Lakenheath Old Boys

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

An Average Soccer Sunday



It's the typical Sunday double header starting with Middlesbrough vs Watford , followed by the Saints vs Burnley. These are not exactly marquee matches, but we can see how two of the newly promoted teams perform.

98 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Average, Indeed, MUR - thanks for posting our thread this morning .I debated sleeping through these two, but I'm up and watching. Nice to join you.

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

The team news out of the Riverside:

Middlesbrough: Valdes; Barragan, Chambers, Gibson, Friend; De Roon, Forshaw; Stuani, Ramirez, Downing; Negredo. Subs: Guzan, Ayala, Bernardo, Clayton, Fischer, Rhodes, Traore

Watford: Gomes; Kaboul, Prodl, Britos; Amrabat, Capoue, Behrami, Holebas; Pereyra, Success; Deeney. Subs: Pantilimon, Mariappa, Kabasele, Zuniga, Watson, Guedioura, Ighalo.

Referee: Roger East.

8:30 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from the Riverside.

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

And we're away at the Riverside in this relegation dogfight. Boro in their traditional red and Watford in all white.

8:31 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning, Bob. I'm glad to post.I was debating the same thing

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

The visitors will be hoping that Middlesbrough’s defenders still haven’t recovered from Dimitri Payet pulling their pants over their heads two weeks ago.

8:31 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great tackle by Ben Gibson to prevent Troy Deeney getting a close range effort on target

8:32 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Both teams have to win these types of matches to enhance their survival chances.

8:33 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Downing shoots over off a cross from George Friend

8:33 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed.He really scored a cracker in that match

8:34 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fred is here to join us for the action. I think he's getting ready to take a nap on top of my bills.

8:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Negredo tackles Kaboul and Gaston Ramirez shoots wide. A bright start fron the Teesiders.

8:37 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Can you imagine Troy Deeney in the England set up at some point? He does score a lot of goals.

8:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Actually, no. He's overweight and scores a fair number from the spot. I think he would be off the pace unless we're talking eating contests or pints.

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

LOL! Fair enough, mate.

8:42 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Perreira is fouled by George Friend, who wasn't much of one on that play

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

Watford have a free kick now...

And it's charged down by Ramirez.

8:43 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Holebas has the free kick blocked by Gaston Ramirez , who surely wasn't ten yards away

8:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kaboul fouls Gaston Ramirez about 25 yards from goal.

8:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A training ground is an absolute disaster as Downing plays it short to Gaston, who cheaply concedes possession, wasting that opportunity

8:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Do you think either of these teams will win promotion this season? Will either win on their visit to ER?

8:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Barragan wins a Boro corner

8:47 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Gaston Ramirez with a decent corner, but nobody was there to connect and another wasted opportunity

8:48 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I suppose the commentators are right that it's these matches that really mean something to these teams. Yet, it's uninspiring stuff so far. No chances at either end in the opening quarter of an hour. A lot of industry for little output.

8:48 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

They're both competitive sides, sure. It just shows the gulf of quality between the Championship and Premiership.

8:49 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A bit of a surprise as Not a Big Club lead 0-1 at the Terriers in second half stoppage time.

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

That's a shame.

8:52 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Surely this can't be any worse than those two crap teams playing tomorrow, LOL.

8:53 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Negredo goes down , looking for a pen off a challenge from Kaboul. And the Oscar for the worst impersonation goes to ...

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

Negredo flopped in the area looking for the penalty. Nothing doing from referee East.

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

Downing with the first shot in anger. Just wide.

8:55 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's a final. Not a Big Club have won 0-1 at the Terriers. The Terriers move down to third place while two of my picks for promotion are in the top two spots, but in the reverse order that I predicted.

8:56 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The closest either team has come to scoring. Has either keeper had to make a save

8:57 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Negredo heads out a free kick from Holebas for a Hornets corner.

8:57 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The outswinger from Holebas is headed away then Troy Deeney goes for the spectacular and volleys well wide from an offside position.

8:59 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Peter Drury mentions that Troy Deeney has scored against the Teesiders and Leeds more than any other club. I'm sure you will be telling Peter Drury to shut it.

9:00 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ben Gibson with a long range effort well wide of the target

9:00 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Barragan fouls Success , who is a success in winning the free kick. Scoring is a completely different matter

9:01 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Barragan should have been booked for grabbing Successes jersey

9:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Britos wins a corner off of Downing off the free kick

9:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Behrami commits a foul to end the Hornets threat after the out swinger from Holebas was headed away

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

Capoue seems to be running through treacle to get onto that ball.

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

Barragan was lucky not to get a second yellow there. What was East thinking there?

