Ulloa: We can beat the best

Leo Ulloa after scoring at Nottingham Forest on Saturday

Leo Ulloa after scoring at Nottingham Forest on Saturday

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Leo Ulloa has shrugged off double defeat by Derby and warned play-off rivals: “We can beat the best in the Championship.”

Albion host the third-placed Rams in the first leg of their semi-final tomorrow.

The Seagulls lost home and away to Derby in the regular league season.

But Ulloa is adamant that need not be a problem and cites results against other Championship high-flyers as proof.

The 16-goal striker said: “I think in general we have played really well against the teams up at the top.

“Leicester, Burnley, QPR, Reading – we have done well against all of them. That’s a good sign for the play-offs.

“We didn’t have good results with Derby but they were very close games. They have been up there all season and playing well but this is the play-offs with extra motivation.

“We will prepare the best we can and correct errors we made in those matches.”

Ulloa, who is believed to be interesting Leicester City, has made no secret of his ambition to help Albion into the top-flight and aims to take a big step towards that tomorrow.

He added: “More than anything I’d like to go up with Brighton and play in the Premier League, which is something everybody dreams about.”

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6:40am Wed 7 May 14

albionbloke says...

Love your optimism Leo. A brace from you tomorrow will help bring us one step closer to your dream!
UTA
Love your optimism Leo. A brace from you tomorrow will help bring us one step closer to your dream! UTA albionbloke
  • Score: 18

7:37am Wed 7 May 14

cullipmyhero says...

Think we have a chance.
It does depend on what sort of team Oscar picks though, and obviously who's fit.
A team with Stephens and Ince in the middle is better than that of Andrews and JFC in my opinion, however fitness will dictate this. The way we tackled hard against Forest saved us abit in that first half, as we just weren't in the races. Ince IMO is a superb ball winner, and doesn't give the silly fouls away like Andrews. Great aerial too.
I think the game tomorrow could be won in midfield, and Derby are fast, strong and counter superbly here.
Jesse's been a bit hit n miss too, what is everybody's opinion on here for a CMS start, two up front?
Think we have a chance. It does depend on what sort of team Oscar picks though, and obviously who's fit. A team with Stephens and Ince in the middle is better than that of Andrews and JFC in my opinion, however fitness will dictate this. The way we tackled hard against Forest saved us abit in that first half, as we just weren't in the races. Ince IMO is a superb ball winner, and doesn't give the silly fouls away like Andrews. Great aerial too. I think the game tomorrow could be won in midfield, and Derby are fast, strong and counter superbly here. Jesse's been a bit hit n miss too, what is everybody's opinion on here for a CMS start, two up front? cullipmyhero
  • Score: 12

7:55am Wed 7 May 14

mark by the sea says...

cullipmyhero wrote:
Think we have a chance.
It does depend on what sort of team Oscar picks though, and obviously who's fit.
A team with Stephens and Ince in the middle is better than that of Andrews and JFC in my opinion, however fitness will dictate this. The way we tackled hard against Forest saved us abit in that first half, as we just weren't in the races. Ince IMO is a superb ball winner, and doesn't give the silly fouls away like Andrews. Great aerial too.
I think the game tomorrow could be won in midfield, and Derby are fast, strong and counter superbly here.
Jesse's been a bit hit n miss too, what is everybody's opinion on here for a CMS start, two up front?
I wonder if the rumour regarding Jessie being a guaranteed starter continues to the play offs! He has been hit and miss, but cms has not played more than 30 minutes, I would play ince instead of jfc , try and keep in the game till the 62 minute and release lua lua , followed by cms on 75 minutes..
Pity about Stephens ... I heard augustin was training with the youth team ?
And has failed to turn up , missed training etc... Another player trying to get paid up and move on to another club.
[quote][p][bold]cullipmyhero[/bold] wrote: Think we have a chance. It does depend on what sort of team Oscar picks though, and obviously who's fit. A team with Stephens and Ince in the middle is better than that of Andrews and JFC in my opinion, however fitness will dictate this. The way we tackled hard against Forest saved us abit in that first half, as we just weren't in the races. Ince IMO is a superb ball winner, and doesn't give the silly fouls away like Andrews. Great aerial too. I think the game tomorrow could be won in midfield, and Derby are fast, strong and counter superbly here. Jesse's been a bit hit n miss too, what is everybody's opinion on here for a CMS start, two up front?[/p][/quote]I wonder if the rumour regarding Jessie being a guaranteed starter continues to the play offs! He has been hit and miss, but cms has not played more than 30 minutes, I would play ince instead of jfc , try and keep in the game till the 62 minute and release lua lua , followed by cms on 75 minutes.. Pity about Stephens ... I heard augustin was training with the youth team ? And has failed to turn up , missed training etc... Another player trying to get paid up and move on to another club. mark by the sea
  • Score: 9

8:49am Wed 7 May 14

Max Ripple says...

"Ulloa, who is believed to be interesting Leicester City...."
And probably a lot of other clubs too. Love to keep hold of him. He's the striker we'd been after for a long long time. Be a crying shame to lose him but he's got ambitions as well. Give it everything Leo - for us at the moment!
"Ulloa, who is believed to be interesting Leicester City...." And probably a lot of other clubs too. Love to keep hold of him. He's the striker we'd been after for a long long time. Be a crying shame to lose him but he's got ambitions as well. Give it everything Leo - for us at the moment! Max Ripple
  • Score: 7

9:23am Wed 7 May 14

DuncanThickett says...

To be honest I really don't want to hear one day before the biggest game of the season that Leicester are interested in Leo. Yes, of course there will be interest, but i'd rather concentrate on positive vibes before the Derby game!
To be honest I really don't want to hear one day before the biggest game of the season that Leicester are interested in Leo. Yes, of course there will be interest, but i'd rather concentrate on positive vibes before the Derby game! DuncanThickett
  • Score: 9

9:34am Wed 7 May 14

Aldrington Halt says...

I was there at the beginning of the season when we lost 2-1 to Derby and their midfielder Will Hughes was a small sized big threat, neutralize him and we'll have a shot..UTA!!
I was there at the beginning of the season when we lost 2-1 to Derby and their midfielder Will Hughes was a small sized big threat, neutralize him and we'll have a shot..UTA!! Aldrington Halt
  • Score: 4

9:54am Wed 7 May 14

Gee Jay says...

