Talking point: Are Albion at last getting the best out of CMS?

Craig Mackail-Smith celebrates his goal today

Craig Mackail-Smith celebrates his goal today

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Craig Mackail-Smith is back on the goal trail for Albion.

He scored for the second successive home game in today’s 2-1 win over Bolton.

Our chief sports writer Andy Naylor tweeted during the game: “Hyypia's system suits CMS as a lone striker in a way that no other has before in his time at the club.”

So do you agree? Has Albion’s current formation and style of play at last brought the best out of the club’s record signing?

Does he still need more support? And in which position should Albion invest next in the transfer market?

We’d love to know your thoughts.

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7:05pm Sat 23 Aug 14

namgo49 says...

Very much so. I remember Poyet saying Macca was their number one target when promoted to the Championship then played him week in week out having to play with his back to the goal. Last year he had the season out through injury and you could just tell he had a point to prove this season with another new manager but a different system.

He likes the interchange in position running across defences and through the channels. I just hope he us enjoying himself enough to want to stay. He is on top money and it would be unlikely he will get the same sort of deal again. But would he elsewhere?
Very much so. I remember Poyet saying Macca was their number one target when promoted to the Championship then played him week in week out having to play with his back to the goal. Last year he had the season out through injury and you could just tell he had a point to prove this season with another new manager but a different system. He likes the interchange in position running across defences and through the channels. I just hope he us enjoying himself enough to want to stay. He is on top money and it would be unlikely he will get the same sort of deal again. But would he elsewhere? namgo49
  • Score: 15

7:16pm Sat 23 Aug 14

sean04 says...

namgo49 wrote:
Very much so. I remember Poyet saying Macca was their number one target when promoted to the Championship then played him week in week out having to play with his back to the goal. Last year he had the season out through injury and you could just tell he had a point to prove this season with another new manager but a different system.

He likes the interchange in position running across defences and through the channels. I just hope he us enjoying himself enough to want to stay. He is on top money and it would be unlikely he will get the same sort of deal again. But would he elsewhere?
Cracking game, macca was full of running as usual, but today he was able to get a sight of goal. 3 points. Well played. UTA
[quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: Very much so. I remember Poyet saying Macca was their number one target when promoted to the Championship then played him week in week out having to play with his back to the goal. Last year he had the season out through injury and you could just tell he had a point to prove this season with another new manager but a different system. He likes the interchange in position running across defences and through the channels. I just hope he us enjoying himself enough to want to stay. He is on top money and it would be unlikely he will get the same sort of deal again. But would he elsewhere?[/p][/quote]Cracking game, macca was full of running as usual, but today he was able to get a sight of goal. 3 points. Well played. UTA sean04
  • Score: 13

7:16pm Sat 23 Aug 14

sean04 says...

namgo49 wrote:
Very much so. I remember Poyet saying Macca was their number one target when promoted to the Championship then played him week in week out having to play with his back to the goal. Last year he had the season out through injury and you could just tell he had a point to prove this season with another new manager but a different system.

He likes the interchange in position running across defences and through the channels. I just hope he us enjoying himself enough to want to stay. He is on top money and it would be unlikely he will get the same sort of deal again. But would he elsewhere?
Cracking game, macca was full of running as usual, but today he was able to get a sight of goal. 3 points. Well played. UTA
[quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: Very much so. I remember Poyet saying Macca was their number one target when promoted to the Championship then played him week in week out having to play with his back to the goal. Last year he had the season out through injury and you could just tell he had a point to prove this season with another new manager but a different system. He likes the interchange in position running across defences and through the channels. I just hope he us enjoying himself enough to want to stay. He is on top money and it would be unlikely he will get the same sort of deal again. But would he elsewhere?[/p][/quote]Cracking game, macca was full of running as usual, but today he was able to get a sight of goal. 3 points. Well played. UTA sean04
  • Score: 6

7:19pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Rhodes Seagull says...

