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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:08 pm    Post subject: West Haaam  Reply with quote

Saw them on the telly against a jet-lagged Cardiff. They looked efficient, organised, uninspiring, Typical of an Allardyce team

Nolan is too good for this division and will probably score. Carlton Cole will be a handful for our tyro centre backs.

So far this season i've watched 5 games . 1 W 1 D 3 L.

And during that time we've played about 10 minutes decent football. Maybe i'm just unlucky.

I predict 0-0 or a 1-0 to them. Might be a few bookings.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think there are goals in this game (0- 0 to show what I know)

My prediction is 3 - 2 Leeds
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Playing well away from home this lot.
Who ever scores first will roll out to be winners.
I can imagine that they will give us more of a game than Boro last week.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I fancy us today, 2-1. No logic or reason. Winner will come in last five minutes as well.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think we'll facking do them and their facking firm

3-2 Leeds
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i managed to find the last 20 mins of this online. dont know too much about the first half but Leeds were very impressive and the workrate and closing down was impressive. Looked like we'd grabbed a win we thoroughly deserved according to the fate tempting commentator but then they got a chance against the run of play and an injury time headed equaliser  
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You probably saw the best bit of the game Serf.

I thought the first half was a bit dour, with both teams overly cautious and few clear cut chances. We came closer to scoring with Snods free kick and Clayton's snapshot both just missing the post.

W Ham looked like they were playing for a draw from the start. They will never get promotion if they keep performing like this. Lots of hoofball up to Maynard, who was easily handled by Lees and O'Dea.
Nolan got in a strop when tackled fairly by Connolly. Spent the rest of the game huffing and puffing and doing a lot of pointing like a big fat version of Kilkenny.

We did play well defensively though. Clayton and Brown pressed up and both the full backs had good games. Robinson really gets stuck in, and Connolly got forward a lot more than of late.

They brought Carlton Cole on and for a while he caused us problems defensively. but O'Dea and Lees eventually managed to subdue him as well. Very entertaining outbreak of handbags in front of the E stand. I wasn't sure who did what to who and i don't think the players did either.

Green pulled off a brilliant save from Connolly, then we went into an extended bout of head tennis and I thought we were heading for a 0-0.

I think it was Webber crossed for the goal and Connolly that headed back against the bar. Becchio was there to put away the rebound.

We should have been able to see out the last seven minutes comfortably. Doubtless, Colin will have had a few words in the dressing room.

Colin has undoubtedly had a galvanising effect on the squad. A number of players (Brown, Connolly, O'Dea) have improved since last time I saw them (Cov away   ), and the defence works better as a unit. Still got doubts about Lonergan though.

Unfortunately neither Ruud Boffin nor Brian Montenegro made it onto the pitch.

Overall I thought we deserved to win. Did more with our possession, more chances and a more positive attitude.

After they scored, dark glowering clouds started to gather from the North West and there was a bolt of lightning and a mighty clap of thunder as I walked back up the hill.  tryyryo.gif
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Fc
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good fair report that sir.

Had a quick slurp in the peacock after the game, watching the dark clouds gather and the hi-vis police rounding up West Gam's supporters to get them out of the vicinity 'ASAP'.  It must have taken half an hout just to get them out of the stadium, and then bizarrely there was a small group of stragglers WH fans encircled by the police at the no.51 bus stop near the club shop.

Plenty of Leeds fans looking for a skirmish, was not pleasantly surprised to see 4 or 5 lads I knew come into the pub after it had all calmed down, they are all older than me and I'm nearer 50 than 40  Some real softies of old a couple of them were too, funny but not amusing how these sorts get real tough at football matches.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good atmosphere in the ground generated by the large number of away fans.

there was a lot of Plod around. More than i've seen for a long time.

Two of them were stationed in the Co-op at the top of Beeston Hill. either they'd had a tip off there was going to be some action there, or they were troughing. Not sure which.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two clubs in recent times both sacrificing a way of playing for the sake of points, precious points that might get them back to where  they reasonably expect to be. Big Sam brings his Hammers to town like a refurbished Ford Capri, elegance and flair reshaped into economy and endurance. I like Sam Allardyce, appallingly treated by elements of the media, Geordies and fowl torturers, his class and charisma have brought him through.

There is also an element of the refurbished amongst the ten thousand extra Leeds fans and 1500 West Ham fans that have turned up for the game. Taking a day off Grand parenting maybe to don the old togs and fill the town with that mock cool aggressive front the modern day children of the casual revolution have these days. They remind me of Falkland Vets going paint balling not really wanting to hurt anyone and probably glad of the health and safety rules and officialdom. Some of the younger end are going to get a rude awakening though one Summer dawn after the Videos have been scrutinised. Still, it makes for an exciting day and it was good to see a healthy away following not decked out like a garish nylon nightmare for a change.

Green approached the Kop for the kick off to the mass applause and incredibly acknowledged it getting the inevitable treatment. Maybe he really is green.