Aldrington Halt wrote:
I was there at the beginning of the season when we lost 2-1 to Derby and their midfielder Will Hughes was a small sized big threat, neutralize him and we'll have a shot..UTA!!
However, I think he was substituted on the return fixture, as he was not being allowed to be effective.
Leo is right, we have had better results against the other top four teams than Derby. They have picked up three points in games against teams below us whereas we only got one point against the same opposition.
[quote][p][bold]Aldrington Halt[/bold] wrote: I was there at the beginning of the season when we lost 2-1 to Derby and their midfielder Will Hughes was a small sized big threat, neutralize him and we'll have a shot..UTA!![/p][/quote]However, I think he was substituted on the return fixture, as he was not being allowed to be effective. Leo is right, we have had better results against the other top four teams than Derby. They have picked up three points in games against teams below us whereas we only got one point against the same opposition. Gee Jay
  • Score: 4

11:03am Wed 7 May 14

OldGull says...

mark by the sea wrote:
cullipmyhero wrote:
Think we have a chance.
It does depend on what sort of team Oscar picks though, and obviously who's fit.
A team with Stephens and Ince in the middle is better than that of Andrews and JFC in my opinion, however fitness will dictate this. The way we tackled hard against Forest saved us abit in that first half, as we just weren't in the races. Ince IMO is a superb ball winner, and doesn't give the silly fouls away like Andrews. Great aerial too.
I think the game tomorrow could be won in midfield, and Derby are fast, strong and counter superbly here.
Jesse's been a bit hit n miss too, what is everybody's opinion on here for a CMS start, two up front?
I wonder if the rumour regarding Jessie being a guaranteed starter continues to the play offs! He has been hit and miss, but cms has not played more than 30 minutes, I would play ince instead of jfc , try and keep in the game till the 62 minute and release lua lua , followed by cms on 75 minutes..
Pity about Stephens ... I heard augustin was training with the youth team ?
And has failed to turn up , missed training etc... Another player trying to get paid up and move on to another club.
I think JFC is underrated.
Whilst if fit I would like to see Ince play, it would be in place of Andrews.
For all Ince's rampaging runs, I have yet to see the final forward pass from him.
Whereas JFC does look to find the forwards
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cullipmyhero[/bold] wrote: Think we have a chance. It does depend on what sort of team Oscar picks though, and obviously who's fit. A team with Stephens and Ince in the middle is better than that of Andrews and JFC in my opinion, however fitness will dictate this. The way we tackled hard against Forest saved us abit in that first half, as we just weren't in the races. Ince IMO is a superb ball winner, and doesn't give the silly fouls away like Andrews. Great aerial too. I think the game tomorrow could be won in midfield, and Derby are fast, strong and counter superbly here. Jesse's been a bit hit n miss too, what is everybody's opinion on here for a CMS start, two up front?[/p][/quote]I wonder if the rumour regarding Jessie being a guaranteed starter continues to the play offs! He has been hit and miss, but cms has not played more than 30 minutes, I would play ince instead of jfc , try and keep in the game till the 62 minute and release lua lua , followed by cms on 75 minutes.. Pity about Stephens ... I heard augustin was training with the youth team ? And has failed to turn up , missed training etc... Another player trying to get paid up and move on to another club.[/p][/quote]I think JFC is underrated. Whilst if fit I would like to see Ince play, it would be in place of Andrews. For all Ince's rampaging runs, I have yet to see the final forward pass from him. Whereas JFC does look to find the forwards OldGull
  • Score: 0

11:08am Wed 7 May 14

fairweathersupporter says...

As the dawn of the unlikely battle is nearly upon us, it perhaps time to reflect on the issues which surround it. The views on the head coach's lucky V-neck pullover, the power that his Welsh wizard yields and their ability to motivate our warriors and adapt to the needs of the evolving battlefield, have been covered in recent months and indeed days. But should we be fortunate to prevail against an attractive but surmountable Derby side and the challenge beyond; what will become of us?
Hull and Palarse have not spent wildly. Palarse were a mess at the beginning of the season with Wurzel seemingly unable to have enough capable but otherwise unremarkable players available to him. But now the formerly dour man from the potteries is establishing a somewhat dashing air about him, given the reigns of our 'friends' up the 23. Where fawning pundits laud his achievements, which are indeed adding a dull shine to the stool he inherited; a self belief has emerged that they can crawl from the gutters and actually ride their Yo Yo for a time at least. But the string will surely break as the weight of the Capital pulls too heavily on those who have never quite belonged.
That human pudding of a man, Steve Bruce, has quietly established the Tigers or i should say Hull City FC, as next seasons relegation fodder; which is an achievement in itself based on the evidence of last season's strong but silent performances. The next Stoke? Or a return to more familiar surroundings is more likely.
Cardiff another team victim of an identity crisis have imploded in a chairman led pantomime of Alladinic proportions but with no genie to rescue them. The chances of our Tony becoming a villain of Tan(nic) proportions are thankfully remote, perhaps with our location a Pantomime Dame is as likely. A lesson for all those who would spend other people's money, It's BEHIND YOU...
And if we get to the land of milk and honey? If there was good time to go up, then this is it. The squad is about to need a large overhaul, rather than the gentle manoeuvring of the last few seasons. Contracts are expiring and as usual quality players may look elsewhere should we fail to make the leap. The core is going to need replacing. Better to buy (sensibly) with the need upon us, than hedge our bets with short term measures that may not be 'Premiership ready'. But this will only be possible with the money from promotion. Prudence and contract issues will not be wholly solved by promotion but a position of power is easier to ease negations than one of expectation. If we remain banging on the door but still left waiting on the doorstep, then careful consideration needs to be given to building a team which is capable. The holes left by a probable goalkeeping departure and an ageing defence are not going to necessarily attract quality replacements, if we remain where we are. That is not to say wild expenditure is the key. Leicester tried it and so did Cardiff previously with a host of others. You need a team. Leicester are a prime example of underachieving with a sizable outlay, only to discover that they need to play football, not just pay wages. Burnley and others are an example to what achieved.
I'm not sure there is a bad time for success. We have bemoaned our luck previously but perhaps realise that we make our own. Last season's derby encounter is now this season's Derby encounter. We can beat them. We can beat anyone.
As the dawn of the unlikely battle is nearly upon us, it perhaps time to reflect on the issues which surround it. The views on the head coach's lucky V-neck pullover, the power that his Welsh wizard yields and their ability to motivate our warriors and adapt to the needs of the evolving battlefield, have been covered in recent months and indeed days. But should we be fortunate to prevail against an attractive but surmountable Derby side and the challenge beyond; what will become of us? Hull and Palarse have not spent wildly. Palarse were a mess at the beginning of the season with Wurzel seemingly unable to have enough capable but otherwise unremarkable players available to him. But now the formerly dour man from the potteries is establishing a somewhat dashing air about him, given the reigns of our 'friends' up the 23. Where fawning pundits laud his achievements, which are indeed adding a dull shine to the stool he inherited; a self belief has emerged that they can crawl from the gutters and actually ride their Yo Yo for a time at least. But the string will surely break as the weight of the Capital pulls too heavily on those who have never quite belonged. That human pudding of a man, Steve Bruce, has quietly established the Tigers or i should say Hull City FC, as next seasons relegation fodder; which is an achievement in itself based on the evidence of last season's strong but silent performances. The next Stoke? Or a return to more familiar surroundings is more likely. Cardiff another team victim of an identity crisis have imploded in a chairman led pantomime of Alladinic proportions but with no genie to rescue them. The chances of our Tony becoming a villain of Tan(nic) proportions are thankfully remote, perhaps with our location a Pantomime Dame is as likely. A lesson for all those who would spend other people's money, It's BEHIND YOU... And if we get to the land of milk and honey? If there was good time to go up, then this is it. The squad is about to need a large overhaul, rather than the gentle manoeuvring of the last few seasons. Contracts are expiring and as usual quality players may look elsewhere should we fail to make the leap. The core is going to need replacing. Better to buy (sensibly) with the need upon us, than hedge our bets with short term measures that may not be 'Premiership ready'. But this will only be possible with the money from promotion. Prudence and contract issues will not be wholly solved by promotion but a position of power is easier to ease negations than one of expectation. If we remain banging on the door but still left waiting on the doorstep, then careful consideration needs to be given to building a team which is capable. The holes left by a probable goalkeeping departure and an ageing defence are not going to necessarily attract quality replacements, if we remain where we are. That is not to say wild expenditure is the key. Leicester tried it and so did Cardiff previously with a host of others. You need a team. Leicester are a prime example of underachieving with a sizable outlay, only to discover that they need to play football, not just pay wages. Burnley and others are an example to what achieved. I'm not sure there is a bad time for success. We have bemoaned our luck previously but perhaps realise that we make our own. Last season's derby encounter is now this season's Derby encounter. We can beat them. We can beat anyone. fairweathersupporter
  • Score: 27

