Macca wants to be Wembley goal hero for Seagulls

Craig Mackail-Smith set up the winning goal and wants to play an even bigger part now he's fit

Craig Mackail-Smith set up the winning goal and wants to play an even bigger part now he's fit

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

Craig Mackail-Smith wants to score the winning goal in the play-off final for Albion to make full amends for 13 months of injury misery.

The striker has targeted an even bigger reward after coming off the bench late on to set up Leo Ulloa’s injury-time winner at Nottingham Forest, which squeezed the Seagulls into the play-offs and a semi-final against Derby County.

Mackail-Smith, who only returned last month from long-term Achilles and ankle injuries, supplied a pinpoint cross for Ulloa to head home and pinch sixth spot from Reading.

He told The Argus: “Hopefully there are three more games and maybe I can score in the play-off final.

“That would make up for the time out but to be involved at this point of the season and have an influence in the last game of the season is more than I could have thought of really six or seven months ago.

“So I’ve got to appreciate how far I have come and just look forward to the game on Thursday now.”

Mackail-Smith is likely to be on the bench again for Thursday’s first leg against Derby at the Amex (7.45pm) following his crucial cameo role at the City Ground.

He said: “I knew I would be back (this season) but I knew it would be really difficult to get myself into the team, because they have been doing well, in and around the play-offs.

“Obviously I want to play 90 minutes as much as I can and I can’t do that, because the boys are doing so well. I’ve just got to take my time, be sensible and just do as much as I can and contribute as much as I can when I come off the bench.”

Right-back Bruno (groin) and midfielder Dale Stephens are both major doubts for the Derby clash after missing the win at Forest.

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9:11am Mon 5 May 14

The Phantom says...

Sorry Macca but is anyone able to get through to the Albion ticket office yet......just keeps ringing and eventually some American voice says the line is unavailable or words to that effect...and now its engaged!
Sorry Macca but is anyone able to get through to the Albion ticket office yet......just keeps ringing and eventually some American voice says the line is unavailable or words to that effect...and now its engaged! The Phantom
  • Score: -5

9:15am Mon 5 May 14

The Phantom says...

The Phantom wrote:
Sorry Macca but is anyone able to get through to the Albion ticket office yet......just keeps ringing and eventually some American voice says the line is unavailable or words to that effect...and now its engaged!
The actual quote you get in American accent is "the subscriber you dialled cannot answer the call at the moment" - looks like it is going to be a long day!
[quote][p][bold]The Phantom[/bold] wrote: Sorry Macca but is anyone able to get through to the Albion ticket office yet......just keeps ringing and eventually some American voice says the line is unavailable or words to that effect...and now its engaged![/p][/quote]The actual quote you get in American accent is "the subscriber you dialled cannot answer the call at the moment" - looks like it is going to be a long day! The Phantom
  • Score: 0

9:18am Mon 5 May 14

The Phantom says...

Hooray, I am queue position 73.....Yippee!!!
Hooray, I am queue position 73.....Yippee!!! The Phantom
  • Score: 0

9:47am Mon 5 May 14

Dingbat99 says...

It's a bank holiday. Try getting the tickets online, it's much quicker.
It's a bank holiday. Try getting the tickets online, it's much quicker. Dingbat99
  • Score: 1

10:08am Mon 5 May 14

The Phantom says...

Dingbat99 wrote:
It's a bank holiday. Try getting the tickets online, it's much quicker.
All sorted now anyway - seemed to inadvertently by-pass the queue and ended up somewhere else. Evidently the number I have in my phone isn't the right one anymore (albeit there was a queue of 73 people on it!). Anyway the guy who answered the phone seemed happy enough to sell me my seats.
[quote][p][bold]Dingbat99[/bold] wrote: It's a bank holiday. Try getting the tickets online, it's much quicker.[/p][/quote]All sorted now anyway - seemed to inadvertently by-pass the queue and ended up somewhere else. Evidently the number I have in my phone isn't the right one anymore (albeit there was a queue of 73 people on it!). Anyway the guy who answered the phone seemed happy enough to sell me my seats. The Phantom
  • Score: -1

10:15am Mon 5 May 14

Willie, Willie Irvine says...

The Phantom wrote:
Dingbat99 wrote:
It's a bank holiday. Try getting the tickets online, it's much quicker.
All sorted now anyway - seemed to inadvertently by-pass the queue and ended up somewhere else. Evidently the number I have in my phone isn't the right one anymore (albeit there was a queue of 73 people on it!). Anyway the guy who answered the phone seemed happy enough to sell me my seats.
Yeah, as Macca says, he wants to be involved somehow...
[quote][p][bold]The Phantom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dingbat99[/bold] wrote: It's a bank holiday. Try getting the tickets online, it's much quicker.[/p][/quote]All sorted now anyway - seemed to inadvertently by-pass the queue and ended up somewhere else. Evidently the number I have in my phone isn't the right one anymore (albeit there was a queue of 73 people on it!). Anyway the guy who answered the phone seemed happy enough to sell me my seats.[/p][/quote]Yeah, as Macca says, he wants to be involved somehow... Willie, Willie Irvine
  • Score: 6

11:50am Mon 5 May 14

VegasSeagull says...

