Hyypia reckons Albion could have grabbed a point

Sami Hyypia in discussion with Nathan Jones today

Sami Hyypia in discussion with Nathan Jones today

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Sami Hyypia reckons his ten men could have snatched a draw against Sheffield Wednesday.

But he conceded Albion possibly lacked precision in attack as they lost 1-0 at the Amex today.

The Seagulls played the last 40 minutes without Andrew Crofts, who was sent off.

But Chris O’Grady almost rescued a point on 70 minutes.

Hyypia said: “We lost and it’s not nice to lose but I liked the effort of everyone on the pitch.

“The red card didn’t make it any easier but we kept going and probably deserved the equalising goal.

“It’s like this in football. It doesn’t always go how you want it to go.

“But we can take a lot of positives from this game.

“The effort was there. Maybe in the final third the quality and the precision weren’t always there.”

Hyypia declined to comment on James Linington’s decison to show Crofts a straight red card.

He revealed Solly March would have played but for stiffness in his back.

March failed a fitness test ahead of the match and his place was taken by debutant Shamir Fenelon.

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6:20pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Jules boy says...

I feel most sorry for the fans who parted with their hard earned cash to wear those cheap tacky looking new shirts, surely a brand like Nike could do better? I'll keep wearing last season's thanks!
I feel most sorry for the fans who parted with their hard earned cash to wear those cheap tacky looking new shirts, surely a brand like Nike could do better? I'll keep wearing last season's thanks! Jules boy
  • Score: -6

6:27pm Sat 9 Aug 14

heshootshescores says...

Well, he would do, wouldn't he?

And to think there were people who actually wanted Gus out of this club. Football hasn't been the same since. Gus was ambitious and he made Brighton and Hove Albion relevant in the football world.

He also created a buzz of excitement among both the players and the fans. We need to get our swagger back.
Well, he would do, wouldn't he? And to think there were people who actually wanted Gus out of this club. Football hasn't been the same since. Gus was ambitious and he made Brighton and Hove Albion relevant in the football world. He also created a buzz of excitement among both the players and the fans. We need to get our swagger back. heshootshescores
  • Score: 32

6:32pm Sat 9 Aug 14

MHubbs says...

“But we can take a lot of positives from this game."
Really Sami? Really??? I too think the shirts suck. They look like some kids school shirts hahaha
“But we can take a lot of positives from this game." Really Sami? Really??? I too think the shirts suck. They look like some kids school shirts hahaha MHubbs
  • Score: -3

6:36pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Quiterie says...

"We can take lots of positives from this game"!! ?? !?

Was he watching the same game as me? Hyypia didn't get out of his seat until the 80th minute. Does he realise the pre-season friendlies have finished??
"We can take lots of positives from this game"!! ?? !? Was he watching the same game as me? Hyypia didn't get out of his seat until the 80th minute. Does he realise the pre-season friendlies have finished?? Quiterie
  • Score: 15

6:39pm Sat 9 Aug 14

impose our game gull says...

Goals get draws and wins. One shot on target maybe?

Not the best photo of Sami - all things considered based on today's performance. It's best to admit where we are and were lacking!!

Pedestrian, dull, dour, disorganised, inept, slow, mundane, unimaginative .... These would all be fair words to sum up how we were. As against Saints but this time, at home, in a meaningful match in front of 27,000 and against lower Championship standard opposition.

Yes, Crofts SO didn't help but before then we were all of the above. It wasn't as if we missed several chances. Westwood had 1 (ONE) to save.

The half time inspirational talk seems to still be missing, slowish build up still (but to be fair, no quite as slow as most of last season!!), I'd expect us as the home team to come out at he start and at 45 mins with some passion, some desire, some belief and some focus. We lacked in all of those.

Today's MOM was actually Greer and then Hughes. That sums it up.

Lua Lua or Buckley running past their man? Never happened. Good accurate last passes? Rare. Pressing? Not really. The better passion and fervour? Again, not really. Wednesday could and should have had 2 more. Remember v Burnley with nine men? Nothing like that.

There's a lot of work to do ..... The season has started, 21,000 have committed to the club the output of their hard week's work but the club have not returned the favour. On transfers (start of season and Jan window) too many excuses and mishaps for too long. We all know the stats of getting off to a poor start and then still having a chance for auto or even the POs. "wily Bloom"? Not too sure of that really - the poker thing gets played on too much.

No Cms or Buckley in the starting eleven?

We'll be nice to the refs?? Thanks

Club seem to care re the fans? (Parking, food queues, ticketing hassles?) - quite possible but much needs sorting.

The players need I me to gel? Don't all teams? Forest spent £7 million on 3 in 36 hours on weds and Thurs and have 12 new players

Bournemouth score 4 away and without the lad Grabban e also missed out on. Do we need a salesperson/ better negotiator for transfers?

I'd rather we were missing loads of chances but at least making them a la old big head Poyet. Also I'd rather be Bournemouth with excitement and come 13th than all the words at the start of this post and 11th

We can't afford to start in November. Yes, it's still hot, it feel Summery, but the season has started!!

