O'Grady shines in Albion defeat

Chris O'Grady in action at Posh today (photo Simon Dack)

Chris O'Grady in action at Posh today (photo Simon Dack)

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Chris O'Grady made an encouraging start to his Albion career in their penultimate pre-season friendly at Peterborough today.

The Seagulls' new striker set up an early goal for Shamir Fenelon in a 2-1 defeat at London Road.

O'Grady wasted no time making an impact after a rib injury ruled out the Barnsley buy at Crawley on Wednesday.

Neat control on the turn and a well-timed lay-off enabled the onrushing Fenelon to stroke Albion ahead after six minutes, the youngster's fourth goal of pre-season.

Kenny McEvoy hit the bar for Posh midway through the opening period. New dad Lewis Dunk, fresh from signing a four-year deal, and keeper Casper Ankergren also rescued Albion in a first half which included a World Cup style water break to help the players cope with sweltering temperatures.

Peterborough equalised after 56 minutes with a header by the prolific Britt Assombolonga from a corner which the diving Ankergren got a hand to but could not keep out.

Albion fell behind eight minutes later. Posh made nine simultaneous changes and two of the substitutes combined to put them ahead, Kyle Vassell glancing in Kane Ferdinand's right-wing cross. O'Grady impressed with his ball retention. He was an aerial threat as well before making way for former Peterborough favourite Craig Mackail-Smith as boss Sami Hyypia made a flurry of second half changes.

Aaron Hughes was handed his first start alongside Dunk after illness ruled out the Northern Ireland veteran at Crawley but fellow newcomer Nzuzi Toko (swollen knee) missed out again.

Albion complete their pre-season preparations against Southampton at the Amex on Thursday night before launching the Championship campaign at home to Sheffield Wednesday on August 9.

Albion (4-1-2-2-1): Ankergren; Bruno (Calderon 68), Dunk, Hughes, Chicksen (Maksimenko 68); Ince (Rea 84); Crofts (Forster-Caskey 46), Agustien; Fenelon, Buckley (LuaLua 68); O'Grady (Mackail-Smith 68). Subs not used: Walton, Greer, March, Harris.

Peterborough (4-4-2): Alnwick (Day 46); Bostwick (Ferdinand 60), Baldwin (Brisley 60), Zakuani (Santos 60), Ntihe (Luto 60); McEvoy (Smith 46), Payne (McCann 60), Anderson (Conlon 60), Taylor (Ajose 60); Assombalonga (Vassell 60), Washington (Barnett 60).

Referee: A. Woolmer.

Attendance: 1,777 (233 Albion).

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4:59pm Sat 26 Jul 14

SeagullOverSelsey says...

Assombalonga-sign him up-goal ratio in his career-a goal every two games!
Assombalonga-sign him up-goal ratio in his career-a goal every two games! SeagullOverSelsey
  • Score: 26

5:01pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Nobody important says...

Never a good sign when we have 6 defenders on the pitch at the end of the game for at least 15-20 mins.... Saying that Chris O Grady looked promising but you can clearly see where we need some improvements in the team especially a more creative player.
Never a good sign when we have 6 defenders on the pitch at the end of the game for at least 15-20 mins.... Saying that Chris O Grady looked promising but you can clearly see where we need some improvements in the team especially a more creative player. Nobody important
  • Score: 17

5:01pm Sat 26 Jul 14

kipper12 says...

Oh dear !!!!only a friendly I know but only 2weeks now until we start the new season !! We lacked ideas any real threat to them. Possession yes but no threat !!!! Those signings we are all preying for seem even more important now !! Come on DB and TB ??? Are we really likely to see a keeper , winger , left back and a proven goalscorer soon??? If not I fear a real struggle this season !!!!
Oh dear !!!!only a friendly I know but only 2weeks now until we start the new season !! We lacked ideas any real threat to them. Possession yes but no threat !!!! Those signings we are all preying for seem even more important now !! Come on DB and TB ??? Are we really likely to see a keeper , winger , left back and a proven goalscorer soon??? If not I fear a real struggle this season !!!! kipper12
  • Score: 31

5:03pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Liambhataylor19 says...

I watched the 2nd half on YouTube and didn't play we'll slow movement there was a few good moments defo need few players need a gk from what I saw from o Grady he looks like he can score goals this season lua lua looked lively with cms when they came on but that's it if we wanna win games gotta play faster football then we did but like I said there was good spells we had jus need to carry that on.
I watched the 2nd half on YouTube and didn't play we'll slow movement there was a few good moments defo need few players need a gk from what I saw from o Grady he looks like he can score goals this season lua lua looked lively with cms when they came on but that's it if we wanna win games gotta play faster football then we did but like I said there was good spells we had jus need to carry that on. Liambhataylor19
  • Score: 1

5:04pm Sat 26 Jul 14

oksouthstander says...

SeagullOverSelsey wrote:
Assombalonga-sign him up-goal ratio in his career-a goal every two games!
Assombalonga powerful and strong looks very usefull check out game on http://youtu.be/XqcV
1oKOS0E
[quote][p][bold]SeagullOverSelsey[/bold] wrote: Assombalonga-sign him up-goal ratio in his career-a goal every two games![/p][/quote]Assombalonga powerful and strong looks very usefull check out game on http://youtu.be/XqcV 1oKOS0E oksouthstander
  • Score: 4

5:07pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Max Ripple says...

Maybe this is just a little glitch.

Hopefully.

UTA
Maybe this is just a little glitch. Hopefully. UTA Max Ripple
  • Score: -12

5:08pm Sat 26 Jul 14

ringtone says...

The only positive i could take from this was the brave decision by Sami not to play a goalkeeper.

It very nearly came off.
The only positive i could take from this was the brave decision by Sami not to play a goalkeeper. It very nearly came off. ringtone
  • Score: 4

5:08pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Newhavenles says...

I shudder to think that this might be the action that I will be watching this season. I know it was only a friendly but I didn't see anything in the last third, if we don't get some fire power this weekend southhampton are going to completely overwhelm us.Lots of effort and nice touches but never really bothered the goalkeeper after the goal
I shudder to think that this might be the action that I will be watching this season. I know it was only a friendly but I didn't see anything in the last third, if we don't get some fire power this weekend southhampton are going to completely overwhelm us.Lots of effort and nice touches but never really bothered the goalkeeper after the goal Newhavenles
  • Score: 15

5:19pm Sat 26 Jul 14

VegasSeagull says...