11:13am Wed 7 May 14

9 of us says...

We have beaten the best.
We have beaten the best. 9 of us
  • Score: 8

11:15am Wed 7 May 14

albionfan33 says...

fairweathersupporter wrote:
As the dawn of the unlikely battle is nearly upon us, it perhaps time to reflect on the issues which surround it. The views on the head coach's lucky V-neck pullover, the power that his Welsh wizard yields and their ability to motivate our warriors and adapt to the needs of the evolving battlefield, have been covered in recent months and indeed days. But should we be fortunate to prevail against an attractive but surmountable Derby side and the challenge beyond; what will become of us?
Hull and Palarse have not spent wildly. Palarse were a mess at the beginning of the season with Wurzel seemingly unable to have enough capable but otherwise unremarkable players available to him. But now the formerly dour man from the potteries is establishing a somewhat dashing air about him, given the reigns of our 'friends' up the 23. Where fawning pundits laud his achievements, which are indeed adding a dull shine to the stool he inherited; a self belief has emerged that they can crawl from the gutters and actually ride their Yo Yo for a time at least. But the string will surely break as the weight of the Capital pulls too heavily on those who have never quite belonged.
That human pudding of a man, Steve Bruce, has quietly established the Tigers or i should say Hull City FC, as next seasons relegation fodder; which is an achievement in itself based on the evidence of last season's strong but silent performances. The next Stoke? Or a return to more familiar surroundings is more likely.
Cardiff another team victim of an identity crisis have imploded in a chairman led pantomime of Alladinic proportions but with no genie to rescue them. The chances of our Tony becoming a villain of Tan(nic) proportions are thankfully remote, perhaps with our location a Pantomime Dame is as likely. A lesson for all those who would spend other people's money, It's BEHIND YOU...
And if we get to the land of milk and honey? If there was good time to go up, then this is it. The squad is about to need a large overhaul, rather than the gentle manoeuvring of the last few seasons. Contracts are expiring and as usual quality players may look elsewhere should we fail to make the leap. The core is going to need replacing. Better to buy (sensibly) with the need upon us, than hedge our bets with short term measures that may not be 'Premiership ready'. But this will only be possible with the money from promotion. Prudence and contract issues will not be wholly solved by promotion but a position of power is easier to ease negations than one of expectation. If we remain banging on the door but still left waiting on the doorstep, then careful consideration needs to be given to building a team which is capable. The holes left by a probable goalkeeping departure and an ageing defence are not going to necessarily attract quality replacements, if we remain where we are. That is not to say wild expenditure is the key. Leicester tried it and so did Cardiff previously with a host of others. You need a team. Leicester are a prime example of underachieving with a sizable outlay, only to discover that they need to play football, not just pay wages. Burnley and others are an example to what achieved.
I'm not sure there is a bad time for success. We have bemoaned our luck previously but perhaps realise that we make our own. Last season's derby encounter is now this season's Derby encounter. We can beat them. We can beat anyone.
quality post there mate
[quote][p][bold]fairweathersupporter[/bold] wrote: As the dawn of the unlikely battle is nearly upon us, it perhaps time to reflect on the issues which surround it. The views on the head coach's lucky V-neck pullover, the power that his Welsh wizard yields and their ability to motivate our warriors and adapt to the needs of the evolving battlefield, have been covered in recent months and indeed days. But should we be fortunate to prevail against an attractive but surmountable Derby side and the challenge beyond; what will become of us? Hull and Palarse have not spent wildly. Palarse were a mess at the beginning of the season with Wurzel seemingly unable to have enough capable but otherwise unremarkable players available to him. But now the formerly dour man from the potteries is establishing a somewhat dashing air about him, given the reigns of our 'friends' up the 23. Where fawning pundits laud his achievements, which are indeed adding a dull shine to the stool he inherited; a self belief has emerged that they can crawl from the gutters and actually ride their Yo Yo for a time at least. But the string will surely break as the weight of the Capital pulls too heavily on those who have never quite belonged. That human pudding of a man, Steve Bruce, has quietly established the Tigers or i should say Hull City FC, as next seasons relegation fodder; which is an achievement in itself based on the evidence of last season's strong but silent performances. The next Stoke? Or a return to more familiar surroundings is more likely. Cardiff another team victim of an identity crisis have imploded in a chairman led pantomime of Alladinic proportions but with no genie to rescue them. The chances of our Tony becoming a villain of Tan(nic) proportions are thankfully remote, perhaps with our location a Pantomime Dame is as likely. A lesson for all those who would spend other people's money, It's BEHIND YOU... And if we get to the land of milk and honey? If there was good time to go up, then this is it. The squad is about to need a large overhaul, rather than the gentle manoeuvring of the last few seasons. Contracts are expiring and as usual quality players may look elsewhere should we fail to make the leap. The core is going to need replacing. Better to buy (sensibly) with the need upon us, than hedge our bets with short term measures that may not be 'Premiership ready'. But this will only be possible with the money from promotion. Prudence and contract issues will not be wholly solved by promotion but a position of power is easier to ease negations than one of expectation. If we remain banging on the door but still left waiting on the doorstep, then careful consideration needs to be given to building a team which is capable. The holes left by a probable goalkeeping departure and an ageing defence are not going to necessarily attract quality replacements, if we remain where we are. That is not to say wild expenditure is the key. Leicester tried it and so did Cardiff previously with a host of others. You need a team. Leicester are a prime example of underachieving with a sizable outlay, only to discover that they need to play football, not just pay wages. Burnley and others are an example to what achieved. I'm not sure there is a bad time for success. We have bemoaned our luck previously but perhaps realise that we make our own. Last season's derby encounter is now this season's Derby encounter. We can beat them. We can beat anyone.[/p][/quote]quality post there mate albionfan33
  • Score: 4

12:09pm Wed 7 May 14

VegasSeagull says...

