Lakenheath Old Boys

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Are These Two Teams Real Title Contenders?

So, we have a big London derby for our pleasure this morning. Not one of the two big Capital clubs but they want to be. West Ham moving into the Olympic Stadium and Spurs are building a new home as well. Will these two sides become just as big the Arsenal and Chelsea? Can London have FOUR big sides? It's big enough, isn't it? Anyway, that is for the future... what about today? I think Spurs should be considered as Title contenders. Too many draws but only one unlucky loss. West Ham have won at some big places this season but have lost to little uns too. Should be a big one
Join me
UWS

174 Comments:

Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning UWS. I will be around for this match because I am interested to see how these teams fare. I think the Spuds can be title contenders if they turn the draws into wins . I believe that the Hammers are not yet title contenders. Their best bet is probably an EL spot. Their main problem is lack of depth , which may tell during a long season.

10:41 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I agree with you but I think West Ham could be a big club in the near future
I think Spurs are serious contenders this season...NO ONE is saying that. They say the are Top Four material but no one is going the extra step

I'll be back just after kick off...have to go on a 3 miler, takes under 40 mins

I'll be back

10:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers UWS. I'm back four minutes in .It's 0-0 . Not much has happened.

11:05 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Burnley drew 1-1 with the Seagulls at Turf Moor earlier today. The Seagulls are second , behind the Tigers on gd while Burnley remain fifth, two points behind the Tigers and Seagulls.

11:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cresswell high and wide from long range.

11:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Seagulls are undefeated with nine wins, but eight draws. All nine wins have been by one goal. An odd coincidence.

11:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Hammers have done all the early attacking , but without testing Lloris

11:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Victor Moses wins a corner. He takes it short to Cresswell, whose volley is scooped straight to Lloris.

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

Hiya, lads - I'm over at Kate's and having trouble accessing her wireless, but I'll try to comment via iPhone.

11:12 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

To answer your question, I don't either side are real title contenders. West Ham don't have the resources to be able to mount a real title challenge and will be happy to earn a Europa League slot and Spurs are too, well, "Spursy" to be able to win anything.

11:16 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Not a lot of action yet in this London Derby.

11:20 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lloris tips over a deflected effort from eriksen. The first shot from either team this match

11:21 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - first real shot in action, Eriksson pulling a good save out of Adrian.

11:21 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning mate. I hope you can stick around.

11:21 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sorry. It was Adrian, not Lloris , as Rocky was quick to remind me.

11:22 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! hARRY kANE GIVES THE spUDS THE LEAD.

11:23 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Goal! Harry Kane scores again in a London Derby!

11:23 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! THE COYOTE HAS A VOLLEY COME OFF THE BAR AS THE HAMMERS AIM TO TIE IT UP.

11:25 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That changes the dynamic. WH have to be more ambitious. And right on cue, Kouyate strikes the woodwork!

11:25 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Andy Carroll heads straight to Lloris with a free header off the corner.

11:26 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Hammers will pose some problems from set pieces

11:26 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Both efforts took lucky bounces. Della Alli had a shot blocked that bounced off him and straight to Harry Kane to smash it past Adrian. The Coyote won a tackle then played a ball into Mark Noble , whose shot bounced off of Vertonghen and then the Coyote volleyed off the bar.

11:27 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Vertonghen well over from long range.

11:28 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Vertonghen hits one from the Seven Sisters tube stop; very ambitious

11:28 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Whoever wins today moves into fourth, right?

11:29 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree with you about the Hammers, but not the Spuds. Why not the Latke men? No team is taking the title race by the scruff of the neck and as if the Mancs, the Gunners , and the Foxes are too far ahead of them as to have eliminated them from the race.

11:29 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Deli Sandwich nearly dribbled himself into trouble there

11:30 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Actually no. The winner will be fifth, but only two points behind the Gunners and Citeh and only four points from first. Surely that puts the winner in the title race.

11:31 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BOOM BOOM! If he puts the Spuds two up then Alli will have delivered a knockout punch , which will be a real Hammer blow to the opposition.