Not a bad performance today, certainly better than that against Crawley. Southampton match gives Sami the chance ot send out a starting eleven that could be repeated for our first league match, injuries permitting.

Tough to evaluate friendly matches as there are never any tired legs, making eight or nine, or more, changes ensures that, Kaz as a sub against tiring legs is far more dangerous.

A tad surprised that Sami didn't start with both CMS and O'Grady on the park, in fact Sami passed up the chance to give them any time on the park together.
Not a bad performance today, certainly better than that against Crawley. Southampton match gives Sami the chance ot send out a starting eleven that could be repeated for our first league match, injuries permitting. Tough to evaluate friendly matches as there are never any tired legs, making eight or nine, or more, changes ensures that, Kaz as a sub against tiring legs is far more dangerous. A tad surprised that Sami didn't start with both CMS and O'Grady on the park, in fact Sami passed up the chance to give them any time on the park together. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 3

5:20pm Sat 26 Jul 14

MikeTheMan says...

I am now starting to get genuinely worried about the coming season. Pre-season friendlies, results don’t really matter etc. That is true of course but we were poor at Crawley and we were poor again today. The majority of our best players were involved today but there was no penetration and our passing was County League standard at best, it was dreadful. It is now only two weeks until our first league match - by this stage a Championship team that made the play-offs last season should be doing a great deal better against the likes of Crawley and Peterborough.

What happened to the 2 or 3 new players that were strongly hinted at a week ago? Time to stop hinting and making excuses and actually get some quality players in, everyone can see that we need several better players urgently.
I am now starting to get genuinely worried about the coming season. Pre-season friendlies, results don’t really matter etc. That is true of course but we were poor at Crawley and we were poor again today. The majority of our best players were involved today but there was no penetration and our passing was County League standard at best, it was dreadful. It is now only two weeks until our first league match - by this stage a Championship team that made the play-offs last season should be doing a great deal better against the likes of Crawley and Peterborough. What happened to the 2 or 3 new players that were strongly hinted at a week ago? Time to stop hinting and making excuses and actually get some quality players in, everyone can see that we need several better players urgently. MikeTheMan
  • Score: 25

5:22pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Max Ripple says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Not a bad performance today, certainly better than that against Crawley. Southampton match gives Sami the chance ot send out a starting eleven that could be repeated for our first league match, injuries permitting.

Tough to evaluate friendly matches as there are never any tired legs, making eight or nine, or more, changes ensures that, Kaz as a sub against tiring legs is far more dangerous.

A tad surprised that Sami didn't start with both CMS and O'Grady on the park, in fact Sami passed up the chance to give them any time on the park together.
Maybe Sami knows something we don't. He may have already decided that they'd work well together and so didn't need to try them out.

Hopefully.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: Not a bad performance today, certainly better than that against Crawley. Southampton match gives Sami the chance ot send out a starting eleven that could be repeated for our first league match, injuries permitting. Tough to evaluate friendly matches as there are never any tired legs, making eight or nine, or more, changes ensures that, Kaz as a sub against tiring legs is far more dangerous. A tad surprised that Sami didn't start with both CMS and O'Grady on the park, in fact Sami passed up the chance to give them any time on the park together.[/p][/quote]Maybe Sami knows something we don't. He may have already decided that they'd work well together and so didn't need to try them out. Hopefully. Max Ripple
  • Score: -2

5:25pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Plymouth Seagull says...

kipper12 wrote:
Oh dear !!!!only a friendly I know but only 2weeks now until we start the new season !! We lacked ideas any real threat to them. Possession yes but no threat !!!! Those signings we are all preying for seem even more important now !! Come on DB and TB ??? Are we really likely to see a keeper , winger , left back and a proven goalscorer soon??? If not I fear a real struggle this season !!!!
Yes only a friendly but ... as Kipper says only to weeks to go, the whole club knows we needs players, their second goal we were a disaster!

I am looking forward to being at the first game with at least 3 more players. Even ticket sales are down as people will vote with their feet.

Chris O Grady & Fenelon did look good, Ankergren has let us down in the past and didn't look to me that he can play at our level.

Come on Tony, it needs to be sorted out very soon ..... you can make it happen - Please.
[quote][p][bold]kipper12[/bold] wrote: Oh dear !!!!only a friendly I know but only 2weeks now until we start the new season !! We lacked ideas any real threat to them. Possession yes but no threat !!!! Those signings we are all preying for seem even more important now !! Come on DB and TB ??? Are we really likely to see a keeper , winger , left back and a proven goalscorer soon??? If not I fear a real struggle this season !!!![/p][/quote]Yes only a friendly but ... as Kipper says only to weeks to go, the whole club knows we needs players, their second goal we were a disaster! I am looking forward to being at the first game with at least 3 more players. Even ticket sales are down as people will vote with their feet. Chris O Grady & Fenelon did look good, Ankergren has let us down in the past and didn't look to me that he can play at our level. Come on Tony, it needs to be sorted out very soon ..... you can make it happen - Please. Plymouth Seagull
  • Score: 13

5:26pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Kit Napier's Beard says...

kipper12 wrote:
Oh dear !!!!only a friendly I know but only 2weeks now until we start the new season !! We lacked ideas any real threat to them. Possession yes but no threat !!!! Those signings we are all preying for seem even more important now !! Come on DB and TB ??? Are we really likely to see a keeper , winger , left back and a proven goalscorer soon??? If not I fear a real struggle this season !!!!
Good quote, ideas that all real Albion fans are thinking. Come on TB give us something to cheer about, please!!
[quote][p][bold]kipper12[/bold] wrote: Oh dear !!!!only a friendly I know but only 2weeks now until we start the new season !! We lacked ideas any real threat to them. Possession yes but no threat !!!! Those signings we are all preying for seem even more important now !! Come on DB and TB ??? Are we really likely to see a keeper , winger , left back and a proven goalscorer soon??? If not I fear a real struggle this season !!!![/p][/quote]Good quote, ideas that all real Albion fans are thinking. Come on TB give us something to cheer about, please!! Kit Napier's Beard
  • Score: 5

5:26pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Far gull says...