Derby have scored more goals than any in the top six, in fact more than any in the division, but they have also conceded more, a lot more, than any team in the top six. McClaren has stated that he wants his players to give themselves the chance to win the two legged tie at the iPro stadium. I am getting the feeling that Derby may come looking for no more than a point, maybe an extra midfield defender to help what is a less than ideal back four. I don't think they will park the bus, but I am not expecting much more from them.
Our lads must take advantage of the fact that their back five is leaky, we must make these two legs all about the two opposing back fours. If we can pop a couple in without reply, the game at the iPro stadium will come down to how good our back five are, and so far they have proven to be pretty good. Derby are where they are due to their goal scoring prowess, but in a tight match you have to be able to rely on your defenders, and I can see both of these matches being rather close affairs.
Derby have scored more goals than any in the top six, in fact more than any in the division, but they have also conceded more, a lot more, than any team in the top six. McClaren has stated that he wants his players to give themselves the chance to win the two legged tie at the iPro stadium. I am getting the feeling that Derby may come looking for no more than a point, maybe an extra midfield defender to help what is a less than ideal back four. I don't think they will park the bus, but I am not expecting much more from them. Our lads must take advantage of the fact that their back five is leaky, we must make these two legs all about the two opposing back fours. If we can pop a couple in without reply, the game at the iPro stadium will come down to how good our back five are, and so far they have proven to be pretty good. Derby are where they are due to their goal scoring prowess, but in a tight match you have to be able to rely on your defenders, and I can see both of these matches being rather close affairs. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 1

12:14pm Wed 7 May 14

dave from bexill says...

albionfan33 wrote:
fairweathersupporter wrote:
As the dawn of the unlikely battle is nearly upon us, it perhaps time to reflect on the issues which surround it. The views on the head coach's lucky V-neck pullover, the power that his Welsh wizard yields and their ability to motivate our warriors and adapt to the needs of the evolving battlefield, have been covered in recent months and indeed days. But should we be fortunate to prevail against an attractive but surmountable Derby side and the challenge beyond; what will become of us?
Hull and Palarse have not spent wildly. Palarse were a mess at the beginning of the season with Wurzel seemingly unable to have enough capable but otherwise unremarkable players available to him. But now the formerly dour man from the potteries is establishing a somewhat dashing air about him, given the reigns of our 'friends' up the 23. Where fawning pundits laud his achievements, which are indeed adding a dull shine to the stool he inherited; a self belief has emerged that they can crawl from the gutters and actually ride their Yo Yo for a time at least. But the string will surely break as the weight of the Capital pulls too heavily on those who have never quite belonged.
That human pudding of a man, Steve Bruce, has quietly established the Tigers or i should say Hull City FC, as next seasons relegation fodder; which is an achievement in itself based on the evidence of last season's strong but silent performances. The next Stoke? Or a return to more familiar surroundings is more likely.
Cardiff another team victim of an identity crisis have imploded in a chairman led pantomime of Alladinic proportions but with no genie to rescue them. The chances of our Tony becoming a villain of Tan(nic) proportions are thankfully remote, perhaps with our location a Pantomime Dame is as likely. A lesson for all those who would spend other people's money, It's BEHIND YOU...
And if we get to the land of milk and honey? If there was good time to go up, then this is it. The squad is about to need a large overhaul, rather than the gentle manoeuvring of the last few seasons. Contracts are expiring and as usual quality players may look elsewhere should we fail to make the leap. The core is going to need replacing. Better to buy (sensibly) with the need upon us, than hedge our bets with short term measures that may not be 'Premiership ready'. But this will only be possible with the money from promotion. Prudence and contract issues will not be wholly solved by promotion but a position of power is easier to ease negations than one of expectation. If we remain banging on the door but still left waiting on the doorstep, then careful consideration needs to be given to building a team which is capable. The holes left by a probable goalkeeping departure and an ageing defence are not going to necessarily attract quality replacements, if we remain where we are. That is not to say wild expenditure is the key. Leicester tried it and so did Cardiff previously with a host of others. You need a team. Leicester are a prime example of underachieving with a sizable outlay, only to discover that they need to play football, not just pay wages. Burnley and others are an example to what achieved.
I'm not sure there is a bad time for success. We have bemoaned our luck previously but perhaps realise that we make our own. Last season's derby encounter is now this season's Derby encounter. We can beat them. We can beat anyone.
quality post there mate
Yes, good stuff and enjoyable read. Cheers
[quote][p][bold]albionfan33[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fairweathersupporter[/bold] wrote: As the dawn of the unlikely battle is nearly upon us, it perhaps time to reflect on the issues which surround it. The views on the head coach's lucky V-neck pullover, the power that his Welsh wizard yields and their ability to motivate our warriors and adapt to the needs of the evolving battlefield, have been covered in recent months and indeed days. But should we be fortunate to prevail against an attractive but surmountable Derby side and the challenge beyond; what will become of us? Hull and Palarse have not spent wildly. Palarse were a mess at the beginning of the season with Wurzel seemingly unable to have enough capable but otherwise unremarkable players available to him. But now the formerly dour man from the potteries is establishing a somewhat dashing air about him, given the reigns of our 'friends' up the 23. Where fawning pundits laud his achievements, which are indeed adding a dull shine to the stool he inherited; a self belief has emerged that they can crawl from the gutters and actually ride their Yo Yo for a time at least. But the string will surely break as the weight of the Capital pulls too heavily on those who have never quite belonged. That human pudding of a man, Steve Bruce, has quietly established the Tigers or i should say Hull City FC, as next seasons relegation fodder; which is an achievement in itself based on the evidence of last season's strong but silent performances. The next Stoke? Or a return to more familiar surroundings is more likely. Cardiff another team victim of an identity crisis have imploded in a chairman led pantomime of Alladinic proportions but with no genie to rescue them. The chances of our Tony becoming a villain of Tan(nic) proportions are thankfully remote, perhaps with our location a Pantomime Dame is as likely. A lesson for all those who would spend other people's money, It's BEHIND YOU... And if we get to the land of milk and honey? If there was good time to go up, then this is it. The squad is about to need a large overhaul, rather than the gentle manoeuvring of the last few seasons. Contracts are expiring and as usual quality players may look elsewhere should we fail to make the leap. The core is going to need replacing. Better to buy (sensibly) with the need upon us, than hedge our bets with short term measures that may not be 'Premiership ready'. But this will only be possible with the money from promotion. Prudence and contract issues will not be wholly solved by promotion but a position of power is easier to ease negations than one of expectation. If we remain banging on the door but still left waiting on the doorstep, then careful consideration needs to be given to building a team which is capable. The holes left by a probable goalkeeping departure and an ageing defence are not going to necessarily attract quality replacements, if we remain where we are. That is not to say wild expenditure is the key. Leicester tried it and so did Cardiff previously with a host of others. You need a team. Leicester are a prime example of underachieving with a sizable outlay, only to discover that they need to play football, not just pay wages. Burnley and others are an example to what achieved. I'm not sure there is a bad time for success. We have bemoaned our luck previously but perhaps realise that we make our own. Last season's derby encounter is now this season's Derby encounter. We can beat them. We can beat anyone.[/p][/quote]quality post there mate[/p][/quote]Yes, good stuff and enjoyable read. Cheers dave from bexill
  • Score: 2

