Lakenheath Old Boys

We are all former students at Lakenheath High School and other public schools in East Anglia. We were in school in the 70s and 80s and drank deeply from the well of British culture of those decades - the pints, the telly, and of course the footie!

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy New Year, LOBers!

Happy New Year, chaps! Let's start the new year the right way - with a couple of great Premiership match-ups. We start in a few minutes with Watford v. Spurs. That's followed later by Arsenal hosting Fat Sam's Palace. Join me for a New Year natter about the footer, eh?

287 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hello, happy new year one and all. Whether in 2016 or 1900, Watford haven’t generally had the best of times against Spurs. Their list of defeats includes 7-0, 8-1, 5-0, 7-1, 6-3, 5-2 – not to mention 4-1 in the famous 1987 FA Cup semi-final. It’s 23 years since they last beat Spurs – and even that meant the square root of bugger all, because a 3-2 win in the second leg of their Coca-Cola Cup tie didn’t quite compensate for a 6-3 shellacking in the first leg at Vicarage Road.

8:21 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams now gathering in the tunnel at Vicarage Road:

Watford (3-4-2-1) Gomes; Kaboul, Prödl, Cathcart; Zúñiga, Capoue, Guedioura, Holebas; Amrabat, Doucouré; Deeney.
Substitutes: Pantilimon, Sinclair, Ighalo, Kabasele, Mason, Stewart, Rowan.

Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1) Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose; Dier, Wanyama; Son, Alli, Eriksen; Kane.
Substitutes: Vorm, Carter-Vickers, Davies, Dembele, Winks, Sissoko, Janssen.

8:23 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And we're away in the first match of 2017. Let's hope it's a terrific year.

8:31 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Happy New Year Everyone
I have actually seen this exact fixture many moons ago. I went to Vicarage Road with the Flynn brothers to see Spurs. Their family owned SAFEPAC and lived right next door to the Worlington Hall Hotel.

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

It’s a grim day in Watford, with rain pelting down. Watford have had to make a last-minute change to their team: Juan Zuniga is injured so Odian Ighalo comes in.

8:32 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Good morning, UWS - great to have you on board. Nice memory. How was your New Year's Eve revelry?

8:33 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Both teams are playing a back three, a formation that has come back from the dead in recent years. There are no right and wrong tactics, only fashionable and unfashionable ones. I hate it.

8:34 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Barely stayed up till midnight... went to sleep

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

Important implications for your lot with this one. United and Spurs are now level on points, with Spurs ten goals better off. You'd love a Watford win, especially by about 10-0, which would move you up to 5th.

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

You're an old, old man. ;-)

8:37 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning and Happy New Year. I have a string pot of coffee that just finished brewing.

8:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I went to bed at 1230 to get up in time for the match. How was everyone's NYE?

8:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Wanyama wins a corner off of Strodl.

8:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Danny Rose , formerly of the LUFC Academy , takes and Cathcart , formerly of the MUFC Academy , heads away

8:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great anoraking about this fixture. The Hornets have been really stung in this fixture.

8:41 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

NYD in 2002 Leeds were top of the pops
That was the last time Leeds had more points than United

Not good reading here for our Bob

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4079648/Leeds-United-sat-Premier-League-New-Year-s-Day-2002-homegrown-collapsed-amid-dressing-room-divides-court-cases-managerial-woe.html

8:41 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

eriksen has a shot come off of former teammate , Capoue for a corner. That was definite hand ball. How was that not a penalty . It was blatantly obvious.

8:42 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Those were the days!

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

Cheers, MUR - welcome to the LOB 2017 style.

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

Thanks for the reminder of the whole Majestik nightclub debacle. Let's hope the current LUFC crop can keep their noses clean.

8:44 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

No love lost between Rose and Capoue there.

8:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The only other matches today are a full schedule in the Conference, now known as the National Leaague, Two Israeli Prem matches, and a Welsh Premier League match. Most countries are off celebrating today

8:47 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Spurs are in total control here. Watford haven’t got going at all in attack.

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

It is odd to have a couple of matches today and then a full schedule tomorrow. The league seems destined to spread the matches over as many days as possible.

8:49 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Thanks, Bob. It's the best way one can start 2017. It's already better than 2016. OH!! I forgot ,I have to go back to work tomorrow.

8:49 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's an agreement with those evil telly companies. They seem to run the show. Sigh...

8:49 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

You will be interested to read that it finished 1-1 between Western Sydney Wanderers and Perth Glory, presumably around the time we went to bed.

8:51 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Not the best kickoff to 2017 here, I have to admit.

