Lakenheath Old Boys

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

A Big Sunday Match!

I'm getting a late start on things today, as I wasn't that keen on the South Coast Derby this morning. I opted instead to get some extra kip. But I'm up and around and looking forward to the big one - Citeh v. Arse at 11am. It's a match-up between the two main rivals of Chelski for the title. Who will win out - find out next.

140 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Chelsea’s 11 wins on the spin have given them not so much a cushion as an entire sofa at the top of the league, and though both of these teams will believe they have the wherewithal to catch them, whoever loses this game may well require a similar run – as well as the league leaders going off the boil, obviously – for them to return to genuine title reckoning.

10:40 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Arlo, Lee and Graeme are pitch-side at the Etihad now - nice touch for the holidays.

10:42 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning, mate. I got some extra kip too since Elizabeth and I had a late night out. Now I'm up to enjoy the pleasure of your company on our coldest morning of the season.

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

Morning, MUR - glad you enjoyed a nice evening out and a United win. Great to have you on board today.

10:48 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Teams coming out of the tunnel:

Man City: Bravo, Zabaleta, Otamendi, Kolarov, Clichy, Fernando, Sané, Touré, Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling. Subs: Sagna, Nolito, Caballero, Jesus Navas, Stones, Iheanacho, Garcia.

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Xhaka, Walcott, Özil, Iwobi, Sánchez. Subs: Gibbs, Lucas Perez, Giroud, Ospina, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Holding, Elneny.

Referee: Martin Atkinson.

10:56 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

All the Citeh players are wearing Ilkay Gundogan No8 shirts, as a show of support to their injured team-mate, who is out for the rest of the season.

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

Spurs and Burnley also kicking off at Shite Fart. You'll no doubt be pulling for Burnley today.

10:59 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That match is on CNBC. I have both matches on. I'm pulling for Burnley and Sunshine for the Spuds. He's watching from his cage in my bedroom.

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

We're away at the Etihad, Citeh in all sky blue and Arsenal in their away yellow and grey horribleness.

11:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Delle Alli should have given the Spuds the lead. Danny Rose intercepted a pass from Ben Mee and played a lovely pass to Alli, who blazed over with just Tom Heaton to beat

11:03 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! What a start! Theo has opened the scoring for the Arsenal!!!!

11:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL!!! THEO GIVES THE GUNNERS THE LEAD SECONDS AFTER CITEH MISSED A GREAT CHANCE.

11:05 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Terrific team move there between Bellerin, Alexis and Theo but where were the Citeh defenders?!

0-1!

11:05 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Sterling goes just wide with a diving header. Great start to this match!

11:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It all started with a pass from Sane that was missed at the near post and Cech gathered . he rolled the ball to Kos , who ran the l;ength of the pitch, passed to Alexis.. He picked out Theo, who shot past Bravo.

11:07 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Citeh should have tied it up as Sterling had a free header off a superb cross from De Bruyne, but headed wide from three yards out

11:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Spuds had a great chance to score as Harry Kane played a pass across the box and Eriksen just failed to divert it in.

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

Koz upends Sterling, who looks lively today, and Citeh have a nice free kick opportunity.

11:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kos a tad late with what was not exactly a Sterling challenge.

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

Oh - Yaya rose to meet that free kick - but he was flagged off anyway.

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

Boom, boom - you're in early with the puns.

11:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yaya curls the free kick just wide while eriksen had a shot deflected just wide as he's in great scoring form

11:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers mate. I am well rested.

11:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Spuds win a corner off of George Boyd

11:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They take it short and Danny Rose has a shot deflected for another.

11:13 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner from eriksen is headed on by wnayama and Delle Alli deflects it off the side of the post for a goal kick.

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

Nice interplay there by the Arsenal - they look really up for it.

11:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Harry Kane has a shot deflected for a corner that is played short to Kyle Walker, who passes to young Harry Winks, who curls a shot straight to Tom Heaton.

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

Arsenal are slicing through the Citeh defense again and again - or in Lee Dixon's words, "putting them on a piece of toast."

11:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. Citeh will need to up their game or face another defeat.

11:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great description by Lee as both North London teams are on top.

11:18 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

There has been a halt in play at SFL because Delle Alli is down due to a late tackle, but now seems to be okay.

11:18 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I would think that toast has jam spread across , based on the lack of aggressiveness by Citeh

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

City’s plan to counter Arsenal’s pace and threat on the counter, identified by Guardiola pre-match as their greatest threats, is to play a comedy defence really high up the pitch, and just one defensive midfielder.

11:22 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!ASHLEY BARNES GIVES BURNLEY A SURPRISE LEAD AT SFL.

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

Ginger Winger turns well but then slashes the shot well over the bar.

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

Gooner and Dad will be cock a hoop!!

11:23 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jeff Hendrick is now down for Burnley

11:23 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BOOM BOOM, mate

11:23 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It was school boy defending by the Spuds as a long clearance from Kyle Walker was headed on and Scott Arfield got the ball . He was tackled by Walker , who gifted the ball back to Arfield. He passed to George Boyd , who passed across the box to Barnes, who was surronded by four white shirts, who stood and watched him easily tap in at the far post.

