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« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2005, 04:26:56 PM »

We come to our 2nd leg of the UEFA Cup... our goal here will be to play some scrubs and pack our defense in.  We will play very defensive to that end.

Sept. 30, UEFA Cup First Round, Second Leg
v. Rio Ave
First Leg: Rio Ave 0:3 Peterborough
Fav: Posh, 1:2

All we have to do is not lose 4-1 or worse to advance.
GK: Arenas
Def: Jensen, Svensson, Sarr, Kargbo
Mid: Rochemback, Fernandes, Balaban, Lunt
Str: Wallner, Vagner

The first half zips by, and there are nearly no chances for either side.  Our plan is working.

Wallner and Vagner are both injured slightly at the half, while Fernandes is rating a 4.  We sub out Wallner and Fernandes for Mokoena and Mngomeni.

68'- A very long shot lacks power, and goes well wide of target for the Portuguese side.

75'- Mokoena and Mngomeni with some good combination play... Mngomeni ends up with a clear 12 yard shot, and it's saved nicely.

79'- A Rio Ave chance from 10 yards off a corner is hit a mile high.

We hold the ball and listen for the final whistle... it comes, and we take the tie with a boring 0-0 second leg draw.  No one rates over a 7 for us, and the Rio Ave keeper is named MoM.  But we advance to the next round.

Draw, 0-0 - Peterborough Utd. advance 3-0 on aggregate
Shots/on target: Posh 9/4, Rio Ave 7/0
Poss: 53-47, Posh
A: 7,124

Apparently the crowd stays away in droves for our 1st ever European competition.  I imagine the 3-0 aggregate score coming in held down the attendance.

We win $110k for advancing.  All 3 of the other English teams also advance fairly easily.

The set-up for the next round is odd.... the UEFA Cup has group play now, but there are 8 groups of 5, and you only play the other teams in the group once.  AND you only have to be in the top 3 to advance to the First Knockout Round.  You win $160k per win, and $40k per draw, so the prize money for a win is not insignificant.

UEFA Cup Group Stage Draw
We are drawn into Group B, not an easy group.  Our group-mates will be Real Madrid, PAOK (Greece), Lokomotiv Moscow, and Wisla (Poland).  Both R. Madrid and Wisla have been to the Champions League fairly recently.
The matches shake out like this:
Oct. 21 - v. Wisla
Nov. 4 - @ Lokomotiv Moscow
Nov. 25 - v. R. Madrid
Dec. 1 - @ PAOK

At least we get Real Madrid at home.

We are awarded $800k for participating in the UEFA Cup Group Stage.


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« Reply #16 on: May 20, 2005, 04:40:27 PM »

In typical Rob Styles fashion, he shows Jensen a 2nd yellow card, and we go down a man for the remainder.

I love how Rob Styles is so bad in this game like he is in real life.

That is, until he refs one of my matches.
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« Reply #17 on: May 23, 2005, 04:23:19 PM »

It's remarkable how bad the fucker is.  I hate him.  As soon as a card comes out in the 5th minute of any of my matches, I go check the referee... if it's Styles, I know it's only a matter of time until someone is shown to the showers.


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« Reply #18 on: May 23, 2005, 04:24:06 PM »

Next up, Hull, who absolutely ripped through League One in my first season as manager, and finally they completed their Premiership journey last season... but they seemed destined to be a one-season wonder.

EPL Round 9 results - Saturday
Chelsea 2:0 Norwich
Man City 1:1 Palace
So'ton 0:0 Fulham

Oct. 3, Match 8
4-1-2, 8th pl., 13 pts.
v. Hull (0-3-5, 19th pl., 3 pts.)
Series: Posh lead 2-3-1
Fav: Posh, 4:6

We go with attacking tactics against an inferior opponent at home.
GK: Arenas
Def: Bocanegra, Marcos, Sarr, Zaccardo
Mid: Mascherano, Mngomeni, Sneijder, Viana
Str: Mokoena, Cole

7'- Mascherano steals a throw-in, and the ball is worked over to Mngomeni, who tries his luck from 18 yards, and his shot is tipped onto the woodwork... Cole is there, but the ball is hammered away from him.

24'- Cole with a high cross to the middle... Mokoena somehow is able to direct the ball goalward, but it is saved.

39'- Mngomeni with a couple of nice moves on the left wing to get around his man and get the cross in just ahead of the end line... Cole with a glorious chance, a free header from 6 yards, but keeper Paddy Kenny with a fingertip save.