Newhavenles wrote:
I shudder to think that this might be the action that I will be watching this season. I know it was only a friendly but I didn't see anything in the last third, if we don't get some fire power this weekend southhampton are going to completely overwhelm us.Lots of effort and nice touches but never really bothered the goalkeeper after the goal
Thats if Saints can muster a side. We actually might stand a chance in a 5-a-side against them.Hope Old adage , poor pre season leads to good main season holds true, but the signs are slightly concerning at present, to say the least.
I do wonder if any harm in calling Vicente, Orlandi , if they have no club and ppay as you pay deal. Surely better than sat at hm moping about ?
On the brightside , we could of spent 15 mil on Andy Carroll. Bet WH fans must be sick of the money he has eaten up.
Thought Sami might have got a Finnish lad or two keen ?
[quote][p][bold]Newhavenles[/bold] wrote: I shudder to think that this might be the action that I will be watching this season. I know it was only a friendly but I didn't see anything in the last third, if we don't get some fire power this weekend southhampton are going to completely overwhelm us.Lots of effort and nice touches but never really bothered the goalkeeper after the goal[/p][/quote]Thats if Saints can muster a side. We actually might stand a chance in a 5-a-side against them.Hope Old adage , poor pre season leads to good main season holds true, but the signs are slightly concerning at present, to say the least. I do wonder if any harm in calling Vicente, Orlandi , if they have no club and ppay as you pay deal. Surely better than sat at hm moping about ? On the brightside , we could of spent 15 mil on Andy Carroll. Bet WH fans must be sick of the money he has eaten up. Thought Sami might have got a Finnish lad or two keen ? Far gull
  • Score: 3

5:27pm Sat 26 Jul 14

stonegold says...

Dire - again!
Dire - again! stonegold
  • Score: 5

5:28pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Kit Napier's Beard says...

Max Ripple wrote:
Maybe this is just a little glitch.

Hopefully.

UTA
Seems to be an extensive not little glitch
[quote][p][bold]Max Ripple[/bold] wrote: Maybe this is just a little glitch. Hopefully. UTA[/p][/quote]Seems to be an extensive not little glitch Kit Napier's Beard
  • Score: 4

5:30pm Sat 26 Jul 14

lighteninglee says...

Sami has so much work to do but very little time left to do it. Every other team in the championship has improved there squad. We seriously need to replace leo and have a decent goalie before sheffield come to town 14 days and counting.. UTA
Sami has so much work to do but very little time left to do it. Every other team in the championship has improved there squad. We seriously need to replace leo and have a decent goalie before sheffield come to town 14 days and counting.. UTA lighteninglee
  • Score: 6

5:31pm Sat 26 Jul 14

ballantrrae says...

SeagullOverSelsey wrote:
Assombalonga-sign him up-goal ratio in his career-a goal every two games!
SOS I thought he took his goal from a corner well but it was poor defending by the Albion.
Watching the game on YouTube I was disappointed by the overall performance. There were some good moments from BHA at times but they looked a bit disjointed at others. Liked what I saw of O'Grady, Bruno made a couple of good passes but not sure about Chicksen I got the impression he was a bit lightweight although quite quick. At the end I was left with the impression that we need two more friendly matches before the season starts not just the one against Southampton.
On reflection it is probably too soon to judge how we might perform this season but IMO we definitely need to get in some more players (quickly now) especially a creative midfielder (Agustien looked a bit slow), LB and GK. It seems that SH has judged it about right in wanting another half dozen players or so.
No doubt we will get a better idea of how we are placed after Thursday's game. UTA.
[quote][p][bold]SeagullOverSelsey[/bold] wrote: Assombalonga-sign him up-goal ratio in his career-a goal every two games![/p][/quote]SOS I thought he took his goal from a corner well but it was poor defending by the Albion. Watching the game on YouTube I was disappointed by the overall performance. There were some good moments from BHA at times but they looked a bit disjointed at others. Liked what I saw of O'Grady, Bruno made a couple of good passes but not sure about Chicksen I got the impression he was a bit lightweight although quite quick. At the end I was left with the impression that we need two more friendly matches before the season starts not just the one against Southampton. On reflection it is probably too soon to judge how we might perform this season but IMO we definitely need to get in some more players (quickly now) especially a creative midfielder (Agustien looked a bit slow), LB and GK. It seems that SH has judged it about right in wanting another half dozen players or so. No doubt we will get a better idea of how we are placed after Thursday's game. UTA. ballantrrae
  • Score: 9

5:41pm Sat 26 Jul 14

twonk says...

Surely we can't afford to get relegated.
Surely we can't afford to get relegated. twonk
  • Score: 3

5:51pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Joe Gatting's Dad says...

We undoubtedly have a list of players David Burke is trying to sign up. Unfortunately, because we start our season ridiculously early compared to other countries, the season will be five matches old before the transfer window closes.

Agents are trying to hang on to their players to get the best deals - Ward is probably an example.

By the beginning of September we shall have a Championship side of quality.

This is the reason we are trying to develop younger players who will be already contracted to us at the start of the season and reduce the dependence on signing players long-term
We undoubtedly have a list of players David Burke is trying to sign up. Unfortunately, because we start our season ridiculously early compared to other countries, the season will be five matches old before the transfer window closes. Agents are trying to hang on to their players to get the best deals - Ward is probably an example. By the beginning of September we shall have a Championship side of quality. This is the reason we are trying to develop younger players who will be already contracted to us at the start of the season and reduce the dependence on signing players long-term Joe Gatting's Dad
  • Score: 7

6:06pm Sat 26 Jul 14

tug509 says...

