Albion duo doubts for Derby return

Will Buckley (left) and former Charlton midfielder Dale Stephens (far right)

Will Buckley (left) and former Charlton midfielder Dale Stephens (far right)

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Albion have two fresh injury worries for Sunday's second leg of the play-offs at Derby.

Winger Will Buckley and player of the season Matt Upson are both struggling for the trip to the iPro Stadium.

Buckley was replaced by Kazenga LuaLua at half-time in last night's 2-1 defeat at the Amex. The right winger suffered a further recurrence of the hamstring trouble which has plagued him all season.

Veteran centre-half Upson has been playing with an ankle problem since the latter stages of the season.

Head coach Oscar Garcia told The Argus: "Will felt his hamstring a little bit and we have to wait and see. At this moment we don't know if he will be available.

"The medical department is working hard with him to try to find the right solution.

"Matt finished the game with pain but it's another case that we have to wait and see. If not Dunky (Lewis Dunk) will play."

Albion will still be without midfielder Dale Stephens (ankle ligaments) and probably Bruno as well (groin).

Oscar said of his first choice right-back: "It will be difficult. We have to wait and see in these two days how he can manage the injury. Dale is out."

The Seagulls are heading back to St George's Park today, where they have prepared for two away matches already this season.

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11:11am Fri 9 May 14

Singing Seagull, Indonesia says...

I don't see these as major problems and in fact could be helpful in some ways.

Whilst anyone would want Upson in their starting line up, Dunk is a ready replacement and can add some pace to an ageing back four.

Again, a fit Buckley would be a must, but regrettably he seems to be a permanent injury list candidate now and I fear we won't even be able to sell him at a premium now. But Solly re-injected pace on the right wing when he came on last night and a starting place gives him an opportunity to really establish himself in that position and make a name for himself. We all know he is capable of taking on defenders and is not afraid to shoot when he gets sight of goal.

So, two ready replacements for the injured. But, more importantly, will OG tinker with the line up and replace JFC with Ince? In view of the significance of the game and the potential reward I we can get this right I would like to think so, but his loyalty to some players sometimes leaves many scratching their heads.

Oscar, I DO believe that we can turn this around and win the away leg, but only if we start like we did last night and keep it going until we have a cushion bigger than a one goal lead to defend.

Belief is key, coupled with some luck and maybe a referee who sees everything and is strong enough to make a decision!

Come on The Albion. We can do this. We are at least the equal of Derby and we owe them a bloody nose. Three defeats, any of which could have been victories, it's our turn now!

UTA!!!
I don't see these as major problems and in fact could be helpful in some ways. Whilst anyone would want Upson in their starting line up, Dunk is a ready replacement and can add some pace to an ageing back four. Again, a fit Buckley would be a must, but regrettably he seems to be a permanent injury list candidate now and I fear we won't even be able to sell him at a premium now. But Solly re-injected pace on the right wing when he came on last night and a starting place gives him an opportunity to really establish himself in that position and make a name for himself. We all know he is capable of taking on defenders and is not afraid to shoot when he gets sight of goal. So, two ready replacements for the injured. But, more importantly, will OG tinker with the line up and replace JFC with Ince? In view of the significance of the game and the potential reward I we can get this right I would like to think so, but his loyalty to some players sometimes leaves many scratching their heads. Oscar, I DO believe that we can turn this around and win the away leg, but only if we start like we did last night and keep it going until we have a cushion bigger than a one goal lead to defend. Belief is key, coupled with some luck and maybe a referee who sees everything and is strong enough to make a decision! Come on The Albion. We can do this. We are at least the equal of Derby and we owe them a bloody nose. Three defeats, any of which could have been victories, it's our turn now! UTA!!! Singing Seagull, Indonesia
  • Score: 30

11:39am Fri 9 May 14

JeffLomer says...

We all new Buckley would be out I thought Upson looked like he was lnjured, Dunk be ldeal replacement, maybe solly march or put Jesse out wide and CMS alongside Leo, don't think he will start kaz!!