UTA but get on with it!!
Goals get draws and wins. One shot on target maybe? Not the best photo of Sami - all things considered based on today's performance. It's best to admit where we are and were lacking!! Pedestrian, dull, dour, disorganised, inept, slow, mundane, unimaginative .... These would all be fair words to sum up how we were. As against Saints but this time, at home, in a meaningful match in front of 27,000 and against lower Championship standard opposition. Yes, Crofts SO didn't help but before then we were all of the above. It wasn't as if we missed several chances. Westwood had 1 (ONE) to save. The half time inspirational talk seems to still be missing, slowish build up still (but to be fair, no quite as slow as most of last season!!), I'd expect us as the home team to come out at he start and at 45 mins with some passion, some desire, some belief and some focus. We lacked in all of those. Today's MOM was actually Greer and then Hughes. That sums it up. Lua Lua or Buckley running past their man? Never happened. Good accurate last passes? Rare. Pressing? Not really. The better passion and fervour? Again, not really. Wednesday could and should have had 2 more. Remember v Burnley with nine men? Nothing like that. There's a lot of work to do ..... The season has started, 21,000 have committed to the club the output of their hard week's work but the club have not returned the favour. On transfers (start of season and Jan window) too many excuses and mishaps for too long. We all know the stats of getting off to a poor start and then still having a chance for auto or even the POs. "wily Bloom"? Not too sure of that really - the poker thing gets played on too much. No Cms or Buckley in the starting eleven? We'll be nice to the refs?? Thanks Club seem to care re the fans? (Parking, food queues, ticketing hassles?) - quite possible but much needs sorting. The players need I me to gel? Don't all teams? Forest spent £7 million on 3 in 36 hours on weds and Thurs and have 12 new players Bournemouth score 4 away and without the lad Grabban e also missed out on. Do we need a salesperson/ better negotiator for transfers? I'd rather we were missing loads of chances but at least making them a la old big head Poyet. Also I'd rather be Bournemouth with excitement and come 13th than all the words at the start of this post and 11th We can't afford to start in November. Yes, it's still hot, it feel Summery, but the season has started!! UTA but get on with it!! impose our game gull
  • Score: 34

6:40pm Sat 9 Aug 14

sussexram40 says...

heshootshescores wrote:
Well, he would do, wouldn't he?

And to think there were people who actually wanted Gus out of this club. Football hasn't been the same since. Gus was ambitious and he made Brighton and Hove Albion relevant in the football world.

He also created a buzz of excitement among both the players and the fans. We need to get our swagger back.
Great posting. Agree 100%.
We've been stuck in reverse gear since the great Gus was kicked out. If we don't find a forward gear soon we will be reversing down a division.
[quote][p][bold]heshootshescores[/bold] wrote: Well, he would do, wouldn't he? And to think there were people who actually wanted Gus out of this club. Football hasn't been the same since. Gus was ambitious and he made Brighton and Hove Albion relevant in the football world. He also created a buzz of excitement among both the players and the fans. We need to get our swagger back.[/p][/quote]Great posting. Agree 100%. We've been stuck in reverse gear since the great Gus was kicked out. If we don't find a forward gear soon we will be reversing down a division. sussexram40
  • Score: 10

6:40pm Sat 9 Aug 14

raymondo999 says...

Can someone explain to me why Calderon spent most of the first half up the pitch on the left wing with no one passing to him while Buckley was on the bench?
Can someone explain to me why Calderon spent most of the first half up the pitch on the left wing with no one passing to him while Buckley was on the bench? raymondo999
  • Score: 15

6:41pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Jules boy says...

Possibly lacked precision in attack? Might have something to do with selling an £8 million striker, although I thought O'Grady had a presence and did reasonably well
Possibly lacked precision in attack? Might have something to do with selling an £8 million striker, although I thought O'Grady had a presence and did reasonably well Jules boy
  • Score: 1

6:42pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Jules boy says...

heshootshescores wrote:
Well, he would do, wouldn't he?

And to think there were people who actually wanted Gus out of this club. Football hasn't been the same since. Gus was ambitious and he made Brighton and Hove Albion relevant in the football world.

He also created a buzz of excitement among both the players and the fans. We need to get our swagger back.
You're right the buzz ain't been quite the same
[quote][p][bold]heshootshescores[/bold] wrote: Well, he would do, wouldn't he? And to think there were people who actually wanted Gus out of this club. Football hasn't been the same since. Gus was ambitious and he made Brighton and Hove Albion relevant in the football world. He also created a buzz of excitement among both the players and the fans. We need to get our swagger back.[/p][/quote]You're right the buzz ain't been quite the same Jules boy
  • Score: 11

6:42pm Sat 9 Aug 14

brightonup says...

Sheffield Wednesday deserved victory if only because of that special goal; it was a game in which neither side looked particularly skilful.....
We dropped three points but there are 45 matches to go;
We need some quality recruits and I believe that quality is on the way......

The red card was harsh and there was inevitable play-acting by the Wednesday players. The ref didn't punish it.