46'- 50 seconds after the restart, the ball works its way to Hugo Viana, who shoots from 20 yards... the shot starts about 5 yards to the left of the right goalpost, then it just bends right back into the top corner.... and in!  A great strike by Hugo Viana, and we lead it 1-0.

59'- Viana with another long distance shot, this one takes a deflection on its way to goal, but Kenny with the nice adjustment to make the save.

65'- Hull get a clean breakaway after two defenders converge on the ball and leave a man through on goal... but he misses the target with the shot... and we switch to defensive, counter-attacking tactics.  Balaban enters for a tiring Viana.

73'- Balaban with a steal in midfield... he squares it to Cole.   Cole runs with the ball to about 25 yards... then he holds it up a bit... Hull backs off him, and he shoots from there, and bends it in!  Cole with a rare long distance goal, and we put this one on ice!

Kargbo enters for Cole, Lunt on for Sneijder as we switch to a 4-5-1.

90'- Mokoena with a great cross to Lunt, who has a free chance from 10 yards just to the right of goal, but he completely misses the target.

The final whistle goes, and we take the relatively sweat-free win.  Carlton Cole earns a 9 and MoM, while Sneijder and Viana pick up 8's.

Win, 2-0, up to 5th place
Shots/on target: Posh 18/12, Tigers 3/1
Poss: 59-41, Posh
A: 17,782

EPL Round 9 results - Sunday/Monday
Coventry 0:2 West Ham
Birmingham 1:1 Newcastle
Boro 1:1 Villa
Portsmouth 0:1 Spurs
Blackburn 0:2 Man U
Arsenal 4:0 Liverpool

Manchester United continue to benefit from the regime change at Old Trafford... they've scored 22 goals and yielded ONE in 9 matches.  They have 25 points out of a possible 27 so far, and lead Arsenal by 3 points.  We're just one point behind 3rd place Chelsea, and the same behind 4th place Norwich (who will cool off, I'm sure).


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« Reply #19 on: May 23, 2005, 04:24:42 PM »

Cole is named to the Team of the Week.

Wesley Sneijder breaks a wrist in training and will miss 3 weeks or so of action.

Luckily, we get 10 days off after this next match... as Alex, Zaccardo, and Heitinga are unavailable for this match, as is our preferred starting right winger, Wesley Sneijder.

Oct. 6, Match 9
5-1-2, 5th pl., 16 pts.
v. Manchester City (1-3-4, 16th pl., 6 pts.)
Series: Citizens lead 3-1-1
Fav: Posh, 6:4

GK: Arenas
Def: Bocanegra, Marcos, Kargbo, Jensen
Mid: Rochemback, Fernandes, Gavilan, Gerard
Str: Wallner, Balaban

11'- Rochemback just runs through Adrian Mutu on a ball into the box, and a penalty is given.... fortunately, Rochemback stays on the field, as he already had a yellow card.  Defender Danny Mills takes the penalty, but he hits it weakly and right at Arenas.... saved.

Our attack tightens up after a horrid first half-hour... but we send 3 long shots well wide in 7 minutes.

39'- A long ball is flicked on to Adrian Mutu who is onside... Arenas with great anticipation to molest Mutu right as he comes into the area, then the defense recovers and force a tight angle shot into the side netting.

52'- Jean-Alain Boumsong with a totally free 10 yard volley off a corner kick, but he hits it right at Arenas.  Horrible marking there, but it doesn't cost us.

56'- Rochemback picks up a second yellow card, and yet another red for a bad tackle.  Rochemback is skating on thin ice with me at the moment.  We move Gerard back to the center circle, and play a flat 4-3-2 with defensive, counter-attacking tactics.

63'- Lunt in for Fernandes, Mokoena replaces Gerard.

66'- Mokoena with the ball in the center, he lays it back for Jensen, who then goes over the top to Balaban... a perfect long ball into Balaban's run... he attacks the Man City keeper, and slots it home.  1-0, Posh!  The Man City keeper is promptly subbed out.

69'- Mutu with an 8 yard header from a cross in, over the bar.

73'- Mokoena with a pass to Wallner... he dribbles past Boumsong as if he's not even there, and slots it home from 15 yards.  2-0, Posh!  Both goals coming a man down.... this is the finest counter-attacking team I've ever seen.

83'- Roman Wallner is slightly injured, so I bring in El Karkouri for him.

