I know there were a number of us who felt ashamed that Matt was made to kneel on the ground on Saturday to find his ticket before he was allowed into the seats. I have made a formal complaint to Salford about the matter.
Saturday witnessed another double this season, after the earlier game at the JSCS where we won with a last-minute goal, the Super U’s eked out a creditable and deserved 2-1 win at the Peninsula Stadium Moor Lane Salford. This result however was due to a brilliant first half and then a stubborn backs to the wall performance in the second half in atrocious conditions at the ground.
The pitch had been subject to two inspections, the first at 0900hrs when the referee considered it was playable albeit the grounds staff had reservations. JM was keen to play, and the staff worked on the surface to create a pitch that passed muster at 1300hrs for the second inspection. I had watched the weather and twitter feeds and by that time my son and I were well down the motorway.
We arrived in good time at the Park n Ride which offered excellent value for money. £2 per car and then onto the bus provided by Swans Travel. It was a 7-minute bus journey to the stadium and the bus dropped us about 50 yards from the Away entrance. Tickets were available on the gate at £10 adults and £5 concessions. Other clubs note no increase in process on the day.
Despite the changeable weather on the way down there was a quiet dry spell before the heavens opened just before kick off and the brisk wind blew the strong showers into the faces of the faithful behind the goal and in the small allocated seating area to the immediate right of the corner flag.
We had time to gather a meat and potato pie each with a tea and a cone of chips – total cost £11.50. The pies were good with plenty of filling and helped keep the cold at bay.
I was sporting my new padded Macron coat (a birthday gift from my youngest son) and the perfect day to blood the apparel. I quickly saw Wessex and Noah in the faithful support of 430 in a crowd of 2,589.
My son had played at Moor Lane whilst at University over 12 years ago and it has of course been developed since those non-league days. The Away end now consists of covered terracing but of course the prevailing wind was blowing the weather straight into their faces. The small seated area similarly was getting the brunt of the weather courtesy of the wind.
The opposite side is all seating and then the well populated Home end is standing only. The side that we were seated is also all seated with a segregated area and contains the executive boxes where the Class of 92 sit when in Town. My only moan I couldn’t get a programme but there is one online to download.
The ground capacity is just over 5,000, the flood lights are shaped in the club badge style and the Pogues song “Dirty Old Town” is played immediately before the teams come out onto the playing surface.
I wish we would revert to the Post Horn Gallop at Colchester but that’s another argument.
The Stewards were in evidence but were professional in their duties and we waited for the game to start.
Graham Alexander was of course buoyed by their EFL Trophy result against the Exiles on Wednesday night and we wondered whether that would spur them on or distract them. I suspect that they were encouraged by the result.
JM had suggested changes and he certainly delivered. I had called for a change of keeper, but he stuck with Gerken (don’t get me wrong I think that he had been consistent and an asset, but Ross offers a very good back up and should be afforded another opportunity in due course). The changes were interesting though.
Jackson Sowunmi Prosser Bramall
Poku Pell Stevenson Harriott
Nouble Comley Eastman Clampin Gambin Senior Ross
Now I know that some boarders expressed surprise at Eastman’s omission, but Omar Sowunmi put in a man of the match performance and with Kwame Poku showed great enterprise and commitment.
Two strikers were exactly right, it was not a day for Senior or Gambin, the pitch was too heavy. Whilst the wings were reasonable the middle and just the other side of the half way line were like a quagmire and as the match wore on the rain opened the surface creating some difficult and challenging areas of the field.
Colchester were attacking the end populated by the faithful in the first half and this was right. The best of the weather occurred during the first 30 minutes. Salford are a workman like side they have spent well and have several good additions to the side. Recent acquisitions include James Wilson and Darron Gibson both former Manchester United players. Wilson has been dogged with injuries and Gibson has battled to overcome his demons.