11:32 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Spurs have always been too erratic, always flattering to deceive. They can look really good at times but they don't seem to be able to win ugly like you lot do.

11:33 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Tomkiins tackle Song for a SPuds corner.
GOAL !!! ALDERWEIRELD HEADS IN A NEAR POST CORNER FROM ERIKSEN.

11:33 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He ghosted in like Martin Peters, who was a hero for both of these teams.

11:34 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Goal! And as I type Toby gets ahead of Reid and nods home Spurs' second.

11:34 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A long way back for WH now.

11:35 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

sorry mate. Now four points from first and only undefeated since opening day. They are winning like us and not losing. They must be in the title race.

11:35 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! Llorius saves at the feet of song and delli sandwich headed off the bar

11:35 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - should have been a third. Deli Slice nods onto the bar!

11:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Eriksen made a right fool of the Private, nutmegging him down the left. Then passed to Delli Sanwich that had music in the middle as he passed for Song , whose shot was batted away by Lloris then Alli headed off the bar to complete the sandwich

11:38 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I could murder a plate of latkes right about now, btw. What are your Thanksgiving plans?

11:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sandwich is in Sussex?

11:38 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Kane made a right hash of that!

11:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! The Gooner must be laughing uncontrollably as Alli superbly put Kane through on the break and had a shot nearly hit the corner flag with just Adrian to beat/

11:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sandwich is in Sussex?

11:39 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Spurs should be three or four up and running away.

11:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kane is put through down the right and has a cross go out for a corner/.

11:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Eriksen takes it short. Alli has a shot go out for a corner.

11:41 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

WH just trying to get back into the dressing room without conceding more now.

11:41 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner from Eriksen is caught by Adrian

11:41 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Gooner and Johnno are none too pleased at this point in time.

11:42 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

If Alli had scored with the header then surely that would have been the knockout punch.

11:42 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Miles over by Andy Carroll , who looked more like a Lewis Carroll character.

11:43 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Not Noble by Mark on Alli with that foul.

11:44 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

If WH can get one back, the whole complexion of this match changes.

11:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think United could learn a lot by watching the Spuds today

11:44 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Boom boom!

11:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

a minute of stoppage time.

11:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers mate.

11:45 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

One minute of stoppage left.

11:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That's if the Hammers can. They haven't really shown us much today

11:46 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hey Boys
I am back from the walk. I arrived home just before the second goal. Just got to the computer as the half time whistle blows

Spurs for the title?

11:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The SPuds are two up at the half and get a standing ovation from fans at SFL.

11:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Welcome back. Sure . Why not?

11:47 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

What did you mean over at Kate's?
She's not at the Cottage?

11:47 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The half time whistle goes with Spurs in full control. But will they rue those missed chances?

11:47 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Did you all see my comments about the early match in the Championship today? You will notice that the Seagulls are the Spuds of the Championship this season.

11:50 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Tom is coaching at a soccer place this morning
He works on Sundays and Matt works on Saturdays. They have been told they're they are the best coaches on the staff!
Have been requested by parents the most!

Anyway, Tom is there and Charlie Cook (chelsea winger of the late 60s and early 70s) is coaching a course

11:52 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Lots of draws?

11:53 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Looking forward to the Premier League Download with Sir Alex today. May not watch it live but it is already being recorded

11:54 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I will have to record because I have a meeting at that time.

11:59 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yes. Played seventeen. Nine one goal wins and eight draws.

11:59 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

WOW!!!! they will definitely learn from him. He's got to be getting on about 70 now.

12:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Slaven with instructions to Noble. I'm guessing he's telling them to keep it tight in midfield as the second half is underway

12:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Winnie Reid is down from a challenge by Kyle Walker. There didn't seem much in it as Dier and Sakho get into it. Song is the peacemaker.

12:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're back on for the second half at Shite Fart. I'm surprised that Bilic hasn't made any changes.

12:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Danny Rose wins the ball in midfield then wins a free kick

12:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Welcome back, UWS; how was the walk?

12:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He was barking instructions at Mark Noble and looked none too pleased.

12:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It seems from the clip that they showed that there is a focus on how United was able to win matches in stoppage time when not playing well.

12:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Noble booked for tugging back Kane just outside the box. The free kick is headed out and
GOAL !!! HARRY KANE PUTS THE SPUDS THREE UP WITH A long range rocket.

12:06 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Lost the computer for a bit and it's three nil for Champions Elect

12:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

WH hit the self destruct button again and Kane pounces to score Spurs' third goal.

12:07 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Could have been four!!!!

12:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Harry Kane doesn't pass up gifts .Adrian threw the ball out to Thomkins , who passed to Eriksen. He passed it to Kane , who beat Adrian with power.

12:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nice double save by Adrian from Song and eriksen to prevent a fourth goal

12:09 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I asked you question Bob earlier

12:09 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Tom took a picture and vid of him

12:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

No team is out dominating the title race, so the Spuds are a definite contender.

12:09 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Spurs attacking... are you watching LVG... I want United to play like Pool or Spurs

12:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

An old former Scottish winger in his 70s?

12:10 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Other than United, I think I'd like to see Spurs win the title
Young, attack and mostly English

12:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I typed the same when you were on walkies. We haven't won in this sort of style this season. They are playing better football than us.

12:11 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Yes Charlie Cook was in the Chelsea side that beat the Mighty Leeds in the Cup Final

12:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Spuds could have up to seven players in the England squad this summer.

12:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think he ended his career in the NASL in the mid 70s as did many Brits at that time.

12:13 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Tony said that there is plenty of time for Spurs to implode which is what spurs do

12:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Song has a shot come off of Moses for a corner.

12:13 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

He did play over here. I googled him

12:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Carrroll heads out the corner from Eriksen

12:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sorry, didn't catch that question at half time. Kate is hanging on to her apt for the time being mainly for storage, but we're full time at the Cottage. We're over here today because we're getting it ready for my mother in law's visit this week

12:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

One too many touches from Alli off a nice through ball from Dier.

12:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The fizz has gone out of this one with that third goal

12:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nice of you and Kate.

12:15 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

So Spurs will be unbeaten for 12 straight league matches. It is a club record. Next up, Chelsea at home. Shame they have to travel for the EL before

12:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

We will see how the SPuds do. The announcer mentioned that they have an EL match in Azerbaijan on Thanksgiving then a kickoff at 6 AM CST vs Chelsea on Sunday

12:16 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Vardy scoring in 10 straight games and has 13 goals. In that streak of 10, he only scored a brace once so that means he has at least scored in 11 of 13 matches!!!!

12:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They could implode , but I don't see Pochettino letting that happen. He's not like their previous managers

12:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Here's a question for you lot - are Norwich in danger of going down?

12:17 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Thanks for the Cottage answer.... Mr Two Houses

12:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He's been really consistent. He should be making the trip to France this coming summer.

12:17 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I think Villa and the two northeast clubs are in more danger and sadly Bournemouth too


AND CHELSEA

12:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

There's usually eight teams in the relegation race, so they are surely one of the eight.

12:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Will you guys be around for the CL matches on Tuesday and Wednesday

12:19 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

So, after the final whistle the table will look like this

Leicester 28
United 27
City 26
Arsenal 26
Spurs 24

Top two play each other next week

12:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Finally Bilic goes to his bench. This one seems all over though

12:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A double siwtcheroo as Zarate is on for Moses and a like for like as Jelavic is on for Carroll. Anything to so with him being a compatriot of the gaffer?

12:20 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

"There's something happening at @SpursOfficial. As an @Arsenal fan it's worrying, they're playing well" @IanWright0

12:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Will you all be up early next Sunday for the Spuds vs Chelsea. Kickoff at noon GST.

12:20 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Not sure about this week. I have to work on Tuesday and Wednesday

12:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Well stated by Wrightie. If he's saying that then that speaks volumes. He's usually not one for compliments.

12:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I feel bad for Yellows who appears to have a season ticket for the Canaries. Not the best year for that.

12:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I work Tuesday, but am off on Wednesday. My daughters are off the entire week.

