Monday, November 17, 2014

Ely City 0 Ipswich Wanderers 7

On Saturday Ely took on Ipswich Wanderers and another abject performance saw them played off the park by a less than convincing Ipswich Wanderers. The home team went down 7-0 and were lucky to get nil. That's about all there is to say really.

Monday, November 10, 2014

London Road panorama

A panoramic view of London Road ahead of kick off between Peterborough and Carlisle.

A rainbow over London Road

After a downpour the sun came out at London Road in the game between Peterborough and Carlisle.

Posh goals from Saturday

Moments before Burgess got the equaliser for Peterborough against Carlisle.

Posh celebrate the winner in stoppage time with defender Burgess scoring again.

Peterborough United 2 Carlisle United 1

The FA Cup proper got underway on Saturday and we went up to London Road to see Posh take on Carlisle.

Posh from League 1 went into the game as favourites against League 2 opponents Carlisle, but at the start it looked like our curse would continue. On 8 minutes a defensive mix up saw Derek Asamoha put the Cumbrians in the lead when Ben Alnwick in goals for Posh shouted that he had the ball covered, but he didn't.

After the visitors took the lead Posh had all of the pressure, as Carlisle tried to hit them on the break. Jon Taylor and Mendez-Laing created some chances for Posh, but the Cumbrians seemed equal to the pressure. Posh finally got a goal back from a header from defender Christian Burgess just before half time.

Posh continued to pressure in the second half, but at the same time the visitors seemed to have them under control. Taylor and Mendez-Laing had further chances, but they didn't really panic the Carlisle keeper. In fact the visitors looked good on the break still and Alnwick had to make a couple of good saves. However, when it looked like time had ran out  Burgess converted with another header in the second minute of stoppage time to give Posh the victory and set up a tie away to Colchester in the next round.

Monday, October 27, 2014

A bit of tourism in Dortmund

We didn't have much time for tourism in Dortmund and it seems that the football dominates the city. We went past the U Building a few times, which rates as a place of interest, but due to its proximity to the stadium it didn't really register with us. Above is another monument of interest, St. Reinold's Church.

Another landmark is the Florianturm, a telecommunications tower not dissimilar to several others in Germany. It's located between the hotel where we stayed and the stadium. It is named after the patron saint of gardeners and was built for a horticultural show in 1959.


Sean was most impressed by the U-Bahn though and made this video of a train at Margrafenstrasse station, which was the station round the corner from our hotel.

But as the mural in departures at Dortmund airport shows, it's all about the football.

BVB Borussia Dortmund 0 Hannover 96 1

And finally the reason why we were in Dortmund... for the match between BVB and Hannover. Unfortunately, things didn't go according to plan.

Dortmund dominated the game for the first hour, but the Hannover team stood resolute and looked like they would be happy to get a 0-0 draw. Aubameyang and Ramos both had several chances for the home team, but appeared wasteful in front of goal, on another day they would have been 3-0 up at half time. Reus looked dangerous going forward and hit the top of the net with a goal that looked like it was going in. Mkhitaryan and Gundogan made some good progress in midfield, but still didn't look completely match fit. But as half time approached it looked more like when Dortmund were going to score rather than when.

Hannover seemed to still be determined to sit back and let Reus attack them after the break, on the odd occasion when they did break Subotic cleared the danger and Hannover didn't even get a shot in. Then the visitors got a free kick and Kiyotake beat Weidenfeller in the Dortmund goals with a beautiful shot that he couldn't do anything about. It was to be the only shot that they had all game. When they got the lead they sat back even further and Zieler in Hannover's goals was in fantastic form.

The game finished 1-0 despite all of Dortmund's dominance. The performance and effort can't be denied, but the result will cause Klopp a few more sleepless nights. There was also the problem that although the defence weren't really tested and Subotic cleared most dangers the ball sometimes fell into the danger zone as the midfielders didn't get back and Hummels despite his reputation had a couple of wonky moments when Hannover broke.