They started brightly but our defence was relatively untroubled, and Colchester began to settle to the conditions. Jackson and Bramall were seeing a lot of the ball down both wings and Poku was growing into the game. Ben Stevenson was imperious in the midfield and Harry Pell was putting in a commanding performance full of commitment and effort.
On 27 minutes Poku picked up the ball about half way into Salford territory after a pass from Stevenson and ran going around three defenders before the ball took a wicked bobble but he stabilised it and struck a superb left foot shot powerfully into the left-hand corner of the net from his perspective. When watching the goal back on the highlights you can hear the instruction "take him on" when Poku picks up the pass and that's just what he did. Cue wild celebrations amongst the faithful. It was simply sublime and the best goal that I have seen this season from a Colchester player.
Even better he celebrated with his teammates in the corner not 5 yards from where we were sitting.
A deserved lead and you could see what it meant to the players, who celebrated in style and ensured the supporters understood their commitment made in testing circumstances. All the emotion from Grimsby and Port Vale came pouring out. In truth we were good value for the lead and seconds later the effervescent Poku could have scored again bending a delightful left footed effort just wide of the left hand upright.
Colchester in the ascendancy and with justification.
As the half wore on the occasional shower descended, borne in the wind and the wind certainly howled around the stadium. The trees peeking over the far side of the ground give the stadium a leafy look and stood like sentinels in the grim conditions.
Cohen Bramall had a trade mark free kick which went just over the bar, but we would have been justified had another goal gone in at this stage.
After 41 minutes Robinson fed the pacy Harriott on the left wing. Now what Callum (aka Ainsley) Harriott did well on Saturday was to cook up an impressive performance of wing play without the tricks and flicks. It was a day for direct action and his pace undid the Salford defence. He unleashed a thunderbolt from 30 yards which tore into the far-right hand side of the goal deceiving the keeper Letheren. 2-0 and we were in dreamland, but it was deserved.
Unfortunately, just on half time Salford got the ball down to the touchline and it seemed to squirt under Bramall and along the line to the waiting Ash Hunter who tapped home from three yards out. So, 2-1 but we remained optimistic.
The showers abated at half time which allowed the faithful to gather refreshments.
Now second half of course Colchester were defending the end where the faithful were standing and sitting. No substitutes had been made but the weather had taken another turn for the worse and the rain had a mix of sleet and hailstones in it. Nasty.
Colchester were also being forced back by a spirited Salford team who were seeking an equaliser. Although they huffed and puffed, I was never convinced that they would manager to score but the pitch only made things more difficult. The conditions continued to deteriorate, and our defence went deeper, and we were operating with only one striker at this point.
Omar Sowunmi made an outstanding goal line clearance to prevent an equaliser and this was a commanding performance from the man mountain. I had previously seen him at Moss Rose when we played out a 1-1 draw, but this was a confident and assured performance from a man who will be required for the 11 cup finals still to play.
The referee was weak and missed some challenges which the conditions could not excuse. On 73 minutes Callum Harriott was fouled badly by Touray who was booked but could have seen red for the challenge which raked the back of Harriott’s leg. After some minutes he was replaced by Big Frank Nouble and he then spent the next minutes walking painfully with support from the Physio staff around the pitch to the dugout.
Almost immediately JM brought on Brandon Comley for Theo Robinson which was the right shout because we had dropped deeper, and we risked another injury. When Jackson was also fouled and had to go off after 85 minutes, he was replaced on the right side by Tom Eastman. We essentially had five at the back for the closing minutes with Eastman, Sowunmi, Prosser, Bramall and Comley with Stevenson and Pell and Big Frank operating on the wing. Chuck Norris was injured and limped around for the incredible 9 minutes of added time that the Referee identified. This was increased to 10 after Norris received treatment.
In the last-minute Thomas-Asante rose highest, but his header was over the bar and we had prevailed. The team had seen it out for a victory which will give confidence and endeavour in equal measure for the games to come. The conditions were horrendous and the U’s toughed it out in a game that they simply had to win.
