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    by Published on 19-03-2019 00:57
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    A week on from the incredible victory at Selhurst Park, the attention turned to East London, and a huge opportunity for more history. Championship Millwall standing between the Albion and a first FA Cup semi-final since 1983 - you have to say, a hugely winnable tie. Saturday’s action saw Palace knocked out at Watford (snigger), City scraping past Swansea, and Wolves progress into the last four after beating Manchester United. One spot remaining...could the Seagulls join them?

    Into the Lion's Den, as strong a team as Chris could have picked. Excitement reaching fever pitch, let’s do it boys. Let’s get to Wembley.
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    by Published on 10-03-2019 01:01
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    An absolutely vital 3 points last time out, safety deliciously close. Home wins over the struggling Cardiff and Southampton, and a couple of away draws for good measure ought to do it. Where better to start?

    So to Palace away, and the biggest game of our season so far. Of course, the game didn’t start at 12:30pm on Saturday 9th. Nor did it start at 11:30, when the team news tweet notification popped up on my phone. Not when I woke up and crawled out of bed, my stomach tormented with nerves, not even a week prior after the conclusion of our vital home win over Huddersfield. Arguably, the embers of this fiery rivalry have been quietly flickering on since our historic victory at the Amex
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    by Published on 04-03-2019 13:13
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    Huddersfield then. Massive.

    After a long run of games with little reward, things have rather come to a head. Yes, we really did ‘acquit ourselves well’ at Old Trafford, and at home to Liverpool, but we bagged zero points. Yes, it’s true, that Ben Foster and Tom Heaton were the stars of their respective shows, and genuinely we did ‘deserve’ more than a point from those two fixtures, but a point is all we got. At Leicester midweek there’s a valid argument that we genuinely were the ‘better team’ – but again left empty handed.

    There can be no excuses today.
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    by Published on 27-02-2019 00:25
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    Following Albion’s FA Cup fifth-round victory over Frank Lampard’s Derby County, the big news heading into the midweek fixture away at Leicester was the rapid appointment of Brendan Rodgers as the new Foxes boss, after “parting company” with Claude Puel on Sunday. Couldn’t even afford us a few more days of turmoil, could you Leicester? Not to mention affording Palace a 1-4 away victory in Puel’s final game in charge. An interesting appointment nonetheless, with some Celtic fans understandably frustrated at his sudden departure.

    by Published on 18-02-2019 14:11
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    So – back to the Amex for a fourth straight Saturday, for a fifth round FA Cup clash with Championship Derby County. Team news is in, amid talk of illness and knocks in the camp. Glenn Murray is the one indispensable right now, given the lack of suitable back up, so he gets to rest a tight calf. Dunk too gets to rest an apparent niggle.

    The starting XI still looks pretty strong, though there is very little strength on the bench, particular in attacking positions – Florin Andone’s stupid red card coming home to roost. Davy Pröpper is down to start, but
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    by Published on 09-02-2019 23:12
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    Back in December when the Premier League’s TV dates were confirmed, a few Albion fans (including myself) scoffed at the inclusion of Burnley at home. Following the two enthralling encounters of last season, both ending 0-0, it seemed odd that anyone would want to pay actual money to televise the fixture. More pertinently, it didn’t seem relevant - after amassing an impressive points tally as Christmas approached, many of the BHAFC faithful were looking up the table rather than down.

    But this, of course, is the Albion we’re talking about. And where the Albion are concerned, nothing is ever straightforward.

    A murmur of anxiety amongst the fan base coming into the game, following a worrying second half collapse away at strugglers
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    by Published on 05-12-2018 16:59
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    Oh. My. Days.

    What a night. What a fantastic, crazy, epic night.

    Wandering up to ground in the freezing rain – tense. Nervous. Excited. Huge, huge game. A win would be massive, the unthinkable crushing. Team news in – couple of changes – Montoya in for the injured Capitan, and super Glenn restored in place of Saturday’s match-winner Florin Andone.

