Oscar is delighted - and there is special praise for Mackail-Smith

Albion celebrate Stephen Ward's equaliser

Albion celebrate Stephen Ward's equaliser

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Oscar Garcia praised Albion’s players and fans as they grabbed a play-off place.

And he had a special word for Craig Mackail-Smith, whose cross led to the winning goal.

Mackail-Smith, who missed a year with Achilles and ankle injuries, went on as substitute as the Seagulls chased the goal they needed to grab sixth place off Reading.

He sent in a perfect delivery from the left for Leo Ulloa to head the winner.

Oscar said: “I was really happy for my players and for the fans.

“They deserve it. They have given everything during the season and they never gave up.

“I’m really happy for them and especially for Craig Mackail-Smith because he didn’t play for a long time and he deserved to be involved in the goal.”

Oscar lost his customary cool as he celebrated a goal which will go down in club folklore.

He admitted: “It’s impossible to be calm when you score in the last three minutes!

"I could not be prouder of my players. I could not be prouder of the fans."

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4:17pm Sat 3 May 14

Uckfield Seagull says...

Brilliant result and to be honest a brilliant season for Oscar to finish in the top 6 with his first attempt, its a win win from here, almost feels like a free shot at the premiership, lets go for it, what an unbelievable chance, even if we fail I dont think I will be disappointed as next season will be even better, scrapping in the prem, or scrapping for promotion, brilliant
Brilliant result and to be honest a brilliant season for Oscar to finish in the top 6 with his first attempt, its a win win from here, almost feels like a free shot at the premiership, lets go for it, what an unbelievable chance, even if we fail I dont think I will be disappointed as next season will be even better, scrapping in the prem, or scrapping for promotion, brilliant Uckfield Seagull
  • Score: 31

4:50pm Sat 3 May 14

Withdean-er says...

An excellent and surprising achievement. OG has does this despite squad quality dipping from what Poyet had (no Bridcutt in effect, Vicente, Bridge, and Barnes who popped up with vital goals was sold), the loss of form/injuries to key stars last season Lopez and Orlandi, and the club making a serious attempt to comply with FFP. They have finished higher than serial FFP-cheats Forest and Watford, and Bolton, Blackburn and Blackpool who each receive £8m in PL parachute money per season. Finally, with OG being a newcomer to England and English football. Well done to OG, his staff and the squad.
An excellent and surprising achievement. OG has does this despite squad quality dipping from what Poyet had (no Bridcutt in effect, Vicente, Bridge, and Barnes who popped up with vital goals was sold), the loss of form/injuries to key stars last season Lopez and Orlandi, and the club making a serious attempt to comply with FFP. They have finished higher than serial FFP-cheats Forest and Watford, and Bolton, Blackburn and Blackpool who each receive £8m in PL parachute money per season. Finally, with OG being a newcomer to England and English football. Well done to OG, his staff and the squad. Withdean-er
  • Score: 33

5:13pm Sat 3 May 14

Vince says...

Unbelievable climax to the season - and great to see a quality cross put in by Craig MS just after he had come on following a surging run by Kazenga for Ulloa to plant a great header into the net. Fairy tale stuff!
It just shows what we could have achieved if we had had a quality crosser of the ball from the start of the season. Our crossing this season has been absolutely woeful, and with all the injuries, and players coming back from injury getting injured again and again it is nothing short of a miracle that we ended up where we deserve to be.

I think we can win the play-offs and reach the Premiership - as we now have the momentum and feelgood factor. We have already demonstrated that we are as good as any in the top 5. Today, the players were over-anxious, and I include Kuszcak. There were too many over-zealous challenges, hurriedly hit passes, and players tripping over in their haste to win the ball. It wasn't until the final 10 minutes that we got almost total possession, and that's when we started to create chances. Forest were playing out of their skins to deny us the win, so it wasn't easy. Buckley, Ulloa and Solly were all fouled going for goal but the ref was too lenient. It looked as though we had lost our big chance when we got right through into the 6-yard box in the 88th minute, and 3 shots were charged down before the goalkeeper took the ball off Buckley's toe when he was about to pull the trigger. What a moment for Craig to deliver the killer cross for Ulloa just 3 minutes later! How fitting that a player who has missed the whole season - but who has always given 100% to the team, and is a really nice guy should be the one to set up the potential £70m goal.
The 2.5m fee we paid will look peanuts if we make the Premiership.