Bosko Balaban earns MoM with an 8 and a goal... Arenas and Wallner also with 8's.  I guess I'll have to make sure Rochemback is instructed to turn down his intensity when he's in.  He just doesn't know how to ratchet it down, it seems.

Win, 2-0, up to 3rd place
Shots/on target: Posh 15/8, Citizens 9/2
Poss: 52-48, Citizens
A: 17,802

EPL mid-week fixtures
Birmingham 2:1 Norwich
Blackburn 2:0 Newcastle
So'ton 2:1 Villa
West Ham 0:2 Spurs

The league takes the weekend off thanks to Euro 2012 qualifying matches.


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« Reply #20 on: May 23, 2005, 04:25:15 PM »

Bosko Balaban scores a goal in Croatia's 5-0 rout of Malta.... Hugo Viana plays 20 minutes in Portugal's 1-0 road win over Kazakhstan.

Oct. 16, Match 10
6-1-2, 3rd pl., 19 pts.
@ Liverpool (3-2-3, 12th pl., 11 pts.)
Series: Even, 2-0-2
Fav: Reds, Evens

GK: Arenas
Def: Bocanegra, Marcos, Sarr, Zaccardo
Mid: Mascherano, Mngomeni, Balaban, Gerard
Str: Mokoena, Cole

11'- Hugo Viana with a great corner kick, and Cole gets a head to it at 5 yards but it goes over the net.

21'- Shaun Wright-Phillips with a nice individual move to create some space, then a tough angle shot goes in off the post.  1-0, Reds.  He used Sinama-Pongolle as a decoy, and kept it himself for the 8 yard strike.

25'- Mokoena is onside and through on goal, but keeper Chris Kirkland with a nice kick save.

33'- A long throw-in is headed by Alan Smith, and placed just out of Arenas' reach.  2-0, Liverpool.

45'- Cole with a 15 yard chance, but Kirkland again with a nice save.

We switch to attacking tactics and seek to up the tempo in the second have.  Mascherano is moved to central midfield.

55'- Kallstrom with a strong 8 yard volley, but Arenas deflects it clear.

60'- Wallner in for Zaccardo, and we switch to a 3-4-3.

72'- Marcos and Arenas make a hash of a Mascherano back pass, and Djibril Cisse pounces on the chance and scores.  3-0, Reds.

We back into defensive tactics to avoid getting killed further.  Not our finest hour.  Arenas and Cole with 6's... we just didn't show up for this game.

Loss, 3-0, drop to 5th
Shots/on target: Reds 18/9, Posh 10/4
Poss: 56-44, Reds
A: 49,431

EPL Round 10 results
Palace 0:2 Chelsea
Fulham 1:1 Blackburn
Hull 3:0 Coventry
Man U 3:0 Boro
Norwich 2:0 Arsenal
West Ham 0:2 Portsmouth
Newcastle 2:0 Man City
Villa 3:2 Birmingham
Spurs 0:2 So'ton

One day before the Spurs match, Southampton sacked manager Joe Kinnear.  The Saints then went out and climbed out of the bottom 3 with a win at White Hart Lane.


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« Reply #21 on: May 23, 2005, 04:25:46 PM »

Reserve winger Marco Ingrao complains twice in one week about wanting to be in the first team... and the Posh website conducted a poll where only 12% of respondents backed Ingrao's complaints.  Then 2 days later, Ingrao fails to turn up for practice, and I have to warn him (which he accepts "without comment").

Oct. 21, UEFA Cup Group B - Televised
v. Wisla (from Krakow, Poland - beat TVMK of Estonia 4-3 on agg. to advance to Group Stage)
Fav: Posh, 5:4

Lineup (defensive, counter-attacking tactics):
GK: Arenas
Def: Bocanegra, Kargbo, Svensson, Zaccardo
Mid: Mascherano, Mngomeni, Gavilan, Gerard
Str: Wallner, Cole

4'- Bocanegra with a great ball down the line for Mngomeni... he runs with the ball, then crosses short for Wallner, who settles from 12 yards, and shoots far post... GOAL!  1-0, Posh!

Wisla actually control the remainder of the half, but their finishing is horrible and lacks imagination.  We take our goal lead into the final 45.

49'- Cole with possession in midfield... he hits it up the right touch line to Gavilan.  Gavilan down the right, his cross is deflected, but right to Cole who volleys from 18 yards out... and it goes in!  Carlton Cole's 50th Posh goal is another long-range screamer, and we take a 2-0 lead!

