Colunga scores on debut but Albion are given a real scare

Adrian Colunga scores from close range (photo Simon Dack)

Adrian Colunga scores from close range (photo Simon Dack)

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Adrian Colunga scored on his debut as Albion passed a tough Capital One Cup test.

But the Seagulls needed two Jake Forster-Caskey penalties to see off impressive Swindon 4-2 in extra-time.

The sides were locked at 1-1 when former Albion striker George Barker went off with a shoulder injury early in extra-time.

That left the slick-passing hosts down to ten men and the Seagulls seemed to have killed the tie inside the next ten minutes.

Colunga got to the far post to bury a low cross from Adam Chicksen after sub Paddy McCourt had spread the ball to the left.

Then Colunga won a penalty which Forster-Caskey thrashed into Wes Foderingham’s bottom corner.

Swindon had not given up the tie and impressive ex-Seagulls midfielder Yaser Kasim brought them back into with a solo goal on 112 minutes.

They then threw players forward but a mistake by Nathan Thompson let in Forster-Caskey right at the death.

The Swindon skipper brought down Forster-Caskey, who drilled home the spot kick after the red card had been shown.

Albion went ahead after only ten minutes with a brilliant Rohan Ince volley after a move involving Colunga, who was bright throughout.

But Swindon deserved their leveller, given them by Louis Thompson in the opening minute of the second half.

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10:41pm Tue 26 Aug 14

ringtone says...

Absolutley Fantastic.

Palace in the next round, please
Absolutley Fantastic. Palace in the next round, please ringtone
  • Score: -2

10:43pm Tue 26 Aug 14

SMF20 says...

Great result tonight and more than I personally expected given the team we fielded from the start.
That side was very much our back up boys this evening which only strengthened when 3 of the top lads joined the show.
I don't think more than 2/3 of tonight's 11 will start on Saturday.
Sounds like I'm having a pop but I'm really not... The back up boys did ok but they are certainly not ready for Championship starts week in week out yet.
I take no negatives for our season from tonight and I very much look forward to Saturday when the main men return.

Uta
Great result tonight and more than I personally expected given the team we fielded from the start. That side was very much our back up boys this evening which only strengthened when 3 of the top lads joined the show. I don't think more than 2/3 of tonight's 11 will start on Saturday. Sounds like I'm having a pop but I'm really not... The back up boys did ok but they are certainly not ready for Championship starts week in week out yet. I take no negatives for our season from tonight and I very much look forward to Saturday when the main men return. Uta SMF20
  • Score: 24

10:43pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Chi Gull says...

Oh well. Four goals and into the next round and we rotated the squad. New guy creates a goal, scores and wins a penalty. Much maligned JFC joint top goalscorer. What will all the usual WUMs make of all that !

Ahead of last season now and things looking up.
Oh well. Four goals and into the next round and we rotated the squad. New guy creates a goal, scores and wins a penalty. Much maligned JFC joint top goalscorer. What will all the usual WUMs make of all that ! Ahead of last season now and things looking up. Chi Gull
  • Score: 18

10:43pm Tue 26 Aug 14

brightonup says...

'Absolutley'?
'Absolutley'? brightonup
  • Score: 0

10:49pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Peteinblack says...

Just home from the game.

Delighted at the final result, but we were lucky overall. A better team than Swindon would have crucified us.

Prior to Extra Time, I thought we were awful; no rhythm, passes going astray, almost constantly on the back foot; we almost seemed to be inviting Swindon to have a go, rather than attacking them, - although not helped by a referee who repeatedly let Swindon fouls go unpunished, yet penalised us for every minor skirmish with a Swindon player.
Just home from the game. Delighted at the final result, but we were lucky overall. A better team than Swindon would have crucified us. Prior to Extra Time, I thought we were awful; no rhythm, passes going astray, almost constantly on the back foot; we almost seemed to be inviting Swindon to have a go, rather than attacking them, - although not helped by a referee who repeatedly let Swindon fouls go unpunished, yet penalised us for every minor skirmish with a Swindon player. Peteinblack
  • Score: -9

10:49pm Tue 26 Aug 14

VegasSeagull says...

