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Albion 1 – 0 Aberdeen

August 1, 2010

Great little game this, played in front of a tiny crowd at Withers. What’s wrong with people? It was only a tenner a ticket for this one, I would have thought a bit of relief away from the summer shops and/or the wife and kids would have been more attractive, especially in this weather. Anyway.

I was sitting, probably for the last time ever, over in the North Stand. The tired old arena looks odd from this viewpoint, but ‘The Theatre of Trees’ was probably named by some wag North Stand regular, as the ground looks like it’s been cleared from some encroaching temperate jungle from here.

Mark McGhee got a more than affectionate welcome from both sides of Withdean when he appeared onto a pitch he knows so well, and the few hundred travelling Aberdeen fans sat in the East Stands appreciated the applause.

In our Portugal match against Portimonense we were given a bit of a lesson before the match was abandoned. Yesterday, just like against Sunderland over there, the team showed that when we play against typically British kick-and-rush exponents we look classy, continental even.

Aberdeen, a team with an impeccable (though distant) pedigree in Europe, looked very ordinary. The best gauge to measure how your team is doing is to watch the opposition fans in the stands. I was miles away from Blocks T and U, but I could still see a few jocks getting very shirty near the end of this game.

I don’t want to get carried away, but surely this team will perform in League One this year? The bookies fancy us to do well, if we keep relatively injury-free we should be thereabouts come May 2011.

The outstanding players yesterday were mostly in midfield. Bennett hit his trademark screamer, Sparrow and Navarro were neat and effective, especially Navs, who is a brilliant little campaigner. When our subs were made Gary Dicker was superb, giving Poyet headaches for selection this year. ‘Chino’ Baz is a player who gets the lovers of all things flair drooling at the mouth, his attempted overhead scissor kick was outrageous, pure class.

But it’s toss up between old man Kishishev and young urchin Jamie Smith for my man of the match. Kish is a wily old pro, if his legs hold up he will be making headlines regularly this season. Jamie Smith doesn’t look like a footballer - he’s an odd shape, has bouncy hair and is carrying a bit of puppy fat – but his close ball skills are as good as anybody’s and he gave Aberdeen all sorts of problems yesterday. So Smith just edges Kishishev for Man of the Match.

I’m annoyed that I’m missing the trip to Swindon next Saturday, as they will be a big test of this exciting new team. Relegation will not be an issue for the Albion this time around, nor do I think we will be headed for mid-table mediocrity, how far we do go is anybody’s guess, but I think we have the staff and playing style to go very far indeed.

The Hovian’s Team performance :  9 out 10

The Hovian’s Man of the Match :  Jamie Smith

Albion Team (goalscorers in bold) :

(4-5-1)Poke (Walker 77); Calderon (Whing 77), Elphick, Greer, Painter; Navarro (Battipiedi 77), Kishishev (Dicker 69), Sparrow; Smith (Baz 77), Barnes (Murray 77), Bennett (Holroyd 77).

Attendance: 2812 (516 Aberdeen)

Shoreham 0 – 2 Albion XI

August 5, 2009

An Albion XI featuring a seemingly fully fit Jim McNulty beat minnow neighbours Shoreham at their gaff last night. The big fella with one kidney played sixty minutes of a game where Jamie Smith and youngster George Barker both got on the scoresheet.

Glad to have McNulty back, but it does give Russell Slade a bit of a headache with so many good defenders now in the squad.

My starting line-up for Walsall this Saturday is as follows:

Kuipers

Whing          Elphick          Virgo (C)          J Wright

Navarro

M Wright          Dicker             Crofts               Cox  

Dickinson

Worthing 1 – 1 Albion XI

July 16, 2009

An Albion team made up of youth players and trialists were held to a 1-1 draw with neighbouring minnows Worthing FC.

Jamie Smith scored first for Albion before Worthing equalised. Still no sign of Dan Harding, doesn’t look like Russell Slade intends on signing him.

Kick by kick commentary of the game here on the Club’s official website

Albion Team (goalscorers in bold):

(4-4-2) Pelling (Walker 45); Ide (Strong 45), Cooper, Cook, Livermore (J Smith 59); McLenan (Brinkhurst 63), Jamie Smith, Mozika (Wilkins 75), Jones (Thompson 65) ; Barker (Hayward 87), Nlome Ndebe


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