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« Reply #30 on: May 25, 2005, 01:08:14 PM »

Marco Ingrao turns up absent from training again, and gets a 2 week fine, which he accepts without comment.  Also, Cesar Arzo has started trying to pull the same crap... he gets a warning, then a 2 week fine for his second offense this week.  Arzo acknowledges that his behavior was unprofessional.  Whoopee.

Carlton Cole is called up to the England squad to replace James Beattie.  He still has never made an appearance for England, but has been on the bench in 3 matches.

Left winger Stewart Downing breaks his leg for Manchester United, and will miss 7 months.  I secretly cheer at their misfortune.

Defender John Heitinga is back from physiotherapy, and I put him into pre-season training to try and regain his fitness... maybe to return v. Real Madrid this week.

Arsenal win the early game of the day, and pass us momentarily into 2nd place.

Nov. 20, Match 14
8-1-4, 4th pl., 25 pts.
@ Aston Villa (5-6-2, 6th pl., 21 pts.)
Series: Even, 2-0-2
Fav: Villans, 6:4

GK: Arenas
Def: Bocanegra, Marcos, Svensson, Zaccardo
Mid: Rochemback, Viana, Sneijder, Gerard
Str: Mokoena, Cole

6'- A goal kick is headed by Martin Laursen right to Eidur Gudjohnsen, who is in the left of the box... he shoots from a nearly impossible angle and bends it around Arenas and in.  This is about the 5th time this same type of BS goal has been scored on us.  1-0, Villa.

10'- A free kick from Villa's half comes in to about 25 yards... Arenas for some reason comes charging out, then the ball is headed right to Steed Malbranque, who has an open goal to shoot at from a right-side angle at 15 yards, but he doesn't miss.  2-0.  What the hell was Arenas doing?

12'- Cole gets free, but his sharp angle shot blazes over.

21'- A Villa corner comes in to about 8 yards... Zaccardo tries to tackle it away, but puts it in his own goal.  3-0.

Looks like this one's gonna need a tape-burning.

27'- Zaccardo with a flat giveaway to Gudjohnsen, who heads in free on Arenas, but luckily the shot is wide.

42'- We get a good counter-attack that ends with Viana slipping a ball through to Cole, and he finishes first time to make it 3-1.

45+'- In the first minute of stoppage time in the first half, Gerard with a great ball to Cole, who is free on Sorensen again... he moves easily past him and scores.... Carlton Cole is having a stormer, but we still take a 3-2 deficit into halftime.

Rochemback comes out for Kargbo at the half.  He was rating a 5.

58'- Janczyk's fierce 20 yarder skims over the bar.

64'- Viana with a nice ball to Mokoena down the left... Mokoena crosses to Sneijder, who passes up an 8 yarder to square for Gerard... Gerard's attempt is over the bar.

71'- Wallner in for Mokoena.

75'- A goal kick for Villa... Zaccardo with a header in the center circle, onto Cole... Cole with 2 defenders on him... his shot takes a deflection, and flies helplessly over Sorensen... and in!!!  Cole with a hat trick to level the match at 3!  What a comeback!

82'- Mngomeni in for a tiring Viana.

The final whistle goes, and Man of the Match Carlton Cole single-handedly earns us an improbable draw with a perfect 10 performance and a hat trick.  Arenas recovers to earn an 8 with a good 2nd half... and Gerard also gets an 8.

Draw, 3-3, remain in 4th
Shots/on target: Villans 16/8, Posh 13/5
Poss: 56-44, Villans
A: 37,780

EPL Round 14 results
Man U 1:2 Arsenal
Fulham 0:2 Chelsea
Hull 1:3 So'ton
Newcastle 3:3 Liverpool
Portsmouth 3:2 Blackburn
Spurs 4:1 Man City
Coventry 2:0 Boro
Palace 2:0 Norwich
West Ham 1:1 Birmingham

We pass Norwich with our draw and their loss, but are passed ourselves by Arsenal and Chelsea, both of whom are now 1 point ahead of us.  Man U suffer their first defeat of the year.


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« Reply #31 on: May 25, 2005, 01:08:54 PM »

Heitinga twists a knee in training, and will miss another week of action.... including this key UEFA Cup match.

We really get to see where we are in comparison to the elite of Europe with this match.  And we start the first XI to see where exactly that is.

Nov. 24, UEFA Cup Group B - Match 3 - Televised
1-1-0 in group, 1st pl., 4 pts.
v. Real Madrid (1-0-0 in group, 2nd pl., 3 pts.)
Fav: Galacticos, 4:5

GK: Arenas
Def: Bocanegra, Marcos, Sarr, Zaccardo
Mid: Kargbo, Mngomeni, Sneijder, Viana
Str: Wallner, Cole

2'- Viana with a weak 20 yarder that is gathered in easily by Iker Casillas.

6'- David Beckham's 20 yard free kick is high.

10'- Mngomeni's cross in to Wallner is headed wide from 8 yards.

15'- Ronaldo with a 25 yard free kick that bends a bit too much and goes wide.

27'- A great combination of passes ends with Cole slotting it home... but Wallner was offside on the previous pass.  

35'- Viana with a nice ball into the penalty spot... Wallner is upended, but no whistle!

37'- Cole gets free just inside the box, and shoots quickly, but it goes wide.

42'- Cole with a 12 yard shot... deflected wide... Kargbo gathers on the right, and swings a cross into the near post... Wallner with a powerful header, Casillas with a tip save!  Wallner with the 8 yard follow-up... charged down and a corner is yielded!  Great play from both sides in the Madrid box.