Agree with all above ,but this is now no longer acceptable ,we are back where we were last season and the one before ,leaving it to the last minute ,and still no guarantees we`ll get anyone then ,this penny pinching crap has to stop ,or as sure as God made little green apples , our attendances will drop dramatically , how will that justify the cost cutting then ?. No real money spent on players for over a year ,but plenty have left ,I`m as Brighton as they come ,but it seems those holding the purse strings aren`t ! . The amount of money us supporters put into this club is phenomenal , you would think even allowing for FFP ,we could bring some quality in , heaven knows what state we would be in if we were getting crowds similar to BURNLEY !. UTA
Agree with all above ,but this is now no longer acceptable ,we are back where we were last season and the one before ,leaving it to the last minute ,and still no guarantees we`ll get anyone then ,this penny pinching crap has to stop ,or as sure as God made little green apples , our attendances will drop dramatically , how will that justify the cost cutting then ?. No real money spent on players for over a year ,but plenty have left ,I`m as Brighton as they come ,but it seems those holding the purse strings aren`t ! . The amount of money us supporters put into this club is phenomenal , you would think even allowing for FFP ,we could bring some quality in , heaven knows what state we would be in if we were getting crowds similar to BURNLEY !. UTA tug509
  • Score: 8

6:10pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Bucket feet Duffy says...

I am afraid it is to late Burke should have gone last season, all the bs about the Academy no one wants to come to a team that will struggle to stay in the championship this season, and all the teams that flouted FFP will be laughing at us, get rid of Burke mid season and get someone in who can sell the club.
I am afraid it is to late Burke should have gone last season, all the bs about the Academy no one wants to come to a team that will struggle to stay in the championship this season, and all the teams that flouted FFP will be laughing at us, get rid of Burke mid season and get someone in who can sell the club. Bucket feet Duffy
  • Score: 7

6:13pm Sat 26 Jul 14

portugal35 says...

Relagation battle will commence 2 weeks today.
Relagation battle will commence 2 weeks today. portugal35
  • Score: -5

6:20pm Sat 26 Jul 14

bbb1969 says...

knocked it around as normal; not that quick getting forward but in the last third you could see the guys trying different things. I don't think the last third issues were down to lack of creativity but more down to the touches not coming off. What I did not like today was the attempt on through balls, many straight to a posh player. Do not make those passes unless you put enough on them. Wasn't too concerned but field that starting 11 against Wednesday and we will get hammered.Do need to stregthen the team in areas cos our younsters need a little more time.
knocked it around as normal; not that quick getting forward but in the last third you could see the guys trying different things. I don't think the last third issues were down to lack of creativity but more down to the touches not coming off. What I did not like today was the attempt on through balls, many straight to a posh player. Do not make those passes unless you put enough on them. Wasn't too concerned but field that starting 11 against Wednesday and we will get hammered.Do need to stregthen the team in areas cos our younsters need a little more time. bbb1969
  • Score: 4

6:23pm Sat 26 Jul 14

mikeygit says...

YOu can see clearly that Hypia is worried about the lack of any new players. Maybe preparing us for mediocre performances?? But lets hope this week will see some new blood thru the door!! Must remain optimistic until there is cause not to be.
YOu can see clearly that Hypia is worried about the lack of any new players. Maybe preparing us for mediocre performances?? But lets hope this week will see some new blood thru the door!! Must remain optimistic until there is cause not to be. mikeygit
  • Score: 12

6:24pm Sat 26 Jul 14

tug509 says...

Joe Gatting's Dad wrote:
We undoubtedly have a list of players David Burke is trying to sign up. Unfortunately, because we start our season ridiculously early compared to other countries, the season will be five matches old before the transfer window closes.

Agents are trying to hang on to their players to get the best deals - Ward is probably an example.

By the beginning of September we shall have a Championship side of quality.

This is the reason we are trying to develop younger players who will be already contracted to us at the start of the season and reduce the dependence on signing players long-term
Hi JGD ,with all respect we have known this for years ,and other clubs have made adjustments to cope ,unyet here we are for the 3rd season running .
Very few if any clubs at our level have ever been self sufficient to the point we would have to be ,to get sorted out by start of season ,we have seen some decent players over the last 3 years go to clubs that we should have beaten to the punch ,but lost out to because of our unwillingness to be more flexible financially . I don't mean spend spend spend until were in ruin ,but don't hide it under the mattress like scrooge , we`ve come so far forward ,nows not the time to take a step backward . UTA
[quote][p][bold]Joe Gatting's Dad[/bold] wrote: We undoubtedly have a list of players David Burke is trying to sign up. Unfortunately, because we start our season ridiculously early compared to other countries, the season will be five matches old before the transfer window closes. Agents are trying to hang on to their players to get the best deals - Ward is probably an example. By the beginning of September we shall have a Championship side of quality. This is the reason we are trying to develop younger players who will be already contracted to us at the start of the season and reduce the dependence on signing players long-term[/p][/quote]Hi JGD ,with all respect we have known this for years ,and other clubs have made adjustments to cope ,unyet here we are for the 3rd season running . Very few if any clubs at our level have ever been self sufficient to the point we would have to be ,to get sorted out by start of season ,we have seen some decent players over the last 3 years go to clubs that we should have beaten to the punch ,but lost out to because of our unwillingness to be more flexible financially . I don't mean spend spend spend until were in ruin ,but don't hide it under the mattress like scrooge , we`ve come so far forward ,nows not the time to take a step backward . UTA tug509
  • Score: 12

6:25pm Sat 26 Jul 14

nkwbtn says...

Liambhataylor19 wrote:
I watched the 2nd half on YouTube and didn't play we'll slow movement there was a few good moments defo need few players need a gk from what I saw from o Grady he looks like he can score goals this season lua lua looked lively with cms when they came on but that's it if we wanna win games gotta play faster football then we did but like I said there was good spells we had jus need to carry that on.
I think I agree with you are saying but this is so difficult to read. Punctuation would really help. This is not intended as a disrespectgul pop.
[quote][p][bold]Liambhataylor19[/bold] wrote: I watched the 2nd half on YouTube and didn't play we'll slow movement there was a few good moments defo need few players need a gk from what I saw from o Grady he looks like he can score goals this season lua lua looked lively with cms when they came on but that's it if we wanna win games gotta play faster football then we did but like I said there was good spells we had jus need to carry that on.[/p][/quote]I think I agree with you are saying but this is so difficult to read. Punctuation would really help. This is not intended as a disrespectgul pop. nkwbtn
  • Score: 8

6:29pm Sat 26 Jul 14

lenward says...

may be Sami is playing it cagey and not letting the other teams see how good we really are, lets hope so. As I have said before it's never boring being an Albion supporter. UTA.
may be Sami is playing it cagey and not letting the other teams see how good we really are, lets hope so. As I have said before it's never boring being an Albion supporter. UTA. lenward
  • Score: -1