Anything else to say? Time to move on, I reckon.
Sheffield Wednesday deserved victory if only because of that special goal; it was a game in which neither side looked particularly skilful..... We dropped three points but there are 45 matches to go; We need some quality recruits and I believe that quality is on the way...... The red card was harsh and there was inevitable play-acting by the Wednesday players. The ref didn't punish it. Anything else to say? Time to move on, I reckon. brightonup
  • Score: 8

8:00pm Sat 9 Aug 14

sssuuueee says...

HYYPIA is out of his depth..
Since this stadium has gone in there has been trouble and the team doesn't win..
Three different managers and all failed, anyway,im not one for sport and they should have stayed at Withdean.
My daughter attended the match today and was gobsmacked at the foul language used by many hooligans.
My daughter will never watch another football match in that awful stadium.
I since realised that if she tested the seat number of the hooligans, they then would have been ejected.
I feel sorry for the good folk of Brighton. Utter disgrace.
HYYPIA is out of his depth.. Since this stadium has gone in there has been trouble and the team doesn't win.. Three different managers and all failed, anyway,im not one for sport and they should have stayed at Withdean. My daughter attended the match today and was gobsmacked at the foul language used by many hooligans. My daughter will never watch another football match in that awful stadium. I since realised that if she tested the seat number of the hooligans, they then would have been ejected. I feel sorry for the good folk of Brighton. Utter disgrace. sssuuueee
  • Score: -35

8:01pm Sat 9 Aug 14

pjwilk says...

Sami is saying to Nathan,I think we are in the s**t mate.
Sami is saying to Nathan,I think we are in the s**t mate. pjwilk
  • Score: 2

8:03pm Sat 9 Aug 14

brightonup says...

...or not
...or not brightonup
  • Score: -4

8:05pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Claude Back says...

What did anyone expect after seeing how we performed in the Friendlies?
I don't mind losing the odd game but there is no pattern or style to admire in our play and there hasn't been for a long time.
I really don't think Hyppia and Jones will get us any success at all. Bloom is doing things on the cheap concerning the team and its management and is reaping what he sows.
Still, it might get us out of this Division....just not the way we expected.
When I hear Steve Cotterill talking about his tactics and players for Bristol City I realise what a missed opportunity it was in not appointing him. There are many others too but they want to actually manage, not be a puppet.
What did anyone expect after seeing how we performed in the Friendlies? I don't mind losing the odd game but there is no pattern or style to admire in our play and there hasn't been for a long time. I really don't think Hyppia and Jones will get us any success at all. Bloom is doing things on the cheap concerning the team and its management and is reaping what he sows. Still, it might get us out of this Division....just not the way we expected. When I hear Steve Cotterill talking about his tactics and players for Bristol City I realise what a missed opportunity it was in not appointing him. There are many others too but they want to actually manage, not be a puppet. Claude Back
  • Score: 7

8:20pm Sat 9 Aug 14

brightonup says...

Claude Back wrote:
What did anyone expect after seeing how we performed in the Friendlies?
I don't mind losing the odd game but there is no pattern or style to admire in our play and there hasn't been for a long time.
I really don't think Hyppia and Jones will get us any success at all. Bloom is doing things on the cheap concerning the team and its management and is reaping what he sows.
Still, it might get us out of this Division....just not the way we expected.
When I hear Steve Cotterill talking about his tactics and players for Bristol City I realise what a missed opportunity it was in not appointing him. There are many others too but they want to actually manage, not be a puppet.
....and all of that after one competitive match!
Priceless!
[quote][p][bold]Claude Back[/bold] wrote: What did anyone expect after seeing how we performed in the Friendlies? I don't mind losing the odd game but there is no pattern or style to admire in our play and there hasn't been for a long time. I really don't think Hyppia and Jones will get us any success at all. Bloom is doing things on the cheap concerning the team and its management and is reaping what he sows. Still, it might get us out of this Division....just not the way we expected. When I hear Steve Cotterill talking about his tactics and players for Bristol City I realise what a missed opportunity it was in not appointing him. There are many others too but they want to actually manage, not be a puppet.[/p][/quote]....and all of that after one competitive match! Priceless! brightonup
  • Score: 4

9:27pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Ford Focus says...

I have been a seagull in exile for 40 years and my chances to watch my team over these years has been limited for various reasons. This year I have the opportunity to take in more matches and this time last week was ready to make the trip down with promise of new blood in the team and the possibility of a good season ahead. The last few days however have cast serious doubt for me over the current set up at the Albion and I am not convinced Hyppia is the man for the job, I really hope I am wrong, but under Poyet and even although to a
lesser extent under Oscar,I was proud to be an Albion fan and thought I was part of some sort of revolution in the way we play the game in the UK. I now feel we are in danger of becoming another average team with little flair or excitement. I know I will be called a far weather fan but until something happens to get the feel good factor back again then I am afraid I will not spend my hard earned cash and time travelling 100 miles to the Amex. Today we have been beaten by a team that will be in the bottom half of the division and things need to change fast and that might need to include changing the management team. A disgruntled old man who has endured and even enjoyed the barren years but can get no enthusiasm for this season whatsoever.
I have been a seagull in exile for 40 years and my chances to watch my team over these years has been limited for various reasons. This year I have the opportunity to take in more matches and this time last week was ready to make the trip down with promise of new blood in the team and the possibility of a good season ahead. The last few days however have cast serious doubt for me over the current set up at the Albion and I am not convinced Hyppia is the man for the job, I really hope I am wrong, but under Poyet and even although to a lesser extent under Oscar,I was proud to be an Albion fan and thought I was part of some sort of revolution in the way we play the game in the UK. I now feel we are in danger of becoming another average team with little flair or excitement. I know I will be called a far weather fan but until something happens to get the feel good factor back again then I am afraid I will not spend my hard earned cash and time travelling 100 miles to the Amex. Today we have been beaten by a team that will be in the bottom half of the division and things need to change fast and that might need to include changing the management team. A disgruntled old man who has endured and even enjoyed the barren years but can get no enthusiasm for this season whatsoever. Ford Focus
  • Score: 0