Great celebrations greeted the final whistle. Waiting for the bus to take us back to the Park n Ride we saw the two Colchester coaches depart and then got talking to some Danish supporters who had come over for the Manchester United on Sunday. They explained that about 40 of them had made the journey and when in town they take in a Salford game and then a United game the same weekend. They were all transport to their hotels by Uber taxis. Whilst waiting another shower of sleet and rain descended and we were pleased to get on the coach and then our car.
We travelled to the nearest eatery which was a TGIF near to the M60 Motorway. Unfortunately, there was no food because the kitchens were closed. So, we stopped at Deepdale Retail park on the way home in Preston and went to Frankie and Bennies. PNE had beaten Hull 2-1 and the ground was still bathed in floodlights when we arrived at the retail park.
It was good to get home and enjoy the victory. Next game Carlisle Away in a fortnight but the JSCS hosts Cheltenham next Saturday in a vital game.
Swindon 34 66 Crewe 34 64 Exeter 34 63 Plymouth 34 62 Cheltenham 33 57 COL U 35 55 Northampton 34 55 Port Vale 35 55
11 cup finals to play:
Cheltenham H Carlisle A* Scunny H Crewe H Newport A Mansfield H Bradford A* Northampton A* Oldham H Walsall A* FGR H*
Bournemouth score only for VAR to take everything back to the other end to award a penalty to Southampton at which they score. Question?? How much further can you go back for a VAR decision...the dressing room...before the match? Please U's, don't ever get into the Prem. It ain't football any more.
CRYSTAL PALACE 1 NEWCASTLE 0 Palace secured their first win in eight Premier League games, and registered their first clean sheet in 11 top-flight games. A great 8 got this spot-on, and a further 10 had the outcome.
LEICESTER 0 MANCHESTER CITY 1 Gabriel Jesus came off the bench to score a late winner, despite City missing a penalty. City have now failed to score from each of their last four Premier League penalties. Just the 2 had this spot-on, though 15 got the outcome.
CHARLTON 3 LUTON 1 Charlton get a precious three points in their battle for Championship survival, as they score with their only 3 shots on target. Well done to MattFlat for being the only one to get this spot-on, and a further 18 had the outcome.
FLEETWOOD 1 PORTSMOUTH 0 Fleetwood's fifth straight victory helped them leapfrog Pompey in the table and back into the League One play-off places. A magnificent 7 had this spot-on, and another 2 got the outcome.
NEWPORT 2 BRADFORD CITY 1 Newport came from behind to dent City's hopes of achieving a League Two play-off berth. Bradford have now only won once in their last 11 league games. 4 got this spot-on, with 8 more having the outcome.
NORTHAMPTON 2 EXETER 0 Northampton stopped their four-game losing run as they moved back into the play-off places. Nobody had this spot-on, but 8 did get the outcome.
Six games that looked tight beforehand produced five home wins and a routine win for Man City, with the total 127 points achieved giving us the third best six game week of the season so far. That total included 22 spot-ons, with six members getting two each. Incredibly five had the 1-0 wins for Palace and Fleetwood, with the best being noah4x4 and basher2010 who both had the other four outcomes as well to give them a brilliant 10 points and a share of the weeks top score honour. The other three were mfb_cufc, who got an excellent 9 points, ghughes11 a very decent 8 points, and Daniel to give him a decent 7 points. The other member to have two 3 pointers was blueeagle who had the wins for Man City and Newport, on his way to a decent 7 points. Best of those to have one 3 pointer was thrillseeker, the 2-1 win for Newport, to also give him a decent 7 points.