6:49pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Max Ripple says...

nkwbtn wrote:
Liambhataylor19 wrote:
I watched the 2nd half on YouTube and didn't play we'll slow movement there was a few good moments defo need few players need a gk from what I saw from o Grady he looks like he can score goals this season lua lua looked lively with cms when they came on but that's it if we wanna win games gotta play faster football then we did but like I said there was good spells we had jus need to carry that on.
I think I agree with you are saying but this is so difficult to read. Punctuation would really help. This is not intended as a disrespectgul pop.
Totally agree. Listen guys, I'm not an English teacher or anything and I realise that we all just spew out thoughts on here but can we sometimes have a bit more punctuation, please? Lots of these posts are getting really difficult to decipher! I'm not having a pop either!!
Cheers and UTA!
[quote][p][bold]nkwbtn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Liambhataylor19[/bold] wrote: I watched the 2nd half on YouTube and didn't play we'll slow movement there was a few good moments defo need few players need a gk from what I saw from o Grady he looks like he can score goals this season lua lua looked lively with cms when they came on but that's it if we wanna win games gotta play faster football then we did but like I said there was good spells we had jus need to carry that on.[/p][/quote]I think I agree with you are saying but this is so difficult to read. Punctuation would really help. This is not intended as a disrespectgul pop.[/p][/quote]Totally agree. Listen guys, I'm not an English teacher or anything and I realise that we all just spew out thoughts on here but can we sometimes have a bit more punctuation, please? Lots of these posts are getting really difficult to decipher! I'm not having a pop either!! Cheers and UTA! Max Ripple
  • Score: 7

6:56pm Sat 26 Jul 14

arc12 says...

I thought the first half we were ok and Fenelon took his goal well, but other than that I can barely remember us managing a worthwhile attempt on target which is extremely worrying. Left back and striking options were glaringly short today as was any real creativity from midfield.
We struggled last year to score WITH Ulloa – now we are without him I am seriously worried where the goals will come from. How many genuine chances did we create today?
I accept that we are a long way behind most teams in terms of squad strengthening and we were up against a very strong Peterborough team today (god how we could do with a player like Assombalonga), but as with many on hear I worry that even if new faces do arrive before the start of the season how long will it take for Sammi to integrate them to the team?
Also does anyone really think that any new players that arrive in the next couple of weeks will have been our first choices – I somewhat suspect that any new additions now are more likely to desperation signings, and we know Burke hasn’t got a great record in the past with the likes of Obika, Lita etc.
I wish the club could give us a ‘from the horses mouth’ statement to reassure the fans that they are not going to let the club’s status slide this year, as from the evidence of the Crawley and Peterborough games I for one have little faith that the current squad will be competitive this year. I don’t want to even contemplate a battle with the ‘R’ word this season, but I’m seriously worried, as Sammi also appears, that we are just not ready for August 9th.
I thought the first half we were ok and Fenelon took his goal well, but other than that I can barely remember us managing a worthwhile attempt on target which is extremely worrying. Left back and striking options were glaringly short today as was any real creativity from midfield. We struggled last year to score WITH Ulloa – now we are without him I am seriously worried where the goals will come from. How many genuine chances did we create today? I accept that we are a long way behind most teams in terms of squad strengthening and we were up against a very strong Peterborough team today (god how we could do with a player like Assombalonga), but as with many on hear I worry that even if new faces do arrive before the start of the season how long will it take for Sammi to integrate them to the team? Also does anyone really think that any new players that arrive in the next couple of weeks will have been our first choices – I somewhat suspect that any new additions now are more likely to desperation signings, and we know Burke hasn’t got a great record in the past with the likes of Obika, Lita etc. I wish the club could give us a ‘from the horses mouth’ statement to reassure the fans that they are not going to let the club’s status slide this year, as from the evidence of the Crawley and Peterborough games I for one have little faith that the current squad will be competitive this year. I don’t want to even contemplate a battle with the ‘R’ word this season, but I’m seriously worried, as Sammi also appears, that we are just not ready for August 9th. arc12
  • Score: 16

7:16pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Liambhataylor19 says...

nkwbtn wrote:
Liambhataylor19 wrote:
I watched the 2nd half on YouTube and didn't play we'll slow movement there was a few good moments defo need few players need a gk from what I saw from o Grady he looks like he can score goals this season lua lua looked lively with cms when they came on but that's it if we wanna win games gotta play faster football then we did but like I said there was good spells we had jus need to carry that on.
I think I agree with you are saying but this is so difficult to read. Punctuation would really help. This is not intended as a disrespectgul pop.
Haha I get what you mean I always have trouble with spelling.
[quote][p][bold]nkwbtn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Liambhataylor19[/bold] wrote: I watched the 2nd half on YouTube and didn't play we'll slow movement there was a few good moments defo need few players need a gk from what I saw from o Grady he looks like he can score goals this season lua lua looked lively with cms when they came on but that's it if we wanna win games gotta play faster football then we did but like I said there was good spells we had jus need to carry that on.[/p][/quote]I think I agree with you are saying but this is so difficult to read. Punctuation would really help. This is not intended as a disrespectgul pop.[/p][/quote]Haha I get what you mean I always have trouble with spelling. Liambhataylor19
  • Score: 2

8:02pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Plutomania says...

ARC12/ Miketheman seem to have got the play right on todays performance.Other guys leaving the ground thought the same.
My point is where do some of these other posts get their information from, saying they played Ok. At times the passing and thought mode was terrible.They were so,so,so,disjointed.
I hate to say, but 2 weeks is not enough time to settle a team.
Watching from a laptop or such never gives a true indication of team movement and positioning and then offer a realistic factual post.
ARC12/ Miketheman seem to have got the play right on todays performance.Other guys leaving the ground thought the same. My point is where do some of these other posts get their information from, saying they played Ok. At times the passing and thought mode was terrible.They were so,so,so,disjointed. I hate to say, but 2 weeks is not enough time to settle a team. Watching from a laptop or such never gives a true indication of team movement and positioning and then offer a realistic factual post. Plutomania
  • Score: 6

8:18pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Kit Napier's Beard says...

