Lakenheath Old Boys

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Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Capital One Cup Semi Final Live!

It's Capital One Cup semi final time, chaps. This competition has had a large bearing on the outcome of the PPP game each season, as the winning team is worth 6 points and the losing finalist 2 points. Today it's Stoke v. Liverpool at the Britannia. Most seasons, you might fancy Liverpool; however, Sparky Hughes' Stoke are playing better stuff than they've usually been accustomed to in the Potteries. Join me from 3pm onward on BEin and here on the blog.

80 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Both sides will therefore look to history and strongly fancy their chances. Stoke have the additional, and arguably more relevant, benefit of better recent results. Xherdan Shaqiri, Marko Arnautović and Bojan Krkić are in-form and flying, while Liverpool haven’t been clicking lately at all, though they could be fired up by Jurgen Klopp’s bollocking in the wake of whatever that was at West Ham last Saturday. So good luck in calling what could be a brilliant evening’s entertainment: the last four stagings of this particular fixture have ended 3-1, 3-5, 6-1 and 0-1. It’s the League Cup semi-final! It’s the first leg! It’s on!

2:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Here are the PPP implications. The following participants have Liverpool as League Cup winners:

Red Devil 1FCK, Red Dragon, Swansong, UWS

The following have Liverpool as losing finalists:

Blue Devil, Chelskilad, Simon

In addition, Red Dragon and The Saint have Stoke as losing finalists.

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

Almost kick-off time - here is the team news:

Stoke City: Butland, Johnson, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters, Cameron, Whelan, Shaqiri, Afellay, Arnautovic, Krkic.
Subs: Joselu, Wilson, van Ginkel, Adam, Walters, Crouch, Haugaard.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Toure, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Lucas, Allen, Lallana, Firmino, Coutinho.
Subs: Milner, Benteke, Brannagan, Ibe, Bogdan, Smith, Randall.

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).

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

Liverpool get us underway in their change strip of all black. And Fermino tests Butland early.

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

Now it's Moreno testing the Stoke back-four.

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

This has been an especially quick start for Liverpool. They look well up for this first leg.

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

Oh - Lallana pulls a great save out of Butland.

3:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This is all Liverpool right now. Stoke can hardly get a touch, and are having difficulty getting out of their own half. The crowd are still giving it plenty, but manager Mark Hughes is concerned enough to walk up to the touchline and deliver several meaningful bollockings to his team. Stoke haven’t got going yet at all.

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

A first chink of light in attack for Stoke. Johnson briefly threatens to break into the Liverpool box down the right, but gets the ball caught between his legs with Arnautovic waiting in the centre.

3:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's party time for Liverpool - two back flicks in a row.

3:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Ibe should have buried that chance - 12 yards out with only the keeper to beat. Straight down Butland's throat. Liverpool may rue these missed chances.

3:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon, Bob. I'm pleased to join you . I have trouble getting BEIN at work, but if there's another link then I can follow the action.

3:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I see that's it's 0-0 at the Brit

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

Now it’s Stoke’s turn to ping it around prettily. It’s all in the middle of the park, and they go nowhere, but it’s some welcome relief. Small acorns, and all that.

3:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Surprisingly we've reached the half way mark without any goals. Some pretty football but nothing to show for it.

3:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

More trouble for Klopp. He's already lost Coutinho. Now Lovren is having to trudge off for treatment.

3:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

No - James Milner is being hastily readied to come on. That's a real blow for Pool.

3:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I found a link still 0-0 at the Brit

3:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It appears that Klopp's boys didn't warm up on what must be a cold night in Stoke.

3:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! There's the opening for Liverpool through Jordan Ibe!

3:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great move there from Pool. Lallana centered, Allen nudged it on to Ibe who seemed to have lost the chance for a moment but then steadied himself and clubbed a left-footed effort past Butland.

3:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! JORDAN IBE GIVES LIVERPOOL THE LEAD. GREAT MOVE. LALLANA MADE A GREAT RUN DOWN THE RIGHT AND HIS PASS WAS MISSED BY jOE aLLAEN BEFORE iBE SCORED WITH A GREAT FINISH PAST BUTLAND

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

Liverpool were in again thru Fermino but Shawcross foiled him.

3:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Arnautovic had a chance to tie it up, but glanced a free header wide from a cross by Glen Johnson.

3:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great tackle by Shawcross on Ibe for A Pool corner. Kolo Toure heads straight to Butland off the corner

3:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sorry it was Fermino , not Kolo

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

Hi there, MUR! Sorry - I didn't see you come on. It's been a lively encounter at the Brit.

3:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Well wide by Ibe after Lallana did well to get a cross in.

3:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

No probs, mate. It's great to enjoy the pleasure of your company. I've enjoyed the few minutes I have watched. It looks to be a great contest

3:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Affelay has a long range effort deflected straight to Minnie.

3:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It has been - end to end stuff, although the Reds have had the better of it.

3:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's really tipping down now on poor Sparky on the touchline. You'd never throw your Sparky out in the rain, would you?

3:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It appears that the Reds or is it All Blacks are controlling the match.

3:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Three minutes of stoppage time on a rainy evening.

3:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half-time comes: this is non-stop entertainment, though Liverpool fans may be enjoying it more than Stoke’s right now.

3:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Shaquiri has a long range effort deflected for a corner.,

3:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner from Bojan is headed away then Minnie is forced to make a decent save

3:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Liverpool are one up at the half at the Brit

3:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Some great half-time highlights there.

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

We're back on for the second half - I wonder if Sparky was able to dry off during his team talk.

4:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Can has a bang from distance - not too far away.

4:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Yank defender Cameron has given way to Jonathan Walters in an attacking swap. Sparky's going for it.

4:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I wonder why Sparky wears only a suit in cold , rainy weather . What does he expect

4:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sparky pretty much has to or else win at Anfield, where he will not exactly win a popularity contest

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

Agreed - he should have had his mac on.

4:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sparky wearing the overcoat to protect his expensive suit. Brings on an attacker and defends the suit

4:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Liverpool play away to Exeter in three days in another cup competition. Talk about strange scheduling.

4:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kolo called for pushing Walters in the back

4:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick from Arnautovic was headed out by Kolo. Shawcross had a shot blocked then Glen whelan blasted over

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

Not sure what that ball was from Lallana. Klippity Klopp looks bemused as well.

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

Bojan has been well bossed by the Pool middies today.

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

Five players out with hammies? That sounds like poor training to me.

4:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Are the hammies for Liverpool or Stoke? That is a rather large number of hammy injuries.

4:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A nice slide rule pass from Arnautovic was inches too long for Shaquiri.

4:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's been a scrappier second half which plays into Liverpool's hands.

4:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kolo Toure clears for a Stoke corner.

4:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Liverpool. Coutinho and Lovren both hobbled off today. Could also be Sturridge and some others.

4:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner from Bojan is headed away

4:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Thanks Bob. Klopp needs to evaluate his assistants on the training ground .

4:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Firmino drags an effort wide from just outside the box.

4:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The man bun doesn't seem to be working for Arnautovic today.

4:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Glen Johnson fouls Ibe in great position for the Pool

4:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. it looks wilted

4:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pool nearly go two up as a close range effort is cleared off the line as Stoke struggled to clear away a free kick

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

Oh - Ibe went for goal looking for his brace and his teammates weren't so pleased about it.

4:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jordan Ibe shows his skill . he received a pass , turned a defender then shot into the side netting

4:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Shawcross was up in attack as he headed a cross from Walters well over. Sparky was not impressed.

4:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Like for like as Joselu is on for Bojan, illustrating Bob's point

4:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Mignolet picks up a booking for time wasting.

4:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Minnie booked for time wasting. A silly yellow to pick up as there's plenty of time left in this match

4:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Butland Stoke got away with one there as Butland's clearance bounced off of Firmino and back to Butland.

4:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Minnie did well to tip over a shot from Joselu that deflected off of Kolo

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

Allen trudging off and Benteke trudging on.

4:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cheerio, David - I'm off to do some errands with Kate.

4:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers Bob. It was great chatting with you. I hope you and Kate have a great rest of the day

4:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Crouchie on for Shaquiri against his old mates as Sparky really throws caution to the wind

4:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Minnie punches away a cross for A Stoke corner

4:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kolo is holding his hammy. That would make half a dozen for Pool as we enter three minutes of stoppage time

4:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Walters drags an effort wide of goal as he got behind the Pool defense and that should do it. That's it as Pool record a 0-1 victory at the Brit and have the advantage in the second leg and are all but set for a trip to Wembuhlay

4:54 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That's it for me . Cheers.

4:55 PM  

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