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

Not a bad scoreline given that those Aussies were playing upside down!

8:53 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - how did Danny Rose not hit the target there?!

8:53 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BOOM BOOM erang Mate!

8:55 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I don't like the extra man in the commentary box... they just need to shut up!
Neville has something to say about every aspect of the game!
Gone of the days are John Motson, Barry Davis or David Coleman doing the commentating and Jimmy Hill or Brooking saying an odd thing every 15 minutes

8:55 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Decent effort there from Erickson - just over the bar.

8:56 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

What's up with that I should be asking why was it not further down? Peter Lorimer must be fuming at that effort , thinking about all those hours he invested into training him.

8:56 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I agree - the "color guy" thing was an American innovation, I believe on Monday Night Football.

8:57 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Delli Alle off the bar with a rocket!

8:57 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Delle whacks one off the crossbar!

8:57 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed, UWS. You are 100% correct. John Motson and Brian Moore were my favorites.

8:57 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Kane does one better....1-0 Spurs

8:57 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Harry Kane slots home the first goal of 2017!

8:57 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice ball in to Kane who still had a lot to do to slot it by Gomez at his near post.

8:58 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! HARRY KANE SCORES THE FIRST PREM GOAL OF 2017. HE'S MY GBB. SUNSHINE WILL BE PLEASED.

8:58 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

This commentator by the way is a big Watford fan

He was featured in the Behind the Scenes at Vicarage Road


Spurs up to third as it stands

8:58 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Gomes was more like Gomes Addams on that goal as he was too easily beaten at his near post . Peter Drury was correct that this was coming as the Spuds had dominated and Delli had a long range rocket crash off the bar seconds earlier.

9:00 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I saw that a few weeks ago. To be honest , I think he's been accurate in his coverage. He sure didn't have nearly the journey that the Little Neviller did.

9:01 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Number One Son has a shot bounce off of Toaster Strodl, go straight up in to the air and easily caught by Gomes Addams. A pun trifecta!

9:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!HARRY KANE AT THE DOUBLE AS THE SPUDS GO TWO UP!

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

GOAL! MUR's boy Kane at the double!!!

9:03 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Kane gets a brace!!

9:03 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Novel idea... decent cross... man inside the six... who da thunk it

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

Great ball over and Kane somehow contrived to beat the two men marking him to volley home. That's his 10th goal now - he's level with Lukaku. If Watford continue defending like this, he might reach Diego Costa on 14 at this rate.

9:05 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Did you read about Mariah Carey's troubles for NYE?
Botches her lip-sync performance and storms off stage

It all started when her people asked the organizers...What time does the ball actually drop?

9:05 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think Trippier, deputizing , for the suspended Kyle Walker, has bot assists. Nice cross field ball from Delle Alli to Trippier and a superb cross volleyed at the far post by Harry Kane.

9:05 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I noticed that it. She seemed to be in a real haze.

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

Yeah - I was watching that one live, switching between the New Year's Rockin' Eve and the CNN show with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin. It was a shocker, for sure. Lots of clips of it on-line.

9:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The SPuds had trouble defending the free kick until Harry Kane wacked the ball off Deeney for a goal kick./

9:07 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

We watched on ABC and had the same observations.

9:08 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

You'd have to ask Mike for the technical details, but I think that the culprit was the idea of lip synching to backing tracks. Carey couldn't hear because of the ambient sound of the crowd and so couldn't follow along. If she's been backed by a proper band and had done live vocals, she'd been okay.

9:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I wonder how Shadow did with the NYE celebrations? Sparky was shaking due to the neighborhood fireworks, but all the pets are relaxed this morning

9:09 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Number One Son could easily have been in for the third. Were Watford's back three out late last night? They're defending like Mariah Carey here!

9:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Number One Son volleys wide off the free kick from Eriksen that was won by Wimmer.

9:10 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Does Sparky have one of those hurricane hug jackets?

9:11 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! There is the Spuds' third one, scored by Deli!

9:11 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

THREE NIL!!!

HOW MANY ARE SPURS GOING TO SCORE TODAY!!!!

9:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! DELE ALLI PUTS THE SPUDS THREE UP.

9:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A horrible moment for former SPud, Kaboul, who made a real hash of pass from Harry Kane, and Number One Son got the rebound off of Cathcart to slot past the stranded Gomes Addams.

9:13 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sparky was more like the Hornets back four. Running around all over the place and panicking.

9:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hoebas receives his ninth booking of the season for a poor foul on Eriksen. It's easy to see why he's the most booked player in the league.

9:15 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Holebas is booked, his ninth of the season. He's the most booked player in the Premiership. Maybe that's another category we should try to predict?