Joe Gatting's Dad wrote:
We undoubtedly have a list of players David Burke is trying to sign up. Unfortunately, because we start our season ridiculously early compared to other countries, the season will be five matches old before the transfer window closes.

Agents are trying to hang on to their players to get the best deals - Ward is probably an example.

By the beginning of September we shall have a Championship side of quality.

This is the reason we are trying to develop younger players who will be already contracted to us at the start of the season and reduce the dependence on signing players long-term
By September we will all ready be playing catch up!!
[quote][p][bold]Joe Gatting's Dad[/bold] wrote: We undoubtedly have a list of players David Burke is trying to sign up. Unfortunately, because we start our season ridiculously early compared to other countries, the season will be five matches old before the transfer window closes. Agents are trying to hang on to their players to get the best deals - Ward is probably an example. By the beginning of September we shall have a Championship side of quality. This is the reason we are trying to develop younger players who will be already contracted to us at the start of the season and reduce the dependence on signing players long-term[/p][/quote]By September we will all ready be playing catch up!! Kit Napier's Beard
  • Score: 4

8:49pm Sat 26 Jul 14

rolivan says...

If we could get as many new players as there are new posters on here we could field a couple of teams .
If we could get as many new players as there are new posters on here we could field a couple of teams . rolivan
  • Score: 3

9:01pm Sat 26 Jul 14

arc12 says...

Plutomania wrote:
ARC12/ Miketheman seem to have got the play right on todays performance.Other guys leaving the ground thought the same.
My point is where do some of these other posts get their information from, saying they played Ok. At times the passing and thought mode was terrible.They were so,so,so,disjointed.

I hate to say, but 2 weeks is not enough time to settle a team.
Watching from a laptop or such never gives a true indication of team movement and positioning and then offer a realistic factual post.
Granted - I was though streaming the game via Chromecast onto my 42"TV and the picture quality of the game was surprisingly good. Can't help though as said before that the likelihood is that anyone joining in the last days before the season starts are likely to be 'desperation' signings and not first choice. I really hope I'm wrong and a couple of experienced and proven players arrive. I live in hope!
[quote][p][bold]Plutomania[/bold] wrote: ARC12/ Miketheman seem to have got the play right on todays performance.Other guys leaving the ground thought the same. My point is where do some of these other posts get their information from, saying they played Ok. At times the passing and thought mode was terrible.They were so,so,so,disjointed. I hate to say, but 2 weeks is not enough time to settle a team. Watching from a laptop or such never gives a true indication of team movement and positioning and then offer a realistic factual post.[/p][/quote]Granted - I was though streaming the game via Chromecast onto my 42"TV and the picture quality of the game was surprisingly good. Can't help though as said before that the likelihood is that anyone joining in the last days before the season starts are likely to be 'desperation' signings and not first choice. I really hope I'm wrong and a couple of experienced and proven players arrive. I live in hope! arc12
  • Score: 2

9:18pm Sat 26 Jul 14

tez1959 says...

i told all you lot who comment on here the other day brighton are going to struggle this season injury prone players being signed up as normal and rely on other teams losing 16/1 to win the league ive got more chance of playing for england . i feel sorry for the fans that pay good money to watch conferance football at the amex the mugs try going to watch crawley more exciting its only up the road and cheaper at least you see a decent game keep telling you 3 points for sheff wed and a 2 v 0 win for them you see you get youre money on ha ha ha ha ha
i told all you lot who comment on here the other day brighton are going to struggle this season injury prone players being signed up as normal and rely on other teams losing 16/1 to win the league ive got more chance of playing for england . i feel sorry for the fans that pay good money to watch conferance football at the amex the mugs try going to watch crawley more exciting its only up the road and cheaper at least you see a decent game keep telling you 3 points for sheff wed and a 2 v 0 win for them you see you get youre money on ha ha ha ha ha tez1959
  • Score: -4

9:23pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Chi-Seagull says...

OMG !!! I went to the Crawley game and watched today's game on you tube and yes I know that they are only friendlys, BUT GOD HELP US !! our forwards couldn't score in a brothal we don't have a midfield and our diffence !! what can you say ? I have been a Brighton fan for 42 years and this is as bad I have seen them play. I will be at the Southamton game and hope to see a much improved Brighton .. PLEASE ..
OMG !!! I went to the Crawley game and watched today's game on you tube and yes I know that they are only friendlys, BUT GOD HELP US !! our forwards couldn't score in a brothal we don't have a midfield and our diffence !! what can you say ? I have been a Brighton fan for 42 years and this is as bad I have seen them play. I will be at the Southamton game and hope to see a much improved Brighton .. PLEASE .. Chi-Seagull
  • Score: -3

11:04pm Sat 26 Jul 14

challster says...