Becchio made an early chested lay off to Snods before West Ham tried a cumbersome step over run possible wanting to exert some early class. Our first free kick sailed into the keepers hands as the game settled to a noisy, lively but stunted start with some feisty midfield scrapping. West Ham hit a long cross ball to a white shirt but still gained a throw that we broke from. Another good Becchio lay off gave us a throw followed by a corner. Green collected and hit the clearance into touch maybe affected by the pressure behind.

Lees headed back to Lonergan at the other end who set up another move involving White out on the right again. Snods was then back deep defending ushering a ball into dead ball under pressure. Some slight hesitancy in the West Han defence brought claims for a back pass to no avail. McCormack almost collected a good ball out to him on the left but it was headed away for a throw in. A free kick followed for the Whites that was cleared for a corner after we knocked it back in but that too was cleared by some strong defending. Snods brought it back cutting in but was tackled as he momentarily hesitated on the ball.

Their no 23 showed some flamboyance but our new found energy and tenacity won it back for us to produce our own good build up. West Ham came back and it was our turn to put in some terrific intense defending. Lonergan thwarted another threat coming off his line swiftly.

Ross was refused a foul as we hit back and pressed but Becchio's heavy touch took him into a blind alley just before Ross was foiled by a good West Ham tackle. Nolan was booked shortly after to curtail him somewhat i hoped. We cleared a cross in from our left before putting some great pressure on West Hams centre halves. Clayton was showing some tenacious purpose with some fine challengers and harassing. Ross classily brought a difficult ball down but again was foiled. The Kop won a hand ball despite it being nowhere near hands and Snods curled it inches wide that would have been cruel to the visitors. Becchio just  turned an effort wide shortly after and we were definitely edging the very close and well fought game by now.

A West Ham corner ws cleared and they had a hand ball appeal turned down as they tried to maintain the momentum from it but we dealt well with the brief period of pressure. The PA announced for the owners of a BMW and Landrover to return to their cars, the good times may be coming back eh?. The half ended with a break by Snods that was not supported by anyone and both teams knew they had a game on


West Ham produced the first incision of the second half volleying wide. Clayton responded by trying a clever pass when Ross was the obvious one and it was intercepted as Ross gave him a quizzical look. West Ham broke but Connolly stepped up to catch the off side. White latched onto a ball on the corner of the box but hit the shot tamely wide. Becchio hesitated for a 50/50 before O'Dea fouled right in front of the dug out. Cole came on 55mins.

White made a great run into the box but his cross was cleared as the noise lifted. West Ham broke but their cross went harmlessly onto dead. Snods received a booking and dirty Leeds rang out of the rejuvenated Kop. They were inspired further by some fantastic Left back defending from Robertson and the whole stadium rocked. We were almost silenced as a West Ham header glanced wide and again when a West Ham break was finally thwarted by  some fantastic chasing back. More good defending followed with O'Dea and Robertson clearing with good headers. The Ref laughed as he gave us a hand ball in front of the Kop but it was the Visitors now increasing the pressure culminating with a header that just went over the bar.

We hit back their keeper saving brilliantly from a Connolly header. Brown was on hand to head danger away before a scything tackle from him produced a skirmish an yellow cards. On 75 mins Ross and White gave way to Webber and Forseil. Snods was caught as he looked for options around him.

By now Big Sam was on his feet pitch side his straining pink shirt almost spilling onto the pitch. He made a sub on 81 mins. Webber probed down the left harrying a corner. It was cleared but came back again, off the bar and Becchio was on hand to nod in for 1-0 as the place erupted.

Webber continued his efforts as Clayton continued to close down West Ham in midfield. We were braced for 5 minutes plus of pressure. Nolan fluffed a ball that went into touch and Snods made a super human effort to get back and tackle. West ham fluffed a cross but Lonergan had to tip it over. The Cross was simply met for a simple goal to level things as 90 minutes was up. Big Sam smiled on the touch line as looked around and the noise subsided.

4 minutes added time provoked a better response, it was more than enough for a goal. We sent a header wide but you could sense the visitors were not  going to give up the point. An attempted last gasp finale ended with a West Ham header back to keeper and the game ended in stalemate which was probably fair enough. I thought it was an absorbing game brilliantly competed if a little short of skilful brilliance. The atmosphere was immense thanks to two great sets of proper fans. I can't remember this fixture being so intense on or off the field before, certainly post 1990. Maybe it isn't so bad not being in the Prem.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agree about the atmosphere LD.  
I've been to a couple of games this season that were played in almost total silence. Makes a massive difference when there's a full stadium and a bit of friendly rivalry.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As usual LD's piece has been pulloined (with Robertson edited to robinson ).
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aye cheers, i dont mind being a nob on here but in the big wide world i can maybe do without it. Tell you the truth i've lost interest in remembering any of the feckers names. What's the point ?


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