With the first leg being at home thursday evening and the second leg late on sunday afternoon, there is not a lot of recovery time and some of what there is will be spent travelling. From Macca's point of view the quick turn around should help him get more playing time, Kaz too.

The first leg at home will probably see Oscar start as he did against Forest, and that would mean Ince on the bench. With JFC starting I think Oscar will want the experience of Andrews on the park, but come the second leg, and if Stephens is fit, then we could see a double change, Ince and Stephens in, Andrews and JFC on the bench.

I think Lingard needs to step his game up a tad from that against Forest, Macca will be waiting to replace him from the bench if the lad is not making in roads into the Derby defense, but I would expect him to start.

I think we all know what our approach to the first leg will be, and I guess Derby know too, what we don't know is how Derby will approach the match. Will they sit back and hope to hit us on the break, or will they come looking to get a result. 0-0 would suit them, any draw would and maybe even a 1-0 defeat would seem ok from their point of view, but they could very easily come unstuck by playing for either.

The second leg is probably the one where Macca and Kaz get their chance, but I think it will come from the bench. Ideally we want to go to Derby with a lead, but even if the honors are shared at the Amex, the injection of pace that CMS and Kaz bring to the game could be lethal in the last thirty to forty minutes at Derby. The effect on both teams caused by the quick turn around will be the same but CMS and Kaz should be fresher.
With the first leg being at home thursday evening and the second leg late on sunday afternoon, there is not a lot of recovery time and some of what there is will be spent travelling. From Macca's point of view the quick turn around should help him get more playing time, Kaz too. The first leg at home will probably see Oscar start as he did against Forest, and that would mean Ince on the bench. With JFC starting I think Oscar will want the experience of Andrews on the park, but come the second leg, and if Stephens is fit, then we could see a double change, Ince and Stephens in, Andrews and JFC on the bench. I think Lingard needs to step his game up a tad from that against Forest, Macca will be waiting to replace him from the bench if the lad is not making in roads into the Derby defense, but I would expect him to start. I think we all know what our approach to the first leg will be, and I guess Derby know too, what we don't know is how Derby will approach the match. Will they sit back and hope to hit us on the break, or will they come looking to get a result. 0-0 would suit them, any draw would and maybe even a 1-0 defeat would seem ok from their point of view, but they could very easily come unstuck by playing for either. The second leg is probably the one where Macca and Kaz get their chance, but I think it will come from the bench. Ideally we want to go to Derby with a lead, but even if the honors are shared at the Amex, the injection of pace that CMS and Kaz bring to the game could be lethal in the last thirty to forty minutes at Derby. The effect on both teams caused by the quick turn around will be the same but CMS and Kaz should be fresher. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 3

1:59pm Mon 5 May 14

WisdomSpeaks says...

We can all guess and speculate and that's fun I know.....however I love Macca's quotes......he has stated unequivocally 'I want to score the winning goal at Wembley in the Play Off Final' and I can see that happening......such a great energy to call on at this stage of the season.

Everyone keep visualizing and FEELING the great feeling of that! I don't know how any others have felt but I've had a gut sense that we will go up since a long time now - and even posted it at the time when it didn't look likely.

Oscar is sooooooo positive and refuses to focus on any negatives - what a gift he is and when he gets real funds and freedom to get his own team together we will be safe on The Premier League.

I have given my tickets for the Derby game to a couple of young lads who have only ever seen the Albion win every time they have gone to a game. They can't go regularly due to College commitments.

Nothing FELT right last year about our games against Palace. Even after a really good result away I never had a good feeling for some reason. Isn't it interesting that Dean Wilkins, indirectly, was involved in us being in the play offs as coach to Nigel Adkins at Reading.

I still remember his tears at the end of our game against Notts County and the worst I've ever felt after an Albion defeat. That really was the pits!

However I'm focussing on how we beat Millwall in the semis when no one gave us a hope. This time I really think we'll go the whole way. I'll give my tickets away again to the same lads when that happens!!!!!

