Thursday, 28 November 2013

Games of the Week - 23rd-24th November

This week my games of the week are, sorry should be six games but there has been a lot of technical issues with the blog recently:

  1. West Brom vs Aston Villa  (Premier League)
  2. Hearts vs Ross County (Scottish Premiership)
  3. Dundee United vs Partick Thistle (Scottish Premiership)

West Brom 2-2 Aston Villa

The Hawthorns, Attendance 24902

Aston Villa did not have a good start to the game as Shane Long caught out the Villa defence and his shot from the edge of the box found it's way past Guzan. Long made it 2-0, only 8 minutes later as Bacuna's pass was intercepted by Long, who took a shot from the edge of the box which hit the underside of the crossbar. Seven minutes later West Brom could have made it 3-0 as Sessengnon did not controlled the ball that had came into the six yard box and sent it wide. However, Aston Villa showed great heart and determination to keep the score as it was before half time. The Villians started the second half "all guns blazing" and almost scored on 58 minutes when Weimann's shot was saved by Myhill and the save just pushed the ball wide for a corner. On 66 minutes, Villa finally got the goal they deserved as Bacuna's cross was headed on by Weimann to El Ahmadi who put the ball in the net to get Villa back in the game. Nine minutes later, a half cleared cross fell to Westwood who smashed the ball from 25 yards to give Aston Villa an important point for a deserved draw.
MoTM: Weimann

Heart of Midlothian 2-2 Ross County

Tynecastle Stadium, Attendance 12508

After 22 minutes a bad pass by Tapping gave Carey a clean sight of goal which gave County the lead in Edinburgh. Paterson's half-volley gave Hearts the equaliser six minutes later. Five minutes after half time De Leuuw gave County the lead again after Gary Glen's pass to the Dutchman who fired it home from 15 yards. Fourteen minutes later Richie Brittain was booked for a second time as he halved Jamie Walker outside his own box. For Ross County it looked like their resilience had payed off in them getting all three points but one minute from time Danny Wilson's header deflected off Brian McLean to give Hearts a vital point in their relegation struggle.
MoTM: Jamie McDonald

Dundee United 4-1 Partick Thistle

Tannadice Park, Attendance 6700

Dundee United started the game with a bang as within 80 seconds Ryan Gauld's run from the halfway line led to his pass which was perfectly timed given Mackay-Steven an easy goal from 17 yards out. Dundee United came close again after 25 minutes when Gary Mackay-Steven's chip was cleared off the line by Aaron Muirhead, but he had broke the net so there had to be a six minute stoppage of play to fix the problem with the net. It was on 56 minutes when Ross Forbes cross hit John Souttar's hand and a penalty was awarded. Aaron Muirhead converted the penalty to equalise. It was only 13 minutes later when Ryan Gauld's through ball to Andrew Robertson who slotted it home to give United the lead again. It was from here on in that Partick lost their discipline as four minutes later Conrad Balatoni - that's Balatoni not Ballotelli - halved Mackay-Steven and was booked for a second time. Two minutes later, Gauld's through ball to Mackay-Steven who slotted the ball past Scott Fox. With five minutes to go, Dundee United sealed the win when Ryan Gauld gave Brian Graham a through ball who beat the keeper from twelve yards. With one minute to go Stuart Bannigan was sent off for halving Mackay-Steven.

MoTM: Ryan Gauld, who is definitely worth £6 million.


Monday, 18 November 2013

O/T: Dundee City of Culture 2017

Slightly off topic, I know but could you please give this video a like as it would help Dundee in its bid to be UK City of Culture 2017:

Please visit the website as well We Dundee.

Sorry about the few blog posts recently, I have had technical problems with my internet.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Games of the Week - 9-10th Nov

Here are the games of the week for the week commencing 9th November:

  1. Chelsea vs West Brom (Premier League)
  2. Bristol Rovers vs York City (FA Cup 1st Round)
  3. Aberdeen vs Hearts (Scottish Premiership)

Chelsea 2-2 West Brom

Stamford Bridge, Attendance 41623

Chelsea opened the scoring just before half time when Hazard's shot was not cleared and Eto'o was given the easiest goal he will ever score. West Brom did not bow down as on the hour mark as Cech's save came to Long who was able to equalise despite the melee in the box. West Brom were not settling for a point; as 8 minutes later Sessengon's shot looked like it was an easy save but somehow it squirmed past Cech to give Steve Clarke's men the lead. After Chelsea's numerous attacks it looked like West Brom had pulled off a unlikely win at Stamford Bridge; but in the 95th minute Ramieres' obvious dive was given as a penalty and unfortunately for West Brom, Hazard went up to take the penalty and scored to give Chelsea an important point.

