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Peterborough play against us with 10 men for 80+ minutes and we still can't buy a win.....

Looks like we'll have to try and do a Wigan again :rolleyes:

Well I lost 2-0 despite playing with an extra man for an hour so don't you feel alone :P.

I play teb's 2nd placed Fulham on Saturday. It's a very important game for us, but not one I'm looking forward to having lost both games against him last season.

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Round 4

Carisle 2-0 West Ham

Battle of the young superstars took place at Brunton Park but somewhat surprisingly the goals came from 2 more experienced campaigners. First half goals from Capel and Jelavic gave Carlisle the points and John will be grateful. More indiscipline from West Ham as Alexis Sanchez became their second forward to see red this season, his rash challenge was more than deserving of an early bath.

Leeds 0-5 Sheffield United

Herby bounces back it style proving to his critics that his team are no flash in the pan. Leeds capitulated in front of a partisan home crowd and it seems the pressure is getting to their star players. Aguero and Papiss Cisse (twice) gave United a 3-0 half time lead and Chiellini and Xavi added further misery to Leeds in the second half. Herby will be delighted to be up and running finally, Jose meanwhile will be heading back to the drawing board. He will also be without Antonio Cassano next round after the Italian lost his head in the first half and saw red for a challenge on Aguero.

Arsenal 1-2 Liverpool

And the Reds go marching on came from the Liverpool bus all the way home from London as David Stephenson continues to defy odds and maintain his 100% record at the top of the division. Liverpool were more than a match for Arsenal and fully deserved their win. A goal from Cambiasso gave them a lead at the break before Muller hit back for Arsenal just after the hour, straight from the kick-off though Arsenal were caught napping and Godin brought down Zanetti in the box. Ibrahimovich cooly slotted the penalty home and the points were safe.

Darlington 1-2 Tottenham

Sam Cutting is beginning to see why it is so tough to stay in division 1 in EC1. His round 1 shock result has been followed by 3 defeats without doing a lot wrong. Darlington again took the lead through Dzemaili but a Luis Anderson brace gave Spurs the points. Tottenham will be pleased to get the points in what was a very open and entertaining game.

Hull 1-1 Blackburn

A very tight affair at The KC saw a fair draw as the outcome. 2 goals in 4 second half minutes from Cazorla and Walcott meant the spoils were shared. Neither manager will be overly happy with the result but I expect Ian would have taken this before the game.

Manchester United 0-1 Rushden

Only in EC1 do scorelines like the above not look out of place! Chris Exley continues to do an amazing job with his minnows who turned over United at the theatre of dreams. Rushden were lucky though as they were battered for the entire 90 minutes really, especially after Assou-Ekotto's first half red for a bad tackle. United failed to make them pay though and when Nolito broke through just after half time Rushden had their smash and grab win.

Fulham 3-2 Boston

Boston lose for the first time this season to a spirited Fulham side or should I say a spirited Damiao. Not always first choice for Teb he is starting to come good now though and this hattrick today does him no harm at all. Boston did give Fulham a few nerves with goals from Etherington and Souza and would have deserved a point at least after having the better of the game but Fulham held on for the win.

Chesterfield 2-0 Reading

Teje's Reading continue to misfire and he will not be happy at all with this result. Reading managed just 6 shots against a Chesterfield team down to 10 men for an hour. Matuidi had already given them the lead before Eduardo saw red for a nasty tackle on Ozil. Matuidi doubled the lead straight after half time with a calm penalty after Juanfran brought him down. Chesterfield will not be able to rely on Matuidi all season but he is doing the business at the moment......more than can be said for Reading's superstars.

Chelsea 0-3 Sheffield Wednesday

Shock of the round definitely came at Stamford bridge as Wednesday soaked up pressure before hitting Chelsea on the break several times. Wednesday's tactic to just keep the ball seemed to frustrate Chelsea and certainly paid dividends earning Auston's men their 3rd straiht win. A brace from Plasil and a Bendtner goal all before half time was enough to take the points back to Yorkshire.

Bradford 1-1 Peterborough

Bradford failed to capitalise on Peterborough's ill discipline at Valley Parade. I what seemed like a week for 1st half dismissals Miranda added to the count being sent off after just 7 minutes for a two footed challenge. Despite having 10 men and Bradford's dominance Peterborough still went in one up after a Marchisio goal on 40 minutes. Willian did get an equaliser for Bradford on 57 mins earning their first point of the season but the players will know that Kuldeep expects much more and they should have got all 3 points.

Manager of the Week = Herby Mohr (sheffield united) Herby's lads bounced back in style and showed why they are champions.