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

Handbags now; Noble and Mr Pastrami both booked

12:23 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Some handbags going on


Noble and Allie get yellows
Both suspended for next week

What a plonker.. misses the Chelsea match

12:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I thought Mark Noble was booked earlier. He is now as is Alli for their spat. Both are out for their matches next weekend as both received their fifth booking of the season./

12:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ryan Mason will come on to be a brick wall in any hope the Hammers have of a comeback

12:25 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

There is a match tomorrow as well as Crystal Palace host Sunderland

12:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

There's another team in the relegation dogfight.

12:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Brick House is on for Delli sandwich.

12:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lanzini has a shot take a wicked deflection out for a corner that left LLoris rooted to the spot. Lloris read the danger as he caught a header from the corner.

12:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Instead of clearing, the Private gets fancy and concedes a corner. Adrian did well to catch the corner.

12:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It gets nasty as Walker and Sakho get into it.

12:31 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

More handbags... Kyle Walker is an idiot
He gets a card... grow up... you're three nil up

12:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Both are booked.

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

This match is falling apart

12:32 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Everyone is acting like idiots

12:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. The spuds should see this one out.

12:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree with that too.

12:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Both of these teams are at home next Sunday. The Spuds host Chelsea at the crack of dawn while the Hammers host the Baggies.

12:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Hammers fans , who made the short trip have headed home presumably to make it home in time for dinner.

12:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Song is on for Noble.

12:35 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Spurs could have had 8...just like Pool

12:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Absolutely. Those are the two in form teams and both play on Thanksgiving Day.

12:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's a good analogy. Pool were out of this world yesterday. But they could be crap next week. Same with Spurs

12:39 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

#4.... the idiot has scored!

12:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!KYLE WALKER PUTS THE SPUDS FOUR UP.

12:39 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

decent goal

Spurs are a force

12:40 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I know Mr. Two Homes or Mr Anti-Spurs.... but Spurs have not lost at home to Palace after beating Chelsea... they haven't lost AT ALL since losing in the first match

12:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Eighteen year old Josh Enohmah is on for Song, who put in a great shift.

12:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And next week they'll be crap. While you lot will probably beat the Foxes 1-0

12:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Back to the goal. Eriksen won the ball in midfield. He passed to Walker, who played a one two with Song then easily beat Adrian

12:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Two Homes but no shed

12:43 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

West Ham gets a goal back... Walker wasn't good for that one

12:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! LANZINI SCORES A CONSOLATION GOAL FOR THE HAMMERS

12:43 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I offered you one months ago!!

12:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Walker was a real idiot. A poor back header in midfield off a long Hammers clearance went to Walker. His back pass was picked up by Jela, who passed to Lanzini . He raced past Walker and shot in the upper 90 at the near post.

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

I know, but there's no way to get it here

12:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! Off the upright by Mason.

12:46 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

It's gone now you numpty... you could have driven here... spent a weekend with a mate and drove back

12:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Into stoppage time as HArry Kane gets a standing ovation as he's replaced by Tom Carroll. Three minutes of stoppage time.

12:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Kane goes off to a hero's ovation

12:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Will you call him Walker? BOOM BOOM!

12:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I know that but I'm rubbish at putting things together

12:48 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Almost number five... could have gotten it over quicker... after two moves not four

12:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A nice run by ZDmebele and his threaded pass went out for a corner.

12:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Eriksen takes it short and Caroll passes /shoots into the side netting.

12:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're not even sure that we'll be staying in the Cottage long term

12:49 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Game over and Spurs romp

I still think they should be in the Title talk just not the Top Four


Take care boys

UWS

12:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That's it as the Spuds Hammer the opposition 4-1 and are now legitimate title contenders.

12:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Not in the Cottage. Isn't that a fixture mate?

12:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's quite enough of that, then. Not one that either WHR or Gooner will want to keep around on the DVR

12:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Either way. I'm hoping to visit in the near future.

12:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Definitely . Have a great Thanksgiving if we don't chat before then.
CHEERS MATE!

12:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I love it, but as you guys saw, it's pretty small. Might need something bigger

12:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cheerio, lads!

12:52 PM  

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