12:38pm Wed 7 May 14

VegasSeagull says...

If you look at Derby's record when playing against the top teams in the division, which would include Reading and the five teams that finished above them, Derby have conceded quite a few goals. During those 12 matches they have let in 21 and scored 13, they might be able to punish lesser teams, but they didn't fair well when taking on the better ones.
If you look at Derby's record when playing against the top teams in the division, which would include Reading and the five teams that finished above them, Derby have conceded quite a few goals. During those 12 matches they have let in 21 and scored 13, they might be able to punish lesser teams, but they didn't fair well when taking on the better ones. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 2

2:13pm Wed 7 May 14

Gee Jay says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
If you look at Derby's record when playing against the top teams in the division, which would include Reading and the five teams that finished above them, Derby have conceded quite a few goals. During those 12 matches they have let in 21 and scored 13, they might be able to punish lesser teams, but they didn't fair well when taking on the better ones.
They don't like it up 'em!
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: If you look at Derby's record when playing against the top teams in the division, which would include Reading and the five teams that finished above them, Derby have conceded quite a few goals. During those 12 matches they have let in 21 and scored 13, they might be able to punish lesser teams, but they didn't fair well when taking on the better ones.[/p][/quote]They don't like it up 'em! Gee Jay
  • Score: 0

2:25pm Wed 7 May 14

Chi Gull says...

Vegas - I am not sure that the stats make me feel any better. As we all know from a year ago, previous stats count for nothing in the play offs. It's all about our performance on the day and frankly we have tended to bottle it every time we have been in a good position this season. I quite like us being the underdogs as it takes some of the pressure off.

We looked very nervous on Saturday. I hope we don't start that way tomorrow. One thing I have noticed about JFC. He never seems to phased by the pressure. He was one of the few players going calmly and efficiently about his job against Forest.. A player for the big occasion maybe - more than Ince. If he had pace ...... UTA
Vegas - I am not sure that the stats make me feel any better. As we all know from a year ago, previous stats count for nothing in the play offs. It's all about our performance on the day and frankly we have tended to bottle it every time we have been in a good position this season. I quite like us being the underdogs as it takes some of the pressure off. We looked very nervous on Saturday. I hope we don't start that way tomorrow. One thing I have noticed about JFC. He never seems to phased by the pressure. He was one of the few players going calmly and efficiently about his job against Forest.. A player for the big occasion maybe - more than Ince. If he had pace ...... UTA Chi Gull
  • Score: 1

2:50pm Wed 7 May 14

VegasSeagull says...

Chi Gull wrote:
Vegas - I am not sure that the stats make me feel any better. As we all know from a year ago, previous stats count for nothing in the play offs. It's all about our performance on the day and frankly we have tended to bottle it every time we have been in a good position this season. I quite like us being the underdogs as it takes some of the pressure off.

We looked very nervous on Saturday. I hope we don't start that way tomorrow. One thing I have noticed about JFC. He never seems to phased by the pressure. He was one of the few players going calmly and efficiently about his job against Forest.. A player for the big occasion maybe - more than Ince. If he had pace ...... UTA
Chi, for this match only, the bookies have us as favs to win, so whilst we have the tag, 'under dogs,' that is based on the bookies thinking that Derby can do what ever is needed once we go there.
You are of course right when you suggest that stats count for litttle right now, the play-offs are a different animal, but a back line doesn't improve just because it's the play-offs. Derby's back four have been found to be lacking when it comes ot playing the better teams, the occasion can't improve skill sets. I do however think that the occasion can lift the play of others on the park, midfield and up front. Midfield guys can tackle a little harder and strikers can suffer a little from nerves, composure on the big day is everything, our back four won't be quicker over the ground just because it's the play-offs.
[quote][p][bold]Chi Gull[/bold] wrote: Vegas - I am not sure that the stats make me feel any better. As we all know from a year ago, previous stats count for nothing in the play offs. It's all about our performance on the day and frankly we have tended to bottle it every time we have been in a good position this season. I quite like us being the underdogs as it takes some of the pressure off. We looked very nervous on Saturday. I hope we don't start that way tomorrow. One thing I have noticed about JFC. He never seems to phased by the pressure. He was one of the few players going calmly and efficiently about his job against Forest.. A player for the big occasion maybe - more than Ince. If he had pace ...... UTA[/p][/quote]Chi, for this match only, the bookies have us as favs to win, so whilst we have the tag, 'under dogs,' that is based on the bookies thinking that Derby can do what ever is needed once we go there. You are of course right when you suggest that stats count for litttle right now, the play-offs are a different animal, but a back line doesn't improve just because it's the play-offs. Derby's back four have been found to be lacking when it comes ot playing the better teams, the occasion can't improve skill sets. I do however think that the occasion can lift the play of others on the park, midfield and up front. Midfield guys can tackle a little harder and strikers can suffer a little from nerves, composure on the big day is everything, our back four won't be quicker over the ground just because it's the play-offs. VegasSeagull
  • Score: -1

3:18pm Wed 7 May 14

Lord Hamilton says...

Foxtrot Oscar Leicester!!!
Foxtrot Oscar Leicester!!! Lord Hamilton
  • Score: 1

5:08pm Wed 7 May 14

OldGull says...

Chi Gull wrote:
Vegas - I am not sure that the stats make me feel any better. As we all know from a year ago, previous stats count for nothing in the play offs. It's all about our performance on the day and frankly we have tended to bottle it every time we have been in a good position this season. I quite like us being the underdogs as it takes some of the pressure off.