10:04pm Sat 9 Aug 14

brightonup says...

You are not a fair weather supporter and you are of course entitled to your opinion
But I take a different view.
The current squad is insufficient - true
There are some players who are not good enough - true
But no doubt every club now knows that the Albion has money has money to spend after the sale of Ulloah... and clubs with whom we wish to deal have been seeing pound signs since then.....
So... do we pay top dollar for our acquisitions or play it cool.... and make sure we get the best we can for our money?
What do you think, Mr Focus?
You are not a fair weather supporter and you are of course entitled to your opinion But I take a different view. The current squad is insufficient - true There are some players who are not good enough - true But no doubt every club now knows that the Albion has money has money to spend after the sale of Ulloah... and clubs with whom we wish to deal have been seeing pound signs since then..... So... do we pay top dollar for our acquisitions or play it cool.... and make sure we get the best we can for our money? What do you think, Mr Focus? brightonup
  • Score: 2

10:40pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Claude Back says...

brightonup wrote:
Claude Back wrote:
What did anyone expect after seeing how we performed in the Friendlies?
I don't mind losing the odd game but there is no pattern or style to admire in our play and there hasn't been for a long time.
I really don't think Hyppia and Jones will get us any success at all. Bloom is doing things on the cheap concerning the team and its management and is reaping what he sows.
Still, it might get us out of this Division....just not the way we expected.
When I hear Steve Cotterill talking about his tactics and players for Bristol City I realise what a missed opportunity it was in not appointing him. There are many others too but they want to actually manage, not be a puppet.
....and all of that after one competitive match!
Priceless!
Obviously you have no eye for what constitutes a good team or a good player. Most good judges can spot a real player after one game.
Oh, if you read my comment correctly you will see that I mention it has been over several games and the writing was on the wall last season too. Why the hell can't you see it? Clouded vision by Albion tinted specs or are you working for the Albion?
This team with the same tactics and personnel will get no higher than 17th this season. If you disagree then you obviously don't make any money out of Football like I do. I know it's vulgar to brag but it is true and stupid supposedly superior comments like you make really irritate me.
[quote][p][bold]brightonup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Claude Back[/bold] wrote: What did anyone expect after seeing how we performed in the Friendlies? I don't mind losing the odd game but there is no pattern or style to admire in our play and there hasn't been for a long time. I really don't think Hyppia and Jones will get us any success at all. Bloom is doing things on the cheap concerning the team and its management and is reaping what he sows. Still, it might get us out of this Division....just not the way we expected. When I hear Steve Cotterill talking about his tactics and players for Bristol City I realise what a missed opportunity it was in not appointing him. There are many others too but they want to actually manage, not be a puppet.[/p][/quote]....and all of that after one competitive match! Priceless![/p][/quote]Obviously you have no eye for what constitutes a good team or a good player. Most good judges can spot a real player after one game. Oh, if you read my comment correctly you will see that I mention it has been over several games and the writing was on the wall last season too. Why the hell can't you see it? Clouded vision by Albion tinted specs or are you working for the Albion? This team with the same tactics and personnel will get no higher than 17th this season. If you disagree then you obviously don't make any money out of Football like I do. I know it's vulgar to brag but it is true and stupid supposedly superior comments like you make really irritate me. Claude Back
  • Score: -2

11:16pm Sat 9 Aug 14

davidburkeslovechild says...

If my mum had balls she'd be my dad! We pass on the floor, we pass on the floor we're Brighton Hove Albion we pass on the floor - not that long ago.....
If my mum had balls she'd be my dad! We pass on the floor, we pass on the floor we're Brighton Hove Albion we pass on the floor - not that long ago..... davidburkeslovechild
  • Score: -2

11:23pm Sat 9 Aug 14

davidburkeslovechild says...

Didn't get behind the the whole game, if you don't play traditional wingers yo need a midfielder with vision that can play a pass to beat the offside trap, we had neither... No CMS, madness...Adgustien WHY?
Didn't get behind the the whole game, if you don't play traditional wingers yo need a midfielder with vision that can play a pass to beat the offside trap, we had neither... No CMS, madness...Adgustien WHY? davidburkeslovechild
  • Score: 7

1:28am Sun 10 Aug 14

Please wake up says...

