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  Perspective
Posted by: Statto - 1 hour ago - Forum: WBAUnofficial - Replies (1)

I was at Stoke v Villa with customers and watched the first half before heading back down the M6 for kick off. 

Even at our worst (Hull A for me), I have seen nothing as lethargic, lacking in desire, often inept and totally devoid of ideas as what I saw at the bet365 from both teams. It was utter shite. Villa’s were apparently better second half, but the job both managers have to do to sort out the mess is absolutely huge. 

Today is a setback, but we are fourth and right in the mix. It’s all part of the inevitable ride that we said we were going to enjoy.

It’s time to practice what we were preaching and hold our nerve. 

On to Leeds. Come on you Baggies.

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  Had we drawn away at SP & queer
Posted by: Hopalong - 2 hours ago - Forum: WBAUnofficial - No Replies

pack rabbits and beat Sheff U - we would have 5 points. 

But we have 6.  But our home form is driving us nuts. 

Sort it Big Dave, but I won't be there to see it.  

All the best.

Athers.

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  Dogma or pragmatism?
Posted by: JoeTheBaggie - 2 hours ago - Forum: WBAUnofficial - Replies (1)

I despair at times when we seem to play a set way, just because “this is what we’re trying to build”.

It’s obvious to see that teams turn up to frustrate us with a high press and are happy with us in possession. I said before the game on here that Sheffield would play 5-4-1, with a high press that’s effectively became a 5-2-3. We need to play a game that bypasses the midfield, we have the runners that can get behind. We need to surrender possession at home, switch to 4-4-2 and try to keep our wingers out wide to receive the ball and run. 

I don’t think we’re making automatic places for the reason we’re pursuing dogma over pragmatism at home.

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  J-Rod
Posted by: Pragmatist - 2 hours ago - Forum: WBAUnofficial - No Replies

J-Rod’s disallowed goal today really puzzled me. At first I thought it was a great header, and then the replays showed that he handled it, but I still can’t work out how or why he managed to get his hands up there.  It looked like he had a clear heading chance if he hadn got his hand in the way!

Ironically it was the only cross of Holgate’s all day which cleared the first defender.

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  Paul Franks
Posted by: HugeHons - 3 hours ago - Forum: WBAUnofficial - Replies (3)

Said after the game that 3 at the back didn’t work at home earlier this season.It did.We were scoring for fun at times.The fannying about was the problem,and still is to a certain degree.

 3-5-2 home and a 4-3-3 away must be worth trying surely!!

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  Lack of creativity
Posted by: Mickyfudge - 4 hours ago - Forum: WBAUnofficial - No Replies

With the team that played today it was obvious that the full backs needed to be up for it and get forward ,but I thought houlgate was dreadful and Gibbs seems to have lost confidence to take players on ,far too many passes going backwards,we seem unable to get the ball forward quickly far too much faffing about

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  Home form
Posted by: Cunninghamismagic - 5 hours ago - Forum: WBAUnofficial - Replies (8)

Since we beat Reading 4-1 nealy 5 months ago weve only won 2 home league games (Leeds and Wigan).
Main reason for this? Particularly when it is in such stark contrast to our away form.

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  Sometimes..,
Posted by: Bartley_baggie - 5 hours ago - Forum: WBAUnofficial - Replies (1)

You bite the bear, sometimes the bear
bites you !
We’ve just had two great results we probably didn’t expect and now we’re brought back down to Earth, it’s the Albion you just know what’s coming!
Keep the faith we’ll be ok

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  March fixtures after Leeds
Posted by: HeathAyIt - 5 hours ago - Forum: WBAUnofficial - Replies (4)

Certainly a run where 9 points isn't out of the question. 

Let's hope we can get back on track Friday.

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  Boring and Awful
Posted by: Hopalong - 5 hours ago - Forum: WBAUnofficial - Replies (10)

We are clueless at home and I was bored to tears today, not for the first time. 

Not my job to come up with the tactics to solve the problem at home.   

But a bit of advice for the management team though;

* For god sake stop fucking about at the back;
* Stop wasting time - probably 5 minutes a match, by having the keeper standing on the ball - if there's no outlet hoof the fucking thing as far down the pitch as possible;
* Stop trying to/punching the ball into the net;
* Pass the ball forward;
* Don't play Dwight Gayle on the left wing, he's a striker;
* Practice crossing the ball into the box beyond the first defender rather than to the left or right back;
* Use wingers to get width and make the pitch bigger/stretch the opposition;
* Play the ball into the channels;
* Shoot now and again, rather than trying to walk the ball into the net. 

Just glad I won't be there for a long time.

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