Lakenheath Old Boys

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Early Morning Arsing About

Arsenal fans came into the new season with fresh hope soon dashed by an opening day loss to the Hammers. Can they bounce back at Palace this morning? Jose Mourinho was arsed off at his medical staff on the opening day. Today, his Chelski side have their first big test against high-flying Citeh. It looks to be a fantastic day in the Premiership. Join me for all the action.

214 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Morning, lads - I'm here with a cuppa to enjoy what should be a fabulous morning of the good stuff. UWS will be predicting a dull 0-0 draw between Citeh and Chelski, and he may be right. But football is a "funny old game," as a wise man once said. We'll see.

8:20 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Here is the team news out of Selhurst Park this morning:

Crystal Palace, 4-2-3-1: Alex McCarthy, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, Zaha, Cabaye, McArthur, Puncheon, Bolasie, Wickham. Subs: Mariappa, Bamford, Hennessey, Jedinak, Murray, Mutch, Lee.

Bolasie starts! He was on the bench last week against Norwich remember. And Connor Wickham gets the nod ahead of Glenn Murray. FFS!

Arsenal, 4-2-3-1: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Coquelin, Sanchez, Ozil, Cazorla, Giroud. Subs: Debuchy, Gibbs, Gabriel, Arteta, Ospina, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Cech retains his place, and Sánchez comes in for Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

8:20 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning, Bob. I just woke up and see that BEIN is showing Wolves vs Hull City. It's 1-1 midway through the second half.

8:28 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Morning Robert
I am here for the matches
I hope they are entertaining!

8:29 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Morning David

8:29 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This could be a real banana skin match for Arsenal, with Bolassie, Zaha and Puncheon all capable of breaking quickly.

8:29 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Morning, UWS. Great to hear that you're hopeful this morning. We're about to get underway here.

8:30 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

And we are off at Selhurst Park

8:30 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They kicked off from Selhurst Park a minute ago

8:31 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A quick start for the Arsenal - they'd love to pinch an early goal to settle the nerves.

8:31 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Gunner fans must be pleased to see Sanchez back
Are they surprised he to the Ox's place?

8:31 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Early corner for Palace, and an early test for Cech, who must be full of butterflies this morning.

8:32 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kos slices out a clearance from a short Palace free kick for a corner

8:32 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Another think that I dislike about the modern game... the skin tight shirts!!!

8:32 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning Dave.

8:32 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Are your Leeds on telly for you to watch today? Of course, I don't have that channel!


Did you see the rumor that Muller wants to join United?
I'd take him above Rooney

8:34 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great interplay between Giroud and Sanchez.

8:34 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kate will not be pleased as Giroud wasted a good opportunity after a nice one two with Ramsey.

8:35 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

LUFC aren't on the telly today, probably for the best. I'm convinced that they're worse when I'm watching them.

8:35 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BEIN is currently showing Wolves vs Hull City , but I don't think the Leeds is on the telly.

8:36 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm with you on the shirts - it's almost as if they're flaunting their physiques in front of their podgy fans.

8:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Gunneres break off a Palalce corner and OH! Alexis has a shot cleared off the line

8:36 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Great break by the Arse but Sanchez misses two chances... LVG... do you see what happens when you attack with PACE

8:37 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great break by the Arsenal but Sanchez couldn't find the right finish, with one shot saved off the line.

8:37 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

And they sell the shirts to podgy fans that have to buy a XXXXL size!

8:37 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It was a great clearance off the line by Joe ward , but Alexis took too long to shoot and really should have scored.

8:38 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Muller would be an excellent addition to your side. You need a consistent goalscorer up front - United have always had that.

8:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree. They have that size in just about any shirt, but it's hard to find any in my size

8:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Another fast pace break and Alexis has a shot block. United should do more of that

8:39 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another chance for Alexis but he drives his shot into a wall of defenders. Great match so far.

8:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree, Bob. We really need a consistent goal scorer. That will also help because opposing defenses now have to determine whether to focus on Roon or Mueller. One of them will be freed up.

8:41 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Wolves vs Hull City is on BEIN and has important PPP implications this early in the season. Both are favorites for promotion. I am going for Wolves as I picked them to be champions ahead of Middlesbrough. Some people picked the Tigers.

