Lakenheath Old Boys

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

A Later Than Usual Start on a Sunday

Morning, boys - I hope you all enjoyed the extra hour of kip this morning. We're starting a bit later than usual (9am) with Everton v. WH due to Daylight Savings Time in UK starting this weekend. The Hammers have had a tough time at their new home of London Stadium but they've been better on the road. Later today, we've got Southampton v. Chelsea. Join me for a late morning treat, eh?

207 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Everton (a relatively rigid 4-3-3): Joel; Coleman, Funes Mori, Williams, Oviedo; Gueye, Barry, Barkley; Bolasie, Lukaku, Mirallas.

Subs: Hewelt, Jagielka, Deulofeu, Cleverley, Lennon, Calvert-Lewin, Holgate.

West Ham (a modish 3-7-0): Adrian; Kouyate, Reid, Ogbonna; Fernandes, Obiang, Noble, Cresswell, Lanzini, Payet, Antonio.

Subs: Randolph, Nordtveit, Feghouli, Zaza, Collins, Zaza, Ayew, Fletcher.

Referee: Anthony Taylor

9:26 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Teams are coming out of the tunnel to the traditional Z Cars Theme introduction.

I'm back for the start of this one with the LOB Breakfast - a cuppa and a bagel.

9:26 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning, Bob. I'm here to join you.,

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

Morning, MUR - how was that extra hour of kip for you?

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

Nice tribute for Howard Kendall, who passed away a year ago, at the 4th minute - his shirt number.

9:35 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A moment's applause as Coleman cuts out a cross for a corner before Antonio could shoot

9:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great . How are you, Bob?

9:37 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I thought It was for Howard Kendall, but missed the beginning of the applause when I was getting my morning cuppa.

9:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's 1-1 in the Second City Derby. Gary Gardener gave Villa the lead then David David tied it up for the Blue Noses and was booked for excessive celebration.

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

Doing well, mate - that extra hour did me a treat. I needed to catch up on my sleep.

9:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The best move of the match as the Hammers put together a great move and Obbiang shot well over past the on rushing Robles after a multi pass move.

9:43 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Hammers put together another move and Robles turns around a shot from Payet . He takes the corner and Antonio is called for a push.

9:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

An interesting fixture as Slaven played for both clubs .

9:45 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Obiang should have scored there. Instead he blasted over and then tried to claim a penalty.

9:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. The extra hour really helped. I could have used another hour, but this helped. Just three weeks till Thanksgiving break.

9:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Hammers win another corner The Tofffees break through the Chunk down the left. His pass made it out to Gareth Barry, who passed to Bolassie , who had a shot blocked and Barry had an effort go inches over. It all started with a Hammers corner gone wrong when Payet toook an out swinger and Fernandes had a shot blocked that started the break.

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

The Hammers are really pressing their claim in this match.

9:49 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Toffees are starting to dominate as Idresse Gueye had a pass deflect to the Chunk, who failed to control and it was gathered by Adrian. The Hammers went straight up the pitch and Lanzini played a great pass across the box,but there was no takers

9:53 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Chunk has a shot come off the Coyote for a corner.

9:55 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner from Mirallis is easily gathered by Adrian

9:55 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Lanzini ghosted into the box but then blasted across the box.

9:56 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

What a save from Adrian from Barkley as Everton have ratcheted up the pressure.

9:57 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH ! what a close range reflex save by Adrian from Barkley off a pass from Bryan Oviedo , who tackled Fernandes.

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

Kate is grossed out by Barkley's spitting.

9:58 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I don't blame her. Didn't he have a loan spell at ER? Just asking.

9:59 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Gana is in trouble now as Obiang is in on goal. Yellow card from Referee Taylor in the end. Could have been red.

10:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Idresse Gueye has his pocket picked by Obbiang, who then gets fouled in return . Gueye is booed.

10:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. He's a lucky boy. He was never Gana get away with that

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

So, another chance for Payet to swing a free kick in.

