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'16/17 - Per Quarter Stats.
old combats and newer contests
Below is a list of clubs Brighton play for another Championship season (C), in our sixth year at FALMER.
Over all there is quite a competitive and classy bunch on offer. Due to the yoyo nature of annual up/down scenarios, some previous opponents are now in our division. Teams with Premiership credentials will test us, as they aim to hit the big time once more. By anyones standards it will be one hell of a scrap (yeah, we say that every time!) - onward and upward!!
Our next fixture is always highlighted.
Albion Squad: teamsheet; * started last match, + played sub
|1||(Niki Maenpaa)||INJURED - Goalkeeper; Finnish custodian with plenty of experience in France & Holland and also caps for homeland. Brought in from Venlo to compete for gloves in a squad lacking top keepers. 30yo has a desire to stop any more shots at Finns around the Amex for a few years. 15/16 - But only used in cup ties and as first reserve on bench. 16/17 - got the call when Stockdale injured but soon replaced. LC & FAC apps.|
|2||BRUNO Saltor Grau *||1ST 11 - right-back; 31yo signed in '12 close season from Spain. Was with Vicente at Valencia. Comes from Barcelona but played for other clubs on the costas. No 'nonsense' defender who did adapt to crazy English Championship. Reported to receive pay in pounds rather than euros. '12/13 - first choice. Something of a fans favourite. Got class, skill, flair and charisma. Got several Mom awards. Heel/calf strains etc and fragile. '13/14 - fitness carefully monitored. 10 yellows and bans. Had good & bad days. Lost scoring touch. '14/15 - started as a real old pro and easily adapted to wingback or m-f role - got forward to score. Needed to stand up and be counted but straight red! Regular when fit. 15/16 - renewed vigor and good form so always on teamsheet. 16/17 - made club captain but started as a centre back. Outstanding pro.|
|3||(GAETAN BONG)||INJURED - left back; from Cameroon but been around Europe for clubs - came in from Greece via Wigan. Has some international caps and also rep France U21. 27yo is in prime and penned for 2yrs to try and make a name for himself here as well. 15/16 - Straight in and did ok in new set up. Required surgery for leg injury. 16/17 - became number one at no.3. 5 yellows. Then a red.|
|4||Uwe Huenemeier||BENCH - cent-def; 29yo from German outfit Paderborn for 1.4mill in the aug transfer window. Was capt there, although part of relegated team. Kicks it & heads it like you would expect from the land of super efficiency. Now makes the move to the UK southcoast and will improve his English & breast-stroke at least. 15/16 - Straight in to team... but got injured. First reserve in pecking order but stepped up again with good displays. Then injured again and went off the map. 16/17 - returned with League Cup & FA Cup apps. Yet to prove capable of top class as a Championship centre half.|
|5||LEWIS DUNK *||1ST 11 - central def; '9/10 - as 18yo got fast tracked from youth side and immediate debut for 1st 11 after signing pro terms. Boy done good and big prospect for Falmer. Started with Wimbledon kids and lives locally so is an MKD loss. Snapped up by BHA and the ex-U18 wasn't six foot three then either. Jumped in pecking order. In '10/11 development squad. Injured foot - plaster. Cup tie home debut. Able defence deputy in derby and got class. '11/12 CHAMPS - got a shot from day1 in season and done good in tough div. Five yellows early doors. Back four reg then dropped. U21 call up. Ten yellows by New Year. '12/13 - stopped going the right way. Stuck on bench and not gaining experience. Got a run then sent off. Involved in court case. '13/14 - went on loan at Bristol City. Was on bench sometimes. Able deputy for reg c-ds. '14/15 - got to be first pick, plus scored goals! 10Y - 2 bans. Sent off too. Quality apps generally. '15/16 - playing a second fiddle role until claiming shirt and made useful contributions. Sent off and kinda got the blame if Albion didn't win. Stepped it up too but saw red! 16/17 - first choice... others injured! 10 YELLOWS|