But whatever happens in the play-offs, the sheer drama of today's game will live long in the memory, and we stand to make a couple of million for being in the play-offs and all the SKY money etc..

Thanks also to Burnley for doing us a BIG BIG FAVOUR, and wiping the grin off the face of the condescending and arrogant face of Nigel Adkins. Remember Adkin's "Saints" were so disrespectful to us after we won the Div 1 title and failed to give us the traditional salute when they played us the game after.
Also Reading's Le Fondre deliberately got Greer sent off in our game at the AMEX a few months ago, which totally changed the game and they then equalised and got an undeserved draw. Ulloa was unlucky to be sent off for a high foot challenge at Reading. Vaughan did the same today (ironically injuring Ulloa), but was only given a yellow card. Ulloa missed some crucial matches after the Reading game and then got a bad injury when he returned - thereby missing several matches

Thanks also to Burnley for doing us a BIG BIG FAVOUR.

SEAGULLS!!!!!!!! Vince
Unbelievable climax to the season - and great to see a quality cross put in by Craig MS just after he had come on following a surging run by Kazenga for Ulloa to plant a great header into the net. Fairy tale stuff! It just shows what we could have achieved if we had had a quality crosser of the ball from the start of the season. Our crossing this season has been absolutely woeful, and with all the injuries, and players coming back from injury getting injured again and again it is nothing short of a miracle that we ended up where we deserve to be. I think we can win the play-offs and reach the Premiership - as we now have the momentum and feelgood factor. We have already demonstrated that we are as good as any in the top 5. Today, the players were over-anxious, and I include Kuszcak. There were too many over-zealous challenges, hurriedly hit passes, and players tripping over in their haste to win the ball. It wasn't until the final 10 minutes that we got almost total possession, and that's when we started to create chances. Forest were playing out of their skins to deny us the win, so it wasn't easy. Buckley, Ulloa and Solly were all fouled going for goal but the ref was too lenient. It looked as though we had lost our big chance when we got right through into the 6-yard box in the 88th minute, and 3 shots were charged down before the goalkeeper took the ball off Buckley's toe when he was about to pull the trigger. What a moment for Craig to deliver the killer cross for Ulloa just 3 minutes later! How fitting that a player who has missed the whole season - but who has always given 100% to the team, and is a really nice guy should be the one to set up the potential £70m goal. The 2.5m fee we paid will look peanuts if we make the Premiership. But whatever happens in the play-offs, the sheer drama of today's game will live long in the memory, and we stand to make a couple of million for being in the play-offs and all the SKY money etc.. Thanks also to Burnley for doing us a BIG BIG FAVOUR, and wiping the grin off the face of the condescending and arrogant face of Nigel Adkins. Remember Adkin's "Saints" were so disrespectful to us after we won the Div 1 title and failed to give us the traditional salute when they played us the game after. Also Reading's Le Fondre deliberately got Greer sent off in our game at the AMEX a few months ago, which totally changed the game and they then equalised and got an undeserved draw. Ulloa was unlucky to be sent off for a high foot challenge at Reading. Vaughan did the same today (ironically injuring Ulloa), but was only given a yellow card. Ulloa missed some crucial matches after the Reading game and then got a bad injury when he returned - thereby missing several matches Thanks also to Burnley for doing us a BIG BIG FAVOUR. SEAGULLS!!!!!!!! Vince Vince
  • Score: 22

6:45pm Sat 3 May 14

graham w says...

What an amazing afternoon long to be remembered. Unbelievable atmosphere..I just couldnt take to many afternoons like that...
What an amazing afternoon long to be remembered. Unbelievable atmosphere..I just couldnt take to many afternoons like that... graham w
  • Score: 6

6:48pm Sat 3 May 14

mickagull says...