In the Premier The incredible season for noah4x4 gets even better as he gets a double-figure score for the second week running, and the sixth one overall this season. He is now almost certain to break all records of most points, most 3 pointers, and the biggest winning margin in a season. That margin now stands at 41 points. The fight for the other Charity Shield spots couldn't be any closer with Sector4 clinging onto second spot, but only on the most 3 pointer rule, as mfb_cufc moves up four places into third. Just a point further back is thrillseeker, who moves up a couple of places this week. With last weeks third sevebalo now within two points of that spot. At the bottom a welcome 3 pointer for TheHappyGooner, but they have a lot to do to avoid being relegated after two seasons in the top flight.
In Division One Just the three outcomes for leader Blue4U2 means the 13 point lead he had two weeks ago has now been reduced to just 4 as basher2010] gets a brilliant double-figure score for the second week running, and a fourth one for the season. Having two 3 pointers for the second week running has enhanced the play-off chances for Daniel, and kept him well in contention for an automatic spot. The play-off spots remain the same as last week, with the only change being blueeagle moving up a couple of places. Another moving up two places is ghughes1, to become the closest challenger for those play-off places. Another five outcomes for unitedwhites means only Daniel has more of them than him over the two leagues, but he still has less 3 pointers than anybody after now going 38 games without one.
THE TABLES (210 out of 280 played) (Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)
Week 30 Fixtures
WEST HAM UNITED v SOUTHAMPTON BLACKBURN ROVERS v SWANSEA CITY MILLWALL v BRISTOL CITY BOLTON WANDERERS v ACCRINGTON STANLEY DONCASTER ROVERS v WYCOMBE WANDERERS FOREST GREEN ROVERS v LEYTON ORIENT
I had a chat earlier this week with my neighbour, Head Groundsman at Forest Green, lamenting the interminably dreadful weather we’ve been experiencing, and he wryly asked the rhetorical question ‘do you know when it last wasn’t raining – October!’. Not literally, but it does feel like it right now, and all but the most pristine of surfaces are really starting to creak at the seams now. The news that there’s a pitch inspection at 9am tomorrow does not fill me with hope, particularly as I’ll be halfway to Birmingham by then…
Yeading v Colchester United Saturday 12th November 1994 FA Cup (First Round) Attendance 1,500
Match #45 of the series, and we’re back in FA Cup action, and I think for only the second time the Matches of Yesteryear random match selector has chosen a game under George Burley as manager. The first round of the FA Cup, and we faced a tricky tie at non-league Yeading, many years before an eventual 2007 merger with their near-neighbours to become Hayes and Yeading United. At the time of this match, Yeading were in the middle of a bit of a purple patch in their history, having been promoted to the Isthmian Premier Division in 1991, and were on quite run in that division when we met. I don’t have the programme for this match, for reasons I’ll go into below, so I have gratefully borrowed this image from Graeson’s ColUData website.
I do, however, still have my ticket stub, and again with good reason, because it was all-ticket for the U’s faithful, who I think (if memory serves) numbered 800 on the day, in an official capacity crowd of 1,500 – there weren’t that many left in the ground by the end, that’s for certain.
I travelled over to this match on the train, arriving in what I thought was good time to grab a taxi from Hayes train station to the ground. Now, this is where things started to go a bit wrong. I’d got it into my head, because I recall at the time there was comment that Yeading actually played in Hayes – I’m not sure where I heard that, and on reflection, it was probably meant as Yeading played in the borough of Hayes. I took it to mean the match was at the Hayes FC ground, which at the time was (I think) at Church Rd. After a longer than expected wait for a taxi at the station rank, imagine the slight bemusement of the taxi driver when I insisted (in my Col U shirt) that I wanted to go to Hayes FC. Still, who was he to argue, and we duly set off. It wasn’t that far, but after travelling through streets clearly not thronged with supporters and dropping me off at a ground with suspiciously little (i.e. zero) activity going on, I realised I’d made a horrible mistake – well, two actually, because my ride was off down the road without a backward glance.