|6||DALE STEPHENS *||1ST 11 - cent m-f; gotten in at the Jan 14 transfer window from Charlton coz Nathan Jones liked him. A northerner but won't hold it against a Bury & Oldham squadie where he done good. Got rave reviews at Addicks for L1 promo in '11/12. Got it to prove at a level where Prem ambitions can be too inflated for skill sets. '13/14 - straight in and ok without setting the world on fire. Injury probs curtailed number of apps. '14/15 - recovered from injury and got to up his level in games on long road back. 15/16 - like a new signing and scored goals too. Industrious and prominent in two-man central m-f. Banned in play-offs! 16/17 - subject to transfer speculation and submitted a request. Stayed and sent off.|
|7||BERAM KAYAL +||BENCH; cent midfielder - 26yo Israeli Int who signed from Celtic on 2.5yr deal from Jan '15. Got 26 caps and 130+ apps in Scotland. 14/15 - Not all defensive minded and showed plenty of box-to-box experience to cope with demands of unforgiving Championship. 15/16 - displayed quality in centre of park. 5+ yellows. Capable of scoring goals and probably needs to in future. Got PoY award and very well earned. 16/17 - faced competition in central midfield. Surgery on ankle.|
|8||JIRI SKALAK||SQUAD - winger; gotten in at end of the Jan window from Czech footy to do the do where others couldn't. Has previous with likes of Sparta Prague before going places on loan. Fair record of a goal per 6 matches on average. Loves England and likes blue & volt. Excellent dead ball delivery. 16/17 - not always first choice on left flank. Reluctance to go past defenders down wing.|
|9||SAM BALDOCK *||1ST 11 - striker, prolific 25yo marksman signed a 4yr contract before close of transfer window. Did good for Bristol City but aimed to be a hit man for Albion ambitions. Moved originally from MK Dons to West Ham and then on to City in a million pound deal. Was L1 leading scorer in 13-14. Has a career goal to game ratio of v close to 1:3. 14-15 - Found it difficult to net and merely looked an average front man as sole c-f. Used in wideman role. Knee injury cut short season. 15/16 - showed good touches as part of 442. Lack of goals an issue. Injury prone. 16/17 - began on the bench. Sent off. Became strike partner with Murray.|
|10||TOMER HEMED||BENCH - striker; six figure signing from Almeria. Played many seasons in native Israel before getting a break in La Liga. Can play targetman or in front two. Got it to prove but at this level may do the do. 15/16 - Straight in and scored but needed more work to get up to speed. Long period of drought but got into right areas. Useful in air but not on end of many crosses. 16/17 - picked initially In orthodox 442. Not quite a top rank striker at level.|
|11||ANTHONY KNOCKAERT *||1ST 11 - winger; Frenchman signed for over 2mill in Jan '16 transfer window. 24yo came from Standard Liege but had time with Leicester in Championship. Signed for 3.5yrs and is expected to be regular right flank goal scorer. Looked a useful asset in promotion push. 16/17 - subject to bids from Newcastle but in south on day1. A player of Prem quality.|
|12||SEBASTIEN POCOGNOLI *||1ST 11 - left back; 29yo Belgian international gotten in on loan from WBA as cover for no.3 spot. Plenty of experience abroad with Standard Liege, AZ Alkmaar & Hannover. Progressed thru U21 ranks and has 13 full caps. Wants to prove a point with our Albion after only 1 app as sub for West Brom.|
|13||DAVID STOCKDALE *||1ST 11 - Keeper; signed from Fulham late in pre-season and got 3yr contract. 28yo had experience in Prem & Champ's. Was glove-hunted by Albion for big buckskin. Had Antti Niemi as g-k coach and didn't hesitate to join the upright framework of this progressive south coast club between the sticks. 14/15 Stats indicated some flaws as stopper - needed clean sheets! Broke finger - but lost weight! First choice... well, no competition. 15/16 - began to show useful performances as no.1. 16/17 - hoped 13 was the lucky one.|
|14||STEVE SIDWELL *||1ST 11 - midfield; one time at BHA on loan in days of yore and took the opportunity to return until end of 15-16 season thru run-in. Been around the block in past years at Arsenal, Reading, Chelsea, Villa, Fulham and Stoke, so knows the score. Came off bench and looks ok in blue as well. And is a winner to boot. signed permanently for a yr. 16/17 - selected but had competition in centre of park. Not quite the status now of Prem career.|
|15||JAMIE MURPHY *||1ST 11 - winger; 25yo Glaswegian with history for Motherwell in Scotland and Sheffield United up north. Plenty of experience in attack and can perform on either flank. Scores goals and fancies the Championship to enhance international call up. 15/16 - straight red card & appeal dismissed. Had a knack of scoring but sometimes flatters to deceive. 16/17 - started on bench as impact player.|
