Based on current league form, 3 points were expected today. Unfortunately this did not turn out to be the case, and many would argue that a single poor refereeing decision was the reason for this. Any football fan would agree that Gabriel should have still been on the pitch, and that infact the dirty bastard Costa should have been the one who saw red. Absolute game changing decision by the prick of spurs fan Mike Dean, doing his best to ensure Arsenal took nothing away from the bridge.
In similar fashion, the ref stripped Allstars of some valuable points against BCOB after he bottled a stone cold penalty claim in the closing minutes...
Allstars went into this game on the back of 2 consecutive wins, whereas BCOB were sitting at the bottom of the table after losing their opening 2 fixtures. The home side were without workhorse Lee Vincent, but welcomed Allaeldein into the side for his first appearance in the league since recovering from a shoulder injury. Paul Spruhan was given his first league start up top alongside Den. Kelvin won the toss and chose to stay the way we were facing. The ref appeared disappointed with this decision, eager for the chance to show everyone his 'switch ends' hand gesture that he had been practising all week, so he went ahead and did it anyway, confusing both sides, before carrying out a well uted reverse hand gesture to clear up the confusion. The game started fairly slowly with neither side creating much. BCOB began to grow in confidence, and started to build some good attacks. Kelvin and Ben were tested down the centre but both stood strong with some outstanding challenges to break down their attacks. The away side started opting for the long ball approach straight from their keeper, most of which were met by the head of Kelvin and Danks down the right. Despite not being able to create much, any efforts they did place on goal were superbly met by the hands of O'Connell between the sticks. The home side were not playing the kind of football that had served them so well in their last 2 games, and were too often playing the long ball upfield which was being intercepted easily by the tall standing BCOB defence. Despite a handful of good attacks down then wings towards the end of the half, Allstars were relieved to go in level at half time.
A half time substitution saw reeves come in at left back, shuffling 3 or 4 players to different positions and resulting in Sam going back up top with Den. Allstars still weren't creating much initially in the second half, but importantly werent allowing the away side any chances either. Churcher was chasing everything in midfield, cutting out passes and making the opposition know they wouldnt get long on the ball before their ankles would be cloberred. This spurred on further strong full bodied challenges by Kelvin and Jamie, with Kelvin picking up a booking after a foul on the edge of the box. BCOB's centre back came up to take the free kick, and his cross come shot managed to miss 4 or 5 players on its way through the box, before nestling in the bottom corner of the net. Allstars found themselves behind and in similar fashion to the previous games, they now decided to start playing the football that they are capable of. The home side started attacking the wings, getting balls into the box and creating chances. They were level after a long ball from Kelvin floated over everyones head, with Sam first to it, who slid the ball past the clamberring keeper, to make it 1-1. The result was only looking to go one way now, and after a great mazey run by Den into the box was ended after the centre back wiped him out, Allstars were amazed that they were not awarded a penalty. The home side continued to push for the winner, and Sam will be disappointed that he didnt secure the 3 points with what would have been his second goal of the game after firing his shot straight into the keepers hands. The game finished 1-1, with Allstars seeing this as 2 points dropped rather than 1 point gained.