Back in the days before smartphones, satnav and GPS, I had at least remembered to travel with my trusty and battered copy of the London A-Z, so after much feverish leafing through pages, I realised where I needed to be. This was at least 20 minutes walk away, and it was 2.45pm – ah well, time to get on Shanks’s Pony double-quick. Fortunately, winding my way through the suburbs of Hayes, I met up with a very dubious looking chap who appeared willing to help me on my way. Grateful for his help had perhaps dulled my stranger-danger radar a tad, and when he asked if he could see my ticket, like an idiot I handed it to him as we traipsed through the streets. In an instant, my inner alarm bells were ringing – he looked a handy sort, I’m definitely not – what if he then decided to leg it, or crack me over the head, take my cash, and then leg it? Not quite snatching it back out of his hand (well, I didn’t want to appear rude), I did more or less take it straight back out of his hand, whilst he was holding what turned out to be the stub – and both halves duly separated. However, it turned out he wasn’t the near-do-well I thought he might be, returned the stub, and genuinely did point me on the quickest route to the ground.
The U’s lined up: 1….Carl Emberson 2….Simon Betts 3….Tony English 4….Peter Cawley 5….Gus Caesar 6….Tony Dennis 7….Adam Locke 8….Steve Brown 9….Steve Whitton 10..Mark Kinsella 11..Paul Abrahams
Before we get to the match, it’s worth highlighting one particular player for Yeading that day, none other than Kyung Hoon Park (I believe to the Koreans it is Park Kyung-hoon). Not necessarily a household name admittedly, but back then he had played nearly 100 internationals for Korea, including two World Cups! I didn’t know the background at the time, but apparently this was something arranged by Spurs.
I eventually arrived at the ground ten minutes after kick-off, and with no programme sellers to be seen. After explaining the story of my ticket and stub separation debacle to the chap at the turnstile, I was begrudgingly admitted into the ground, and took up a place near the front of the small terrace allocated to and packed out by the U’s faithful. Our supporters were also thronged 2-3 deep around the pitch perimeter fence behind the goal and on the opposite side – proper non-league stuff, reminded me of a number of trips during our Conference years. After my nightmare journey getting to the ground, I was both elated and deflated to discover when I got in that I’d already missed Kinsella’s opening goal for the U’s, but heyho – here goes for a comfortable victory and safe passage into the second round I thought.
However, on a pitch that was not good at all, Yeading clearly hadn’t read the script, and getting back into the game as the half progressed, drew level just before halftime with a headed goal by the fantastically and outrageously named Johnson Hippolyte. This prompted the start of some agricultural banter between our supporters on the terraced section, and a crowd of equally vociferous supporters on the other side of a segregation barrier formed of some rather flimsy and hastily constructed heras fencing. This was just the start…
Into the second half, and our footballing skill, despite the playing surface, began to show through again, and it wasn’t a surprise when Abrahams put the U’s back in front after a dreadful fumble from their goalkeeper. Bedlam ensued amongst the faithful, with yet more goading of the disgruntled supporters on the other side of the fence. However, this didn’t last that long, and when Phil Dicker drilled home for Yeading to again bring the scores level, it prompted a charge at the fence by the Yeading supporters, to be more than matched by a group of the U’s supporters, who did their level best to pull down the fencing to allow a more physical exchange of views. Remarkably, the fencing just about held, stewards more or less restored order, and the game entered the final 20 minutes with the U’s more hanging on than anything else, clearly happy to get the f’ck out of Dodge with the draw, and finish the job at Layer Rd.
Now we come to the final, and most memorable moment of the match (not in a good way). With about 5 minutes to go, and Yeading doing all of the pressing to snatch a winner, I became aware of a column of 20+ Met police filing into the terrace area behind me. At first I assumed they were actually going to position themselves along the segregation fence to prevent any further altercations between the two sets of supporters. How wrong was I – at what must have been a preordained signal, they just veered left up into the U’s supporters on the terrace, clearly intent on grabbing those they perceived as the ring-leaders amongst the faithful.