57'- Viana's 25 yard free kick... off the wall, and Casillas with a tip save!  Sarr with the follow-up, right into Casillas' stomach, and the rebound is cleared.

71'- Mokoena in for Cole... Gerard on for Hugo Viana.

74'- Bocanegra goes long to Mokoena, who heads to Wallner... Wallner with an innocuous pass to Mngomeni... Mngomeni with a long low drive from 35 yards... and it beats Casillas, hits the far post and goes in!!! What a strike!  We take the 1-0 lead!

81'- Mokoena is played through... but Casillas does very well to stop his 10 yard effort.

86'- Rey gets through on our defense... Zaccardo can't recover, but Arenas bails us out with a great save.

90'- Raul Bravo tries his luck from 35 yards, but Arenas watches it sail wide.

They throw 5 men forward, but are unable to keep possession long enough to string any chances together... after 3 stoppage minutes, the final whistle goes, and we have beaten Real Madrid!  Walter Samuel wins MoM in Madrid's defense... but Arenas, Zaccardo, and Mngomeni pick up 8's in our winning effort.  Aside from the final scoreline, it was a dominating performance by the Posh!

Win, 1-0, remain in 1st in Group B
Shots/on target: Posh 22/14, Galacticos 5/3
Poss: 60-40, Posh
A: 17,803

The crowd turns out for this game, as we beat one of the most fabled European franchises.  Lokomotiv Moscow beat Wisla 2-0 to move into 2nd place.  We all but clinch moving on to the next stage with this win, as PAOK would have to win their last 2 matches, and we'd have to lose to them by a large margin for them to overtake us.

We win $160k for the stage victory, and also spark protests at Madrid's home stadium, wanting the manager sacked.

The gate receipts of $1 million is a record high for a single match, as is the attendance of 17,803 our highest ever.


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« Reply #32 on: May 25, 2005, 01:09:29 PM »

EPL Round 15 results - Saturday
Arsenal 1:0 Fulham
Blackburn 0:2 So'ton
Palace 2:0 Hull
Man City 0:1 West Ham
Boro 3:0 Portsmouth

Nov. 28, Match 15
8-2-4, 4th pl., 26 pts.
v. Manchester United (12-1-1, 1st pl., 37 pts.)
Series: Red Devils lead 4-1-1
Fav: MUFC, 4:6

We get a chance for revenge for our League Cup loss.
GK: Arenas
Def: Jensen, Marcos, Bocanegra, Zaccardo
Mid: Kargbo, Fernandes, Gavilan, Gerard
Str: Mokoena, Balaban

11'- Diego Gavilan is out of the game injured, forcing Wesley Sneijder into long-term substitute action.

22'- First real chance of the game is a 10 yard Ivica Olic header that is well high.

24'- Mokoena with a long ball to Balaban... it's 50/50 between Balaban and the keeper, Stekelenburg... Balaban gets his toe in first, pokes it away from a prone Stekelenburg, and is left with a simple finish!  1-0, Posh!

Not much happens through the interval, as our defense keeps Man U out of our box.

55'- Bocanegra with a header away to Sneijder... in the center to Fernandes, who has room to operate.  Fernandes with a ball ahead back to Sneijder, who is through... Sneijder with a chip attempt from 20 yards... and it goes in!!!  The crowd is into hysteria as we lead the league leaders 2-0!

67'- Mokoena with a long square ball to Balaban... he has a long run up and fires from the arc, but he puts too much power into it and can't control it.

72'- Mokoena to Sneijder, to Balaban with space in the center... Balaban has time, cuts left, then tries to slot with his right foot... Stekelenburg can't reach it, and it goes in!!! Balaban's 5th of the season puts us ahead 3-0!

75'- Rochemback on for Kargbo.

81'- Some nifty passing ends with Djemba Djemba taking a 15 yard shot, and putting it inside the far post.  3-1.

84'- A long cross from Schweinsteiger to Ivica Olic... he has room from 12 yards, and hits a terrifically placed shot past Arenas... 3-2.  Uh-oh.

89'- Miccoli beats Jensen and leaves him flat-footed... he looks to have beaten Arenas, and the shot does get past him, but Rochemback covers and clears off the line!

Luckily for us, we play solid defense through the 4 stoppage minutes, and avoid the embarrassment of losing a 3 goal lead in the final 10 minutes.  Lebohang Mokoena earns MoM and an 8 for his impressive performance... Arenas, Zaccardo, Gerard, Balaban, and Sneijder also pick up 8's.

Win, 3-2, up to 3rd place
Shots/on target: Posh 15/7, Man U 9/7
Poss: 52-48, Posh
A: 17,785

EPL Round 15 results - Sunday
Birmingham 3:0 Coventry
Liverpool 3:3 Villa
Norwich 1:2 Newcastle
Chelsea 1:1 Spurs

The Chelsea draw allows us to move into 3rd place... Arsenal are now 7 points behind Man U for 1st place, on 30 pts., and we lurk just one point behind the Gunners in 3rd.


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« Reply #33 on: May 25, 2005, 01:10:02 PM »

Diego Gavilan suffered a fractured arm in the last match, that'll keep him sidelined for 3 weeks.

Gerard is picked in the Team of the Week.

Dec. 1, UEFA Cup Group B - Match 4 - Televised
2-1-0, 1st pl. in group, 7 pts.
@ PAOK (0-1-1, 4th pl., 1 pt.)
Fav: Posh, 5:4

GK: Arenas
Def: Bocanegra, Svensson, Marcos, Sarr
Mid: Kargbo, Mngomeni, Lunt, Viana
Str: Wallner, Cole

15'- Mngomeni with a great pass to Wallner against PAOK's disorganized back 4... Wallner outruns his marker, and hits a ferocious strike inside the far post... 1-0, Posh!