|16||Casper Ankergren||SQUAD - Keeper; 30yo Danish custodian with experience at Leeds in '9/10. Got a couple of years, signing just before first fixture. '10/11 L1; Got lucky at times and in/out form. Strong hands and regular saves away apps - many clean sheets. Not too convincing around the area. But did get PoM for Sept and Mar - clean sheets too. Beat three times in high scoring matches. Wound up crowds with slow play. Didn't chuck himself around too much. '11/12 CHAMPS - knew the score and it meant keeping things cleaner. Off the boil as campaign hotted up at this level - needed to up it fast. Dropped but back after Steve Harper left. Not comanding in area on crosses. Left on bench. '12/13 - guaranteed seat on bench. FA Cup flop. Failed to challenge for gloves. '13/14 - settled for the quiet life with line of least resistance. '14/15 - reserve again and lacked ambition. 15/16 - not sighted east of Lancing. 16/17 - ditto. Not sure why on books of a club aiming for Prem.|
|17||GLENN MURRAY *||1ST 11 - striker; ex-Albion hit-man of 10/11 L1 promo side now on books after 6mth loan from Bournemouth. Return of the prodigal son, who can do a job up front in a team looking for promo once more. Straight in. Looked the part if given right service. Good goal/game ratio.|
|18||(Connor Goldson)||MEDICAL ISSUE - cent def; 22yo signed for 4yrs in Aug '15 to add to competition for places in rearguard and be part of Albion future. Was with Wolves as a kid but ended up on the channel coast via Shrewsbury. Comes from York but gradually drifted south for a much warmer, sunnier outlook. 15/16 - waited his chance and got it after Xmas. Can only get better with games. Good quality partnership with Dunk. 16/17 - came back from injury with League Cup & FAC app. Required surgery for heart problem - out rest of season.|
|19||(Elvis Manu)||OUT ON LOAN - striker; a Dutchman but parents were from Ghana. A product of Feyenoord academy and played for them and other sides on loan in Holland. Good record of goalscoring and keen to make it as a frontman without taking too much clog. 15/16 - sub and kinda adjusting to league - plenty of pace. Limited apps and went on loan to Huddersfield. 16/17 - League Cup app. Returned to Holland on loan.|
|20||SOLLY MARCH +||BENCH - winger; named as young player of the year in '12/13 and on fringes of match day squad after useful pre-season. Not big but plenty of heart and skill. '13/14 - FAC apps & started some fixtures too. '14/15 - had to up his game after back injury and varied apps. 15/16 - got selected and tried to keep place. Plenty of talent and gaining vital experience. Eng U21 squad listing. Carried off, out for season. 16/17 - returned for second half of season.|
|21||OLIVER NORWOOD||SQUAD - midfield; gotten in just prior to new season from Reading. 3yr deal for N Ireland international. Good grounding as youth at Man Utd but sees the Championship as his premier career. Provides competition in mf for this crucial season. Needs to step up to make mark as influencial player.|
|22||SHANE DUFFY *||1ST 11 - cent-def; 4 million pound signing at end of August to fill a hole in the rearguard due to injuries. 24yo was Republic of Ireland player and developed at Everton but transferred from Blackburn. Has Prem experience as well as games in Europe. Straight in and expected to hold the shirt.|
|23||Liam Rosenior||SQUAD - wingback; Londoner who went to Bristol City, then Fulham, Reading and Ipswich before ending up at Hull. Has some U21 caps. Plenty of campaigning under his belt and just glad to be here, on the south coast again... instead of Torquay. 15/16 - played wide right and made a fist of it. Reverted to left back and did a job there too. Carried off - knee damage. Kept shirt on return. 16/17 - started as fullback. Out for 3 months injured.|
|24||(Rohan Ince)||OUT ON LOAN - midfield; came thru Chelsea youth and made an impact at BHA when used in holding role in lieu of Bridcutt. Tall and strong, good in air. '13/14 - competitive but how creative? '14/15 - good in holding role and looked like a defender really. Big & athletic but not ungainly. 15/16 - came on as shield in front of rearguard. Very few apps so went on loan to Fulham. 16/17 - middle of pecking order as defensive shield. LC & FAC apps. Went on loan to Swindon.|