It's a relative question as the one asked earlier in a previous post. Have Albion turned the corner after what was then one win in three games?
And the same answer comes here when 'Are Albion at last getting the best out of CMS?'
We are only just into a long season so again give it time to ask the question.
Before he was injured CMS was a great striker and now with a differant system maybe one that suits him better he will prove to himself and answer your question 'Are Albion at last getting the best out of CMS?'
As they say "Don't run before you can walk with your what are IMO to early questions to answer"
Give the team and CMS some time, masybe as I stated before 10 or so games then ask again.
It's a relative question as the one asked earlier in a previous post. Have Albion turned the corner after what was then one win in three games? And the same answer comes here when 'Are Albion at last getting the best out of CMS?' We are only just into a long season so again give it time to ask the question. Before he was injured CMS was a great striker and now with a differant system maybe one that suits him better he will prove to himself and answer your question 'Are Albion at last getting the best out of CMS?' As they say "Don't run before you can walk with your what are IMO to early questions to answer" Give the team and CMS some time, masybe as I stated before 10 or so games then ask again. Rhodes Seagull
  • Score: 5

7:22pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Conelli98 says...

I wish the Argus hadn't put this thread on!!
I know I may get slated but here goes anyway...CMS WORKRATE IS UNBELIEVABLE, makes all the right runs, whether attacking or closing down defenders, movement brilliant, eye for goal...superb.
First Touch...ELEPHANT LIKE!!!

At this level it should be soooo much better and for this reason we need to have another option and it's not Fenelon or Cog. I don't think it's Baldock either!!!
Hopefully the powers that be have something up their sleeve.
All things said and done today I hope CMS stays with us and proves me wrong!
I wish the Argus hadn't put this thread on!! I know I may get slated but here goes anyway...CMS WORKRATE IS UNBELIEVABLE, makes all the right runs, whether attacking or closing down defenders, movement brilliant, eye for goal...superb. First Touch...ELEPHANT LIKE!!! At this level it should be soooo much better and for this reason we need to have another option and it's not Fenelon or Cog. I don't think it's Baldock either!!! Hopefully the powers that be have something up their sleeve. All things said and done today I hope CMS stays with us and proves me wrong! Conelli98
  • Score: 20

7:37pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Conelli98 wrote:
I wish the Argus hadn't put this thread on!!
I know I may get slated but here goes anyway...CMS WORKRATE IS UNBELIEVABLE, makes all the right runs, whether attacking or closing down defenders, movement brilliant, eye for goal...superb.
First Touch...ELEPHANT LIKE!!!

At this level it should be soooo much better and for this reason we need to have another option and it's not Fenelon or Cog. I don't think it's Baldock either!!!
Hopefully the powers that be have something up their sleeve.
All things said and done today I hope CMS stays with us and proves me wrong!
Re the CMS first touch, I've seen him lots and it never looked that bad. What I wonder is, why did no-one ever make mention of it (as far as I can find) in his first 16 months at the club? Nothing at all about it in his first season, and nothing until shortly before Xmas the following season, when everyone jumped on the bandwagon (probably having never given it any thought before).

Still, his game has never been about his first touch, it's about spinning off defenders and running onto through balls.
[quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: I wish the Argus hadn't put this thread on!! I know I may get slated but here goes anyway...CMS WORKRATE IS UNBELIEVABLE, makes all the right runs, whether attacking or closing down defenders, movement brilliant, eye for goal...superb. First Touch...ELEPHANT LIKE!!! At this level it should be soooo much better and for this reason we need to have another option and it's not Fenelon or Cog. I don't think it's Baldock either!!! Hopefully the powers that be have something up their sleeve. All things said and done today I hope CMS stays with us and proves me wrong![/p][/quote]Re the CMS first touch, I've seen him lots and it never looked that bad. What I wonder is, why did no-one ever make mention of it (as far as I can find) in his first 16 months at the club? Nothing at all about it in his first season, and nothing until shortly before Xmas the following season, when everyone jumped on the bandwagon (probably having never given it any thought before). Still, his game has never been about his first touch, it's about spinning off defenders and running onto through balls. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 7

7:54pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Please wake up says...

Yes is the anser but its only one game against a poor Bolton side that had just had the No1 keeper taken out the game.Lets not forget Bolton was getting on top just before he went off.Also we need to ask why spend with wages six million on a striker that it takes three years for the club and staff to get the best out of him?
Yes is the anser but its only one game against a poor Bolton side that had just had the No1 keeper taken out the game.Lets not forget Bolton was getting on top just before he went off.Also we need to ask why spend with wages six million on a striker that it takes three years for the club and staff to get the best out of him? Please wake up
  • Score: -28

8:26pm Sat 23 Aug 14

bruce beckett says...

Good win today and it looks as though the squad is coming together, slowly but surely, thanks to a couple of astute loan signings and the arrival of Danny Holla. Hopefully, we can land a quality striker to help CMS out before the August 31st deadline.