I'd also like to express my appreciation to all those who have contributed in some lively debates on here over this season. I really think it has been great to see more respect shown to each other's various views and opinions. It truly helps so a big THANK YOU!
We can all guess and speculate and that's fun I know.....however I love Macca's quotes......he has stated unequivocally 'I want to score the winning goal at Wembley in the Play Off Final' and I can see that happening......such a great energy to call on at this stage of the season. Everyone keep visualizing and FEELING the great feeling of that! I don't know how any others have felt but I've had a gut sense that we will go up since a long time now - and even posted it at the time when it didn't look likely. Oscar is sooooooo positive and refuses to focus on any negatives - what a gift he is and when he gets real funds and freedom to get his own team together we will be safe on The Premier League. I have given my tickets for the Derby game to a couple of young lads who have only ever seen the Albion win every time they have gone to a game. They can't go regularly due to College commitments. Nothing FELT right last year about our games against Palace. Even after a really good result away I never had a good feeling for some reason. Isn't it interesting that Dean Wilkins, indirectly, was involved in us being in the play offs as coach to Nigel Adkins at Reading. I still remember his tears at the end of our game against Notts County and the worst I've ever felt after an Albion defeat. That really was the pits! However I'm focussing on how we beat Millwall in the semis when no one gave us a hope. This time I really think we'll go the whole way. I'll give my tickets away again to the same lads when that happens!!!!! I'd also like to express my appreciation to all those who have contributed in some lively debates on here over this season. I really think it has been great to see more respect shown to each other's various views and opinions. It truly helps so a big THANK YOU! WisdomSpeaks
  • Score: 10

2:03pm Mon 5 May 14

Conelli98 says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
With the first leg being at home thursday evening and the second leg late on sunday afternoon, there is not a lot of recovery time and some of what there is will be spent travelling. From Macca's point of view the quick turn around should help him get more playing time, Kaz too.

The first leg at home will probably see Oscar start as he did against Forest, and that would mean Ince on the bench. With JFC starting I think Oscar will want the experience of Andrews on the park, but come the second leg, and if Stephens is fit, then we could see a double change, Ince and Stephens in, Andrews and JFC on the bench.

I think Lingard needs to step his game up a tad from that against Forest, Macca will be waiting to replace him from the bench if the lad is not making in roads into the Derby defense, but I would expect him to start.

I think we all know what our approach to the first leg will be, and I guess Derby know too, what we don't know is how Derby will approach the match. Will they sit back and hope to hit us on the break, or will they come looking to get a result. 0-0 would suit them, any draw would and maybe even a 1-0 defeat would seem ok from their point of view, but they could very easily come unstuck by playing for either.

The second leg is probably the one where Macca and Kaz get their chance, but I think it will come from the bench. Ideally we want to go to Derby with a lead, but even if the honors are shared at the Amex, the injection of pace that CMS and Kaz bring to the game could be lethal in the last thirty to forty minutes at Derby. The effect on both teams caused by the quick turn around will be the same but CMS and Kaz should be fresher.
Vegas...I LOVE YOUR ENTHUSIASTIC POINTS OF VIEW But lets take one game at a time my old mucca! So many things could happen between now and Thurs/Sun.
Quick message for marketing team and Mr Barber...PLEASE NO CLACKERS, FLAGS YES CLACKERS NO!!
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: With the first leg being at home thursday evening and the second leg late on sunday afternoon, there is not a lot of recovery time and some of what there is will be spent travelling. From Macca's point of view the quick turn around should help him get more playing time, Kaz too. The first leg at home will probably see Oscar start as he did against Forest, and that would mean Ince on the bench. With JFC starting I think Oscar will want the experience of Andrews on the park, but come the second leg, and if Stephens is fit, then we could see a double change, Ince and Stephens in, Andrews and JFC on the bench. I think Lingard needs to step his game up a tad from that against Forest, Macca will be waiting to replace him from the bench if the lad is not making in roads into the Derby defense, but I would expect him to start. I think we all know what our approach to the first leg will be, and I guess Derby know too, what we don't know is how Derby will approach the match. Will they sit back and hope to hit us on the break, or will they come looking to get a result. 0-0 would suit them, any draw would and maybe even a 1-0 defeat would seem ok from their point of view, but they could very easily come unstuck by playing for either. The second leg is probably the one where Macca and Kaz get their chance, but I think it will come from the bench. Ideally we want to go to Derby with a lead, but even if the honors are shared at the Amex, the injection of pace that CMS and Kaz bring to the game could be lethal in the last thirty to forty minutes at Derby. The effect on both teams caused by the quick turn around will be the same but CMS and Kaz should be fresher.[/p][/quote]Vegas...I LOVE YOUR ENTHUSIASTIC POINTS OF VIEW But lets take one game at a time my old mucca! So many things could happen between now and Thurs/Sun. Quick message for marketing team and Mr Barber...PLEASE NO CLACKERS, FLAGS YES CLACKERS NO!! Conelli98
  • Score: 6

2:07pm Mon 5 May 14

brightonup says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
With the first leg being at home thursday evening and the second leg late on sunday afternoon, there is not a lot of recovery time and some of what there is will be spent travelling. From Macca's point of view the quick turn around should help him get more playing time, Kaz too.

The first leg at home will probably see Oscar start as he did against Forest, and that would mean Ince on the bench. With JFC starting I think Oscar will want the experience of Andrews on the park, but come the second leg, and if Stephens is fit, then we could see a double change, Ince and Stephens in, Andrews and JFC on the bench.