Claude Back wrote:
brightonup wrote:
Claude Back wrote:
What did anyone expect after seeing how we performed in the Friendlies?
I don't mind losing the odd game but there is no pattern or style to admire in our play and there hasn't been for a long time.
I really don't think Hyppia and Jones will get us any success at all. Bloom is doing things on the cheap concerning the team and its management and is reaping what he sows.
Still, it might get us out of this Division....just not the way we expected.
When I hear Steve Cotterill talking about his tactics and players for Bristol City I realise what a missed opportunity it was in not appointing him. There are many others too but they want to actually manage, not be a puppet.
....and all of that after one competitive match!
Priceless!
Obviously you have no eye for what constitutes a good team or a good player. Most good judges can spot a real player after one game.
Oh, if you read my comment correctly you will see that I mention it has been over several games and the writing was on the wall last season too. Why the hell can't you see it? Clouded vision by Albion tinted specs or are you working for the Albion?
This team with the same tactics and personnel will get no higher than 17th this season. If you disagree then you obviously don't make any money out of Football like I do. I know it's vulgar to brag but it is true and stupid supposedly superior comments like you make really irritate me.
Great post Claude Back.Him and his 3 silly little friends just take over this site day after day with their silly views.Its just pure club PR rubbish.Anyone that saw the football league show tonight should be able see what vile freeloading rubbish our young players are.Most other championship clubs had lads of just 18 playing out their skins and being linked to prem-league teams like they said after each game.But not a word about the vile unfit drunks from Brighton.
[quote][p][bold]Claude Back[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]brightonup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Claude Back[/bold] wrote: What did anyone expect after seeing how we performed in the Friendlies? I don't mind losing the odd game but there is no pattern or style to admire in our play and there hasn't been for a long time. I really don't think Hyppia and Jones will get us any success at all. Bloom is doing things on the cheap concerning the team and its management and is reaping what he sows. Still, it might get us out of this Division....just not the way we expected. When I hear Steve Cotterill talking about his tactics and players for Bristol City I realise what a missed opportunity it was in not appointing him. There are many others too but they want to actually manage, not be a puppet.[/p][/quote]....and all of that after one competitive match! Priceless![/p][/quote]Obviously you have no eye for what constitutes a good team or a good player. Most good judges can spot a real player after one game. Oh, if you read my comment correctly you will see that I mention it has been over several games and the writing was on the wall last season too. Why the hell can't you see it? Clouded vision by Albion tinted specs or are you working for the Albion? This team with the same tactics and personnel will get no higher than 17th this season. If you disagree then you obviously don't make any money out of Football like I do. I know it's vulgar to brag but it is true and stupid supposedly superior comments like you make really irritate me.[/p][/quote]Great post Claude Back.Him and his 3 silly little friends just take over this site day after day with their silly views.Its just pure club PR rubbish.Anyone that saw the football league show tonight should be able see what vile freeloading rubbish our young players are.Most other championship clubs had lads of just 18 playing out their skins and being linked to prem-league teams like they said after each game.But not a word about the vile unfit drunks from Brighton. Please wake up
  • Score: -5

1:31am Sun 10 Aug 14

Cory and Trevor says...

Get used to this ladies and gents. It won't get any better for a good while yet. A man on here recently compared us to Arsenal after they got their new stadium - they didn't invest in the team. They sold one good player after another, fans waited expectantly for high profile replacements, they didn't get them. Neither will we. The owner has spent too much on the facilities and needs a profit-making business to claw that back in the meantime.

If you're thinking the next natural step from having made the play-offs these last two seasons is to gain promotion, forget it. That'd be like when we felt disappointed as England fans to make the quarter finals under Eriksson and Capello. No, we over-achieved under Poyet and Garcia and won't be pushing on to the premier league any time soon. We'll be lucky to make the top half this season.

And did anyone else notice that Hyppia didn't acknowledge his new audience? Doesn't bode well as a start,does it.
Get used to this ladies and gents. It won't get any better for a good while yet. A man on here recently compared us to Arsenal after they got their new stadium - they didn't invest in the team. They sold one good player after another, fans waited expectantly for high profile replacements, they didn't get them. Neither will we. The owner has spent too much on the facilities and needs a profit-making business to claw that back in the meantime. If you're thinking the next natural step from having made the play-offs these last two seasons is to gain promotion, forget it. That'd be like when we felt disappointed as England fans to make the quarter finals under Eriksson and Capello. No, we over-achieved under Poyet and Garcia and won't be pushing on to the premier league any time soon. We'll be lucky to make the top half this season. And did anyone else notice that Hyppia didn't acknowledge his new audience? Doesn't bode well as a start,does it. Cory and Trevor
  • Score: 1

1:31am Sun 10 Aug 14

Please wake up says...