I see that in his programme notes today Barber hit back at the fans who criticized the club on social media for their summer transfer dealings.

I still believe much of that criticism was fair. The club wasn't ready for the start of the season. I understand their plans were disrupted by Ulloa and Buckley both wanting to leave the club, but I think they were too slow to act in their pursuit of their main targets, notably Ward and Clayton.

I just hope that come the end of the season, we don't look back on those first two games against Sheff Weds and Birmingham, and say "if only we'd got three or four points from those two". I'm sure we wouldn't have lost both of those with today's starting XI.

Whatever the case, I know I feel a heck of a lot better about our chances than I did a week ago. At least we have a team that can compete in the Championship now. UTA!
Good win today and it looks as though the squad is coming together, slowly but surely, thanks to a couple of astute loan signings and the arrival of Danny Holla. Hopefully, we can land a quality striker to help CMS out before the August 31st deadline. I see that in his programme notes today Barber hit back at the fans who criticized the club on social media for their summer transfer dealings. I still believe much of that criticism was fair. The club wasn't ready for the start of the season. I understand their plans were disrupted by Ulloa and Buckley both wanting to leave the club, but I think they were too slow to act in their pursuit of their main targets, notably Ward and Clayton. I just hope that come the end of the season, we don't look back on those first two games against Sheff Weds and Birmingham, and say "if only we'd got three or four points from those two". I'm sure we wouldn't have lost both of those with today's starting XI. Whatever the case, I know I feel a heck of a lot better about our chances than I did a week ago. At least we have a team that can compete in the Championship now. UTA! bruce beckett
  • Score: -4

8:43pm Sat 23 Aug 14

brightonup says...

Please wake up wrote:
Yes is the anser but its only one game against a poor Bolton side that had just had the No1 keeper taken out the game.Lets not forget Bolton was getting on top just before he went off.Also we need to ask why spend with wages six million on a striker that it takes three years for the club and staff to get the best out of him?
There is no 'anser' to such such idiocy....
[quote][p][bold]Please wake up[/bold] wrote: Yes is the anser but its only one game against a poor Bolton side that had just had the No1 keeper taken out the game.Lets not forget Bolton was getting on top just before he went off.Also we need to ask why spend with wages six million on a striker that it takes three years for the club and staff to get the best out of him?[/p][/quote]There is no 'anser' to such such idiocy.... brightonup
  • Score: 17

9:16pm Sat 23 Aug 14

driverchris53 says...

There is still a long long way to go and CMS is still not the player he was before the lay-off but wouldn't it be ironic if we got a mega million pound striker and he couldn't get in the team.Sami Hyypia was saying today that he would love to have at least 2 players for each position so he could rotate the team.That is something we have struggled with for years ;competion; we are used to having 7 or 8 players pick themselves and only really has there been competition in midfield.
We have needed to replace 5 or6 key players who have left;only finding substitutes for Ulloa and El Abd remain.They seems to be no talk of centre backs but we should remember the Derby match when we ran out of central defenders.I think we need 4 not 3 although Maksimenko and Ince can cover there temporarily.
There is still a long long way to go and CMS is still not the player he was before the lay-off but wouldn't it be ironic if we got a mega million pound striker and he couldn't get in the team.Sami Hyypia was saying today that he would love to have at least 2 players for each position so he could rotate the team.That is something we have struggled with for years ;competion; we are used to having 7 or 8 players pick themselves and only really has there been competition in midfield. We have needed to replace 5 or6 key players who have left;only finding substitutes for Ulloa and El Abd remain.They seems to be no talk of centre backs but we should remember the Derby match when we ran out of central defenders.I think we need 4 not 3 although Maksimenko and Ince can cover there temporarily. driverchris53
  • Score: 3

10:31pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Bald Lid says...

JFC - absolute jank
JFC - absolute jank Bald Lid
  • Score: -18

10:47pm Sat 23 Aug 14

arc12 says...