Vince wrote:
Unbelievable climax to the season - and great to see a quality cross put in by Craig MS just after he had come on following a surging run by Kazenga for Ulloa to plant a great header into the net. Fairy tale stuff!
It just shows what we could have achieved if we had had a quality crosser of the ball from the start of the season. Our crossing this season has been absolutely woeful, and with all the injuries, and players coming back from injury getting injured again and again it is nothing short of a miracle that we ended up where we deserve to be.

I think we can win the play-offs and reach the Premiership - as we now have the momentum and feelgood factor. We have already demonstrated that we are as good as any in the top 5. Today, the players were over-anxious, and I include Kuszcak. There were too many over-zealous challenges, hurriedly hit passes, and players tripping over in their haste to win the ball. It wasn't until the final 10 minutes that we got almost total possession, and that's when we started to create chances. Forest were playing out of their skins to deny us the win, so it wasn't easy. Buckley, Ulloa and Solly were all fouled going for goal but the ref was too lenient. It looked as though we had lost our big chance when we got right through into the 6-yard box in the 88th minute, and 3 shots were charged down before the goalkeeper took the ball off Buckley's toe when he was about to pull the trigger. What a moment for Craig to deliver the killer cross for Ulloa just 3 minutes later! How fitting that a player who has missed the whole season - but who has always given 100% to the team, and is a really nice guy should be the one to set up the potential £70m goal.
The 2.5m fee we paid will look peanuts if we make the Premiership.

But whatever happens in the play-offs, the sheer drama of today's game will live long in the memory, and we stand to make a couple of million for being in the play-offs and all the SKY money etc..

Thanks also to Burnley for doing us a BIG BIG FAVOUR, and wiping the grin off the face of the condescending and arrogant face of Nigel Adkins. Remember Adkin's "Saints" were so disrespectful to us after we won the Div 1 title and failed to give us the traditional salute when they played us the game after.
Also Reading's Le Fondre deliberately got Greer sent off in our game at the AMEX a few months ago, which totally changed the game and they then equalised and got an undeserved draw. Ulloa was unlucky to be sent off for a high foot challenge at Reading. Vaughan did the same today (ironically injuring Ulloa), but was only given a yellow card. Ulloa missed some crucial matches after the Reading game and then got a bad injury when he returned - thereby missing several matches

Thanks also to Burnley for doing us a BIG BIG FAVOUR.

SEAGULLS!!!!!!!! Vince
Vince, can I say, for me this is post of the season.
[quote][p][bold]Vince[/bold] wrote: Unbelievable climax to the season - and great to see a quality cross put in by Craig MS just after he had come on following a surging run by Kazenga for Ulloa to plant a great header into the net. Fairy tale stuff! It just shows what we could have achieved if we had had a quality crosser of the ball from the start of the season. Our crossing this season has been absolutely woeful, and with all the injuries, and players coming back from injury getting injured again and again it is nothing short of a miracle that we ended up where we deserve to be. I think we can win the play-offs and reach the Premiership - as we now have the momentum and feelgood factor. We have already demonstrated that we are as good as any in the top 5. Today, the players were over-anxious, and I include Kuszcak. There were too many over-zealous challenges, hurriedly hit passes, and players tripping over in their haste to win the ball. It wasn't until the final 10 minutes that we got almost total possession, and that's when we started to create chances. Forest were playing out of their skins to deny us the win, so it wasn't easy. Buckley, Ulloa and Solly were all fouled going for goal but the ref was too lenient. It looked as though we had lost our big chance when we got right through into the 6-yard box in the 88th minute, and 3 shots were charged down before the goalkeeper took the ball off Buckley's toe when he was about to pull the trigger. What a moment for Craig to deliver the killer cross for Ulloa just 3 minutes later! How fitting that a player who has missed the whole season - but who has always given 100% to the team, and is a really nice guy should be the one to set up the potential £70m goal. The 2.5m fee we paid will look peanuts if we make the Premiership. But whatever happens in the play-offs, the sheer drama of today's game will live long in the memory, and we stand to make a couple of million for being in the play-offs and all the SKY money etc.. Thanks also to Burnley for doing us a BIG BIG FAVOUR, and wiping the grin off the face of the condescending and arrogant face of Nigel Adkins. Remember Adkin's "Saints" were so disrespectful to us after we won the Div 1 title and failed to give us the traditional salute when they played us the game after. Also Reading's Le Fondre deliberately got Greer sent off in our game at the AMEX a few months ago, which totally changed the game and they then equalised and got an undeserved draw. Ulloa was unlucky to be sent off for a high foot challenge at Reading. Vaughan did the same today (ironically injuring Ulloa), but was only given a yellow card. Ulloa missed some crucial matches after the Reading game and then got a bad injury when he returned - thereby missing several matches Thanks also to Burnley for doing us a BIG BIG FAVOUR. SEAGULLS!!!!!!!! Vince[/p][/quote]Vince, can I say, for me this is post of the season. mickagull
  • Score: 9

