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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Derby Sunday

A very good Sunday morning to all of you in LOB land. We've got a Northeast Derby to start off our Sundays. The teams are gathering at the Stadium of Light as I type. Later, we've got West Ham in their Olympic Stadium opener against Bournemouth. Join me here for all the action today.

157 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's been seven long years since Sunderland and Middlesbrough last met in the Premier League, when they drew 1-1 in January 2009. The managers were Ricky Sbragia and Gareth Southgate, the goalscorers were Kenwyne Jones and Afonso Alves and players had names rather than hashtags and at signs.

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

David Moyes and Aitor Karanka shaking hands as this one is about to get going. The teams:

Sunderland (4-2-3-1) Mannone; Love, O’Shea, Djiliobodji, van Aanholt; Rodwell, McNair; Watmore, Januzaj, Gooch; Defoe.
Substitutes: Pickford, Khazri, Lens, Pienaar, Asoro, T Robson, J Robson.

Middlesbrough (4-2-3-1) Guzan; Nsue, Barragan, Gibson, Friend; Clayton, Forshaw; Stuani, Ramirez, Downing; Negredo.
Substitutes: Dimi, Ayala, Baptiste, De Sart, Adomah, Fischer, Nugent.

8:30 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Martin Atkinson whistles the game to life at the SoL.

8:30 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

All the early running here by Sunderland, mostly through Jan and Gooch.

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

This has been an excellent start from Sunderland and Januzaj in particular. He receives a free-kick just inside the box on the left and skips daintily past Clayton and Forshaw before hitting a shot that is blocked by Barragan.

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

Great ball in from the boy Gooch to Jan. Just couldn't get on to it. But this young Sunderland frontline looks lively. And Gooch seems full of promise for the US team.

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

Good ball in from Jan to Defoe who turned sharply and won a corner.

8:40 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Against the run of play, Boro have scored!!!!

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

That one came from nothing, Stuani getting on to the ball and trying a pop that flew past Mannone.

8:44 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That goal has completely changed the complexion of the match. Now it's all Boro, doing the running through Stu Downing,

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

Jan skips to the by-line but doesn't produce the right ball back.

8:54 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Januzaj beats Clayton, who bundles him over and is booked.

8:56 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rodwell scrunches a long-range drive high over the bar.

8:56 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

For all Sunderland’s possession, Guzan has had little to do and Boro do look very well organised defensively.

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

Downing will swing a corner in now....

Overhit....

9:04 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

John O'Shea can't continue and Stephen Pienaar.

9:06 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's hard to believe that Boro are leading here - they haven't done anything beyond scoring, that is.

9:14 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Boro have done it again, against the run of play. And it's that man Stuani again, teed up by Negredo.

2-0!

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

Half time: Sunderland 0-2 Middlesbrough

Two glorious goals from Cristhian Stuani have put Middlesbrough in control of this Tees-Wear derby.

9:32 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Teams back out at the SoL. One change to the sides. Sunderland have brought on Jermaine Lens to replace Paddy McNair.

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

Defoe went down in the box there under the challenge from Barragan. Nothing doing from Martin Atkinson.

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

As it stands, the Black Cats are bottom of the Prem, with a slightly worse GD than Bournemouth, who play next, and Palace.

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

Oh - great run from Gooch but his shot was blocked.

9:43 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now it's Pienaar with a pop - closer to the corner flag, really.

9:44 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Guzan saves well from Van Arnolt.

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

This is better from Sunderland now. Lens was found at the backpost but he couldn't steer his shot in.

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

Oh - Defoe seemed poised to score there but for a great block by Gibson. Boro are on the rack.

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

Moyes will be discouraged again. Sunderland were fairly decent against City but got nothing out of it last weekend. And they're likely to come away with no points again today.

9:54 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Negredo had a chance to seal the deal but his first touch was terrible.

9:57 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Patrick van Aanholt has pegged one back for Sunderland!

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

Boro just about hanging on to their lead now. Sunderland in full flow.

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

Guzan spilled another one!

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

Middlesbrough have restored a bit of order in the last few minutes after a torrid spell. They still can’t really keep the ball though.