MoTM: Ridgewell

Bristol Rovers 3-3 York City

Memorial Stadium, Attendance 4654

The visitors took the lead after 35 minutes when Ryan Jarvis' right foot shot found its way in. Their lead did not last long as two minutes later when Mildenhall's free kick was whipped in Richard's was able to get on the end of it to equalise to make it 1-1. Four minutes later it was York again, this time with Carson's left foot from 30 yards which gave the visitor's the lead going into the break. On the hour mark, Lee Brown's free kick found Matt Harrold head which gave Rovers an equaliser. Rovers took the lead for the first time in the match with Micheal Smith's cross which was headed in by Chris Beardsley. The home side thought they had won it, but in the 86th minute Oyebanjo's cross was spilled which gave Wes Fletcher an easy tap in to give the visitors a replay next week.

Aberdeen 1-3 Hearts

Pittodrie Stadium, Attendance 13940

Niall McGinn gave the home side the lead after 25 minutes when Barry Robson's corner missed everyone it gave McGinn a shot from 10 yards out. Aberdeen were pilling on the pressure but Hearts defended brilliantly. But after several penalty claims wrongly not given, the dons were given a penalty for what looked like the ball had hit his back McGinn stepped up and his shot was easily saved by Jamie McDonald. The turning point came after 55 minutes when Barry Robson was booked for a second time and was subsequently sent-off. On 66 minutes, Danny Wilson's through ball came to Jamie Walker who found his way around the defence to give Hearts an equaliser. 8 minutes later, Walker's run into the box led to his cutback to Paterson who fired it into the top corner. In added time Hearts caught the ten men on the break and Ryan Stevenson scored a fantastic goal from the edge of the box.
MoTM: Jamie Walker

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Games of the week 2nd-3rd November

Sorry, this week I have had a technical problem getting the highlights and I could only get Scottish Premiership matches. Should be fixed for next week.

  1. Celtic vs Dundee United (Scottish Premiership)
  2. St Mirren vs Ross County (Scottish Premiership)

Celtic 1-1 Dundee United

Celtic Park, Attendance: 47568

The game started out fairly even with Celtic producing the first chance on 3 minutes with a cross from Commons being headed away by 17 year-old half-back John Souttar before finding Stokes who's shot was headed away by Souttar. Nine minutes later, Mark Wilson's cross found Brian Graham who's header was saved by Forster. On 37 minutes, John Rankin's run which ended up in him leading the ball to Graham, resulted in Graham passing to Nadir Ciftci who's chip gave Stuart Armstrong a 1-on-1 with Forster who rounded the Wannabe England Number 1 to give Dundee United the lead. Just before half time, Mulgrew's free kick which was punched away by Cierniak fell to Van Djik who's shot was headed off the line by a defender. At the start of the second half Andrew Robertson's through ball almost gave Stuart Armstrong a chance to make it 2-0. A golden chance for Dundee United to finish Celtic off came in the 63rd minute when Nadir Ciftci's cross found the head of Graham in the box, who headed the ball onto his knee and squandered the perfect opportunity to start his goal tally at Dundee United. As United learned against Inverness the game is not over until it is over. In the 92nd minute a cross came, for Celtic, from Izzaguire which found Mulgrew who headed the ball in to make it 1-1 and did not let Dundee United get their fist win at Parkhead since Boxing Day 1992. 

MoTM: John Rankin

St Mirren A-A Ross County

St Mirren Park, Game Abandoned due to Waterlogged Pitch

The Buddies almost opened the scoring early on with a Paul McGowan shot hitting the crossbar. St Mirren opened the scoring with Paul McGowan finding a way through the Chaos  in the wet box to give the Buddies the lead. The second goal came just after the first with John McGinn's through ball finding Steven Thompson who was clean through and made it 2-0. The Conditions continued to get worse and after 51 minutes the referee decided to take the players off the pitch, soon after a decision was made to abandon the game. 
Do you think this was the right decision, tell me your opinions in the comments below.