Ford Focus wrote:
I have been a seagull in exile for 40 years and my chances to watch my team over these years has been limited for various reasons. This year I have the opportunity to take in more matches and this time last week was ready to make the trip down with promise of new blood in the team and the possibility of a good season ahead. The last few days however have cast serious doubt for me over the current set up at the Albion and I am not convinced Hyppia is the man for the job, I really hope I am wrong, but under Poyet and even although to a
lesser extent under Oscar,I was proud to be an Albion fan and thought I was part of some sort of revolution in the way we play the game in the UK. I now feel we are in danger of becoming another average team with little flair or excitement. I know I will be called a far weather fan but until something happens to get the feel good factor back again then I am afraid I will not spend my hard earned cash and time travelling 100 miles to the Amex. Today we have been beaten by a team that will be in the bottom half of the division and things need to change fast and that might need to include changing the management team. A disgruntled old man who has endured and even enjoyed the barren years but can get no enthusiasm for this season whatsoever.
The words of a real fan with his own brain.Great post Mr,Ford Focus and a great post name.
[quote][p][bold]Ford Focus[/bold] wrote: I have been a seagull in exile for 40 years and my chances to watch my team over these years has been limited for various reasons. This year I have the opportunity to take in more matches and this time last week was ready to make the trip down with promise of new blood in the team and the possibility of a good season ahead. The last few days however have cast serious doubt for me over the current set up at the Albion and I am not convinced Hyppia is the man for the job, I really hope I am wrong, but under Poyet and even although to a lesser extent under Oscar,I was proud to be an Albion fan and thought I was part of some sort of revolution in the way we play the game in the UK. I now feel we are in danger of becoming another average team with little flair or excitement. I know I will be called a far weather fan but until something happens to get the feel good factor back again then I am afraid I will not spend my hard earned cash and time travelling 100 miles to the Amex. Today we have been beaten by a team that will be in the bottom half of the division and things need to change fast and that might need to include changing the management team. A disgruntled old man who has endured and even enjoyed the barren years but can get no enthusiasm for this season whatsoever.[/p][/quote]The words of a real fan with his own brain.Great post Mr,Ford Focus and a great post name. Please wake up
  • Score: -1

6:42am Sun 10 Aug 14

Gazza by the sea says...

Assume CMS is on his way this month then if he can't get in the team ahead of Fenelon?......
Assume CMS is on his way this month then if he can't get in the team ahead of Fenelon?...... Gazza by the sea
  • Score: 4

7:07am Sun 10 Aug 14

brightonup says...

Claude Back wrote:
brightonup wrote:
Claude Back wrote:
What did anyone expect after seeing how we performed in the Friendlies?
I don't mind losing the odd game but there is no pattern or style to admire in our play and there hasn't been for a long time.
I really don't think Hyppia and Jones will get us any success at all. Bloom is doing things on the cheap concerning the team and its management and is reaping what he sows.
Still, it might get us out of this Division....just not the way we expected.
When I hear Steve Cotterill talking about his tactics and players for Bristol City I realise what a missed opportunity it was in not appointing him. There are many others too but they want to actually manage, not be a puppet.
....and all of that after one competitive match!
Priceless!
Obviously you have no eye for what constitutes a good team or a good player. Most good judges can spot a real player after one game.
Oh, if you read my comment correctly you will see that I mention it has been over several games and the writing was on the wall last season too. Why the hell can't you see it? Clouded vision by Albion tinted specs or are you working for the Albion?
This team with the same tactics and personnel will get no higher than 17th this season. If you disagree then you obviously don't make any money out of Football like I do. I know it's vulgar to brag but it is true and stupid supposedly superior comments like you make really irritate me.
....and if you read my comments closely you will notice that I wrote the words
'... after one COMPETITIVE match' (word capitalised so you see it clearly!)

and your reactions to my comment seem to be a little..... spontaneous and presumptuous.
I write nine words and you conclude a lot of rubbish about me wearing Albion specs and knowing nothing about tactics.....

and you managed to attract the endorsement of a WUM - which is easy to do when you bad mouth fans who avoid gloom and doom talk in such circumstances.

I was extremely disappointed with the performance and result yesterday, in the first COMPETITIVE match. But it is the first COMPETITIVE match!!!
I agree the signs have not been good recently - and I expect the management to address that.
No Albion tinted specs here - and no 'over-the-top' dramatics either!
[quote][p][bold]Claude Back[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]brightonup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Claude Back[/bold] wrote: What did anyone expect after seeing how we performed in the Friendlies? I don't mind losing the odd game but there is no pattern or style to admire in our play and there hasn't been for a long time. I really don't think Hyppia and Jones will get us any success at all. Bloom is doing things on the cheap concerning the team and its management and is reaping what he sows. Still, it might get us out of this Division....just not the way we expected. When I hear Steve Cotterill talking about his tactics and players for Bristol City I realise what a missed opportunity it was in not appointing him. There are many others too but they want to actually manage, not be a puppet.[/p][/quote]....and all of that after one competitive match! Priceless![/p][/quote]Obviously you have no eye for what constitutes a good team or a good player. Most good judges can spot a real player after one game. Oh, if you read my comment correctly you will see that I mention it has been over several games and the writing was on the wall last season too. Why the hell can't you see it? Clouded vision by Albion tinted specs or are you working for the Albion? This team with the same tactics and personnel will get no higher than 17th this season. If you disagree then you obviously don't make any money out of Football like I do. I know it's vulgar to brag but it is true and stupid supposedly superior comments like you make really irritate me.[/p][/quote]....and if you read my comments closely you will notice that I wrote the words '... after one COMPETITIVE match' (word capitalised so you see it clearly!) and your reactions to my comment seem to be a little..... spontaneous and presumptuous. I write nine words and you conclude a lot of rubbish about me wearing Albion specs and knowing nothing about tactics..... and you managed to attract the endorsement of a WUM - which is easy to do when you bad mouth fans who avoid gloom and doom talk in such circumstances. I was extremely disappointed with the performance and result yesterday, in the first COMPETITIVE match. But it is the first COMPETITIVE match!!! I agree the signs have not been good recently - and I expect the management to address that. No Albion tinted specs here - and no 'over-the-top' dramatics either! brightonup
  • Score: 3