I think Lingard needs to step his game up a tad from that against Forest, Macca will be waiting to replace him from the bench if the lad is not making in roads into the Derby defense, but I would expect him to start.

I think we all know what our approach to the first leg will be, and I guess Derby know too, what we don't know is how Derby will approach the match. Will they sit back and hope to hit us on the break, or will they come looking to get a result. 0-0 would suit them, any draw would and maybe even a 1-0 defeat would seem ok from their point of view, but they could very easily come unstuck by playing for either.

The second leg is probably the one where Macca and Kaz get their chance, but I think it will come from the bench. Ideally we want to go to Derby with a lead, but even if the honors are shared at the Amex, the injection of pace that CMS and Kaz bring to the game could be lethal in the last thirty to forty minutes at Derby. The effect on both teams caused by the quick turn around will be the same but CMS and Kaz should be fresher.
Good post!
...and I agree with all the points you make.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: With the first leg being at home thursday evening and the second leg late on sunday afternoon, there is not a lot of recovery time and some of what there is will be spent travelling. From Macca's point of view the quick turn around should help him get more playing time, Kaz too. The first leg at home will probably see Oscar start as he did against Forest, and that would mean Ince on the bench. With JFC starting I think Oscar will want the experience of Andrews on the park, but come the second leg, and if Stephens is fit, then we could see a double change, Ince and Stephens in, Andrews and JFC on the bench. I think Lingard needs to step his game up a tad from that against Forest, Macca will be waiting to replace him from the bench if the lad is not making in roads into the Derby defense, but I would expect him to start. I think we all know what our approach to the first leg will be, and I guess Derby know too, what we don't know is how Derby will approach the match. Will they sit back and hope to hit us on the break, or will they come looking to get a result. 0-0 would suit them, any draw would and maybe even a 1-0 defeat would seem ok from their point of view, but they could very easily come unstuck by playing for either. The second leg is probably the one where Macca and Kaz get their chance, but I think it will come from the bench. Ideally we want to go to Derby with a lead, but even if the honors are shared at the Amex, the injection of pace that CMS and Kaz bring to the game could be lethal in the last thirty to forty minutes at Derby. The effect on both teams caused by the quick turn around will be the same but CMS and Kaz should be fresher.[/p][/quote]Good post! ...and I agree with all the points you make. brightonup
  • Score: 3

2:09pm Mon 5 May 14

brightonup says...

Conelli98 wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
With the first leg being at home thursday evening and the second leg late on sunday afternoon, there is not a lot of recovery time and some of what there is will be spent travelling. From Macca's point of view the quick turn around should help him get more playing time, Kaz too.

The first leg at home will probably see Oscar start as he did against Forest, and that would mean Ince on the bench. With JFC starting I think Oscar will want the experience of Andrews on the park, but come the second leg, and if Stephens is fit, then we could see a double change, Ince and Stephens in, Andrews and JFC on the bench.

I think Lingard needs to step his game up a tad from that against Forest, Macca will be waiting to replace him from the bench if the lad is not making in roads into the Derby defense, but I would expect him to start.

I think we all know what our approach to the first leg will be, and I guess Derby know too, what we don't know is how Derby will approach the match. Will they sit back and hope to hit us on the break, or will they come looking to get a result. 0-0 would suit them, any draw would and maybe even a 1-0 defeat would seem ok from their point of view, but they could very easily come unstuck by playing for either.

The second leg is probably the one where Macca and Kaz get their chance, but I think it will come from the bench. Ideally we want to go to Derby with a lead, but even if the honors are shared at the Amex, the injection of pace that CMS and Kaz bring to the game could be lethal in the last thirty to forty minutes at Derby. The effect on both teams caused by the quick turn around will be the same but CMS and Kaz should be fresher.
Vegas...I LOVE YOUR ENTHUSIASTIC POINTS OF VIEW But lets take one game at a time my old mucca! So many things could happen between now and Thurs/Sun.
Quick message for marketing team and Mr Barber...PLEASE NO CLACKERS, FLAGS YES CLACKERS NO!!
Absolutely right about the wretched Clackers.
[quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: With the first leg being at home thursday evening and the second leg late on sunday afternoon, there is not a lot of recovery time and some of what there is will be spent travelling. From Macca's point of view the quick turn around should help him get more playing time, Kaz too. The first leg at home will probably see Oscar start as he did against Forest, and that would mean Ince on the bench. With JFC starting I think Oscar will want the experience of Andrews on the park, but come the second leg, and if Stephens is fit, then we could see a double change, Ince and Stephens in, Andrews and JFC on the bench. I think Lingard needs to step his game up a tad from that against Forest, Macca will be waiting to replace him from the bench if the lad is not making in roads into the Derby defense, but I would expect him to start. I think we all know what our approach to the first leg will be, and I guess Derby know too, what we don't know is how Derby will approach the match. Will they sit back and hope to hit us on the break, or will they come looking to get a result. 0-0 would suit them, any draw would and maybe even a 1-0 defeat would seem ok from their point of view, but they could very easily come unstuck by playing for either. The second leg is probably the one where Macca and Kaz get their chance, but I think it will come from the bench. Ideally we want to go to Derby with a lead, but even if the honors are shared at the Amex, the injection of pace that CMS and Kaz bring to the game could be lethal in the last thirty to forty minutes at Derby. The effect on both teams caused by the quick turn around will be the same but CMS and Kaz should be fresher.[/p][/quote]Vegas...I LOVE YOUR ENTHUSIASTIC POINTS OF VIEW But lets take one game at a time my old mucca! So many things could happen between now and Thurs/Sun. Quick message for marketing team and Mr Barber...PLEASE NO CLACKERS, FLAGS YES CLACKERS NO!![/p][/quote]Absolutely right about the wretched Clackers. brightonup
  • Score: 6