18'- Viana with a nice pass to Cole... Cole with a move past 2 defenders, then he slots it home easily!  2-0, Posh!

33'- Viana with a 25 yard effort that is parried wide.

PAOK controls play for about 15 minutes, but they lack finishing power.

64'- Some great ball control, ending with Viana sliding a through ball to Wallner... and Wallner with a powerful finish, his second of the game puts this one away at 3-0.

80'- Rochemback enters for Cole.

Roman Wallner earns a 10 and MoM for his classy performance.  We just outclassed PAOK for all 90 minutes.  Nearly every starter finishes with an 8 rating.  Again, we earn $160k for the match victory.

Win, 0-3, clinch Group win
Shots/on target: PAOK 12/4, Posh 17/11
Poss: 57-43, PAOK
A: 24,172

The best anyone else in the group can do is 9 points now, so we clinch the group win with 10 points.  R. Madrid hammer Wisla in Spain, 3-0.  Peterborough, Real Madrid, and Lokomotiv Moscow all go through from our Group with one day of matches still to play.

EPL mid-week result
Liverpool 3:1 Birmingham
-The Reds continue to languish mid-table, as this win gets them up to 10th.


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« Reply #34 on: May 25, 2005, 01:21:00 PM »

Good times indeed at London Road. This must be a very fun season for you.

I think it's safe to say that beating Real Madrid and Man U back-to-back makes that the most successful week in Peterborough United history.
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« Reply #35 on: May 25, 2005, 04:23:57 PM »

Beating Chelsea and Arsenal back to back was pretty nice... but yeah, considering the stakes of those games mentioned, this has been the best period at the club ever.  I didn't really hold a hope for the Real Madrid game, but Ronaldo and Beckham are just getting old... they're old in 2005, let alone in 2010.

Our good form doesn't end here, though....


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« Reply #36 on: May 25, 2005, 04:24:54 PM »

All would appear to be well at London Road.  We just won our group in the UEFA Cup.  We also just beat Manchester United to move into 3rd place in the league, in charge of our Champions League aspirations with a soft part of the schedule ahead.

But we're losing money.  In bunches now.  Our surplus has gone from $51 million just before the season began to just under $29 million.  We have to keep winning to avoid a financial crisis.  And, all things considered, our offseason signings for next year will probably be light... as we can't afford much more than we have on the roster right now.  Our wage budget is right at the board-approved limit of $43 million... and our transfer budget still holds $18 million or so.  Rich by most standards.  But if we don't keep winning, things could go south rather quickly.  We're getting a taste of what happens with dead salary right now, as Fabio Rochemback has been so bad lately that his $3 million in salary is just taking up space, as I can't really afford to play him, with his 6.6 average rating.  

With January fast approaching, just who is going to be leaving us?  The list of first-teamers whose contracts are up in June '11 (along with current salary):
28 year old DM Fabio Rochemback ($3,000,000)
27 year old AM-LC Hugo Viana ($850,000)
26 year old D-RC Sarr ($380,000)
34 year old D-C Talal El Karkouri ($500,000)
31 year old D-LC Carlos Bocanegra ($1,750,000)
31 year old AM-RL Fabrice Fernandes ($600,000)

Of these players, I want to re-sign Hugo Viana and Sarr.  Bocanegra would be nice too, but defenders tend to take a nose dive right around 32/33 years of age.  Sarr is a cheap backup and has been performing this year... his salary demands are only around $650,000 per year, affordable.  But Hugo Viana wants a big pay increase, to in the neighborhood of $2.5 million per season.  With Rochemback off the books, I could afford it... but I wouldn't be able to afford to sign much of anyone else.  But with Viana's level of performance in the middle of attack, I don't know if I can afford to let him go.  He is averaging a 7.33 and has 3 goals and 6 assists in just 12 starts and 3 sub appearances.  He is slow as molasses, but a player of the highest quality... when he decides to perform and doesn't get worn out after 45 minutes.  It's quite a quandary.

EPL Round 16 results - Saturday
Man U 2:1 Liverpool
Villa 2:0 Norwich
Coventry 0:1 Man City
Portsmouth 1:1 Birmingham
So'ton 0:1 Boro
Spurs 0:1 Arsenal
West Ham 0:2 Chelsea

Dec. 5, Match 16 - Televised
9-2-4, 4th pl., 29 pts.
@ Fulham (0-5-10, 20th pl., 5 pts.)
Series: Cottagers lead 3-3-0
Fav: Posh, 4:5

GK: Arenas
Def: Jensen, Svensson, El Karkouri, Sarr
Mid: Rochemback, Fernandes, Sneijder, Mokoena
Str: Vagner, Cole

5'- Arenas to Mokoena in the middle... he heads back to Jensen, who fires one long to Cole... Cole is onside, past the scattered back line... and he finishes with ease.  1-0, Posh.

12'- Fabrice Fernandes holds the ball up in midfield, then floats it long to Cole at the perfect time... Cole is onside again, and finishes again into the upper corner.  2-0, Posh on Cole's 10th league tally of the year.

15'- Fernandes again to Cole... Cole down the right this time, and he plays a square ball onto the diagonal run of Mokoena into the box.  Mokoena is totally free, and finishes inside the far post.  3-0 after a quarter hour.  Fulham just look awful all around.

28'- Lunt in for Sneijder as we try to avoid injury.

54'- The ball pings around midfield a bit, then Vagner with a nice ball onto Cole again... he is clear of the defense, and slots it home for his 2nd hat trick in 2 weeks!  4-0, Posh!