Up the Albion!!!
We all new Buckley would be out I thought Upson looked like he was lnjured, Dunk be ldeal replacement, maybe solly march or put Jesse out wide and CMS alongside Leo, don't think he will start kaz!! Up the Albion!!! JeffLomer
  • Score: 3

11:43am Fri 9 May 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

Derby are a good side but beatable. We just have to believe.
With our away support we can do this. UTA
Derby are a good side but beatable. We just have to believe. With our away support we can do this. UTA Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 5

11:55am Fri 9 May 14

Jules boy says...

Have to start with Kaz, his pace will earn a couple of yellow cards first half.
Have to start with Kaz, his pace will earn a couple of yellow cards first half. Jules boy
  • Score: 0

12:09pm Fri 9 May 14

ian@cotter says...

Sorry does`nt matter who plays as the game is lost.
Sorry does`nt matter who plays as the game is lost. ian@cotter
  • Score: -42

12:23pm Fri 9 May 14

gburbs says...

ian@cotter wrote:
Sorry does`nt matter who plays as the game is lost.
You miserable git.
[quote][p][bold]ian@cotter[/bold] wrote: Sorry does`nt matter who plays as the game is lost.[/p][/quote]You miserable git. gburbs
  • Score: 23

12:24pm Fri 9 May 14

VegasSeagull says...

I don't know if you guys watching the match on TV in the UK had the same commentators that I had over hear, but I think what they were saying this side of the pond was pretty accurate.

During the first twenty minutes they thought that Derby were being shut out of the game and had praise for Ulloa, Calde and Buckley.
When Lingard scored they thought his goal reflected our domination up to that point.
They said that Ulloa was going down too easily, making it hard for the ref to award him a penealty. They both agreed Calde should have won his appeal when clearly tripped, the replay made it clear.
They referred to our, 'three aging defenders,' telling of their ages and how their experience will have to make up for the evident lack of pace.
They commented on the, 'gifted,' wayward passes we made, Andrews and JFC the main culprits. They picked out Calde as being a constant danger to Derby, despite his age. They thought that JFC's lack of experince was showing as the first half progressed. They said that Orlandi was showing some nice moves but not consistently enough to be affective. When we went in 1-2 down at half time they generally thought that we had been unlucky in parts of our game but not good enough in other parts.

Two commentators that would not have seen Brighton play this season, in fact have probably never seen us play, but our weaknesses were very obvious to them, they said what many fans have been saying all season. If the short comings of our game are so crystal clear to two first time observers, then it must be impossible for the management of our club not to also know, changes for next season, if we lose out, are a must.

My own personal opinion, we played well for half an hour, went off the boil for the last fifteen minutes of the first half. We should have got a penalty when Calde was tripped. Derby's second goal very unfortunate in the way it came about. The second half went pretty much the way of the first, we were always in the game and but for their keeper, we could have gone to the second leg even or maybe a goal up. Had the ref given Calde his penalty, the whole match could have been very different.
I don't know if you guys watching the match on TV in the UK had the same commentators that I had over hear, but I think what they were saying this side of the pond was pretty accurate. During the first twenty minutes they thought that Derby were being shut out of the game and had praise for Ulloa, Calde and Buckley. When Lingard scored they thought his goal reflected our domination up to that point. They said that Ulloa was going down too easily, making it hard for the ref to award him a penealty. They both agreed Calde should have won his appeal when clearly tripped, the replay made it clear. They referred to our, 'three aging defenders,' telling of their ages and how their experience will have to make up for the evident lack of pace. They commented on the, 'gifted,' wayward passes we made, Andrews and JFC the main culprits. They picked out Calde as being a constant danger to Derby, despite his age. They thought that JFC's lack of experince was showing as the first half progressed. They said that Orlandi was showing some nice moves but not consistently enough to be affective. When we went in 1-2 down at half time they generally thought that we had been unlucky in parts of our game but not good enough in other parts. Two commentators that would not have seen Brighton play this season, in fact have probably never seen us play, but our weaknesses were very obvious to them, they said what many fans have been saying all season. If the short comings of our game are so crystal clear to two first time observers, then it must be impossible for the management of our club not to also know, changes for next season, if we lose out, are a must. My own personal opinion, we played well for half an hour, went off the boil for the last fifteen minutes of the first half. We should have got a penalty when Calde was tripped. Derby's second goal very unfortunate in the way it came about. The second half went pretty much the way of the first, we were always in the game and but for their keeper, we could have gone to the second leg even or maybe a goal up. Had the ref given Calde his penalty, the whole match could have been very different. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 29