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Round 5 Preview

Sheffield Utd v West Ham

13th versus 8th, old fox versus young hound, this ought to be a close one. Herby will look to continue the impressive form his team displayed last outing whilst Caleb will hope to get back to winning ways. The Hammers will be without Alexis Sanchez who's out through suspension. History would suggest this will be a one sided affair, as Caleb's lads are yet to score against the Blades having lost the previous and only 2 times they've met 3:0 and 6:0.

With both teams desperate for a win, this promises to be a close yet entertaining affair, with the home team to narrowly snatch the points.

Prediction: 2:1

Liverpool v Leeds

1st versus 19th would suggest that Liverpool at home will be far too strong for an out of form Leeds team that was thrashed mid week. To add to Jose's woes, Nasri and Cassano are out through suspension. This would suggest that Stephen will continue on his winning ways and maintain his 100% record this season. Comfortable win for the reds.

Prediction 3:0

Tottenham v Arsenal

9th versus 16th and it's anyone's guess who will take the points in this one. Adam can't be happy about being so low on the table with the squad he has at his disposal and Tony probably would like to be closer to the top as well considering his attacking potential with the likes of Gomez and Tevez up front. Unfortunately the home team will be without the services of the german CF who's currently injured. Nevertheless, Spurs will look to get something out of the game.

Prediction 2:2

Blackburn v Darlington

17th versus 18th, abattle of the cellar dwellers. Never have 3 points been more important to either manager. No suspensions or injuries on either side so no excuses for Ian or Sam. Blackburn should take the points when you look at the size and depth of the squad, but Sam will be hoping to cause an upset.

Prediction 2:0

Rushden & Diamonds v Hull

15th versus 14th, another close contest based on league position but on paper the 2 clubs are worlds apart. Chris Exely will be looking for another scalp whereas Phill will be looking to return to winning ways and finally realise the enormous quality contained within his squad. The home side have injury and suspension concerns with Bent, Afellay and Assou-Ekotto all missing whilst Schweinsteiger will also have to sit this one out for the visiting team.

This one has DRAW written all over it.

Prediction 1:1

Boston v Man Utd

6th versus 7th, high flyers versus high achievers. Boston had their first loss of the season on Wednesday but will hope to get back to winning ways when they host Shelbourne and his red devils who will be without Turan for this one. Man U should have too much quality and experience and anything but maximum points will be disappointing for the visitors yet Boston has surprised on many occasions this season and will look to add another notch on the club's belt.

Prediction 1:3

Reading v Fulham

10th versus 2nd sees 2 of the longest serving managers in EC1 face off against one another. Teje's all stars have found goals hard to come by where as Teb's team have been fire scoring for fun. No suspensions or injuries to worry about, this is bound to be a cracking contest. Reading will hope that the home ground advantage tips the odds in their favour but can they stop Fulham's winning streak? Hard to see Reading getting all the points in this one but can Teje cause an upset?

Prediction 1:1

Sheff Wednesday v Chesterfield

3rd versus 4th do battle and Leigh has certainly put the opening day thrashing courtesy of Mr Malcolm behind him and has now won the last 3 on the trot. Chesterfield have also enjoyed a successful start to the season and this promises to be a tight affair. Chesterfield are still undefeated this season but with Elano and Eduardo out, the home side could inflict the first loss of the season on the visitors who will be missing Alexis on Saturday night. Points could well be shared or maybe Leigh can snatch and grab maximum points.

Prediction 3:2

Peterborough v Chelsea

12th versus 13th, and both Mr Malcolm and Gozzy would want to take 3 points from this contest. Peterborough have some defensive problems with Miranda and Samuel unavailable but with a big squad, Mr Malcolm should be able to manage. The question is will his lads be able to contain the offensive threat posed by Suarez, Lavezzi, Torres and Drogba? The smart money is on Chelsea to take the spoils but it looks to be a very close game.

Prediction: 2:3

Bradford v Carlisle

20th versus 5th, Kuldeep is still searching for his first win of the season but John ain't about to offer up any charity. Bradford will miss the services of Corluka, Heitinga and Sandro whereas Carlisle will only be without young playmaker Isco. It's hard to imagine Bradford breaking their duck against the cunning guile and experience of John Friel but stranger things have happened on SM. Visitors are favourites to take all 3 points and leave Kuldeep rooted to the foot of the table.

Prediction 1:3

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Round 5

Sheffield United 2-3 West Ham

Another setback for the champions at Brammall Lane as Caleb's young guns take all 3 points back to London. The game as expected was a fairly even end to end affair where any team could have taken the points but the 2nd half comeback from West Ham was topped off when Lamela grabbed a winner in the 85th minute. United had taken a 2-0 lead into half time through brazilian fullbacks Marcelo and Dani Alves but 2nd half goals from Wilshere and Hazard pegged united back and Lamela grabbed the winner.