Looked much better today but if we have genuine aspirations of challenging the top 6 CMS still definitely needs support. Yes it's looking good at the moment but having come off a year out I would hate to see all the pressure placed on his shoulders. To this end I sincerely still hope the club can find a top notch striker to either supplement CMS or replace him if he loses a bit of form which can happen to anybody. Surely there is still some sizeable funds to go on a striker as I'm not convinced in what I have seen of COG, although it's still early days.
Looked much better today but if we have genuine aspirations of challenging the top 6 CMS still definitely needs support. Yes it's looking good at the moment but having come off a year out I would hate to see all the pressure placed on his shoulders. To this end I sincerely still hope the club can find a top notch striker to either supplement CMS or replace him if he loses a bit of form which can happen to anybody. Surely there is still some sizeable funds to go on a striker as I'm not convinced in what I have seen of COG, although it's still early days. arc12
  • Score: 7

10:58pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Bald Lid says...

JFC - what's the point ?????
JFC - what's the point ????? Bald Lid
  • Score: -9

11:13pm Sat 23 Aug 14

wardfan says...

CMS needs a strike partner. In my opinion that person should be Sam Baldock, these two striker's will be good for each other.

Come on Sami, Baldock is worth £1,000.000 give him ago
CMS needs a strike partner. In my opinion that person should be Sam Baldock, these two striker's will be good for each other. Come on Sami, Baldock is worth £1,000.000 give him ago wardfan
  • Score: -1

4:28am Sun 24 Aug 14

daughter-of-manag says...

brightonup wrote:
Please wake up wrote:
Yes is the anser but its only one game against a poor Bolton side that had just had the No1 keeper taken out the game.Lets not forget Bolton was getting on top just before he went off.Also we need to ask why spend with wages six million on a striker that it takes three years for the club and staff to get the best out of him?
There is no 'anser' to such such idiocy....
The answer is to not feed the troll :)
[quote][p][bold]brightonup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Please wake up[/bold] wrote: Yes is the anser but its only one game against a poor Bolton side that had just had the No1 keeper taken out the game.Lets not forget Bolton was getting on top just before he went off.Also we need to ask why spend with wages six million on a striker that it takes three years for the club and staff to get the best out of him?[/p][/quote]There is no 'anser' to such such idiocy....[/p][/quote]The answer is to not feed the troll :) daughter-of-manag
  • Score: 10

5:59am Sun 24 Aug 14

TJ1952 says...

namgo49 wrote:
Very much so. I remember Poyet saying Macca was their number one target when promoted to the Championship then played him week in week out having to play with his back to the goal. Last year he had the season out through injury and you could just tell he had a point to prove this season with another new manager but a different system.

He likes the interchange in position running across defences and through the channels. I just hope he us enjoying himself enough to want to stay. He is on top money and it would be unlikely he will get the same sort of deal again. But would he elsewhere?
Good for Macca that we are now getting ball forward quicker.
But need a target man as not likely to score many headers from open play.
Also need another winger to give us more options
[quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: Very much so. I remember Poyet saying Macca was their number one target when promoted to the Championship then played him week in week out having to play with his back to the goal. Last year he had the season out through injury and you could just tell he had a point to prove this season with another new manager but a different system. He likes the interchange in position running across defences and through the channels. I just hope he us enjoying himself enough to want to stay. He is on top money and it would be unlikely he will get the same sort of deal again. But would he elsewhere?[/p][/quote]Good for Macca that we are now getting ball forward quicker. But need a target man as not likely to score many headers from open play. Also need another winger to give us more options TJ1952
  • Score: 6

5:59am Sun 24 Aug 14

TJ1952 says...

namgo49 wrote:
Very much so. I remember Poyet saying Macca was their number one target when promoted to the Championship then played him week in week out having to play with his back to the goal. Last year he had the season out through injury and you could just tell he had a point to prove this season with another new manager but a different system.

He likes the interchange in position running across defences and through the channels. I just hope he us enjoying himself enough to want to stay. He is on top money and it would be unlikely he will get the same sort of deal again. But would he elsewhere?
Good for Macca that we are now getting ball forward quicker.
But need a target man as not likely to score many headers from open play.
Also need another winger to give us more options
[quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: Very much so. I remember Poyet saying Macca was their number one target when promoted to the Championship then played him week in week out having to play with his back to the goal. Last year he had the season out through injury and you could just tell he had a point to prove this season with another new manager but a different system. He likes the interchange in position running across defences and through the channels. I just hope he us enjoying himself enough to want to stay. He is on top money and it would be unlikely he will get the same sort of deal again. But would he elsewhere?[/p][/quote]Good for Macca that we are now getting ball forward quicker. But need a target man as not likely to score many headers from open play. Also need another winger to give us more options TJ1952
  • Score: -1

7:14am Sun 24 Aug 14

namgo49 says...

wardfan wrote:
CMS needs a strike partner. In my opinion that person should be Sam Baldock, these two striker's will be good for each other.

