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This game is on Saturday as the International games are on Wednesday this week.

Which means our crucial game v the Saints is postponed.

I dont know if Richardson can be played in the FAC, I would think he would, so I would think he'd keep his place.

Chaplow is cup tied.

I hope Hoult is dropped/rested and Albrechtsen is fit again.

Also either Moore or Gaardsoe is put in instead of Purse.

Make those changes and we might finish winners, leave Purse in the team, goodbye FA Cup.
 

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I think
Richardson is cup tied as he played in Man Utd v Exeter
Chaplow is cup tied as he played for Burnley.
Greening is out as he has 5 yellow cards so is suspended.

After our reserves beat Liverpool reserves 3-1 midweek, Gaardsoe it appears is completely out of form which is why he hasn't been playing.
Kuszchak has been playing very well so I'd like to see him given a game.

That means our team will probably be something like
Code:
        Campbell  Earnshaw
                 Kanu
        Dyer  Wallwork  Gera
Robinson Clement Purse Albrechtsen
               Kuzschak
I know thats adventurous :)
 

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West Brom manager Bryan Robson has warned that he will wield the axe
unless his side tighten up defensively.

Robson has pointed the finger firmly at goalkeeper Russell Hoult and
team captain Darren Purse for the latest horror show at Norwich in a
Premiership relegation battle last weekend.

Hoult was to blame for the first goal and Purse the second as
Norwich triumphed 3-2 after being outplayed for long periods to
leave Albion rooted to the bottom of the table.

Robson stopped short of saying that the pair would definitely be
dropped for Saturday's FA Cup replay at Tottenham on Saturday.

But it is clear that he is losing patience after individual mistakes
at the back have undermined the Baggies improved general
performances in recent weeks.

Robson said: "We just can't afford too many more mistakes - and that
goes for everybody on the defensive side. If they do not improve,
then they are going to be out of the team.

"I am still encouraged by the fact that we are playing well. But we
have got to cut out the mistakes that are costing us games.

"There has been some real poor defending in the last two games. And
it is not a collective thing. It is individuals who are letting us
down with lack of concentration.

"Look at Russell Hoult for the first goal at Norwich. You just
cannot understand why he is not stronger when he is going for the
ball.

"He went through a period when he was doing very well and was
absolutely outstanding against Manchester City - but Russell needs
his form to come back.

"As for the second goal, Darren Purse stays in there when all of the
others have come out in a real good line and leaves five Norwich
players onside. He was sleeping and that lapse of concentration has
cost us a goal.

"It makes all the work we have done on the training ground a waste
of time - and you cannot win Premiership games if you keep making
mistakes like that."
 

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For me he has said here that a bad performance v Spurs will be the end
for both Hoult and Purse in the team as first choice players. Shame
really as I think they should have been dropped a game or two ago.
But (assuming we lose to Spurs), we would have Kuzczhak in goal and TG
at CB for the vastly more important Saints game.
 

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http://www.expressandstar.com/articles/sport/albion/article_70816.php



Koumas to get his big chance in Cup
By Andy Toft
Feb 9, 2005, 07:48


Jason Koumas could get the chance to revive his Albion career at Spurs on
Saturday as manager Bryan Robson looks to overcome a midfield crisis.

Jonathan Greening's fifth booking of the season in the 3-2 defeat at Norwich
means he will miss the FA Cup replay at White Hart Lane, while Richard
Chaplow and Kieran Richardson are both cup tied.

If Martin Albrechtsen fails to recover from injury Robson will be forced to
start with Riccardo Scimeca at right-back - putting further strain on his
resources.

Robson's midfield personnel problems will leave the door open for Koumas who
has not started a game since the 5-0 defeat at home to Liverpool on Boxing
Day.

And the boss warned the Welsh international that Saturday's fourth round
replay could be his big chance to impress after a season in which he has
failed to nail a starting place.

"This gives people like Jason Koumas and James O'Connor a chance to show
what they can do," said Robson.

"Every time I've looked at Jason over the last few weeks he's had a virus or
a minor injury. He's missed a lot of training which has hindered his
fitness."

Despite this and the arrivals of Chaplow and Richardson, Robson insists
Koumas could still play an important part for the Baggies during their
survival struggle.

