Lakenheath Old Boys

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

A Rather Quiet Sunday Morning

With apologies to West Ham Rising, it's a bit of a snoozer this morning, the footer schedule. With only West Ham v. Soton on tap at 11am, I've had a chance to take a leisurely shower, have a read through the Sunday NYT and make some delicious strawberry pancakes for the missus. Now, I'm all set for this relegation dogfight. West Ham come in to this match third bottom; Soton aren't much better at 15th. The Hammers could leapfrog quite a few sides with a healthy win, sinking both Swansea and Burnley into the mire. Soton could rise into mid-table safety. We'll see what happens soon enough.

61 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

So West Ham, eh? It's never easy to move, as I can attest. So it’s not entirely surprising that West Ham have struggled at the, er, “London Stadium”. They needed late goals to see off Bournemouth and Accrington Stanley and lost to Astra Giurgiu and Watford, while supporters have also been taken time to, er, “settle in”. For all the branding and grandstanding, hype and hyperbole, they’re still rattling around an athletics venue that has very little to do with them.

10:31 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams now out on the pitch at the London Stadium:

West Ham United (4-1-4-Zaza): Adrian; Nordveit, Ogobnna, Reid, Arbeloa; Noble; Antonio, Kouyate, Lanzini, Payet; Zaza.

Southampton (4-4-2 diamond): Forster; Soares, Van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand; Romeu, Hojbjerg, Davis, Tadic; Redmond, Austin.

10:47 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Teams out on the pitch now; fans blowing bubbles, as usual.

10:58 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And we're away in this one. I fancy West Ham to stop the rot today. The crowd is definitely up for it.

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

Michail Antonio misses a sitter about six yards out center of gaol.

11:13 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Jim Beglin says, "It's a nice stadium but give me Upton Park any day." I agree. It's particularly irritating to see the green tarp on the side covering up the athletics track. There's no pretending that this is a proper football stadium, lads.

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

Mark Noble appears to wearing short sleeves and gloves for some reason.

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

The away end is standing up in what looks like its entirety. Everyone seems to be having fun.

11:20 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The commentator has just noted that the Hammers are playing extra "crowd noise" over the tannoy in order to augment the atmosphere. That's a disgrace!

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

West Ham can’t get out at the moment, though Southampton aren’t doing much more than pin them back. Things not clicking at the moment.

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

A very quiet match for a very quiet Sunday....

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

GOAL! First shot on goal - first goal. Charlie Austin bags his first goal for the Saints.

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

Half-time: The Hammers slink in 0-1 behind. Somehow they're not piping in the boos.

11:51 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hello Bob. I'm back from my to join you.

12:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway with the Saints one up at the Olympic Stadium

12:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Feglhiou is on for Lanzini

12:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm not sure why they're not sipping the boos. They're getting hammered.

12:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A Saints break is halted by an injury to the coyote by Ryan Bertrand.

12:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Both teams have surprising poor starts to the season.

12:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Saints look the more committed team to start the half. The Coyote is okay

12:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Hammers are hammering away at the Saints. Their ankles that is.

12:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fonte heads straight to Adrian off a cross by Hoivelt after a free kick from Tadic skimmed Van Dijjck's head

12:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Adrian with a close range block from Redmond off a pass from Cedric then Tadic has a shot deflected for a corner that is cleared by the first man

12:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hammers fans are giving their players lots and lots of stick for losing every 50-50 challenge. I don't blame them

12:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mark Noble booked for an agricultural challenge on Hoijberg

12:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Antonio is fouled just outside the box by Fonte.

12:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick from Payet is easily headed away

12:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Zaza goes flopping down, looking for a penalty then throws a tantrum worse than any Zsa Zsa Gabor would then Forster punches away a cross for a corner. Zaza booked for the dive, not the Gabor like behavior.

12:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Payet flopped down ,looking for a free kick a minute earlier. Poor by Hammers players and as Jim Beglin stated, a sign of desperation.

12:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!TADIC PUTS THE SAINTS TWO UP . IT WAS FAR TOO EASY. HE PRACTICALLY WALKED THE BALL IN THE BACK OF THE NET.

12:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

More sloppy play from the Hammers as Coyote was dwelling on the ball. Steven Davis nicked it from him. Redmond passed to Charlie Austin, who made a cheeky pass to Tadic and he walked it around Adrian and slotted it into an empty net.

12:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jon Champion said that it's the Hammers new home, but they look like aliens from a foreign land. That's a perfect description.

12:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Slaven with a look of helplessness, shaking his head

12:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Just high and just wide by Steven Davis off a pass from Charlie Austin

12:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sarcastic applause for a booking for a foul by Van Dijck. The free kick is easily cleared away by Steven Davis. Now payet wins a Hammers corner.

12:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Winston Reid heads wide from the corner from Payet

12:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Steven Davis denied by a great block as it looked like he would put the Saints three up.

12:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ashley Fletcher, a twenty year old signed from Man Yoo, is on for Nordveit as Slaven puts on an extra attacker.,

12:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fehouli has a shot blocked for a corner after Payet had a shot blocked. Hammers players wanted a penalty for hand ball. They surround John Moss , but get just a corner. Arbeloa was booked. It looked a penalty

12:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Just wide by Payet as the Hammers counter off a Saints counter.Better by the Hammers

12:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Shane Long on for Charlie Austin, who had a goal and an assist

12:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Redmond shoots straight at Adrian then the Hammers struggle to clear. Great pass from Tadic.

12:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! Van Dijck clears off the line from Zaza,

12:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A great Saints counter as Redmond found Shane Long and put Tadic through, but he was stopped by a last ditch tackle.

12:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Winnie Reid is well wide with an ambitious long range effort. Hammers fans head for the exit

12:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

James Ward Prowse is on for Tadic

12:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Winnie Reid is booked for a late challenge on Shane Long

12:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Reid heads away the free kick from JWP

12:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hoijberg is just wide with a long range effort after a shot was blocked.

12:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Edilmilson Fernandes, a cousin of former player Gelson Ferndes, is on for Mark Noble for a Prem debut

12:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Late by Shane Long on Fheghouli

12:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Adrian does well to push away a long range effort from JWP. The Saints continue to keep possession.

12:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Adrian does well to turn a shot from Hoijberg off a pass from Romeu. somehow, a goal kick is given

12:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Martina is on for Cedric in the final roll of the roulette wheel for Claude Puel.

12:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Payet flops again, trying to win a free kick, but John Moss is having none of it. Payet talks himself into the book over it.

12:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fiove Hammers bookings, which may exceed the number of shots they ha don target this match. Really horrible as there are four extra minutes of stoppage time

12:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! ADDING INSULT TO INJURY AS JWP SCORES FROM CLOSE RANGE AS THE SAINTS PLAYERS WERE ABLE TO WALK THE BALL ON THAT POSSESSION.

12:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A long possession culminated with a run down the left by Redmond, who passed to Long and a pass deflected off a Hammers player and JWP picked his shot, unmarked in the six yard box.

12:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Hammers win a corner, but there isn't time to take it and the remaining Hammers fans boo as the Saints easily win 0-3. During the handshake Slaven shows a lack of class, by giving Claude Puel a lecture. No need for that. He's not the ref.

12:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That's it for me. A Monday classic as Burnley hosts Watford. CHEERS!

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

Sorry I missed you, mate. I went up to the local Wendy's to grab some lunch and they were having a right 'mare. Just got back in order to see the third Soton goal go in.

Have a nice rest of your weekend. Not sure I'll be around tomorrow - busy day at work.

1:15 PM  

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