Season 3 – Christmas

Welcome back and get ready for some good results and a couple of shit ones! The squad have gelled perfectly with the new signings and that has helped with us fighting for a play off spot from the get go. Hernandez has probably been one of our best players this season and you will see a reason why in this update. We do have a good bunch of players here and IF we did get promoted then I could see us surviving the first year in the Premier League but there is a long long way to go as were only about at the half way point of the season. It is still early days with our time at Hull but the Leicester job became available and I was soooo tempted to apply for it and dominate the world with them… but I didn’t bother for now and may apply for it in the future..

 

November

 

Aston Villa – Away – Championship – 6th V 5th

Hernandez puts us in front early in the game when a lose ball in the area finds him at the back post to side foot past the keeper. We get a second in a dominant first half as Hernandez squares the ball to Woodburn in the area and fires past the keeper at his near post. We have a chance for a third in the final few minutes when we win a penalty but Hernandez smashes it against the bar and it goes behind. Aston Villa pull one back late in injury time when Douglas whips a low ball in to Davis at the near post to tuck past Marshall.

 

Cardiff – Home – Championship – 4th V 17th

Nothing much to say about this game as it was boring from start to finish with very little highlights. It was a tough game against a struggling Cardiff side who went down to ten men in the second half when Richards was shown a second yellow for a late tackle. Cardiff also had the best chance to win the game when they missed an open goal when two v one in the area.

 

Portsmouth – Away – Championship – 15th V 4th

A really frustrating and awful performance from us against Portsmouth. Portsmouth take an unexpected lead when Kennedy pulls the ball back from the byline to Morrison on the edge of the 6 yard box to fire in to the top corner. They double their lead before half time when Morrison on the right whips a ball in to Kamara at the near post to tap in. Morrison is involved again as Portsmouth get a third when he slides Kamara in on goal and tucks the ball under Marshall.

 

Reading – Away – Championship – 4th V 6th

We take a deserved lead against Reading when Bowen cuts in from the left and rolls the ball to Hernandez to fire past the keeper. Hernandez gets his and our second of the game and again Bowen sets him up when he squares the ball to him and Hernandez cooly side foots the ball past the keeper. All the action was in the first half as Reading win a penalty in injury time which Swift steps up and puts in to the top right corner.

 

Huddersfield – Home – Championship – 7th V 12th

Another fairly boring game where not a lot happened but we did manage to win this game by the one goal. Adomah gets our winner and the only goal of the game when he gets on the end of a cross at the back post and pokes it past the keeper. We did have a worry on our hands when Grujic had to be taken off injured and will be out for 4 weeks.

 

Bristol City – Home – Championship – 4th V 17th

Bristol take a deserved lead after we couldn’t get going in the first half. The goal comes when a corner is only cleared to Clarke who drills it back in to the area and Bailey stretches his foot out and pokes it past Marshall. We get a point from the game when Kalas floats a ball to the back post and Terrazzino is free to head past the keeper.

 

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December

 

Birmingham – Away – Championship – 13th V 4th

Birmingham take the lead when they are awarded a soft penalty and Adorjan rolls it down the middle. We are back on level terms before half time when Seuntjens puts a low ball across the face of the goal for Hernandez to tap in. We take the lead just before the hour when Bowen whips a free kick across the area to Westwood to volley in at the back post. The lead doesn’t last long as Birmingham get a second when Calvert-Lewin robs the ball before playing Vassell in on goal to curl round Marshall. We thought we had got the winner in the final few minutes after Hernandez counters and his shot deflects to Bowen to tap in to an open goal. Birmingham get a share of the points in the final minute of injury time as Vassell squares the ball to Calvert-Lewin on the penalty spot to stroke the ball in to the corner.

 

Barnsley – Away – Championship – 3rd V 4th

Another awful performance as we play Barnsley who are a place above us in the plays offs. Hammill puts Barnsley in front in the early minutes when a cross from Bradshaw finds him at the back post to tap in. Barnsley get a second and Bradshaw again sets it up as he puts a ball to the near post and Thiam is there to dink the ball over the keeper. Thiam gets his second of the game when he picks the ball up on the edge of the area and rifles it in to the top corner.