55'- Wallner is free on the keeper, but it is deflected clear.

63'- A cross in is deflected, but right to a Wisla striker at 10 yards... Arenas with a good save.  The deflection falls to a midfielder, who volleys from 10 yards and it squeaks past Arenas and in.  2-1.

Jensen in for a dinged up Bocanegra.

72'- Hugo Viana in for Gerard.

85'- After 2 minutes of up-and-down action, Thando Mngomeni is run over at the edge of the area.... Viana steps up to take the 20 yarder, and powers it in past the flailing keeper.  3-1, Posh!

That late goal helps us immensely, as we take the lead in the group.  Diego Gavilan wins MoM honors with an 8... Arenas, Zaccardo, and Mngomeni with 8's as well.

Win, 3-1, in 1st place of Group
Shots/on target: Posh 12/7, Wisla 10/5
Poss: 50-50
A: 12,987

In the other Group B match, PAOK and Lokomotiv Moscow fight to a 0-0 draw in Greece, while Real Madrid is idle, so we start the Group stage in front of our group.

We also get $160k for the win.


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« Reply #22 on: May 23, 2005, 04:27:16 PM »

Heitinga comes back from injury, and in his first training he strains his groin, which will be another 2 weeks.  I ask the physios about him -- they suggest therapy, so he'll likely miss another month in rehab.

EPL Round 11 results - Saturday
Arsenal 1:1 Palace
Birmingham 1:2 Man U
Liverpool 0:0 Hull
Portsmouth 2:1 Coventry
So'ton 1:3 West Ham

Oct. 24, Match 11
6-1-3, 5th pl., 19 pts.
v. Norwich (6-2-2, 4th pl., 20 pts.)
Series: Canaries lead 2-1-1
Fav: Posh, 5:4

Lineup (defensive, counter-attacking tactics):
GK: Arenas
Def: Jensen, Bocanegra, Marcos, Sarr
Mid: Rochemback, Lunt, Balaban, Viana
Str: Wallner, Cole

16'- Wallner with a hard 25 yard shot that screams over the bar.

42'- Norwich midfielder Barry Ferguson with a 25 yarder of his own that bends away from Arenas... but he gets to it and makes the save.

54'- Viana with a patented 30 yard shot, but the Norwich keeper is there.

71'- Gavilan on for Viana.... Mokoena enters for Rochemback and moves to central midfield.  Balaban moves to the attacking midfield role.

77'- Mngomeni in for Kenny Lunt.

84'- We get a taste of our own medicine, as a steal in midfield leads to a glorious chance for substitute Jamie Chapman... Chapman gets in on Arenas and powers it past him.  1-0, Canaries.

90+'- In the 4th minute of stoppage time, Jensen gets free in the box and sends a cross into traffic... Cole is there, and his header is... off the post!  Then off the keeper's leg and out for a corner!  Argh!

The whistle finally goes after nearly 6 minutes of added time... and we take another loss.  4 losses already in league was certainly not in the cards this season... we're not playing particularly well right now.  Arenas gets the MoM award for his 9 in goal, but there were lots of 6's and lackluster performances to go around as well.

Loss, 0-1, drop to 6th
Shots/on target: Posh 13/2, Canaries 6/5
Poss: 57-43, Posh
A: 16,759

EPL Round 11 results - Sunday
Boro 2:0 Fulham
Blackburn 0:0 Spurs
Man City 2:2 Villa
Chelsea 2:0 Newcastle

The top now looks like this:
1. Man U - 31 pts., +25
2. Arsenal - 23, +13
3. Chelsea - 23, +12
4. Norwich - 23, +7
5. Aston Villa - 19, +8
6. Peterborough Utd. - 19, +7
7. Newcastle - 18, +7
8. West Ham - 16, +1

We're sinking fast.  Two straight league losses is not a trend I enjoy.  Next up, we take a day off from the league to play in the League Cup.


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« Reply #23 on: May 25, 2005, 09:40:45 AM »

Oct. 27, League Cup Third Round
v. Derby County (7th in Championship)
Series: Posh lead 3-0-1
Fav: Posh, 4:5

We promote a couple of guys from the reserves to start in this one.  Including 21 year old wunderkind Milciades Omar Bellomo, the terrific looking Ethiopian right-winger.  And 22 year old Portuguese striker Rafael Santos.  We go with straight-up attacking tactics against the Rams.
GK: Grant
Def: Jensen, Svensson, El Karkouri, Gavilan
Mid: Arzo, Ingrao, Bellomo, Mngomeni
Str: Vagner, Santos

Santos with a couple of early chances, but both are hit well high of the target.

