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  • For once, I felt the defence played very well. Alby was definitly MotM and Barnett played very well also. I thought they attacked the ball very well.

    I have a couple of points about how and why we lost this game. Number 1, James Morrison. Although the loss cannot be totally blamed on him (sadly), what purpose does he serve? I've had a season ticket at the Albion since 02-03 now, and Morrison week-in, week-out churns out some of the worst performances I've seen of anyone in a WBA shirt. He can't play on the wings, as he's too slow and can't cross a ball, and can't play in the centre either, as he's far too weak. So, why does Mowbray insist on playing him every week, in must win games, dropping vital players such as Gera and Brunt. I'm beginning to think that Morrison is Mowbrays lovechild, as there's no other logical explaination of why he's still in the team.

    Secondly, Mowbrays tactics. I am, and have been a big fan of Mowbray since Day 1, but his insistence to play 'pretty' football does annoy me, sometimes in this league you have to play unattractive and Route One football, as it is effective, as Stoke have showed so many times. After Morrison's anonymous first half performance I thought that it was obvious to bring on Brunt, and supply Bednar with some service. Mowbray thought differently. Why he left Morrison on for 90 minutes, I will never know. Also bringing off Bednar and Philips for Miller and Moore, and also Greening. At the end, we were playing 4-2-2-2 formation, with absolutely no width. How were we meant to score like that?

    I walked out after Folan's goal, only the second time I've ever done it at a Baggies match.

    Any thoughts?

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    • Well Clive I agree with you on most points there,though Morrison has had some good spells in past games,against Hull he was very poor!,Greening wasn't much better either.....I thought we were coming back into the game really well after Bednars goal,he and Phillips were causing their back 4 lots of problems hence the rash of yellow cards just before half time!,the turning point came when Mowbray did the double substitution of Miller & Moore who neither caused as much problems for the Hull defence as Bednar & Phillips,I agree he should have brought on Brunt in place of Morrison and Teixeira in place of Greening and move Gera into his natural central midfield role where he plays so well for Hungary!,then when we were a goal or two to the good then bring on either Moore or Miller.....not both by the look of it they can't seem to work well together,well not this quick!,.in the end I reckon it was Mowbray's poor tactical substitutions that cost us the game......

    • I don't think that we have a defence. They run around like headless chickens, Just watch Kiely..
      He does't seem to control his area.
      We have been found out, and the other teams have seen this weakness. We need a good centre back who can command the area in front of goal.
      we have the attack and mid-field we just need a strong man at the rear.

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      • Firstly I have to say shame on you for walking out after Hull Scored their second goal! I know you have paid for your ticket and have every right to do that but its at that time (especially needing only one goal to draw) that the team needs its support. Players respond to support and when they sense supporters leaving in droves then it has a negative effect.
        Secondly, I also have to admit I was bemused when Mowbray subbed both Phillips and Bednar and commented that he had just taken off 30 goals! However it does appear that Bednar was unwell and I guess we did well to get an hour out of him. I also suspect the Mobs feels that Phillips cant play with Miller, hence his sub.
        I do agree with what you say about Morrison and having been a Coventry the previous week cant understand why Brunt wasnt played.
        I also still cant fathom why Greening was subbed as everything goes thru him, and he and Koren are always 'showing' for the ball.
        Unfortunately again I cant agree with the route one comment. Apart from Bednar there is no-one else up front who can win high balls in the air. I feel we are geared up as a 'footballing' side and will win more games like that as we create more chances. Remember at home away teams will pack the midfield and restrict space so playing a route one game defenders will love it - especially centre halfs ! Also I for one would not want to see the style of football Stoke/Watford play!
        Defensively we are weak, but against Hull in the first half they had one chance and scored,
        I do have concerns over Kiely, for an experienced keeper he does make some strange decisions!