1:04pm Fri 9 May 14

DuncanThickett says...

There's a saying about excelling in adversity....we're still in this - despite Derby fans' premature celebrations.
There's a saying about excelling in adversity....we're still in this - despite Derby fans' premature celebrations. DuncanThickett
  • Score: 6

1:13pm Fri 9 May 14

jockithenoo says...

Derby head twelve men on the park
Enough said.
UTA WE ARE STILL IN IT
Derby head twelve men on the park Enough said. UTA WE ARE STILL IN IT jockithenoo
  • Score: 5

1:14pm Fri 9 May 14

jockithenoo says...

jockithenoo wrote:
Derby head twelve men on the park
Enough said.
UTA WE ARE STILL IN IT
Doh! !!!! Had
UTA
[quote][p][bold]jockithenoo[/bold] wrote: Derby head twelve men on the park Enough said. UTA WE ARE STILL IN IT[/p][/quote]Doh! !!!! Had UTA jockithenoo
  • Score: 0

1:28pm Fri 9 May 14

Far gull says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
I don't know if you guys watching the match on TV in the UK had the same commentators that I had over hear, but I think what they were saying this side of the pond was pretty accurate.

During the first twenty minutes they thought that Derby were being shut out of the game and had praise for Ulloa, Calde and Buckley.
When Lingard scored they thought his goal reflected our domination up to that point.
They said that Ulloa was going down too easily, making it hard for the ref to award him a penealty. They both agreed Calde should have won his appeal when clearly tripped, the replay made it clear.
They referred to our, 'three aging defenders,' telling of their ages and how their experience will have to make up for the evident lack of pace.
They commented on the, 'gifted,' wayward passes we made, Andrews and JFC the main culprits. They picked out Calde as being a constant danger to Derby, despite his age. They thought that JFC's lack of experince was showing as the first half progressed. They said that Orlandi was showing some nice moves but not consistently enough to be affective. When we went in 1-2 down at half time they generally thought that we had been unlucky in parts of our game but not good enough in other parts.

Two commentators that would not have seen Brighton play this season, in fact have probably never seen us play, but our weaknesses were very obvious to them, they said what many fans have been saying all season. If the short comings of our game are so crystal clear to two first time observers, then it must be impossible for the management of our club not to also know, changes for next season, if we lose out, are a must.

