Macca pays tribute to Albion goal hero

Craig Mackail-Smith supplied the cross for the winner

Craig Mackail-Smith supplied the cross for the winner

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Craig Mackail-Smith has saluted Leo Ulloa for heading Albion into the play-offs.

Ulloa has carried the goalscoring burden for the Seagulls during record buy Mackail-Smith's 13-month injury absence.

The Argentinian's last-gasp play-off clincher from Mackail-Smith's cross in yesterday's 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest was his 16th goal of the season and 26th in 56 appearances for the club.

Mackail-Smith told The Argus: "The big man has been unbelievable all season and we just get it in an area where he can do something. It went straight on his head and he's put us into the play-offs.

"It's tough up there on his own. He has played so many games back-to-back on his own and he has won so many games for us. That's what he does, just turns up and bangs them in the back of the net and if he does that in the play-offs and in the final I don't care.

"I knew what he likes, where he wants the ball to be put. I knew if I could just swing one into the right area he would get on the end of it. It was just an unbelievable feeling."

Mackail-Smith came off the bench in the 87th minute to play his crucial role, with Albion needing to better Reading's 2-2 draw at home to Burnley.

He said: "It was tough (watching). I wanted to get on, I wanted to help the boys get that result and push us into the play-offs, but obviosuly the gaffer had different ideas.

"I think they were just conscious of the score at Reading and he threw me on for five minutes. I knew I could do something, affect the game somehow, and I did that."

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10:53am Sun 4 May 14

albionfan33 says...

i cant believe some of the bitter sourpus' on this site we make the playoffs and nobodys got anything to say very poor show. if we finished 7th you can bet your life there would be hundreds of comments by now
i cant believe some of the bitter sourpus' on this site we make the playoffs and nobodys got anything to say very poor show. if we finished 7th you can bet your life there would be hundreds of comments by now albionfan33
  • Score: 11

11:49am Sun 4 May 14

Far gull says...

albionfan33 wrote:
i cant believe some of the bitter sourpus' on this site we make the playoffs and nobodys got anything to say very poor show. if we finished 7th you can bet your life there would be hundreds of comments by now
Everyone trying to get on albion website and upgrade their season tickets .
Ps special request to the Albion gurus , please,please please no cardboard clapper ,noise making thingys this time please . a, i did not like them and , b, they were bad luck.
[quote][p][bold]albionfan33[/bold] wrote: i cant believe some of the bitter sourpus' on this site we make the playoffs and nobodys got anything to say very poor show. if we finished 7th you can bet your life there would be hundreds of comments by now[/p][/quote]Everyone trying to get on albion website and upgrade their season tickets . Ps special request to the Albion gurus , please,please please no cardboard clapper ,noise making thingys this time please . a, i did not like them and , b, they were bad luck. Far gull
  • Score: 7

12:10pm Sun 4 May 14

9 of us says...

Cinderalla story.

A perfectly scripted end to the league. Now the play offs where anything and something will happen. Just have that feeling of this is meant to be.

To all Albion fans enjoy it and roll on Thursday.

Forever blue & white - UTA
Cinderalla story. A perfectly scripted end to the league. Now the play offs where anything and something will happen. Just have that feeling of this is meant to be. To all Albion fans enjoy it and roll on Thursday. Forever blue & white - UTA 9 of us
  • Score: 8

12:31pm Sun 4 May 14

VegasSeagull says...

Ulloa may have put the ball into the back of the net with style but without that pin point delivery from Macca, things would be so different today, and for that I say they both got us into the play-offs, equal praise.

Bloom said, at the start of the of the season, that making the play-offs was the goal, well mission accomplished, so if promotion doesn't come, everyone at the club can be well satisfied with our year, and that would include the fans.

If Oscar was to be judged on his first season by where we finished in the table then he surely has passed the test.