Liverpool 3-3 Leeds

Liverpool finally dropped points in a surprise draw at Anfield. The reds had much the better of the game and would have expected to win but Leeds rallied well and got a good point. Rooney and Robinho got a goal a piece making it 1-1 before both teams were reduced to 10 men. First Cissokho went for a bad take on Zanetti before the stupid Badstuber gave up Liverpools advantage picking up a 2nd yellow just 3 minutes later. Gerrard immediately restored Liverpools lead but after half time Leeds came out and turned things around through Robinho's 2nd goal and then Mathieu. Lucho Gonzalez made it 3-3 with 20 mins to go but thats how the game would finish.

Tottenham 3-4 Arsenal

The north London derby never fails to deliver goals and in EC1 it's no different it seems. Another extremely even high scoring game was won by the odd goal in this high scoring round. Dzeko's 10th minute goal was cancelled out by Joaquin and Tevez giving Spurs a half time lead. Toulalan then Dzeko again gave Arsenal the lead only to see Joaquin equalise again but Arsenal would go on to grab the winner through Cabaye to send the gooners singing and cheering all the way down the seven sisters road.

Blackburn 3-2 Darlington

This game couldn't really have been tighter or more even but in the end experience won through as Blackburn stole it by the odd goal in 5. Walcott gave rovers the early lead in the 2nd minute but Bystrov managed to get a deserved equaliser just before half time. Dzemaili gave Darlington another lead but again they relinquished it very quickly with Walcott getting his 2nd of the game. Then after Lovren brought down Debuchy, Schurrle slotted the penalty home giving rovers the points and confining Darlington to another tight defeat. Sam will surely be feeling the pressure of division 1 now?

Rushden 2-3 Hull

More goals as EC1 went goal mad in division 1 this week. Not exactly a classic though as the 5 goals came from a mere 13 total shots. Chilli will welcome the points though after a tough start. Nolito and Kolarov gave Rushden a 2-1 half time lead with Cazorla grabbing Hull's goal. Cazorla's 2nd levelled things before Ashley Cole saw red on 81 minutes for a late challenge on Ever Banega. Despite being down to 10 men Hull got an 89th minute winner when John Terry curled a long range effort into the corner. Tough on Rushden but that's football.

Boston 0-2 Man Utd

No surprises at York Street as Uniteds superior players came out on top. Second half goals from Huntelaar and Sow sealed the win for Shelbournes red devils. The game was fairly quiet all round with only 13 total shots on goal but Shels won't care and will be happy with the result in what was a potential banana skin fixture.

Reading 3-0 Fulham

Performance of the week goes to Reading at the Madejski. The game was a very even affair, much more so than the scoreline reflects but Fulham could not stick the ball in the net. Reading did though, 3 times! Vertonghen brought down Di Natale to give Ronaldo the chance to open the scoring from the spot, a chance he took with aplomb! Further goals from Pique and Mikel sealed the win for Teje but Teb will not be happy with his misfiring strikers.

Sheffield Wednesday 1-3 Chesterfield

Another really tight game at Hillsborough ended with the away team going home very happy. A 1st half Saviola brace put Chesterfield 2-0 up but Bendtner gave Wednesday hope pulling one back just before the break. The 2nd half was as even as the 1st but Kuyt put the game to bed with an 85th minute strike. Chesterfield appear to be shaping up to be the surprise team of the division and remain undefeated. Wednesday won't be happy with the home defeat and go to Craven Cottage next to face Teb's Fulham in what looks like a tough fixture.

Peterborough 2-1 Chelsea

Peterborough dominated the game and deservedly got the points at London Road. Pizarro gave them an early lead but Lampard levelled before the break. Gabi then fot the winner moments before being substituted giving mister Malcolm all 3 points in the battle of the blues. Chelsea seem to be really struggling already and may find it tough this season unless they can turn their fortunes around.

Bradford 1-1 Carlisle

Kuldeep will be delighted and fuming all at the same time. Firstly Bradford dominated and should have won the game but in truth after they went down to 10 men they did well to fight back and get a point against a strong Carlisle side. Oscar gave Carlisle an early lead which they held onto until the 63rd minute when Asamoah equalised for Bradford. Scott Parker saw red on 78 minutes for a second bookable offence but Bradford held out to get another point.

Manager of the week = Teje (reading) Great win for Teje against a very good Fulham side although probably a game he would fancy to win.

