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    Agreed.

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    One crap result and we're crying into our pints! Whilst I agree that a lot of our players a past their best (Watson??!?!?!?!!?!?!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!)
    If I thought like Easy 10 I wouldn't bother to re-new my season ticket next year!

    We were utterly shite last night and a shadow of the team that beat Plymouth a few days before. However, I'm not going to sit back and accept that this is the best it can ever get! We were cruzing this division when Coppell was here but as it has been proved before our squad don't like change. Adams needed aseason to turn things around. I have faith that McGhee will dump the dead wood and start forming his own squad for the future. We are easily worthy of Div 1 football AT LEAST and we should all be aspg to that. Lets get back into the first Division and THEN start thinking about mid table obscurity for a few year whilst Falmer is being sorted. Then in front of 22,000 screaming Albionites we can then aspire to the Prem! It's a long road people but that is what support is all about! It's a marathon not a sprint!! One day, just maybe we can even have a pop at Europe! If Ipswich can do it! If Barnsely can get in the Prem, If Charlton can hold their own ANYONE CAN!!!!

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    This season is going to the wire as far as the Albion is concerned, so long as we are still in with a chance of the play offs with 3/4 matches to go I will be more than happy. It does not matter tht we are not playing football that resembles the beaches of Rio this season, for a club with one hand and foot tied behind our backs financially we are producing adequate, if not spectcular, fare.

    I have been watching the Albion for nearly 30 years, and we have had more ups and downs than most clubs in that time.

    6 promotions
    7 relegations
    twice finishing once above the Conference trap door
    3 different 'home' grounds
    3 visits to Wembley

    Victories against Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Newcastle

    Defeats to Leatherhead, Sutton United, Walton and Hersham

    Brilliant (Ward, Zamora, Lawrenson, Foster, Stevens, Gotsmanov, Worthington) and crap (Ashley Neale, Willie Young, Mickey Bennett, Mark Farrington) players in equal measures, the same for managers, for every Adams, Mullery, Taylor, Cattlin there has ben a Hinshelwood, Jeff Wood, Jimmy Case.

    This is why I love the club, I live in Manchester and could watch a team play and win every week if I so desired (in fact I was a United fan when I was younger), but whats the point. With the Albion I get true value for money, for every high there is a low, for every cherished memory an embarrasing one. I would not swap places with any fan with any other club.

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    God, when did we beat Arsenal, I missed that one, BUGGER

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    Originally posted by El Presidente
    This season is going to the wire as far as the Albion is concerned, so long as we are still in with a chance of the play offs with 3/4 matches to go I will be more than happy. It does not matter tht we are not playing football that resembles the beaches of Rio this season, for a club with one hand and foot tied behind our backs financially we are producing adequate, if not spectcular, fare.

    I have been watching the Albion for nearly 30 years, and we have had more ups and downs than most clubs in that time.

    6 promotions
    7 relegations
    twice finishing once above the Conference trap door
    3 different 'home' grounds
    3 visits to Wembley

    Victories against Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Newcastle

    Defeats to Leatherhead, Sutton United, Walton and Hersham

    Brilliant (Ward, Zamora, Lawrenson, Foster, Stevens, Gotsmanov, Worthington) and crap (Ashley Neale, Willie Young, Mickey Bennett, Mark Farrington) players in equal measures, the same for managers, for every Adams, Mullery, Taylor, Cattlin there has ben a Hinshelwood, Jeff Wood, Jimmy Case.

    This is why I love the club, I live in Manchester and could watch a team play and win every week if I so desired (in fact I was a United fan when I was younger), but whats the point. With the Albion I get true value for money, for every high there is a low, for every cherished memory an embarrasing one. I would not swap places with any fan with any other club.

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    I agree with El Presidente. Let's face it, we've been spoiled over the past few years with our meteoric rise from the depths of Div 3 to Div 1 in a couple of years. I have been watching the Albion for 25 years now and apart from a few memorable victories along the way, most seasons have been flattery to deceive. We are up for and beat the good teams, but look very ordinary against lower teams.

    I'm sure it will be ever thus.