7:16pm Sat 3 May 14

Lord Hamilton says...

Vince wrote:
Unbelievable climax to the season - and great to see a quality cross put in by Craig MS just after he had come on following a surging run by Kazenga for Ulloa to plant a great header into the net. Fairy tale stuff!
It just shows what we could have achieved if we had had a quality crosser of the ball from the start of the season. Our crossing this season has been absolutely woeful, and with all the injuries, and players coming back from injury getting injured again and again it is nothing short of a miracle that we ended up where we deserve to be.

I think we can win the play-offs and reach the Premiership - as we now have the momentum and feelgood factor. We have already demonstrated that we are as good as any in the top 5. Today, the players were over-anxious, and I include Kuszcak. There were too many over-zealous challenges, hurriedly hit passes, and players tripping over in their haste to win the ball. It wasn't until the final 10 minutes that we got almost total possession, and that's when we started to create chances. Forest were playing out of their skins to deny us the win, so it wasn't easy. Buckley, Ulloa and Solly were all fouled going for goal but the ref was too lenient. It looked as though we had lost our big chance when we got right through into the 6-yard box in the 88th minute, and 3 shots were charged down before the goalkeeper took the ball off Buckley's toe when he was about to pull the trigger. What a moment for Craig to deliver the killer cross for Ulloa just 3 minutes later! How fitting that a player who has missed the whole season - but who has always given 100% to the team, and is a really nice guy should be the one to set up the potential £70m goal.
The 2.5m fee we paid will look peanuts if we make the Premiership.

But whatever happens in the play-offs, the sheer drama of today's game will live long in the memory, and we stand to make a couple of million for being in the play-offs and all the SKY money etc..

Thanks also to Burnley for doing us a BIG BIG FAVOUR, and wiping the grin off the face of the condescending and arrogant face of Nigel Adkins. Remember Adkin's "Saints" were so disrespectful to us after we won the Div 1 title and failed to give us the traditional salute when they played us the game after.
Also Reading's Le Fondre deliberately got Greer sent off in our game at the AMEX a few months ago, which totally changed the game and they then equalised and got an undeserved draw. Ulloa was unlucky to be sent off for a high foot challenge at Reading. Vaughan did the same today (ironically injuring Ulloa), but was only given a yellow card. Ulloa missed some crucial matches after the Reading game and then got a bad injury when he returned - thereby missing several matches

Thanks also to Burnley for doing us a BIG BIG FAVOUR.