We looked very nervous on Saturday. I hope we don't start that way tomorrow. One thing I have noticed about JFC. He never seems to phased by the pressure. He was one of the few players going calmly and efficiently about his job against Forest.. A player for the big occasion maybe - more than Ince. If he had pace ...... UTA
Glad to see someone else recognises JFC's talent.
UTA
[quote][p][bold]Chi Gull[/bold] wrote: Vegas - I am not sure that the stats make me feel any better. As we all know from a year ago, previous stats count for nothing in the play offs. It's all about our performance on the day and frankly we have tended to bottle it every time we have been in a good position this season. I quite like us being the underdogs as it takes some of the pressure off. We looked very nervous on Saturday. I hope we don't start that way tomorrow. One thing I have noticed about JFC. He never seems to phased by the pressure. He was one of the few players going calmly and efficiently about his job against Forest.. A player for the big occasion maybe - more than Ince. If he had pace ...... UTA[/p][/quote]Glad to see someone else recognises JFC's talent. UTA OldGull
  • Score: 0

5:10pm Wed 7 May 14

OldGull says...

fairweathersupporter wrote:
As the dawn of the unlikely battle is nearly upon us, it perhaps time to reflect on the issues which surround it. The views on the head coach's lucky V-neck pullover, the power that his Welsh wizard yields and their ability to motivate our warriors and adapt to the needs of the evolving battlefield, have been covered in recent months and indeed days. But should we be fortunate to prevail against an attractive but surmountable Derby side and the challenge beyond; what will become of us?
Hull and Palarse have not spent wildly. Palarse were a mess at the beginning of the season with Wurzel seemingly unable to have enough capable but otherwise unremarkable players available to him. But now the formerly dour man from the potteries is establishing a somewhat dashing air about him, given the reigns of our 'friends' up the 23. Where fawning pundits laud his achievements, which are indeed adding a dull shine to the stool he inherited; a self belief has emerged that they can crawl from the gutters and actually ride their Yo Yo for a time at least. But the string will surely break as the weight of the Capital pulls too heavily on those who have never quite belonged.
That human pudding of a man, Steve Bruce, has quietly established the Tigers or i should say Hull City FC, as next seasons relegation fodder; which is an achievement in itself based on the evidence of last season's strong but silent performances. The next Stoke? Or a return to more familiar surroundings is more likely.
Cardiff another team victim of an identity crisis have imploded in a chairman led pantomime of Alladinic proportions but with no genie to rescue them. The chances of our Tony becoming a villain of Tan(nic) proportions are thankfully remote, perhaps with our location a Pantomime Dame is as likely. A lesson for all those who would spend other people's money, It's BEHIND YOU...
And if we get to the land of milk and honey? If there was good time to go up, then this is it. The squad is about to need a large overhaul, rather than the gentle manoeuvring of the last few seasons. Contracts are expiring and as usual quality players may look elsewhere should we fail to make the leap. The core is going to need replacing. Better to buy (sensibly) with the need upon us, than hedge our bets with short term measures that may not be 'Premiership ready'. But this will only be possible with the money from promotion. Prudence and contract issues will not be wholly solved by promotion but a position of power is easier to ease negations than one of expectation. If we remain banging on the door but still left waiting on the doorstep, then careful consideration needs to be given to building a team which is capable. The holes left by a probable goalkeeping departure and an ageing defence are not going to necessarily attract quality replacements, if we remain where we are. That is not to say wild expenditure is the key. Leicester tried it and so did Cardiff previously with a host of others. You need a team. Leicester are a prime example of underachieving with a sizable outlay, only to discover that they need to play football, not just pay wages. Burnley and others are an example to what achieved.
I'm not sure there is a bad time for success. We have bemoaned our luck previously but perhaps realise that we make our own. Last season's derby encounter is now this season's Derby encounter. We can beat them. We can beat anyone.
Quality post
[quote][p][bold]fairweathersupporter[/bold] wrote: As the dawn of the unlikely battle is nearly upon us, it perhaps time to reflect on the issues which surround it. The views on the head coach's lucky V-neck pullover, the power that his Welsh wizard yields and their ability to motivate our warriors and adapt to the needs of the evolving battlefield, have been covered in recent months and indeed days. But should we be fortunate to prevail against an attractive but surmountable Derby side and the challenge beyond; what will become of us? Hull and Palarse have not spent wildly. Palarse were a mess at the beginning of the season with Wurzel seemingly unable to have enough capable but otherwise unremarkable players available to him. But now the formerly dour man from the potteries is establishing a somewhat dashing air about him, given the reigns of our 'friends' up the 23. Where fawning pundits laud his achievements, which are indeed adding a dull shine to the stool he inherited; a self belief has emerged that they can crawl from the gutters and actually ride their Yo Yo for a time at least. But the string will surely break as the weight of the Capital pulls too heavily on those who have never quite belonged. That human pudding of a man, Steve Bruce, has quietly established the Tigers or i should say Hull City FC, as next seasons relegation fodder; which is an achievement in itself based on the evidence of last season's strong but silent performances. The next Stoke? Or a return to more familiar surroundings is more likely. Cardiff another team victim of an identity crisis have imploded in a chairman led pantomime of Alladinic proportions but with no genie to rescue them. The chances of our Tony becoming a villain of Tan(nic) proportions are thankfully remote, perhaps with our location a Pantomime Dame is as likely. A lesson for all those who would spend other people's money, It's BEHIND YOU... And if we get to the land of milk and honey? If there was good time to go up, then this is it. The squad is about to need a large overhaul, rather than the gentle manoeuvring of the last few seasons. Contracts are expiring and as usual quality players may look elsewhere should we fail to make the leap. The core is going to need replacing. Better to buy (sensibly) with the need upon us, than hedge our bets with short term measures that may not be 'Premiership ready'. But this will only be possible with the money from promotion. Prudence and contract issues will not be wholly solved by promotion but a position of power is easier to ease negations than one of expectation. If we remain banging on the door but still left waiting on the doorstep, then careful consideration needs to be given to building a team which is capable. The holes left by a probable goalkeeping departure and an ageing defence are not going to necessarily attract quality replacements, if we remain where we are. That is not to say wild expenditure is the key. Leicester tried it and so did Cardiff previously with a host of others. You need a team. Leicester are a prime example of underachieving with a sizable outlay, only to discover that they need to play football, not just pay wages. Burnley and others are an example to what achieved. I'm not sure there is a bad time for success. We have bemoaned our luck previously but perhaps realise that we make our own. Last season's derby encounter is now this season's Derby encounter. We can beat them. We can beat anyone.[/p][/quote]Quality post OldGull
  • Score: 0