9:05 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

You suspect that Watford are going to give the ball to Success and get him to run at Barragan at every opportunity now.

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

Stuani goes down clutching his face after a tussle with Holebas. He’s made rather a lot of that. it's kicking off a bit now.

9:07 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm not sure, but Aidar Karranka would do well to substitute him at the half.

9:07 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It was a foul, but that was probably why he wasn't awarded the free kick.

9:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Perreira is fouled by Stuani. The free kick comes off of George Friend for a Hornets corner.

9:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A complete and utter waster as a foul is called off the corner.

9:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I guess there is some mediocrity in the Premier League.

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

Poor from Barragan there - Boro would have been better if he'd been sent off.

9:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A minute of stoppage time as Gaston Ramirez is fouled by Success. The free kick is headed away

9:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's 0-0 at the half in terms of goals scored and shots on target. The second half can't be any worse.

9:17 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Definitely mediocre - that was my worry when I saw the fixture. 0-0 at the half.

9:17 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I've just woken up from a quick nap on the magical couch and am ready for more dross in the second now.

9:31 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway and like Fred's litter box, was full of crap.

9:33 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Barragan, the greatest liability on the pitch , was not replaced.

9:33 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

De Roon, like our Roon, is useless in the final third.

9:35 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Boro hit the ground running in the second half. Negredo was nearly in there but Amarabat was able to recover.

9:35 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Success is down after a flying boot from Stuani.

9:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Adam Forshaw with a tame effort straight to Gomes Addams. The first shot no target this match

9:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! HOLEBAS STINGS THE HOME SIDE WITH A ROCKET THAT GIVES THE HORNETS THE LEAD.

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

GOAL! Watford take the lead at the Riverside. The only moment of quality in this match. Holes with a scorcher!

0-1!

9:41 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Success was unsuccessful in winning a penalty after running past the weak Barragan and into Adam Forshaw, trying to win a penalty. The ball broke to Cholevas, who shot a screamer into the upper 90 past the diving Victor Valdes.

9:43 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think that was their first shot on target this match

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

Now what will Boro do in response?

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

I'm almost sure that you're right, mate. The only other shot I can remember was Stuart Downing's effort in the first half.

9:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Boro have yet to win at home this season.It seems like a long season ahead for the Teesiders.

9:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GAston Ramirez gets in on the act of cheaply trying to win a penalty and it leads to an unsuccessful Hornets counter.

9:49 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ben Gibson heads away a free kick from Capoue.

9:50 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Amrabat fouls George Friend and is the first Hornet to be booked this match

9:51 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick is taken and Ben Gibson fouls Gomes Addams.

9:52 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

True - this result would send Boro down to 17th, just above Stoke on GD.

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

Holebas is down and pissed off about that elbow in his face.

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

First change for Boro - Stuani off and Traore on. Barragan also off and Ayala on.

9:55 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Traore is on for Stuani and Ayala on for Barragan, who an absolute mare

9:56 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ben Gibson concedes an unnecessary corner.

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

All Watford pressure now. Cor!

9:57 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It leads to a spell of sustained Hornets pressure, but is eventually cleared.

9:57 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Carlos Zuniga is on for the already booked Amrabat

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

Meanwhile this result would send Watford up into the top half in the lofty position of 9th. They're not really good enough for that.

10:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

De Roon talked himself into the book. Sounds like United's Roon.

10:03 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. We should see the true Watford during the winter months.

10:04 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Boro have a corner now - this is crucial. But Gomez claims it.

10:13 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ben Watson on for Success. Watson was one in the 2013 FA Cup Final.

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

Ben Watson replaces Isaac Success.

10:15 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BLOODY HELL!!! Half a dozen minutes of stoppage time. When will it end???

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

I have no idea where that came from.

10:20 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ayala with a cross halfway to Sunderland. There won't be many chances remaining in stoppage time.

10:21 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Was it from SAF's magical watch?

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

You'd have to say that Jordan Rhodes, who scored so many goals for Boro in the Championship, has been a flop.

10:23 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Roger East puts us out of our misery as the Hornets win 0-1 thanks to a professional rather than spectacular performance. Well, that's two hours we won't get back.

10:24 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's it - the one moment of brilliance from Holebas has won this one.

Not sure what Holebas and Capoue are going on about now.

10:24 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. I would say so. Hopefully, the next match will be better as the Saints should have enough quality to insure that.

10:25 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Holebas is still losing his mind about something. Calm down, mate - you've won the match already.

10:25 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's enough of this dross for one morning. I'm going to try to post on the United match tomorrow.

10:33 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Saints vs Burnley is underway from St. Mary's

11:00 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers Bob. It was a pleasure chatting with you. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

11:01 AM  

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