Cole leaves for Ibrahim Kargbo as we switch to a 4-5-1.

60'- Fabrice Fernandes with a great cross... Kenny Lunt runs onto it, then hits a diving header into the corner of goal... 5-0, Posh.  Lunt's first of the season.

Vagner and Lunt both pick up knocks late in this one.  But we take the easy 5-0 win.  Carlton Cole is the natural MoM with his 2nd hat trick of the season.  Jensen picks up a 9, and nearly everyone else rates an 8, as we take our first ever win over the Cottagers.

Win, 0-5, up to 3rd place
Shots/on target: Cottagers 5/1, Posh 16/9
Poss: 54-46, Cottagers
A: 19,783

EPL Round 16 results - Sunday/Monday
Newcastle 2:1 Palace
Hull 0:2 Blackburn

Our win lifts us to 3rd place, still just a point behind Arsenal, who we now have on goal difference, +17 to their +15.

Carlton Cole has claimed a Posh record, with 57 career league goals.


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« Reply #37 on: May 25, 2005, 04:26:06 PM »

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

Alex returns to training following his severe foot injury.  

The Third Round FA Cup Draw is held... and we get another crap draw, having to go to The Riverside to face Middlesbrough on January 8, 2011.

Champions League Group Stage - Results
Group A:Chelsea 13, Inter 9, Olympiakos 7, Porto 4
Group B:Roma 15, Basel (SUI) 10, Lyon 6, Lokomotiv Plovdiv 4
Group C:Liverpool 13, Valencia 11, M. Haifa 9, FC Kobenhavn 0
Group D:Barcelona 10, Werder Bremen 9, Ajax 9, Trabzonspor (TUR) 7
Group E:Atletico Madrid 13, Juventus 9, Bayern Munich 6, Shelbourne (IRL) 3
Group F:Dinamo Bucharest 10, Benfica 9, Anderlecht 6, Levski (BUL) 4
Group G:Milan 13, Man U 12, Leverkusen 9, Grazer AK (AUT) 1
Group H:Arsenal 13, Brondby 10, Panathinaikos 10, Zilina (SVK) 1

Dec. 11, Match 17
10-2-4, 3rd pl., 32 pts.
v. Tottenham Hotspur (4-5-7, 15th pl., 17 pts.)
Series: Spurs lead 2-2-1
Fav: Posh, 5:4

John Heitinga makes his Posh debut today.
GK: Arenas
Def: Bocanegra, Heitinga, Marcos, Zaccardo
Mid: Mascherano, Mngomeni, Sneijder, Gerard
Str: Cole, Mokoena

5'- Sneijder with a 35 yard volley that Tim Howard has to scramble to save.

23'- Mngomeni with a great ball to Mokoena... and the South African connection hook up to create Mokoena's 10th goal of the year, as he places it neatly inside the post past Howard.  1-0, Posh.

39'- Gerard is removed with a minor injury... Viana in for him.

70'- Robbie Keane with a 30 yard blast that Arenas watches into the seats.

73'- Balaban in for Mokoena.

87'- Balaban gets a pass at the top of the box... he holds it for a moment, then turns and hits a fierce shot inches wide of the left post.

We dominate late possession, and Spurs barely make a noise.  A close 1-0 win, but we were never in danger, it seemed.  Mngomeni picks up a 9 and MoM honors... Zaccardo with an 8, and everyone else with 7's.  Not a great effort, but you can't be "on" for all of them.

Win, 1-0, move up to 2nd place
Shots/on target: Posh 13/5, Spurs 3/1
Poss: 53-47, Posh
A: 17,803

EPL Round 17 results
Boro 3:1 Blackburn
Chelsea 4:1 Coventry
Palace 1:1 Villa
Liverpool 2:1 Fulham
Newcastle 4:0 Hull
Norwich 0:0 Man U
Birmingham 3:1 So'ton
Arsenal 2:0 West Ham
Man City 0:1 Portsmouth

With the win on Sunday, Arsenal reclaim 2nd place.  Man U in 1st on 41 pts., Arsenal 2nd with 36, we're 3rd on 35, and Chelsea are 4th on 34.


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« Reply #38 on: May 25, 2005, 04:26:41 PM »

Mngomeni is picked in the Team of the Week.

The Draw for the First Knockout Round of the UEFA Cup is made... and we play Borussia Dortmund of Germany in 2 legs, beginning in Dortmund on February 17, 2011, with the return leg on February 24.  If we make it past that stage, we would play the winner of the Stuttgart/Heerenveen (NED) first round matchup.  Dortmund barely made it out of Group C, beating Steaua Bucharest by 1 goal on difference, both teams on 6 points.  Both Stuttgart and Heerenveen were in Group H, Stuttgart finishing first with 10 points, and Heerenveen 3rd with 6 points.

Between now and then, we'll have 11 league matches to play through, and one round (or more, I hope) of the FA Cup.

Dec. 18, Match 18
11-2-4, 3rd pl., 35 pts.
@ West Ham United (6-3-8, 13th pl., 21 pts.)
Series: Posh lead 5-4-1
Fav: Posh, 6:4

Wallner has a nagging injury, so we'll hold him out of this one from Upton Park.
GK: Arenas
Def: Bocanegra, Alex, Heitinga, Zaccardo
Mid: Mascherano, Mngomeni, Sneijder, Viana
Str: Balaban, Cole

West Ham with the better of play in the first 10 minutes, but both of their attempts are very far out and not on target.

14'- Balaban is played onside down the left by Mngomeni.... he hits a scorching shot to the far post, but the Hammers' keeper does well to tip it around the post.

