Lakenheath Old Boys

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Sunday, April 03, 2016

Soccer Sunday Morning

Morning, chaps - we've got another couple of intriguing match-ups in the Premiership today. We start with the title favorites now - yes, Leicester City. Can they continue their fantasy season against the Saints? That's followed by the key European slot match-up between United and Everton. Join me for all the fun and games today.

156 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Players lining up in the tunnel at the King Power:

Leicester City (an unsophisticated, outmoded, top-of-the-league 4-4-2): Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan (c), Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez, Kanté, Drinkwater, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy.

Subs: King, Amartey, Gray, Ulloa, Dyer, Wasilewski, Schwarzer.

Southampton: (a specifically commandeered 3-5-2): Forster; Cedric, Fonte, Van Dijk; Davies, Clasie, Wanyama, Targett, Bertrand; Mane, Pelle.

Subs: Stekelenberg, Yoshida, Rodriguez, Tadic, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Austin.

8:26 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning mate. I'm blogging from my brother's house in Florida.

8:29 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off.

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

Leicester get us started in a crackling atmosphere at the King Power. Looks like the pitch has got a new haircut this week. Very fancy.

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

Morning, MUR - how are you in the Sunshine State?

8:32 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Someone seems to have handed out some really noisy clappers to the fans at the King Power today. Horrible sound!

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

This one is a long ball match so far - lots of ping pongy head tennis.

8:37 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Foxes have dominated the early stages

8:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sorry to say I'm not here on holiday. According to my brothers, it's basically a matter of days for my mom. I will see later today.

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

Oh - Vardy got to the by-line and nearly got it back to his strike partner Okazaki.

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

I'm sorry to hear that, mate. My thoughts go out to you and your family at this sad time.

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

I honestly thought you might be on your trip with your math students. I hope the footer helps you take your mind off things.

8:47 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think it's a matter of time before the Foxes score

8:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Thanks mate. I was with my math students, but left during the middle of the meet to drive to Houston Intercontinental Airport.

8:50 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

How have you been, mate?

8:52 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Really good. I got two major projects done over our Spring Break, so last week was a doddle. This next week should be busier for me.

8:55 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A free header from Prlle that's not far over as the Saints have come into the match

9:00 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Congratulations. I'm delighted for you

9:01 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

After the furious ovation for the side at the beginning, the King Power has quieted down. It's been all a bit boring so far.

9:01 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Mane was away there and rounded the keeper but Danny Simpson got back magnificently to block the shot.

9:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nearly the lead for the Saints as Mane was through on the break.He rounded Kasper, but Danny Simpson came out of the middle of nowhere to block

9:03 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Southhampton have done an excellent job frustrating Leicester so far - they're almost playing the Foxes' game.

Oh - Fonte with a ripper that Kasper had to tip over.

9:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nice save by Kasper from a deflected long range effort from Fonte

9:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Not a classy effort from Classie as he was high and wide off the corner

9:07 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Wes Morgan breaks the deadlock with his first goal of the season!!!

9:08 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Fuchs picked his target and found Morgan in the box just ahead of Classie.

1-0 Leicester!

9:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL. Captain Morgan with a great header from a cross from Fuchs.His first goal of the season

9:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hard to blame the Saints defense. Captain Morgan was well marked, but it was a perfect cross

9:13 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Some handbags to end the half. No real need for that.

9:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The fairy tale continues as the Foxes are one up at the half

9:18 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed, mate. I'm not sure why.It was a fair tackle from Vardy

9:19 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Tadic is on as a sub as the second kicks off and Wanayama is booked for fouling Vardy on the break

9:34 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Tadic is a good sub for Soton at this point.

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

Interesting advertising hoarding on the side - "Sky Sports - The Home of Major League Soccer!"

9:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Just finished brekkies. It's still 1-0 .Saints players are becoming frustrated.

9:46 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I know Southampton have played 3-5-2 on other occasions this season, but they look liberated as they are now. They’ve not created much, but there’s a zest about their play that wasn’t present in the first half, even when they were on top.

9:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

We're going to the only MLS match being played today.

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

Forster saved Fonte some blushes there when the Italian could easily have scored an own goal.

9:51 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The hour mark is up so cue Ulloa on for Okazaki.

9:51 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The usual change as Leo Ulloa is on for Okozaki

9:52 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That has to go down as one of the saved of the season

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

Ranieri is trying to calm himself and his flowers down.

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

James Ward-Prowse being thrown on by Koeman as a last ditch effort to save the match.

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

Oh - Danny Simpson should have scored the second there. Off the line by Forster.

9:58 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Oh! One of the misses of the season as Vardy laid it on a plate for Danny Simpson and he forced a Banks like save from Forster, but it was a soft side footed effort.

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

Huth used his hand there but there were no protestations from the Soton players. Ball to hand.

10:01 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Charlie Austin on for Classie and JWP on for Steven Davis

10:01 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Tadic talks himself into the book there after a high foot.

10:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Tadic is booked either for the foul or the childish tantrum

10:03 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Mahrez tries one from distance but it's gobbled up by Forster.

10:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Damante Gray on for Mahrez

10:06 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Gray comes on for Mahrez, who walks off with laudable slowness.

10:08 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Is Mahrez being rested at this point? Why?

10:08 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Southampton have not mustered a serious chance this half. It only takes one, but I can see why Leicester would fancy themselves to see this out.

10:11 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Vardy is denied by Forster, who's had a great match.

10:13 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I won't be around for the late match because we're heading to the hospital

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

Coming down to the last few minutes and the Foxes faithful are bellowing up "I Will Follow Him" for the run in.

10:16 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

"We're Going to Win the League" ringing around the King Power Stadium now.

10:20 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Soton have one last free kick chance. This could be a crucial moment.

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

And another.

10:23 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

There it is! The whistle blows and Wes Morgan, the goalscorer celebrates with his teammates. Every match is a cup tie for these guys and they've won another one. Six matches to play and they're seven points up. Done and dusted.

10:24 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I won't be around for the late match because we're heading to the hospital

10:40 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I've switched over to USA for the late one between Everton and United. Here's the team news:

Manchester United: De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Rojo; Schneiderlin, Carrick; Lingard, Mata, Martial; Rashford
Subs: Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Valencia, Young, Fellaini, Herrera, Memphis

Everton: Joel; Baines, Jagielka (c), Stones, Coleman; Cleverley, McCarthy; Lennon, Barkley, Deulofeu; Lukaku
Subs: Howard, Oviedo, Koné, Mirallas, Niasse, Besic, Funes Mori

10:41 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I hope it's a peaceful time for you and your family. Please keep us apprised of everything.

10:41 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Marvelous atmosphere at Old Trafford as the new Bobby Charlton Stand is unveiled. Wow!

10:57 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

United about to get us going - both sides wearing their traditional tops. Everton in blue shorts for the occasion.

11:00 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Peter Drury and Jim Beglin on the microphone.

11:01 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Chris Smalling gives David de Gea a testing backpass which the goalkeeper can only spoon off field for a throw. Baines launches the ball to Lukaku who gets his first touches, wriggling away from a couple of defenders before prodding it off the pitch a little unnecessarily with a misplaced pass.

11:05 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

James McCarthy is down. He seemed to twist his ankle in a challenge with Marcos Rojo. The Everton midfielder hobbles off for the treatment before a dainty hop-run back on to the field and should be OK to continue.

11:05 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Everton win a free-kick 40 yards out on the right. Baines delivers the most delicious of parabolas into the box and Utd are a little edgy in clearing the danger. Deulofeu dribbles the ball back into the mix but after one touch too far Schneiderlin eventually hacks the ball downfield.

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

Schneiderlin gives away another free kick. They can't afford to keep giving up these chances to Everton.

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

Baines hits the wall and it deflects out for the corner.

11:22 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Roberto Martínez is very animated on the touchline. His side are certainly putting on a better show than their last Premier League match, the limp defeat against Arsenal

11:22 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

De Gea plays sweeper and clears out the danger.

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

I'm goal starved this morning - one goal in two hours of play.

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

Lukaku is started to get involved in the game, first chasing a throughball which De Gea pipped him to and then trying to roll Chris Smalling with his back to goal in the box. The England defender sticks to his task and three red shirts crowd Lukaku out.

11:37 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Big shout for a pen but the ref had no inclination. Good tackle from Stones on Lingard.

11:37 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This one has been so riveting that I've been doing pasta quizzes on FB.

11:43 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Martial has been the most dangerous player on the pitch and he’s at it again, though this time he’s adjudged to have handled Mata’s flick in the box after a bright one-two with the Spaniard.

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

Even Peter Drury has described this first half as "shades of grey."

11:46 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half-time arrives without much fanfare. zzzzzzzzzz

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

Hey Bob, I just got back from baseball draft nice and early and am here for the second half.
United boring again?

11:58 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

teams coming out of the tunnel for the second half
A win is a must
ATTACK!!

12:01 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Bringing on a defender!

12:01 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

We are off

12:02 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

COME ON MAN U
COME ON MAN U
COME ON MAN U


Scary that there is talk of LVG staying for next season!

Big chance for the Lukaku… deflected wide

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

United not attacking the Stretford End in the second half
Did Everton do that on purpose or is some deep thinking by LVG

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

GOAL

MARTIAL

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

The sub got the assist for the goal!

Martial almost missed that. Keeper could have kept that out

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

Looking shaky at the back for United since the goal
Keep it tight but attack
Jags with a bullet of a header off the bar… wide open five yards out…. where are the defenders!!!!

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

Herrerra about to come on

12:14 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Carrick is the one replaced

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

Afternoon, mate - I hope that you did well at the baseball draft.

I'm just back from the shower to see that you're 1-0 up through Kung Fu Fighting. Nice one - you need a win here as WH slipped up yesterday. You're on the edge of the top four places now.