My own personal opinion, we played well for half an hour, went off the boil for the last fifteen minutes of the first half. We should have got a penalty when Calde was tripped. Derby's second goal very unfortunate in the way it came about. The second half went pretty much the way of the first, we were always in the game and but for their keeper, we could have gone to the second leg even or maybe a goal up. Had the ref given Calde his penalty, the whole match could have been very different.
The rub is it would be handy to get promotion to then have some money for Oscar to make improvements. This management lark very tricky ;-).
We all see the failings but i firmly believe that we have been counted out all season and in spite of me and many being guilty of writing us off we have prevailed,may that continue ?
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: I don't know if you guys watching the match on TV in the UK had the same commentators that I had over hear, but I think what they were saying this side of the pond was pretty accurate. During the first twenty minutes they thought that Derby were being shut out of the game and had praise for Ulloa, Calde and Buckley. When Lingard scored they thought his goal reflected our domination up to that point. They said that Ulloa was going down too easily, making it hard for the ref to award him a penealty. They both agreed Calde should have won his appeal when clearly tripped, the replay made it clear. They referred to our, 'three aging defenders,' telling of their ages and how their experience will have to make up for the evident lack of pace. They commented on the, 'gifted,' wayward passes we made, Andrews and JFC the main culprits. They picked out Calde as being a constant danger to Derby, despite his age. They thought that JFC's lack of experince was showing as the first half progressed. They said that Orlandi was showing some nice moves but not consistently enough to be affective. When we went in 1-2 down at half time they generally thought that we had been unlucky in parts of our game but not good enough in other parts. Two commentators that would not have seen Brighton play this season, in fact have probably never seen us play, but our weaknesses were very obvious to them, they said what many fans have been saying all season. If the short comings of our game are so crystal clear to two first time observers, then it must be impossible for the management of our club not to also know, changes for next season, if we lose out, are a must. My own personal opinion, we played well for half an hour, went off the boil for the last fifteen minutes of the first half. We should have got a penalty when Calde was tripped. Derby's second goal very unfortunate in the way it came about. The second half went pretty much the way of the first, we were always in the game and but for their keeper, we could have gone to the second leg even or maybe a goal up. Had the ref given Calde his penalty, the whole match could have been very different.[/p][/quote]The rub is it would be handy to get promotion to then have some money for Oscar to make improvements. This management lark very tricky ;-). We all see the failings but i firmly believe that we have been counted out all season and in spite of me and many being guilty of writing us off we have prevailed,may that continue ? Far gull
  • Score: 1

2:16pm Fri 9 May 14

Uckfield Seagull says...

More than happy to have Calderon and Dunk in my back four, Upson been superb but if not fit cannot play, as has been said with Buckley, too injury prone, great player but too bigger risk, we need to go to Derby and attack with real pace, I hope that March, CMS and Lua Lua all play, with Andrews and Ince patrolling the middle.

I just feel that KFC is not quite upto it at the moment, still think another season on loan in league 1 will do him the world of good, Ince for KFC is surely a no brainer
More than happy to have Calderon and Dunk in my back four, Upson been superb but if not fit cannot play, as has been said with Buckley, too injury prone, great player but too bigger risk, we need to go to Derby and attack with real pace, I hope that March, CMS and Lua Lua all play, with Andrews and Ince patrolling the middle. I just feel that KFC is not quite upto it at the moment, still think another season on loan in league 1 will do him the world of good, Ince for KFC is surely a no brainer Uckfield Seagull
  • Score: 7

3:44pm Fri 9 May 14

Free money says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
I don't know if you guys watching the match on TV in the UK had the same commentators that I had over hear, but I think what they were saying this side of the pond was pretty accurate.

During the first twenty minutes they thought that Derby were being shut out of the game and had praise for Ulloa, Calde and Buckley.
When Lingard scored they thought his goal reflected our domination up to that point.
They said that Ulloa was going down too easily, making it hard for the ref to award him a penealty. They both agreed Calde should have won his appeal when clearly tripped, the replay made it clear.
They referred to our, 'three aging defenders,' telling of their ages and how their experience will have to make up for the evident lack of pace.
They commented on the, 'gifted,' wayward passes we made, Andrews and JFC the main culprits. They picked out Calde as being a constant danger to Derby, despite his age. They thought that JFC's lack of experince was showing as the first half progressed. They said that Orlandi was showing some nice moves but not consistently enough to be affective. When we went in 1-2 down at half time they generally thought that we had been unlucky in parts of our game but not good enough in other parts.

Two commentators that would not have seen Brighton play this season, in fact have probably never seen us play, but our weaknesses were very obvious to them, they said what many fans have been saying all season. If the short comings of our game are so crystal clear to two first time observers, then it must be impossible for the management of our club not to also know, changes for next season, if we lose out, are a must.