28'- Cole is free down the right... he tries an impossible angle shot instead of squaring it for Balaban, and hits the side netting.

42'- Mngomeni with a great diagonal pass to Balaban, who first times a shot, but the keeper cuts the angle and saves it.

57'- Heitinga with a steal of a goal kick... he passes down the right to Sneijder... Sneijder to Cole in the middle from 25 yards, and he turns and passes to Mngomeni, with space on the left side of the box... Mngomeni's 12 yard shot to the far post goes in!  1-0, Posh!  Nice goal, and great midfield play to set it up.  Mngomeni is starting to be an essential part of this lineup.

65'- Mascherano with a steal in the West Ham half... he hits it ahead to Cole, who passes to Balaban.  Bosko with acres of space near the penalty spot, and he slots it home!  2-0, Posh.  We're wearing the Hammers down.

67'- Mokoena in for Cole.

68'- An early cross is headed at 10 yards by West Ham, but Arenas does well to fist it to safety.

86'- A 22 yard free kick for Jonathan Stead goes in past the stationary Arenas.  2-1 now.

West Ham don't threaten again, and we take the points.  Hugo Viana wins MoM for his masterful performance in midfield that earns him a 9.  Mngomeni also with a 9, while Arenas, Bocanegra, Alex, Sneijder, and Mascherano get 8's.

Win, 1-2, remain in 3rd place
Shots/on target: Hammers 14/6, Posh 19/10
Poss: 51-49, Hammers
A: 32,090

EPL Round 18 results
Spurs 2:0 Liverpool
Blackburn 4:2 Birmingham
Coventry 0:4 Arsenal
Hull 0:1 Middlesbrough
Man U 0:1 Palace
Portsmouth 0:2 Chelsea
So'ton 4:1 Man City
Villa 2:0 Newcastle
Fulham 2:1 Norwich

Fulham get their first win of the season.  And with the Manchester United loss, we close to within 3 points of the lead... while Arsenal remain ahead of us, just 2 points from the top spot.  Finally, with the loss of Stewart Downing for several months and striker Ivica Olic for several weeks, Man U has cooled off.  What looked like a runaway now looks like a legitimate 4 team race for the title.


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« Reply #39 on: May 25, 2005, 04:27:27 PM »

Viana is picked in the Team of the Week.

A full mid-week pre-Christmas slate on Wednesday, as we host Coventry City.

Dec. 22, Match 19
12-2-4, 3rd pl., 38 pts.
v. Coventry City (3-5-10, 17th pl., 14 pts.)
Series: Posh lead 2-1-1
Fav: Posh, Evens

GK: Arenas
Def: Jensen, Svensson, Marcos, Sarr
Mid: Rochemback, Fernandes, Lunt, Gerard
Str: Wallner, Mokoena

11'- Mokoena with a long throw-in... Gerard is there from 8 yards, and he heads it in!  1-0, Posh!  Gerard's 1st of the year.

17'- Gerard with a long ball down the right for Lunt... Lunt enters the box, then centers for Fernandes, who half-volleys it home!  2-0, Posh on Fernandes' 1st of the year.

19'- Fernandes receives a pass from Svensson... he holds it up, then plays it long onto Mokoena's onside run... Mokoena with a quick move around the keeper, and he scores!  3-0, Posh!  We're on an absolute roll right now.

28'- Coventry steal one back with a counter-attacking goal of their own... a nice centering pass from near the end line, and Marcos couldn't stop the shot from going off... Arenas with no chance.  3-1.

30'- Roman Wallner says "screw you, Coventry", as Kenny Lunt with a perfect ball to Wallner behind the defense... he's onside and slots it home easily.  4-1.

49'- Fernandes knocks it down the line to Wallner... Wallner takes it to the edge of the area on the left, then shoots... and scores!  What a goal!  5-1 now.

67'- Grant in for Arenas... Kargbo on for Wallner, as we switch to a 4-5-1.

Rochemback with a screaming drive in stoppage time, but it's just over.

Fabrice Fernandes is chosen as MoM... earning a 9.  Lunt also with a 9, and every other starter gets an 8 except Arenas, who rates a 6.  The win couldn't have been easier!

Win, 5-1, remain in 3rd
Shots/on target: Posh 18/10, Sky Blues 4/2
Poss: 50-50
A: 17,766

EPL Round 19 results
Arsenal 1:0 Portsmouth
Birmingham 1:1 Boro
Chelsea 2:0 So'ton
Palace 1:1 Fulham
Hull 2:2 Villa
Liverpool 3:0 West Ham
Man City 2:1 Blackburn
Newcastle 3:1 Man U
Norwich 2:2 Spurs

Arsenal creep into 1st place by 1 point on the day's results.  We move into a virtual dead heat with Man U, trailing them by just +1 on goal difference.  Chelsea are only 1 point behind both of us, in 4th.  We are now the top scoring side in the Premiership, with 41 goals in 19 games played.  We're also the 5th best defensive side, allowing just under 1 goal per game (18).  

We have created a new Posh record, stringing together 7 wins in a row now.


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« Reply #40 on: May 26, 2005, 01:26:37 PM »

Hugo Viana picks up a groin strain that will keep him out approximately 2 weeks.

A full slate of Boxing Day games sees us host Portsmouth, as we begin the 2nd round through the league today.  We are trying to run our unbeaten string to 14.