2:59pm Mon 5 May 14

WisdomSpeaks says...

brightonup wrote:
Conelli98 wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
With the first leg being at home thursday evening and the second leg late on sunday afternoon, there is not a lot of recovery time and some of what there is will be spent travelling. From Macca's point of view the quick turn around should help him get more playing time, Kaz too.

The first leg at home will probably see Oscar start as he did against Forest, and that would mean Ince on the bench. With JFC starting I think Oscar will want the experience of Andrews on the park, but come the second leg, and if Stephens is fit, then we could see a double change, Ince and Stephens in, Andrews and JFC on the bench.

I think Lingard needs to step his game up a tad from that against Forest, Macca will be waiting to replace him from the bench if the lad is not making in roads into the Derby defense, but I would expect him to start.

I think we all know what our approach to the first leg will be, and I guess Derby know too, what we don't know is how Derby will approach the match. Will they sit back and hope to hit us on the break, or will they come looking to get a result. 0-0 would suit them, any draw would and maybe even a 1-0 defeat would seem ok from their point of view, but they could very easily come unstuck by playing for either.

The second leg is probably the one where Macca and Kaz get their chance, but I think it will come from the bench. Ideally we want to go to Derby with a lead, but even if the honors are shared at the Amex, the injection of pace that CMS and Kaz bring to the game could be lethal in the last thirty to forty minutes at Derby. The effect on both teams caused by the quick turn around will be the same but CMS and Kaz should be fresher.
Vegas...I LOVE YOUR ENTHUSIASTIC POINTS OF VIEW But lets take one game at a time my old mucca! So many things could happen between now and Thurs/Sun.
Quick message for marketing team and Mr Barber...PLEASE NO CLACKERS, FLAGS YES CLACKERS NO!!
Absolutely right about the wretched Clackers.
May I suggest any commercial gimmicks ideas for this game ONLY with consultation and 100% agreement with OG! Otherwise it creates disharmony - let's learn from past mistakes!
[quote][p][bold]brightonup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: With the first leg being at home thursday evening and the second leg late on sunday afternoon, there is not a lot of recovery time and some of what there is will be spent travelling. From Macca's point of view the quick turn around should help him get more playing time, Kaz too. The first leg at home will probably see Oscar start as he did against Forest, and that would mean Ince on the bench. With JFC starting I think Oscar will want the experience of Andrews on the park, but come the second leg, and if Stephens is fit, then we could see a double change, Ince and Stephens in, Andrews and JFC on the bench. I think Lingard needs to step his game up a tad from that against Forest, Macca will be waiting to replace him from the bench if the lad is not making in roads into the Derby defense, but I would expect him to start. I think we all know what our approach to the first leg will be, and I guess Derby know too, what we don't know is how Derby will approach the match. Will they sit back and hope to hit us on the break, or will they come looking to get a result. 0-0 would suit them, any draw would and maybe even a 1-0 defeat would seem ok from their point of view, but they could very easily come unstuck by playing for either. The second leg is probably the one where Macca and Kaz get their chance, but I think it will come from the bench. Ideally we want to go to Derby with a lead, but even if the honors are shared at the Amex, the injection of pace that CMS and Kaz bring to the game could be lethal in the last thirty to forty minutes at Derby. The effect on both teams caused by the quick turn around will be the same but CMS and Kaz should be fresher.[/p][/quote]Vegas...I LOVE YOUR ENTHUSIASTIC POINTS OF VIEW But lets take one game at a time my old mucca! So many things could happen between now and Thurs/Sun. Quick message for marketing team and Mr Barber...PLEASE NO CLACKERS, FLAGS YES CLACKERS NO!![/p][/quote]Absolutely right about the wretched Clackers.[/p][/quote]May I suggest any commercial gimmicks ideas for this game ONLY with consultation and 100% agreement with OG! Otherwise it creates disharmony - let's learn from past mistakes! WisdomSpeaks
  • Score: 6

3:21pm Mon 5 May 14

VegasSeagull says...