Four prem clubs were made to look foolosh today by getting dumped out of the cup by lower tier clubs, and that happened because they took thier matches for granted. Where in the scheme of things does this competition sit as far as the top two tiers go. We made seven changes and just about got thru. United were crap, Burnley made seven changes, Leicester and Westham both had a bunch of changes.
Come our next round I hope we take things a tad more seriously, even if we did give important playing time to some that needed it. Keep the starting changes to three and have three other possible back up changes on the bench.
Four prem clubs were made to look foolosh today by getting dumped out of the cup by lower tier clubs, and that happened because they took thier matches for granted. Where in the scheme of things does this competition sit as far as the top two tiers go. We made seven changes and just about got thru. United were crap, Burnley made seven changes, Leicester and Westham both had a bunch of changes. Come our next round I hope we take things a tad more seriously, even if we did give important playing time to some that needed it. Keep the starting changes to three and have three other possible back up changes on the bench. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 13

10:52pm Tue 26 Aug 14

ringtone says...

brightonup wrote:
'Absolutley'?
Seems we are both populer, mate. LOL
[quote][p][bold]brightonup[/bold] wrote: 'Absolutley'?[/p][/quote]Seems we are both populer, mate. LOL ringtone
  • Score: -12

10:53pm Tue 26 Aug 14

The Phantom says...

What an exciting result - 4-2 away win. After the paucity of goals and general attacking endeavour last season, i am quite enjoying being an Albion fan at the moment. Great to see Adrian Colunga so heavily involved in the moments that mattered and playing 120 minutes - normally unheard of for a player who probably hasn't played in a while - suggests a great attitude as well. Looks like we were a bit flattered by the score but if you score four goals away from home you probably deserve to win. UTA
What an exciting result - 4-2 away win. After the paucity of goals and general attacking endeavour last season, i am quite enjoying being an Albion fan at the moment. Great to see Adrian Colunga so heavily involved in the moments that mattered and playing 120 minutes - normally unheard of for a player who probably hasn't played in a while - suggests a great attitude as well. Looks like we were a bit flattered by the score but if you score four goals away from home you probably deserve to win. UTA The Phantom
  • Score: 29

11:01pm Tue 26 Aug 14

The Phantom says...

Peteinblack wrote:
Just home from the game.

Delighted at the final result, but we were lucky overall. A better team than Swindon would have crucified us.

Prior to Extra Time, I thought we were awful; no rhythm, passes going astray, almost constantly on the back foot; we almost seemed to be inviting Swindon to have a go, rather than attacking them, - although not helped by a referee who repeatedly let Swindon fouls go unpunished, yet penalised us for every minor skirmish with a Swindon player.
To be fair, not sure your comment that Swindon fouls went unpunished really holds water.......he awarded us two penalties and sent one of their players off. Oh for a referee like that every game.
[quote][p][bold]Peteinblack[/bold] wrote: Just home from the game. Delighted at the final result, but we were lucky overall. A better team than Swindon would have crucified us. Prior to Extra Time, I thought we were awful; no rhythm, passes going astray, almost constantly on the back foot; we almost seemed to be inviting Swindon to have a go, rather than attacking them, - although not helped by a referee who repeatedly let Swindon fouls go unpunished, yet penalised us for every minor skirmish with a Swindon player.[/p][/quote]To be fair, not sure your comment that Swindon fouls went unpunished really holds water.......he awarded us two penalties and sent one of their players off. Oh for a referee like that every game. The Phantom
  • Score: 9

11:09pm Tue 26 Aug 14

rroybha says...