SEAGULLS!!!!!!!! Vince
Very well said fella.
[quote][p][bold]Vince[/bold] wrote: Unbelievable climax to the season - and great to see a quality cross put in by Craig MS just after he had come on following a surging run by Kazenga for Ulloa to plant a great header into the net. Fairy tale stuff! It just shows what we could have achieved if we had had a quality crosser of the ball from the start of the season. Our crossing this season has been absolutely woeful, and with all the injuries, and players coming back from injury getting injured again and again it is nothing short of a miracle that we ended up where we deserve to be. I think we can win the play-offs and reach the Premiership - as we now have the momentum and feelgood factor. We have already demonstrated that we are as good as any in the top 5. Today, the players were over-anxious, and I include Kuszcak. There were too many over-zealous challenges, hurriedly hit passes, and players tripping over in their haste to win the ball. It wasn't until the final 10 minutes that we got almost total possession, and that's when we started to create chances. Forest were playing out of their skins to deny us the win, so it wasn't easy. Buckley, Ulloa and Solly were all fouled going for goal but the ref was too lenient. It looked as though we had lost our big chance when we got right through into the 6-yard box in the 88th minute, and 3 shots were charged down before the goalkeeper took the ball off Buckley's toe when he was about to pull the trigger. What a moment for Craig to deliver the killer cross for Ulloa just 3 minutes later! How fitting that a player who has missed the whole season - but who has always given 100% to the team, and is a really nice guy should be the one to set up the potential £70m goal. The 2.5m fee we paid will look peanuts if we make the Premiership. But whatever happens in the play-offs, the sheer drama of today's game will live long in the memory, and we stand to make a couple of million for being in the play-offs and all the SKY money etc.. Thanks also to Burnley for doing us a BIG BIG FAVOUR, and wiping the grin off the face of the condescending and arrogant face of Nigel Adkins. Remember Adkin's "Saints" were so disrespectful to us after we won the Div 1 title and failed to give us the traditional salute when they played us the game after. Also Reading's Le Fondre deliberately got Greer sent off in our game at the AMEX a few months ago, which totally changed the game and they then equalised and got an undeserved draw. Ulloa was unlucky to be sent off for a high foot challenge at Reading. Vaughan did the same today (ironically injuring Ulloa), but was only given a yellow card. Ulloa missed some crucial matches after the Reading game and then got a bad injury when he returned - thereby missing several matches Thanks also to Burnley for doing us a BIG BIG FAVOUR. SEAGULLS!!!!!!!! Vince[/p][/quote]Very well said fella. Lord Hamilton
  • Score: 7

8:09pm Sat 3 May 14

brightonup says...

A good performance in the playoffs is all I wish for.

Then we will have done better than last season.

Please - no predictions. This season has been punctuated with prophecies and presumption - followed by disappointment. Let's just give some impressive vocal support at home (as we always do away) and see what happens......
A good performance in the playoffs is all I wish for. Then we will have done better than last season. Please - no predictions. This season has been punctuated with prophecies and presumption - followed by disappointment. Let's just give some impressive vocal support at home (as we always do away) and see what happens...... brightonup
  • Score: 1

8:10pm Sat 3 May 14

Yogi says...

Throat still sore from shouting! So pleased for CMS
Throat still sore from shouting! So pleased for CMS Yogi
  • Score: 4

8:36pm Sat 3 May 14

ringtone says...

brightonup wrote:
A good performance in the playoffs is all I wish for.

Then we will have done better than last season.

Please - no predictions. This season has been punctuated with prophecies and presumption - followed by disappointment. Let's just give some impressive vocal support at home (as we always do away) and see what happens......
Stop trying to control everything and everyone you freak (control).

Just rejoice in the moment you square.
[quote][p][bold]brightonup[/bold] wrote: A good performance in the playoffs is all I wish for. Then we will have done better than last season. Please - no predictions. This season has been punctuated with prophecies and presumption - followed by disappointment. Let's just give some impressive vocal support at home (as we always do away) and see what happens......[/p][/quote]Stop trying to control everything and everyone you freak (control). Just rejoice in the moment you square. ringtone
  • Score: -1

6:35am Sun 4 May 14

brightonup says...

Dungtone seems to get everywhere. like a putrid smell.
Dungtone seems to get everywhere. like a putrid smell. brightonup
  • Score: 1

11:25am Sun 4 May 14

fansunited says...

Only wished had held on to Craig Conway
Only wished had held on to Craig Conway fansunited
  • Score: 2

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