8:42 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lee Mason a lucky ref for both teams.

8:42 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I remember when Van Horsey Face came to United and scored in the Charity Shield match, one of the commentators said, "He's going to score every week!" And he just about did.

Rooney doesn't really want to play up front, so you need someone to really lead the line.

8:43 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cech falls on a cross from Zaha - that will give him some confidence.

8:43 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Rooney has been so bad this season
I think his average rating has been 4.5

8:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Palace break off a Gunners free kick and Bolassie does well to find Zaha with a cross field pass.The former United player didn't check his options and crossed straight to Cech

8:44 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

GOAL
GREAT GOAL BY GIROUD

8:45 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! What a volley from Giroud!!!

8:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! GIROUD GIVES THE GUNNERS THE LEAD.

8:45 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Nice adjustment and in the corner
1 nil to the Gunners

8:46 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The ball in from Ozil was real rubbish and Giroud had to completely improvise because the ball was so far behind him. And the Gooners are singing, "Hey Jude" to Giroud.

0-1!

8:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A nice volley by Giroud off a cross from Ozil off a great build up

8:47 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

17 Prem games on THREE have been won by home teams!!!
United, Leicester and Swansea?

8:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

PHEW! The Tigers nearly took a late lead as Chuba Akpom, on loan from the Gunners had a long range effort superbly saved by the Wolves keeper then the Gunners loanee shot inches over for the Tigers

8:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That's an od start. Surely Platini will punish the Prem for a rules violation!

8:50 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Even in the Championship, not too many home teams won yesterday

8:50 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's been a crazy start. Only Leicester and United with perfect records. Chelski could easily ruin Citeh's start.

8:50 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Shame about Liverpool... they should Bournemouth

8:51 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ramsey and Cazorla are pulling the strings, the game could easily get away from the home side.

8:52 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It finishes 1-1 in the very early season promotion six pointer as Yours Truly is relieved as the Tigers dominated the closing stages and Chuba Akpom, on loan from the Gunners nearly scored three times late on. He hit the post and forced a good save from the keeper.

8:53 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

M<CArthy does well to save from Alexis then Joe Ward clears

8:53 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

sooners making all the noise right now. Apparently they're "by far the greatest team the world has ever seen."

8:55 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Both of McCarthy's former clubs are in action in about an hour.

8:55 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

There should also be dancing in the streets of Alex.

8:55 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Talking about Alex, his Red Devils are drawing 1-1 at Union Berlin midway through the second half.

8:56 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Alexis heads over with a free header.

8:56 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rangers lead 1-4 at Alloa in the second half.

8:57 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! 1-1 AS JOE WARD SCORES WITH A GREAT FINISH IN THE CORNER

8:57 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Another great strike - from Ward.

1-1!

8:58 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bolassie Chested down a cross from Puncheon to MacArthur , who found Ward just outside the box. The fullback went for placement instead of power and placed it perfectly in the corner.

8:59 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cursing in the streets of Alex?

8:59 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Red Devil will not be pleased as his team now trail Union Berlin 2-1.

9:01 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Back to the match from the loo... of course I miss a goal!!

9:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Caz shoots well over from the D off a poor clearance from Delaney.

9:05 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This match has gone off the boil in the last few minutes. I'm off to fix brekkies.

9:05 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sorry about that. It was a well placed shot. Placement instead of power.

9:05 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great save by MccArthy from a back heeled shot from Ramsey off a pass from Ozil, then a shot from Alexis is blocked.

9:06 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

BOTH teams are attacking so far
I like it... are you watching LVG

9:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A clumsy foul by Zaha pn the Nacho Man just outside the box. There was no need to make that challenge, albeit there was a theatrical fall.

9:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree. I wish United played more like this.

9:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Alexis wins a corner off of Souare

9:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner is headed out by the first man.

9:10 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Bet it won't be like this in the 'big' match to follow

9:10 AM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Hi Blue Devil,

I am planning to come over for the first half of the clash of the titans. See you then!

9:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Coq Au Vin is booked for a foul on Bolassie.