The best part is that we now have impact player's like Tex n MC who can come in and make a difference...very attractive n attacking football from SH...wp
The best part is that we now have impact player's like Tex n MC who can come in and make a difference...very attractive n attacking football from SH...wp rroybha
  • Score: 9

11:12pm Tue 26 Aug 14

tez1959 says...

probably get shrewsbury away
probably get shrewsbury away tez1959
  • Score: 2

11:15pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Alfie T says...

Maybe not one of our best performances but what I like about the Sammi way is going for it and not settling for a replay. Colunga scores and played well against a team really looking to make it difficult for us, McCourt showing touches of the class he possesses. All in all a decent nights work.
Maybe not one of our best performances but what I like about the Sammi way is going for it and not settling for a replay. Colunga scores and played well against a team really looking to make it difficult for us, McCourt showing touches of the class he possesses. All in all a decent nights work. Alfie T
  • Score: 12

11:35pm Tue 26 Aug 14

wardfan says...

Just a thought after great result tonight.
Just a thought after great result tonight. wardfan
  • Score: -2

11:37pm Tue 26 Aug 14

wardfan says...

wardfan wrote:
Just a thought after great result tonight.
Why not use KLL as our 3 rd striker with Cms
[quote][p][bold]wardfan[/bold] wrote: Just a thought after great result tonight.[/p][/quote]Why not use KLL as our 3 rd striker with Cms wardfan
  • Score: -6

11:41pm Tue 26 Aug 14

M T Wallet says...

wardfan wrote:
Just a thought after great result tonight.
....and the thought is? Or is it a secret?
[quote][p][bold]wardfan[/bold] wrote: Just a thought after great result tonight.[/p][/quote]....and the thought is? Or is it a secret? M T Wallet
  • Score: -1

11:42pm Tue 26 Aug 14

OldGull says...

Positive result against a good Div 1 team.
Only 4 or 5 of todays team will start on saturday
Good debut for Colunga and good to see JFC put away 2 pens.
UTA
Positive result against a good Div 1 team. Only 4 or 5 of todays team will start on saturday Good debut for Colunga and good to see JFC put away 2 pens. UTA OldGull
  • Score: 10

11:47pm Tue 26 Aug 14

SMF20 says...

I wouldn't mind betting that our front 3 on Saturday will be Tex, CMS and Colunga. That's as good a front line as any of us could have dreamed for imho.
With Stockdale, Greer, Bennett and Holla all likely to return too and Gardner filling another berth, it's certainly looking competitive for possibly only 1 position available.
My gut is that Bruno will keep his spot and Calde will continue at RB
I wouldn't mind betting that our front 3 on Saturday will be Tex, CMS and Colunga. That's as good a front line as any of us could have dreamed for imho. With Stockdale, Greer, Bennett and Holla all likely to return too and Gardner filling another berth, it's certainly looking competitive for possibly only 1 position available. My gut is that Bruno will keep his spot and Calde will continue at RB SMF20
  • Score: 12

11:50pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Mayfield sweeper says...

A fortunate against lower league rubbish. Saying that let's hope we don't get MK Dons next round. Van Gaal could be axed tomorrow morning and if his job isn't safe then nobody's is.
A fortunate against lower league rubbish. Saying that let's hope we don't get MK Dons next round. Van Gaal could be axed tomorrow morning and if his job isn't safe then nobody's is. Mayfield sweeper
  • Score: -41

12:41am Wed 27 Aug 14

Chi Gull says...

Alfie T wrote:
Maybe not one of our best performances but what I like about the Sammi way is going for it and not settling for a replay. Colunga scores and played well against a team really looking to make it difficult for us, McCourt showing touches of the class he possesses. All in all a decent nights work.
Good post except there are no replays in the Capital One Cup, so you can't settle for one ... hehe
[quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: Maybe not one of our best performances but what I like about the Sammi way is going for it and not settling for a replay. Colunga scores and played well against a team really looking to make it difficult for us, McCourt showing touches of the class he possesses. All in all a decent nights work.[/p][/quote]Good post except there are no replays in the Capital One Cup, so you can't settle for one ... hehe Chi Gull
  • Score: 8

12:45am Wed 27 Aug 14

not the only one in vegas says...