Come on Sami, Baldock is worth £1,000.000 give him ago
Cotterill is just talking him up. Not worth a punt unlike the Red Bull guy. Toko not even in the squad today, waste of money getting him in.
[quote][p][bold]wardfan[/bold] wrote: CMS needs a strike partner. In my opinion that person should be Sam Baldock, these two striker's will be good for each other. Come on Sami, Baldock is worth £1,000.000 give him ago[/p][/quote]Cotterill is just talking him up. Not worth a punt unlike the Red Bull guy. Toko not even in the squad today, waste of money getting him in. namgo49
  • Score: 2

7:26am Sun 24 Aug 14

Pidgers says...

Hers a name for the next striker,...
Chris Wood,.. Reckon we should try for him again,.. We need a change of options available to us, and while he didn't do much when on loan here, he has shown he can score goals in this league.
His size and strength would give us a different dimension ..
Hers a name for the next striker,... Chris Wood,.. Reckon we should try for him again,.. We need a change of options available to us, and while he didn't do much when on loan here, he has shown he can score goals in this league. His size and strength would give us a different dimension .. Pidgers
  • Score: 1

7:54am Sun 24 Aug 14

elljam says...

The fact we are moving the ball forward quicker & playing at a higher tempo will suit any striker better. There was some great stuff played yesterday at times, especially in the 1st half.
However it is one thing playing in August at the Amex & another playing up north in January. Some of the slick one & two touch passing & movement was a pleasure to watch yesterday but when you have a strike force as small as ours it has to be eye of the needle passing/crossing to find the striker in the box (as in our 1st goal). There is no doubt we need another striker in the mould of Ulloa who can convert some of the more hopeful crosses played in when up against 6ft+ defenders.

It will also help from a defensive point of view as we look very vulnerable at set plays & will concede a lot of cheap goals. There are many sides in the Championship with a lot of big physical players & at present our only 6ft players are Dunk & Greer. So as pleasing on the eye our new look side is, I feel we will have to work harder for our goals than our opponents.

Overall though if that sort of entertainment is served up every week at home, I will go home happy regardless of the result & I can think of only one or two matches from last season that I enjoyed as much.
The fact we are moving the ball forward quicker & playing at a higher tempo will suit any striker better. There was some great stuff played yesterday at times, especially in the 1st half. However it is one thing playing in August at the Amex & another playing up north in January. Some of the slick one & two touch passing & movement was a pleasure to watch yesterday but when you have a strike force as small as ours it has to be eye of the needle passing/crossing to find the striker in the box (as in our 1st goal). There is no doubt we need another striker in the mould of Ulloa who can convert some of the more hopeful crosses played in when up against 6ft+ defenders. It will also help from a defensive point of view as we look very vulnerable at set plays & will concede a lot of cheap goals. There are many sides in the Championship with a lot of big physical players & at present our only 6ft players are Dunk & Greer. So as pleasing on the eye our new look side is, I feel we will have to work harder for our goals than our opponents. Overall though if that sort of entertainment is served up every week at home, I will go home happy regardless of the result & I can think of only one or two matches from last season that I enjoyed as much. elljam
  • Score: 15

8:07am Sun 24 Aug 14

Sweetmanattheamex says...

Brighton linked with a move for La Liga striker Adrian colunga? http://t.co/BF9fl3Il
0E http://t.co/fUjCYP77
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Brighton linked with a move for La Liga striker Adrian colunga? http://t.co/BF9fl3Il 0E http://t.co/fUjCYP77 1U Sweetmanattheamex
  • Score: 4

8:40am Sun 24 Aug 14

Conelli98 says...

Sweetmanattheamex wrote:
Brighton linked with a move for La Liga striker Adrian colunga? http://t.co/BF9fl3Il

0E http://t.co/fUjCYP77

1U
Yes I saw that too but hardly a hit man at 5.7ft! Has too be better options out there otherwise we should of persisted with Hoskins!
[quote][p][bold]Sweetmanattheamex[/bold] wrote: Brighton linked with a move for La Liga striker Adrian colunga? http://t.co/BF9fl3Il 0E http://t.co/fUjCYP77 1U[/p][/quote]Yes I saw that too but hardly a hit man at 5.7ft! Has too be better options out there otherwise we should of persisted with Hoskins! Conelli98
  • Score: -3

10:06am Sun 24 Aug 14

Tony the tiger eastbourne says...

