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.

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

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

Best of Vital Network

Recent West Bromwich Albion Articles

Leicester To Return For Evans

It's being reported that Leicester City are to return with a second bid for centre half Jonny Evans.

West Brom To Act As Safe Standing Pilot

West Bromwich Albion have officially confirmed that they have offered The Hawthorns to the Premier League and are willing to act as a pilot scheme for safe standing.

FA End Betting Sponsorship

Late yesterday afternoon, the Football Association announced the result of its three month review of their relationship with gambling companies and that association now comes to an end.

2017/18 Final Weekend Details

With the release of the Premier League fixtures last week and last Wednesday seeing the EFL following suit, the full details for the final weekends across...

Archived Vital Baggies Articles

Vital Baggies articles from

Site Journalists

Baggy Boy
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Swansea MotM
Suggested By:
Foster16%
Nyom6%
Dawson2%
Evans4%
M Wilson2%
Yacob30%
Morrison4%
Fletcher2%
Livermore4%
Brunt2%
Rondon16%
Sub - McClean4%
Sub - Robson-Kanu6%
Sub - Leko2%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent West Bromwich Albion  Results (view all)

West Bromwich Albion  Fixtures (view all)

Vital Football Comment