Into the wall.

10:03 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Into the wall by Payet. The Hammers still attack until the Coyote runs it out of play

10:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Adrian tips over a diagonal effort from Mirallis

10:07 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mirallis has a shot clip off of Gareth Barry, but Adrian , as usual, was alert to it

10:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Toffees win a corner despite Adrian's best efforts to keep the ball in play. Funes- Mori heads well wide from the corner taken by Mirallis.

10:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It finished 1-1 in the Second City Derby from St. Andrews. New Villa manager, Brucey must have received a hostile reception from his years in charge of the blue half of Birmingham.

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

Adrian appears to be in cracking form.

10:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Reminds of Tom Heaton from Yesterday, who plays for another claret and blue team.

10:13 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's all got a bit ping-pongy out there.

10:14 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That was an extraordinary performance, sadly for United.

10:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. Prior to the last few minutes, this had been an entertaining match.

10:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. Now I see why Tom Heaton has been in recent England squads.

10:15 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A minute of stoppage time.,

10:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Payet goes on a great run , but had a shot block and the Toffees counter, but it's halted.

10:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's 0-0 at the half. Adrian has made several great saves.

10:17 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Peep peep - half time arrives and we're goalless at Goodison.

10:18 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway from Goodison Park

10:32 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Teams back out at Goodison - no changes to either side.

10:33 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Antonio wins a corner.

10:33 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Early corner for the Hammers - comes to nothing, as most near post efforts do.

10:34 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner from Payet is off of Obbiang from a difficult angle and out for a goal kick.

10:35 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Oviedo wins a corner off of Fernandes at the Gladys Street End where Adrian easily catches the corner.

10:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! SCRAPPY, BUT THE TOFFEES TAKE THE LEAD. THE CHUNK GOT THE FINAL TOUCH

10:37 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! The Chunk nods home from about two yards - the easiest goal he'll ever score.

10:37 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Coleman shot at goal and it was tipped away by Adrian. Bolassie beat his man to the rebound, crossing to Lukaku who couldn't miss.

1-0 Toffees!

10:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It started with a poor Hammers clearance to Barkley, who passed to Coleman . He cut easily inside Lanzini then his shot was parried away by Adrian .Bolassie shot the rebound that last went off the Chunk , who will get credit for the goal.

10:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Unlike United, the Toffees battled and scrapped for the rebounds.

10:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Obbiang is booked for obstructing Barkley.

10:41 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great combo play by the Toffees then just high and wide by Barkley

10:43 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Barkley's shot is deflected over. How is this guy not in the England set up?

10:45 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice move from the Hammers ends up with Antonio picks up a tasty free kick chance.

10:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Antonio weaves and juggles his way past several players then is fouled by Bryan Oviedo in the D

10:45 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Payet tries a Ginger Winger special under the wall but the wall did its job.

10:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A wretched free kick from Payet is easily blocked.

10:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Coyote wins a corner off of Oviedo

10:47 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Joel Robles is fouled as he attempted to punch away the corner from Payet

10:47 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Andy Ayew, who moved from one claret and blue team to another, is on for Obbiang.

10:47 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

And Ayew is fouled because he was never Gana be permitted to get past his man,.

10:50 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Gareth Barry heads out the free kick from Payet for a Hammers corner,.

10:51 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A complete waste as the corner from Payet curled out and back in , which results in a goal kick. Absolutely useless.

10:52 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

What a great save by Robles from Antonio, who completely picked Ashley Williams's pocket.

10:53 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Winnie Reid is booked for intentional hand ball. What was he thinking?

10:54 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick from Barkley is easily gathered by Adrian.

10:54 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great block by Robles from Ayew off a pass from Antonio. The short comes to nothing and the Toffees counter.

10:56 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Joel Robles superbly turns around a long range effort from Mark Noble.

