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    Aston Village vs WHUFC -- Sept 16th, 2019

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    Post  westhamonkey Mon 16 Sep 2019, 6:17 pm


    well... to say we live in interesting times would be somewhat of an understatement... save a player picking up an unlikely 20+ points, I could be on my way to wining two back-to-back games in fantasy football for probably the first time ever...

    and despite our opening game drubbing at Man City... three points against the Villans would loft us all the way up to third in the premiership...

    I mean... who'd-a-thunk-it?
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    Post  westhamonkey Mon 16 Sep 2019, 7:58 pm


    Players are in the tunnel...

    unchanged line-up from last time out, which is nice.

    1 Fabianski
    24 Fredericks
    23 Diop
    21 Ogbonna
    26 Masuaku
    16 Noble
    41 Rice
    7 Yarmolenko
    10 Lanzini
    8 Felipe Anderson
    22 Haller

    Subs:

    4 Balbuena
    5 Zabaleta
    11 Snodgrass
    13 Jiménez
    18 Fornals
    19 Wilshere
    27 Ajeti

    out onto the pitch to a sea of claret and blue... which is always nice to see...

    15 losses in their last 17 games or something... in other words typical opportunity for the Hammers to off things up... but hopefully they'll all want to do one for us and give the Manager a nice birthday present...
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    Post  westhamonkey Mon 16 Sep 2019, 8:00 pm


    I quite like this away strip (sponsor badges notwithstanding) - not quite as much as the black one... but it's still pretty cool.
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    Post  westhamonkey Mon 16 Sep 2019, 8:00 pm


    West Ham kick off...
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    Post  westhamonkey Mon 16 Sep 2019, 8:03 pm


    wow... we've only won 9 of 41 premiership meetings against this bunch...

    blimey... Anderson back defending... we'll see if that lasts 90 minutes.

    Villa are understandably up for it and pushing forward as much as they can.
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    Post  westhamonkey Mon 16 Sep 2019, 8:04 pm


    horrible over hit cross field pass from Noble, he's all given away a free kick... we're a little off the pace and a long way off accurate passing...
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    Post  westhamonkey Mon 16 Sep 2019, 8:05 pm


    but a series of misplaced passes and ricochets results in our first corner...
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    Post  westhamonkey Mon 16 Sep 2019, 8:09 pm


    the "as it stands" table has us in 8th position having leapfrogged Bourenmouth (who did us a huge favor by beating Everton)

    those two additional points if we get the win will take us to 3rd...

    but not if we play like this...

    Villa have the ball in the back of the net but the ref blows for offside...

    Villa are still on the front foot... we're still not quite at the races yet.
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    Post  westhamonkey Mon 16 Sep 2019, 8:11 pm


    noble will be getting a card pretty soon if this keeps up.
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    Post  westhamonkey Mon 16 Sep 2019, 8:19 pm


    Defensive mistake allows villa in behind us but Ogbonna or diop defends well to save the day

    19 minutes gone and we're barely out of our half... maybe villa will get tired
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    Post  westhamonkey Mon 16 Sep 2019, 8:21 pm


    good work from Lanzini, Anderson and then the Haller header is just wide..
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    Post  westhamonkey Mon 16 Sep 2019, 8:29 pm


    and Noble goes in the book...

    only person surprised is... Noble...
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    Post  westhamonkey Mon 16 Sep 2019, 8:39 pm


    a little infighting in the Villa ranks... you'd get sent off for touching heads if it were an opposition player... but all they get is a bit of a talking to by the ref...

    gonna be a hard won point at this rate... no sign of a victory...

    would be so nice to beat any team that employs John Terry...

    we go close... although there's some talk among the comms of Noble 'simulating' especially as he gets up even quicker than he went down...
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    Post  westhamonkey Mon 16 Sep 2019, 8:40 pm


    great save by Fab... floors the Villa player
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    Post  westhamonkey Mon 16 Sep 2019, 8:45 pm


    on the cusp of half time, Villa almost get in there but are offside...

    possession is 61-39 and not in our favor... gotta step things up in the second half... so long as we can see out these last couple of minutes (and we need a diving save from Fab to help there)
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    Post  westhamonkey Mon 16 Sep 2019, 8:48 pm


    and there you have it... 47 minutes of kinda frantic Villa play and kinda determined Hammers play...

    possession stats tell the whole story...
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    Post  westhamonkey Mon 16 Sep 2019, 8:57 pm


    Man Utd in our next game... we really could do with having the three points in the bag today...
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    Post  westhamonkey Mon 16 Sep 2019, 9:04 pm


    Second Half underway... all Villa for the first couple minutes so far...
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    Post  westhamonkey Mon 16 Sep 2019, 9:05 pm


    Anderson down in a bit of pain after a slight knee in the back... but he's up
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    Post  westhamonkey Mon 16 Sep 2019, 9:08 pm


    the next two minutes have a bit of west ham pressure but we're not really doing anything with it... this certainly isn't the performance we put in last time out... which is the source of so much armchair frustration - the lack of consistency.
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    Post  westhamonkey Mon 16 Sep 2019, 9:10 pm


    The Guardian saw it thusly...

    "51 min: Heaton has to dive to save a header from his own player, Taylor, after some messy Villa defending – and pretty messy West Ham attacking, in fairness."

    then Villa come at us and squeak inches wide of the post...
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    Post  westhamonkey Mon 16 Sep 2019, 9:20 pm


    here's me thoughts thus far...

    1 Fabianski -- keeping us in the game
    24 Fredericks -- not done much
    23 Diop -- solid defensively
    21 Ogbonna -- more solid than you'd expect
    26 Masuaku -- starting to run but no end product
    16 Noble -- bit of a liability but he does care a lot
    41 Rice -- seems tired after england duty
    7 Yarmolenko -- pointless and has just been subbed as I'm typing this
    10 Lanzini -- trying but no end product
    8 Felipe Anderson -- trying but still needs to try harder
    22 Haller -- not much service, not much support

    but there's still half an hour to go to change everything...
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    Post  westhamonkey Mon 16 Sep 2019, 9:23 pm


    Fornals is on for the pointless Yarmolenko... let's see if he can do better.

    villa make a sub as well...
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    Post  westhamonkey Mon 16 Sep 2019, 9:27 pm


    and that's probably game over... Masuaku gets a yellow card... but the thing is, he'd already got one in the first half and so he has to go take an early bath...

    wasn't even a bad foul, if it were even a foul...

    anyway... that means nothing... we're gonna bring on a defender, which means we're conceding any desire to score for the victory...

    so... Villa bring on an attacker... the attacker draws the challenge from Masuaku that gets gim sent off and we have to take off an attacker (Anderson) to bring on Zabaleta to bolster the defense...

    ugh... whenever we get the chance to go places or do something... we just piss it away...

    we could have spent the week in third place.
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    Post  westhamonkey Mon 16 Sep 2019, 9:28 pm


    Here's the Guardian's train of thought...


    "69 min: Anderson is sacrificed for Zabaleta, unsurprisingly, and a goalless draw is starting to look exceptionally likely unless Villa really crank it up.


    Red card! Arthur Masuaku (West Ham)

    Now then! Masuaku, already booked, clips Elmohamady with his knee as the sub looks to go past him, and Mike Dean is in no doubt – two yellows make a red! I really do wonder if a final warning might have been more appropriate there, it wasn’t a bad one. Instant impact from Elmohamady, in a way, and what will this do to the game?


    66 min: Now a Villa change, Elmohamady replacing Jota. Not one that’ll set the pulses racing, with all due respect."

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