Absolute pandemonium followed, police truncheons were flying at anyone who appeared to be in their way, supporters desperately trying to prevent both themselves and others being snatched, it was totally out of control. Old men, women, children, the police were flailing out at anyone within reach. I saw an old lad go down from a crack to the head, and those of us near the front of the terrace had to bail over the perimeter wall just to get out of the way. This was just the start of our problems, because they now had more police with truncheons – and dogs – on the pitch as well. It was one of those life-changing moments, do I choose a clubbing, or being savaged by a dog? Myself and others on the edge of the pitch were remonstrating with the policeman in charge (he had a peaked cap) that his force was out of control – for my troubles I was told to ‘f*ck off’ by the commander – nice! To be honest, it was one of the most completely out of control situations I’d ever found myself in.
Eventually, the police hauled out a number of U’s supporters and withdrew, we could get back off the pitch, and temporary order was restored for the final few minutes of the game, which needless to say finished 2-2.
Yeading 2 (Johnson Hippolyte 45’, Phil Dicker 64’) Colchester United 2 (Mark Kinsella 9’, Paul Abrahams 56’)
There had been a rumour going around the terrace that some of the ‘Yeading’ supporters weren’t quite what they seemed, and that one of the big London clubs had a firm in the ground that day – I thought it was Spurs, but thrillseeker has since confirmed it was QPR. I also hadn’t realised that the Barside and them had a bit of a ding dong in the car park after the game – I missed that, the police were clearly up for a bit more truncheon swinging, so I was out of there and on the long walk back to the station.
Having dodged our customary non-league FA Cup exit banana skin at Yeading, we made no mistake in the replay, thrashing them 7-1 at Layer Rd, where a decent pitch allowed true class to prevail. We would eventually go out 0-1 in the 3rd Round, away at Wimbledon – playing then at Selhurst Park.
I’ve found the MOTD highlights video on YouTube, which also includes a nice short feature on Kyung Hoon Park – GOSBTS, you might want to skip the first 1 minute or so…
After their abject performance at Vale Park and on the back of successive defeats JM takes his charges to Moor Lane, AKA the Peninsula Stadium tomorrow.
But travellers beware, there is a Pitch Inspection at 0900hrs as a result of the volume of rainfall in the Manchester area. The all-important weather forecast for Saturday is continuing light rain with 8 degrees Celsius and some bright interludes.
I believe it would be better for the U’s if the game doesn’t go ahead. Whilst that would be disappointing for all supporters, we have had enough of wet and sodden pitches of late and perhaps things might improve for the Cheltenham home game next week.
I know that means a rescheduled game on a Tuesday night, but frankly the weather has been grim up north this week. The one exception was yesterday when my car was serviced and MOT’d at the garage at the quaintly named village of Pity Me near Durham City. The weather was dry and bright at times. But otherwise the rainfall and strong winds have continued all week. And as I pen these musings at home, the rain is very heavy and the wind strong and fearsome.
Let us be honest and say that Automatic Promotion has now gone. It is up to the U’s to battle to secure a play off place. 12 games and 36 points but frankly we still need 21 to confirm a top seven finish and 31 for automatic promotion. Recent form with three defeats in five games confirms that is a nonstarter.
The 12 “cup finals” of which we realistically need to win 7 games or equivalent to garner the 21 points or so that we need. The difference being the three games that we have lost recently.
Salford A (Inspection at 0900hrs on Saturday) Cheltenham H Carlisle A Scunny H Crewe H Newport A Mansfield H Bradford A Northampton A Oldham H Walsall A FGR H
The top three places will probably be occupied by Swindon, Exeter and Plymouth, but I am sure Crewe will have a say in the final placings.
Swindon 33 63 Exeter 33 63 Crewe 33 61 Plymouth 33 61 Cheltenham 32 54 Port Vale 34 54 COL U 34 52 Northampton 33 52
Salford 34 44 (11th place)
The free weekend, if Salford does fall foul of the weather, will enable the other teams to catch up with games and thus the table will have a more accurate look.