Great to see Macca back up running his socks off again and scoring. Superb player and I think we need to sort hos contract out now before he goes at the end of the season
Great to see Macca back up running his socks off again and scoring. Superb player and I think we need to sort hos contract out now before he goes at the end of the season Tony the tiger eastbourne
  • Score: 7

10:15am Sun 24 Aug 14

Seagulls via LCFC says...

Not sure we need a winger, with Calderon/Bruno and Bennett/Chicksen moving into forward positions and getting in crosses. CMS looking good and needs to be given a good run as first choice. Midfield looking strong. Big bustling centre forward? but isn't that what COG is? So if we do need the latter, then its instead of COG, which might not be a bad thing.
Not sure we need a winger, with Calderon/Bruno and Bennett/Chicksen moving into forward positions and getting in crosses. CMS looking good and needs to be given a good run as first choice. Midfield looking strong. Big bustling centre forward? but isn't that what COG is? So if we do need the latter, then its instead of COG, which might not be a bad thing. Seagulls via LCFC
  • Score: 2

10:40am Sun 24 Aug 14

Piglet1 says...

bruce beckett wrote:
Good win today and it looks as though the squad is coming together, slowly but surely, thanks to a couple of astute loan signings and the arrival of Danny Holla. Hopefully, we can land a quality striker to help CMS out before the August 31st deadline.

I see that in his programme notes today Barber hit back at the fans who criticized the club on social media for their summer transfer dealings.

I still believe much of that criticism was fair. The club wasn't ready for the start of the season. I understand their plans were disrupted by Ulloa and Buckley both wanting to leave the club, but I think they were too slow to act in their pursuit of their main targets, notably Ward and Clayton.

I just hope that come the end of the season, we don't look back on those first two games against Sheff Weds and Birmingham, and say "if only we'd got three or four points from those two". I'm sure we wouldn't have lost both of those with today's starting XI.

Whatever the case, I know I feel a heck of a lot better about our chances than I did a week ago. At least we have a team that can compete in the Championship now. UTA!
barbers article was insightful and realistic. Comments on social media are made in frustration by generally people who have no idea about the process, problems or indeed the money involved. I just wish they would realise that before they make the ludicrous comments that only serve to upset, destabilise and fire up others who cannot think for themselves. It does not help the club, players or the transfer business being conducted.
[quote][p][bold]bruce beckett[/bold] wrote: Good win today and it looks as though the squad is coming together, slowly but surely, thanks to a couple of astute loan signings and the arrival of Danny Holla. Hopefully, we can land a quality striker to help CMS out before the August 31st deadline. I see that in his programme notes today Barber hit back at the fans who criticized the club on social media for their summer transfer dealings. I still believe much of that criticism was fair. The club wasn't ready for the start of the season. I understand their plans were disrupted by Ulloa and Buckley both wanting to leave the club, but I think they were too slow to act in their pursuit of their main targets, notably Ward and Clayton. I just hope that come the end of the season, we don't look back on those first two games against Sheff Weds and Birmingham, and say "if only we'd got three or four points from those two". I'm sure we wouldn't have lost both of those with today's starting XI. Whatever the case, I know I feel a heck of a lot better about our chances than I did a week ago. At least we have a team that can compete in the Championship now. UTA![/p][/quote]barbers article was insightful and realistic. Comments on social media are made in frustration by generally people who have no idea about the process, problems or indeed the money involved. I just wish they would realise that before they make the ludicrous comments that only serve to upset, destabilise and fire up others who cannot think for themselves. It does not help the club, players or the transfer business being conducted. Piglet1
  • Score: 10

10:52am Sun 24 Aug 14

Chi Gull says...