11'- Bellomo with a wide open net from 12 yards off a rebound, but he doesn't hit it cleanly, and it comes off a leg to safety for Derby.

30'- Santos is played through by Mngomeni, but he shoots too quickly and it's saved.

Kargbo and Mokoena in for underperforming El Karkouri and Santos at the interval.

58'- Vagner with a 25 yard free kick... off the post!  Svensson on the rebound, right at the keeper!  The rebound bounces to Bellomo, who tries to center it instead of finish it, and the ball is gathered by the Ram keeper.

60'- Jensen with an early cross for Mokoena... but Lebohang dummies the header, and the keeper nearly allows the ball to go straight into the net... but he is there just barely to tip it out.

62'- Mokoena with a powerful drive from 20 yards, tipped over the bar.  Ingrao's corner swings out to 5 yards, and Mokoena with a header straight into the back of the net!  A great set piece goal!  1-0, Posh.

87'- A long ball gets behind the Posh defense, but Kargbo with a vital intervention to keep the attacker from being in clean on Grant.

The final whistle goes, and we take the win.  Not a pretty victory, but it was good enough.  Thando Mngomeni with a great game in the center of attack, rating a 10.  Gavilan and Mokoena also pick up 8's in the win.

Win, 1-0, advance to Fourth Round
Shots/on target: Posh 28/13, Rams 4/1
Poss: 51-49, Posh
A: 5,891

We get $52,000 for the win.


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« Reply #24 on: May 25, 2005, 09:41:31 AM »

We get a mediocre draw for the Fourth Round of the League Cup, as we will host a match... but will have to face Manchester United on November 10.

Oct. 30, Match 12
6-1-4, 6th pl., 19 pts.
@ Crystal Palace (3-6-2, 10th pl., 15 pts.)
Series: Posh lead 2-4-0
Fav: Posh, 6:4

Lineup (def., counter-attacking tactics):
GK: Arenas
Def: Bocanegra, Sarr, Marcos, Jensen
Mid: Mascherano, Lunt, Balaban, Viana
Str: Wallner, Cole

Our counter-attacking tactics dominate the first half... but neither team can score.  Our best chance comes in the 41st, as Viana hits a great through ball to Cole, who shoots at Gabor Kiraly... Kiraly with a fingertip save, and the ball rolls tantalizingly close to the goal... but it hits the post, sits there for a second, and an Eagle defender swoops in to clear.

66'- Viana with a steal, and he immediately hits it long to Carlton Cole... Cole is clean through... he attacks Kiraly... Kiraly gets a finger to the ball to knock it slightly away, but Cole keeps his balance, and fires it into the back of the net!  1-0, Posh!  Cole's 50th league goal in Posh blue.

72'- Sneijder in for Lunt, Kargbo on for a cautioned Marcos.

76'- Collins John with a 12 yard shot... deflected wide, but Andy Johnson swoops in... deflected by Kargbo!  And the ball is hoisted away!  Good defense.

78'- American Steve Cherundolo with a long ball, stolen by Kargbo... Viana again hits it ahead to Cole.  Cole out-races the defense to the ball, then chips the keeper from the edge of the area... it hits the left post and goes in!  Great goal by Cole, and we lead 2-0!

Despite the 2 goals by Cole, Hugo Viana gets MoM honors and a 10 for setting them up.  Cole with a 9, and Arenas, Jensen, Bocanegra, and Balaban pick up 8's.

Win, 0-2, up to 5th
Shots/on target: Eagles 11/4, Posh 14/7
Poss: 53-47, Eagles
A: 23,727

EPL Round 12 results
Man U 2:0 Man City
Villa 0:0 Chelsea
Fulham 0:2 Birmingham
Newcastle 2:1 Arsenal
Norwich 1:3 Liverpool
Spurs 0:1 Boro
West Ham 1:1 Blackburn
Hull 2:0 Portsmouth
Coventry 2:1 So'ton

Coventry climb from 18th to 16th with the win, and put Southampton into 17th.  Man City, Blackburn, and Fulham are now the bottom 3.


