says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Have any of you guys given and thought to the young lads we have out on loan, I only ask as all of them will soon be heading back.
Maksi, Monakana, Dickensen and Goodwin, are they about to miss out on the use of our new facility, I guess Monakana won't.
Interesting point, Vegas.
Depending on which division we are in next season, we could be fielding a side composed primarily of players under 25. If it is another season in the Championship, and we lose the high earners, many of the young guys don't look out of place in this division. It would effectively be a development squad playing in the Championship.
It might delay our premier League aspirations but I can see financial and playing advantages to such a policy.
I don't think the majority of supporters would object if there was visible progress, and continuity of our own players emerging from the DS. Players like Andrew Crofts would still be needed to underpin the side with their experience.
Which player would be more use to the squad right now, Kemy Agustien or Jeffrey Monakana?
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: Have any of you guys given and thought to the young lads we have out on loan, I only ask as all of them will soon be heading back. Maksi, Monakana, Dickensen and Goodwin, are they about to miss out on the use of our new facility, I guess Monakana won't.[/p][/quote]Interesting point, Vegas. Depending on which division we are in next season, we could be fielding a side composed primarily of players under 25. If it is another season in the Championship, and we lose the high earners, many of the young guys don't look out of place in this division. It would effectively be a development squad playing in the Championship. It might delay our premier League aspirations but I can see financial and playing advantages to such a policy. I don't think the majority of supporters would object if there was visible progress, and continuity of our own players emerging from the DS. Players like Andrew Crofts would still be needed to underpin the side with their experience. Which player would be more use to the squad right now, Kemy Agustien or Jeffrey Monakana? gordongull
  • Score: -2

9:49pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Neville says...

The majority of fans who currently pay the highest fees to watch championship football would not be happy to see a team made up of DS players comprising the majority of the team next season. The club need to strike the right balance between player investment and FFP rules.
The majority of fans who currently pay the highest fees to watch championship football would not be happy to see a team made up of DS players comprising the majority of the team next season. The club need to strike the right balance between player investment and FFP rules. Neville
  • Score: 5

11:20pm Sun 27 Apr 14

gordongull says...

Neville wrote:
The majority of fans who currently pay the highest fees to watch championship football would not be happy to see a team made up of DS players comprising the majority of the team next season. The club need to strike the right balance between player investment and FFP rules.
The first priority would be maintaining Championship status, which requires experience in the side.
The problem with player investment is that many of the players within our range are either susceptible to injury, or not very good. If we forget about the parachute clubs, there should be a level playing field for all the rest, so no big money signings or massive wages. Other clubs will also be relying more on their own young players progressing into the first team squad. There should also be loan deals at the right price with clubs anxious to reduce the wage bill. It might take another season for FFP to take full effect, if it is going to do so. There will still be clubs willing to take a financial risk until it is clear how effective the rules are, or if they are even workable.
When the dust settles we should be well placed, with the training ground and academy, the excellent young players already in the first team squad, and, if they can be maintained, highest gate receipts in the division.
If on the other hand, we defy all the odds and make it to the Premier League, there will need to be a 'Plan B'.
[quote][p][bold]Neville[/bold] wrote: The majority of fans who currently pay the highest fees to watch championship football would not be happy to see a team made up of DS players comprising the majority of the team next season. The club need to strike the right balance between player investment and FFP rules.[/p][/quote]The first priority would be maintaining Championship status, which requires experience in the side. The problem with player investment is that many of the players within our range are either susceptible to injury, or not very good. If we forget about the parachute clubs, there should be a level playing field for all the rest, so no big money signings or massive wages. Other clubs will also be relying more on their own young players progressing into the first team squad. There should also be loan deals at the right price with clubs anxious to reduce the wage bill. It might take another season for FFP to take full effect, if it is going to do so. There will still be clubs willing to take a financial risk until it is clear how effective the rules are, or if they are even workable. When the dust settles we should be well placed, with the training ground and academy, the excellent young players already in the first team squad, and, if they can be maintained, highest gate receipts in the division. If on the other hand, we defy all the odds and make it to the Premier League, there will need to be a 'Plan B'. gordongull
  • Score: 0

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