Alfie T wrote:
Maybe not one of our best performances but what I like about the Sammi way is going for it and not settling for a replay. Colunga scores and played well against a team really looking to make it difficult for us, McCourt showing touches of the class he possesses. All in all a decent nights work.
Replay???
[quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: Maybe not one of our best performances but what I like about the Sammi way is going for it and not settling for a replay. Colunga scores and played well against a team really looking to make it difficult for us, McCourt showing touches of the class he possesses. All in all a decent nights work.[/p][/quote]Replay??? not the only one in vegas
  • Score: 5

1:00am Wed 27 Aug 14

WisdomSpeaks says...

Just back from the game. Really good result despite a very mediocre performance until the changes were made. Very positive debut from Colunga. I like this guy as his pace truly is electric and I can imagine if he plays with CMS up front the two of them could cause havoc in opposition defences. He terrified Swindon's back four all night.

McCourt is class - a real footballer doing the simple things quickly and efficiently and really sees a pass and can thread it through. Apart from his spectacular goal for which he can thank Colunga, Ince was very poor tonight. A shadow of the player he was when he first came in last season. And sadly, I thought O'Grady was very very poor. I can't see Sami taking to him.

Looking forward to the real line up this Saturday after three really good results on the bounce. Well done to all concerned.
Just back from the game. Really good result despite a very mediocre performance until the changes were made. Very positive debut from Colunga. I like this guy as his pace truly is electric and I can imagine if he plays with CMS up front the two of them could cause havoc in opposition defences. He terrified Swindon's back four all night. McCourt is class - a real footballer doing the simple things quickly and efficiently and really sees a pass and can thread it through. Apart from his spectacular goal for which he can thank Colunga, Ince was very poor tonight. A shadow of the player he was when he first came in last season. And sadly, I thought O'Grady was very very poor. I can't see Sami taking to him. Looking forward to the real line up this Saturday after three really good results on the bounce. Well done to all concerned. WisdomSpeaks
  • Score: 24

2:39am Wed 27 Aug 14

tug509 says...

Considering other results last night, and the team we put out against a very decent side, I think it was a good job well done . Very tough game against Charlton on Saturday ,but after what sounds a superb debut from Colunga ,I am with Wisdom ,I`d like to see him along side Craig , defenders wont want to take risks with those two in the box !. UTA
Considering other results last night, and the team we put out against a very decent side, I think it was a good job well done . Very tough game against Charlton on Saturday ,but after what sounds a superb debut from Colunga ,I am with Wisdom ,I`d like to see him along side Craig , defenders wont want to take risks with those two in the box !. UTA tug509
  • Score: 13

6:53am Wed 27 Aug 14

Alfie T says...

Chi Gull wrote:
Alfie T wrote:
Maybe not one of our best performances but what I like about the Sammi way is going for it and not settling for a replay. Colunga scores and played well against a team really looking to make it difficult for us, McCourt showing touches of the class he possesses. All in all a decent nights work.
Good post except there are no replays in the Capital One Cup, so you can't settle for one ... hehe
Yep, silly me :-)
[quote][p][bold]Chi Gull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: Maybe not one of our best performances but what I like about the Sammi way is going for it and not settling for a replay. Colunga scores and played well against a team really looking to make it difficult for us, McCourt showing touches of the class he possesses. All in all a decent nights work.[/p][/quote]Good post except there are no replays in the Capital One Cup, so you can't settle for one ... hehe[/p][/quote]Yep, silly me :-) Alfie T
  • Score: 4

7:40am Wed 27 Aug 14

Gee Jay says...