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West Ham Splurge Big To Land Duo

West Ham have paid over the odds to secure the signature of two young players in a bid to bolster their squad for their return to the top flight. Greece international Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Polish forward Arkadiusz Milik have signed for the club.

20-year-old Papadopoulos, touted by many to be one of the best centre-backs in the world in his age group, arrived at the club in a deal which saw Phil Jones and backup goalkeeper Ali Ahamada leave for Carlisle United.

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Rodrigo Moreno and youth team player Leonardo Bittencourt have moved to Bramall Lane to path the way for the arrival of the towering Milik. Despite his tender age of 18, Milik has already been capped by the Polish national team 5 times.

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Sheffield Utd's poor form results in more transfer activity!!

Herby faced the press late last night to show off his latest signing, RODRIGO Moreno, who arrived on Tuesday morn in a deal with West Ham, which saw the very talented Arkadiusz MILIK depart Brammel Lane. Herby announced that Leonardo BITTENCOURT is also due to join the club in the next 24 hours and that he was very pleased to welcome the U20 Germany youth international to the club, as well as one of Spain's U21 starlets whom he hopes will continue his development at his new club. Ideally on loan to one of the lower Div clubs, somewhere like Millwall who currently have Morata on their books as part of a season long loan agreement between the clubs.

Herby also announced that several players would be listed 'available' in order to balance the books and keep the ever growing wage demands in check. The players he mentioned included:

Vito MANNONE - GK, 24/84 - reserve GK @ Arsenal, been linked to Juventus and several other italian clubs.

Bryan OVIEDO - D,DM,M (L), 23/85 - wingback @ Everton FC, understudy to Baines.

Darryl JANMAAT - D,DM,M ®, 23/87 - wingback @ Feyenoord, dutch international currently playing for Holland under Van Gaal.

Steven N'ZONZI - DM,M ©, 24/88 - enjoying a fine season as the enforcer in midfield @ Stoke City, is often linked to bigger clubs.

Benjamin CORGNET - M,AM ©, 25/88 - goal scoring midfielder @ Lorient, was close to a call up to French NT last season.

Lasse SCHONE - AM (RLC) - 26/86 - versatile attacking midfielder @ Ajax, current danish international.

Lex IMMERS - AM ©,F (RLC) - 26/84 - offensive allrounder @ Feyenoord, one of the top goalscorers in Holland this season.

ALL OFFERS WELCOME, player exchange deals preferred but will consider cash also. :)

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Having masterminded my plan to beat the Germ this week, here's my preview!!

Short & Sweet this week ;)

Carlisle vs Sheff Utd

No suspensions or injuries means no excuses as 9th plays 16th. Two old rivals (and mates :P) face off against one another for bragging rights and more importantly 3 points. Rarely has Herby needed a win more than he does tonight otherwise relegation really will be knocking at the door, meanwhile John will be hoping to secure another upset at home, moving him back up the table.

The pundits predict a tight contest ending in a draw with possession shared.

Prediction: 2-2

West Ham vs Liverpool

Caleb will host the run-away and yet undefeated leaders tonight in what promises to be a very even encounter. West Ham sit 5th on the table and Caleb will be hoping to close the gap on Liverpool by securing all 3 points. Sanchez is still out for the home side and Badstuber will be missing for Stephen's Liverpool. On paper the visitors should get something out of the game but many are sensing another upset on the cards, home side to record an upset win.

Prediction: 2-1

Leeds vs Tottenham

Jose's Leeds managed a good draw last league outing against leaders Liverpool and will be hoping for much the same when Tony's Spurs come to visit Elland Road. 18th meets 14th and both teams will be going all out for maximum points. Cassano, Narsi and Cissokho will be missing for Leeds through suspension whilst Super Mario (Gomez) is still sidelined through injury for Tony's team. Visitors should shave this contest by the slightest of margins.

Prediction: 2-3

Arsenal vs Blackburn

Another 2 teams on an upward trend, both Adam and Ian will be hoping for all 3 points with a view of moving into the top half of the table. With no players suspended or injured it should come down to tactics and possibly home ground advantage. Adam has the stronger squad but Ian arguably has better depth, still home side to clinch the points in a low scoring affair.

Prediction: 1-0

Darlington vs Rushden & Diamonds

Clash of the minnows and cellar dwellers when 19th hosts 17th on the league table. Both Sam and Chris will be more than desperate for a win in this fixture. Sam is still getting used to life in Div 1 and has struggled so far, whilst Chris is a veteran these days and knows how important it is to win the games against the weaker or newly promoted sides. Assou-Ekotto is the only player out but the visitors have cover and Kolarov is expected to start at LB instead. The punters are tipping a home win for Sam to record only his 2nd win this season.