    As for the visitors:

    by Published on 30-10-2018 16:04
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    A ridiculously busy spell at work, has meant I’ve neglected this responsibility for a good while. In home games since I last found the time to pen anything (United), the Albion have drawn with Fulham (game turned on a missed penalty, great comeback, but ultimately two points dropped), lost to Spurs (showed a good side too much respect, but could have nicked an unlikely point), and beaten West Ham (solid defensive display, Murray clinical).

    Coupled with a huge away win at Newcastle last time out, a pretty healthy
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    by Published on 20-08-2018 13:07
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    “Can we play you every week? Can we plaa-aaay you, every week?” For the smattering of Manchester United fans still left in the ground a minute into added time, hearing that from fans of (#teamslike)Brighton has really got to hurt. Especially for the (corporate) covert Red sat in front of us, who’d proudly shown his phone to his mate at kick off, announcing that ‘this win’ was going to bring home his £600 acca. What a terrible, terrible shame, for him, that it didn’t work out.

    What a win. What a performance, from Chris Hughton’s men. ...
    by Published on 12-08-2018 22:55
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    Watford 2-0 Albion



    In an uneven, unmemorable game festooned with poor passing and uncertain defending, Albion failed to produce a shot on target in a start to the season that felt ominous rather than promising.

    Only the scoreline, rather than the respectability, of last season's initial defeat to Manchester City was repeated, and Albion's two further games in August – a visit from Manchester United and a trip to Liverpool – will surely yield ...
    by Published on 07-05-2018 18:41
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    What a night. Premier League status confirmed, with two matches to spare. A great occasion, a tremendous effort, and most of all a thoroughly deserved victory.

    Every player worthy of the highest praise.

    Little Maty Ryan, less busy than might have been expected, went about his business in the tidiest of fashion, plucking high balls at will - plunging to save when he finally had to.

    Bong and Bruno reliable in defence
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    by Published on 18-04-2018 16:07
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    Back to the Amex, after a dispiriting reverse at Castle Greyskull, for the visit of Tottenham. Which Albion would turn up to tackle Pochetino’s impressive young Spurs side? That which took the game to Leicester for an hour, or that forced to settle for a point after a limp display against Huddersfield a week later?

    Spurs’ away form is frightening. Ten wins and just two defeats on their travels, and on a run of sixteen straight
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    by Published on 14-03-2018 16:23
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    “Get off to bed” they said, “Big day tomorrow. Try to get some sleep”.

    Who are they kidding? Sleep? I‘ve not slept for a week. Teeth done, in the bedroom sink with the Albion crest mirror, then stretched out on the bed, under the gaze of the 1982/83 squad, looking down from the wall opposite. Half asleep, half awake, replaying all that brought us to this – to the cusp of eternal glory – to the prospect of triangular corner flags at the Goldstone.

    A scrap against Newcastle in the 3rd round – the adventure almost over before it began. A draw secured, then crestfallen at the response that ‘No, we wouldn’t’ be attending the replay – I had no concept of the distances involved. The lads came through it
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    by Published on 06-03-2018 10:11
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    Saturday night. I've spent two days coughing and wheezing, and shivering and sweating. Not eating, not sleeping. Zombified. "It's SILLY", she says. "Are you up to the (2 hours each way) drive? It'll be freezing. It's on TV. Do you really think it’s a sensible idea?"

    Tuesday morning, I'm sat at home typing this, on the second of two days off work ('deep seated bacterial chest infection' apparently) so she might have had a point. But romance and dreams weren't built on 'sensible ideas'. Anyway, the pills seem to be kicking in now – seems like that Fleming chap was onto something. I digress...

    Arriving at the game, we're dissecting the Gunners' line-up, and I'm struggling to completely
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    by Published on 05-02-2018 18:38
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    I opined in conclusion of the midweek Southampton report, that the value of that draw there could only be properly measured, in conjunction with the outcome of this game. Find a way to beat West Ham - four points in a week - everything looks a bit rosier. Lose this one, and things will take on a very grim outlook.

    The lead up to the game had seen my bullish optimism (Lanzini, Arnautovic and Carroll out – good time to play the Hammers…?) had proved ...
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