Dec. 26, Match 20
13-2-4, 3rd pl., 41 pts.
v. Portsmouth (7-1-11, 12th pl., 22 pts.)
Series: Posh lead 3-1-1
Fav: Posh, Evens

When selecting this lineup, we have to keep in mind that we're playing again in 2 days, at Southampton.  So we try and split the best 11 between this match and the Southampton one.
GK: Arenas
Def: Bocanegra, Kargbo, Svensson, Sarr
Mid: Mascherano, Mngomeni, Gavilan, Sneijder
Str: Balaban, Cole

A tight opening, Portsmouth control the ball early on, but neither team creates much in the way of chances for the first half hour.

30'- A Posh corner kick is headed out... Svensson controls it, then passes square to Mascherano, who shoots from 25 yards.  It clatters off Yakubu, then it falls to Mngomeni, who is just onside... he chips the keeper from just 8 yards, but it finds the back of the net!  1-0, Posh!

Neither striker of ours is performing particularly well at the half, but we'll stick with 'em for a bit longer.

53'- Gavilan's corner is headed back wide to a Pompey defender... he stands there, dumbfounded of having possession apparently, as Gavilan comes back, reclaims the ball, then passes short to Cole who has a free chance from 8 yards, and doesn't miss.  2-0, Posh.

65'- Lunt enters for Sneijder, as we'll try and squeeze 2 games for the price of one out of Wesley next match.

78'- Balaban with a crazy shot from near the touch line, and it squeezes in between the keeper and the post... but rolls along the goal line before being pounced on by the keeper.

81'- Portsmouth's 2nd shot of the match is well high of the target.

Pompey just can't penetrate the defense... and they're all tired out by the end of the match.  We take a pretty easy win.  Carlos Bocanegra gets our only 8, and wins MoM for his effort from left fullback.  Balaban picks up our only 6.

Win, 2-0, up to 2nd place
Shots/on target: Posh 14/9, Pompey 2/0
Poss: 51-49, Posh
A: 17,772

EPL Round 20 results
Arsenal 1:1 So'ton
Villa 1:3 Man U
Chelsea 4:2 Blackburn
Palace 0:1 Spurs
Hull 2:2 Birmingham
Liverpool 4:1 Coventry
Man City 0:2 Boro
Newcastle 0:0 Fulham
Norwich 4:2 West Ham

The Arsenal draw drops them to 4th, as Man U moves back into 1st, and we move into 2nd, level on points with the Red Devils, but one in goal difference behind.


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« Reply #41 on: May 26, 2005, 01:27:12 PM »

Bocanegra, Fernandes, Gerard, and Wallner are all picked in the Team of the Week.

A full slate of Tuesday games come just 2 days after Boxing Day.  No rest for the weary... hopefully the effort to earn a draw at Emirates Stadium will have taken too much out of the Saints for them to stay with us here.

Dec. 28, Match 21
14-2-4, 2nd pl., 44 pts.
@ Southampton (6-4-10, 13th pl., 22 pts.)
Series: Posh lead 2-3-0
Fav: Posh, 5:4

GK: Arenas
Def: Jensen, Heitinga, Alex, Zaccardo
Mid: Rochemback, Fernandes, Sneijder, Gerard
Str: Wallner, Mokoena

4'- Zaccardo steals a long free kick, then heads to Wallner... Wallner with a quick long ball to Mokoena... Mokoena has it tackled away at the top of the box, but the ball comes to Sneijder who tries a 25 yard half volley... and it goes in off the far post!  1-0, Posh!  Great strike by Sneijder!

12'- Beattie and van Persie exchange passes... Alex gets a foot in, but the ball falls to Finnish midfielder Alexei Eremenko, who has a good 12 yard chance, but nearly puts it out of the stadium.

20'- Right winger Steven Reid has a blast from 15 yards off a squared free kick... but Arenas parries it, and Zaccardo hoists it away.

25'- Good cross by Fernandes to Mokoena, but the 6 yard header has too much on it.

27'- After some nice passing around the back 4... the Southampton attack is drawn forward... then Jensen with a dagger ball straight down the middle to Wallner, who finishes from 18 yards!  2-0, Posh!  Wallner's 10th of the season!

29'- Fernandes with a low corner... Mokoena with it, alone on the right of the box.  He tees up a 12 yard blast... and it goes in off Robin van Persie!  3-0, Posh!

37'- Jonathan Blondel with a deep cross... Beattie's header is deflected wide by Jensen... Eremenko collects it and shoots from 12 yards... and it goes in the top left corner.  Excellent strike by Eremenko, his 5th of the year.  3-1.

39'- Saints nearly score again off the kickoff, but Beattie's 8 yard header blazes over.

40'- Maybe a record, as Rob Styles just now issues his first card, for an Eremenko shirt pull on Gerard.

45+'- In the 2nd stoppage minute, a good switch of play find Fernandes and Wallner 2 on 1 on the left of the box... Fabrice slides it ahead to an onside Wallner, who powers it home inside the right post!  We get our goal back on the stroke of halftime, 4-1!

71'- Southampton with a nice run of pressure, forcing 2 straight corners, but they ultimately amount to nothing.

76'- Blondel with a cross in to Crouch... he's elbowed down by Heitinga, and the penalty is given.  Reid takes it, and scores.  4-2.

80'- Beattie with a cross in to Crouch at 8 yards, but his header is just over.

84'- A long cross by Reid finds Blondel open from 12 yards... his attempt at placing it inside the far post is well wide, though.

89'- Defender Aaron Hughes crosses in for midfielder Richard Chaplow on the edge of the six, and he heads it in past Arenas.  4-3 now.

Luckily, our defense hunkers down, and we nearly cough up a lead again in the final stages.  But it's still a win.  Fabrice Fernandes has hit a patch of outstanding form, earning a 9 and MoM today.  Wallner also with a 9, and Rochemback and Sneijder get 8's.  

