Posts Tagged ‘Championship’

Albion 1 – 3 Watford

December 31, 2012

Nice to see the seats already in the South West corner

To say this match was a bit of an anti-climax, after waiting 3 months to see an Albion game, would be an understatement. It was great to be traipsing through the Christmas rain up to Falmer to see the stripes again. That is until the match actually started.

I don’t know what’s happening with the team, and yes Watford are a good side with another young football-as-it-should-be-played manager steering them, but Gus Poyet’s side now have no fight in them it seems. Toothless up front, slow to the point of being embarassing at the back (“Bomber” El-Abd needs a new nickname, that was painful), and a midfield without the fantastic Liam Bridcutt doesn’t bear thinking about. If Albion let him go this upcoming tranfer window, as is rumoured, then we’re fucked, it’s as simple as that. So, Man of the Match to the player I always have thought as the best we have – our midfield ball winner – Liam Bridcutt.

And going into the North West corner

However, you don’t need me to tell you that football is a harsh mistress, and if you look at Brighton & Hove Albion over a 5 year timescale and not just this season, we’ve come a long way, and it’s still a huge success story. I do like the way the corners of the ground are getting filled in, and in a way that’s not going to turn the place into another soulless indentikit bowl, I just wish we could fill the huge gaps in the footballing side at the minute.

The Watford lot – noisy, with a lot to be noisy about

Happy New Year to you, wherever you find yourself, I’m missing the Newcastle FA Cup game as, guess what, I’ll be in Turin watching Juventus v Sampdoria on 6th January. Match/holiday report to follow soon after. Cheers.

Albion 3 – 3 Leeds

September 24, 2011

It wasn’t a night for dicky hearts at Falmer last night. A scintillating game of football that had me out of my seat all night.

The Leeds away crowd were great, best banter at the Amex yet. Loads of big fat Yorkies with no tops on screaming abuse and singing their hearts out. They were almost as entertaining as the match itself.

Almost identical to the Liverpool game, we didn’t turn up in the first half, and Leeds punished us more than the Premier League outfit as a result. Second half started with Nooney replaced by the dagger, and Vicente was ace. We battered Leeds, a complete turnaround from the first 45. Vicente was pulling the strings and LuaLua, Barnes and CMS had a great performance each.

Mackail-Smith’s first was a beautiful turn and finish, and he rounded off his man of the match run out with a second and winning a penalty which Barnes put away easily, he does take a good penalty.

Leeds were allowed to come at us for the last 5, and Ankergren inexplicably punted the ball down to his opposite number Lonergan in the Leeds goal. Lonergan hoofed it back and it ended up in front of McCormack who tucked it away with 94 minutes up of the 95. Lumps of blubber exploded in the away end and Leeds sneaked a draw when they looked down and out.

Great game, but I felt we gave away three points when we had fought so hard to take the lead. Southampton and Middlesbrough drew today though, so we’re still very much in the mix and it’s Crystal Palace Tuesday night, with Glenn Murray fully fit. I cannot wait.

The Hovian’s Team performance : 7.5 out 10

The Hovian’s Man of the Match : Craig Mackail-Smith

Attendance: 20,646 (2,361 Leeds United)

As it stands – Championship table

Projected table based on latest scores

Position Team P GD PTS
Full Championship table
1 Southampton 8 10 19
2 Middlesbrough 8 8 18
3 Derby 8 7 18
4 West Ham 8 9 17
5 Brighton 8 6 17
6 Hull 8 -1 13
7 Cardiff 7 3 12
8 Blackpool 8 2 12
9 Leeds 8 1 11
10 Leicester 7 0 11
11 Peterborough 8 3 10
12 Crystal Palace 8 0 10
13 Ipswich 8 -5 10
14 Portsmouth 8 -1 9
15 Reading 8 -1 8
16 Birmingham 7 -2 8
17 Barnsley 8 -2 8
18 Watford 8 -3 8
19 Millwall 8 -5 7
20 Burnley 7 -4 6
21 Coventry 8 -4 6
22 Nott’m Forest 8 -6 6
23 Bristol City 8 -6 6
24 Doncaster 8 -9 4

Portsmouth 0 – 1 Albion

August 15, 2011

Always a good awayday is Pompey. There’s a plethora of pre-match pubs to choose from, from the glittering Gunwharf Quays to rundown Fratton itself, a tipple for anyone’s taste. Then there’s the always lively match, accompanied by the local loathing of anything foreign – i.e. anything north, east and west of the M27. But on Saturday the famous Fratton Park roar was strangely subdued, but then Portsmouth were wary of the Albion after we dispatched them in some style from the FA Cup last year, a competition that they had started to take for granted recently.