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« Reply #25 on: May 25, 2005, 09:45:20 AM »

Viana and Cole are picked in the Team of the Week.

I am 3rd in the Manager of the Month voting.

Nov. 4, UEFA Cup Group B - Match 2 - Televised
@ Lokomotiv Moscow (3rd in Group B, 0-1-0, 1 pt.)
Fav: Lokomotiv, 6:4

GK: Arenas
Def: Bocanegra, Svensson, Marcos, Jensen
Mid: Mascherano, Mngomeni, Sneijder, Gerard
Str: Mokoena, Cole

A tight first half that sees very few chances put on target... our only shot on goal was a Mokoena 15 yarder in the 32nd minute that trickled past the keeper, but was cleared by Lokomotiv's sweeper.

48'- Mngomeni's free kick from the left finds Mokoena... his header is reflexively stopped by the keeper... Cole's follow-up is deflected out for a corner.

62'- A 10 yard chance off a deflection seems destined for the back of the net, but Arenas with a terrific save.

70'- Viana on for Gerard.

80'- Balaban in for Cole.

No more chances either way... a pretty boring game, but we get what we need from it... a point.  Neither team seemed able to get their chances on target, but we feel pretty good in having been outplayed and still earning a point from this match.

Draw, 0-0, remain in 1st place in Group B
Shots/on target: Moscow 17/6, Posh 11/3
Poss: 51-49, Lokomotiv
A: 16,915

We get $40k for the draw.  In other Group B action, Real Madrid beat PAOK in Spain, 2-0 to move into 2nd place in the Group.  Moscow is 3rd with 2 points from 2 games, and PAOK and Wisla round out the action.

We host Real Madrid in our next UEFA Cup match... one that could decide the group.


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« Reply #26 on: May 25, 2005, 10:26:32 AM »

A result again PAOK should seal a place in the next round for you, regardless of what happens with Real. Still, it'd be nice to win the group and get a seed for the next round draw.
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« Reply #27 on: May 25, 2005, 11:05:36 AM »

The way PAOK and Wisla are playing, I probably only need one more point to finish in the top 3, considering that either one of those teams will be hard pressed to get a win against any of the other 3.  That said, it would be VERY nice to win the group and set ourselves up for success in the first knockout stage.


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« Reply #28 on: May 25, 2005, 01:06:29 PM »

Mark Hughes is hired on as manager at Southampton... he was sacked as manager of Blackburn in late 2005... and most recently sacked as manager of the Welsh national team directly after the 2010 World Cup.

EPL Round 13 results - Saturday
Blackburn 1:1 Coventry
Liverpool 2:3 Palace
Man City 2:2 Fulham
Boro 3:1 West Ham
Norwich 2:1 Hull

Blackburn sack their current manager Dave Jones after failing to beat recently promoted Coventry in their last match.  Rovers continue to languish in the relegation zone 13 games into the season... but 1 win would pull them out.

Nov. 7, Match 13
7-1-4, 5th pl., 22 pts.
v. Newcastle United (6-3-3, 6th pl., 21 pts.)
Series: Even, 2-0-2
Fav: Magpies, 6:4

GK: Arenas
Def: Bocanegra, Marcos, Svensson, Zaccardo
Mid: Mascherano, Mngomeni, Balaban, Viana
Str: Wallner, Cole

11'- A corner kick falls right to defender Andy O'Brien at the edge of the 6 yard box, but Arenas with a good save to tip it out.

16'- Viana squares a 30 yard free kick to Mascherano, who advances and shoots from 25 yards, and nearly scores... it skims off the bar and out.

26'- DaMarcus Beasley with a 20 yard shot that Arenas handles easily.

34'- Mascherano leaves with an injury on a rough challenge... Kargbo in for him.

Both Cole and Wallner are rating 5's at the halftime break.  I leave them both in for a bit longer.

60'- Jermaine Jenas with a fierce 25 yard shot, but it's off target.

66'- Mokoena on for Cole, and we bring in Sneijder for Wallner, move him to the right wing and put Balaban up front at striker.

68'- Bocanegra with a long throw-in to Marcos... he heads it from 8 yards, and somehow gets a good bit of power on it, and puts it past the keeper!  Great goal by Marcos, and we lead it 1-0!