|26||Chris Walton||BENCH - Keeper; was first choice in U21 squad. Then elevated to reserve choice in match-day squad. England credentials for U19. 14/15 Debut in COC at Spurs. Lg debut & mom to boot. Kept under wraps at tough pro level until development more advanced. 15/16 - loaned to Bury or was it Stanley I presume? Groin injury. Then loaned to Pymouth - his home town club. 16/17 - on loan at Luton. Recalled in Feb when Maenpaa injured.|
|27||Fikayo Tomori +||BENCH - right back; Chelsea youngster got in on loan in January window to be reserve right back. Has U19 experience in defence and can play centre back. FA Cup app.|
|28||Chuba Akpom||BENCH - striker; 21yo gotten in at end of the January window on loan from Arsenal. U21 international with experience on loan at Hull. Returned to Gunners squad at end of 2016 after 4mth out with back injury. Also had spells at Brentford & Forest.|
|29||Richie Towell||SQUAD - midfield; experience in Ireland with Dundalk and signed from Jan '16 for a couple of seasons. Began with Celtic and also time with Hibs in SCL. Prolific scorer in Irish soccer and 24yo has a touch of the clover about him. 16/17 - got injured but out in the cold? FAC app. An enigma.|
|30||(Kazenga LuaLua)||OUT ON LOAN - Winger; loaned from Newcastle '9/10. 19yo is a brother of Pompey's Congolese striker Lomana. Was ultra quick, can play l or r and a crowd pleaser. Done v good and form better. Got subbed - injured leg. Went home but came back. Remarkable recovery. Same pace but where was the quality? Then hamstrung in more ways than one. '10/11 L1; Gus got him again until New Year at least. Stunning first senior goal and faster than ever. Subbed away app - back and needs to be fresh. On fire and can be an inferno. Hot shot or what? Loose cannon and dangerous. Injured by rash tackle - carried off. Broken ankle - out for season. '11/12 CHAMPS - returned on loan and had to deliver for BHA. Hamstring probs. Had more probs trying to beat Championship defenders. Signed permanently but was on bench. Late rocket equaliser as sub. '12/13 - gotta work on full game. Impact player only. '13/14 - well, new coach etc so what next? Got selected but then had knee trouble. Impact as ever. '14/15 - don't call him impact only ever again! Sub game changer in central role. 2Y = R. Showed some 90min quality H&A. 15/16 - started like a hurricane but got injured. Back for run-in. 16/17 - injury prone. LC apps. Sent off U23 and long ban. Went on loan to QPR for '17.|
|31||(Chris O'Grady)||OUT ON LOAN - striker; 28yo got 3yr deal as extra frontman and BHA paid about half-a-mill to relegated Barnsley. Has played in L1&2 as well as Champ's over last decade. Reasonable return of goals for apps. Performs targetman role, grafts and goes wide too. We welcomed a likeable northerner to the deep south. 14-15 Limited apps as target-man in lieu of other smaller strikers. Went to Sheff Utd on loan. Did make his mark later with new manager to some extent. 15-16 - Went on loan for season to Forest. 16-17 - season loan to Burton|
|32||(Jake Forster-Caskey)||LEFT - Mid-fielder. Youngest ever teenager (16 and a little bit) to turn out for first team. Not big but hey, man enough to compete in FL and got the scars to prove it. Gus didn't rush him and included in new '10/11 develoment squad. Got England U17 credentials. World is his oyster if he can crack it. FAC5 app and looked Prem quality. '11/12 CHAMPS - gonna make the grade at some point in future. Sub on last day of 2011. Scored on full debut at New Year and on list for a reg place. Goal again in FAC3 on second start. Got crocked. '12/13 - got a bright future. Signed for another couple of seasons at least. Went on loan to Oxford in L2. '13/14 - tough to break thru into 1st 11? Nah, easy... until lost form. Variable displays. '14/15 - selected but needed to improve again - U21 call up. '15/16 - went on loan to MK Dons. 16/17 - on loan at Rotherham & then transferred to Charlton.|
|33||(Danny Holla)||LEFT - midfield; 26yo Dutchman, plays in centre of the park. Over 200 apps in Holland with Groningen & Den Haag. Penned for 3yrs and intended to be more than just a clog kinda guy. Mighta been the playmaker Albion needed to plug the dyke in leaky displays. 14/15 Straight in and got class for sure. Gave box to box displays. But lacked fitness, lost confidence and place too. 15/16 - not seen much in match-day eighteen. 16/17 - played in League Cup but left the club at end of August.|
