Lakenheath Old Boys

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Last Stand at Upton Park

I'm stealing a couple of hours of peace in the office this afternoon to follow the West Ham v. United match this afternoon. This is a crucial match for both sides, who still have a chance to claim their places in next season's European competitions. Join me if you've got the time.

190 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The team news out of East London on a momentous evening:



West Ham: Randolph, Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Lanzini, Kouyate, Noble, Payet, Sakho, Carroll. Subs: Tomkins, Valencia, Obiang, Collins, Moses, Emenike, Spiegel.

Man Utd: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Schneiderlin, Mata, Ander Herrera, Rooney, Martial, Rashford. Subs: Jones, Depay, Januzaj, Carrick, Romero, Lingard, Borthwick-Jackson.

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

2:37 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Kick off delayed 45 minutes
United showed up late just like the match at WHL

2:59 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

According to Rooney
Coach smashed up

3:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon. Does the match kick off at 3:30? What's up with United and London traffic? Will this happen prior to the Cup Final?

3:08 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Yup
3:30

3:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lots of bubbles being blown at Upon Park on an historic evening

3:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from Upton Park

3:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

An early free kick for United Schneid fouled Andy Carroll and United struggle to clear the free kick >After some tussles in the United box, Lanzini blasts over halfway to the Olympic Stadium

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

Afternoon, chaps! Due to the delayed kickoff, I've been able to pedal home to watch the match in the comfort of the Cottage. I've got a beverage and some chips and salsa at my side. Lovely.

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

Any predictions? I've got United winning this one.

3:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Welcome, mate. Glad you join us in such luxury. I think United will draw vs United.

3:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Sikh with a stormer. Sorry chaps.

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

Sakho, that is. Stupid spell change.

3:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! SAKHO GIVES THE HAMMERS THE LEAD OFF A NICE RUN AND PASS FROM LANZINI AND SOME REALLY PATHETIC DEFENDING FROM UNITED. WHERE WAS VALENCIA?

3:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

United looked like a Sakho Shite on that possession.

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

Nice pull back by Lanzini and Sakho just guided it in.

3:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Not a noble challenge on Mata as United take the free kick short and it comes to nothing

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

Boom, boom, mate! Nice one!

3:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

You're on a roll, mate - and so are the Hammers, buoyed by their fans.

3:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

If United want to play defensive then isn't their bread and butter defending? I sure haven't seen their back four show up.

3:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Poor header by Valencia gives away a needless corner. Hammers fans are baying for blood.

3:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers, mate. The Hammers sure are . Johnno will be delighted.

3:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A corner from the training ground as Payet plays the corner out of the box and the volley from Noble is blocked . Ogbanna then blasts over.

3:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm sure he will be - I wish he were on here enjoying it.

3:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

If United lose then the best they can hope for is the silly EL.

3:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Me too. I wonder if he's working like I should be.

3:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

If I stay for the entire match then I won't end up leaving until ten minutes after the students today

3:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

You're coasting into retirement, mate - you've earned it.

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

Oh - Payet had a chance from the top of the box. Straight down Twilight's gullet though.

3:48 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hey Boys
I'm on my phone so want comment much
So bad!!
Two headers just headed directly out
If United lose its still not over
Red Hot Swansea could beat City

3:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers mate. I still have three years remaining. They still treat me like I'm a mediocre newhire. No wonder why I can't wait.

3:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Andy Carroll was straight through there but hit Twilight with his shot. He almost had too much time. Are United defenders on strike?

3:49 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

How is it not 2-0
Where is Uniteds defense

3:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Correct, UWS. We would have to defeat the Cherries at OT. As things stand, the Gunners would clinch a CL spot.

3:50 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Ball in the net but a corner is given!!

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

Antonio has it in the net but it's ruled out. Corner given.

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

I can understand your frustration, UWS. United have a real chance of the CL now but they're throwing it away here.

3:51 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

In such a bad season, I haven't seen United look worse
Unbelievable

3:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

PHEW!!!! United are so bloody lucky.payet played a corner that was hooked back in and bundled in the goal, but the ball had gone out of play for another corner . That could have been 2-0

3:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I second that. Should we blame it on the London traffic? If so, we should hand Palace the FA Cup

3:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

High, wide and horrible from Rooney.

3:52 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Rooney hits row Q and the commentator says better from United
That says it all

3:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Roon high and wide with a shot halfway to the Olympic Stadium

3:53 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

United can't pass accurately from 10 yards
They do know this is an important game?

3:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I need United right for that Cup Final - I need the points.

3:54 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Rashford dummies to no one

3:54 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Well it's being played in London so United will turn up late

3:55 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm not sure. Perhaps they prefer the EL over the CL. Does LVG party on Thursday nights?

3:55 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Is your pictures freezing?

3:55 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I guess that makes Palace favorites in the Cup Final

3:56 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

No. I am not having problems. It must be United.

3:56 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! Just wide by Lanzini after being set up by Sakho.