9:11 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Which side do you want United to play like, UWS - Arsenal or Palace?

9:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree, UWS. That will be a very defensive match

9:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning Red Devil. I hope 1 FCK tie it up or even score a couple to win.

9:12 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Kate has just woken up and delivered her judgment on Arsenal's away kit - "yuck." I concur.

9:12 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Looking forward to it, Red Devil!

9:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rangers now lead 1-5 at Alloa.

9:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kate doesn't like the grey Poupon look?

9:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Did you tell her that Giroud scored?

9:15 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Coquelin is in trouble here - fortunate to stay on.

9:15 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I did - she missed a quality goal.

9:15 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Good call Kate... but just woke up??

9:16 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Half time

9:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's 1-1 at the half as MacArthur was booked for foul, but Coq Au Vin committed a similar foul and was lucky not to be getting an early bath for a second yellow. Pardew was not pleased.

9:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Red Devil will be pleased that his team has scored to make it Desmond at Union Berlin.

9:18 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The end of a cracking first half there. Nicely poised.

9:19 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I liked the Palace goal.... great crisp finish

9:22 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It has finished Desmond between 1 FCK and Union Berlin while Rangers won 1-5 at Alloa. It finished 0-0 between Wigan and Donny.

9:29 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're back at Selhurst Park just in time for kick off.

9:32 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's two minutes into the second half

9:33 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - the usual rubbishy finish from Connor "Bloody" Wickham. Sparky would have scored that one but of course Wickham hist the post.

9:34 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! Off the post by Connor Whickham

9:34 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree, Bob. Humorous , but true.

9:35 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Did Palace make some halftime substitutions? I don't remember Mutch playing in the first halkf

9:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Did Connor Whickham even touch the ball in the first half?

9:37 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Souare with a clumsy foul on Ozil nbear the corner flag

9:37 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Mutch must have come on but NBC came back from commercials late so we may have missed it.

9:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A German combo as Merte heads the fre e kick from Ozil well wide. The Gunners keep possession and wion a corner

9:38 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Guardian says that Bolassie went off - I'm surprised.

9:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ozil takes and a soft volley from Lexis is easily saved by McCarthy

9:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Me too. He had an excellent first half. He must have said something at the half.

9:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great block by Scott Dann from Ramsey

9:40 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Arsenal are back in the lead. Alexis made it happen but in the end it went in off Delaney. I think.

1-2!

9:41 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! THE GUNNERS LEAD 1-2 AND IT LOOKS AN OG BY DAMIAN DELANEY AS ALEXIS HEADED A CROSS FROM BELLERIN AND DELANEY DIVERTED IT INTO HIS OWN GOAL.

9:42 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Puncheon with a great first touch does well to get past Bellerin, but his soft effort is easily saved by Cech

9:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Coq Au Vin fouls MacArthur and really is riding his luck. Arsene might consider subbing him.

9:48 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Coquelin in trouble again - he's got to be on a last warning. Riding a fine line now. I'd have him off if I were Arsene.

9:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A chorus of boos as the Ox is on for Coq Au Vin. A clever move by Arsene.

9:50 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Smart man - Coq au Vin is coming off now and The Ox is on. Do Arsenal really only have one defensive middle?

9:50 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Who will be the ball winning middie for the Gunners?

9:51 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great minds think alike!

9:51 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fred is sitting on his lofty perch. He wants to make a statement.

9:53 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Zaha broke for Palace , but not like a Z Car.

9:53 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Ramsey had a half there but wellied it over.

9:54 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ramsey shoots over after great combo play with Ozil

9:54 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That Palace substitution was Mutch ado about nothing.

9:55 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's just about kick-off time at Reading. Here's the team news:

Reading: Bond, Gunter, Obita, McShane, Ferdinand, Norwood, Quinn, Williams, Robson-Kanu, Blackman, Sa. Subs. Al-Habsi, A.Taylor, Hector, Tshibola, Novakovich, Cox, Stacey.

Leeds: Silvestri, Berardi, Cooper, Bamba, Taylor, Adeyemi, Phillips, Mowatt, Byram, Dallas, Wood. Subs. Turnbull, Wootton, Bellusci, Murphy, Erwin, Doukara, Antenucci.
Referee: C Kavanagh

9:56 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great block by Delaney from the Ox.

