We’re Back! Match Thread April 1- April 5

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Sunny von Bulow
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That game was all of Everton, all of Spurs, all of Abdoulaye Doucoure and Michael Keane and Harry Kane and Lucas Moura, of the Premier League, of football, of the absurdity of life, in one luscious nugget.

I was supposed to be there.

Would have been something to hear and feel that reaction when Keane hit that. And it was a screamer. A no doubter. A strike that a Watkins or a Toney or a Kane would be proud to claim.

I have sometimes advocated for Keane to be moved to striker. I'm not half kidding. He makes the One Big Fuckup as a defender far too often, but he's an excellent header of the ball and he CAN SHOOT - the goal he scored to start our comeback down 0-2 against Palace last season was a suave little far-post poke with the outside of the left foot.
 

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Oh yeah! That’s the game you were at! Wow you picked a good one for sure. The atmosphere looked and sounded even better than usual. That place can kind of suck you in, huh? So glad you were there for that. Now we just have to get you supporting Palace against the Reds ;)

Did you stop at any of the local pubs nearby? Oh and where did you sit?
I sat in the AW Stand, Row 30, basically at midfield. It was great. The pole didn’t bother me at all, because I grew up at Fenway Park and Boston Garden. The folks around me were great. I was close enough to the traveling supporters to know they were pretty funny too. They had just started the “We’re winning away” chant before BAM! the free kick goal. It was great to be in the middle of that celebration. And the celebration at the end was crazy!

I was a little surprised by the overwhelmingly male crowd. I mean, I expected mostly men, but it was really noticeable. I was with my teenage daughter who noticed as well. There was a woman right in front of me who was an awesome Palace supporter. She was probably 60ish and she didn’t take a back seat to anyone. My daughter was impressed and inspired.

Since I was with my daughter the only local establishment we visited was the sourdough pizza joint near the train station. It was packed with fans post game and a good time was had by all. The pizza was good too.

While I remain a loyal Reds supporter, it’s just been too long to switch, I have a new soft spot for Palace.
 

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That game was all of
I've been watching the Michael Keane goal on loop for what seems like 100 times. Doesn't get old.
I think Michael Keanes ancestors sat up bolt upright in their graves in County Cork when he hit that motherfucker.
 

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I was following on a different forum and someone referred to Harry Kane as “inbred Ryan Gosling” and that description had me literally laughing out loud
 

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Watching Kovacic send that one into outer space must have brought a nostalgic tear to Potter's eye.

The Guardian is saying Liverpool & Chelsea have now gone 7 hours of football since a goal was last scored in their match ups.
 

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Salah on and Kante off is a pretty impressive way to change the balance of talent on the pitch.
 

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They just said Kante has played four matches this season...for 3 different managers.
 

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Truly amazing for Chelsea to spend that much money on attackers and start as many left backs as attackers. Truly hilarious football.
 

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Klopp stole a point with that lineup and sub strategy. Good lord.

Hendo and Alisson got into it post-match. I hope something isn’t brewing off the pitch. Certainly nothing is brewing on it.
 

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Brighton got goals from an 18-year-old and a 19-year-old. Loved Enciso's overwhelmed reaction to scoring his first in the PL, and his teammates seemed genuinely thrilled for him too. And the Ferguson goal was just sublime.

BHA sitting sixth, four points behind Spurs in fourth with two games in hand, and visiting Kane & Co. on Saturday. Bring it.
 

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Brighton got goals from an 18-year-old and a 19-year-old. Loved Enciso's overwhelmed reaction to scoring his first in the PL, and his teammates seemed genuinely thrilled for him too. And the Ferguson goal was just sublime.

BHA sitting sixth, four points behind Spurs in fourth with two games in hand, and visiting Kane & Co. on Saturday. Bring it.
And Chelsea were explicit in denying rumors of trying to pry RDZ away...

Was it a hot topic that Cooper might lose his job...again? View: https://twitter.com/NFFC/status/1643581494856753154?s=20
 

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Newcastle are terrible for five minutes then go ahead 1-0 when West Ham just completely fail to mark Wilson standing alone on the penalty spot.
 

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Joelinton visibly almost gives up before scoring on a through ball. Flag goes up, he signals to his teammates that, yeah, he was a little bit offside. Turns out a defender on the far side was playing him on by a foot and a 5-second VAR check awards the goal, 0-2. This has been a reasonably odd first 15 minutes.
 

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So with today's embarrassment....
Moyes has won 14 of his last 55 PL matches.....and still not sacked. Remarkable leash.
 

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The Hammers had two games in hand on the rest of the pack at the bottom. That was one, and the other is away to City. Oh well.

https://www.soccerstats.com/formtable.asp?league=england

The form table is interesting. This site ranks the table over the last 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 games. Leeds, Everton, and Bournemouth have generally been maintaining form at or over the point-per-game threshold, but Leicester and Forest have been el sucko. The side really stinking out the joint lately have been Fulham. Mitro is as important to them as any single player to any side, probably. On the upside, what Unai has done at Villa is very impressive. I didn't think too much of them but over the last 12 they have the third-best points accumulation in the league.
 

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So with today's embarrassment....
Moyes has won 14 of his last 55 PL matches.....and still not sacked. Remarkable leash.
Ordinarily I'd say that it's too late in the season for a change to help, but they were terrible today. I think Newcastle would have kept playing for another 6 hours, they were running up the pitch like a pack of dogs after the scent of raw meat. West Ham looked like they wanted to start crying.
 

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Ordinarily I'd say that it's too late in the season for a change to help, but they were terrible today. I think Newcastle would have kept playing for another 6 hours, they were running up the pitch like a pack of dogs after the scent of raw meat. West Ham looked like they wanted to start crying.
I rarely say this but there were points in the match, in the second half where it was not a comfy watch. I felt bad for the Hammers and the fans. That big ass stadium has a strange noise when the fans aren't cheering, like the players have been left alone to do their shitty thing. even the boos at the end were muted cos half the fans had buggered off already. I listned to the 10Pm Talk Sport phone in and the Hammers fans who called in where going ballistic, some of them so angry they could hardly get their words out. It's not always about the result, their performance yesterday was troubling, flat, lacking any belief. They tried, you could see they were trying but it reminded me of when my old cat bit me and i felt his teeth loosening cos he was so old he''d lost any power in his bite.

Props to Antonio, he puts a shift in, leaves it all out there, always looks totally knackered when he gets subbed off. He always looks bewildered and dejected and flat out tired. Leading the line for West Ham at his age, with all the graft and running he's done over the years, that can't be easy. he had his shorts rollued up to just under his buttocks at some stages of the game last night...it's a cry for help i tell you.
 

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Sacking Potter only to replace him with Lampard until the end of the season. What good does that possibly accomplish? As crap as Potter was, there is just no way that Lampard gives them a better chance in the CL. They’re obviously very unlikely to win under Potter but Lampard is just a worse manager. And I don’t see how playing under yet another manager with a different set of tactics for 10 games makes the next man’s job easier.