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CLUB V COUNTRY

14-10-2009

The international break leaves Terry Wills musing on club v country - and whether Albion are serious contenders for Sol Campbell's signature.

Last week’s international break, not popular with the average fan who ‘lives and dies’ based on their club results (!) meant, according to certain radio stations, the world was virtually teetering on the edge of disaster!

“Where are you going to watch the game? Would you pay to watch it in the comfort of your own home? Could you possibly find a pub that somehow or other would manage to transmit it to their regulars?”

Or weren’t you bothered seeing as England had already booked their place in next years South African Finals?

What a load of cobblers! Me? I was content to follow the match courtesy of a good ‘old fashioned’ radio commentary and in a way that can be equally exciting as a commentator’s voice becomes increasingly frenzied when the play gets anywhere near 40 yards of a goalmouth.

Naturally I wanted England to carry on their winning streak under Fabio Cappelo. But at the final whistle when England had lost my main thought was “I hope the Baggies players get through their respective games and return home without suffering niggling injuries.”

This, plus all the usual transfer speculation, more than made up for not watching Messrs Rooney, Gerrard, Lampard, and company standing in the centre circle to avoid being struck by brightly coloured flares.

So a brief look at the two elements. First, the prospect of Sol Campbell coming to the Hawthorns! That was NEVER going to happen seeing as his, or his agents, wage demands wouldn’t only smash Albion’s pay structure it would blast into orbit never to be seen again.

Then comes news/speculation that Romanian defender Gabriel Tamas is back on Albion’s radar? Perhaps he is -only time will tell but for certain he won’t be playing this week.

Followed by reports that Jara, an excellent signing judging from his first few games, won’t be available due to international duties. Graham Dorrans is only hoping to be fit, Chris Brunt is out for at least three weeks and Luke Moore also has only a 50/50 chance of being fit.

Plus of course realising that James Morrison has yet to kick a ball in anger and ‘Tiny’ Miller won’t be back until the New Year. Not entirely happy news bearing in mind we’ve ridden our luck and any further setbacks could in the long term become extremely damaging.

In a promotion challenging season, winning your home games becomes a necessity. And for sure Baggies supporters won’t forget that awful performance against Crystal Palace last time out.

What is, at face value, consoling to hear and read, is that the players themselves acknowledged recent performances most certainly weren’t up to scratch.

Jonas Olsson is still smarting from the Barnsley debacle. Believe me Jonas the fans who witnessed that capitulation are smarting more than any of the players.

Scott Carson says “Perhaps we had become complacent”

If so Scott, as club captain, it’s up to you to lay down the law. Tell the players even if they’ve become complacent, the majority of the fans most definitely haven’t. Promotion will only be achieved if the team give 100% every game.

The first of the two home games see Reading at the Hawthorns. A team not good enough to warrant a place in the Premiership but a team capable of having sufficient quality to be up there fighting for at least a top six spot.

Then come Swansea who have yet to pull up any trees but again schooled in playing attractive football and winning matches- given the chance.

It’s up to Albion to stamp their authority on both teams and six points would most certainly heap pressure on leaders Newcastle United, Middlesbrough and the rest of the promotion hopefuls. So don’t waste the opportunity - go get em!

“Come on you Baggies”

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