10:07 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sunderland’s final substitution: Joel Asoro, a Swedish forward who was born in April 1999, replaces the superb Duncan Watmore.

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

More subs now - Nsue troops off to be replaced by Ayala.

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

Less than 10 minutes now for Sunderland to get back into this one.

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

After a long spell of Boro possession, Clayton slices a shot well wide from long-range.

10:12 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Boro are frustrating Sunderland by keeping possession. There will be three added minutes, in the first of which David Nugent replaces Negredo.

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

One more chance now for Sunderland. Time ticking away....

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

Final whistle - Boro have the bragging rights today. At one point it seemed inevitable that Sunderland would get back into this one but Boro were one of the stingiest sides in the Championship for a reason. They've hung on and are now fifth. Wow!

10:22 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Back after a shower for the late one.

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

I'm joining this one a few minutes late after a long, refreshing shower.

11:09 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The team news for today's historic occasion:

West Ham: Adrian; Byram, Reid, Collins, Masuaku; Kouyate, Nordtveit, Noble; Tore, Valencia, Antonio.
Subs: Randolph, Obiang, Ogbonna, Fletcher, Calleri, Burke, Oxford.

Bournemouth: Boruc; Adam Smith, Francis, Steve Cook, Daniels; Fraser, Surman, Arter; Ibe, Callum Wilson, King.
Subs: Gosling, Ake, Afobe, Gradel, Brad Smith, Federici, Grabban.

Referee: Craig Pawson

11:14 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

My first impression of the new City of London Stadium (nee Olympic Stadium) is that it's not a proper football stadium. Gone, I suppose, are the lovely old traditional stadia with the fans pressed up against the pitch, such as they were at Upton Park. I notice here that they've had to cover up a large athletic track with a large swath of green fabric, which gives the impression that the pitch is narrower than it probably is.

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

Wilson, King and Ibe will test the nerves of West Ham’s defence today, and Wilson, played onside down the left, almost picks out Ibe with his low cross. A half-chance each, then, after 15 minutes.

11:17 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ibe, deployed down the right, steals a march on Masuaku and curls a shot on goal, but it’s straight at Adrian.

11:19 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The crowd are making an impressive noise so far, when they’re not squinting in the sun.

11:20 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning,mate. I'm sorry for joining you so late. We had a really late night .How has everything been this morning?

11:21 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Charlie Daniels fouls Tore inches outside the box.

11:24 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Tore wins a free kick after being upended by Tore. No Payet today, so Tore will likely take this one himself.

Into the wall....

11:24 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Into the wall by Tore then his return cross is headed away. The Hammers really miss Payet in these situations./

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

Morning, MUR - great to hear from you!

The Tees-Wear Derby was absorbing. Sunderland had most of the possession and looked likely to get a result. But Boro took their chances well. They're 5th in the league now!

11:25 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

This Olympic Stadium has a completely different look to Upton Park and even a contrast in atmosphere.

11:26 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

WOW! Thanks for the update. There are some early season surprises in the standings and probably very few PPP points to award.

11:27 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Certainly the form of Hull and Boro is throwing a lot of us off. But that was true of Leicester and West Ham last season, too. Always surprises.

11:28 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Now the Coyote is down after appearing to be fouled.

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

I agree with you. The Hammers fans are giving it a go, but the crowd noise is definitely diminished.

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

How was the birthday party?

11:31 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Replays show that Tore should have won a penalty, and not a free kick – Daniels was standing on the 18-yard line when he brought him down.

11:31 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. That's what makes the Premier League so fascinating.

11:33 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That was at least obstruction by Collins on Wilson.

11:33 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

We had a great time at the birthday party. It was really entertaining

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

Free kick now out wide right. Can Tore do anything with this one?

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

Great to hear - we can always use a late, late night now and again.

11:34 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Harry Arter has talked himself into the book after being called for hand ball the James Collins is called for a foul off a short free kick from Tore that was a training ground routine gone horribly wrong

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

Sir Trevor looking resplendent in the stands today.

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

Without the services of Payet and Carroll, West Ham look a really average mid-table side.

11:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. It's great to have a break from the normal routine

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

Decent move for the Hammers but Antonio couldn't get a telling shot off.

