Lakenheath Old Boys

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Friday, January 06, 2017

The FA Cup 3rd Round Weekend Starts Here!

Love it or hate it, the 3rd Round of the FA Cup is no longer a 3pm Saturday affair - it now stretches over the weekend. We start with an all-Premiership marquee match-up this evening - West Ham v. Citeh from the London Stadium. I'm ensconced in the office this afternoon watching on Fox Soccer 2 Go. Join me if you're around.

64 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This is arguably the tie of the round: West Ham have won the cup three times, but not since 1980; City won in 2011, but have only five FA Cup triumphs to their name, seven behind Man United and Arsenal’s record of 12.

2:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams gathering in the tunnel at the London Stadium now:



West Ham: Adrian, Nordtveit, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Fernandes, Obiang, Feghouli, Lanzini, Antonio, Carroll. Subs: Randolph, Noble, Fletcher, Payet, Calleri, Oxford, Quina.

Man City: Caballero, Sagna, Stones, Otamendi, Clichy, Toure, Zabaleta, De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling, Aguero. Subs: Nolito, Kolarov, Jesus Navas, Delph, Iheanacho, Garcia, Bravo.

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

2:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Two strong-looking line-ups. Slaven Bilic makes three changes from the side that lost to Man United: out go Randolph, Kouyate and Payet, and in come Adrian, Fernandes and Andy Carroll. (The latter’s inclusion means we can reasonably expect the mixer to feature heavily this evening.) Guardiola makes five changes from the side that started the match against Burnley: Caballero, Stones, Zabaleta, Silva and Agüero are all included, and there’s a place on the bench for Fabian Delph.

2:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon, Bob. I will be around for the first half.

2:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's absurd to hear how the London Stadium nabobs feel they have to goose the atmosphere by playing a canned version of "Bubbles" for kickoff.

Here we go then!

2:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Afternoon, mate! Great to have you on board at the beginning of this magic FA Cup weekend.

2:56 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Feghouli, who was sent off on Monday, shoots high and wide. The red card was rescinded, so he is elligible to play today

2:56 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Thanks, Bob. I will be around for the first half today and all weekend for the magic of Round 3

2:57 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree that this is the of the Round followed by the Toffees vs the Foxes , which isn't being televised.

2:58 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That Andy Carroll v. Otamendi battle will be a key one this afternoon.

2:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I believe that Feghouli's red card was rescinded by the FA. It was harsh.

3:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree. Otamendi seems to be on top early doors

3:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A Sterling tackle by NordVeidt results in a Citeh corner that was headed more than a Stone's throw over the goal,

3:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Early corner for Citeh - Stones didn't quite get the contact right.

3:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Even though I was pleased with the result Monday I agree that the red card was harsh

3:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Silva was set free down the right and Zaba went on an attacking run as his shot was well blocked.,

3:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Zaba has a big chance but his shot is smothered by Winston Reid's crotch.

3:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Well done by Winnie Reid as he put his body on the line for the cause.

3:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

City have started well. Their passing is crisp, and they’re on top.

3:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

You will be interested in the Friday night match next week.

3:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. They are controlling the midfield and as a result , controlling the match

3:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! Adrian does well to save a powerful close range effort from fellow Spaniard, Dave Silva

3:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Willy Caballero does well to save a deflected effort from Antonio on a rare Hammers attack

3:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Caballero beats one away from Antonio! Good turn on the edge of the box from the West Ham player, and he shot quickly, but it was central, and Caballero made a routine save.

3:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Hammers seem to be growing into this match.

3:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Not exactly a Sterling challenge on Nordveidt. Poor free kick by Feghouli is off of Clichy for a Hammers corner that is cleared.,

3:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I will be - that's a playoff dogfight against the Rams for sure.

3:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. Each team has ha d a decent chance to score.

3:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Well done, mate. I'm sure it's BEIN shown on the telly.

3:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I hope so!

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

Oh - Silva and Sterling combined really well there but Reid did really well to get back and tackle Sterling.

3:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A Sterling tackle by Reid to prevent a Citeh goal on the break. Citeh have a corner. Adrian does well to tip over a shot from Aguero from the corner.

3:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - and from the resulting corner, Aguero nearly found the top corner with a tasty volley!

3:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The rain has picked up during the course of the match.

3:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

UWS will not be pleased that Donny Trump defeated Pompey yesterday in a promotion six pointer.

3:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Penalty to Citeh!!!!

Great ball through by Silva and Ogbonna caught Zaba.

3:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

PENALTY CITEH AS OGBONNA IS CALLED FOR A TRIP ON ZABA OFF A PASS FROM SILVA.. THAT SEEMED A TAD HARSH

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

Yaya steps up....

and scores!!!! 0-1 Citeh!

3:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL YAYA BLASTS IT IN THE CORNER, FOOLING ADRIAN WITH HIS STUTTER STEP MOVE

3:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That is the first goal of the Third Round.

3:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great save by Caballero from Antonio, then Feghouli shot the rebound wide when he should have tied it up for the Hammers

3:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Some real implications in this one for our PPP game:

Gooner has picked West Ham to lift the Cup and you and Swansong had them to lose the final.

Red Devil, our current leader, has Citeh winning the Cup and Red Dragon, who is second, and his bruvver The Saint have them losing the final.

3:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

De Bruyne with a long range effort straight to Adrian

3:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ginger Winger warms the hands of Adrian with that blast from distance.

3:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

WOW !! And this early on in the competition in the most competitive PPP title race.

3:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It will take a lot to warm his hands on a damp, cold, bone chilling evening.

3:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Extremely competitive, yes. Only one competitor - Red Devil - has picked the presumptive title winner, Chelsea. But his other picks aren't strong enough for him to pull away.

3:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cresswell has a cross deflected for a corner.

3:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner from Feghouli is headed straight up into the air by Stones and caught by Caballero

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

GOAL! Sterling adds the second for Citeh and WH are really in a hole now.

3:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! CITEH GO TWO UP WITH A CLOSE RANGE VOLLEY ON A STERLING BREAK OFF THE HAMMERS CORNER. GREAT CROSS BY SAGNA. IT MAY BE AN OG BY NORDVEIDT, WHICH IT IS

3:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

On second look, it looks like an own goal for Nordveit. Great ball in from Sagna after he had made a gut-busting run down the right.

0-2 Citeh!

3:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Count me out for getting any points for the losing finalist

3:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Silva adds a third and Citeh are running away with this one!!!!

3:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great team goal with Aguero, Sterling and Silva all involved. Easy finish in the end for the Spaniard.

0-3!

3:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This one appears to be over as a competitive match. Shame, as Feghouli should have made WH level with that sitter of a miss. Now it's all over.

3:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

My link buggered as Silva put Citeh three up with that easy tap in. This one seems to be done and dusted.,

3:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Two minutes of stoppage time as this one is all but over. I need to leave as my last class is about to start. I look forward to chatting in the morning.

CHEERS!

3:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The half-time whistle comes and WH trudge off 0-3 down and without much of a hope. Expect Pep to bolt the door in the second half and rotate some starters out.

3:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'll catch you in the morning - have a great evening, MUR!

3:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're back on at the London Stadium for the second half now.

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

I fully expected Citeh to take the foot off the gas, but they've come out blasting.

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

GOAL! Aguero adds a fourth goal now, tipping home a blast from Yaya Toure.

4:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Well, that seems about that. I'm going to pack up and trudge home in the snow.

I'll look forward to chatting with you lot tomorrow morning. Cheerio!

4:09 PM  

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