What a great day and a great result from what wasn't, in all honesty, a great performance, but sometimes that's how football goes.
Ulloa may have put the ball into the back of the net with style but without that pin point delivery from Macca, things would be so different today, and for that I say they both got us into the play-offs, equal praise. Bloom said, at the start of the of the season, that making the play-offs was the goal, well mission accomplished, so if promotion doesn't come, everyone at the club can be well satisfied with our year, and that would include the fans. If Oscar was to be judged on his first season by where we finished in the table then he surely has passed the test. What a great day and a great result from what wasn't, in all honesty, a great performance, but sometimes that's how football goes. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 10

12:57pm Sun 4 May 14

SeagullOverSelsey says...

albionfan33 wrote:
i cant believe some of the bitter sourpus' on this site we make the playoffs and nobodys got anything to say very poor show. if we finished 7th you can bet your life there would be hundreds of comments by now
Agree entirely.If we won every game this season the moaners would still find something to moan about.!! I do not believe Derby are the favourites.This is now a four horse race with a mini league/cup final where anything could happen.Our confidence must now be sky high!
[quote][p][bold]albionfan33[/bold] wrote: i cant believe some of the bitter sourpus' on this site we make the playoffs and nobodys got anything to say very poor show. if we finished 7th you can bet your life there would be hundreds of comments by now[/p][/quote]Agree entirely.If we won every game this season the moaners would still find something to moan about.!! I do not believe Derby are the favourites.This is now a four horse race with a mini league/cup final where anything could happen.Our confidence must now be sky high! SeagullOverSelsey
  • Score: 1

2:20pm Sun 4 May 14

albionfan33 says...

SeagullOverSelsey wrote:
albionfan33 wrote:
i cant believe some of the bitter sourpus' on this site we make the playoffs and nobodys got anything to say very poor show. if we finished 7th you can bet your life there would be hundreds of comments by now
Agree entirely.If we won every game this season the moaners would still find something to moan about.!! I do not believe Derby are the favourites.This is now a four horse race with a mini league/cup final where anything could happen.Our confidence must now be sky high!
they'l be out in force when we make the prem n getting hammered every week........... they might even get there wish of oscar ibting the bullit too
[quote][p][bold]SeagullOverSelsey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]albionfan33[/bold] wrote: i cant believe some of the bitter sourpus' on this site we make the playoffs and nobodys got anything to say very poor show. if we finished 7th you can bet your life there would be hundreds of comments by now[/p][/quote]Agree entirely.If we won every game this season the moaners would still find something to moan about.!! I do not believe Derby are the favourites.This is now a four horse race with a mini league/cup final where anything could happen.Our confidence must now be sky high![/p][/quote]they'l be out in force when we make the prem n getting hammered every week........... they might even get there wish of oscar ibting the bullit too albionfan33
  • Score: 1

6:23pm Sun 4 May 14

WiseOldSeagull says...

albionfan33 wrote:
SeagullOverSelsey wrote:
albionfan33 wrote:
i cant believe some of the bitter sourpus' on this site we make the playoffs and nobodys got anything to say very poor show. if we finished 7th you can bet your life there would be hundreds of comments by now
Agree entirely.If we won every game this season the moaners would still find something to moan about.!! I do not believe Derby are the favourites.This is now a four horse race with a mini league/cup final where anything could happen.Our confidence must now be sky high!
they'l be out in force when we make the prem n getting hammered every week........... they might even get there wish of oscar ibting the bullit too
They bait you when we lose and you bait them when we win.
[quote][p][bold]albionfan33[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SeagullOverSelsey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]albionfan33[/bold] wrote: i cant believe some of the bitter sourpus' on this site we make the playoffs and nobodys got anything to say very poor show. if we finished 7th you can bet your life there would be hundreds of comments by now[/p][/quote]Agree entirely.If we won every game this season the moaners would still find something to moan about.!! I do not believe Derby are the favourites.This is now a four horse race with a mini league/cup final where anything could happen.Our confidence must now be sky high![/p][/quote]they'l be out in force when we make the prem n getting hammered every week........... they might even get there wish of oscar ibting the bullit too[/p][/quote]They bait you when we lose and you bait them when we win. WiseOldSeagull
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