Win, 3-4, remain in 2nd
Shots/on target: Saints 15/7, Posh 13/8
Poss: 50-50
A: 28,612

EPL Round 21 results
Birmingham 2:1 Man City
Blackburn 0:3 Arsenal
Coventry 4:2 Norwich
Fulham 1:2 Villa
Man U 3:0 Hull
Boro 1:1 Chelsea
Portsmouth 0:3 Liverpool
Spurs 2:2 Newcastle
West Ham 0:2 Palace

We remain level on points with first place ManU, but they're now +3 GD clear of us.  Arsenal remain one point back, and Chelsea are 3 back in 4th place.


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« Reply #42 on: May 26, 2005, 01:27:50 PM »

Manchester City sign Jermain Defoe on a free transfer... they've recently climbed out of the relegation zone, so this should only help.

Fabrice Fernandes is named Player of the Month of December.  Thando Mngomeni finishes 3rd in the voting... considering the both generally play the same position, left wing, we've had a powerful month out at that position.

I am named Manager of the Month as we won all 6 of our league matches in December.

As January 1 hits, we make one signing... 19 year old Icelandic goalkeeper Sindri Tor Hilmarsson comes over from his Icelandic club Fylkir for a $300k transfer fee.  Hilmarsson is only 19, and signs for just $36k per year through 2015, and instantly becomes our best keeper in the reserves (aside from veteran Graham Stack).  He should be a good one in a couple of years.

Sarr signs a new contract for $500k per season through 2014.  Hugo Viana rejects our initial offer of $1.6 million + $500k signing bonus through 2013.  We counter with a $1.9 million and a $750k bonus.

We get round 22 off, for some unknown reason.

EPL Round 22 results
Arsenal 0:1 Boro
Villa 3:0 Spurs
Chelsea 3:1 Birmingham
Palace 3:3 Coventry
Hull 1:0 Man City
Newcastle 3:0 West Ham

We remain in 2nd place with the results... but are just one point behind Man U, with a game in hand now.

Carlos Bocanegra signs a new deal with us, a one year extension through 2012, for a pay cut - now $1.5 million per year with a small signing bonus.

Fernandes and Wallner are picked in the Team of the Week... then Wallner goes down with a groin strain, and will miss 2 weeks of action.

A full slate of Monday action sees us traveling to Middlesbrough... and we'll be here again on Saturday in the FA Cup.  We're in the middle of a stretch that will see us play 7 of 11 games away from London Road... so it should be interesting.

Jan. 3, 2011, Match 22
15-2-4, 2nd pl., 47 pts.
@ Middlesbrough (11-6-5, 6th pl., 39 pts.)
Series: Boro lead 3-2-1
Fav: Boro, 6:4

GK: Arenas
Def: Bocanegra, Heitinga, Marcos, Zaccardo
Mid: Mascherano, Fernandes, Sneijder, Gerard
Str: Balaban, Cole

1'- 30 seconds in, and Paul Gallagher with an open 15 yard shot that spins wide.

10'- Cole with a great run past 2 midfielders... he lays it for Balaban, who gets around 2 men himself, then a bad touch lets the keeper at the ball... but Bosko touches it away from him, then is left with a sharp angle shot and 3 red jerseys to beat... and he just fires it hard through them all, and it bounces into the goal!  1-0, Posh!

18'- Heitinga with a clearing header on a good Boro move... it comes to Cole in our half... Cole with a long run... he has space, then runs past one defender... then another... then a 3rd, and he's free on the keeper... and he slots it home!!! What a goal by Carlton Cole!  His 15th of the season in all competitions puts us up 2-0!

43'- Balaban gets a pass from Sneijder, and moves around a defender again... but tries to be a bit too fancy before shooting and is dispossessed.

70'- Kargbo in for a slightly knocked Heitinga, and Mokoena on for an injured Bocanegra, as Mascherano moves to left back.

73'- Fabrice Fernandes with an outswinging corner right at the top of the six... and Cole heads it in!  3-0, Posh!

81'- Sneijder is played onside by Balaban, but he gets right up on the end line before shooting, and it's blocked away.

84'- Defender Sascha Riether with a cross to an unmarked Arnold Bruggink, and he volleys it past Arenas.  3-1.  Bruggink must have about 30 goals on us in his career.  Maybe I'm exaggerating, but it seems like he's the only Boro player that ever scores on us.

Fortunately, we keep Bruggink and the rest of the scrubs in check for the final 5+ minutes and take the 3-1 win.  Carlton Cole with a magnificent match, earning a 9 and MoM.  Fernandes, Mascherano, Balaban with 8's.

Win, 1-3, up to 1st place
Shots/on target: Boro 6/1, Posh 14/6
Poss: 52-48, Posh
A: 31,052

EPL Round 23 results
Birmingham 1:1 Arsenal
Blackburn 2:0 Liverpool
Coventry 0:1 Newcastle
Fulham 4:1 Hull
Man City 3:1 Chelsea
Portsmouth 0:2 Palace
So'ton 1:1 Norwich
Spurs 1:1 Man U
West Ham 0:1 Villa

The Man U draw means will hold our game in hand, but advance one point ahead of the Red Devils into first place.  Arsenal and Chelsea sit in 3rd and 4th, both with 47 points to our 50.

We have set a new club record, now going unbeaten in 16 matches since Oct. 27.


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« Reply #43 on: May 26, 2005, 01:28:31 PM »

Diego Gavilan twists a knee in training, and will miss a week.

