Colunga makes fast start after scare about availability for Albion

Adrian Colunga scoes for Albion

Adrian Colunga scoes for Albion

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

ADRIAN Colunga helped Albion through to the third round of the Capital One Cup - after a scare over his availability.

The Spanish striker signed from Getafe scored on his debut as the Seagulls edged past Swindon 4-2 after-extra-time at the County Ground last night.

Albion were sweating on Colunga being eligible hours before kick-off.

Boss Sami Hyypia said: "It was very difficult. We got (international) clearance at the last minute, just before we had the team meeting before the game.

"I wanted to put him in because the more minutes he plays the quicker he will integrate into the team. We knew that he has pace and he is a good player.

"When a striker scores it's good, it gives them confidence. It was difficult to communicate with him, because he doesn't speak English, but probably I can say in Spanish well done!"

Hyypia also gave debuts as substitutes to his latest signing, midfielder Gary Gardner on loan from Aston Villa, and Paddy McCourt as League One Swindon pushed them all the way.

The Finn said: "We knew Swindon were a good team but I was surprised how good they are. They played some good stuff and made it very difficult for us. I'm very happy that we are in the next round, not happy that we had to play 120 minutes, but the players worked very hard."

Kazenga LuaLua is an early doubt for Charlton's visit to the Amex on Saturday after going off injured.

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6:08am Wed 27 Aug 14

JeffLomer says...

Morning,These games against lower opposition teams are always going to be tough games, they have got something to prove when they play teams like us, so to me it's a good win and nice to see Adrian score on his debut, that will only give him confidence for Charlton, I thought Sami put out a decent team and let some off the new guys get a run out, my only disappointment was Walton didn't get the nod in goal we all no what kasper can do, that said good win and hopefully might get one off the big boys at home.
Up the Albion!!
Morning,These games against lower opposition teams are always going to be tough games, they have got something to prove when they play teams like us, so to me it's a good win and nice to see Adrian score on his debut, that will only give him confidence for Charlton, I thought Sami put out a decent team and let some off the new guys get a run out, my only disappointment was Walton didn't get the nod in goal we all no what kasper can do, that said good win and hopefully might get one off the big boys at home. Up the Albion!! JeffLomer
  • Score: 19

8:55am Wed 27 Aug 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

Good result but it sounds like the victory was not as emphatic as the scoreline suggests. However a win is a win and we appear to be moving forward very well. May be we should start watching some of the Swindon players with a view to picking up another Gordon Greer.
A win on Saturday and things will really start to gain momentum.
Well played all. UTA
Good result but it sounds like the victory was not as emphatic as the scoreline suggests. However a win is a win and we appear to be moving forward very well. May be we should start watching some of the Swindon players with a view to picking up another Gordon Greer. A win on Saturday and things will really start to gain momentum. Well played all. UTA Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 4

9:48am Wed 27 Aug 14

Max Ripple says...

Morning all. Yes, Jeff, I agree, these games against lower league opposition can be a real slippery affair - look at what happened to the once great Manchester United last night. So unfortunate........ Marvellous.....
Meanwhile it was good to see new faces getting on with the business end of things. Apart from insisting on taking the penalties I'm not sure how productive JFC was (according to Warren A anyway). And COG seemed to waste a few chances. Gardner looks a tough cookie and when Tex came on he obviously changed the whole face of the game. I like him.
Sami said he wanted two players for each position and it looks like he's got them now apart from main striker. Hope Kaz is OK - just proves how we will need all the cover we can get this season.
UTA!
Morning all. Yes, Jeff, I agree, these games against lower league opposition can be a real slippery affair - look at what happened to the once great Manchester United last night. So unfortunate........ Marvellous..... Meanwhile it was good to see new faces getting on with the business end of things. Apart from insisting on taking the penalties I'm not sure how productive JFC was (according to Warren A anyway). And COG seemed to waste a few chances. Gardner looks a tough cookie and when Tex came on he obviously changed the whole face of the game. I like him. Sami said he wanted two players for each position and it looks like he's got them now apart from main striker. Hope Kaz is OK - just proves how we will need all the cover we can get this season. UTA! Max Ripple
  • Score: 2

11:15am Wed 27 Aug 14

Asleep in Dorset says...