Tomorrow League Two selected games:
Crewe v Macclesfield Newport v Bradford Northampton v Exeter Plymouth v Cambridge Swindon v Grimsby Walsall v Port Vale
Now the good news. We have signed Miles Welch-Hayes from Macclesfield Town until the end of the 2021/22 season. A versatile defender aged 23, he will offer options at right or left back and possibly Centre Half. Welcome Miles.
Big spending Salford City Reds, the Ammies, led by Graham Alexander, provide the possible opposition tomorrow. They have just booked their EFL Trophy Final place at Wembley against Pompey after a 6-5 penalties win against the Exiles on Wednesday.
They have brought in Darron Gibson and James Wilson, both previously of Manchester United to supplement top scorer Adam Rooney with seven goals.
The disappointment last week was the manner of the defeat. Seasoned U’s supporters have seen it all before. The fact is that we have a slump in form every season and this is undoubtedly a slump. The unbeaten run had become an albatross around our necks, but three defeats in five games is simply unacceptable.
The players must respond accordingly. Simple as.
JM has hinted at changes, but I believe these are limited. Paris Cowan-Hall is sorely missed, and it is unlikely that he will be back until the final three or four games.
I would go with the following tomorrow, weather permitting:
Now I know dropping Gerken might be unpopular, but Ross is an able deputy and I have to say despite his heroics Deano has contributed to some of the errors that have led to the 6 goals conceded against Grimsby and Port Vale.
The bottom line is that no one is indispensable.
I will be waiting for the decision by the Referee and if it does go ahead then I am looking forward to a new ground, but at present I reckon it will be off.
Safe journey to the travelling faithful in the event of the game being played.
For the drivers use the Park n Ride at M27 8SJ. It is only £2 per vehicle and the coaches are operated at no extra charge by Swans Travel. Tickets are £10 and £5 for Adults and Concessions.
Oh, and the scoreline – a tight game but a 1-0 Super U’s victory.
The first week of matches has finished, as follows: Atletico Madrid 1 Liverpool 0 Dortmund 2 Paris 1 Atalanta 4 Valencia 1 Spurs 0 Leipzig 1
For those that follow these things, not necessarily a bad result for Liverpool in Madrid, nor Paris's one goal deficit at Dortmund (given they've also got an away goal). Definitely a bad night for Valencia, getting hammered 4-1 at Atalanta, and although not by the same scoreline, a terrible night for Spurs losing 0-1 at home to Leipzig.
I've tweaked the presentation of results, thanks to some top tips from mfb, and the MoY series learning curve I'm on. Predictions in bold are first to predict, predictions underlined are second, and no format third. Score highlighted in yellow are permitted exact matches.
Group A Noah does brilliantly to score 5pts, with the Atletico result spot-on, and the Dortmund and Leipzig victories as outcomes. However, mfb_cufc is right on his tail, also with the Atletico result spot-on, and Atalanta's home win as an outcome. Remarkably, just one point behind mfb, BFG predicts the Dortmund 2-1 home win spot-on, to keep this group very close.
Group B Sector4 and sevebalo go toe to toe, both getting the Dortmund result spot-on, and the Atalanta home win as an outcome, to be level on 4pts at the top of the group. Lewis keeps in touch, also with the Atalanta home win, and there's plenty of time to improve on that.
Group C Thrillseeker gets Atletico's 1-0 victory over Liverpool spot-on, to go top on 3pts. Daniel keeps in touch with the Atalanta home win for 1pt, but blueeagle is yet to get off the mark.
Group D In Group D, basher takes a solid lead, picking the Dortmund result spot-on, with the Atalanta home win as an outcome. Blue4U2 stays in contention with the Dortmund home win, but concordman is yet to score.