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Yes, the prices are ridiculous. Television and the Champions League have ruined it for most clubs, WBA included. The most serious issue is that this money is so remote from the working men who support the clubs, but we are no longer the clubs’ core customers : the TV companies are their core customers. Don’t expect to see a level playing-field anytime soon.
Blimey. Almost a positive post on here. Makes me want to contribute. I remember the Leeds Goodman goal. But if you’re asking about the best atmosphere at the Hawthorns, that’s easy. That was the day Sir Gary Megson took us up into the Promised Land after years in the Wilderness. Of course it was better still because we pipped Wolves. You just know two things go together : Igor Balis and the penalty at Bradford, and 2-0 at home against Palace. We’ve rarely had leaders on the pitch like Derek McInnes.
Desperately disappointing after that mid-season surge. Completely underwhelming. There are huge problems because expensive signings in Chadli and Livermore have impressed initially only to get sucked into the Albion way once they were established . . . . and so they became very ordinary. My word we’ve missed Phillips these last two months, because he played a big part in that mid-season splendour. There needs to be a clear-out. Morrison has been a great servant but we need to do better now. Fletcher is a spent force. McLean puts in a shift, but when did he last score or create a goal?
Same as last year, when we should have had two nailed-on penalties against this lot. Rondon was clearly taken out. Mind you, who have we got who can take a penalty and score? Fletcher had been poor for some time, so I was glad to see him rested. And with Phillips out injured, I felt the starting XI was pretty good.
The trouble with the youngsters is he’ll point to Leko against Palace and say he doesn’t want a repeat. But I agree that with points in the bag there is something to be said for starting a game with two out-and-out forwards.
I’ve said it before. 40+ points syndrome.
I think we’ve got the same affliction as last year. We’ve masked it with a couple of decent games, but basically we’ve got 40+ Points Disease. Flat is the word, indeed.
Were you watching the game? Round me everyone was voting for Chadli to be first off!
The calm defender is Evans!
Why do folk wish him well? I certainly don’t. He turned his nose up at the very people who nurtured him and behaved like a total spoilt brat with issues with his partying, his waistline and his driving. He will not succeed in life.
A sound display. Should also have had a penalty when Billy Jones – why was he ever a favourite down the shrine? – pulled Rondon around, but this was a typical Rondon game – OK with his head, pity Phillips got in the way, but not so good on the footwork front. I’m worried that Dawson will get found out at right-centre-half, because he’s not as comfortable on the ball as GMac.
It’s a banana-skin game, but these days we tend not to slip up on banana-skins. In TP we trust, but it is important that he puts out a strong team.
I know HRK hadn’t had much game-time till now, but the minutes he had had, he’d put himself about OK, so good luck to him and well done, and well done to TP to clocking that Rondon was off the pace in training. Happy New Year.
I dispute that Watford played well, unless you want to judge them as a rugby team. That maul and ruckus at the end could have been avoided if the ref had controlled Watford’s defenders earlier. But take nothing away from another composed performance from the Albion. It’s wonderful the way we’ve been playing since Brunt and Morrison came back.
Ronnies OK claims he’s TP’s biggest critic. Now geirwba wants the title of worst critical. There’s only one way to settle that : FIGHT. (With apologies to Harry Hill)
It was a vital win, because we’d be in the bottom 4 if we’d lost. I agree McAuley and Evans were good, but this game showed what we’ve known for a long time : James Morrison is very important to this club. How we had missed him for eight months!
Mullered : definition : beaten by a goal from within the six-yard box scored by a German named Gerhard.
Despite your encouraging report I am in the camp of those who believe we could and should have beaten Sunderland, because 1) they were on their knees through August and September, 2) to be fair they are probably in our “mini-league” where we must score highly, 3) the players were disappointed we didn’t win, and 4) our prospects over the rest of October are gloomy.
I am left feeling nervous. The good news is that we had 11 interested players on the pitch, not 10 plus SB, and we did not need to summon Gardner from the bench. The bad news is that was really a 2-2 draw plus a couple of freebies courtesy of signings by West Ham of the sort we don’t make. Nice to see goals from open play, but a position 8th in the table flatters us enormously. I agree with Northwich on Galloway getting the ball first.
Looks like the days of short sharp crisp comment are gone. It’s more fun watching paint dry than reading War & Peace on here (no pun intended).