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Strikers return but still no Bridge

The Argus: Ashley Barnes returns today Ashley Barnes returns today

Albion have brought back Craig Mackail-Smith and Ashley Barnes for derby day.

But Wayne Bridge does not return from injury as the Seagulls take on high-flying Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Mackail-Smith and Barnes return in place of Stephen Dobbie and Will Hoskins.

Inigo Calderon comes into the side at full-back in place of Marcos Painter, who has deptuised for Bridge in the last three games.

Albion have no recognised defenders on the bench.

Owen Garvan starts in an attacking midfield role for Palace rather than Andre Moritz, who suffered a dead leg at Hull on Tuesday.

Crystal Palace: Speroni; Ward, Ramage, Delaney, Parr; Dikgacoi, Jedinak; Bolasie, Garvan, Zaha; Murray. Subs: Price, Wilbraham, Easter, Moxey, O'Keefe, Moritz, Gabbidon.

Albion: Kuszczak; Bruno, Greer, Dunk, Calderon; Bridcutt, Hammond, Orlandi; Buckley, Barnes, Mackail-Smith. Subs: Brezovan, Harley, Dicker, Crofts, Dobbie, David, Hoskins.

Ref: M.Russell (Herts)

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2:28pm Sat 1 Dec 12

VegasSeagull says...

I understand the starting eleven but for the life of me I don't understand the bench.
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I understand the starting eleven but for the life of me I don't understand the bench. . VegasSeagull
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2:30pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Claude Back says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
I understand the starting eleven but for the life of me I don't understand the bench.
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I don't understand either of them.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: I understand the starting eleven but for the life of me I don't understand the bench. .[/p][/quote]I don't understand either of them. Claude Back
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2:31pm Sat 1 Dec 12

VegasSeagull says...

Claude, is this telling us that El-Abd is injured too?
Claude, is this telling us that El-Abd is injured too? VegasSeagull
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2:40pm Sat 1 Dec 12

VegasSeagull says...

If El-Abd is not injured then his place on the bench has been sacrficed so that Lua Lua has a seat. Harley was never on my radar, I guess he gets the nod over David, why I am not sure.
If El-Abd is not injured then his place on the bench has been sacrficed so that Lua Lua has a seat. Harley was never on my radar, I guess he gets the nod over David, why I am not sure. VegasSeagull
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2:41pm Sat 1 Dec 12

bruce beckett says...

So much for Bridge returning then. Just another smokescreen from Gus. Is Painter injured too or is he simply picking Calderon to do a man-to-man marking job on Zaha?
So much for Bridge returning then. Just another smokescreen from Gus. Is Painter injured too or is he simply picking Calderon to do a man-to-man marking job on Zaha? bruce beckett
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2:45pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Jonathan Mouette says...

Claude Back wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
I understand the starting eleven but for the life of me I don't understand the bench.
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I don't understand either of them.
Join the club mate... I don't know whether I am shocked, confused or simply disgusted... All the recent talk of this being close to our strongest team was - and is - total balloney... And to think they boo Benitez.
[quote][p][bold]Claude Back[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: I understand the starting eleven but for the life of me I don't understand the bench. .[/p][/quote]I don't understand either of them.[/p][/quote]Join the club mate... I don't know whether I am shocked, confused or simply disgusted... All the recent talk of this being close to our strongest team was - and is - total balloney... And to think they boo Benitez. Jonathan Mouette
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2:54pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Chi Gull says...

Nice to see so many positive comments from 'supporters' before the game has even started !!
Nice to see so many positive comments from 'supporters' before the game has even started !! Chi Gull
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2:55pm Sat 1 Dec 12

tug509 says...

Jonathan Mouette wrote:
Claude Back wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
I understand the starting eleven but for the life of me I don't understand the bench.
.
I don't understand either of them.
Join the club mate... I don't know whether I am shocked, confused or simply disgusted... All the recent talk of this being close to our strongest team was - and is - total balloney... And to think they boo Benitez.
Agree Jonathan,this is the craziest 18 he could have picked. Lets hope we are all praising his dynamics at full time. UTA
[quote][p][bold]Jonathan Mouette[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Claude Back[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: I understand the starting eleven but for the life of me I don't understand the bench. .[/p][/quote]I don't understand either of them.[/p][/quote]Join the club mate... I don't know whether I am shocked, confused or simply disgusted... All the recent talk of this being close to our strongest team was - and is - total balloney... And to think they boo Benitez.[/p][/quote]Agree Jonathan,this is the craziest 18 he could have picked. Lets hope we are all praising his dynamics at full time. UTA tug509
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2:56pm Sat 1 Dec 12

VegasSeagull says...

Johnathan, just because we are somewhat shocked or surprised doesn't mean that it won't work for us today.
The injury to Bridge is clearly more than a slight calf strain and El-Abd maybe injured too but Guss didn't want to tip his hand.

Lua Lua, Hoskins and Dobbie all on the bench and CMS, Barnes and Buckley starting does suggest that we either have some real defense injuries, or that we are going all out for a win.

All that said, I am still surprised, I bet Holloway is too, he didn't prepare for this squad that's for sure.
Johnathan, just because we are somewhat shocked or surprised doesn't mean that it won't work for us today. The injury to Bridge is clearly more than a slight calf strain and El-Abd maybe injured too but Guss didn't want to tip his hand. Lua Lua, Hoskins and Dobbie all on the bench and CMS, Barnes and Buckley starting does suggest that we either have some real defense injuries, or that we are going all out for a win. All that said, I am still surprised, I bet Holloway is too, he didn't prepare for this squad that's for sure. VegasSeagull
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3:15pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Zamora25 says...

What happens if one of our defenders pick up an injury? At least one of Bridge, El-Abd and Painter should hve been on the bench instead of Harley.
What happens if one of our defenders pick up an injury? At least one of Bridge, El-Abd and Painter should hve been on the bench instead of Harley. Zamora25
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3:24pm Sat 1 Dec 12

bruce beckett says...

What happens if one of our defenders pick up an injury?

What happens if one of our defenders gets sent off?

Now the decision not to have a defender on the bench looks really dumb. FFS.
What happens if one of our defenders pick up an injury? What happens if one of our defenders gets sent off? Now the decision not to have a defender on the bench looks really dumb. FFS. bruce beckett
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3:59pm Sat 1 Dec 12

bruce beckett says...

Gus will always be a Brighton legend but he may live to regret not pushing the boat out for Murray. He's exactly the player this team is missing right now. FFS.
Gus will always be a Brighton legend but he may live to regret not pushing the boat out for Murray. He's exactly the player this team is missing right now. FFS. bruce beckett
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4:04pm Sat 1 Dec 12

john newman says...

No defender on the bench and full of midfielders!! April fool or what !!
No defender on the bench and full of midfielders!! April fool or what !! john newman
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4:06pm Sat 1 Dec 12

LACHANCE says...

Dunk sent off Murray scores not good.No luck again.
Dunk sent off Murray scores not good.No luck again. LACHANCE
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4:42pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Far gull says...

Game effectively over when dunk sent off, missed it on radio , reason? Our season seems full of but if only's at present!
Game effectively over when dunk sent off, missed it on radio , reason? Our season seems full of but if only's at present! Far gull
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5:11pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Tony the tiger eastbourne says...

Unfortunately not good enough, back to the drawing board again!!
Unfortunately not good enough, back to the drawing board again!! Tony the tiger eastbourne
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