11:25 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The announcer said that Burnley last won at SFL in 1974. They've onl;y played there a half a dozen times since then , so it's not exactly a significant statistic.

11:26 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! 1-1 AT SFL AS DELLE ALLI DIVERTS A PASS FROM KYLE WALKER FROM SIX YARDS OUT

11:27 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The SPuds played about twenty passes just outside the Burnley box. Kyle Walker playing more like a right winger got past two Burnley defenders. played a nice ball across the box that was diverted in for a great finish by Delle Alli . That makes up for Walker's earlier defensive error.

11:29 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ashley Barnes, the Burnley scorer, is down under a challenge from Vertonghen. He seems to be okay. Actually, both players were down and both are waiting to get back on the pitch

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

Great tackle by Yaya as Alexis was wriggling free.

11:32 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kyle Walker gets past Arfield and passes to Delle Alli again, but he chips over this time.

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

Gooner and Dad not so cock a hoop now.

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

Arsene has gone to the puffy coat now - looks a bit parky out there in Manchester today.

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

Ginger went down under Koz's challenge - nothing doing from Martin Atkinson.

11:35 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Michael Keane wins a Burnley corner off a long free kick, Now the Spuds counter. They have a shot blocked.

11:35 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's a bit parky here for once. Yesterday I was in shorts.

11:36 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Another short corner routine, Monreal has an age to chip the ball in and Xhaka heads just wide. Could easily have been 0-2 there.

11:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Why is it time for a change, mate???

11:36 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Etihad sounds like a library right now.

11:37 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

David Silva is booked for a foul no Coq Au Vin.

11:38 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Training pitch stuff from Arsenal now but Bellerin blasts over at the end of the move.

11:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Like the Highbury Library? Great time to read a book or catch up on a nap.

11:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Dean MArney fouls Danny Rose just outside the Burnley box.

11:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

De Bruyne has a cross cut out for a Citeh corner.

11:41 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Harry Kane was put through by Delle Alli and his close range effort is well saved by Tom Heaton.

11:43 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nacho cuts out a cross from Zaba for another Citeh corner. Cech easily catches the corner from De Bruyne.

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

So, as the half winds down, Pep will have to be thinking about how to change things. Citeh have looked decent going forward but they're just not able to handle Arsenal.

11:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Zaba has a shot blocked for yet another Citeh corner . A minute of stoppage time at the Etihad.

11:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner is headed straight to Cech. There are four minutes of stoppage time at SFL.

11:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's halftime at the Etihad a s the Gunners are one up thanks to an early goal by Theo.

11:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Now off to SFL where it's 1-1.

11:47 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Danny Rose gets past George Boyd. His cross is headed out and a long range effort from Wanyama is easily saved by Tom Heaton.

11:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kyle Walker wins a late corner.

11:50 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner from Eriksen is headed out and Andre Gray counters. He finds George Boyd down the left as the half time whistle blows.

11:51 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway at the Etihad and it's a straight swap for Citeh as Sagna is on for Zaba to face his old mates.

12:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Back on at the Etihad for the second half. Predictably, there have been no changes. I could be a Premiership manager.

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

GOAL! That didn't take long. Straight down the middle and Sane scores an easy goal.

1-1!

12:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!SANE TIES IT UP FOR CITEH LESS THAN TWO MINUTES INTO THE SECOND HALF.

12:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

tHE SECOND HALF IS UN DERWAY FROM sfl

12:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Now it's 1-1 in both late matches. A long goal kick from Cech was headed off of Kolorov and broke to Silva . He played a couple of one twos with Sterling , who put through Sane and he shot past the on rushing Cech

12:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yaya is booked for a foul on Coq Au Vin, who is down and not exactly cock a hoop about it.

12:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lee Dixon talks about players being blue in the face.Is he talking about Citeh players?

12:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cursing in the streets of Alex while your dad us trying to enjoy lunch?

12:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bellerin with an effort sliced wide that looks like one of my golf strokes.

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

Arsenal have now failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 12 matches. Meanwhile Chelski keep winning 1-0ers.

12:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ollie getting ready for a requisite sub appearance, some of which have been quite successful.

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

LOL! I'd like to see that golf game.

12:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Correct three in a row against mediocre opposition, but I guess they keep grinding them out.

12:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I haven't played in years, but I know you would.

12:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

We can hear Sunshine from all the way out in the living room. He must be trying to motivate the lads to a victory over Burnley.

12:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Citeh seem to be on the front foot now. What a change from the first half. Arsenal are the ones who need changes now. Giroud might do the trick.

12:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Eriksen should have given the SPuds the lead. Ben Mee tried to clear the ball off of Danny Rose for a goal kick, but gifted it right to him and his cross was headed staright to Tom Heaton from a free header by Eriksen from tow yards out.

12:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That Pep talk must have worked to great effect.

12:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great close range block by Cech from Sane for a corner off a great slide rule pass from Ginger Winger

12:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A poor corner from Silva is cleared by the first man for a throw,

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

Sterling pulls the trigger but Cech watches it fizz well wide.