5:38pm Wed 7 May 14

Free money says...

mark by the sea wrote:
cullipmyhero wrote:
Think we have a chance.
It does depend on what sort of team Oscar picks though, and obviously who's fit.
A team with Stephens and Ince in the middle is better than that of Andrews and JFC in my opinion, however fitness will dictate this. The way we tackled hard against Forest saved us abit in that first half, as we just weren't in the races. Ince IMO is a superb ball winner, and doesn't give the silly fouls away like Andrews. Great aerial too.
I think the game tomorrow could be won in midfield, and Derby are fast, strong and counter superbly here.
Jesse's been a bit hit n miss too, what is everybody's opinion on here for a CMS start, two up front?
I wonder if the rumour regarding Jessie being a guaranteed starter continues to the play offs! He has been hit and miss, but cms has not played more than 30 minutes, I would play ince instead of jfc , try and keep in the game till the 62 minute and release lua lua , followed by cms on 75 minutes..
Pity about Stephens ... I heard augustin was training with the youth team ?
And has failed to turn up , missed training etc... Another player trying to get paid up and move on to another club.
Agustien is a vile person on and off the field.
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cullipmyhero[/bold] wrote: Think we have a chance. It does depend on what sort of team Oscar picks though, and obviously who's fit. A team with Stephens and Ince in the middle is better than that of Andrews and JFC in my opinion, however fitness will dictate this. The way we tackled hard against Forest saved us abit in that first half, as we just weren't in the races. Ince IMO is a superb ball winner, and doesn't give the silly fouls away like Andrews. Great aerial too. I think the game tomorrow could be won in midfield, and Derby are fast, strong and counter superbly here. Jesse's been a bit hit n miss too, what is everybody's opinion on here for a CMS start, two up front?[/p][/quote]I wonder if the rumour regarding Jessie being a guaranteed starter continues to the play offs! He has been hit and miss, but cms has not played more than 30 minutes, I would play ince instead of jfc , try and keep in the game till the 62 minute and release lua lua , followed by cms on 75 minutes.. Pity about Stephens ... I heard augustin was training with the youth team ? And has failed to turn up , missed training etc... Another player trying to get paid up and move on to another club.[/p][/quote]Agustien is a vile person on and off the field. Free money
  • Score: 0

6:05pm Wed 7 May 14

WisdomSpeaks says...

albionbloke wrote:
Love your optimism Leo. A brace from you tomorrow will help bring us one step closer to your dream!
UTA
Fabulous Leo - that's why we love you! Big Man! As the great Harry Palmer said,

"Your beliefs create your reality. What you believe is what you create. And if you believe that - you will - and if you don't - you won't . Which still makes the first statement true - your beliefs create your reality" !!!

UTA!!!!
[quote][p][bold]albionbloke[/bold] wrote: Love your optimism Leo. A brace from you tomorrow will help bring us one step closer to your dream! UTA[/p][/quote]Fabulous Leo - that's why we love you! Big Man! As the great Harry Palmer said, "Your beliefs create your reality. What you believe is what you create. And if you believe that - you will - and if you don't - you won't . Which still makes the first statement true - your beliefs create your reality" !!! UTA!!!! WisdomSpeaks
  • Score: -1

8:10pm Wed 7 May 14

VegasSeagull says...

I don't know about any of you guys but I am finding it hard to settle on a firm idea of our upcoming match. I can think of valid reasons why we should win this match, but then I come up with why we might not.
Derby's defense is not as good as it could be, so for that reason our strike force should cash in, but then it's true to say that our strike force has failed to cash in when we thought they would.
Derby have scored a lot of goals but not against the division's top teams, we have proven back five, but we lack some pace at the back, Derby have some swift footed attacking players.
My heart is telling me that we will win this game by a couple of goals, my head isn't so sure. Part of me thinks that Derby will come looking for a point, but Derby don't play that way, they attack and seem to have the idea, yeah you might score one, but we will get two.

In truth I guess I am rather nervous about this first leg, I won't be come the second leg as we wll know how we stand, I can't wait for friday morning to come. I think that this is the first game this year where I have not had a firm opinion as to how the game will pan out, I have been wrong, but at least I knew what I thought, I just can't get my head around this one.
I don't know about any of you guys but I am finding it hard to settle on a firm idea of our upcoming match. I can think of valid reasons why we should win this match, but then I come up with why we might not. Derby's defense is not as good as it could be, so for that reason our strike force should cash in, but then it's true to say that our strike force has failed to cash in when we thought they would. Derby have scored a lot of goals but not against the division's top teams, we have proven back five, but we lack some pace at the back, Derby have some swift footed attacking players. My heart is telling me that we will win this game by a couple of goals, my head isn't so sure. Part of me thinks that Derby will come looking for a point, but Derby don't play that way, they attack and seem to have the idea, yeah you might score one, but we will get two. In truth I guess I am rather nervous about this first leg, I won't be come the second leg as we wll know how we stand, I can't wait for friday morning to come. I think that this is the first game this year where I have not had a firm opinion as to how the game will pan out, I have been wrong, but at least I knew what I thought, I just can't get my head around this one. VegasSeagull
  • Score: -4

8:49pm Wed 7 May 14

ringtone says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
I don't know about any of you guys but I am finding it hard to settle on a firm idea of our upcoming match. I can think of valid reasons why we should win this match, but then I come up with why we might not.
Derby's defense is not as good as it could be, so for that reason our strike force should cash in, but then it's true to say that our strike force has failed to cash in when we thought they would.
Derby have scored a lot of goals but not against the division's top teams, we have proven back five, but we lack some pace at the back, Derby have some swift footed attacking players.
My heart is telling me that we will win this game by a couple of goals, my head isn't so sure. Part of me thinks that Derby will come looking for a point, but Derby don't play that way, they attack and seem to have the idea, yeah you might score one, but we will get two.

In truth I guess I am rather nervous about this first leg, I won't be come the second leg as we wll know how we stand, I can't wait for friday morning to come. I think that this is the first game this year where I have not had a firm opinion as to how the game will pan out, I have been wrong, but at least I knew what I thought, I just can't get my head around this one.
Vegas.

You cant apply cold hard logic to football, what about passion and intuition, this is why you reject the law of averages which is an accepted fundamental of our great game.