A big noisy crowd of Albionites made the short trip west on the rattler, and they pretty much outsong Pompey all match, I didn’t hear that bloody bell once, a small blessing. The team started slowly, and soon we were grinding down Portsmouth with our passing game. That’s not to say they didn’t have chances, they made the most of the short spells when we gave away possession, but Casper Ankergren had a fine game, one of his best. Buckley went off injured in the first half, but in Gus Poyet’s team we have plenty exciting wingers, and Nooney was more than ample cover.

As is my wont, I went for a slash just before half-time and missed Craig Mackail-Smith’s first goal for the stripes. I saw it on the Football League show yesterday, a mild tap-in after some stirling work from Noone and then Barnes. Second half was more of the same – lots of Gordon Greer inspired Albion possession, and a few chances at either end when the tappy stuff broke down into proper derby day antics. Pompey didn’t really put sustained pressure on our goal until after 80 minutes, and that sinking feeling arrived in spades when Dunk clearly handled in the area when the match was on the blow. That really got the locals going, rabid they were in their gesticulating at us. But, penalties aren’t what they used to be, ask any Brighton fan after our misses last year. And Portsmouth hit the post, then the rebound shot was gathered brilliantly by big Casper. Game over.

This performance was down to the middle spine of the team, Ankergren, Greer (man of the match), Bridcutt then CMS up front were our best players, and add Noone on there. But the whole team had a good-ish day to be fair, the machine was in fine working order.

The result sent the skates into paroxysms on the final whistle, and the walk back to Fratton Station was good fun, it was handbags as a few 7.14 (well they’re a bit late to be real 6.57) tried to pop a few of our lads in the narrow street. There were a few handy Brighton boys in the crowd and much co-ordinated pavement dancing ensued, although not one punch was landed by either side. The plod shit themselves, thinking it was akin to the recent Tottenham rioting, but it caused no amount of mirth among us onlookers, what a shit so-called ‘firm’ that was. All a bit stupid and pointless really. So, another satisfying day away from Sussex, early doors of course in this new campaign, but you can’t argue with maximum points.

The Hovian’s Team performance : 8 out 10

The Hovian’s Man of the Match : Gordon Greer

Attendance: 16,496

Npower Championship table
Sunday, 14 August 2011 17:03 UK

P GD PTS
1 Cardiff 2 3 6
2 Southampton 2 3 6

3 Blackpool 2 2 6
4 Brighton 2 2 6
5 Derby 2 2 6
6 Millwall 2 2 4

7 Reading 2 2 4
8 Middlesbrough 2 1 4
9 Ipswich 2 2 3
10 Crystal Palace 2 1 3
11 Peterborough 2 0 3
12 Birmingham 2 0 3
13 Hull 2 0 3
14 West Ham 2 0 3
15 Leicester 2 -1 3
16 Portsmouth 2 -1 1
17 Watford 2 -1 1
18 Barnsley 2 -1 1
19 Burnley 2 -2 1
20 Nott’m Forest 2 -2 1
21 Doncaster 2 -2 0

22 Coventry 2 -2 0
23 Leeds 2 -3 0
24 Bristol City 2 -5 0

Fixtures!

June 17, 2011

Rip it up and start again, last game at the Goldstone v Doncaster April 1997

Doncaster at home in the first game in the Championship 2011-12, very fitting and certainly NOT a fix (!?). Palace at Falmer is a night game on 27th September, and we’re up there on another Tuesday night on 31st January (cheers PC Plod). Boxing day is a big let-down, away to Reading (snooze). I can’t wait, this summer is dragging and the weather is pants, roll on August.

Full Championship fixtures click here