|42||(Rob Hunt)||OUT ON LOAN - right back; drafted in from U23 squad to play in League Cup/FAC. Accomplished performances against lower league opposition. Went on loan to Oldham.|
|43||Ben White||U23 - cent def; kid brought in from development group to be reserve on bench and then play in League Cup victory. Excellent prospect for future 1st 11 on evidence of that display.|
|44||Sam Adekugbe||SQUAD - left back; youngster drafted in from north america to fill spare defensive role in League Cup/FA Cup at the Amex. League debut in '17.|
|H||2||Nottm Forest||W||3||Knockaert||the little Frenchman finished an attack by popping home a deep cross from Bong.|
|Murray||the ex-Albion hero notched with a simple tap in from a Hemed header.|
|2||he got forward with a late counterattack and found space to meet the cut back from Baldock.|
|H||3||Rotherham||W||3||Knockaert||He chested down a Bong centre and banged it into the corner from distance.|
|Murray||He slotted home on the volley after Rosenior overlapped and provided the cross.|
|Hemed||he took the spot kick and sent the keeper the wrong way following Murray being floored.|
|A||4||Reading||D||2||og||from a corner by Knockaert, Baldock challenges but the defender beats his keeper.|
|Knockaert||the second half had just begun when he finished a move started by Bong.|
|H||7||Huddersfield||W||1||Knockaert||he was on the right late in the game but well positioned for a low drive that the keeper fumbled.|
|A||8||Burton Albion||W||1||Hemed||He slotted home from the spot after Knockaert & Skalak had done the donkey work.|
|H||9||Barnsley||W||2||Murray||the ex-Albion hero slotted home following a fast counter attack of precision passing.|
|2||the previousWiihdean favourite out jumped defenders at a set piece - just like in the good old days.|
|A||11||Sheffield Wednesday||W||2||Baldock||Dunk got the assist wiith a great ball forward and the striker latched on to chip the keeper.|
|Knockaert||Albion were on the back foot but the little Frenchman can be relied upon when needed.|
|H||12||Preston North End||D||2||Baldock||A classic - Norwood found Bruno running down right flank and he crossed for Sam to cash in the chance.|
|Murray||An individual piece of brilliance - Murphy got the assist but Glenn made something out of nothing in fine style.|
|H||13||Wolverhampton Wanderers||W||1||Baldock||Skalak went down the wing, Bong took over and pinged in the cross where our no.9 headed home.|
|A||14||Wigan Athletic||W||1||Stephens||Skalak got the assist with a quick ball to the midfielder who smashed it into the top corner.|
|H||15||Norwich City||W||5||Murray||well the striker downed the hapless keeper and hit the net. Ref was quite happy too.|
|2||Glenn finished a great break with his bonce when Bong released Skalak down the left wing.|
|3||He chased around and got the ball of a defender. Then went forward and smashed it home for a hat-trick.|
|Dunk||the big defender was unmarked at the back upright from a corner by Skalak and he nodded in.|
|Knockaert||he dribbled here, he dribbled there, those Canaries were beaten everywhere.|
|A||16||Bristol City||W||2||Sidwell||The midfielder had X-ray vision when attempting a dig from halfway that beat the keeper as he fell over.|
|Murphy||The winger worked hard and was positive, especially when cutting inside to beat the hapless goalie.|
|H||17||Aston Villa||D||1||Murray||in a counter he got the ball at a 1-2 with Baldock and let fly from distance a daisy cutter.|
|H||18||Fulham||W||2||Baldock||a f-k was flighted in but headed out. It fell for our no.9 to volley a belter into the corner.|
|Murray||Baldock got the assist with a deep cross to over the spot. Glenn was there in space and put it away in one motion.|
|H||20||Leeds||W||2||Murray||He converted a penaly after Dunk's header from a corner was handled on the line.|
|Hemed||He slotted a second spot kick following Dunk being floored in the area at a set piece.|
|A||21||Blackburn||W||3||Duffy||the big c-d got up at a Skalak corner to find the net at last.|
|Stephens||from a set piece by Norwood that got cleared, Dale smashed it back in.|
|Murray||Glenn got his first away goal after chipping the keeper who had parried a Dunk effort.|
|A||22||Birmingham||W||2||Knockaert||March got the assist when beating his man to centre for the Frenchman to smash it home.|
|Murray||he did what poachers do by converting a stoppage time centre by Knockaert.|
|H||23||Queens Park Rangers||W||3||Baldock||from a flowing attack our no.9 was put thru and unleashed a post-Xmas cracker to the top corner.|
