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Match Reports

Everton Home Lost 1 – 2

It’s been a season characterised by appalling home form and baffling team selections, and the clash with Everton was no exception. In the absences of Bertrand through suspension and Højbjerg through a concussion assessment Ralph brought back Soares to play on the left in what looked like a back four, with probably Stephens operating on […]

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Manchester City Away Lost 2 – 1

The first objective in the Manchester City two-visits-in-a-week schedule was to escape without embarrassment and that was achieved comfortably enough in match one. It would be more difficult to avoid another what’s-the-time result (“nearly ten past Gunn”) in the second game as Sterling and DeBruyne returned for the hosts, even though Ralph added Redmond and […]

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EFL Cup 4th Round Manchester City Away Lost 3 – 1

Champagne moment of the Leicester debacle was the few fans left at the Northam End singing out a warning that “Manchester City, we’re coming for you.” Funny at the time (despite the scoreline), but everyone knew the Eastlands double header would become reality soon enough. Not surprisingly McCarthy lined up against the Carabao Cup holders […]

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Leicester Home Lost 0 – 9

Occasional light showers were forecast for the evening game against Leicester at St. Mary’s, but the rain turned to be torrential, with a strong wind to boot; pre-match football forecasts in the pub of choice also seemed pessimistic, but turned out to be mild compared to what we saw over 90 excruciating minutes. Saints had […]

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Wolverhampton Away Drew 1 – 1

This year’s ‘third’ kit was unveiled at Wolverhampton and, like its predecessor, it is more pleasing, to my eye at least, than the second choice version. What’s more important is how those wearing the outfit perform, and charged with the task at Molyneux were three centre backs, with Vestergaard restored to the team. Ralph’s teams […]

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Chelsea Home Lost 1 – 4

Having had a week to think about it, Ralph decided that Valery was the best choice to replace Soares after his warm-up injury at Tottenham, with last week’s replacement, Vestergaard, nowhere to be seen. Opponents, Chelsea, have a more home-grown look this season due to their transfer restrictions, and two English players were behind their […]

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Spurs Away Lost 2 – 1

Early setbacks on and off the pitch for our first visit to the new Tottenham ground. The stadium looks great but it’s only as good as its infrastructure and fans turning up after about 2:45 were frustrated by gates that didn’t work (and security staff who didn’t care), but already Southampton’s plans had had to be altered after […]

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EFL Cup 3rd Round Portsmouth Away Won 0 – 4

​True to his word, Ralph picked a strong team at Portsmouth for his first real south coast derby despite his unfortunate experience with injuries during the last round of the Carabao Cup. It still meant a change in goal and if McCarthy may have left a gap at his near post that Marquis almost found, he made up […]

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Bournemouth Home Lost 1 – 3

In Ralph we trust, including some of his idiosyncratic line-ups in an attempt to win three points, but left-footed Danso at right back and right-footed Soares at left back against Bournemouth seemed at best to be over-complicating things and at worst a deliberate slight to Bertrand. None of that excuses the visitors’ first goal on […]

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Sheffield United Away Won 0 – 1

Without suspended Danso and with doubts about the fitness of bench warmers Valery and Bertrand, Ralph started at Sheffield United with Soares and Djenepo as wing backs in front of three big men. It didn’t work out as we soon found that defending isn’t amongst Djenepo’s talents, but the problem was spotted midway through a ding-dong opening […]

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