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Oppos Viewpoint – West Ham

A bit about you:

Name: Rob Bolton

Current home town: Sudbury, Suffolk

Birthplace: Plaistow, East London

How long have you supported your team? All of my life (40 years)

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: The atmosphere and the volume of the crowd

Favourite match played by your team & why: 2006 FA Cup final. Although we didn’t win it was a great game & of course the 2012 play off final at Wembley

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: Bobby Moore

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why? Aaron Cresswell – It is great for us to have a young English player that has worked his way up to the Premier league. He has the potential to be picked for England in my opinion.

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Going to West Ham ?

West Ham   E13 9AZ

By Car
Directions from the M25:
Travel to M25 Junction 27, and go on to the M11 southbound. Follow the M11 south until it divides to join the A406 (North Circular Road). Take the Left Hand fork signposted A406 South. Do not follow the signs for the City.

The end of the motorway joins the A406 from the left, creating a 4 lane road for a short distance. You need to be in one of the outside 2 lanes (this can be tricky if traffic is heavy). Proceed south (dual carriageway with slip roads) passing the junctions for Redbridge, and Ilford.

Leave the A406 at the Barking junction. At the roundabout at the bottom of the slip road, turn right, taking the 3rd exit towards East Ham (Barking Road). Proceed West along Barking Road through several sets of traffic lights until you have passed the lights at East Ham Town Hall (big red Victorian building on the left just before the lights). 3/4 mile further, you pass the ground on your right (behind a parade of shops, including the Hammers Shop). At the next lights (Boleyn Arms Pub on right hand corner), turn right into Green Street. The main entrance to the ground is 200 yards on your right. Thanks to Gareth Howell for providing the directions.

On Saturday matchdays, parking is very restricted with little or no off-road parking. The best areas to look for spaces are roads left off Barking Road, once you are past the lights at East Ham Town Hall.

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“THERE’S ONLY ONE NIGEL PEARSON” … DESPITE ANOTHER LOSS

City 0 -1 Manchester City

Match Report by Stuart Dawkins

And so this disappointing and frustrating season continues ...

I have seen quite a few bottom-of-the-table Leicester City teams in the past few decades, and this current team does not play like one.  Week after week, the team keep their heads held high, they keep pushing forwards when they can and - with just a couple of exceptions - they have not been completely outclassed in any match.

A look at the league table would suggest a very poor team indeed, but Leicester are not that; so what is the problem?  I admit, I am not entirely sure - other than the simple fact that they keep conceding more goals than their opponents.

Pearson rang the changes for this game.  Hamer replacing the injured Schmeichel was forced, but electing to play a 4-1-4-1 formation, with Vardy the lone striker and both King and Drinkwater in central midfield was a radical change from recent games.  It will be interesting to see whether it is intended as a permanent switch or simply as strategy to restrict the current league champions.  Morgan returned from suspension for Moore and Simpson did well enough at Villa to retain the right-back slot.

Manchester City are physically large and very skilful; just the kind of team to turn over poor opposition, but that simply did not happen today in what proved to be a close match of few clear-cut chances.

Leicester were the brighter side for the first half-hour.  Vardy's pace made the Manchester defence look slow.  He easily out sprinted Kompany as early as the 2nd minute but could only put over a poor cross.  In the 12th minute he was put clear again, with a Manchester defender just getting back in time to deflect the shot wide.  Mahrez was the most eye-catching player on either side, showing skills and good footwork a number of times, although mostly too deep to be a threat to the Manchester defence.

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Oppos Viewpoint – Manchester City

A bit about you:

Name:  Chris Burton

Current home town:  Basingstoke

Birthplace: Stockport, Manchester

How long have you supported your team? 31 years

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: The constant evolvement of the facilities and the match day experience it has to be the best in the premier league.

Favourite match played by your team & why: Man Utd 1 v 6 Man City, that game signalled to the world that things were changing in Manchester and also in the premier league,

Favourite player of all time who played for your club:  Georgi Kinkladze

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why? Pablo Zabaleta, he puts his body on the line and if ever you want someone going for a 50/50 then it is Pablo. He is also one of the best right backs in world football 

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Next Up – Manchester City

Next Up – Manchester City 13 December 2014

Manager        Manuel Pellegrini

Founded       1880            Ground         City of Manchester Stadium

Capacity        47,405       

Squad:

1        GK      Joe Hart

3        DF      Bacary Sagna

4        DF      Vincent Kompany (captain)

5        DF      Pablo Zabaleta

6        MF      Fernando

7        MF      James Milner

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