|Murray||Glenn converted the penalty after Stevens got brought down in the area.|
|Knockkaert||He cut inside and drilled the ball under the keeper who tried to block.|
|A||24||Fulham||W||2||Hemed||the no.10 came on as sub and immediately got brought down in the box. He got up to net the spot kick.|
|Dunk||the no.5 started the move and finished it after good work by Knockaert.|
|A||25||Preston North End||L||0|
|H||26||Sheffield Wednesday||W||2||Knockaert||he finished a counter attack when rounding the keeper and beating defenders.|
|2||the little dynamo was at the far post to slide in a great cross from Pocognoli.|
|H||27||Cardiff||W||1||Hemed||Norwood got the assist with a pass thru. Our striker turned and lashed a shot in off the keeper's attempt to block.|
|A||28||Huddersfield||L||1||Hemed||he was handed a chance via a defensive mistake... and he took it well.|
|A||29||Brentford||D||3||March||he came on as sub and made a big impact when driving in a peach of a shot.|
|Duffy||the big man used his size to get up and head home in a crowded area.|
|Hemed||this went down as a match saver when heading in right at the death to equalise.|
|H||30||Burton Albion||W||4||Hemed||our no.10 slotted home at the back stick a centre from Knockaert across the 6 yard box.|
|2||this time he converted a spot kick after March was decked going thru.|
|Baldock||March got into space and squared a ball into the danger zone, where our no.9 tapped in at the near post.|
|Murray||He came on as sub with twenty minutes left. But didn't take long to glance a header home from Knockaert's cross.|
|H||31||Ipswich||D||1||Hemed||Bruno raced into the area to pick up a pass and got floored. Our penalty taker did his job A-ok again.|
|A||32||Barnsley||W||2||Baldock||our mobile no.9 controlled a ball with his chest and fired a great chip over the keeper.|
|2||he started the attempt by winning the ball, feeding Knockaert and then putting the return away.|
|H||33||Reading||W||3||Baldock||Bruno got the assist with a measured lofted thru ball. Sam got it under control on the run before putting it in the net.|
|Murphy||Stephens broke and his diagonal pass was perfect for Jamie to run on to and chip the keeper.|
|Knockaert||from a third counter stroke Murphy set up Anthony who smashed a drive inside the far post.|
|H||34||Newcastle||L||1||Murray||He was on the floor at a corner. But got up to score from the spot.|
F = FA Cup; L = League Cup; A = AW Shield; D = LDV; J = JP Trophy
F = FA Cup; L = League Cup; A = AW Shield; D = LDV; J = JP Trophy
Falmer FanSCROLL DOWN THRU SEASON OF OPINIONS
Straight from the lips of a Seagulls supporter
6/8/16 Derby (A) 0-0 - 1.00p/gm
unlikely duos at the front & back but chances created and a clean sheet to boot.
12/8/16 Forest (H) w 3-0 - 2.00pt/gm
it's about finishing and the big difference in the sides was that we did and they didn't.
16/8/16 Rotherham (H) w 3-0 - 2.33pt/gm
get the first and stay on top. It certainly helps to have a lethal strike force.
20/816 Reading (A) 2-2 - 2.00pt/gm
if you don't play well but stay in the game there is always a chance to nick it at the death.
27/8/16 Newcastle (A) l 0-2 - 1.60pt/gm
an in and out performance due to the tactical set up against strong opponents on their own turf.
10/9/16 Brentford (H) l 0-2 - 1.33pt/gm
they say pigeons come home to roost. Seagulls didn't do enough to turn possession into chances, into goals - I rest my case.
13/9/16 Huddersfield (H) w 1-0 - 1.57pt/gm
they say you make your own luck but it helps if opposition has some bad of their own to help out.
17/9/16 Burton (A) w 1-0 - 1.75pt/gm
the game is well over ninety minutes so does it matter when the first goal goes in?
24/9/16 Barnsley (H) w 2-0 - 1.88pt/gm
the opposition have to come out if you can score early enough. The it is game on... to double the lead.
27/9/16 Ipswich (A) 0-0 - 1.80pt/gm
away from home you try to stop them scoring and maybe exploit gaps at the back. But what if the home team don't want to take the game to you?
1/10/16 Sheff Wed (A) w 2-1 - 1.90pt/gm
we went there, did what we had to do and this time took three points home.
15/10/16 Preston (H) 2-2 - 1.83pt/gm
opposition had ten men with merely minutes left. In stoppage we conceded and dropped two valuable points. Who took the rap?
18/10/16 Wolves (H) w 1-0 - 1.92pt/gm
to get three points you gotta score once and keep it clean as well. Job done, so what's the real problem?