9:58 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Arsenal break so quickly that NBC are still on the replay when The Ox pulls the trigger. Blocked out. Looks like Arteta is coming on. Why didn't he replace Coq au Vin?

9:58 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Looks like Alexis will be rested a bit.

9:59 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

MOT!!!! Have great rid eon the Reading RR, pass Go , and collect $200 and three points!

9:59 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Montreal gives up a cheap foul there in a dangerous area.

10:00 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Is he still tired from his Copa America exertions?

10:00 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I've hoping so - Reading lost on the first day.

10:00 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Apparently so - I'm surprised - wasn't that way back in early July?

10:00 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Merte clears the free kick from Cabaye then another poor clearance lands to Puncheon, who picks out Whickham and he shoots it wide.

10:01 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A double substitution by Pardew as Lee Chun Yung is on for Zaha.. The South Korean was signed from QPR

10:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Arteta came on for Alex.

10:03 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Correct Bob. The Copa Final was on the 4th of July. If lexis was rested a couple of weeks then he may be behind on the pre-season training. He should be up scratch before we know it.

10:04 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Palace pressing their luck - a bit over ten minutes left.

10:05 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This will be a true test for Arsenal's new keeper and his relationship with his defenders.

10:05 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sol Bamba has already been booked for Leeds.

10:05 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Pardew is tossing on Patrick Bamford who was in the Boro side last year but is a Chelski loanee.

10:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Alan Pardew with the final roll of the dice going for it as Patrick Bamford, the striker on loan from Chelsea is on for MacArthur, a defensive middie.

10:07 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

According to the stats, Silvbestri has already had to make a save.

10:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The final roll of the dice by Arsene as Gibbs is on for Ozil.

10:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Leeds now register their first shot on target. A fairly even start.

10:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jon Bond saved from Stuart Dallas.

10:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bob will have fond memories of this Reading keeper from a few years back.It has to do with a match where Watford needed a draw vs Leeds to get automatic promotion and Bond, on his debut made a couple of howlers to resign the Hornets to the playoffs.

10:13 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Palalce are awarded a corner even though the ball last came off of Bamford. The corner was headed on and last came off of Mutch , who didn't know much about it and it went over for a goal kick.

10:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Whickham headed own a cross to Lee Chong Yung, who won a corner off of Arteta and Joe Ward headed the corner from Puncheon straight to Cech.

10:15 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Arsenal have held out well, and Gooner will be delighted by it.

10:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A kick save by McCarthy from Alexis.

10:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Three minutes stoppage time as the Gunners have a corner.

10:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A clumsy foul by Connor on Caz.

10:18 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Only seconds left now. This will be a really decent away win for the Arse.

10:19 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Ox pulls another save out of McCarthy - and that's it. Arsenal have won their first victory.

10:20 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Ox shoots straight at McCarthy on the break, but it doesn't matter as the Gunners win 1-2 at Selhurst Park. Congratulations to Gooner, Simon, and dad.

10:20 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm off to take Sparky walkies ahead of the supposed "Big Match" and before it gets too hot to take him.

10:21 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Still 0-0 at Reading RR.

10:26 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm going to hop off the thread for the late match, mate, due to a Fredonia friend Alex (Red Devil) coming over for it. Enjoy!

10:36 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Sorry I have been pulled away... I am too damn busy around the house!

I won't be around for awhile... I won't be around until the international break!!!

Have a great start to the school year boys

Talk to you in September

TTFN

10:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm back and official cooked to see that it's still 0-0 at the Madjeski just before halftime. According to the stats, it looks a fairly even match with chances.

10:47 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers Bob and Dave. Have a great day and a great vacation respectively. Cheers!

10:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's 0-0 at the half between Reading and Leeds.

10:55 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Citeh nearly score fifteen seconds in as SIlva put Aguero through and Begovic did well to block his close range effort, then Navas shot wide.

11:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Two great saves by Begovic from Aguero. First , Fernandinho found Kolorov down the left. His pass founs Aguero , who forced a great save by Begovic. Then Navas found Aguero , who forced an identical save by Begovic.

11:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

AGuero volleys a cross from Kolorov wide . It was just too far in front of him to make good contact

11:22 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Costa is fortunate not to be booked for a cheap shot on Yaya.

11:24 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! AGUERO GIVES CITEH THE LEAD OFF A LONG SPELL OF POSSESSION. SILVA PASSED TO AGUERO , WHO PLAYED A NICE ONE TWO WITH YAYA THEN SCORED WITH A WELL PLACED FINISH PAST BEGOVIC.

11:32 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kompany is booked for a foul on Costa.

11:33 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The goal had been coming as Citeh has been the better team and Aguero will be glad to score after Begovic did well to save his previous three shots on target

11:34 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Citeh could have gone two up as Kolorov took a free kick and Mangala out jumped Begovic, heading just wide. The a huge roar from the crowd as the medical team of Hughes& Hughes come s on to treat Cahill

11:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Two minutes of stoppage time.

11:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fewrnandinho booked for an elbow in the head to CXosta, wo makes the most of it to get Fernie booked. Now a roar of approval for the Citeh medical , who sportingly treat Costa because Hughes & Hughes are treating Cahill for a bloody nose. Chelsea are down two players.

11:47 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The booking seemed harsh because Fernie used his elbows for leverage and it was completely unintentional. Costa with head bandage , looking like a mummy.

11:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Citeh lead 1-0 at the half.

11:50 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It finishes 0-0 at the Madjeski between reading and Leeds. Bob should consider this a creditable result. It doesn't sound like the most entertaining match as Aguero has already as many shots on target as both teams combined have in this entire match

12:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

According to Becky, Costa had to be restrained in the tunnel because he wanted to go after Fernie. As she aptly stated, it's imperative that he keep his head if Chelsea are to have a chance in this match

12:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

As things stand, Citeh are top , ahead of the Foxes and United on goal difference.

12:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Zouma is on for JT, who is starting to show his age. JT looks none too pleased on the bench

12:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway

12:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ivanovic is booked for a foul on Sterling inches outside the box.

12:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick from Kolorov was cleared then Kolorov played it back in and Zouma acrobatically cleared/ blocked

12:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

According to Arlo, this is the first time that Jose has substituted JT in a Prem match. Ivanovic is now the Chelsea captain and starts out with a booking

12:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ramires has a goal disallowed for offside off a scooped pass from Hazard. That looked level to me and it should be tied it up. Citeh can consider themselves lucky.

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

Hey mate - I'm back at the hour mark, as my friend Alex just left.

12:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

How will Chelski claw their way back into this one. Jose is turning to Juan Cuadrado for the answers.

12:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And Nasri on for Navas.

12:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - great save by Hart from Hazard. To be fair, the Belgian shot straight at Hart.

12:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The chances are coming thick and fast at both ends now, and this is an enthralling match now.

12:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Chelsea nearly tie it up on a counter as Costa went past Kompany and found HAzard , whose close range effort was blocked then Costa was called for a foul as the rebound was cleared.

12:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Welcome back, mate. Were you pleased with the result from the Madjeski?

12:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Arlo astutely mentioned that Chelsea have yet to win a match either pre-season or regular. Quite uncharacteristic.

12:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Begovic cuts out a pass from Kolorov then Ivanovic concedes a corner.

12:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sterling gets a standing ovation as he's replaced by Di Michelis.

12:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!KOMPANY HEADS IN THE CORNER

12:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! That's torn it - Kompany nods home Citeh's second.

12:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Seconds before the goal, there boos for Falcao as he came on for Willian , due to his loan at OT last season.

12:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hazard us booked for a foul on Yaya then Begovic makes a great save from Yaya from a pass by Aguero

12:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Correct. This one is over as Citeh are top and the nightmare continues as Chelsea are off to a poor start and the off field problems continue to dominate

12:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A standing ovation for Aguero as he's replaced by Boni

12:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Very poor start. United (and Citeh) are now five points clear of Chelski. Wow!

12:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! WOWWWWWW!!!

What a strike!

12:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! FERNIE PUTS CITEH THREE UP.

12:45 PM  

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