Lakenheath Old Boys

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Friday, May 08, 2015

The Richest Prize in World Football Begins Here!

This afternoon sees the beginning of the Premiership playoffs, with Brentford kicking off their playoff first leg with Boro. Join me on BEin this afternoon as we get started.

39 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Here are the teams out on the pitch at Brentford now:

Brentford: Button; Odubajo, Dean, Tarkowski, Bidwell; Judge, Douglas, Diagouraga, Pritchard, Jota; Gray. Subs: MacLeod, Craig, McCormack, Dallas, Bonham, Toral, Smith.

Middlesbrough: Konstantanopoulos; Whitehead, Ayala, Gibson, Friend; Adomah, Clayton, Leadbitter, Tomlin; Bamford, Vossen. Subs: Ripley, Forshaw, Amorebietta, Nsue, Omeruo, Reach, Kike.

Referee: Jon Moss.

2:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Brentford are looking for back-to-back promotions today. I'm still not sure whether Brenford are legal in the Prem with their ground. We'll soon see.

2:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Brentford manager Mark Warburton has already decided to resign his position regardless of the outcome of this playoff. Surely that will be a factor today.

2:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I've got a great link up for BEin in the office this afternoon, thanks to Gooner and Dad.

2:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Boro will still be choked that they didn't get automatic promotion. They just about threw it all away with a poor run in. Brentford will surely have the momentum.

2:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're about to get going at Griffin Park with the home side getting us started.

2:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Brentford have one of the poorest home records in the league, which might make this match today even tenser than usual.

2:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Albert Adomah already threatening the Brentford back four. He'll be a danger man tonight, for sure.

2:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Brentford now have a chance to loft a free kick into the Boro area for the first time.

Now - Pritchard tried an ambitious effort from nearly forty yards and it trickled into the keeper's arms.

2:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Jose Mourinho in the stands tonight, checking in on his mate Karanka.

2:56 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now it's Bamford who gets clear on the left but his cross is purely speculative. He's the rising star for Boro.

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

Tomlin picks up a yellow for persistent fouling - only 14 minutes in. He's got a long match left to watch himself.

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

Now it's George Friend with an "unfriendly" tackle - into the book. Boro thugging it up early doors. here.

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

Oh - first real strike in anger there from Andre Gray. Keeper did well.

3:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Free kick to Boro now, with Leadbitter over it. Drills it into his own man. Poor.

3:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Vossen with a free header in the box, into the corner past Button.

0-1!

3:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Kyala upends Pritchard and the home side have a free kick in a dangerous position now.

3:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Boro nearly had a second there. Surely a need for goal-line technology.

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

Adomah now into the book for a chippy one.

3:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Corner to Brentford now - they have to make the most of it. Oh - just over the bar by Tarkowski.

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

Into stoppage time now.

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

Half-time: It's advantage Boro as the half-time whistle goes. With Newcastle and Sunderland both relegation, this will be a tonic for Northeast footer fans.

3:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're back on at Griffin Park for the second half. What do the B's have in their locker to respond to that first half goal?

3:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - big chance for Andre Gray - blown over the top. He'll rue that one.

3:56 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Gray has finally come good!

1-1!

4:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A real striker's opportunist moment there and a real howler for the Boro keeper Konstantinopoulos, who came rushing out of goal but was tackled by Gray who coolly slotted home from an acute angle.

4:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Gray was onto one again and jinked inside but then fire over. Should have hit the target there once he'd done all the hard work.

4:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bamford went over Dean's leg in the box. Great tackle. This Bamford bloke is a cheating little bastard. He should have been booked a couple of times for simulation.

4:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Twenty minutes left to sort all of this out tonight.

4:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lee Tomlin is wisely being withdrawn at this point - he was pushing the ref's buttons.

4:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Forshaw on now for the goalscorer Vossen. Both sides seem rather pleased with a draw at this point.

4:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And Forshaw is immediately into the book, the 6th Boro player into the book.

4:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Brentford free kick now - could be useful for Pritchard. But no - straight into the wall. Deserved better.

4:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Kike on for Bamford, who has been disappointing tonight. If he thinks he's going to get a big money move out of this season, he's got another thing coming.

4:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

One last corner for Boro now.

4:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Boro finish with a final flourish! Amorebietta, the second half sub, lashes one in with his left peg.

1-2 Boro!

4:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That should just about do it for Boro - I can't imagine Brentford coming back from this scoreline in the second leg at the Riverside next week.

4:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - a ball whipped across the face of the Boro goal. No one there to touch it home.

4:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's it - advantage Boro going into the second leg now.

4:42 PM  

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