Conelli98 wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
With the first leg being at home thursday evening and the second leg late on sunday afternoon, there is not a lot of recovery time and some of what there is will be spent travelling. From Macca's point of view the quick turn around should help him get more playing time, Kaz too.

The first leg at home will probably see Oscar start as he did against Forest, and that would mean Ince on the bench. With JFC starting I think Oscar will want the experience of Andrews on the park, but come the second leg, and if Stephens is fit, then we could see a double change, Ince and Stephens in, Andrews and JFC on the bench.

I think Lingard needs to step his game up a tad from that against Forest, Macca will be waiting to replace him from the bench if the lad is not making in roads into the Derby defense, but I would expect him to start.

I think we all know what our approach to the first leg will be, and I guess Derby know too, what we don't know is how Derby will approach the match. Will they sit back and hope to hit us on the break, or will they come looking to get a result. 0-0 would suit them, any draw would and maybe even a 1-0 defeat would seem ok from their point of view, but they could very easily come unstuck by playing for either.

The second leg is probably the one where Macca and Kaz get their chance, but I think it will come from the bench. Ideally we want to go to Derby with a lead, but even if the honors are shared at the Amex, the injection of pace that CMS and Kaz bring to the game could be lethal in the last thirty to forty minutes at Derby. The effect on both teams caused by the quick turn around will be the same but CMS and Kaz should be fresher.
Vegas...I LOVE YOUR ENTHUSIASTIC POINTS OF VIEW But lets take one game at a time my old mucca! So many things could happen between now and Thurs/Sun.
Quick message for marketing team and Mr Barber...PLEASE NO CLACKERS, FLAGS YES CLACKERS NO!!
get your point :-)).

It's hard to take one game at a time when in effect, the two legs are one game. Decisions that both managers make will be all important and both have to plan for two 90 minute halves.
The outcome of these two matches might not be decided by which eleven is the best, it could come down to which eleven is the fittest and who has the best bench. I could be totally wrong but my guess is that Oscar, for once, will look a game ahead rather than just focus on the upcoming match.

I think it is going to be tough on our back four, and made harder by Bruno being out, we just don't have enough cover, David might make the bench, cover for Calde.
[quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: With the first leg being at home thursday evening and the second leg late on sunday afternoon, there is not a lot of recovery time and some of what there is will be spent travelling. From Macca's point of view the quick turn around should help him get more playing time, Kaz too. The first leg at home will probably see Oscar start as he did against Forest, and that would mean Ince on the bench. With JFC starting I think Oscar will want the experience of Andrews on the park, but come the second leg, and if Stephens is fit, then we could see a double change, Ince and Stephens in, Andrews and JFC on the bench. I think Lingard needs to step his game up a tad from that against Forest, Macca will be waiting to replace him from the bench if the lad is not making in roads into the Derby defense, but I would expect him to start. I think we all know what our approach to the first leg will be, and I guess Derby know too, what we don't know is how Derby will approach the match. Will they sit back and hope to hit us on the break, or will they come looking to get a result. 0-0 would suit them, any draw would and maybe even a 1-0 defeat would seem ok from their point of view, but they could very easily come unstuck by playing for either. The second leg is probably the one where Macca and Kaz get their chance, but I think it will come from the bench. Ideally we want to go to Derby with a lead, but even if the honors are shared at the Amex, the injection of pace that CMS and Kaz bring to the game could be lethal in the last thirty to forty minutes at Derby. The effect on both teams caused by the quick turn around will be the same but CMS and Kaz should be fresher.[/p][/quote]Vegas...I LOVE YOUR ENTHUSIASTIC POINTS OF VIEW But lets take one game at a time my old mucca! So many things could happen between now and Thurs/Sun. Quick message for marketing team and Mr Barber...PLEASE NO CLACKERS, FLAGS YES CLACKERS NO!![/p][/quote]get your point :-)). It's hard to take one game at a time when in effect, the two legs are one game. Decisions that both managers make will be all important and both have to plan for two 90 minute halves. The outcome of these two matches might not be decided by which eleven is the best, it could come down to which eleven is the fittest and who has the best bench. I could be totally wrong but my guess is that Oscar, for once, will look a game ahead rather than just focus on the upcoming match. I think it is going to be tough on our back four, and made harder by Bruno being out, we just don't have enough cover, David might make the bench, cover for Calde. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 0

4:47pm Mon 5 May 14

ringtone says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Conelli98 wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
With the first leg being at home thursday evening and the second leg late on sunday afternoon, there is not a lot of recovery time and some of what there is will be spent travelling. From Macca's point of view the quick turn around should help him get more playing time, Kaz too.

The first leg at home will probably see Oscar start as he did against Forest, and that would mean Ince on the bench. With JFC starting I think Oscar will want the experience of Andrews on the park, but come the second leg, and if Stephens is fit, then we could see a double change, Ince and Stephens in, Andrews and JFC on the bench.