I can tell you have never played football and are using the skills that have made you successful in your chosen career to appear knowledgeable, but i am afraid there is no crossover.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: I don't know about any of you guys but I am finding it hard to settle on a firm idea of our upcoming match. I can think of valid reasons why we should win this match, but then I come up with why we might not. Derby's defense is not as good as it could be, so for that reason our strike force should cash in, but then it's true to say that our strike force has failed to cash in when we thought they would. Derby have scored a lot of goals but not against the division's top teams, we have proven back five, but we lack some pace at the back, Derby have some swift footed attacking players. My heart is telling me that we will win this game by a couple of goals, my head isn't so sure. Part of me thinks that Derby will come looking for a point, but Derby don't play that way, they attack and seem to have the idea, yeah you might score one, but we will get two. In truth I guess I am rather nervous about this first leg, I won't be come the second leg as we wll know how we stand, I can't wait for friday morning to come. I think that this is the first game this year where I have not had a firm opinion as to how the game will pan out, I have been wrong, but at least I knew what I thought, I just can't get my head around this one.[/p][/quote]Vegas. You cant apply cold hard logic to football, what about passion and intuition, this is why you reject the law of averages which is an accepted fundamental of our great game. I can tell you have never played football and are using the skills that have made you successful in your chosen career to appear knowledgeable, but i am afraid there is no crossover. ringtone
  • Score: 0

11:39am Thu 8 May 14

Captain Haddock says...

fairweathersupporter wrote:
As the dawn of the unlikely battle is nearly upon us, it perhaps time to reflect on the issues which surround it. The views on the head coach's lucky V-neck pullover, the power that his Welsh wizard yields and their ability to motivate our warriors and adapt to the needs of the evolving battlefield, have been covered in recent months and indeed days. But should we be fortunate to prevail against an attractive but surmountable Derby side and the challenge beyond; what will become of us?
Hull and Palarse have not spent wildly. Palarse were a mess at the beginning of the season with Wurzel seemingly unable to have enough capable but otherwise unremarkable players available to him. But now the formerly dour man from the potteries is establishing a somewhat dashing air about him, given the reigns of our 'friends' up the 23. Where fawning pundits laud his achievements, which are indeed adding a dull shine to the stool he inherited; a self belief has emerged that they can crawl from the gutters and actually ride their Yo Yo for a time at least. But the string will surely break as the weight of the Capital pulls too heavily on those who have never quite belonged.
That human pudding of a man, Steve Bruce, has quietly established the Tigers or i should say Hull City FC, as next seasons relegation fodder; which is an achievement in itself based on the evidence of last season's strong but silent performances. The next Stoke? Or a return to more familiar surroundings is more likely.
Cardiff another team victim of an identity crisis have imploded in a chairman led pantomime of Alladinic proportions but with no genie to rescue them. The chances of our Tony becoming a villain of Tan(nic) proportions are thankfully remote, perhaps with our location a Pantomime Dame is as likely. A lesson for all those who would spend other people's money, It's BEHIND YOU...
And if we get to the land of milk and honey? If there was good time to go up, then this is it. The squad is about to need a large overhaul, rather than the gentle manoeuvring of the last few seasons. Contracts are expiring and as usual quality players may look elsewhere should we fail to make the leap. The core is going to need replacing. Better to buy (sensibly) with the need upon us, than hedge our bets with short term measures that may not be 'Premiership ready'. But this will only be possible with the money from promotion. Prudence and contract issues will not be wholly solved by promotion but a position of power is easier to ease negations than one of expectation. If we remain banging on the door but still left waiting on the doorstep, then careful consideration needs to be given to building a team which is capable. The holes left by a probable goalkeeping departure and an ageing defence are not going to necessarily attract quality replacements, if we remain where we are. That is not to say wild expenditure is the key. Leicester tried it and so did Cardiff previously with a host of others. You need a team. Leicester are a prime example of underachieving with a sizable outlay, only to discover that they need to play football, not just pay wages. Burnley and others are an example to what achieved.
I'm not sure there is a bad time for success. We have bemoaned our luck previously but perhaps realise that we make our own. Last season's derby encounter is now this season's Derby encounter. We can beat them. We can beat anyone.
Quality as always, chap....assuming you are a chap, of course!

I especially liked this little 'nugget', for want of a better word:

"....adding a dull shine to the stool he inherited."
[quote][p][bold]fairweathersupporter[/bold] wrote: As the dawn of the unlikely battle is nearly upon us, it perhaps time to reflect on the issues which surround it. The views on the head coach's lucky V-neck pullover, the power that his Welsh wizard yields and their ability to motivate our warriors and adapt to the needs of the evolving battlefield, have been covered in recent months and indeed days. But should we be fortunate to prevail against an attractive but surmountable Derby side and the challenge beyond; what will become of us? Hull and Palarse have not spent wildly. Palarse were a mess at the beginning of the season with Wurzel seemingly unable to have enough capable but otherwise unremarkable players available to him. But now the formerly dour man from the potteries is establishing a somewhat dashing air about him, given the reigns of our 'friends' up the 23. Where fawning pundits laud his achievements, which are indeed adding a dull shine to the stool he inherited; a self belief has emerged that they can crawl from the gutters and actually ride their Yo Yo for a time at least. But the string will surely break as the weight of the Capital pulls too heavily on those who have never quite belonged. That human pudding of a man, Steve Bruce, has quietly established the Tigers or i should say Hull City FC, as next seasons relegation fodder; which is an achievement in itself based on the evidence of last season's strong but silent performances. The next Stoke? Or a return to more familiar surroundings is more likely. Cardiff another team victim of an identity crisis have imploded in a chairman led pantomime of Alladinic proportions but with no genie to rescue them. The chances of our Tony becoming a villain of Tan(nic) proportions are thankfully remote, perhaps with our location a Pantomime Dame is as likely. A lesson for all those who would spend other people's money, It's BEHIND YOU... And if we get to the land of milk and honey? If there was good time to go up, then this is it. The squad is about to need a large overhaul, rather than the gentle manoeuvring of the last few seasons. Contracts are expiring and as usual quality players may look elsewhere should we fail to make the leap. The core is going to need replacing. Better to buy (sensibly) with the need upon us, than hedge our bets with short term measures that may not be 'Premiership ready'. But this will only be possible with the money from promotion. Prudence and contract issues will not be wholly solved by promotion but a position of power is easier to ease negations than one of expectation. If we remain banging on the door but still left waiting on the doorstep, then careful consideration needs to be given to building a team which is capable. The holes left by a probable goalkeeping departure and an ageing defence are not going to necessarily attract quality replacements, if we remain where we are. That is not to say wild expenditure is the key. Leicester tried it and so did Cardiff previously with a host of others. You need a team. Leicester are a prime example of underachieving with a sizable outlay, only to discover that they need to play football, not just pay wages. Burnley and others are an example to what achieved. I'm not sure there is a bad time for success. We have bemoaned our luck previously but perhaps realise that we make our own. Last season's derby encounter is now this season's Derby encounter. We can beat them. We can beat anyone.[/p][/quote]Quality as always, chap....assuming you are a chap, of course! I especially liked this little 'nugget', for want of a better word: "....adding a dull shine to the stool he inherited." Captain Haddock
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