10:19am Sun 10 Aug 14

Albion In Staffs says...

Oh dear.
The comments on here do not bode well.
Over reaction by some? Possibly.
But at least a grain of truth from all? Definitely,
Poor start, poor preparation, but it is only day one.
My problem is I look at the names on the starting eleven and it's beginning to look like a Barnsley or a Birmingham team - bereft of quality, bereft of soul. In the last year, we've ripped out the team's heart with a series of sales and releases, haven't replaced it and it's looking like it showed. Yes, there is still time in August, but Bridcutt was sold in January and 7 months later, we're still looking for his replacement.
Against Wednesday, the one summer signing made before Hyppia arrived couldn't get a starting place, we play a naturally right-sided player on the left because it seems we haven't got an viable alternative and who in the last two years would countenance a starting line up that didn't include a fully fit Buckley?
Our pre-season was unimpressive and on the official website they have SH quoted as saying 'We're on course.'
Stories of chaos at the station, seem to highlight the ludicrous travel restrictions that, for the last three seasons have been overlooked by fans who've been kept generally satisfied by the football. But now, the complaints are mounting as questions are being asked, the food and beer criticised and the new shirts lambasted for their quality.
It's very early days and things can change but the mood has definitely swung.
Next up, Cheltenham from division two. I shudder to think of the consequences.....
Oh dear. The comments on here do not bode well. Over reaction by some? Possibly. But at least a grain of truth from all? Definitely, Poor start, poor preparation, but it is only day one. My problem is I look at the names on the starting eleven and it's beginning to look like a Barnsley or a Birmingham team - bereft of quality, bereft of soul. In the last year, we've ripped out the team's heart with a series of sales and releases, haven't replaced it and it's looking like it showed. Yes, there is still time in August, but Bridcutt was sold in January and 7 months later, we're still looking for his replacement. Against Wednesday, the one summer signing made before Hyppia arrived couldn't get a starting place, we play a naturally right-sided player on the left because it seems we haven't got an viable alternative and who in the last two years would countenance a starting line up that didn't include a fully fit Buckley? Our pre-season was unimpressive and on the official website they have SH quoted as saying 'We're on course.' Stories of chaos at the station, seem to highlight the ludicrous travel restrictions that, for the last three seasons have been overlooked by fans who've been kept generally satisfied by the football. But now, the complaints are mounting as questions are being asked, the food and beer criticised and the new shirts lambasted for their quality. It's very early days and things can change but the mood has definitely swung. Next up, Cheltenham from division two. I shudder to think of the consequences..... Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 0

11:03am Sun 10 Aug 14

2ndCitySeagull says...

Have to agree with Sami, we did deserve a draw, a goal less draw! If it wasn't for a sweet strike from Coke (excuse the pun), it would have been another one of those poor draws our good defence and impotent attack settled for last season.

Next five games all bottom half battles, we'll know exactly what kind of season it's gonna be after the first six games are played.
Have to agree with Sami, we did deserve a draw, a goal less draw! If it wasn't for a sweet strike from Coke (excuse the pun), it would have been another one of those poor draws our good defence and impotent attack settled for last season. Next five games all bottom half battles, we'll know exactly what kind of season it's gonna be after the first six games are played. 2ndCitySeagull
  • Score: 0

1:14pm Sun 10 Aug 14

barnieb says...

Well,Sami reckons we could have got a draw,what a great result that would have been at home against a team that will undoubtedly fighting relegation this season.Albion should only need 10 men to beat teams like Wednesday.
Well,Sami reckons we could have got a draw,what a great result that would have been at home against a team that will undoubtedly fighting relegation this season.Albion should only need 10 men to beat teams like Wednesday. barnieb
  • Score: 0

1:33pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Bill in Hanover says...

When will club owners realise that having a foreign manager may give them 'street cred' but it is the English managers who know how to battle for promotion. Burnley, Leicester and QPR all have English managers, Cardiff and Fulham don't (Norwich were managerless when relegated).
When will club owners realise that having a foreign manager may give them 'street cred' but it is the English managers who know how to battle for promotion. Burnley, Leicester and QPR all have English managers, Cardiff and Fulham don't (Norwich were managerless when relegated). Bill in Hanover
  • Score: -1

10:26pm Sun 10 Aug 14

barnieb says...