I think Lingard needs to step his game up a tad from that against Forest, Macca will be waiting to replace him from the bench if the lad is not making in roads into the Derby defense, but I would expect him to start.

I think we all know what our approach to the first leg will be, and I guess Derby know too, what we don't know is how Derby will approach the match. Will they sit back and hope to hit us on the break, or will they come looking to get a result. 0-0 would suit them, any draw would and maybe even a 1-0 defeat would seem ok from their point of view, but they could very easily come unstuck by playing for either.

The second leg is probably the one where Macca and Kaz get their chance, but I think it will come from the bench. Ideally we want to go to Derby with a lead, but even if the honors are shared at the Amex, the injection of pace that CMS and Kaz bring to the game could be lethal in the last thirty to forty minutes at Derby. The effect on both teams caused by the quick turn around will be the same but CMS and Kaz should be fresher.
Vegas...I LOVE YOUR ENTHUSIASTIC POINTS OF VIEW But lets take one game at a time my old mucca! So many things could happen between now and Thurs/Sun.
Quick message for marketing team and Mr Barber...PLEASE NO CLACKERS, FLAGS YES CLACKERS NO!!
get your point :-)).

It's hard to take one game at a time when in effect, the two legs are one game. Decisions that both managers make will be all important and both have to plan for two 90 minute halves.
The outcome of these two matches might not be decided by which eleven is the best, it could come down to which eleven is the fittest and who has the best bench. I could be totally wrong but my guess is that Oscar, for once, will look a game ahead rather than just focus on the upcoming match.

I think it is going to be tough on our back four, and made harder by Bruno being out, we just don't have enough cover, David might make the bench, cover for Calde.
Vegas, i really think you would get a more favourable response if you reduced the amount of words in your posts.

Think less equals more,otherwise you are a bore.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: With the first leg being at home thursday evening and the second leg late on sunday afternoon, there is not a lot of recovery time and some of what there is will be spent travelling. From Macca's point of view the quick turn around should help him get more playing time, Kaz too. The first leg at home will probably see Oscar start as he did against Forest, and that would mean Ince on the bench. With JFC starting I think Oscar will want the experience of Andrews on the park, but come the second leg, and if Stephens is fit, then we could see a double change, Ince and Stephens in, Andrews and JFC on the bench. I think Lingard needs to step his game up a tad from that against Forest, Macca will be waiting to replace him from the bench if the lad is not making in roads into the Derby defense, but I would expect him to start. I think we all know what our approach to the first leg will be, and I guess Derby know too, what we don't know is how Derby will approach the match. Will they sit back and hope to hit us on the break, or will they come looking to get a result. 0-0 would suit them, any draw would and maybe even a 1-0 defeat would seem ok from their point of view, but they could very easily come unstuck by playing for either. The second leg is probably the one where Macca and Kaz get their chance, but I think it will come from the bench. Ideally we want to go to Derby with a lead, but even if the honors are shared at the Amex, the injection of pace that CMS and Kaz bring to the game could be lethal in the last thirty to forty minutes at Derby. The effect on both teams caused by the quick turn around will be the same but CMS and Kaz should be fresher.[/p][/quote]Vegas...I LOVE YOUR ENTHUSIASTIC POINTS OF VIEW But lets take one game at a time my old mucca! So many things could happen between now and Thurs/Sun. Quick message for marketing team and Mr Barber...PLEASE NO CLACKERS, FLAGS YES CLACKERS NO!![/p][/quote]get your point :-)). It's hard to take one game at a time when in effect, the two legs are one game. Decisions that both managers make will be all important and both have to plan for two 90 minute halves. The outcome of these two matches might not be decided by which eleven is the best, it could come down to which eleven is the fittest and who has the best bench. I could be totally wrong but my guess is that Oscar, for once, will look a game ahead rather than just focus on the upcoming match. I think it is going to be tough on our back four, and made harder by Bruno being out, we just don't have enough cover, David might make the bench, cover for Calde.[/p][/quote]Vegas, i really think you would get a more favourable response if you reduced the amount of words in your posts. Think less equals more,otherwise you are a bore. ringtone
  • Score: 1

4:50pm Mon 5 May 14

ringtone says...

brightonup wrote:
Conelli98 wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
With the first leg being at home thursday evening and the second leg late on sunday afternoon, there is not a lot of recovery time and some of what there is will be spent travelling. From Macca's point of view the quick turn around should help him get more playing time, Kaz too.

The first leg at home will probably see Oscar start as he did against Forest, and that would mean Ince on the bench. With JFC starting I think Oscar will want the experience of Andrews on the park, but come the second leg, and if Stephens is fit, then we could see a double change, Ince and Stephens in, Andrews and JFC on the bench.

I think Lingard needs to step his game up a tad from that against Forest, Macca will be waiting to replace him from the bench if the lad is not making in roads into the Derby defense, but I would expect him to start.