My own personal opinion, we played well for half an hour, went off the boil for the last fifteen minutes of the first half. We should have got a penalty when Calde was tripped. Derby's second goal very unfortunate in the way it came about. The second half went pretty much the way of the first, we were always in the game and but for their keeper, we could have gone to the second leg even or maybe a goal up. Had the ref given Calde his penalty, the whole match could have been very different.
Very good point Vegas.The same thing every single person pointed out to me after the game.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: I don't know if you guys watching the match on TV in the UK had the same commentators that I had over hear, but I think what they were saying this side of the pond was pretty accurate. During the first twenty minutes they thought that Derby were being shut out of the game and had praise for Ulloa, Calde and Buckley. When Lingard scored they thought his goal reflected our domination up to that point. They said that Ulloa was going down too easily, making it hard for the ref to award him a penealty. They both agreed Calde should have won his appeal when clearly tripped, the replay made it clear. They referred to our, 'three aging defenders,' telling of their ages and how their experience will have to make up for the evident lack of pace. They commented on the, 'gifted,' wayward passes we made, Andrews and JFC the main culprits. They picked out Calde as being a constant danger to Derby, despite his age. They thought that JFC's lack of experince was showing as the first half progressed. They said that Orlandi was showing some nice moves but not consistently enough to be affective. When we went in 1-2 down at half time they generally thought that we had been unlucky in parts of our game but not good enough in other parts. Two commentators that would not have seen Brighton play this season, in fact have probably never seen us play, but our weaknesses were very obvious to them, they said what many fans have been saying all season. If the short comings of our game are so crystal clear to two first time observers, then it must be impossible for the management of our club not to also know, changes for next season, if we lose out, are a must. My own personal opinion, we played well for half an hour, went off the boil for the last fifteen minutes of the first half. We should have got a penalty when Calde was tripped. Derby's second goal very unfortunate in the way it came about. The second half went pretty much the way of the first, we were always in the game and but for their keeper, we could have gone to the second leg even or maybe a goal up. Had the ref given Calde his penalty, the whole match could have been very different.[/p][/quote]Very good point Vegas.The same thing every single person pointed out to me after the game. Free money
  • Score: -2

3:47pm Fri 9 May 14

Free money says...

gburbs wrote:
ian@cotter wrote:
Sorry does`nt matter who plays as the game is lost.
You miserable git.
Maybe but he could be correct.Small time little club that couldn't even sell that game out.
[quote][p][bold]gburbs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ian@cotter[/bold] wrote: Sorry does`nt matter who plays as the game is lost.[/p][/quote]You miserable git.[/p][/quote]Maybe but he could be correct.Small time little club that couldn't even sell that game out. Free money
  • Score: -14

3:52pm Fri 9 May 14

Free money says...

Buckley again lol haha.What a pure waste of money.It only has to look at a ball and its out with another injury.Still ok to go clubbing me thinks.We should have ripped palaces hand off and taken their money in Jan.
Buckley again lol haha.What a pure waste of money.It only has to look at a ball and its out with another injury.Still ok to go clubbing me thinks.We should have ripped palaces hand off and taken their money in Jan. Free money
  • Score: -15

4:01pm Fri 9 May 14

c.s.holmes says...

Joel'sGrandad wrote:
Derby are a good side but beatable. We just have to believe.
With our away support we can do this. UTA
Away support ??? How many returned tickets are there
[quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: Derby are a good side but beatable. We just have to believe. With our away support we can do this. UTA[/p][/quote]Away support ??? How many returned tickets are there c.s.holmes
  • Score: -7

6:22pm Fri 9 May 14

Ontheline says...