    As for this season, most of it has been dross but there have been a few memorable games. QPR, Sheff Wed and Plymouth at home and Rushden away. Do we expect to be world beaters every week? Most teams will have only a handful of games where everthing clicks and they look unbeatable. They will also have a handful of games where they look utterly hopeless. Unfortunately, we had one of those nights last night. From what I understand from a Luton fan I know, they had a similar day down at our place.

    Ultimately, our away form has been nowhere good enough this season. I can't put my finger on why this should be the case.
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    Although it was clear to see that Luton were up for it, I thought we battled well yesterday. We challenged all over the pitch and didn't let our heads drop - even when all the important decisions were going against us.

    On BBC local radio for Luton the commentary team were calling this their best performance of the season. On that basis I think we can consider ourselves very unlucky last night to have come up against them in this form, as well as a 'dodgy' ref.

    Although I agree that there's a lot less talent in this division than the last time (Reading, Wigan, Cardiff, Stoke all gone) we've had key players out (which, except Zamora, didn't happen last time).

    This season, as ever, the key is our home form. With 8 home games left an average of 2 points per game (which I believe is a conservative expectation) will raise our total to 62. This means that we'll need about 10 points from the 8 away games to make the play-offs. Given our present away form this could be a problem. However, 3 of our next 4 away games are against strugglers (Grimsby, Stockport & Cheaterfield). If we can average 2 points against them our target becomes 4 from 5.

    Even if we fall just short of this target then we should be on the edge of the playoffs - and certainly keep the excitement going to the end. Unless we have a sudden and dramatic loss of home form I see nothing to suggest that our season will end until the playoffs - and remember we should have Piercy (and Blackwell) back soon.

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    That's a good point about the injuries, we had a remarkable two seasons virtually injury free. Is it also just bad luck that three of Coppells signings have spent more of their contracts with us injured than actually playing for us, or was it case that all we could afford was senior pros who were starting to creak a bit?, and then we had Hinshelwood to thank for Kitson.

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    A wise man once said ďno-one goes to Luton for a good night out except people from BedfordĒ. How true. Last night contained all the essentials of an away game with the Albion this season.
    Thameslink were up to their usual standard, thus keeping up the tradition of a rubbish train journey to the game. I seemed to have boarded the 17:07 Thameslink Magical Mystery Tour of South London train. SEE the delights of Streatham! MARVEL at the station at Tulse Hill! WONDER at the bustle of Elephant & Castle! The wisdom of running a 4 carriage train was soon revealed when we got into London and every commuter in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire seemed to want to get on the train. And they turned the heating up meaning my leg was gently toasted after we left Kings Cross, pinned as I was, next to someone with their mp3 player turned up to full.
    Luton? Seems like the wise man was right. A large billboard stood over the road leading to the stadium displaying Tottenham ticket details and exhorting people to cheer on the Spurs. Charming.
    The match? Well Iíd put it on a par with the Bournemouth game. Set pieces werenít up to much, Chippy and Oatway battled in midfield, Mayo was taken apart by the opposing striker, we barely had a shot on goal. Pretty standard away game fare. The fact that the best player on the pitch was essentially an amateur footballer doesnít say much for the standard of professional football in this division. The ref was almost prosser-like in his inability.
    Sitting on the Thameslink on the way home, head in hands, I wondered why I do it. Why donít I support a club who own their own stadium for one thing? I donít know, Millwall or something?
    Then I thought (as I find myself thinking after most away games) no. No, you made this decision years ago and youíre going to stick with it. Itís the thought that we might win the next game 4 nil even though all the evidence points to contrary. Itís the memory of Mayo blasting in that last minute winner against Derby last season. Itís the feeling I got when we thrashed Wolves last season, when weíd shown no signs of doing anything like it in the weeks before that game. Itís the scenes at Wycombe that make me remember why I do it. I support this club because the buzz when it goes right, when everything falls into place, when a Carpenter free kick does go into the net, that feeling is one of the best things in the world and no other team could replace that feeling. Iíve done too many years, Iíve seen too much of the rough, for anyone else to even compare.
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    What do people expect when we lose... Zamora, Brooker, Rodger, Blackwell, Barrett, Ingimarsson...

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