Greer's injury played massive part in Albion's play-off defeat, says Mackail-Smith

Gordon Greer goes off injured

Gordon Greer goes off injured

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Dejected Craig Mackail-Smith has labelled the departure of Albion’s injured skipper as “a massive turning point” in their play-off defeat.

But the striker conceded the Seagulls were not good enough to reach Wembley.

Gordon Greer left the 4-1 semi-final defeat at Derby yesterday with a hamstring problem.

His defensive sidekick Matt Upson had already been ruled out of Albion’s biggest game of the season.

Mackail-Smith said: “Losing GG was a massive turning point. He’s the leader at the back.

“He keeps the tempo going, he keeps the boys calm.

“For him to go off was really difficult and to lose Matty as well for such an important game was a blow.

“He (Greer) had been warming up well, he trained well. There didn’t seem to be any problems.

“The pitch was quite wet and slippery so I don’t know whether he did it during the game.

“But he was a big loss to us and a big part of why we struggled during the game.”

Mackail-Smith, who came off the bench, praised Derby’s efforts to settle the tie on home turf.

He said: “They were fantastic over the two games and over the season.

“They go forward with pace, they pass the ball forward, they don’t ever seem to turn back and play back.

“They just want to go forward with pace, they go forward with pace and they gave us a good hiding.”

 

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7:46am Mon 12 May 14

Max Ripple says...

Maccas comments re going forward with pace and not passing backwards etc sum it all up in my view. Brave words from a man who loves to be running and passing forward. Our play this season has been too slow and too negative. How often have we seen players get within the final third and then look backwards? Passing sideways when there are opportunities ahead of them.
Yes, we've had a good season but Derby were a class above us yesterday. They took us apart. They would have done even if Matty and Greer had been on the pitch.
Oscar has done well with what he's got and has behaved impeccably. A real gentleman. And we should thank him for getting us so far but you can only play the "Barcelona way" if you Barcelona quality players. Most of ours are not. I'd be sorry to see him go but he will need to bring in at least six quality players wi flair. Barber needs to get the chequebook out and Oscar will need to pick the players he wants.
Maccas comments re going forward with pace and not passing backwards etc sum it all up in my view. Brave words from a man who loves to be running and passing forward. Our play this season has been too slow and too negative. How often have we seen players get within the final third and then look backwards? Passing sideways when there are opportunities ahead of them. Yes, we've had a good season but Derby were a class above us yesterday. They took us apart. They would have done even if Matty and Greer had been on the pitch. Oscar has done well with what he's got and has behaved impeccably. A real gentleman. And we should thank him for getting us so far but you can only play the "Barcelona way" if you Barcelona quality players. Most of ours are not. I'd be sorry to see him go but he will need to bring in at least six quality players wi flair. Barber needs to get the chequebook out and Oscar will need to pick the players he wants. Max Ripple
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9:18am Mon 12 May 14

DuncanThickett says...

Free money wrote:
So he was just lying in the week then???Im gona score the winning goal and pay the fans back lol haha.Enjoy the 3 mth holiday lads.Vile freeloaders.
What a knob
[quote][p][bold]Free money[/bold] wrote: So he was just lying in the week then???Im gona score the winning goal and pay the fans back lol haha.Enjoy the 3 mth holiday lads.Vile freeloaders.[/p][/quote]What a knob DuncanThickett
  • Score: 12

9:40am Mon 12 May 14

DuncanThickett says...

Free money wrote:
DuncanThickett wrote:
Free money wrote:
So he was just lying in the week then???Im gona score the winning goal and pay the fans back lol haha.Enjoy the 3 mth holiday lads.Vile freeloaders.
What a knob
Yes you are.
I thought this site was for Brighton fans. You're not a fan that's obvious. Sad really.
[quote][p][bold]Free money[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DuncanThickett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Free money[/bold] wrote: So he was just lying in the week then???Im gona score the winning goal and pay the fans back lol haha.Enjoy the 3 mth holiday lads.Vile freeloaders.[/p][/quote]What a knob[/p][/quote]Yes you are.[/p][/quote]I thought this site was for Brighton fans. You're not a fan that's obvious. Sad really. DuncanThickett
  • Score: 6

10:21am Mon 12 May 14

DuncanThickett says...

Free money wrote:
DuncanThickett wrote:
Free money wrote:
DuncanThickett wrote:
Free money wrote:
So he was just lying in the week then???Im gona score the winning goal and pay the fans back lol haha.Enjoy the 3 mth holiday lads.Vile freeloaders.
What a knob
Yes you are.
I thought this site was for Brighton fans. You're not a fan that's obvious. Sad really.
Small minded little child.Thats right mate im a Palace fan lol haha.Get a life or a brain sad man.
Oh dear. It's obvious that i won't get any sort of intelligent argument from you, so i won't even bother. Enjoy your day.
[quote][p][bold]Free money[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DuncanThickett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Free money[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DuncanThickett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Free money[/bold] wrote: So he was just lying in the week then???Im gona score the winning goal and pay the fans back lol haha.Enjoy the 3 mth holiday lads.Vile freeloaders.[/p][/quote]What a knob[/p][/quote]Yes you are.[/p][/quote]I thought this site was for Brighton fans. You're not a fan that's obvious. Sad really.[/p][/quote]Small minded little child.Thats right mate im a Palace fan lol haha.Get a life or a brain sad man.[/p][/quote]Oh dear. It's obvious that i won't get any sort of intelligent argument from you, so i won't even bother. Enjoy your day. DuncanThickett
  • Score: 5

2:32pm Mon 12 May 14

tinker111 says...

Sorry CMS That's rubbish yhe team are not up to it NUF SAID down to board
Sorry CMS That's rubbish yhe team are not up to it NUF SAID down to board tinker111
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2:41pm Mon 12 May 14

Seagulls Flying says...

That sad Git Free Money obviously loves hearing about a proper club.
Does he realise, Albions lowest league attendance was HIGHER than Palace's highest???! Says everything about that load of rubbish he supports.
That sad Git Free Money obviously loves hearing about a proper club. Does he realise, Albions lowest league attendance was HIGHER than Palace's highest???! Says everything about that load of rubbish he supports. Seagulls Flying
  • Score: 4

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