9:15 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The most booked player with a real library of fouls and one short of a two match ban.

9:15 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Into a minute of stoppage time.

9:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A chorus if boos as the Spuds are three up at the half , stinging the home fans.

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

That's half-time. Spuds very definitely in the cruise zone. Watford are booed off by a fan base that will not have a happy half time. Back in a tick.

9:17 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I am off for walkies. I'll be back

Before I go, United have won FIVE games in a row... they have risen from 6th in the table to 6th!!!!!!!!!

9:28 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Enjoy the walkies. Great stat. Keep up the good work.

9:29 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway and it appears that Walter gave his players the deserved halftime hair dryer treatment.

9:32 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! BACK WHERE WE LEFT OFF AS DELLE ALLI PUTS THE SPUDS FOUR UP.

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

Bloody hell - I've barely got back in my chair after some dishwashing at half time and Spuds have scored a fourth!

That's quite some team talk from Walter Mazzari!

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

Peter Drury believes that Hugo Lloris should have been made to pay for his ticket today - he's been a spectator!

9:34 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It all started with a long throw by Holebas headed back and Prodl played more like Strodl, gifting possession to Harry Kane on the Spuds right and his pass was tucked away at the far post by Delle Alli.

9:35 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed with Pete Dreary.

9:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Delle Alli Sandwich must think that mince meat is in his today

9:36 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ighalo tries to get Watford going - nothing doing.

9:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

How exactly did Hornets players spend NYE? You would have thought with three former Spuds in the form of Gomes Addams, Capoue, and Kaboul, that they would have been up for this. Also given that it's a derby match

9:39 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Delle Ali has had Younis Kaboul on a piece of rye bread today.

9:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

How is the weather ? It looks a lot like Watford outdoors in Harlingen, but probably about 20 to 25 degrees warmer.

9:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BOOM BOOM! I was thinking more white bread since it's soft and mushy , but yours is no disgrace.

9:41 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Capoue fouls Danny Rose just outside the D in a D minus performance.

9:42 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Spuds have a free kick now - Kane on a hat-trick. Deflected out for a corner.

9:42 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick from Harry Kane is finger tipped around the post by Gomes Addams.

9:42 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Tough match-up for Spuds on Wednesday.

9:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It will be interesting to see whether Harry Kane or Diego Costa score more goals in their match on Wednesday.

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

Deeney, put through on goal, is erroneously flagged offside. So morally speaking, it’s now Watford 1-4 Tottenham Hotspur.

9:46 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Dele is pulled off and Harry Winks comes on for him.

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

Great tackle by Dier on Ighalo

9:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

In Longer than the Wink of an eye, Harry Winks is on for Delle Alli . I don't think Hornets players will mind one bit that he took forever to get off the pitch as they would take the final whistle at this point.

9:49 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Strodl is booked for a foul on Number One Son, but treated him like Number Two.

9:50 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It appears that the latch match tomorrow between the Hammers and Man Yoo is the pick of the lot tomorrow.

9:51 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

You sort of predicted this result with the fantastic history lesson.

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

Thanks, mate - Watford are poor starters to New Years.

9:53 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Why does a Prem have four players on the bench, who have never played a first team match? Is Mazzari stating that he doesn't have confidence in some players in the squad?

9:54 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A change for each side. Danny Rose off and Ben Davies. Watford bring on a kid, Brandon Davis, to replace Holebas for his debut.

9:55 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nineteen year old Mason, is on for a first team debut, in place of Holebas. Ben Davies , a former Garry Monk player, on in place of Daany Rose, formerly of the lUFC Academy.

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

After this performance, can you really blame Mazzari?

9:55 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

There's a remarkable lack of experience on the Watford bench and I'm not kidding. Why these young Hornets haven't been around long enough to make honey.

9:56 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers from the home fans as young Brandon Mason tackles Number One Son and clears.

9:57 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Definitely not ,mate. It will be interesting to see who starts for the Hornets Tuesday in their dead rubber match at the Brit.

9:58 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Amrabat is down and probably ready to head off for the African Cup of Nations.

9:59 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Another Watford youngster in the form of twenty year old Jerome Sinclair , is going to come on for Amrabat.

10:00 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Amrabat wants to be anywhere else right about now. Another change from Mazzari.

10:01 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Harry Kane won't be getting his hat-trick today. He's rested for Wednesday and Janssen comes on.

10:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Number One Son blasts over after yet another defensive error, presumably showing mercy

10:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

definitely. He's being wrapped in cotton wool.

10:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Gomes Addams saves from Number One Son.