Jan. 8, FA Cup Third Round - Televised
@ Middlesbrough (7th in Premiership)
Series: Boro lead 3-2-2
Fav: Boro, 6:4

GK: Arenas
Def: Jensen, Svensson, El Karkouri, Sarr
Mid: Rochemback, Mngomeni, Lunt, Mokoena
Str: Vagner, Cole

Rob Styles is the referee.

2'- Sarr gets a yellow card for a push.

10'- Tiberiu Ghioane with a nice shot from 12 yards, but 3 Posh players are in front of him and deflect it wide.

16'- Cole with a good centering pass to Vagner, but his first time shot is blocked away.

26'- Vagner's 20 yarder just misses the target.

32'- Kenny Lunt's free kick falls to a big mess of players at 10 yards... and it's headed in!  Mokoena gets credit for the goal!  1-0, Posh!

40'- El Karkouri with a poor clearance, and Chris Riggott with a fierce 15 yarder... but Arenas blocks it away.

42'- Arenas with a poor goal kick that falls right to Benedict Vilakazi... he flicks it on to Lee McKenzie, and the Boro striker puts away a nice shot from the left side of the six.  1-1.

Sneijder in for a dinged up Lunt at halftime.

52'- McKenzie draws the defense, then sends Aruna in on the keeper... he slots it home, 2-1 Boro.

We're going to lose in the Cup again!  Fuck!

63'- El Karkouri dispossesses a man on the left of the box... he passes up to Sneijder... Sneijder with a long ball to Vagner!  Vagner outruns the last line of defense to get the ball, then he chips the keeper from 25 yards, and it goes in!  2-2!

69'- Arnold Bruggink with a 25 yard free kick... Arenas can only slap it away... Igor Biscan with the follow-up, wide!

75'- Heitinga in for Sarr... who has a minor injury and a caution.

90'- Ghioane with a steal of Heitinga's throw-in... he passes to Vilakazi, who crosses right over Svensson, to Joe Cole who finishes from 12 yards.  3-2.  Yes, we are going to lose.

Sarr picks up our only 8, as Lee McKenzie earns MoM for Middlesbrough.  We end up with 6 yellows from Mr. Styles, to Boro's 2.

Loss, 3-2, out of FA Cup
Shots/on target: Boro 17/7, Posh 14/7
Poss: 57-43, Boro
A: 30,979

We just cannot win in the FA Cup.  That's Third Round losses in each of the last 4 years, which means that we've been out in the first round for 3 straight seasons.  I guess if we have to lose, losing in the Cup right now is better than dropping a game while we're in contention for the title.

No major shockers in the FA Cup Third Round.


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« Reply #44 on: May 26, 2005, 01:29:05 PM »

Wesley Sneijder strains some ankle ligaments, which will keep him out about 2 weeks.

Man U midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger breaks an ankle, and he'll miss 3 months of action.  They've been hit hard by the injury bug, with several key players now out of commission for quite a while.  We need to take advantage of this.

Cole is picked in the Team of the Week.

Arenas has hit a patch of poor form, so we start Lee Grant in goal in our mid-week make up match.

Jan. 12, Match 23
16-2-4, 1st pl., 50 pts.
v. Blackburn Rovers (4-5-13, 18th pl., 17 pts.)
Series: Rovers lead 4-1-2
Fav: Posh, Evens

GK: Grant
Def: Bocanegra, Heitinga, Alex, Zaccardo
Mid: Mascherano, Fernandes, Balaban, Gerard
Str: Mokoena, Cole

4'- Cole with a good long ball to Fernandes, who is in on the keeper... but he can't finish.  Those roles should be reversed.

Blackburn is all over us for the next 15 minutes... 2 sizzling headers just miss the mark, as does a 20 yard curler.

22'- Cole is free down the right... but he has it tackled away to Mokoena.  Mokoena with a pass to Gerard, who tees up from 20 yards... and it goes in off the right post!  Nice shot by Gerard to put us up 1-0!

24'- Mokoena with a great flick on to Cole... Cole is in on the keeper, but he hits the post, and it bounces clear!

33'- Balaban with a great cross to Mokoena, but his header connects while he's falling backwards to meet the ball, and the shot goes over.

45'- Blackburn spring a striker on a long ball... and the striker, 31 year old Pole Andrzej Niedzielan, finishes neatly inside the right post.  1-1 at the break.  We yield the kind of goal we usually score.

58'- A corner kick comes in for Blackburn, and the ball pinballs around the box... Grant chases it like a puppy, but fortunately our defense gets legs and heads in to keep it out of the net... finally Zaccardo clears it into touch.

64'- After some midfield passing, Mascherano goes up top to Mokoena... Mokoena heads down to Cole, inside the arc, and he dribbles once then shoots near post... and it's in!  2-1, Posh!

68'- Gerard plays Mokoena onside... he takes it all the way to the byline, then swings a cross in for Cole, but it's headed away.

70'- Lunt in for Fernandes, Mngomeni enters for Cole.

72'- Lunt with a 30 yard free kick... it deflects off the wall, then a defender tries to boot it away, but he boots it into his own goal!  3-1, Posh.

Blackburn is all over us again for the final 15 minutes, but we keep our lines clear and take the 3-1 win, taking full advantage of our game in hand.  Lee Grant gets the MoM and a 9... and when you see the shot totals, you'll know why.  Zaccardo, Bocanegra, Cole, Fernandes, Mokoena, and Gerard with 8's.  We do well to win this one against a determined Blackburn side.

Win, 3-1, incr. lead to 4 pts.
Shots/on target: Posh 21/11, Rovers 27/10
Poss: 51-49, Rovers
A: 15,295

Other EPL mid-week result
Norwich 2:0 Portsmouth
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