70'- Zaccardo with a steal, up to Hugo Viana... Viana with a great ball to Sneijder on the right, who one-times a pass to Mokoena ahead of the pack.... Mokoena is one-v-one, but his shot is stopped... the rebound falls to Balaban, but it's tackled away from him at the last moment, out for a corner.  The ensuing corner is headed away... Mngomeni gathers, and shoots from 20 yards, but it's deflected to Viana... Viana with a short pass to Balaban at the edge of the area... he has his back to goal, and gets pushed over... it's a penalty!!  Balaban earns a chance to seal this one!  Mokoena with a short run-up... it's in!  2-0, Posh!

77'- Sneijder breaks free, and is 5 yards ahead of the pack on a great ball by Balaban... his shot is just barely tipped aside.

83'- Kewell with a great cross to Jenas, who heads it with power, but Arenas is well placed to parry it away.

We fail to convert 2 more breakaways, but take the 2-0 win.  Arenas had a terrific game, and he is rewarded with an 8 rating and MoM honors.  Viana and Balaban also with 8's.  Luckily, our reserve strike force performed well, or this well could've been a scoreless draw with the lifeless performances from Wallner and Cole.

Win, 2-0, up to 3rd place
Shots/on target: Posh 14/9, Magpies 15/5
Poss: 50-50
A: 17,793

Round 13 results - Sunday
Chelsea 0:1 Man U
Arsenal 1:1 Villa
Birmingham 3:0 Spurs
So'ton 4:2 Portsmouth

We pass Chelsea and Arsenal, and nestle ourselves 1 point behind 2nd place Norwich (!) thanks to Sunday's results.  Man U is still unbeaten, now in 13.  They've allowed 2 goals all season so far.


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« Reply #29 on: May 25, 2005, 01:07:10 PM »

Javier Mascherano is down for 4 weeks with a badly sprained ankle.  Rochemback is out of action for just a couple more days with an injured elbow, so it looks like he and Kargbo will split time at DM in Mascherano's action.

Nov. 10, League Cup Fourth Round - Televised
v. Manchester United (1st in Premiership)
Series: Red Devils lead 4-0-1
Fav: MUFC, 4:6

GK: Grant
Def: Jensen, Svensson, Marcos, Sarr
Mid: Kargbo, Fernandes, Lunt, Mngomeni
Str: Vagner, Mokoena

5'- Darren Fletcher with a glorious free chance from 12 yards, but he hits the shot wide.

16'- Svensson wins a header, back to Marcos... Marcos ahead to Lunt, to Mngomeni in the center circle.  Mngomeni to Fernandes, in space down the left... he crosses to Mokoena, who is alone at 12 yards... he shoots far post... and scores!  1-0, Posh!

29'- Mngomeni has it tackled away in midfield, it falls to Fernandes... ahead to Lunt, who plays a ball onto Vagner's run... Vagner with a 20 yard shot... it goes off the underside of the crossbar and in!  2-0, Posh!  Great start!  Vagner's 1st goal of the year.

51'- Silvestre with a pinpoint early ball to Wayne Rooney... Rooney with a half volley from 12 yards, Grant with a fingertip save... but Ivica Olic is there to tap in the rebound.  2-1.

67'- Djemba Djemba with the throw-in to Rooney... Rooney with a square ball to sub. defender Michael Senior... he shoots from 20 yards, and Grant doesn't see it until it's too late... 2-2.  23 year old Senior with his first ever senior goal for Man U.

72'- Viana in for Fernandes, and Mngomeni moves to the left wing... Sneijder on for Lunt.

83'- Wallner in for Vagner.

The 90 minutes ends, and we go to extra time.

100'- Viana has to leave with an injury, so we go a man down.

Both back lines get tired, and start grabbing and tripping to avoid yielding any chances... the fouls go way up, but after 120 minutes, we're still square.

Round 1
Posh: Mokoena - good
Man U: Cristiano Ronaldo - good
Round 2
Posh: Sneijder - saved
Man U: Olic - good
Round 3
Posh: Mngomeni - saved
Man U: Rio Ferdinand - saved
Round 4
Posh: Kargbo - missed wide
Man U: Djemba Djemba - saved
Round 5
Posh: Jensen - saved

Man U win, 2-1 on PK's.  Left winger Stewart Downing wins MoM for Man U.... no one rates above a 7 for us, Grant gets a 6 in goal.

Loss, 2-2 (Man U win 2-1 on PK's), out of League Cup
Shots/on target: Posh 11/5, Red Devils 12/4
Poss: 56-44, Man U
A: 14,313

Viana should not miss much time with his injury, just a strained neck.
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