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

An hour gone now - expect some subs soon.

12:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

De Bruyne wins a corner off of Peter Gabriel.

12:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Yes - The Ox is being prepared now. I could be a Premiership manager.

12:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A poor corner from De Bruyne is cleared by the first man, Nacho.

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

Arsenal just cannot keep the ball at the moment. They’re a shambles.

12:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. Just as the doc ordered, the Ox is on for Iwobi, who had a quiet match.

12:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! Delle Alli nearly gave the Spuds the lead with a curling effort from just outside the box that was inches wide.

12:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Former Gunners , David O'Leary and Pat Rice are watching. Rice , who also wenger's assistant , is looking really concerned.

12:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cissy, with a requisite subs appearance for the SPuds, is on for Dembele.

12:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A superb save by Heaton from a long range effort from eriksen. The rebound is hoofed away.

12:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cech does well to turn a round a deflected effort from the Ginga Winga.

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

Cech with a bit of sweeping there.

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

This is a completely different Arsenal side this half.

12:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Sterling beats Cech at his near post and Citeh are 2-1 up.

12:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! STERLING GIVES CITEH A 2-1 LEAD AFTER THEY WERE TRAILING EARLY DOORS.

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

Great ball on the turn with a volley to Sterling some 40 yards away set that one up but Sterling still had loads to do to cut inside and beat Cech. Poor from the keeper, though.

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

Coq au Vin trots off and Kate's boy Olivier comes on.

12:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A bit of blame must go to the usually reliable Cech, who was beaten at the near post by Sterling. Also, the Gunners defenders, who were caught out by an innocuous diagonal ball from De Bruyne off the throw from former Gunner, Clichy. Sterling then cut inside Nacho and beat Cech at the near post.

12:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! FROM THE LUFC ACADEMY AS DANNY ROSE GIVES THE SPUDS A 2-1 LEAD.

12:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Navas is on for Sane.

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

Looks like The Ox has done his hammy. Meanwhile, the goalscorer Leroy Sane comes off for Navas.

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

Oh - Citeh have hit the Sunday Roast now!

12:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lloris punches away a long Burnely free kick and gets away with it as Scott Arfield volleys the rebound inches over.

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

It's El Neny to come on for the injured Ox. If anything, that's a defensive move from Arsene. I suppose he didn't have any other forwards to bring on.

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

Ginger gets a yellow to add to his collection for a tackle back on Gabriel.

12:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Back to the Spuds goal. Bob will be proud of the results yielded from the LUFC Academy. A long Burnley clearance was headed on to the recently introduced Cissy, who went on a run and he put through Danny Rose , who scored with a rocket of a left footed finish

12:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

In both matches, the home team has come from behind to take a 2-1 lead. The Gunners are letting the lead slip in consecutive matches in an unsuccessful road trip to the Northwest.

12:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ollie heads a cross well wide and is livid that he was not awarded a corner.

12:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

An attacking switch from Pep despite a late lead as De Bruyne gets a standing ovation. He's replaced by Ihenacho.

12:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Former Leeds player, Sam Vokes, is on for Ashley Barnes, the scorer of the Burnley goal.

12:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Arsenal have owned the last five minutes or so, and now have a free kick on the left after Otamendi fouled Özil, who will take.

12:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sam was with us on loan for a nano-second - I'm not sure that he ever scored for us.

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

Elneny is booked for fouling Fernando.

12:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He did not walk like an Egyptian. Will Fernando still be saying that it's better to look good than to feel good?

12:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Four minutes of stoppage time from the Etihad.

12:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Will you be around for the Mersey derby tomorrow?

12:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Number One Son has near post effort beaten out by Heaton for a Spuds cortner on the counter led by Cissy.

12:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A poor corner from Eriksen is cleared away at the near post by Matty Lowton.

12:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Peter Gabriel is booked for a foul that made him look like a sledge hammer.

12:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Now Fernado is booked for Citeh

12:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Beginning four minutes of stoppage time at SFL as Citeh have come from behind to defeat the Gunners 2-1.

12:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Boom, boom - nice one, mate. Speaking of Peter Gabriel, Arsenal are playing games without frontiers.

And it's all over. Arsenal have lost another match 2-1 in a matter of days. A really poor day for them.

12:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Citeh are up to second, seven points behind Chelsea , but will move back down to third if Pool win the Mersey Derby tomorrow,

12:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Matty Lowton booked for Burnley. His fifth of the season, so he will be suspended for the Boxing Day fixture.

12:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers. BOOM BOOM to you and very much true.

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

So it's City rather than Arsenal up to second now. Arsenal drop to 4th and are only a point ahead of Spurs.

12:54 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Spuds will remain fifth while Burnley are being dragged into a relegation battle as I predicted back in August

12:55 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's over at SFL as the Spuds, like Citeh , come from behind to win 2-1.

12:55 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I will be around for the Mersey Derby tomorrow, hoping to enjoy the pleasure of your company.

12:56 PM  

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