Lakenheath Old Boys

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Monday, December 19, 2016

The Merseyside Derby Live!

I'm taking advantage of officially being on Winter Break to settle in this afternoon to enjoy the Merseyside Derby. If you're around and about, please join me. I'll look forward to your company. Cheers!

113 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Afternoon, chaps - welcome to Mersey Monday with Everton and Liverpool set to face off for the 227th time in their timeworn rivalry. The Reds, currently joint third in the table and nine points adrift of leaders Chelsea, arrive at Goodison Park fresh off a 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough on Thursday. Meanwhile, Ronald Koeman’s men are riding high after an inspired come-from-behind win over Arsenal one day prior.

2:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon, mate. I'm here to join you for the action.

2:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Z Cars is pumping as the teams enter the field at Goodison:

Everton: Stekelenburg, Coleman, Funes Mori, Williams, Baines, Gueye, McCarthy, Lennon, Barkley, Valencia, Lukaku

Subs: Robles, Holgate, Kenny, Calvert-Lewin, Barry, Cleverley, Mirallas

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Firmino, Mane, Origi

Subs: Karius, Moreno, Lucas, Can, Alexander-Arnold, Woodburn, Sturridge

Referee: Mike Dean

2:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Marvelous - thanks for joining me. UWS is unfortunately stuck at work.

2:57 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Glad to enjoy the pleasure of your company. I'm here at home while the girls are at school. They have a half day tomorrow then they start their vacation, then Jacquelyn's birthday on Wednesday

2:58 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Tackles will be flying in fast and furious

3:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Mike Dean's first derby match. We're just about set to go, with both sides wearing their traditional kits.

3:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from Goodison Park.

3:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A great sight, the kits that is.

3:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Fantastic atmosphere at Goodison. The place is rocking.

3:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

This fixture has produced more red cards than any other in the Premier League era and the most card happy ref in the Prem is in charge. Brilliant thniking

3:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's an absolutely cracking atmosphere.

3:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It'll be fascinating to see how Minny responds to being thrown into the cauldron of a derby match after his absence from the side.

3:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Interesting point about Mike Dean, mate.

3:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers, Bob. Also, I think Minnie is the better keeper for the Derby due to his experience with Mersey Derbies as opposed to Karius, who may be overawed by the occasion after a poor run of form

3:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Has it been a busy day today in WNY?

3:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lukaku is already looking dangerous. There should be some goals (and cards) in this one.

3:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It has been - a bit of late holiday shopping and some grading.

3:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hopefully, you are on the tail end of the grading. It's time for a well earned rest.

3:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Toffees are upping the ante as they force a blocked shot.

3:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I am, mate - now it's just snow shoveling and watching the footer.

3:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Tempers start to fray as Pool fail to clear and Enner Valencia is fouled by Firmino about 25 yards from goal.

3:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Into the wall by Enner. Then Barkley is called for a foul

3:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice free kick chance now for Everton.

Enner Valencia takes it and it's straight into the wall. Should have gone to Leighton Baines.

3:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I hope you do not have too much shoveling. We had our chilliest morning of the season. Overcast with lows in the mid 30s and wind chills in the mid 20s this morning, but the sun is starting to make a brief appearance.

3:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Everton with most of the early pressure, as you would hope from a home side. They're not going to be overawed by their city rivals.

3:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We had another half a foot last night, so I need to tidy up the drive.

3:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Enner Valencia was doing his best impersonation of our Valencia with that free kick.

3:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yikes!!! it sounds like your work is never done during the winter months.

3:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ashley Williams is not letting Origi have a sniff. Liverpool are really missing Coutinho.

3:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Well - we get about 100 inches of the white stuff per season, so it's a constant war. It's my workout program in the winter.

3:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Toffees ha d a promising break, but the cross from Coleman had a little too much mustard and was cleared away.

3:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It sounds like it . Sounds like time for a well deserved cuppa.

3:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's my second half plan.

3:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Enner Valencia looking like he was auditioning for Happy Feet, lost control of the ball and went down just outside the Pool box ,looking for a free kick. Jimmy Dean was having none of the nonsense.

3:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A great plan, mate. Well in.

3:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Toffees continue pressuring Liverpool as a last ditch, full length stretch was required to prevent a great chance for the Toffees.The Barkley shoots wide from a difficult angle. Great defending by Klaven on the Chunk from a cross by Lennon, the Wee Beetle from the LUFC Academy.

3:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Stecks has had nothing to between the sticks for the Toffees.

3:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Arlo said that this is the seventh Merseyside Derby played on a Monday night. The Toffees have lost only one of the previous six. A good sign?

3:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It might well be - they've definitely been the better side so far.

3:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The first chance of the match for the Reds as Wijnaldum shoots over from about 25 yards out.

3:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Not a lot of chances yet, for all of the storm and stress.

3:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Did you see the Boxing Day Schedule? I will have a late lie in as the early one is Watford vs Palace and join everyone for the 10 AMERS and the late one.

3:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed, mate. It's been more about the atmosphere and the battle of attrition than anything else.

3:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Toffees fans want hand ball on Hendo, but it looked like ball to hand, IMHO.

3:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Origi had a chance seven yards out but the ball in was just behind him.

3:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Then the red half go straight up the other end of the pitch and Clyne gets free down the right and Origi shoots over from about six yards out. The bets chance of the match.

3:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

McCarthy is down after what looked a minor barge by Firmino. He seems to be okay. Gareth Barry is warming up just in case.

3:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Enner Valencia wins a corner off of two Pool players then Funes-Mori heads wide from a corner from Barkley with a free header in the six yard box. The best chance of the match for the Toffees.

3:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think that was the first corner of the match for either team. Tons of commitment and passion, but little end product.

3:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Barkley grabs Origi's shot then fouls him near the Toffees corner flag as we enter a minute of stoppage time.

3:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

One last chance for Pool - cleared out.

3:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Stecks somewhat punches away the free kick.

3:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's 0-0 at the end of a passionate half where chances have been at a premium.

3:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half-time - Off to shovel.

3:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Gareth Barry is on for the injured James McCArthy as the second half is underway

4:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Gareth Barry is now second all time in Premier League appearances, surpassing Frank Lampard.,

4:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Not the most attacking move from Koeman.

4:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm back from my shoveling duties - the driveway looks sparkling.

4:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Milner wins Pool's first corner of the match and they keep the ball after a bout of head tennis.

4:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Congratulations. Well done.

4:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed about the change, but considering it was due to an injury and it's derby, it's not too surprising.

4:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Origi was nearly in there for an opener. Just scrambled away. Pool have started the more lively.

4:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Another Pool corner after some incessant pressure.

4:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I suppose that's true. I'll give the pudgy Dutchman a break.

4:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pool nearly took the lead as Milner lumped a long ball that caught out Funes-Mori and Stecks made a close range block from Firmino, who then crossed and Oriogi had a shot blocked.

4:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Very nice of you during this season of good will. Very kind as always.

4:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

There has been more attacking the first five minutes of the second half than the entire first half combined.

4:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Coleman puts in a diagonal cross , but the header from the Chunk lacked the mustard to trouble his fellow Belgian in the Pool goal as it went wide.

4:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Naughty by Loveren , who took a Chunk out of the player he was making and gets a card a few days before the holidays.

4:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Everton faithful are baying for a yellow card for Lovren for a hack on The Chunk.

Yellow card it is, from card-happy Mike Dean. It's the first of the match - go figure.

4:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! A battle fo former Saints as Stecks rushed out of the Toffees goal and forces Mane to shoot wide. The big Dutch keeper is down as he collided with teammate, Baines.

4:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Joel Robles is warming up just in case Stecks cannot continue between the Sticks.

4:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Stek has a problem now - could have to come off.

4:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jimmy Dean is find cards in low supply due to the holiday rush. That's my best guess.

4:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Play resumes , but Stecks is still hobbling. Ashley Williams takes the goal kick

4:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Looks like Joel is being prepared to replace him - and not before long.

4:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He's coming on because the injured keeper is not fit enough to continue between the sticks.

4:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I am guessing that there will be about a half dozen minutes of stoppage time.

4:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Barkley is booked for a foul on Hendo , who is still down and Loveren nearly instigates a fight as he tried to start one with Barkley. He's restrained by Liverpool teammates . Loveren and Coleman are booked after the melee.

4:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Barkley picks up a yellow for an agricultural challenge there and provokes some "fruity" language from the crowd.

4:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hendo looks like he will be okay to continue.

4:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

At least that much - there's been more niggles and injuries than real football in this match.

4:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Still 0-0 with twenty minutes plus stoppage time remaining.

4:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mane is down off a minor push from the smallest player on the pitch, the wee beetle from the LUFC Academy. Why that won't cause me an injuries for another twenty years

4:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A standing ovation for Enner Valencia as he's replaced by young Calvert, who made his Toffees debut last Tuesday vs the Gunners. Bob will see that as an evil substitution since Fat Ronnie signed Calvert from the Blades in the summer.

4:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Boos from the home fans for Loveren's foul on Baines. He's not the most popular person with the fans due to his antics a few minutes ago.

4:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Origi has a shot blocked for a corner off a pass from Mane

4:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner is headed away, but Milner keeps it in play as his cross is blocked for a throw.

4:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Firmino tries something acrobatic - never comes off.

4:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Firmino goes for the spectacular bicycle kick and is well wide to the amusement of Toffees fans..

4:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Chelski will be smiling at this one. It's clear that while they continue to click along winning matches, all of their major rivals are suffering a lack of form.

4:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

What a great save by Robles from a powerful volley from Firmino

4:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed, Bob. A draw leaves Chelski seven points clear of Citeh and Pool in third , eight points behind Chelski, who surely will defeat the Cherries on Boxing Day , even without Costa

4:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Klopp makes a double substitution" Sturrdige for for Origi and Can for Lallana as it's basically like for like.

4:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That was never Gana be permitted as Gana is booked for a rash foul on Mane about 25 yards from goal.

4:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick is taken short then lofted in by Milner . It's cleared , but Pool keep possession,. Coleman blocks from Can

4:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pool looking the most likely of the two teams of getting a late winner.

4:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He's Gana have to be careful as Gana is on a card and is guilty of another rash challenge.

4:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Young Calvert concedes a Pool corner.

4:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Robles misses the corner as Klaven heads down, then Ashley Williams clears

4:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

WOW!!!! Eight is enough! There are eights minutes of stoppage time./

4:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The ball breaks to the Chunk, who goes on a solo run, but he's surrounded by four red jerseys as he's about to shoot.

4:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Mane has stolen it for Liverpool in the 94th minute - wow!

4:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!MANE OH MANE!!! HE'S WON IT FOR POOL IN THE 94TH MINUTE!

4:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It all stemmed from a shot from Sturridge, which trickled by Robles and came back off the post to Mane.

0-1 Pool!

4:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Wijnaldum played a cross field ball down the right to Clyne, who passed to Sturridge. He cut in and his shot eluded the dive of Robles and came off the post. Clyne beat two Toffees defenders to put away the rebound from two yards out.

4:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!Nearly a second for Pool as Coleman , spectacularly, clears off the line from Firmino off a slide tackle from Mane.

4:54 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lucas is on for Mane in the final seconds.

4:55 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

This moves Pool up to second, six points behind Chelski

4:55 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That's it as Pool win a dramatic Derby 0-1 at Goodison Park thanks to a 94th minute winner from Mane.

4:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wow - Liverpool have stolen that result. They'll end up tonight in second, a point ahead of Citeh but still six points back from Chelski at the top.

A big, big win for Poola and a sucker punch to the solar plexus for the Toffees.

4:57 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's been great chatting with you. Have a great Christmas and I look forward to chatting with you in exactly a week. Have a great week. Cheers mate!

4:58 PM  

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