3:57 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Falkirk take the lead at Hibs in the first leg of the Championship playoff semifinal

3:58 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hopeless passing from United - they can't string a move together to save their lives.

3:59 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Only thing I say about this it that United aren't further behind

3:59 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Roon with a nice pass to a Hammer's defender.

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

Indeed - they can still claw their way back into this one.

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

Oh dear - what a terrible shinned effort from Payet.

4:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fortunately for United , Payet shoots uncharacteristically wide

4:02 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

United are trying to get worse and worse

4:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree. Somehow, United are still in this match

4:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hibs tie it up vs Falkirk

4:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Rashford could have equalized there. Great ball in from Roon.

4:03 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Finally a chance
Rashford should have done better

4:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! United's best chance of the match and a great pass from Roon is headed out for a corner.Blind takes and it's cleared

4:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That great cross from Roon is a collector's item. Quite valuable.

4:05 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

It's not much better!!!
Can't get the ball in the box

4:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

United starting to get back into the match after absorbing lots of Hammers pressure

4:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Naughty by Rojo on Antonio.

4:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Tojo gives up late free kick. Payet to swing it in.

4:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Smalling heads out the free kick from Payet. Cresswell has a shot blocked.

4:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Antonio has a shot deflect just wide for a corner.

4:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! Sakho heads just wide off the corner from Payet. He should have scored with the free header,

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

Tremendous pressure by West Ham, ending with a shot by Antonio that is deflected out for a corner.

4:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Andy Carroll appeared to have a volley come off of Valencia for a corner, but Mike dean says goal kick

4:15 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Get a shot off

4:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Into stoppage time. A minute of that

4:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Kung Fu goes down in the area - Mike Dean was having nothing to do with it. Referee!

4:16 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Inept from United
So bad

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

Peep peep!

West Ham go into the interval 1-0 up from that Sakho strike but it could and should have been much more. United still in it - delicately poised for the second half.

4:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's halftime and United are trailing only 1-0 despite being hammered.,

4:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's Desmond in the first leg of the playoff semi between Hibs and Falkirk . the winner faces Killie in the promotion/relegation playoff semi

4:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sorry promotion/relegation playoff Final

4:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

LVG makes a change and it's Carrick for Schneiderlin

4:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway in the last ever match at Upton Park

4:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Winnie Reid fouls Rashford between the box and the corner flag.

4:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick is headed away then a pass from Carrick is out of reach

4:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Valencia has a cross deflect off of Cress well for a corner on a counter that started with a karate chop

4:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner from Blind is cleared.

4:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Payet has a long range volley go just wide off an atrocious United clearance.

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

GOAL! Lovely strike from Kung Fu, set up nicely by Mata.

1-1!

4:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! AN EQUALIZER IS KARATE CHOPPED IN FROM CLOSE RANGE . A LONG GOAL KICK FROM DE GEA WAS HEADED ON TO RASHFORD, WHO PLAYED MATA DOWN THE RIGHT . HE GOT PAST OGBANNA AND PASSED FOR AN EASY TAP IN FOR KUNG FU PANDA.

4:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!!United are let off the hook as Sakho misses a sitter off a nice free kick from Payet. He headed wide with just De Gea to beat

4:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A draw doesn't really change things as Citeh have a vastly superior goal difference. United still need to defeat the Cherries. I think that would be enough if Citeh draw with the Swans on Sunday

4:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Andy Carroll heads well over off a corner and the Hammers should have had a penalty because he was rugby tackled by Smalling

4:46 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Still not good enough
I don't care if we go on win

4:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

No - you lot need a win today to challenge Citeh.

4:47 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

How about that defending by Blind earlier
By the corner flag... Let me just close my eyes and kadoomph the ball inside my own box
Stunning

4:48 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Again, City could lose in Wales
Swansea crushed Liverpool and West Ham in their last two days
City? Lost to Sotton and drew with Arsenal

4:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! Carroll has a volley cleared off the line off a great cross from Cresswell. United riding their luck.

4:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Hammers may not qualify for Europe after a great season. A shame.

4:51 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

United should have done better there
Takes forever to get it into the box

4:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A nice run and pass from Mata. I'm not exactly sure what Rashford was trying to accomplish with that back heel.

4:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That's part of the LVG philosophy. The more passes it takes to create a chance , the better the chance

4:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Roon concedes a Hammers corner. Payet to take

4:54 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Saved off line by martial
How did Carroll have a completely open header

4:54 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! Another Andy Carroll header cleared off the line as this one is karate chopped off the line

4:54 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Is it me or do United have more lives than a cat?

4:55 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

United are still so bad
Sunday morning stuff

4:55 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

LVG does

4:56 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Stupid fouls my United

4:56 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

United came out firing in the first part of the second half, but since scoring they've ceded the momentum back to West Ham.

4:56 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

IGNORANCE

4:56 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Perfect spot for Payet
Don't united know this?
Payet...over

4:57 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Two stupid United fouls. Valencia booked for one on the Coyote as Mike Dean played the advantage then Herrera concedes a free kick just outside the box well in Payet's ranhe

4:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Payet balloons the free kick well over the bar.

