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[Albion] Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Brighton & Hove Albion *** Official Match Thread ***



brighton_dave

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Apr 13, 2016
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Yep, totally. Hoping that lots of the rubbish posted on here tonight is just folk letting frustrations out and in the cold light of day they realise actually we're doing pretty bloody well all things considered. I saw the line up and subs and thought christ we are in for it tonight
I think I noticed post of yours saying something similar. Good on you for not sharing as an aggressive personal attack via a direct reply to an individual. 👍💙🤍
I'm slowly learning who the decent folk on here are.
 






Jeremiah

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Mar 15, 2020
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Hove
Oh my word what a shocking performance from us tonight - and Wolves were not a lot better. 2 shots on target for both teams.

I pity our fans going to Fulham and Roma if that's the best side we can put out.
 


Sid and the Sharknados

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Sep 4, 2022
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Darlington
With Potter it is what it might have been then?


You actually know?


Wowsers!
I mean, what's the point in comparing them?

They both did/are doing well here. One of them left, the other will go one way or another at some point. It's not like we can go back and force Potter to stay to see if we'd have done as well with him still as manager.

For what it's worth, I tend to think a manager makes only a very marginal difference in and of themselves. It's not surprising that when injuries and sales strip us back to a team closer in quality to what we had most of the time under Potter we get results closer to what we had under him.
 






Springal

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Feb 12, 2005
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But he's been good during and since.
Problem tonight was far too much tippy tippy football in their penalty area. All guilty.
Not sure - for his position he’s only scored against Liverpool (ok you can have that) , Burnley, Luton & Sheff Utd.

And 1 assist. It’s been an ok debut season but not at the level required id say
 


Uh_huh_him

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Sep 28, 2011
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That’d be great if you could sign top Premier League standard players on 3 month contracts. Of course, you’d also be relying on them to settle immediately and slot in seamlessly to our style of play. Oh, and not destroy the wage structure in the process.

We don’t need to fill our squad because we’ve one of the best crops of brilliant youngsters anywhere in Europe.
The wage structure argument is overstated.
Our wage spend has been going up fairly consistently over the past 3 seasons.

The reason that we haven't filled thegaps, is because we won't overpay, which is perfectly correct.
I don't have an argument with the reasons that we are where we are.

I'm just calling out that the idea that we have a "big squad" is not factually correct.
If the recruitment team had been able to find a couple of centre-mids and a full back for the right price, then our squad would have been bigger this season.
 










Uh_huh_him

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Sep 28, 2011
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Massive missed opportunity. I will get over it, but f***, what a chance of making the semis.
And, let's be honest that's a team performance we've seen a few times. Clever, smart , inventive.......but inaccurate, tentative and too keen to recycle possession backwards.
Nothing wrong with going backwards, but we weren't moving the ball quickly and accurately, which is when our style starts to come into it's own.
we constantly gave Wolves time to reorganise.
 




nwgull

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Jul 25, 2003
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Manchester
Yes agreed, but we aren't the only team with a load of U21s to boost the squad.
In an ideal world, we wouldn't have had to rely on Hinshelwood , Buonanotte, Adingra for the number of minutes we have this season.
They've all developed incredibly well from it, but we have been reliant on them, more than is wise.
What do we have numbers wise in the first team squad - 29, isn’t it? That would normally be more than enough to ride out injuries and rotate etc. But you can’t legislate for having as many injuries as we’ve had. It’s hard enough when you get injuries to key players like Pedro or Estupinan for 5-6 weeks, but 4 of our first-choice players have suffered long-term injuries of half a season or longer. I think any PL team would struggle.
 




Uh_huh_him

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Sep 28, 2011
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What do we have numbers wise in the first team squad - 29, isn’t it? That would normally be more than enough to ride out injuries and rotate etc. But you can’t legislate for having as many injuries as we’ve had. It’s hard enough when you get injuries to key players like Pedro or Estupinan for 5-6 weeks, but 4 of our first-choice players have suffered long-term injuries of half a season or longer. I think any PL team would struggle.
Not making any judgements.
I understand why we have the squad we have.

There are a few posters who tend to say that the squad's too big, and it would be bad if we had any more players in the squad.
The truth is, if we could have got more players in, for the right price, we would have done.

De Zerbi has said many times that we are too dependent on teenagers.
 






Wardy's twin

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Oct 21, 2014
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Yes agreed, but we aren't the only team with a load of U21s to boost the squad.
In an ideal world, we wouldn't have had to rely on Hinshelwood , Buonanotte, Adingra for the number of minutes we have this season.
They've all developed incredibly well from it, but we have been reliant on them, more than is wise.
to be fair I would take them over Milner & Lalana any day of the week and a number of other seniors.
 












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