Chi-Seagull wrote:
OMG !!! I went to the Crawley game and watched today's game on you tube and yes I know that they are only friendlys, BUT GOD HELP US !! our forwards couldn't score in a brothal we don't have a midfield and our diffence !! what can you say ? I have been a Brighton fan for 42 years and this is as bad I have seen them play. I will be at the Southamton game and hope to see a much improved Brighton .. PLEASE ..
I'm sure it wasn't that bad ? I remember seeing us play some poor football in the early withdean days.. We've come a long from there. And now with a lot to look forward to. I'm afraid, though, that the director of football role is not inspiring new signings. We apparantly had grabban in the bag all those months ago, but he couldn't agree final terms. I'm
Not sure why, but players who join new clubs need to respect their manager, so I'd really like to see Sami fully at the helm, as high calibre players, like he, who become managers do have some clout when it comes to bringing in new blood. Look I'm not trying to do our structure down, but as a teacher myself, we are constantly scrutinised but a regulating body in Ofsted. However it's the unions who respond to unfair ideals. So whoever is right or wrong at the top of our team, shouldn't we as a club and across the country have the opportunity to hold a ballot on whether FFP is fair. Who decides these rediculous ideas of parachute payments, players who are demoted should quite simply take a wage drop, at least it would give them more incentive to work harder to get to the prem - and make playing championship football more even. My point is a) is director of football really necessary? b) shouldn't FFP be regulated by the fans via electoral voting not by a governing of suits who drive this ideal? C) more to the point, at the highest level, isn't it about time we did what the Germans did a few years back and overhauled the
Way players served the national team in England? On a final note, I'm not speaking for the rest of the British isles but one of the reasons why our team is pretty much prem standard (Almost ) last year was because we had committed players such as Steven Ward, who came to us to resurrect his international career. It's a shame if we don't sign him
[quote][p][bold]Chi-Seagull[/bold] wrote: OMG !!! I went to the Crawley game and watched today's game on you tube and yes I know that they are only friendlys, BUT GOD HELP US !! our forwards couldn't score in a brothal we don't have a midfield and our diffence !! what can you say ? I have been a Brighton fan for 42 years and this is as bad I have seen them play. I will be at the Southamton game and hope to see a much improved Brighton .. PLEASE ..[/p][/quote]I'm sure it wasn't that bad ? I remember seeing us play some poor football in the early withdean days.. We've come a long from there. And now with a lot to look forward to. I'm afraid, though, that the director of football role is not inspiring new signings. We apparantly had grabban in the bag all those months ago, but he couldn't agree final terms. I'm Not sure why, but players who join new clubs need to respect their manager, so I'd really like to see Sami fully at the helm, as high calibre players, like he, who become managers do have some clout when it comes to bringing in new blood. Look I'm not trying to do our structure down, but as a teacher myself, we are constantly scrutinised but a regulating body in Ofsted. However it's the unions who respond to unfair ideals. So whoever is right or wrong at the top of our team, shouldn't we as a club and across the country have the opportunity to hold a ballot on whether FFP is fair. Who decides these rediculous ideas of parachute payments, players who are demoted should quite simply take a wage drop, at least it would give them more incentive to work harder to get to the prem - and make playing championship football more even. My point is a) is director of football really necessary? b) shouldn't FFP be regulated by the fans via electoral voting not by a governing of suits who drive this ideal? C) more to the point, at the highest level, isn't it about time we did what the Germans did a few years back and overhauled the Way players served the national team in England? On a final note, I'm not speaking for the rest of the British isles but one of the reasons why our team is pretty much prem standard (Almost ) last year was because we had committed players such as Steven Ward, who came to us to resurrect his international career. It's a shame if we don't sign him challster
  • Score: 4

12:00am Sun 27 Jul 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Plutomania wrote:
ARC12/ Miketheman seem to have got the play right on todays performance.Other guys leaving the ground thought the same.
My point is where do some of these other posts get their information from, saying they played Ok. At times the passing and thought mode was terrible.They were so,so,so,disjointed.

I hate to say, but 2 weeks is not enough time to settle a team.
Watching from a laptop or such never gives a true indication of team movement and positioning and then offer a realistic factual post.
I wondered who would be the first person to come out with the cliche that only those at a game are allowed to proffer an opinion, although to be honest I assumed it would be someone else...

As it happens it was a fairly wide-angle view of the game, so movement was to a large degree quite easy to see.
[quote][p][bold]Plutomania[/bold] wrote: ARC12/ Miketheman seem to have got the play right on todays performance.Other guys leaving the ground thought the same. My point is where do some of these other posts get their information from, saying they played Ok. At times the passing and thought mode was terrible.They were so,so,so,disjointed. I hate to say, but 2 weeks is not enough time to settle a team. Watching from a laptop or such never gives a true indication of team movement and positioning and then offer a realistic factual post.[/p][/quote]I wondered who would be the first person to come out with the cliche that only those at a game are allowed to proffer an opinion, although to be honest I assumed it would be someone else... As it happens it was a fairly wide-angle view of the game, so movement was to a large degree quite easy to see. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 3

12:02am Sun 27 Jul 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Chi-Seagull wrote:
OMG !!! I went to the Crawley game and watched today's game on you tube and yes I know that they are only friendlys, BUT GOD HELP US !! our forwards couldn't score in a brothal we don't have a midfield and our diffence !! what can you say ? I have been a Brighton fan for 42 years and this is as bad I have seen them play. I will be at the Southamton game and hope to see a much improved Brighton .. PLEASE ..
You genuinely think we're as bad as those occasions we finished 91st? Okay...

PS: Fenelon scored, and he is a forward.
[quote][p][bold]Chi-Seagull[/bold] wrote: OMG !!! I went to the Crawley game and watched today's game on you tube and yes I know that they are only friendlys, BUT GOD HELP US !! our forwards couldn't score in a brothal we don't have a midfield and our diffence !! what can you say ? I have been a Brighton fan for 42 years and this is as bad I have seen them play. I will be at the Southamton game and hope to see a much improved Brighton .. PLEASE ..[/p][/quote]You genuinely think we're as bad as those occasions we finished 91st? Okay... PS: Fenelon scored, and he is a forward. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 1

2:33am Sun 27 Jul 14

100% Pure says...

Just watch the replays of their 2nd goal again.The wonderful Mr,Dunk was 100% to blame once again,and also against lower league players.Real fans please don't let his vile friends and family take over this site.Two top scouts said i wouldn't have given it a 4 day contract.Also been told CMS is still very unfit and still in pain.Wake up time me thinks.
Just watch the replays of their 2nd goal again.The wonderful Mr,Dunk was 100% to blame once again,and also against lower league players.Real fans please don't let his vile friends and family take over this site.Two top scouts said i wouldn't have given it a 4 day contract.Also been told CMS is still very unfit and still in pain.Wake up time me thinks. 100% Pure
  • Score: -12

6:07am Sun 27 Jul 14

bbb1969 says...

Plutomania wrote:
ARC12/ Miketheman seem to have got the play right on todays performance.Other guys leaving the ground thought the same.
My point is where do some of these other posts get their information from, saying they played Ok. At times the passing and thought mode was terrible.They were so,so,so,disjointed.