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

Dangerous cross low just out of the reach at the front post but no one at the back post
That should have been two nil

12:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Lingard was inches away from reaching that Mata cross. Didn't get there and then Smalling picked up a yellow for a lunge on Stones.

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

Hiya Bob
Could be close
We do got to WHL next weekend

Draft day was very short. Didn't think I'd make any of this match

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

United have been boring today - Everton, too.

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

England in the World Cup Final for cricket 20/20 against the Windies

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

United are boring all the time!

Did they show the Sir Bobby ceremony before the match?

12:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Just to let you know, MUR is in Florida today at his mom's bedside. It doesn't look as if she'll probably survive the weekend. I'm going to shoot a card out to him this week.

12:21 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I got his text yesterday and read the earlier posts

12:21 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

United had a chance there for a cross but their crossing SUCKS

12:22 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

United's 1000 home Prem goal… first to do that

12:22 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Everton only loss away was at the Em… their home form must be REALLY bad

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

I'm not surprised given the Fergie domination. Did you see the unveiling of the new Bobby Charlton Stand at the beginning of the match? You may want to run the DVR back for that; it was a special moment.

12:26 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Useless by Barkley… there is talk of United buying him
I don't rate him at all

12:27 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I wasn't here
Didn't dvr it…. United are too boring

12:27 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I want a second goal

12:27 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

another chance to get a cross over… USELESS!!!!

12:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm sure that there will be some clips. The great man was there, of course, and there wasn't a dry eye in the house.

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

Wish I saw it
It is the old stand, right? The small one with the

12:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It looked like the big one that the camera is perched on that we can't see from the normal camera angle.

12:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

United don't look that fussed about scoring a second.

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

Found a six minute video on Sky Sports
I'll watch it at the end of the match

12:36 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

The big one is the SAF Stand

12:36 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Ten minutes plus stoppages for United to hold on… I am fed up with United always HOLDING ON


Valencia going to come on for an injured Blind

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

So, Dennis Erwin scored the first Premiership goal and Martial has scored the 1,000th. Interesting.

12:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The one we're looking at? Okay. Then there's the Stratford End to the left and what's the one on the right that United are attacking now?

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

Oh - great save from Twilight there to keep Everton at bay. Wow!

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

for United at Old Trafford that is

Who scored the first ever Prem goal
For who against who


Great save by De Gea… again

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

No the stand across from the TV is the SAF stand
The stand the camera is on is the SBC stand

12:41 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

United get a chance to break 5 on 2… the 2 won

12:42 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Struth… the crossing is woeful

12:42 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Everton look really dangerous

Great clearance by FM the sub
He's been the difference. The assist and that clearance

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

Barkley came off
I don't rate him

12:44 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Wow, only 2 minutes to go!

12:45 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

What about Leicester just chugging along!!

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

4 added minutes

These added minutes are so much these days

Too much

12:47 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Untied need another goal to put them ahead of West Ham
They are level now on goals. United have more points now but it is still important

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

Leicester are an incredible story - probably the biggest achievement of the Premiership era. Even Blackburn had Jack Walker's money.

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

United not trying to score

12:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And you're only a point behind Citeh now.

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

Better than Forest?

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

If we didn't blow it at home to Sotton, Norwich, Newcastle or drop the points at Newcastle, west brom and others

2 to go

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

Last chance saloon for Everton now. United hanging on.

12:50 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Under a minute to go

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

Forest won the Premiership? I don't remember that.

12:51 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

So bad from United… useless back passes!!

Sigh

Game over

Not bloody good enough really!

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

That's that - not exactly the sparkling win that Bobby Charlton deserved on this big day but it's three more point. NBC say that United are now in 5th.

12:53 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Plonker
Forest in 78
Is it bigger than them being promoted and winning it

12:53 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Yup, fifth above West Ham and a point behind City

12:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Spot on, mate. The Bobby Charlton Stand is smaller. All of them are pretty big, though. What a temple!

12:53 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Will these teams meet at Wembley?

12:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's it for me today, mate. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Cheerio!

12:54 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

World Cup Final coming down to the end
Two and half overs to go, Windies need 32 to win in the Slugfest Cricket

12:54 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Take care Bob

i am going to stay on to finish the cricket
COME ON ENGLAND

12:55 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

27 needed from 12 deliveries

12:56 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

23 from 11

12:56 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

20 needed from 8 balls

Its going to be very close!

12:59 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

19 from 7

1:00 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

19 from the last over

1:00 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Six from the first ball
13 from five
Windies the favorites?

1:03 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Holy crap… another 6
Seven from four… definite favorites now

1:03 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Scores level with another six
THREE straight sixes!
ONe to win from three balls

1:05 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Fourth ball….. ANOTHER SIX

FOUR STRAIGHT SIXES TO WIN THE WORLD CUP

West Indies are the World Twenty20 Champions

1:07 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Take care everyone

Are thoughts are with the Goldsteins

1:17 PM  

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