I listened to the commmentary. Sounds as though we were poor overall, and Swindon were far more positive.
Sami used the game to rotate some players and it appeared as though many did not have the understanding of each other shown in the last two league games.
Dunk sounded like M.O.M. for us, Colunga made a good positive debut and the subs, when introduced made a big difference. Sounds like Chris O'Grady had a very poor game, and will find it difficult to even get on the bench, until he shows more to Sami. The result flattered this Albion team, but we are through to the next round.
Saturday will be a different story.
UTA
I listened to the commmentary. Sounds as though we were poor overall, and Swindon were far more positive. Sami used the game to rotate some players and it appeared as though many did not have the understanding of each other shown in the last two league games. Dunk sounded like M.O.M. for us, Colunga made a good positive debut and the subs, when introduced made a big difference. Sounds like Chris O'Grady had a very poor game, and will find it difficult to even get on the bench, until he shows more to Sami. The result flattered this Albion team, but we are through to the next round. Saturday will be a different story. UTA Gee Jay
  • Score: 8

7:48am Wed 27 Aug 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

Mayfield sweeper says...

A fortunate against lower league rubbish. Saying that let's hope we don't get MK Dons next round. Van Gaal could be axed tomorrow morning and if his job isn't safe then nobody's is.

Obviously not all of the moaning Minnies have been silenced.
Mayfield sweeper says... A fortunate against lower league rubbish. Saying that let's hope we don't get MK Dons next round. Van Gaal could be axed tomorrow morning and if his job isn't safe then nobody's is. Obviously not all of the moaning Minnies have been silenced. B rian Tawses left foot
  • Score: 5

9:10am Wed 27 Aug 14

brightonup says...

B rian Tawses left foot wrote:
Mayfield sweeper says...

A fortunate against lower league rubbish. Saying that let's hope we don't get MK Dons next round. Van Gaal could be axed tomorrow morning and if his job isn't safe then nobody's is.

Obviously not all of the moaning Minnies have been silenced.
Fishing....
Successfully....
[quote][p][bold]B rian Tawses left foot[/bold] wrote: Mayfield sweeper says... A fortunate against lower league rubbish. Saying that let's hope we don't get MK Dons next round. Van Gaal could be axed tomorrow morning and if his job isn't safe then nobody's is. Obviously not all of the moaning Minnies have been silenced.[/p][/quote]Fishing.... Successfully.... brightonup
  • Score: 0

9:17am Wed 27 Aug 14

swindonjason says...

Sound like many of you that posted were not at the match last night. Your team, although a majority were 2nd string were outplayed and outclassed for long periods of the match. But for a wonder goal from Ince, and what a strike that was (I even clapped it in the home end) and some desperate defending you would have been losing at half time. Justice got its rewards in the 1st minute of the 2nd half, and the killer was Barker going off injured in extra time. But even at 3-1 down, we didn't give up and I give my credit to the lads for a great effort against a good Championship side.

Good luck in the next round, and for the rest of the season. Your team play great football too. And it was good to see your fans give George Barker a good reception both on entering the field, and leving the field when injured.
Sound like many of you that posted were not at the match last night. Your team, although a majority were 2nd string were outplayed and outclassed for long periods of the match. But for a wonder goal from Ince, and what a strike that was (I even clapped it in the home end) and some desperate defending you would have been losing at half time. Justice got its rewards in the 1st minute of the 2nd half, and the killer was Barker going off injured in extra time. But even at 3-1 down, we didn't give up and I give my credit to the lads for a great effort against a good Championship side. Good luck in the next round, and for the rest of the season. Your team play great football too. And it was good to see your fans give George Barker a good reception both on entering the field, and leving the field when injured. swindonjason
  • Score: 23

10:11am Wed 27 Aug 14

Neville says...