22/10/16 Wigan (A) w 1-0 - 2.00pt/gm
you go to a bottom three club and don't play well but snatch victory from a worldy. That's football, for top & bottom teams alike.
29/10/16 Norwich (H) w 5-0 - 2.06pt/gm
they present you a gift and it sets a trend. The more they give, the more you take.
5/11/16 Bristol City (A) w 2-0 - 2.12pt/gm
go a goal up and be hard to beat. Go two ahead and keep a clean sheet - job done.
18/11/16 Aston Villa (H) 1-1 - 2.05pt/gm
the opposition can never be underestimated, especially if their squad has Prem quality players.
26/11/16 Fulham (H) w 2-1 - 2.11pt/gm
the opposition cannot be overlooked, especially if their squad takes the game to ours without hesitation.
3/12/16 Cardiff (A) 0-0 - 2.05pt/gm
what do you do if the home team just cannot win it, settle for a draw?
9/12/16 Leeds (H) w 2-0 - 2.10pt/gm
it didn't look like the away side came to win and then they made it harder when down to ten men.
13/12/16 Blackburn (A) w 3-2 - 2.14pt/gm
play as a team, do the hard graft and take your chances and sky is the limit.
17/12/16 Birmingham (A) w 2-1 - 2.18pt/gm
go a goal down and what does a top team do? Well, keep playing to the very end for the golden rule.
27/12/16 QPR (H) w 3-0 - 2.10pt/m
keeping it clean at the Amex is expected, especially during festive celebrations.
2/1/17 Fulham (A) w 2-1 - 2.25pt/gm
how does a top team respond when going behind before an hour gone? Well, by scoring twice in the time remaining.
14/1/17 Preston (A) l 0-2 - 2.16pt/gm
one down inside 15mins and two before the hour and there is no way back - only the motorway.
20/1/17 Sheff Wed (H) w 2-1 - 2.19pt/gm
in some games there is an extra ingredient to make it exciting. Once in a while it all kicks off and you'd pay double for having that rare experience.
24/1/17 Cardiff (H) w 1-0 - 2.22pt/gm
opposition came to prevent locals scoring with a disciplined rearguard action. As such you hope for one magic moment to alter stalemate.
2/2/17 Huddersfield l 3-1 - 2.14pt/gm
when opposition is up for it and know what to do to beat a poor visitors display then it is merely damage limitation needed.
5/2/17 Brentford 3-3 - 2.10pt/gm
two down and struggling to score, let alone get an equaliser. But it's never over until it is... after stoppage time of course.
11/2/17 Burton w 4-1 - 2.13pt/gm
does the final score reflect the stats? Maybe not but it's goals that count and get you three points if you score more than them.
14/2/17 Ipswich 1-1 - 2.09pt/gm
go a goal down and you gotta score twice to win. Sometimes football gods are just not that generous.
18/2/17 Barnsley w 2-0 - 2.12pt/gm
they say class is permanent and should tell in the long run - that's ok if a run of bad form can be halted.
25/2/17 Reading w 3-0 - 2.15pt/gm
we all know the first goal is important and sets the pattern for what follows. One team will then also want to keep a clean sheet.
28/2/17 Newcastle l 2-1 - 2.08pt/gm
on a good day fortune favours the brave on a bad day it goes to those who may not quite deserve it.
Albion reporters one-liners
28/02/17 Newcastle (H) - 1-2 pos 2nd
what really determines the result of a game? Maybe such factors like the Ref's decisions and other uncontrolables. Full Report...»»
25/02/17 Reading (H) - 3-0 pos 1st
when was Albion historically a classic counter attacking side? Ok, on a few occasions with the odd goal perhaps but today for all three? Full Report...»»
18/02/17 Barnsley (A) - 2-0 pos 1st
it was time to stand up and be counted away from home, to keep the faith and a clean sheet to boot. Full Report...»»
14/02/17 Ipswich (H) - 1-1 pos 2nd
some nights the performance isn't good enough to get the win by law of averages. Is it chaos theory or just cause & effect? Full Report...»»
11/02/17 Burton Albion (H) - 4-1 pos 2nd
Three nil up and cruising but the clean sheet went west as opposition would not roll over for potential table toppers. Full Report...»»
05/02/17 Brentford (A) - 3-3 pos 2nd
we talk about things that change the game. Perhaps it was Stockdale's penalty save that was the turning point in this match. Full Report...»»
