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Solly March says his dad tells him what he does wrong - but he welcomes the advice

Solly March says his dad tells him what he does wrong - but he welcomes the advice

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

Solly March is hoping for a short conversation with his biggest supporter after Albion face Derby in the play-offs.

Dad Steve, a former Albion apprentice, watches him regularly and tells the Seagulls’ teenage midfield prospect what he has done wrong.

March senior was on Albion’s books in the late 1980s. His son said: “I wasn’t born then! He used to talk to me about it but not so much now. He gives me advice, because he knows the game.

“He comes to pretty much every game and tells me what I’ve done wrong, which is good to hear, because I need to know what I am doing bad as well as good.”

March is likely to be among the substitutes for Thursday’s first leg against Derby at the Amex after coming off the bench to help Albion into the play-offs at Nottingham Forest on Saturday, his 27th appearance of a breakthrough season under Oscar Garcia.

He was signed from non-league Lewes in November 2011 and was awarded a new four-year contract last month.

March said: “It’s not even three years. I’ve got to keep pushing on and doing the same things.

“You have got to adapt when it’s a new manager. It always takes time, which has showed really. We started the season slowly but, once everyone knew their roles, we have done well and look a good team.”

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7:02am Tue 6 May 14

elljam says...

I hope his Dad has been telling him to work on his fitness levels. There is no doubting his ability on the ball but quite often this season I have noticed that he struggles to keep up when we attack. Also he never runs beyond Ulloa & only ever wants the ball played into his feet, never to run on to. This is either a lack of desire to go the extra mile or fitness issues.
Still he's a young lad so plenty of time to sort this out because when he does, his game will then go to a new level.
I hope his Dad has been telling him to work on his fitness levels. There is no doubting his ability on the ball but quite often this season I have noticed that he struggles to keep up when we attack. Also he never runs beyond Ulloa & only ever wants the ball played into his feet, never to run on to. This is either a lack of desire to go the extra mile or fitness issues. Still he's a young lad so plenty of time to sort this out because when he does, his game will then go to a new level. elljam
  • Score: 5

7:15am Tue 6 May 14

elljam says...

elljam wrote:
I hope his Dad has been telling him to work on his fitness levels. There is no doubting his ability on the ball but quite often this season I have noticed that he struggles to keep up when we attack. Also he never runs beyond Ulloa & only ever wants the ball played into his feet, never to run on to. This is either a lack of desire to go the extra mile or fitness issues.
Still he's a young lad so plenty of time to sort this out because when he does, his game will then go to a new level.
Forgot to add, the winning goal on Saturday was a great example of this. When LuaLua broke March was ahead of the ball but when he played it to CMS, March continued jogging at the same pace rather than bust -a-gut to get into the box.

Bearing in mind it was injury time & we needed to score, this apparent lack of desire annoyed me especially as he must have been one of the freshest players on the pitch.
In fact it was unbelievable that we only had Ulloa in the box when the cross came in considering the desperate situation. This has been an issue all season & I hope Oscar tells players to be braver & gamble more in these situations.
[quote][p][bold]elljam[/bold] wrote: I hope his Dad has been telling him to work on his fitness levels. There is no doubting his ability on the ball but quite often this season I have noticed that he struggles to keep up when we attack. Also he never runs beyond Ulloa & only ever wants the ball played into his feet, never to run on to. This is either a lack of desire to go the extra mile or fitness issues. Still he's a young lad so plenty of time to sort this out because when he does, his game will then go to a new level.[/p][/quote]Forgot to add, the winning goal on Saturday was a great example of this. When LuaLua broke March was ahead of the ball but when he played it to CMS, March continued jogging at the same pace rather than bust -a-gut to get into the box. Bearing in mind it was injury time & we needed to score, this apparent lack of desire annoyed me especially as he must have been one of the freshest players on the pitch. In fact it was unbelievable that we only had Ulloa in the box when the cross came in considering the desperate situation. This has been an issue all season & I hope Oscar tells players to be braver & gamble more in these situations. elljam
  • Score: 19

9:49am Tue 6 May 14

Max Ripple says...

elljam wrote:
elljam wrote:
I hope his Dad has been telling him to work on his fitness levels. There is no doubting his ability on the ball but quite often this season I have noticed that he struggles to keep up when we attack. Also he never runs beyond Ulloa & only ever wants the ball played into his feet, never to run on to. This is either a lack of desire to go the extra mile or fitness issues.
Still he's a young lad so plenty of time to sort this out because when he does, his game will then go to a new level.
Forgot to add, the winning goal on Saturday was a great example of this. When LuaLua broke March was ahead of the ball but when he played it to CMS, March continued jogging at the same pace rather than bust -a-gut to get into the box.

Bearing in mind it was injury time & we needed to score, this apparent lack of desire annoyed me especially as he must have been one of the freshest players on the pitch.
In fact it was unbelievable that we only had Ulloa in the box when the cross came in considering the desperate situation. This has been an issue all season & I hope Oscar tells players to be braver & gamble more in these situations.
Yes, there are many occasions that I can think of when a winger, Bucks or Kaz have been zooming down the wing and there has been no-one in the box to receive a cross. Solly has had a good season and I'm sure will continue to improve and get fitter and stronger. A good signing for the future, I feel. He is developing well.
[quote][p][bold]elljam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elljam[/bold] wrote: I hope his Dad has been telling him to work on his fitness levels. There is no doubting his ability on the ball but quite often this season I have noticed that he struggles to keep up when we attack. Also he never runs beyond Ulloa & only ever wants the ball played into his feet, never to run on to. This is either a lack of desire to go the extra mile or fitness issues. Still he's a young lad so plenty of time to sort this out because when he does, his game will then go to a new level.[/p][/quote]Forgot to add, the winning goal on Saturday was a great example of this. When LuaLua broke March was ahead of the ball but when he played it to CMS, March continued jogging at the same pace rather than bust -a-gut to get into the box. Bearing in mind it was injury time & we needed to score, this apparent lack of desire annoyed me especially as he must have been one of the freshest players on the pitch. In fact it was unbelievable that we only had Ulloa in the box when the cross came in considering the desperate situation. This has been an issue all season & I hope Oscar tells players to be braver & gamble more in these situations.[/p][/quote]Yes, there are many occasions that I can think of when a winger, Bucks or Kaz have been zooming down the wing and there has been no-one in the box to receive a cross. Solly has had a good season and I'm sure will continue to improve and get fitter and stronger. A good signing for the future, I feel. He is developing well. Max Ripple
  • Score: 4

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