UK time is: 20:43:11
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Musings on Middlesbrough

Rejuvenation

Everyone of the players who took to the field on Saturday can feel more than happy with the level of their performance, but three players in particular stood out; Ryan Donk, Chris Brunt and Pedro Pele. In the case of the first two players they have bben in the team in previously but have not impressed, and some of Donk's performances were woeful. Pele has barely been selected for two consecutive games since he was signed 18 months ago. Against Boro, all wer excellent. Donk has been thrust back into the first eleven after injury to first choice centre back Jonas Olssen and the incosistently injured Miete - and on this evidence he is now thriving after a very shaky start.

Chris Brunt has delighted and infuriated in equal measure - as with all wingers he can often be completely anonymous. He is possessed of a fantastic 'wand' more evidence came of this with his crossing, particularly the ball he delivered for Korens goal. He also has that rare ability to make the pitch seem much wider; this not only allows him room to snake down the flanks but also pulls the opposition defense about, creating room for the rest of our midfield to exploit. If Mowbray can get a good level of consistency out of Brunt he will be a real asset to us.

Pele is a slightly different case, but it looks like he may be in the team for a few weeks featuring some crucial games. His composure was as unexpected as it was refreshing at the back, and I hope he can continue the form he showed against Boro the next time he pulls on the shirt.

Much has been made of how Mowbray has targeted games to win; less so of our switch to a real 4-4-2 which is paying dividends. At the moment any team in the bottom 12 has got a fair chance, and looking at our remaining fixtures I feel the dangerous tendrils of hope & optimism creeping back into my life. The next league game should put paid to that, home to Man Utd next Tuesday.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Alex Humpage Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 19 2009

Time: 5:09PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent West Bromwich Albion Articles

Stats: WBA v Liverpool (Saturday April 25 2015)

WBA v Liverpool - Team Sheets (Saturday April 25 2015)

Audio - Pulis On Albion Run In (Thursday April 23 2015)

Fletcher On Getting Back To Basics (Tuesday April 21 2015)

Gardner Seeks 40 Points (Sunday April 19 2015)

Archived West Bromwich Albion Articles

List All Vital Baggies Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
WBA 0 - 0 Liverpool
Crystal Palace 0 - 2 WBA
WBA 2 - 3 Leicester City
WBA 1 - 4 Q.P.R.
Man City 3 - 0 WBA
WBA 1 - 0 Stoke

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
10. West Ham 34 11 11 12 0 44
11. Crystal Palace 33 11 9 13 -3 42
12. Everton 33 10 11 12 -2 41
13. WBA 34 9 10 15 -14 37
14. Newcastle 34 9 8 17 -21 35
15. Aston Villa 34 8 8 18 -22 32
16. Sunderland 33 5 15 13 -23 30

Breaking League News

Report - Newcastle United 2-3 Swansea City
Swansea : 25/04/2015 19:27:00
Man City : 25/04/2015 19:20:01
Aston Villa : 25/04/2015 19:20:01
QPR Slip Further Behind
Q.P.R. : 25/04/2015 18:18:00
Q.P.R. : 25/04/2015 18:10:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Liverpool MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Myhill 0%
Dawson 0%
McAuley 0%
Lescott 0%
Brunt 0%
Gardner 0%
Yacob 0%
Fletcher 0%
Morrison 0%
Anichebe 0%
Berahino 0%
Sub - McManaman 0%
Sub - Ideye 0%
Sub - Baird 0%