4:57 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Fans keep the ball again
United scored right after that

4:58 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fortunately for United , the free kick from Payet is well over. United is lucky that Payet is having an off night.

4:58 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Omg
Martial scores!!!!!

4:58 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - what a goal!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kung Fu with a beauty!

4:58 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Don't sit back!!!!

4:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

United youngsters beating WH with sheer counter attacking pace - great stuff from Rooney, Rashford and Martial.

1-2!

4:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

No way was that a cross - he definitely meant it.

5:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! A SECOND KARATE CHOPPED GOAL FOR UNITED AS THEY NOW LEAD 1-2 AGAINST THE ROON OF PLAY. ROON FOUND RASHFORD , WHO PLAYED KUNG FU PANDA DOWN THE LEFT AND HE CUT INSIDE TO SCORE WITH A SUPERB FINISH PAST DARREN RANDOLPH

5:00 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Lucky shot
Scored again after fans keep the ball

5:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Does that move United up to fourth?

5:00 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Stop just passing
Try and score

5:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The crowd has been quietened by that strike - they're in shock!

5:01 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

West Ham fans doing the conga

5:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Herrera picks up a silly yellow card there.

5:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yes it does. If United hold on and defeat the Cherries then Citeh are playing EL footie. Will Pep still take the Citeh job?

5:02 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Stupid tackles again
They're going to blow it

5:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Payet from distance here. Surely he won't try a shot.

5:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Herera has made some really dumb challenges today

5:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Desmond comes to Upton Park. Antonio - sorry, lads.

5:02 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Desmond
Wide wide open

Blind kept him on

5:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Free header in the box there from Antonio and Payet found him brilliantly.

5:03 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Didn't expect anything else

5:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Into the wall by Payet.

DAMN!! DESMOND . PAYET PLAYED IN A NICE CROSS AND ANTONIO SCORED WITH A FREE HEADER.

5:03 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Seriously
How can you not mark up???

5:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

United are lucky not to be hammered. I'm surprised they were even in the lead.

5:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great match, though, eh? Real advert for the Premiership.

5:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Since the match started late, I will end up leaving work late today.

5:05 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Not for quality



Premier League

5:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another stupid foul by Valencia on Lanzini.

5:06 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Another stupid foul by Valencia

Another chance for another free header

5:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's an entertaining last match at Upton Park

5:06 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

There it is
I called it

5:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sorry, lads - Winston Reid with the third Hammers goal.

5:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BLOODY HELL !!! 3-2 HAMMERS

5:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Not sure why Twilight didn't save that one. Why couldn't he catch it - it was straight at him.

5:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

REID HEADED IN A FREE KICK FROM PAYET THAT DE GEA UNCHARACTERISTICALLY FUMBLED IN. IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN AN EASY SAVE

5:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This could be United's CL hopes up in smoke. They must attack now.

5:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Hammers now trade places with the Saints for an EL spot.

5:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lingard on for Herrera as United need a goal

5:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Hammers respond as Lanzini is replaced

5:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Also, Thompkins is on for Sakho

5:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

United now up against it as they will need help from the Swans if they want to qualify for the CL if this result holds.

5:11 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

United aren't showing much urgency

5:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lingard concedes a silly free kick

5:12 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Another header one
Do they practice defending?

5:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! Nearly 4-2 aS THEY cOYOTE HEADS THE FREE KICK FROM pAYET INCHES OVER. yET ANOTHER FREE HEADER.

5:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Jan on for Valencia. Good attacking move but perhaps a bit too late.

5:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The final roll of the dice for both managers. Jan on for Valencia. I guess just for LVG

5:13 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Need two goals
Let's do stupid fouls

5:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

An illegal karate chop on Noble.

5:14 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

NO URGENCY

5:14 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Atrocious cross by Rojo

5:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great cross by Kung Fu but Cresswell cleared well.

5:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Payet trudges off - he wasn't that good today.

5:17 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Still taking too long to attempt anything on goal

5:17 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

4 added min

5:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Enner Valencia on for Sakho as we enter four minutes of stoppage time

5:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Another stupid United foul that will run more time off the clock

5:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Deep into stoppage time now.

5:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Atrocious by Roon that will run more time off the clock

5:19 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

And another

IGNORANCE

5:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Another stupid foul by Smalling

5:20 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Still a chance for CL with a Swansea win but United don't deserve it

5:20 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Again pathetic cross by Rojo

Game over

5:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Final whistle. The commentator gets his chance to wax on about pretty bubbles.

5:21 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Pathetic!!!!

5:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's over and the Hammers come from behind to defeat United 3-2

5:21 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hope NBC stay for some stuff

5:22 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Take care boys

5:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That's it for me. I'm headed home . it was great chatting.
CHEERS LADS!

5:22 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Arsenal have CL spot assured

5:23 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

A point would have helped
A draw would have meant city could have drawn and United win
Now city have to lose

5:24 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Take care

5:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cheerio, lads - sorry about that one.

5:27 PM  

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