Lakenheath Old Boys

We are all former students at Lakenheath High School and other public schools in East Anglia. We were in school in the 70s and 80s and drank deeply from the well of British culture of those decades - the pints, the telly, and of course the footie!

Monday, August 25, 2014

The First Big Test!

Well, well well - if it isn't Mr. Balotelli. Why always him? Because you're so bloody entertaining, Mario - that's why. He's back in England just in time for a return to the Etihad for the first big match of the season - Citeh hosting Liverpool. Wow - you couldn't script this stuff, could you? I'll be around for the fireworks this afternoon. Don't think about missing it!

118 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The team news is in and our man Balo isn't involved! Something wrong with that, surely.



Manchester City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy; Nasri, Fernando, Yaya Toure, Silva; Jovetic, Dzeko. Subs: Caballero, Sagna, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Milner, Navas, Aguero.

Liverpool: Mignolet; Johnson, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno; Gerrard, Henderson, Allen, Coutinho, Sturridge, Sterling. Subs: Jones, Manquillo, Sakho, Toure, Can, Markovic, Lambert.

Referee: Michael Oliver.

2:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I've got a cracking link up through First Row Sports:

http://ifirstrowus.eu/watch/277815/1/watch-manchester-city-vs-liverpool-fc.html

2:38 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hey Bob
I am home about to watch the match


Balotelli wasn't registered in time to play in this match

2:43 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

NBC in the tunnel.. they do such a great job

Pouring rain in Manchester

It's not raining, it Manchester crying

2:55 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Here they come out of the tunnel
Love that they're both wearing their traditional colors
No reason why Arsenal didn't wear red against Everton!!!

Citeh don't have white shorts this year… all sky blue for them this season

2:57 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Balo's ONLY assist for the Citizens was to Aguerro against QPR in the 95th minute to win the league

BASTARD!!


We're off

3:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Welcome, UWS - I'm back for the kick-off. Come on, you Reds!

3:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Both sides won their openers but neither especially convincing in doing so. Each could lay down a marker for their rivals today.

3:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

First day back at school today, mate. You've got two more weeks of freedom, don't you?

3:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice stuff from Liverpool there but the final ball from Coutinho wasn't there.

3:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - that was a lovely ball through from Gerrard to Sterling. His touch let him down.

3:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sterling really pressing his claim and Pool are doing all of the early running. Clichy is going to have a long night.

3:14 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Busy looking at directions to Vassar for tomorrow.
Matt has a scrimmage there

The sound is off

3:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Yaya tries one from distance - easily smothered by Mignolet.

3:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Isn't Vassar a women's college? I reckon he's pulling your leg, mate. Not the kind of "scrimmage" that you imagined.

3:16 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I start next Tuesday for both schools. Kids in on Wed

3:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Crikey - that's an early start!

3:19 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

No it's not!!!

3:20 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Always a day after Labor Day and Labor Day is Sept 1

3:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now it's Zaba who's under the cosh. Moreno bombing at him. Dangerous free kick now with Stevie G.

3:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I suppose it is, eh?

3:22 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Next year, LD is on the the 7th so a late start there!

3:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now it's Citeh's turn to go on the attack. Earn a corner.

3:23 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Liverpool bossing this

3:24 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

How does Balo cost 2 mil less than Borini

3:26 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Eto'o close to signing for Everton!

3:26 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Brentford and Brum drawing 1-1 in Championship

3:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Any thoughts about the £64 million price tag for Di Maria. You could have had approximately 4 1/2 Balos for that!

3:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Samuel Eto'o is more than a bit passed it at this point.

3:29 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Far too expensive
I don't rate him but some one has to come in a shake things up
Maybe catch lightning in a bottle

3:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Yaya into the book - that will hamper him for the rest of the match.

3:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I rate him but not at that price! Madness!

3:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another free kick chance for Pool.

3:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon Bob and UWS. I see that Balo is not even in the squad in his return to the Etihad.

3:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's the first time that Zaba has broken free down the right. Gerrard to the rescue.

3:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Welcome, MUR. Yes - it's a false alarm on the Balo Alert System. He should be fit to play against Spurs at the weekend.

3:41 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

One Nil Citeh
slack defending by Pool

3:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Jovetic breaks through to score Citeh's opener.

3:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! JOVETIC GIVES CITEH THE LEAD.

3:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great time to score, as they say, right before half-time. Really changes the half-time team talks.

3:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Very slack defending indeed. Nasri's ball in was purely speculative and should have been easily cleared.

3:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Talk about coming on board in the nick of time. Perfect timing by yours truly?

3:43 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Balo's seen enough
Pass Hodgson sitting in the stands

3:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Balo and Lallana are off for an early Bovril.

3:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That is an early trip to the dressing rooms. I guess they want to have first dibs at the cuppas

3:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A minute of stoppage time.

3:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Poor cross by Yaya and that should do it till halftime and it does as Citeh are one up at the half.

3:46 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

HT
Pool unlucky to be behind in my book

3:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I missed all but the last five minutes of the half. It was comical defending by Joe Allen on that goal by Jovetic.

3:56 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I have to go pick up Jon
Hopefully I'll be back

I won't be around on Saturday
I am going to watch Tom play St. Lawrence on Friday and Clarkson on Saturday… ALMOST IN BLOODY CANADA!

3:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're back on at the Etihad for the second half.

4:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Back for the second half and Danny has a goal disallowed for offside then Alberto tackles Jerko for a corner.

4:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Citeh seem to have turned the screw here.

4:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Loveren tackles Zaba for another Citeh corner. Nasri takes and Jovetic heads over.

4:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Have a safe trip, UWS. It sounds like quite a trek.

4:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I will probably be around for only the early match because it's Elizabeth's birthday on Saturday.

4:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Citeh have risen to third in the table with that Jovetic strike. Meanwhile Liverpool have dropped to ninth.

4:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fernando trips Sterling just outside the box.

4:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Clumsy challenge by Fernando. Now Stevie G. can pop up with one of his trademark curlers.

4:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Positions change rather rapidly at this early stage of the season.

4:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Training pitch move to Henderson who bollixed it up entirely. Corner.

4:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Chipped over by Stevie G and Zaba blocks for a corner that is easily caught by Hart,

4:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed, Bob. He took far too long.

4:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Did you see that the West Yorkshire Derby is on BEIN on Wednesday.

4:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Jovetic again!

4:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! 2-0 CITEH . JOVETIC WITH A BRACE. NICE FINISH CHEEKY BACK HEEL THEN SILVA SQUARED IT FOR JOVETIC TO SLOT HOME.

4:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nasri bursts through and knocks it across. It was bobbly as it came to Jovetic but it's a nifty finish past Mignolet. Big mountain to climb for Pool now.

2-0!

4:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The champs are looking like well ...uh .. champs.

4:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Citeh are marauding again looking to kill off the match.

4:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Indeed they are, MUR - this is impressive.

4:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Correct. It was Nasri , not Silva, with the assist.

4:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I don't see Pool coming back.

4:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Our Uniteds are BEIN televised tomorrow and Wednesday while Gooners Gunners are on FS1 on Wednesday.

4:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - nearly a third for Jovetic and Citeh!

4:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I see that - looking forward to it.

4:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Brendan Rodgers reacts to the goal and Markovic is on for his Pool debut, coming on for Coutinho.

4:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Better from Pool . Nice one two between Alberto and Markovic is cleared for a corner taken by Markovic and headed away

4:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Not sure that that's going to make the crucial difference.

4:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

How was your first day back with the students?

4:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Probably not. I guess he's conceded the match and wants to assess one of his new signings.

4:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The last thing Pool wants to see is Navas with a fresh pair of legs running at them

4:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nice through ball to Sturridge and shoots well wide from a narrow angle. Great pass from Sterling.

4:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A Spanish swap as Navas is on for Silva.

4:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Another chance for Sturridge and he heads well wide.

4:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jerko is down, holding his thigh.

4:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Citeh are now level with Chelski on GD but the Blues have scored more goals.

4:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Another example of Citeh's depth is Aguero waiting to come off the bench in case Jerko can't continue.

4:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wow - that is deep.

4:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

And now that change is made.

4:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! That was quick! Aguero latches onto one and slots home.

3-0 - that is laying down a marker!

4:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! 3-0. REALLY DEEP AS AGUERO SCORES SECONDS AFTER COMING ON. SUPERB LONG BALL AND A GREAT FINISH.

4:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Citeh now top of the table? That has a familiar ring to it.

4:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

On the replay, Mignolet was well out of position. I don't know what he was expecting there.

4:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I think Citeh are second and Spurs first on goals scored.

4:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pool have a tricky trip to SFL this weekend. it's a difficult start to the season.

4:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I just checked . Citeh and the Spuds are joint first. Both are level on goal difference and goals scored.

4:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Emre Can on for Joe Allen. An attacking move.Can he make a difference?

4:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Well in, MUR!

4:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Not sure he can at this point. Liverpool fans will be looking forward to seeing Balotelli and Lallana because they don't look good enough to challenge on this evidence.

4:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Emre Can booked immediately as he fouls Jovetic on the break.

4:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think Pool can finish in a CL spot, but this shows why I didn't pick them to win the league. I agree that Balo and Lallana should be starting.

4:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ta, Bob. Perhaps Citeh can go top of the pops this early in the season.

4:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Clichy tackles Johnson for a Pool corner.

4:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rickie Lambert on for Sterling. Can he make a difference like he did last week?

4:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner from Moreno is headed well over by Can.

4:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jovetic with a deserved standing ovation as he is replaced by Fernandinho. Pelligrini obviously shutting up shop.

4:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Skrtel clears a pass from Silva for a corner. Slick passing by Citeh.,

4:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nasri takes it short. Now Pool on the break.

4:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL!!! LAMBERT PULLS ONE BACK FOR POOL THANKS TO GOAL LINE TECHNOLOGY. STURRIDGE WON THE BALL BACK. hE CROSSED AND lAMBERT'S HEADER WAS SAVED BY HART THEN HIS REBOUND SQUIRMED JUST OVER THE LINE OFF OF HART.

4:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Johnson is hobbling and now signals that he wants to be subbed.

4:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It now looks like the Pool goal may be credited as a Zaba OG

4:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Now Skrtel is down, getting treatment.

4:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Citeh and Chelsea are tied for second , level on goal difference and goals scored.

4:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sorry, MUR - I'm off home now. Despite the consolation o.g., this one looks done and dusted.

Capital One Second Round tomorrow!

Cheerio!

4:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Now Alberto Moreno is down. It appears that he has twisted his right ankle. Five minutes of stoppage time. Will it be six?

4:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers mate. It was great chatting with you.

4:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's over and Citeh win convincingly 3-1.

4:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That's it for me.Cheerio.

4:54 PM  

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