"Jason has got more ability than anyone at this football club but he's got
to combine that with workrate," said the Albion boss. "I keep talking to him
about it.

"When I came here I spoke to him and Ronnie Wallwork. I've had a great
response from Ronnie.

"He (Koumas) has got good attributes but also deficiencies as a Premiership
player. He's got to work on the defensive side of his game and his
workrate."

Robson insists he will pick a strong side on Saturday.

"I will be looking at different things but I want to win the game," he said.

"People say the FA Cup can get in the way of the league but I don't believe
that.

"If we win it will be great for confidence."
 

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Team for tomorrow ...
Code:
         Campbell - Earnie
Koumas - Wallwork - Scimeca - Gera
Robinson - Clement - Purse - Alby
                Hoult
Not my choice but the one I think BR will field.
1-1 in normal time us losing 2-1 in extra time. :(
 

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From BBC...

Two goals in five minutes by Jermain Defoe put Tottenham in the FA Cup fifth round after they came from behind to beat an impressive West Brom.

Kanu headed the visitors in front as they began the game far more energetically than the home side.

Robbie Keane levelled from the spot after Steven Kelly was fouled by Russell Hoult, who was stretchered off.

Defoe's stunning effort just after the break put Spurs ahead before Freddie Kanoute set up Defoe's second goal.

Former Arsenal player Kanu had given the visitors a deserved early lead when he headed home Zoltan Gera's right-wing cross.

Fellow ex-Gunner Kevin Campbell and West Brom's Paul Robinson then drew good saves from Tottenham keeper Paul Robinson as the Baggies threatened to increase their advantage over the dazed-looking home side.

Defoe's shot wildly over was Tottenham's only real first half threat until Hoult was stretchered off giving away a penalty for bringing down Kelly, with Robbie Keane put past substitute Tomasz Kuszczak.

But the game was transformed just after the break courtesy of two stunning strikes by Defoe.

First he lashed home a dazzling shot from the edge of the box after Michael Carrick's free-kick, then fellow ex-West Ham colleague Kanoute set him up to drive in another from 10 yards.

West Brom did not give up, however, and signalled their determination to keep fighting by bringing on the ever-dangerous Robert Earnshaw for Kanu.

Defoe nearly claimed a hat-trick when Carrick's through-ball opened up the West Brom defence, but Kuszczak was quick to smother the opportunity.

In a frantic finale, Robinson had to be at his best to keep out a long-range free kick by Neil Clement, before Simon Davies went down the other end and produced an excellent save from Kuszczak.

Afterwards, West Brom manager Bryan Robson pointed the finger of blame at the officials for his side's exit from the Cup.

"When your players play well and put in a good performance, the officials must get things right," he said.

"I thought throughout the game, decisions went against us.

"We've got two important game coming up, against Southampton and Birmingham. If we perform like we did in the first half, that gives us some chance."

# Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe:

"We decided to go with three up front, which went okay for us," he said. "It was difficult to get on the ball in the first half but the second was better.

"Cup games are special. The manager stressed to us before the game that it was a special one and now we're through it feels really good.

# West Brom manager Bryan Robson:

"West Brom had their chances but I thought we were the better side."

"When your players play well and put in a good performance, the officials must get things right," he said.

"I thought throughout the game, decisions went against us.

"We've got two important game coming up, against Southampton and Birmingham. If we perform like we did in the first half, that gives us some chance."

Tottenham: Robinson, Kelly, Gardner, King, Atouba, Brown, Carrick, Ziegler, Kanoute, Defoe, Keane (Davies 45). Subs Not Used: Cerny, Pedro Mendes, Naybet, Edman.

Goals: Keane 45 pen, Defoe 50, 55.

West Brom: Hoult (Kuszczak 42), Albrechtsen, Gaardsoe, Clement, Robinson, Koumas, Wallwork, Scimeca (O'Connor 69), Gera, Kanu (Earnshaw 62), Campbell. Subs Not Used: Purse, Horsfield.

Booked: Campbell, Wallwork

Goals: Kanu 12.

Att: 27,860

Ref: R Styles (Hampshire).
 
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