10:57 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Simone Zaza is on for Fernandes. An extra striker for he Hammers

10:58 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner from Payet is headed out as is the return cross from Cresswell.

10:58 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Clever Boy is on for Mirallis.

10:59 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Oviedo trips Antonio near the corner flag to halt a solo run and is booked for that

11:01 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick from Payet makes it to Lanzini, who has a shot blocked.

11:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! BARKLEY SCORES WITH A FAR POST VOLLEY TO GIVE THE TOFFEES A TWO GOAL LEAD. GREAT CROSS FROM THE CHUNK.

11:03 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It all started when Lanzini coughed up possession in midfield . Barkley picked up the loose ball and played a long ball down the right to the Chunk. He beat Obbiang and his cross was volleyed in at the far post by Barkley past Adrian.

11:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The final roll of the dice from Slaven as Feghouli is on for Lanzini.

11:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Barkley has a shot deflected for a corner.

11:07 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Oviedo is called for afoul off the corner from Barkley

11:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jags is on for Bolassie so the Toffees can shut up shop and preserve the two goal lead.

11:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Oviedo heads out for a Hammers corner.

11:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Chunk leads a break off the corner from Feghouli , but it is halted by the Hammers

11:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The final roll of the dice from Ronnie as a former LUFC Academy player is on for a former LUFC loanee. The Wee Beetle for Barkley

11:15 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great reflex save by Adrian from the Chunk . Great pass from Clever Boy

11:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Antonio is booked for late challenge on Gareth Barry.

11:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Four minutes of stoppage time.

11:18 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Adrian with a near post from Clever Boy off a pass from the Chunk

11:20 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ogbanna appeared to foul Guye in the box, but Lee Mason waved play on.

11:21 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lee Mason blows the final whistle as the Toffees defeat the Hammers 2-0

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

Sorry to abandon you during the last half-hour, mate. The Gooner called through for a chat.

But I'm back for the Southampton v. Chelsea match if you're still around.

11:42 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams are gathering in the tunnel:

Southampton (4-D-2) Forster; Martina, Fonte, Van Dijk, Bertrand; Romeu, Davis, Clasie; Tadic; Redmond, Austin.
Substitutes: Taylor, McQueen, Yoshida, Hojbjerg, Ward-Browse, Boufal, Olomola.

Chelsea (3-4-3) Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Costa, Hazard.
Substitutes: Begovic, Ivanovic, Terry, Chalobah, Oscar, Willian, Batshuayi.

Referee Mike Jones

11:50 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Welcome back, mate. I'm always around for a natter, mate. How is everything at Gooner Central?

11:55 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Thanks, mate - we're off from St. Mary's. Everything is good at Gooner Central. I told him to come on and have a chat with us now and again.

12:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I missed the first couple of minutes, failing to realize that the match is on the local NBC affiliate.

12:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Absolutely. He's welcome at all times.

12:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Good to see both sides playing in their traditional strips.

12:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Tadic dazzles a bit but it comes to nothing.

12:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!HAZARD GIVES CHELSEA THE LEAD

12:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! The in-form Eden Hazard finishes from a tight angle to fire Chelski into the lead.

0-1!

12:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hazard played a one two with Victor Moses then cut inside Steven David and nut megged Forster at his near post.

12:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Decent scoring rate this weekend - I've enjoyed it, especially that Liverpool match yesterday.

12:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Redmond goes on a solo run, but is tackled by Matic as Chelsea has trouble with the Saints high press.

12:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Tadic has a go but gets the technique all wrong.

12:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. That was a match for the ages, especially the first half. It has been a great weekend other than the match at OT

12:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The replay of that incident makes it looks worse for Davis with an elbow on Moses. Might be a disciplinary action retroactive.

12:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Yeah - a lot of chatter about Jose having lost the plot this morning.

12:10 PM  
Blogger Chelskilad said...