I hate to say, but 2 weeks is not enough time to settle a team.
Watching from a laptop or such never gives a true indication of team movement and positioning and then offer a realistic factual post.
I watched from the live feed today but on my laptop and the difference between that a live match is you can't rewind or playback a live match to pick up the errors. They don't transfer players back in time with the manager to watch a live match for the analysis.
I have gone to plenty of live matches and had to also watch on line when I could not attend in person. The only difference is atmosphere unless the players play differently live then on-line.
[quote][p][bold]Plutomania[/bold] wrote: ARC12/ Miketheman seem to have got the play right on todays performance.Other guys leaving the ground thought the same. My point is where do some of these other posts get their information from, saying they played Ok. At times the passing and thought mode was terrible.They were so,so,so,disjointed. I hate to say, but 2 weeks is not enough time to settle a team. Watching from a laptop or such never gives a true indication of team movement and positioning and then offer a realistic factual post.[/p][/quote]I watched from the live feed today but on my laptop and the difference between that a live match is you can't rewind or playback a live match to pick up the errors. They don't transfer players back in time with the manager to watch a live match for the analysis. I have gone to plenty of live matches and had to also watch on line when I could not attend in person. The only difference is atmosphere unless the players play differently live then on-line. bbb1969
  • Score: -2

9:35am Sun 27 Jul 14

Cockwomble says...

100% Pure wrote:
Just watch the replays of their 2nd goal again.The wonderful Mr,Dunk was 100% to blame once again,and also against lower league players.Real fans please don't let his vile friends and family take over this site.Two top scouts said i wouldn't have given it a 4 day contract.Also been told CMS is still very unfit and still in pain.Wake up time me thinks.
100% pure cockwomble
[quote][p][bold]100% Pure[/bold] wrote: Just watch the replays of their 2nd goal again.The wonderful Mr,Dunk was 100% to blame once again,and also against lower league players.Real fans please don't let his vile friends and family take over this site.Two top scouts said i wouldn't have given it a 4 day contract.Also been told CMS is still very unfit and still in pain.Wake up time me thinks.[/p][/quote]100% pure cockwomble Cockwomble
  • Score: 5

1:03pm Sun 27 Jul 14

barnieb says...

Can already see a continuing problem,failure to score enough goals,cost us last season and the season before.Our goal tally last season was woeful and we had Ulloa!!! not getting a warm cosy feeling about the forthcoming season,really think we are going to struggle.
Can already see a continuing problem,failure to score enough goals,cost us last season and the season before.Our goal tally last season was woeful and we had Ulloa!!! not getting a warm cosy feeling about the forthcoming season,really think we are going to struggle. barnieb
  • Score: -2

2:42pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Chi-Seagull says...

challster wrote:
Chi-Seagull wrote:
OMG !!! I went to the Crawley game and watched today's game on you tube and yes I know that they are only friendlys, BUT GOD HELP US !! our forwards couldn't score in a brothal we don't have a midfield and our diffence !! what can you say ? I have been a Brighton fan for 42 years and this is as bad I have seen them play. I will be at the Southamton game and hope to see a much improved Brighton .. PLEASE ..
I'm sure it wasn't that bad ? I remember seeing us play some poor football in the early withdean days.. We've come a long from there. And now with a lot to look forward to. I'm afraid, though, that the director of football role is not inspiring new signings. We apparantly had grabban in the bag all those months ago, but he couldn't agree final terms. I'm
Not sure why, but players who join new clubs need to respect their manager, so I'd really like to see Sami fully at the helm, as high calibre players, like he, who become managers do have some clout when it comes to bringing in new blood. Look I'm not trying to do our structure down, but as a teacher myself, we are constantly scrutinised but a regulating body in Ofsted. However it's the unions who respond to unfair ideals. So whoever is right or wrong at the top of our team, shouldn't we as a club and across the country have the opportunity to hold a ballot on whether FFP is fair. Who decides these rediculous ideas of parachute payments, players who are demoted should quite simply take a wage drop, at least it would give them more incentive to work harder to get to the prem - and make playing championship football more even. My point is a) is director of football really necessary? b) shouldn't FFP be regulated by the fans via electoral voting not by a governing of suits who drive this ideal? C) more to the point, at the highest level, isn't it about time we did what the Germans did a few years back and overhauled the
Way players served the national team in England? On a final note, I'm not speaking for the rest of the British isles but one of the reasons why our team is pretty much prem standard (Almost ) last year was because we had committed players such as Steven Ward, who came to us to resurrect his international career. It's a shame if we don't sign him
Ok I admit things could be worse but they are pretty bad, I only hope the suits soon buy some decent players very soon. I really would love the Seagulls in the top flight again, but playing the way we did in the last two games we could be the wrong end of the league.
[quote][p][bold]challster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chi-Seagull[/bold] wrote: OMG !!! I went to the Crawley game and watched today's game on you tube and yes I know that they are only friendlys, BUT GOD HELP US !! our forwards couldn't score in a brothal we don't have a midfield and our diffence !! what can you say ? I have been a Brighton fan for 42 years and this is as bad I have seen them play. I will be at the Southamton game and hope to see a much improved Brighton .. PLEASE ..[/p][/quote]I'm sure it wasn't that bad ? I remember seeing us play some poor football in the early withdean days.. We've come a long from there. And now with a lot to look forward to. I'm afraid, though, that the director of football role is not inspiring new signings. We apparantly had grabban in the bag all those months ago, but he couldn't agree final terms. I'm Not sure why, but players who join new clubs need to respect their manager, so I'd really like to see Sami fully at the helm, as high calibre players, like he, who become managers do have some clout when it comes to bringing in new blood. Look I'm not trying to do our structure down, but as a teacher myself, we are constantly scrutinised but a regulating body in Ofsted. However it's the unions who respond to unfair ideals. So whoever is right or wrong at the top of our team, shouldn't we as a club and across the country have the opportunity to hold a ballot on whether FFP is fair. Who decides these rediculous ideas of parachute payments, players who are demoted should quite simply take a wage drop, at least it would give them more incentive to work harder to get to the prem - and make playing championship football more even. My point is a) is director of football really necessary? b) shouldn't FFP be regulated by the fans via electoral voting not by a governing of suits who drive this ideal? C) more to the point, at the highest level, isn't it about time we did what the Germans did a few years back and overhauled the Way players served the national team in England? On a final note, I'm not speaking for the rest of the British isles but one of the reasons why our team is pretty much prem standard (Almost ) last year was because we had committed players such as Steven Ward, who came to us to resurrect his international career. It's a shame if we don't sign him[/p][/quote]Ok I admit things could be worse but they are pretty bad, I only hope the suits soon buy some decent players very soon. I really would love the Seagulls in the top flight again, but playing the way we did in the last two games we could be the wrong end of the league. Chi-Seagull
  • Score: -1

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