Vital Football

Latest WBA News

Reasons to be cheerful

Reasons to be cheerful

IT'S NEVER been easy being a Baggies supporter.

Let`s face it, with the players we have and the quality of the football we`ve been playing this season we should be walking this league.

But we`re not. Why? Because we`re the Albion.

You have to be an optimist if you`re going to be a Baggie survivor. Your FA Cup has to be half full, never half empty (remember we`ve lifted the trophy five times and five times we`ve been losing finalists).

Life with the Albion will always be a roller-coaster… and this season will be no different.

Except that this time the promise is very definitely there.

This time we have class oozing through the team. It may not always be apparent but it can suddenly and devastatingly appear - Chris Brunt`s sublime dummy and cross for the first goal on Saturday, Pele`s exquisite pass to set Craig Beattie free to curl in a wonderful winner being prime and recent examples.

We started the season with virtually a new team and inevitably they needed time to gel, time to get used to a system that emphasises qualities all too often missing in football today, a commitment to attacking opponents and to entertaining.

Mowbray`s class of 07/08 has been together for barely four months, yet real progress has been made in that short time. It may yet become a master class.

The prevailing wisdom is that you can`t get out of this league by playing attractive football. Hopefully we can prove wrong these purveyors of doom and gloom, show them that joyful football can also be winning football.

So far we`ve survived some woeful refereeing (Sheffield Wednesday being the prime example, though there are many others), an horrendous crop of injuries coinciding with suspensions for key players and - always our biggest enemy - inconsistency in performance to remain in one of the two automatic promotion places.

As we approach the halfway point in the season, there are reasons to be cheerful.

Talismanic striker Kevin Phillips should be back in action soon, hopefully to resume his prolific partnership with the raw but talented Ishmael Miller, with Roman Bednar and Beattie hovering in the background to keep them on their toes.

Chris Brunt`s growing confidence, Jonathan Greening`s leadership, Robert Koren`s workrate, Paul Robinson`s determination, Filipe Teixeira's dynamism, these are important influences in the team blend.

We need, perhaps, another player or two to throw into the mix, a centre defender and defensive midfielder. Important positions demanding qualities of leadership and determination. Not easy to find, yet the manager has so far proved adept at unearthing hidden gems.

Let us hope he can work the oracle again.

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football

Writer:Kris Tipton
Date:Tuesday December 11 2007
Time: 10:00AM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
You got rid of Robbo, I'd say that was a massive reason to be cheerful
coops1889
11/12/2007 13:10:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent West Bromwich Albion Articles

Pulis Wants West Ham Victory

Head coach Tony Pulis has said that with disappointing results since West Brom reached the magical 40 points mark, he wants the squad...

Morrison Talks On Going

With James Morrison out of contract this summer, but closing in on a return to action following injury, it's being reported that talks over a new deal for him are ongoing.

WBA - Premier League Free Transfers 2015/16

As the summer nears and contracts come to an end, should West Brom be interested in any of the following free transfers?

The Latest West Bromwich Albion Injury News..

Our weekly update looking at the injury table for West Bromwich Albion and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

Archived Vital Baggies Articles

Vital Baggies articles from

Site Journalists

Baggy Boy
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Spurs MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Myhill50%
Dawson17%
McAuley0%
Olsson2%
Evans2%
Yacob7%
Fletcher2%
Sessegnon12%
Gardner2%
McClean2%
Rondon2%
Sub - Sandro2%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 35 22 10 3 76 30
2 Spurs 35 19 12 4 69 39
3 Man City 35 19 7 9 64 32
4 Arsenal 35 18 10 7 64 24
5 Man Utd 34 17 8 9 59 12
6 West Ham 34 14 14 6 56 14
7 Liverpool 34 15 10 9 55 13
8 Southampton 35 15 9 11 54 12
9 Chelsea 34 12 11 11 47 7
10 Stoke 35 13 8 14 47 -14
11 Everton 34 9 14 11 41 5
12 Watford 34 11 8 15 41 -7
13 WBA 35 10 11 14 41 -11
14 AFC Bournemouth 35 11 8 16 41 -19
15 Swansea 35 10 10 15 40 -15
16 Crystal Palace 35 10 9 16 39 -9
17 Sunderland 34 7 10 17 31 -18
18 Norwich 34 8 7 19 31 -25
19 Newcastle 35 7 9 19 30 -26
R Aston Villa 35 3 7 25 16 -44
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent West Bromwich Albion  Results (view all)

West Bromwich Albion  Fixtures (view all)

Apr 30 2016 3:00PM : West Ham United (H)
Barclays Premier League
May 7 2016 3:00PM : AFC Bournemouth (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 15 2016 3:00PM : Liverpool (H)
Barclays Premier League