I think we all know what our approach to the first leg will be, and I guess Derby know too, what we don't know is how Derby will approach the match. Will they sit back and hope to hit us on the break, or will they come looking to get a result. 0-0 would suit them, any draw would and maybe even a 1-0 defeat would seem ok from their point of view, but they could very easily come unstuck by playing for either.

The second leg is probably the one where Macca and Kaz get their chance, but I think it will come from the bench. Ideally we want to go to Derby with a lead, but even if the honors are shared at the Amex, the injection of pace that CMS and Kaz bring to the game could be lethal in the last thirty to forty minutes at Derby. The effect on both teams caused by the quick turn around will be the same but CMS and Kaz should be fresher.
Vegas...I LOVE YOUR ENTHUSIASTIC POINTS OF VIEW But lets take one game at a time my old mucca! So many things could happen between now and Thurs/Sun.
Quick message for marketing team and Mr Barber...PLEASE NO CLACKERS, FLAGS YES CLACKERS NO!!
Absolutely right about the wretched Clackers.
Of course brightonsoup, this was the reason Palace won the game.
[quote][p][bold]brightonup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: With the first leg being at home thursday evening and the second leg late on sunday afternoon, there is not a lot of recovery time and some of what there is will be spent travelling. From Macca's point of view the quick turn around should help him get more playing time, Kaz too. The first leg at home will probably see Oscar start as he did against Forest, and that would mean Ince on the bench. With JFC starting I think Oscar will want the experience of Andrews on the park, but come the second leg, and if Stephens is fit, then we could see a double change, Ince and Stephens in, Andrews and JFC on the bench. I think Lingard needs to step his game up a tad from that against Forest, Macca will be waiting to replace him from the bench if the lad is not making in roads into the Derby defense, but I would expect him to start. I think we all know what our approach to the first leg will be, and I guess Derby know too, what we don't know is how Derby will approach the match. Will they sit back and hope to hit us on the break, or will they come looking to get a result. 0-0 would suit them, any draw would and maybe even a 1-0 defeat would seem ok from their point of view, but they could very easily come unstuck by playing for either. The second leg is probably the one where Macca and Kaz get their chance, but I think it will come from the bench. Ideally we want to go to Derby with a lead, but even if the honors are shared at the Amex, the injection of pace that CMS and Kaz bring to the game could be lethal in the last thirty to forty minutes at Derby. The effect on both teams caused by the quick turn around will be the same but CMS and Kaz should be fresher.[/p][/quote]Vegas...I LOVE YOUR ENTHUSIASTIC POINTS OF VIEW But lets take one game at a time my old mucca! So many things could happen between now and Thurs/Sun. Quick message for marketing team and Mr Barber...PLEASE NO CLACKERS, FLAGS YES CLACKERS NO!![/p][/quote]Absolutely right about the wretched Clackers.[/p][/quote]Of course brightonsoup, this was the reason Palace won the game. ringtone
  • Score: -6

6:21pm Mon 5 May 14

mark by the sea says...

If we pick the side that played at forest Thursday we will get opened up like a tin of beans, forest were average, Derby will play with pace and pass the ball into feet around the 18 yard line .. We need to close that space down, in a similar way Chelsea did at Liverpool, the danger man is Martin , and Hoskins ( not our Hoskins ,) I think if Stephens is out we should go back to anchorman who covers that space infront of the back 4,
This game is perfect for Ince, and I know we are at home, but with Orlandi and Buckley playing we don't need KFC losing his position and leaving gaps across our back 4.. A decent side would have taken advantage Saturday, with only Andrews being disciplined.. Derby will try and have GG marking Martin and hope he pulls him down in or around the box.
If we pick the side that played at forest Thursday we will get opened up like a tin of beans, forest were average, Derby will play with pace and pass the ball into feet around the 18 yard line .. We need to close that space down, in a similar way Chelsea did at Liverpool, the danger man is Martin , and Hoskins ( not our Hoskins ,) I think if Stephens is out we should go back to anchorman who covers that space infront of the back 4, This game is perfect for Ince, and I know we are at home, but with Orlandi and Buckley playing we don't need KFC losing his position and leaving gaps across our back 4.. A decent side would have taken advantage Saturday, with only Andrews being disciplined.. Derby will try and have GG marking Martin and hope he pulls him down in or around the box. mark by the sea
  • Score: 2

8:11pm Mon 5 May 14

ringtone says...

Out of the three of us, albion, palace and sunderland it still looks like we will be down with the rubbish.

Pulis and Gus will have a wry smile and we will have to play Barnsley

Dont, Dont, Dont

just Dont you dare
Out of the three of us, albion, palace and sunderland it still looks like we will be down with the rubbish. Pulis and Gus will have a wry smile and we will have to play Barnsley Dont, Dont, Dont just Dont you dare ringtone
  • Score: -2

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