JeffLomer wrote:
Morning,These games against lower opposition teams are always going to be tough games, they have got something to prove when they play teams like us, so to me it's a good win and nice to see Adrian score on his debut, that will only give him confidence for Charlton, I thought Sami put out a decent team and let some off the new guys get a run out, my only disappointment was Walton didn't get the nod in goal we all no what kasper can do, that said good win and hopefully might get one off the big boys at home.
Up the Albion!!
think you'll find Walton was playing at M'boro '
[quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: Morning,These games against lower opposition teams are always going to be tough games, they have got something to prove when they play teams like us, so to me it's a good win and nice to see Adrian score on his debut, that will only give him confidence for Charlton, I thought Sami put out a decent team and let some off the new guys get a run out, my only disappointment was Walton didn't get the nod in goal we all no what kasper can do, that said good win and hopefully might get one off the big boys at home. Up the Albion!![/p][/quote]think you'll find Walton was playing at M'boro ' Asleep in Dorset
  • Score: 0

12:22pm Wed 27 Aug 14

kwaidam says...

Swindon have always been a decent footballing side. I seem to remember them stuffing us 3-0 not that long ago. I must admit I think Sami is doing a great job and the players seem to be enjoying things. And that's half he battle. Up the Albion.
Swindon have always been a decent footballing side. I seem to remember them stuffing us 3-0 not that long ago. I must admit I think Sami is doing a great job and the players seem to be enjoying things. And that's half he battle. Up the Albion. kwaidam
  • Score: 3

12:49pm Wed 27 Aug 14

AburridoEnTrabajo says...

kwaidam wrote:
Swindon have always been a decent footballing side. I seem to remember them stuffing us 3-0 not that long ago. I must admit I think Sami is doing a great job and the players seem to be enjoying things. And that's half he battle. Up the Albion.
Indeed. We must be careful not become arrogant after our recent couple of seasons. In the 90s and the 00s Swindon were about the same level as us, and even made it into the Premier League for a season. They are quite capable of putting a decent team together.
[quote][p][bold]kwaidam[/bold] wrote: Swindon have always been a decent footballing side. I seem to remember them stuffing us 3-0 not that long ago. I must admit I think Sami is doing a great job and the players seem to be enjoying things. And that's half he battle. Up the Albion.[/p][/quote]Indeed. We must be careful not become arrogant after our recent couple of seasons. In the 90s and the 00s Swindon were about the same level as us, and even made it into the Premier League for a season. They are quite capable of putting a decent team together. AburridoEnTrabajo
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1:19pm Wed 27 Aug 14

JeffLomer says...

Asleep in Dorset wrote:
JeffLomer wrote:
Morning,These games against lower opposition teams are always going to be tough games, they have got something to prove when they play teams like us, so to me it's a good win and nice to see Adrian score on his debut, that will only give him confidence for Charlton, I thought Sami put out a decent team and let some off the new guys get a run out, my only disappointment was Walton didn't get the nod in goal we all no what kasper can do, that said good win and hopefully might get one off the big boys at home.
Up the Albion!!
think you'll find Walton was playing at M'boro '
My mistake I forgot they where playing
[quote][p][bold]Asleep in Dorset[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: Morning,These games against lower opposition teams are always going to be tough games, they have got something to prove when they play teams like us, so to me it's a good win and nice to see Adrian score on his debut, that will only give him confidence for Charlton, I thought Sami put out a decent team and let some off the new guys get a run out, my only disappointment was Walton didn't get the nod in goal we all no what kasper can do, that said good win and hopefully might get one off the big boys at home. Up the Albion!![/p][/quote]think you'll find Walton was playing at M'boro '[/p][/quote]My mistake I forgot they where playing JeffLomer
  • Score: 0

2:16pm Wed 27 Aug 14

ballantrrae says...