Prediction: 2-0

Hull vs Boston

Another clash of 2 midtable teams, the hosts in 11th taking on Boston in 10th. Phil's ALL STARS has Cashley Cole out suspended but that with such a strong squad he should be able to cope without the England LB. The visitors have been more than competitive this season and tonight should be now different. Points and spoils due to be shared.

Prediction: 2-2

Manchester Utd vs Reading

3rd meets 4th, Shels takes on Teje, it doesn't get any closer than this one. Two experienced managers both hoping for glory this season, both will be hoping to collect maximum points and stay in touch with Liverpool. In a tight and even contest, points will be shared making neither manager happy.

Prediction: 1-1

Fulham vs Sheffield Wednesday

Teb takes on Leigh in what looks like a one sided contest on paper. The home team lead by none other than Messi will look to get back to winning ways but the visitors have caused several upsets already this season and after being taught a lesson on the opening game day have over achieved ever since, taking some big scalps along the way. Nevertheless Leigh might have his work cut out of him tonight, home side to triumph.

Prediction: 3-1

Chesterfield vs Peterborough

Mister Malcolm to get back to winning ways against the new boys in Div 1. Chesterfield have surprised many teams already this season and are doing incredibly well, sitting in 2nd on the league table. Peterborough managed by one of EC1's best will be hoping to leave B2net Stadium with maximum points and leap frog the home side in the process. Visitors to teach the home side a footballing lesson.

Prediction: 1-4

Chelsea vs Bradford

Gozzy will fancy his chances against bottom of the table Bradford, whilst Kuldeep is still hoping for his first win of the current campaign. Chelsea have a plethora of attacking talent and are favoured to take all 3 points but Kuldeep could just spoil the party. The punters fancy a draw.

Prediction: 2-2

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I'm thinking about quitting SM at the end of this season, not just EC1 but the game. I'm really disappointed that the developers & owners have opted for the current ratings system (using the term very loosely).

In case I get relegated, I just don't want people thinking it's a case of sour grapes or that I'm throwing a tanty!! :P

For me it's a matter of principle, I haven't commented on the subject previously but the more I think about it the more it annoys me. Leagues aren't been reviewed as thoroughly as they were previously, other players receive 2 changes in less than 6 month, it's rediculous. For example, the 2. Bundesliga wasn't reviewed at all when Germany was done (Bundesliga). I can think of 2 or 3 players that definitely should have had an increase when the dutch league was reviewed. Ratings to me are a crucial part of the game and the owners of the game have simply decided it was too much work and they can't be ******!

I won't stand for being treated with such disdain and disrespect, I paid upfront for 2 years of GM - wish I could get my money back!! Feel very cheated. :mad:

Herby

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West Ham Agrees To Adam Maher Transfer

West Ham and Luton Town have reached an agreement regarding the transfer of Adam Maher. The 19-year-old Luton attacking midfielder started his career at the Upton Park academy but poor hindsight from manager Caleb saw him being released and he has since found a new lease of life under the tutelage of Luton's gaffer Yap.

It is reported that as part of the deal, Mamadou Sakho and one of Granit Xhaka or Duarte Bernard will leave West Ham.

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First team looking good now pity I can't win but finally Paulinho got his 90 just need a new keeper hate Patricio and need a good forward and i'm happy as larry.

OH AND DONT QUIT HERBMYSTER YOUR FAMILY DONT NEED YOU AS MUCH AS EC-1 DOES :=)

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Sorry, no time for a preview this week.

Herbster's tip all home teams to win. :)

DOH!!! Just remembered I play Liverpool away. Lol

Herby

p.s. Germ - not about my family but rather the way SM is going. I honestly do think that they are ruining the game. Well done of Paulinho getting his 90 mate, handy to get 2 increases in a matter of months huh? lol ;):P

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I know what you mean feel the same to be honest about the ratings if things were back to normal all would be just okay.

Picked up who just a win normally i'd be happy especially away from home but Isco who just returned from a minor injury now has a 4 week lay off as does Danillo. :mad:

As for previews and reviews don't you get bored with writing them I know i do just doing totws lol

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I want to cry. I accidentally leave my unfit cup team in against Hull and manage to smash them 4-1 away from home...

No doubt that when I change my team for Saturday's game I'll lose again :o

Nobody cares the thread is dead.... :D:p

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Nobody cares the thread is dead.... :D:p
It's not dead ' date=' just resting......[/quote']

Well in that case I beat Blackburn 1-0 with my reserves bar Patricio and Lucas, Lucas getting the only goal , not as impressive Mr.Bradford but still I bet no-one cares .. .. .. :P

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