10:05 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kabesele is on for Capoue, who had a mare against his old mates.

10:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Spuds have scored four plus goals in four consecutive away matches since October 1960. Why that's back when they last won the title under Bill Nicholson. A great history lesson by Pete Dreary.

10:09 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Mazzari is doing his contractual duty here, putting on subs. But it's not going to do much of anything.

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

Ironic cheer from the Watford crowd as there is a shot on goal from their side that Lloris actually has to save.

10:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ironic cheers from the crowd as Lloris makes his first save of the match as Guediora chipped in a free kick and Lloris saved a volley from former Spud, Kaboul

10:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lloris getting a little action as he's fouled by Deeney , attempting to gather a cross.

10:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The ref would do well to blow for full time so I can take sparky walkies and because both sets of players are ready for full time.

10:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great slide tackle by Strodl on Vinny Jansen,.

10:15 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The spuds will go third in the table , ahead of Citeh and the Gunners, pending the outcome of the Gunners vs Palace.

10:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Three minutes of stoppage time./

10:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Dier concedes a free kick just outside the SPuds box.

10:18 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! THE SPUDS LOSE THEIR CLEAN SHEET IN REALLY SLOPPY FASHION.

10:18 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick eluded everyone as Lloris made a close range save from Kaboul, who on his bum, put the rebound just over the line as a Spuds defender attempted to clear.

10:20 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's over as the Spuds sting the Hornets 1-4 on their short journey.

10:20 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sloppy at the end for the Spuds but they'll be reasonably happy with that 1-4 result in the end. They're up to 4th temporarily hopping over their cross town rivals Arsenal on 39 points now.

Next up - Arsenal have a chance to jump over Citeh into third.

10:23 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Off for walkies with Sparky. I will be back in time for the late match just down the road.

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

I'm back for the late one. What a difference a year makes. At the beginning of 2016, Arsenal were top of the league and Palace were in 5th, four points off the Champions League slots.

Today, Arsenal start in fourth and Palace under Alan Pardew have plummeted down the table. They've got Fat Sam on board now, which probably means Premiership survival. But what next for these two sides?

10:47 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I am back for the late one

Do I want Arsenal to win and knock City down to fourth or do I want them to keep closer to United

Again, if United get their SIXTH win in a row...they'll climb to SIXTH

10:53 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hate all the Americanization of the Premier League... don't need the damn music...hear the crowd roaring, let the crowd sing
I HATE IT

10:57 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Welcome back, UWS - how was the walkies?

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

Here are the teams out on the pitch at the Emirates:

Arsenal: Cech; Bellerín, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Elneny, Xhaka; Lucas Pérez, Iwobi, Sánchez; Giroud.
Subs: Ospina, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mustafi, Reine-Adélaïde, Coquelin, Maitland-Niles.

Crystal Palace: Hennessey; Ward, Dann, Tomkins, Kelly; Flamini, Puncheon, Cabaye; Townsend, Zaha, C Benteke.
Subs: Speroni, Campbell, Lee, Fryers, Mutch, Sako, Husin.

Referee: Andre Marriner

10:58 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm back from walkies with Sparky, fed him, and even had time for a shave

11:00 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from the EM.

11:00 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

We are off

11:00 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Chilly wind

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

Did the dogs enjoy the walkies? Lovely and sunny here in WNY.

11:01 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Alexis goes on a solo run and wins a corner.

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

No Mesut Özil for Arsenal today – he’s unwell, so the grapevine tells me – so Lucas Pérez gets his first Premier League start since the opening day. Nacho Monreal replaces Kieran Gibbs at left-back, and Mohamed Elneny is in for Francis Coquelin, who’s on the bench.

11:02 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Fat Sam makes just one change, with James Tomkins back in central defence in place of Damien Delaney, who is on the naughty step after picking up a fifth booking against Watford.

11:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's overcast , in the low 70s , and a tad muggy in Harlingen.

11:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fat Sam should be familiar with Jimmy , who played for him in his time in charge of the Hammers

11:03 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fat Sam makes his home debut as Palace manager in a really crucial relegation six pointer vs the Swans. I don't expect anything remotely close to the 5-4 result when the teams last met.

11:04 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Low 70s! Crikey!

11:05 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Easy win for Leeds tomorrow?
Shame that Huddersfield play at Wigan and Reading play at Ashton Gate

Still away games for those two and Rotherham at home for your lot

11:05 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Gunners main challenge will be to penetrate the yellow vomit wall designed by Fat Sam.

11:06 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Giroud should have scored there!!
What did he try to do

11:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ollie miss kicks six yards from goal then El Neny has a shot blocked for a corner. Great volleyed pass by Nacho

11:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hennessey easily catches the corner.