Seagulls via LCFC wrote:
Not sure we need a winger, with Calderon/Bruno and Bennett/Chicksen moving into forward positions and getting in crosses. CMS looking good and needs to be given a good run as first choice. Midfield looking strong. Big bustling centre forward? but isn't that what COG is? So if we do need the latter, then its instead of COG, which might not be a bad thing.
Agree with all of that. As someone said above, we do lack height in the team which is going to be a problem with big teams like Bolton. Ulloa and Branes were very good at defending set pieces but we did look suspect yesterday and Stockdale didn't look as if he wanted to take a risk and help out. I thought when Ince came on towards the end, we actually started to compete and win a few high balls. Maybe we have to accept that if we want a more mobile front line and midfield, we are going to be more suspect defending set pieces? One answer is not to give away so many free kicks in and around the area!!
[quote][p][bold]Seagulls via LCFC[/bold] wrote: Not sure we need a winger, with Calderon/Bruno and Bennett/Chicksen moving into forward positions and getting in crosses. CMS looking good and needs to be given a good run as first choice. Midfield looking strong. Big bustling centre forward? but isn't that what COG is? So if we do need the latter, then its instead of COG, which might not be a bad thing.[/p][/quote]Agree with all of that. As someone said above, we do lack height in the team which is going to be a problem with big teams like Bolton. Ulloa and Branes were very good at defending set pieces but we did look suspect yesterday and Stockdale didn't look as if he wanted to take a risk and help out. I thought when Ince came on towards the end, we actually started to compete and win a few high balls. Maybe we have to accept that if we want a more mobile front line and midfield, we are going to be more suspect defending set pieces? One answer is not to give away so many free kicks in and around the area!! Chi Gull
  • Score: 5

3:09pm Sun 24 Aug 14

binneythelegend says...

Would appear that CMS is one of Sami's first names on the team sheet, playing to his strengths IMO does not involve a target man alongside. A name never mentioned on this site was Aaron Mclean his prolific partner at Peterboro, who's height interestingly is 5' 7" our new man from Spain is similar in height.....let's wait and see.
Would appear that CMS is one of Sami's first names on the team sheet, playing to his strengths IMO does not involve a target man alongside. A name never mentioned on this site was Aaron Mclean his prolific partner at Peterboro, who's height interestingly is 5' 7" our new man from Spain is similar in height.....let's wait and see. binneythelegend
  • Score: 4

3:40pm Sun 24 Aug 14

sussexram40 says...

The fans have a right to express their frustrations. Barber needs to remember who keeps the club afloat.
Mr Barber - if you don't want us to have a voice - don't take our money!
The fans have a right to express their frustrations. Barber needs to remember who keeps the club afloat. Mr Barber - if you don't want us to have a voice - don't take our money! sussexram40
  • Score: -10

6:49pm Sun 24 Aug 14

ballantrrae says...

TJ1952 wrote:
namgo49 wrote:
Very much so. I remember Poyet saying Macca was their number one target when promoted to the Championship then played him week in week out having to play with his back to the goal. Last year he had the season out through injury and you could just tell he had a point to prove this season with another new manager but a different system.

He likes the interchange in position running across defences and through the channels. I just hope he us enjoying himself enough to want to stay. He is on top money and it would be unlikely he will get the same sort of deal again. But would he elsewhere?
Good for Macca that we are now getting ball forward quicker.
But need a target man as not likely to score many headers from open play.
Also need another winger to give us more options
I agree TJ1952 we need both the striker and winger you suggest.
One other thought. Depending on how highly SH rates Maksimenko we might need another CB. We did seem to lack height generally yesterday which made us look vulnerable from set pieces near our penalty area. As a consequence I think we are likely to see Dunk retain his place at Hughes's expense.
So hopefully we will see 2 possibly 3 more players being acquired over the next 8 days before the Window closes at 11 pm on 1 September.
I await these additional signings. UTA.
[quote][p][bold]TJ1952[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: Very much so. I remember Poyet saying Macca was their number one target when promoted to the Championship then played him week in week out having to play with his back to the goal. Last year he had the season out through injury and you could just tell he had a point to prove this season with another new manager but a different system. He likes the interchange in position running across defences and through the channels. I just hope he us enjoying himself enough to want to stay. He is on top money and it would be unlikely he will get the same sort of deal again. But would he elsewhere?[/p][/quote]Good for Macca that we are now getting ball forward quicker. But need a target man as not likely to score many headers from open play. Also need another winger to give us more options[/p][/quote]I agree TJ1952 we need both the striker and winger you suggest. One other thought. Depending on how highly SH rates Maksimenko we might need another CB. We did seem to lack height generally yesterday which made us look vulnerable from set pieces near our penalty area. As a consequence I think we are likely to see Dunk retain his place at Hughes's expense. So hopefully we will see 2 possibly 3 more players being acquired over the next 8 days before the Window closes at 11 pm on 1 September. I await these additional signings. UTA. ballantrrae
  • Score: 2
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