Free money wrote:
Buckley again lol haha.What a pure waste of money.It only has to look at a ball and its out with another injury.Still ok to go clubbing me thinks.We should have ripped palaces hand off and taken their money in Jan.
Yet again unsubstantiated facts! You are a complete idiot, get a life and try checking your wording before you post .
[quote][p][bold]Free money[/bold] wrote: Buckley again lol haha.What a pure waste of money.It only has to look at a ball and its out with another injury.Still ok to go clubbing me thinks.We should have ripped palaces hand off and taken their money in Jan.[/p][/quote]Yet again unsubstantiated facts! You are a complete idiot, get a life and try checking your wording before you post . Ontheline
  • Score: 2

8:09pm Fri 9 May 14

mickagull says...

c.s.holmes wrote:
Joel'sGrandad wrote:
Derby are a good side but beatable. We just have to believe.
With our away support we can do this. UTA
Away support ??? How many returned tickets are there
Returned tickets, are people mad, you wouldn't leave a game at half time if you were 1-0 down. would you ?
[quote][p][bold]c.s.holmes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: Derby are a good side but beatable. We just have to believe. With our away support we can do this. UTA[/p][/quote]Away support ??? How many returned tickets are there[/p][/quote]Returned tickets, are people mad, you wouldn't leave a game at half time if you were 1-0 down. would you ? mickagull
  • Score: 1

9:12pm Fri 9 May 14

tug509 says...

c.s.holmes wrote:
Joel'sGrandad wrote:
Derby are a good side but beatable. We just have to believe.
With our away support we can do this. UTA
Away support ??? How many returned tickets are there
If you had a clue what you were talking about,you would have known ,we sold our away allocation BEFORE you had bought yours for The Amex . ! UTA
[quote][p][bold]c.s.holmes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: Derby are a good side but beatable. We just have to believe. With our away support we can do this. UTA[/p][/quote]Away support ??? How many returned tickets are there[/p][/quote]If you had a clue what you were talking about,you would have known ,we sold our away allocation BEFORE you had bought yours for The Amex . ! UTA tug509
  • Score: 4

9:37pm Fri 9 May 14

Marky24 says...

Hoping to get a ticket myself 2moro after sum fickle fans gave theirs back up the albion! Ince in for jfc as he was out if his depth last night and cms in for lingard.2-0 brighton cms 94th min then celebrate with a latte in Starbucks outside the ground can't drink hav to drive home to sunny Arundel!
Hoping to get a ticket myself 2moro after sum fickle fans gave theirs back up the albion! Ince in for jfc as he was out if his depth last night and cms in for lingard.2-0 brighton cms 94th min then celebrate with a latte in Starbucks outside the ground can't drink hav to drive home to sunny Arundel! Marky24
  • Score: 0

11:56pm Fri 9 May 14

mark by the sea says...

Marky24 wrote:
Hoping to get a ticket myself 2moro after sum fickle fans gave theirs back up the albion! Ince in for jfc as he was out if his depth last night and cms in for lingard.2-0 brighton cms 94th min then celebrate with a latte in Starbucks outside the ground can't drink hav to drive home to sunny Arundel!
Why on earth have you got a thumbs down? Having watched the highlights, what does not show is the lack of movement by Albion players,
Is Buckley scared of doing his hamstrings?
Of the starting 11 , who can actually tackle? We have missed bridcutt and crofts, now miss Stephens .. Sadly I can't see any of last nights midfield getting a start next year,
[quote][p][bold]Marky24[/bold] wrote: Hoping to get a ticket myself 2moro after sum fickle fans gave theirs back up the albion! Ince in for jfc as he was out if his depth last night and cms in for lingard.2-0 brighton cms 94th min then celebrate with a latte in Starbucks outside the ground can't drink hav to drive home to sunny Arundel![/p][/quote]Why on earth have you got a thumbs down? Having watched the highlights, what does not show is the lack of movement by Albion players, Is Buckley scared of doing his hamstrings? Of the starting 11 , who can actually tackle? We have missed bridcutt and crofts, now miss Stephens .. Sadly I can't see any of last nights midfield getting a start next year, mark by the sea
  • Score: -3

12:01am Sat 10 May 14

OldGull says...

Anyone got an elephant gun?

A troll with loads of free money needs shooting
Anyone got an elephant gun? A troll with loads of free money needs shooting OldGull
  • Score: 4

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