02/02/17 Huddersfield (A) - 1-3 pos 1st
442 away from home but the attacking intent was lacking and midfield got overrun. Full Report...»»
24/01/17 Cardiff (H) - 1-0 pos 1st
does it matter how long you take to score despite all the possession and dominance in the game? Full Report...»»
20/01/17 Sheffield Wednesday (H) - 2-1 pos 1st
one guy carried off, a penalty double save, an own goal, two from an electric winger, three sendings off and a punch up - what more? Full Report...»»
14/01/17 Preston North End (A) - 0-2 pos 2nd
underestimate opponents and overestimate your own ability and it is likely to come back and bite you. Full Report...»»
02/01/17 Fulham (A) - 2-1 pos 1st
self belief and a will to win were applied after going a goal to the worse. Full Report...»»
27/12/16 Queens Park Rangers (H) - 3-0 pos 1st
it was after Xmas but cheer continued, as the Amex was one big table-topping party. Full Report...»»
17/12/16 Birmingham (A) - 2-1 pos 2nd
the game is ninety minutes but may not be over until Ref has clocked all the stoppage time to the very last second. Full Report...»»
13/12/16 Blackburn (A) - 3-2 pos 1st
professionalism, work ethic, skill, quality and a little luck always helps top sides. Full Report...»»
09/12/16 Leeds (H) - 2-0 pos 1st
Two penalties is not something you see that often but they were needed to win this one. Full Report...»»
03/12/16 Cardiff (A) - 0-0 pos 2nd
Oppositiion shut up shop, parked the bus and closed the gap between top & bottom. Full Report...»»
26/11/16 Fulham (H) - 2-1 pos 2nd
we went a goal down in a below par first half. Then an early equaliser then made it a game of forty minutes. Full Report...»»
18/11/16 Aston Villa (H) - 1-1 pos 2nd
top teams need good managers. When two come together you might take the point beforehand. Full Report...»»
05/11/16 Bristol City (A) - 2-0 pos 2nd
what does a top team require to put a series of wins together... maybe an all round display each time? Full Report...»»
29/10/16 Norwich City (H) - 5-0 pos 2nd
It all adds up. You don't sit on one or two but go for more and ride your good luck, as only bad is theirs. Full Report...»»
22/10/16 Wigan Athletic (A) - 1-0 pos 2nd
on the road again and far enough to go for a win to be worth double. But if you have to grind it out... Full Report...»»
18/10/16 Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) - 1-0 pos 3rd
in an even match one thing separated the sides - a goal. But was it home advantage? Full Report...»»
15/10/16 Preston North End (H) - 2-2 pos 4th
How many Albion players does it take to win a game at home? Answers to BHA, Falmer, Sussex BN1 9BL. Full Report...»»
01/10/16 Sheffield Wednesday (A) - 2-1 pos 3rd
A victory that made history for visitors and well deserved too. Full Report...»»
27/09/16 Ipswich (A) - 0-0 pos 3rd
there have to be nil-nil games. It is a stat each club can register. But is it a point gained or two lost? Full Report...»»
24/09/16 Barnsley (H) - 2-0 pos 3rd
you set out the stall and wait for someone to buy in. If the striker can then that is value for money. Full Report...»»
17/09/16 Burton Albion (A) - 1-0 pos 6th
it was one way traffic but the home unit almost held out until a final away forage in their area. Full Report...»»
13/09/16 Huddersfield (H) - 1-0 pos 7th
their manager said, 'only the hard worker has luck.' He was right... after a useful home display. Full Report...»»
10/09/16 Brentford (H) - 0-2 pos 13th
we hit the bar and did it cross the line, had a clear pen shout rubbished and get caught cold twice. That is football I guess. Full Report...»»
27/08/16 Newcastle (A) - 0-2 pos 9th
defending set pieces may be an art but scoring from them is they way a team wins games. Full Report...»»
20/08/16 Reading (A) - 2-2 pos 2nd
coming back from a very early set back to lead is what top teams can do. But you have then got to kill sides off. Full Report...»»
16/08/16 Rotherham (H) - 3-0 pos 1st
0-0, 3-0, 3-0 - there seems to be a theme developing here and it is as clean as it is clear. Full Report...»»
12/08/16 Nottm Forest (H) - 3-0 pos 1st
one is enough, two is better and three makes a difference to that column as well. Full Report...»»
06/08/16 Derby (A) - 0-0 pos 9th
Seagulls were all over them like a sunny day on the prom. But unlike the birds, the guys could not nick the spoils. Full Report...»»