In any case, there was no shortage of things to talk about for the fans at the Amex on Sunday.
We asked four long-time Albion fans for their thoughts on Albion’s 5-2 win over Leicester City.
And then – we had to – we collected their thoughts on the unsatisfying episode that saw the goal ruled out by Alexis Mac Allister.
Who said we don’t have anything to talk about when VAR comes in?
What were your thoughts on Albion’s performance against Leicester?
Colin Beales: Despite two sloppy goals, the Albion never saw any real danger in that game, which says a lot given the goal we conceded in the first minute. Albion didn’t panic every time Leicester scored, we dusted ourselves off and continued on with our game plan. We looked consistently good in possession and were dangerous in attack. Last season’s lack of composure in front of goal now seems a distant memory. Let’s hope it stays that way.
James Heasman: Offensively we were excellent against a weak team from Leicester. In the first half, both teams looked like they were going to score every time they went forward. We seem very vulnerable when teams like Fulham play with more breadth. When Veltman or Webster went wide to close players, there were big holes in the middle. I’m sure this will be resolved by the time we play Bournemouth.
Tim Ayling: Another outstanding performance against a rather chaotic Leicester team. The second half in particular was excellent and Leicester didn’t get along with us. The way we’re performing despite losing key players is really amazing.
Alan Brownings: I pulled my hair out in the first half. We’ve always given their right-back all the space and time in the world. But we changed it for the second half and absolutely smashed them. Champions of England, you laugh!
Who was your pick among the Albion players?
Colin Beales: There have been some great performances out there, Solly and Gross have given them a blast on the grand piano, but it has to be Alexis Mac Allister. A phenomenal exhibition in the middle of the park. I was so happy that he got the penalty and the free kick after his absolute screamer was over.
James Heasman: There were a number of great performances from midfielders, Solly, Moises Caicedo and Pascal Gross were excellent but Alexis Mac Allister was once again absolutely gorgeous!
Tim Ayling: Everyone contributed their part, but Mac Allister, March and Trossard shone the most in my opinion. Mac Allister is developing into an all-around great midfielder. We need to get him an extended contract quickly. He scored two of the great Amex goals just a shame VAR decided to ruin the fun.
Alan Brownings: How the sponsors came up with Solly March I’ll never know. Alexis Mac Allister had a total blinder and almost a hat trick.
Your printable thoughts on the VAR chaos?
Colin Beales: This weekend must be quite a rock bottom for VAR. Not just the four and a half minutes it took them to strike out our goal, but other shockers at Newcastle and Chelsea. If you can’t make a decision within a short window of time, how can it be a clear and obvious mistake? In general, what has VAR added to the game? Surely, as a spectator in the stadium, that would not seem like much to him.
James Heasman: VAR does not work in this country. The people running it are apparently incompetent and Howard Webb can’t step in soon enough. Regardless, I personally hate it. Football is a game about spontaneous emotions. Every time a goal is scored, sometimes you don’t celebrate properly until the game starts again. That is not right. On Sunday, my friends and I had four and a half minutes at the game to discuss who was offside, what part of their anatomy was offside and what phase of the game it was. The fact that we are discussing the controversy about VAR instead of referees shows that it has failed. Absolutely ridiculous!
Tim Ayling: Sometimes VAR plays an important role, but almost five minutes for an offside ruined the spectacle for the spectators. How can that be right for a form of entertainment? Perhaps it’s time to scrap the lines and only overrule the linesman’s decision when it’s obvious to the naked eye.
Alan Brownings: It’s terrible. I’d rather go home because the referees made a wrong decision than wait seven minutes to ruin a perfect goal anyway. The keeper could have had ten players on the line, none of them made it. Strange that someone’s toe penetration was ruled out. An absolute worldly and it’s football loss.
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