11:37 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Valencia lets a pass from Mark Noble run through then Tore leads a break and a scuffed shot from Antonio results in a corner.

11:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

According to the announcer, the Olympic Stadium has yet to register a goal or even a shot on target.

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

Our former LUFC captain is booked for tracking back with a tackle from behind.

11:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sam Byram booked for a foul on the break and there was another one in the build up where the ref played the advantage .The Announcer wonders if he could have received two yellows.Ouch!

11:40 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Decent crack by Valencia from a wide angle. Boruc was equal to it.

11:41 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Boruc makes a near post save from Valencia. The first save in the new Olypmic Stadium

11:41 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Callum Wilson had a hat-trick in a seven goal thriller between these two last season at Upton Park, but it's the direct opposite today at the Olympic Stadium

11:42 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nordveit clears for a corner when there did not seem any need to .The corner eludes everyone.

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

Not great entertainment for the punters at the new stadium - only one shot on target so far.

11:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sam Byrum is tripped by Fraser

11:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Collins heads in the free kick from Mark Noble then Antonio heads high and wide.

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

Bournemouth have offered very little going forward. Shame, as they've got some decent attackers.

11:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. I wish this had been the early match instead of the NE Derby. I could have afforded to have missed this one./

11:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Two minutes of stoppage time.

11:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

This is the third largest capacity in the Prem. There will be lots of empty seats if this is what the fans have in store for them

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

Jordan Ibe wins a corner, which Bournemouth will take quickly.

Winny Reid has been booked.

11:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jordan Ibe wins a corner off of Winnie Reid and he stupidly talks himself into the book

11:48 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Not an inspiring first half at the City of London Stadium. The occasion deserved better. It ends 0-0.

11:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A poor corner from, Sunday Surman is cleared by the first man and it's 0-0 at the end of a mind numbingly boring first half.

11:49 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The first ever second half is underway from the Olympic Stadium

12:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Cherries win a corner.

12:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Adrian miss judges the corner from Ryan Fraser then Sam Byram bails him out.

12:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Adam Smith has a long range effort easily saved. The first shot on target for the Cherries.

12:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Tore fouls Ryan Fraser as the Cherries start the second half on the front foot.

12:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Josh King puts through Jordan Ibe and he took too long to shoot and wins a corner instead of putting the Cherries in the lead.

12:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner from Charlie Daniels is cleared.

12:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Adrian does well to tip over a long range effort from Josh King. Ryan Fraser is high and wide off the corner from Jordan Ibe.

12:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Tore nearly gives the Hammers the lead , volleying a cross from Antonio inches wide

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

I'm back after lunch now; doesn't look from your comments as if it's improved.

12:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Valencia is replaced by young Argie striker, Callieri. Home fans are not pleased that Valencia took a long time to come off.

12:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Welcome back. It has improved a little, but not too much

12:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Not sure why Valencia took his sweet time coming off. They are at 0-0, you know. Whatever - he's replaced by Calleri.

12:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jordan Ibe turns and shoots straight to Adrian

12:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

If Bournemouth were to nick a goal here, which they're quite capable of, would Slavan be at risk?

12:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The home fans were none too pleased. If I were Slaven, I wouldn't be pleased either.

12:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Cherries were the more attacking team the first ten minutes. If they take the lead I somehow don't see the Hammers coming back.

12:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mark Noble fouls Jordan Ibe.,

12:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

An atrocious free kick from Jordan Ibe goes out of play.

12:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Play stops as there is a collision between Simon Francis and the Coyote.

12:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now they're all having a leisurely water break - do any of these players realize there is a football match that's supposed to be going on here today?

12:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Former West Ham manager Alan Pardew is in the crowd, probably muttering about the new place being “a bit flash."

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

Twenty minutes left for this one to turn into a match.

12:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Antonio fails to take advantage of a great cross from Calleri.

12:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Calleri with a great ball in but Antonio was unable to do anything with it - hopeless.

12:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree. They're all more concerned about the pomp and circumstance than playing in a football match

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

Sam Byram has been tidy at full-back but no more. He had the chance of being a real playmaker and skippering the side at LUFC. Look at him now - he's anonymous.

12:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Callum Wilson, who scored a hat-trick at Upton Park last season is replaced by Lewis who hopes to be Grabban a winner.

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

Nice one, mate - boom boom!

12:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree. The move up usually results in diminished playing time.

12:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers, mate. This match needs something.

12:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Harry Arter is sent off for a second yellow for a needless foul on the Coyote.

12:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Harry After gets a second yellow for a cynical challenge. He's off for an early bath. Bournemouth down to ten men. So, this special occasion has been graced with a red card - but no goals.

12:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Eddie Howe responds by bringing on Nathan Ake for his Cherries debut in place of Jordan Ibe. James Collins tries to help him off since he's taking his sweet time coming off.

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

Jordan Ibe also trudges off and James Collins tries to help him off.

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

Finally West Ham are in some kind of a hurry. Took their time about it!

12:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Tore wins a Hammers corner.The corner is headed away the MNassioku is called for a foul

12:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Was that the first silly red of the season?

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

And the Hammers have thrown Ashley Fletcher on. He's one of your academy lads, apparently. Nordveidt off.

12:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ashley Fletcher is on for Nordveit. He sounds like a more attack minded player.

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

Well - it could well be. Although, I think that Gooner really intended it to be the second yellow that was for a silly offense (over celebration, back chat to the ref) and not the first one. I think I'll hold off on assigning the points.

12:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That's my understanding. He was on loan to Barnsley last season, scoring in the L1 playoff Final vs the Evil Lions

12:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He might be the first second yellow of the season. I think Ben Watson received the first straight red of the season last week for Watford vs the Saints.

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

GOAL! Antonio comes good!!

12:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!ANTONIO SCORES THE FIRST EVER GOAL AT THE OLYMPIC STADIUM. ANTONIO PUT IN A CROSS . TORE CHASED IT DOWN THEN HIS CROSS WAS HEADED IN BY ANTONIO AT THE FAR POST WITH A FREE HEADER.

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

A bit lucky there - Antonio had originally crossed hopelessly to no one. But when Tore collected on the other side, he stood a lovely ball up for Antonio to finish.

1-0 WH!

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

Bournemouth drop into the bottom three with that goal.

12:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Dan Gosling is on for Ryan Fraser. I'm not sure how that helps when the Cherries need a goal with about five minutes remaining.

12:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Josh King has a deflected cross punched out by Adrian for a corner.

12:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ake heads out the cross from Sunday Surman

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

Hammers fans have finally come to life and are blowing bubbles, pretty bubbles in the air.

12:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The final roll of the dice from Slaven as Obbiang is on for Tore in the hopes that the Hammers can preserve their slender lead.

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

Obiang comes on and immediately picks up a yellow. Free kick chance for the Bees.

12:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

At least those bubbles won't burst and I guess the home fans will celebrate with some bubbly.

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

Sorry - the Cherries - I always get that wrong.

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

Four minutes of stoppage time to come. Should have been more but no one will complain.

12:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Four minutes of stoppage time as a Hammers counter comes to naught.

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

Oh - great chance for the Cherries to equalize but Adrian blocked. And it's cleared.

12:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Adrian makes a great save off a long throw from Steve Cook.

12:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Josh King probably could have done better there but he was falling over as he volleyed.

12:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A great save from Josh King then a great block from Winnie Reid.

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

Another long throw chance for the Cherries.

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

Oh - Calleri ran the full length of the pitch after the clearance but then put his shot wide.

12:54 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Another long throw from Cook. It's headed away by Byram and Mark Noble finds Calleri on the break,. He blows it as he shoots wide with just Boruc o break and the Hammers hang on to win 1-0.

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

Final whistle - In the end it doesn't matter. West Ham have won on their debut in the City of London Stadium. Antonio becomes a trivia answer.

12:54 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Hammers were not impressive , but start off in the Olympic Stadium with a victory

12:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Well, it was a pleasure to have your company again today, mate. I'm hoping that we'll have UWS back from NC next weekend (and maybe some others around?).

I'm off to do my Sunday errands. Cheerio for now!

12:55 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That will definitely be a pub question in parts of East London for years to come.

12:56 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It was great chatting with you. Enjoy the rest of your weekend . Cheers!

12:56 PM  

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