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  1. Billy McGooligan
    December 22, 2011

    Another disappointing home result. WBA pissed on our offside trap – it’s a shame this wasn’t picked up on and dealt with.

    On a side note – and this isn’t an excuse for the defeat – I am sick to death of the inept refereeing performances we seem to be getting at the minute. Strangely, it seems to be since that “penalty” decision at Old Trafford… conspiracy theorists help yourselves to that one! I’m not actually saying they’ve got it in for us – two of yesterday’s more baffling decisions were corners awarded to us out of the blue; it’s a pity we weren’t able to capitalise on those gifts. One particularly frustrating element of the referee’s performance was his absolute 100% commitment to giving Demba Ba absolutely nowt. This, I believe, led to a wee bit of frustration getting the better of Ba who went chasing after the ball only for a foul to immediately be given against him. I’m quite surprised he didn’t twat the bald get. My memory may be slightly skewed, but I’m fairly sure they ended up scoring from the play built on that free kick… might be wrong on that though. Also – sorry – I don’t understand the referee’s call when we take a corner, Ba gets thoroughly molested and he orders a retake? He clearly give the WBA player wrong, and the ball had been played – so why’s that not a penalty? Anyhoo, me Prozac’s getting cold…

  2. Tim Dickens
    December 23, 2011

    I’m an Albion fan, and this is the first time I’ve seen your site’s tactical analysis of a game; I must say that it is superb!

    Intelligent, thoughtful and fairminded, I found this both illuminating and thought provoking.

    I wish that there was an Albion site that provided a similar level of analysis.

    Great job!

  3. ono45
    December 23, 2011

    Another good analysis, particularly agree with the comments on wing play. If this doesn’t improve soon I think Mr Pardew may have to change his stance on 4-4-2 with Ben Arfa on one side and Jonas on the other ideally in a 4-3-3. This would also allow Vuckic to be accommodated based on his goal threat the other night and a switch to 4-4-1-1 when defending. With vuckic offering protection to Simpson.
    The high defensive line seems to becoming a feature as well and possibly teams are exploiting it, as has been seen in some of the last few games. I do also think that we need to give some players who are not performing a bit more of a break as it is counter productive to the big picture….

  4. AndyMac
    December 23, 2011

    ono45 says

    “The high defensive line seems to becoming a feature as well and possibly teams are exploiting it, as has been seen in some of the last few games. I do also think that we need to give some players who are not performing a bit more of a break as it is counter productive to the big picture….”

    Am I allowed to say “No shlt Sherlock” ?

    Pardwho needs to get his head out of his backside and look at the players in the squad WHO CAN PERFORM and do a job instead orf relying on his “favourites” or players who “havent yet let him down”. Which mean Obertan OUT, Jonas OUT and Best OUT. Replace them with players who give a shlt and can deliver quality ball when required.

    As I’ve often said “No point in 4-4-2 if you starve the “2” of service”.

    • RD
      December 24, 2011

      Cheers for the comments, lads. Much appreciated, as always!

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