Alfie T
There are no replays in this cup competition,decided on the night.
Alfie T There are no replays in this cup competition,decided on the night. Neville
  • Score: 0

3:53pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Major Bloodboil says...

swindonjason wrote:
Sound like many of you that posted were not at the match last night. Your team, although a majority were 2nd string were outplayed and outclassed for long periods of the match. But for a wonder goal from Ince, and what a strike that was (I even clapped it in the home end) and some desperate defending you would have been losing at half time. Justice got its rewards in the 1st minute of the 2nd half, and the killer was Barker going off injured in extra time. But even at 3-1 down, we didn't give up and I give my credit to the lads for a great effort against a good Championship side.

Good luck in the next round, and for the rest of the season. Your team play great football too. And it was good to see your fans give George Barker a good reception both on entering the field, and leving the field when injured.
Well said. I agree with everything that you have written.

Swindon's passing was quick and accurate and pleasing to watch but it lacked a cutting edge for the most part.

We miss-placed numerous passes and for some reason allowed Swindon to keep the pressure on by choosing to pass backwards and sideways in our own half when Swindon pressed forward in the second half of extra time. Only their goalkeeper was in their half and we could easily have lobbed the ball over the top for Adrian Colunga to run onto or given the ball to Chicksen who was often free on the left wing at the half way line begging for the ball.

It was a very entertaining game with chances at both ends. Dunk was magnificent and has a great heading ability. One of his headers hit the bar and on another day could have gone in.

KLL was quiet in the first half but just as he was getting into the game with some jinking runs he was scythed down two or three times culminating in a needless tackle when he was near the touch line and was bundled with the ball into touch with what seemed to be yet another leg breaking tackle which injured him in the process. We were not given a free kick for that tackle or indeed for a number of other fierce tackles whereas the ref seemed to give free kicks against us for innocuous contact.

Barker going off was the turning point but after getting two goals up we relaxed and lost the impetus.

All in all we were a tad lucky but getting a win when you are not at your best is a good sign. We will be better when those missing from the team return.

PS: Paddy McCourt looked different class when he came on and Rohan Ince scored a wonder goal.
[quote][p][bold]swindonjason[/bold] wrote: Sound like many of you that posted were not at the match last night. Your team, although a majority were 2nd string were outplayed and outclassed for long periods of the match. But for a wonder goal from Ince, and what a strike that was (I even clapped it in the home end) and some desperate defending you would have been losing at half time. Justice got its rewards in the 1st minute of the 2nd half, and the killer was Barker going off injured in extra time. But even at 3-1 down, we didn't give up and I give my credit to the lads for a great effort against a good Championship side. Good luck in the next round, and for the rest of the season. Your team play great football too. And it was good to see your fans give George Barker a good reception both on entering the field, and leving the field when injured.[/p][/quote]Well said. I agree with everything that you have written. Swindon's passing was quick and accurate and pleasing to watch but it lacked a cutting edge for the most part. We miss-placed numerous passes and for some reason allowed Swindon to keep the pressure on by choosing to pass backwards and sideways in our own half when Swindon pressed forward in the second half of extra time. Only their goalkeeper was in their half and we could easily have lobbed the ball over the top for Adrian Colunga to run onto or given the ball to Chicksen who was often free on the left wing at the half way line begging for the ball. It was a very entertaining game with chances at both ends. Dunk was magnificent and has a great heading ability. One of his headers hit the bar and on another day could have gone in. KLL was quiet in the first half but just as he was getting into the game with some jinking runs he was scythed down two or three times culminating in a needless tackle when he was near the touch line and was bundled with the ball into touch with what seemed to be yet another leg breaking tackle which injured him in the process. We were not given a free kick for that tackle or indeed for a number of other fierce tackles whereas the ref seemed to give free kicks against us for innocuous contact. Barker going off was the turning point but after getting two goals up we relaxed and lost the impetus. All in all we were a tad lucky but getting a win when you are not at your best is a good sign. We will be better when those missing from the team return. PS: Paddy McCourt looked different class when he came on and Rohan Ince scored a wonder goal. Major Bloodboil
  • Score: 3

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