Hello All . Unbelievable, as soon as I get through to LOB Chelski score .
Hope you are all well . Will be reading the posts more than commenting because its difficult on my phone . What ? No David ?

12:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Azpi fouls Ryan Bertrand, the former Chelsea trainee.

12:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hello Tony. Great to hear from you. I hope all is well. You must be delighted that Chelsea has taken the lead.,

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

Good to see that the Saints are pressing their claim. There are more goals in this one, for sure.

12:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Correct, Bob. That's why I was against Jose being appointed manager in the first place. That's the last thing we need with a new manager in charge.

12:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A high boot by Azpi on Ryan Bertrand, Charlie Austin heads wide from the free kick.

12:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Morning, Tony - haven't heard from your brother yet this morning, but good to hear from you. Chelski are looking like true title contenders again, don't you think?

12:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Azpi clears for a corner after uncertainty in the Chelsea defense.

12:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A Saints corner is taken short, but all they get is a throw.

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

I've just checked the top goalscorer's chart. Diego Costa is now level with Sergio Aguero and Romelu Lukaku on 7 goals, so I'm hoping that Soton can shut down the thuggish Spaniard.

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

Chelski are looking much more solid defensively this season, don't you think Chelskilad?

12:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree. Costa has been quiet so far. It will be an interesting goal scoring race.

12:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Did you hear about the news that Wayne Rooney is considering a move to the LA Galaxy at the end of the season?

12:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I didn't , but it makes sense and is about bloody time. That will allow United to move forward as a club. He's been holding us back.

12:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hazard looks menacing every time he gets the ball. After missing almost all of last season through apathy, he is fit and firing again.

12:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Agreed - I don't think he's well suited for the MLS but at least he'd be off your books.

12:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Late by Marcus Alonso on Tadic. A decent position for a Saints free kick.

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

Soton have a free kick chance now....

Tadic fires low to the near post and Courtois turns it around for a corner.

12:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Court pushes away the free kick from Tadic

12:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner is headed out for another

12:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Costa heads away the next corner from Tadic

12:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. about Roon. Good riddance and probably a great end of career payday. That's the only reason he's moving to Hollywood.

12:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hazard is back to his best. The disruptions last season really affected him.

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

Chelski seem satisfied to hit the Saints on the break, as there through Moses. Corner.

12:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Chelsea counter through Hazard off a long clearance. he finds Victor Moses with a long diagonal pass, but He gets it all wrong.,

12:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Van Dyke heads out for a corner in front of Forster, who was about to gather the cross. The corner is headed away

12:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Shouldn't Charlie Austin be better than he is?

12:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hazard again...jinks inside and rifles but Forster saves well.

12:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Forster comfortably saves a long range effort from Hazard

12:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think Charlie Austin is playing to his full potential. he's rather limited in what he can do.

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

Well saved, Forster, preventing Costa from scoring his 8th goal of the season.

12:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Matic wins a tackle in midfield and puts through Costa, who tries to nut meg Forster, but shoots right at his boot.

12:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nice slide tackle by Charlie Austin on the Side Show that forces a corner. Court punches away the corner from Steven Davis

12:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Redmond is tackled by Marcus Alonso for a corner off a pass from Classie.

12:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A complete waste as the Saints commit a foul off their corner.

12:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm off to Wendy's to pick up lunch. Will be back for more in the second half.

12:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Azpi fouls Ryan Bertrand., A minute of stoppage time.

12:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers mate. Have a great trip and great lunch

12:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick is headed on and Charlie Austin heads high and wide.

12:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Chelsea is one up at the half thanks to an early goal by Hazard

12:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway

1:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Back on at SM and back with the lunch.

1:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pedro wins a corner,.

1:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Welcome back. How was lunch. I haven't gone to Wendy's in ages.

1:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fonte does well to cut out a pass from Marcus Alonso for an Azurri corner.

1:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Excellent sliding tackle there by Fonte. They're keeping Costa at bay.

1:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Matic heads wide from the corner.

1:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Southampton have some decent attacking options on the bench, including Boufal, McQueen and Hojbjerg. I suspect they’re going to need them.

1:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Correct . He had the fewest touches of any Azurri player in the first half.

1:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. This game is far from over. The team that has scored first in this fixture has failed to win five out of the last six times.

1:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Romeu fouls Costa in an all Spanish tussle.

1:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Of course, it's Diego Costa with one out of the top drawer. His 8th of the season.

0-2!

1:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! WHAT A GREAT LONG RANGE CURLER FROM COSTA. SORRY MATE.

1:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That was reminiscent of the kind of goals that Hazard likes to score, a nice curler into the upper 90.

1:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It was simple . A short free kick was played out left to Hazard. he passed short to Costa and he curled one in the corner from 25 yards out to put the Azurri two up.

1:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It will be tough to see the Saints getting anything out of this match

1:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Costa blasts over from close range as he was tightly marked by Jose Fonte . Great solo run and pass from Victor Moses.

1:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Pedro nearly nipped in for a third. Soton are in danger of being turned over here.

1:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Victor Moses concedes a free kick. The Azurri clear at the third attempt./

1:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

agreed. I guess they're more than just the thin blue line.

1:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Boufal on for Classie.

1:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Southampton make their first change, with Clasie replaces by Sofiane Boufal.

1:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Somehow, the Azurri failed to got three up and now the Saints are on the attack.

1:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pedro set Hazard free with a clever back heel . He passed to Moses, whose shot was fumbled by Forster and several Azurri players could not get a shot off.

1:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The dynamic hasn't really changed with the introduction to Boufal. They'll need something else.

1:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree. I don't see anything changing to be honest other than perhaps the lead extending.

1:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This game is done. Chelsea are in full catenaccio mode and Southampton have no answer.

1:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A rare second half chance for the Saints and Charlie Austin heads over.

1:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Hazard with a nice shot that Forster parried away.

1:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

An appropriate match for tomorrow: Halloween.Stoke vs Swansea a Halloween horror show. Bob Bradley will be in charge of the Swans unless that's you dressed as him for Halloween.

1:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Chelsea have been brilliant in the second half. Before half-time they were excellent defensively but offered almost nothing going forward. Since the break they could have scored four or five.

1:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. I guess we have to consider them as title challengers.

1:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A header from Steven Davis comes off of Side show and clips the top of the bar for a corner off a great cross from Martina.

1:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I think so - the sides that seem to be clicking right now are the top four - City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.

1:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Several changes about to be made. First for the Azurri, Willian is on for Pedro.The final rolls of the roulette wheel for Claude Puel as Sam McQueen is on for Ryan Bertrand and Hoijberg is on for Tadic.

1:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Substitutions galore. Chelsea introduce Willian for Pedro; Southampton bring on Sam McQueen and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg for Dusan Tadic and Ryan Bertrand.

1:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I have a feeling that those will be the four sides in the CL next season.

1:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Likely to be - shame that United struggling under Mourinho.

1:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hazard is called for a foul on Romeu

1:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

What about the Halloween question. Will BB be in charge of the Swans or will that be your Halloween costume tomorrow?

1:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fraser Forster pushes aeay a rocket of a shot from Victor Moses.

1:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Charlie Austin rattles one into the net but he's ruled offside.

1:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Charlie Austin turns the Side Show and scores , but it's disallowed for offside. He was merely inches offside.

1:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Shame - that might have made the final five minutes or so more interesting. Instead, Chelski are looking to lock things up.

1:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ivanovic is on for Victor Moses on the final roll of the dice for Conte as the Azurri shut up shop, two up on the road late on.

1:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great ovation for Costa as he goes off.

1:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Three minutes of stoppage time.

1:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Were you one of those giving Costa an ovation?

1:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Deep into stoppage time, now.

1:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kante wins a free kick near the corner flag

1:49 PM  

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