Gazza by the sea wrote:
Assume CMS is on his way this month then if he can't get in the team ahead of Fenelon?......
Back to Peterborough no doubt.
[quote][p][bold]Gazza by the sea[/bold] wrote: Assume CMS is on his way this month then if he can't get in the team ahead of Fenelon?......[/p][/quote]Back to Peterborough no doubt. barnieb
  • Score: -1

8:35pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Captain Haddock says...

Claude Back wrote:
What did anyone expect after seeing how we performed in the Friendlies? I don't mind losing the odd game but there is no pattern or style to admire in our play and there hasn't been for a long time. I really don't think Hyppia and Jones will get us any success at all. Bloom is doing things on the cheap concerning the team and its management and is reaping what he sows. Still, it might get us out of this Division....just not the way we expected. When I hear Steve Cotterill talking about his tactics and players for Bristol City I realise what a missed opportunity it was in not appointing him. There are many others too but they want to actually manage, not be a puppet.
With all due respect Claude, Hyypia has had no real time to establish a style and hasn't had the requisite recruitment. Also, I think Cotterill has very limited ability. He plays a very direct style of football which I don't like and has ability only in the lower leagues. I don't believe he has proved himself at all above League One level and would take Hyypia over him every single day of the week.
[quote][p][bold]Claude Back[/bold] wrote: What did anyone expect after seeing how we performed in the Friendlies? I don't mind losing the odd game but there is no pattern or style to admire in our play and there hasn't been for a long time. I really don't think Hyppia and Jones will get us any success at all. Bloom is doing things on the cheap concerning the team and its management and is reaping what he sows. Still, it might get us out of this Division....just not the way we expected. When I hear Steve Cotterill talking about his tactics and players for Bristol City I realise what a missed opportunity it was in not appointing him. There are many others too but they want to actually manage, not be a puppet.[/p][/quote]With all due respect Claude, Hyypia has had no real time to establish a style and hasn't had the requisite recruitment. Also, I think Cotterill has very limited ability. He plays a very direct style of football which I don't like and has ability only in the lower leagues. I don't believe he has proved himself at all above League One level and would take Hyypia over him every single day of the week. Captain Haddock
  • Score: 1

8:39pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Captain Haddock says...

Ford Focus wrote:
I have been a seagull in exile for 40 years and my chances to watch my team over these years has been limited for various reasons. This year I have the opportunity to take in more matches and this time last week was ready to make the trip down with promise of new blood in the team and the possibility of a good season ahead. The last few days however have cast serious doubt for me over the current set up at the Albion and I am not convinced Hyppia is the man for the job, I really hope I am wrong, but under Poyet and even although to a lesser extent under Oscar,I was proud to be an Albion fan and thought I was part of some sort of revolution in the way we play the game in the UK. I now feel we are in danger of becoming another average team with little flair or excitement. I know I will be called a far weather fan but until something happens to get the feel good factor back again then I am afraid I will not spend my hard earned cash and time travelling 100 miles to the Amex. Today we have been beaten by a team that will be in the bottom half of the division and things need to change fast and that might need to include changing the management team. A disgruntled old man who has endured and even enjoyed the barren years but can get no enthusiasm for this season whatsoever.
I take your points but hold fire, I say.

I travel the same distance every home game and love it! I'm looking forward to seeing how we develop under Hyypia and how he develops with us. Yes, recruitment has been a big concern but the key signings are likely to be the later ones. I hunk we will be more proactive in attack this season but it will take a few weeks for the team (including forthcoming recruits) to click and for us to see that proactive style come to fruition.
[quote][p][bold]Ford Focus[/bold] wrote: I have been a seagull in exile for 40 years and my chances to watch my team over these years has been limited for various reasons. This year I have the opportunity to take in more matches and this time last week was ready to make the trip down with promise of new blood in the team and the possibility of a good season ahead. The last few days however have cast serious doubt for me over the current set up at the Albion and I am not convinced Hyppia is the man for the job, I really hope I am wrong, but under Poyet and even although to a lesser extent under Oscar,I was proud to be an Albion fan and thought I was part of some sort of revolution in the way we play the game in the UK. I now feel we are in danger of becoming another average team with little flair or excitement. I know I will be called a far weather fan but until something happens to get the feel good factor back again then I am afraid I will not spend my hard earned cash and time travelling 100 miles to the Amex. Today we have been beaten by a team that will be in the bottom half of the division and things need to change fast and that might need to include changing the management team. A disgruntled old man who has endured and even enjoyed the barren years but can get no enthusiasm for this season whatsoever.[/p][/quote]I take your points but hold fire, I say. I travel the same distance every home game and love it! I'm looking forward to seeing how we develop under Hyypia and how he develops with us. Yes, recruitment has been a big concern but the key signings are likely to be the later ones. I hunk we will be more proactive in attack this season but it will take a few weeks for the team (including forthcoming recruits) to click and for us to see that proactive style come to fruition. Captain Haddock
  • Score: 0

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