Uncle Wally
Currently being on annual leave, I decided to rise early this morning to watch Manchester City v Liverpool (2nd v 1st) on SBS.  Whilst not being a supporter of either team it was certainly a match of great significance and had been talked up for several weeks.  I felt it was worth going out of my way to watch.  The match lived up to its expectations and was worth getting up early for. 

I was pleased that City won 2-1, handing Liverpool its first EPL defeat of the season, which has just passed the half way mark.  I was pleased not only because I'm always happy to see Liverpool lose a match (just like I am with the Eagles), but also because City has now managed to close the gap a little at the top of the table to make the overall contest a bit more interesting.  Did anyone else watch?
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Frosty29
Always watching uncle. A ripper of a game wasn't it. Didn't see it all as I had to go to work (got the test on at the s.c.g) at the moment, but what I did see , it was a very skillful display from both teams. Go the Hatter's.
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tip tops
Pretty sure Liverpool have been knocked out of the fa cup aswell uncle :-)
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Uncle Wally
Yes, Liverpool is out of the FA Cup courtesy of Wolverhampton Wanderers.  It seems Liverpool is concentrating on winning the league, as I read that three under 21 players were brought into the side for the Cup tie, so were resting a few.  I think that Arsenal has been drawn to play Manchester United in the next round, so one of them has to be eliminated.  This helps to open up the competition a little for some of the lesser clubs.
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tip tops
In the cup Derby should of beat Southhampton last week but it ended up 2-2 so cross my fingers Derby can beat them when they meet for the return game.
It's always good to see the lesser clubs beating a premier league team,unless it's your team :-)
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tip tops
If anyone's interested Derby county beat Southhampton in their FA cup round fixture to advance one step closer to the big game,it was a close game at the end of normal time it was 2-2 the same result as their previous match so this game had to be decided by a penalty shot out which Derby won 5-3.
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Uncle Wally
Yes, I was thinking of you tip tops when I read the result during the week.  It's always good to at least get past the third round isn't it?
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tip tops
A great mix of teams left in the cup,good luck to your toffees uncle against millwall,if derby don't beat Stanley I will be gutted but for others it would be a real David v Goliath story,are stanly even a league team?i should google them..
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tip tops
Stanley are in league one.
Looking at their league there are a lot of good teams from years gone by in there.
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Uncle Wally
Well tip tops, you're probably happier than I am at the moment with Derby progressing to the 5th round of the Cup, and Everton not.

I just had a look at some match highlights online and there were plenty of talking points from the Millwall v Everton tie.  The ball in Milwall's second equaliser clearly came off their scorer's (Cooper) lower arm and it also appeared to be offside.  What's more, whilst the VAR is being used in FA Cup matches, it is only being used at Premier League venues.  Surely some consistency wouldn't be too much to ask and I'm sure that the VAR would have overturned the referee's decision in this instance.  Nevertheless, the 3-2 scoreline stands and I can start dreaming about FA Cup glory again next year.

I also found some footage online of the hostile welcome (which Millwall fans are well reputed for) which awaited some Everton fans as they arrived in their coach.  A projectile went through a window of the fans' coach and I heard a report of one fan having his face slashed.  Thankfully we don't seem to experience such hostility when attending sporting fixtures in Australia.

On a brighter note, I attended the Perth Glory match last night and is great to see they have found some winning form again and remain top of the table.
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tip tops
I watched the Everton highlights and you are right regarding millwalls second goal and yes millwall have a very bad reputation fan wise.
Derbys game highlights weren't anything to get to excited about but a wins a win.
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