11:07 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Palace away kit is sort of traditional with the slash down the front

11:07 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Pérez, Iwobi and Sánchez are swirling behind Giroud, causing Palace all sorts of problems.

11:07 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Dave would have easily tucked that away

11:07 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Why didn't Palace put it in the box!!!!


Definitely a foul

11:08 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I kind of like the Palace away kit. Much better than the day-glo numbers most clubs run out to sell shirts in the club shops.

11:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Zaha was unlucky to not win a free kick as he was barged off the ball by Lucas Perez near the corner flag. Fat Sam is pissed.

11:08 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I don't know why Palace players ever play it to Zaha - he's a total waster.

11:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good point, mate. Fat Sam was singing the tactics: " we all live in a yellow submarine." The Gunners feel that way at this point in time.

11:09 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Cambridge host Leeds alone on Monday afternoon in the Cup...surely Fox with show it

11:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Xakha Khan has a corner easily caught by Hennessey. definitely off key there.

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

As usual Arsenal are making some very pretty patterns on the pitch but not really creating clear cut chances.

11:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Alexis was not too far wide with a long range effort.

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

I should hope so. That's a marquee match-up, that is!

11:12 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

FS1 is showing United vs Reading
Website won't let me go to Monday

11:13 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I wonder if the Gooner and dad are watching together as lunchtime is approaching.

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

I'm going to give them a jingle at half-time.

11:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Correct. The Hammers vs Citeh is Friday. We're the early match on Saturday. The 10 Amers are wasters: with Barrow vs Rochdale on FS1 and Sutton United vs the Real Dons on FS2. The late match Saturday is Ridsdale's lads vs the Gunners on FS 1. I'm not rue about the schedule next Sunday

11:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I would not underestimate Cambridge. They held us to a 0-0 draw and and outplayed us at the Abbey a couple of years ago.

11:17 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! What a goal from Giroud!!!!

11:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !! OLLIE HEADS THE GUNNERS INTO THE LEAD WITH A HEADER THAT GOES IN OFF THE UNDERSIDE OF THE BAR

11:17 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

GOAL.... Giroud with a corker!!

Just like MIKI

11:17 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Emirates crowd goes "WOW!" when they see the replays.

11:18 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Pep out of the Champions League places and United breathing down their throat

11:18 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Miki's was a bullet
This was a lob

11:19 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

NECK not throat

11:19 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It was actually a spectacular volley from behind off the bar from a cross by Alexis. The move started just outside the Gunners box and after some nice inter play a pass down the left to Alexis resulted in the cross for that great volley.

11:19 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Miki's was better?

11:19 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

But why did Alexis play the ball behind him - he was the only Arsenal player in the box?

11:20 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Well stated. UWS. The Gooner mus be going bonkers.

11:20 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Can't say it was offside....it was a goal...SHUT UP

11:21 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think Citeh are now where I predicted them to finish in fifth place. If we win seven in a row will we still be SIXTH? A tough one at the London Stadium tomorrow.

11:21 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. There wasn't this much fuss over Miki's goal.

11:22 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mark Bright looking rather gloomy on a gloomy looking London Day or is it now evening?

11:23 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

People on the BBC talking about Miki being offside... DOESN'T MATTER

11:23 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. It was equally spectacular and should have stood , which was part of stuffing it to Davie Moyes on his return to OT.

11:26 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Mustafi was in there but couldn't control it.

11:27 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think it was Lucas Perez. Dave would have tucked that away

11:28 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Davie Moyes claims the loss at Turf Moor was because his team didn't get the rub of the green.

11:29 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Andy Townsend criticizing the cross by Andros Townsend. A coincidence?

11:30 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Nacho is flagged offside after some pretty patters just failed to result in an end product.

11:33 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Alexis curls an effort wide as Palace have shown nothing in attack.

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

And I was complimenting Palace's attacking force last week. Townsend, Benteke, Zaha and Cabaye haven't looked as good this week.

11:37 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Palace's first shot on target is a tame effort by Cabaye straight to Cech.

11:37 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think it's the defensive tactics employed by Fat Sam , which will make Palace more solid and they will probably just survive.

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

The Gunners really should have added to their advantage here. They've had most of the possession.

11:41 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A minute of stoppage time . Great reflex save by Hennessey from ALexis

11:46 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - how did Arsenal not score there - Keystone Kops defending from Palace.

11:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Gunners are one up at the half, but it should be three or four as Fat Sam's sides are known for nicking one on the break as if it were highway robbery.

11:47 AM  

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