Thursday, January 17

Concentrating on the league

Manchester United 1 West Ham United 0 (FA CUP)

A predictable result, though a poor game. Both penalty appeals for handball were dodgy, though as Big Sam pointed out we didn't get ours as we were the away team. Thankfully Rooney wasted his spot-kick. United were so bad we could have got something in the second half, but had little cutting edge and our crosses were poor. Vaz Te at least held it up fairly well in midfield, but Matt Taylor missed a good chance with his right foot and failed to find the unmarked Cole when clear. Sub Kevin Nolan also tried to turn inside when he could have got a shot in. 

United's early goal could have been prevented if Tomkins hadn't tried to play offside and a bad mistake by Diarra let in Hernandez for a chance he should have buried. But a very weakened side with Jarvis, Noble, Joe Cole, Demel and Nolan rested and Collins, Carroll, O'Brien, McCartney and co injured. 

Guess Big Sam is right in that the midweek games at Arsenal and Fulham have to take priority while we're still looking to get to 40 points. Decent experience for Spence and Potts and at least Diame made his comeback, but beyond that not an inspiring night's viewing on ITV, tough the bearded Roy Keane does resemble Thorin from The Hobbit

Cup Final breakfast round at Nigel's will have to wait another year.

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