Albion 0 – 1 Swindon


How much fun do you want on a Saturday afternoon?

We had to lose sometime, four games without a defeat and people get silly ideas about us being the finished article, we’re far from it. What is needed is the killer touch, the fancy football is fine until you cease rattling the other lot’s onion bag.

Swindon came to Withdean with a game plan, they’d lost their last two games and showed us a lot of respect by being defensive and waiting for a lucky break – it worked perfectly. The Albion started well and took it to them. But I had a niggling doubt all game “We’re not going to score”. Even when we came close, it just didn’t feel like we were going to do it. Swindon had more of the play second half and when their chance came, they took it, clinically. That was the difference.

It was a disappointing day for Adam El-Abd, Elliott Bennett and Alan Navarro. These three especially were off colour. The rest were so-so, and Kazenga LuaLua was the one bright light – man of the match for me. Gus Poyet needs to tinker with it all again. The 4-5-1 is good when it works, but it didn’t today and Glenn Murray was left stranded far too many times on his own. Chris Holroyd is always brought on before Nicky Forster – why? Give Fozzy a chance to redeem himself, I’m sure he will.

It wasn’t a bad match, but it wasn’t as entertaining as the crowd today. Withers has found its voice again (warmer weather = more bums on seats/singers?), and the inflatable football and balloons were good fun, although the rest of the South Stand need to roll their sleeves up and get into it.

We left for home not over-gloomy, but a bit nervous again about the future and keen to know how the other League One strugglers got on. We slipped a place to 18th, but, and this is more worrying, we have the worst home record in the division – 11 defeats now – that is fucking shite, to put it bluntly. The 2009/10 season will (hopefully) be remembered as the season that our away form kept us in the third tier of English football, “It’s a funny old game Saint”

The Hovian’s Albion Team Performance : 5 out of 10

The Hovian’s Albion Man of the Match : Kazenga LuaLua

Albion Team (goalscorers in bold):

(4-5-1) Brezovan; Calderon, Elphick, El-Abd, Painter (Forster 75); Bennett, Dicker, Crofts, Navarro (Holroyd 71), LuaLua; Murray

(Subs) , Forster, McNulty, Carole, Hoyte, Hart, Holroyd

Attendance: 6946 (434 Swindon)

Too late Gus

League One table

Saturday, 13 March 2010 17:22 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
Full League One table
1 Norwich 36 39 78
2 Leeds United 36 32 71
3 Charlton 36 19 66
4 Millwall 36 21 65
5 Colchester 35 16 63
6 Swindon 35 11 63
7 Huddersfield 36 16 58
8 MK Dons 36 2 56
9 Bristol Rovers 35 -3 52
10 Southampton 34 26 47
11 Yeovil 36 -2 44
12 Carlisle 36 -4 44
13 Walsall 35 -4 44
14 Leyton Orient 36 -7 41
15 Brentford 32 0 40
16 Hartlepool 35 -11 38
17 Gillingham 36 -11 38
18 Brighton 35 -12 38
19 Oldham 34 -12 37
20 Tranmere 35 -25 37
21 Exeter 35 -15 33
22 Southend 35 -16 33
23 Wycombe 36 -25 30
24 Stockport 35 -35 24

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3 Responses to “Albion 0 – 1 Swindon”

  1. glasfryn Says:

    why oh why do we make prats of ourselves (even though we played quiet well) when we have a good crowd.
    what do think are our chances of signing your man of the match on a permanent basis ?
    roll on Tuesday night


  2. The Hovian Says:

    It would be great if we could sign him, but I believe he’s way too good for this league, defenders don’t know what to do with him. That initial burst of speed when he picks up the ball has left every one of them flat-footed.

    I’m going for a good drink before Tuesday night – to soften the blow 😉

    • glasfryn Says:

      have one for me
      lua lua may be on Gus’s list to sign I put this on forum about a week ago but they thought he might be a bit pricey but in the summer we will have the money.
      he just rips defences apart and can cross a ball
      I keep thinking what would Bobby Z do with those crosses


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