Asleep in Dorset wrote:
JeffLomer wrote:
Morning,These games against lower opposition teams are always going to be tough games, they have got something to prove when they play teams like us, so to me it's a good win and nice to see Adrian score on his debut, that will only give him confidence for Charlton, I thought Sami put out a decent team and let some off the new guys get a run out, my only disappointment was Walton didn't get the nod in goal we all no what kasper can do, that said good win and hopefully might get one off the big boys at home.
Up the Albion!!
think you'll find Walton was playing at M'boro '
Judging from the radio Ankergren didn't seem to convey much confidence to his back 4, so perhaps we might have been better off playing Walton in Goal.
Ankergren made one good save that I recall from the commentary but given that the GK 'sets the tone' for the defence a confident GK is a must -one needs more than just a shot stopper. I therefore hope Walton gets the opportunity if Stockdale is rested in the next round.
Crofts seemed to have a quiet game so I think SH might play either Gardner or McCourt instead against Charlton (both made a positive contribution last night). Indeed it is feasible that both could be selected if JFC is rested as part of SH's rotation strategy. There is of course less need to rest players now with the International break coming up.
LuaLua's injury is a concern since with March also injured (any news on that front ?) we haven't any other out and out wingers to call on. I still feel consideration could be given to attempting to recruit a proper wing replacement for Buckley but recognise that other posters might well disagree.
Colunga gave a most encouraging performance in the wide supporting forward role and I trust will continue to be deployed there. As others have posted a front 3 of CMS flanked by Colunga and Teixeira would be an exciting one.
What LuaLua's injury highlights is our relative lack of cover up front especially in comparison to other positions with the possible exception of CB which I am aware Vegas believes we should strengthen.
Incidentally has anyone heard any up to date news regarding the young Cork defender Lenihan who apparently visited the Amex on Monday and had a meeting with Hull yesterday ? I hope he opts to sign for BHA but suspect he will choose the PL option although his more immediate prospects for game time are likely to be at Brighton.
The most important signing we still need to make, as most posters keep pointing out, is a striker. A replacement for Ulloa I imagine is the top transfer priority for the Albion over the next 5 days before the Window closes. Judging from SH's hints yesterday it is a priority the club are pursuing.
I will be interested to see who we draw in the next round of the Capital One Cup. One team we know it won't be is the mighty Manchester United - what an upset !
Onwards and Upwards with SH.
[quote][p][bold]Asleep in Dorset[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: Morning,These games against lower opposition teams are always going to be tough games, they have got something to prove when they play teams like us, so to me it's a good win and nice to see Adrian score on his debut, that will only give him confidence for Charlton, I thought Sami put out a decent team and let some off the new guys get a run out, my only disappointment was Walton didn't get the nod in goal we all no what kasper can do, that said good win and hopefully might get one off the big boys at home. Up the Albion!![/p][/quote]think you'll find Walton was playing at M'boro '[/p][/quote]Judging from the radio Ankergren didn't seem to convey much confidence to his back 4, so perhaps we might have been better off playing Walton in Goal. Ankergren made one good save that I recall from the commentary but given that the GK 'sets the tone' for the defence a confident GK is a must -one needs more than just a shot stopper. I therefore hope Walton gets the opportunity if Stockdale is rested in the next round. Crofts seemed to have a quiet game so I think SH might play either Gardner or McCourt instead against Charlton (both made a positive contribution last night). Indeed it is feasible that both could be selected if JFC is rested as part of SH's rotation strategy. There is of course less need to rest players now with the International break coming up. LuaLua's injury is a concern since with March also injured (any news on that front ?) we haven't any other out and out wingers to call on. I still feel consideration could be given to attempting to recruit a proper wing replacement for Buckley but recognise that other posters might well disagree. Colunga gave a most encouraging performance in the wide supporting forward role and I trust will continue to be deployed there. As others have posted a front 3 of CMS flanked by Colunga and Teixeira would be an exciting one. What LuaLua's injury highlights is our relative lack of cover up front especially in comparison to other positions with the possible exception of CB which I am aware Vegas believes we should strengthen. Incidentally has anyone heard any up to date news regarding the young Cork defender Lenihan who apparently visited the Amex on Monday and had a meeting with Hull yesterday ? I hope he opts to sign for BHA but suspect he will choose the PL option although his more immediate prospects for game time are likely to be at Brighton. The most important signing we still need to make, as most posters keep pointing out, is a striker. A replacement for Ulloa I imagine is the top transfer priority for the Albion over the next 5 days before the Window closes. Judging from SH's hints yesterday it is a priority the club are pursuing. I will be interested to see who we draw in the next round of the Capital One Cup. One team we know it won't be is the mighty Manchester United - what an upset ! Onwards and Upwards with SH. ballantrrae
  • Score: 4
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