 

Preston – Home – Championship – 5th V 21st

Hernandez gives us the lead against struggling Preston when the ball bounces around the area and he reacts quickest to poke it in to the bottom corner. We win a penalty in the second half when Adomah is tackled from behind and Hernandez calmly slots it in tot the corner for his second of the game. Preston get a consolation goal in injury time when Sallai is unmarked in the area to head past Marshall.

 

Brighton – Away – Championship – 10th V 5th

A good win against a solid Brighton side who not long come down from the Premier League. Seuntjens puts us in front in the 20th minute when we counter and a shot hits Benalouane and falls to Seuntjens on the 6 yard line and tucks it past the keeper. We double our lead minutes in to the second half when Seuntjens lays the ball off to Bowen who takes a touch and curls it past the keeper from the edge of the area. Adomah makes it 3-0 when a corner knocked down and he fires it in to the bottom corner. We did finish the game with 9 men as two of our players went off injured after we made our subs but they were back in a couple of days.

 

Millwall – Away – Championship – 15th V 5th

We made a great start against Millwall as we were 2-0 up inside the opening 10 minutes. Hernandez gets our first goal against the run of play after Morgan skips past two defenders before pulling it back to Hernandez to slot the ball past the keeper. We get a second straight from the kick off as Seuntjens robs the ball and switches it out wide to Bowen who whips the ball back in for Hernandez to score with a bullet header. Hernandez gets his hat trick inside 20 minutes when Bowen poaches the ball off a defender and is in one v one but his shot is saved and Hernandez follows up to tap it in. Millwall go down to ten men in injury time of the first half when Saville is shown a straight red for a two footed tackle. Morgan gets our fourth goal as we play it across midfield and he fires it across the keeper and in to the far corner from the edge of the area.

 

Results:

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Fixtures:

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Table:

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We seem to be slowly picking our form back up again after we have won our last three games. We are still in the play offs and currently sit 4th but it is so so tight with these teams around us that anyone could drop out. The January transfer window is opening in the next couple of days so we may do some business as we are looking at a couple of players and a couple of our players have already agreed transfers with clubs to go in January. We have some very tough games coming up as we play the teams around us as well as an FA Cup game at home to West Brom which could be interesting depending on which Hull team turns up. As I said at the start I was tempted to apply for the Leicester job and we will probably manage them in the future so be prepared!

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Season 3 – Fighting For Second..

 

It is still early in our life at Hull but things are looking good and we currently sit 3 points outside the play offs after playing some difficult teams like Derby and Everton who will be champions this season. Transfer deadline day came and went and the only thing that happened was Okaka left for £4 million. There are no easy games in the Championship and our next few fixtures prove that as we come up against Fulham and Middlesbrough before we play West Ham at home in the Carabao Cup.

 

September

 

Fulham – Away – League – 2nd V 11th

 

Fulham take the lead in the first couple of minutes when they win a corner and Ayite heads in unmarked at the front post. We get the equaliser late in the first half when Adomah beats his defender and puts a deep ball in to the back post for Hernandez to tap in. Hernandez gets his second of the game early in the second half when he heads a cross from Fredericks back across the goal and in to the far corner. We get a third and Hernandez gets his hat trick after Seuntjens slides him on goal and he slots it under Button.

 

Middlesbrough – Home – League – 9th V 6th

 

Patrick Bamford gives Middlesbrough the lead early in the game when he volleys a cross from Sims on the penalty spot in to the far corner. A slight change of the tactic in the second half gets us back on level terms with Hernandez getting our goal. Our equaliser comes when a corner is cleared to Grujic on the edge of the area who squares it to Hernandez to side foot past the keeper.

 

Peterborough – Away – League – 20th V 8th

 

A good win against Peterborough who are struggling near the bottom of the table and could of easily caused an upset. We get a massive chance to take the lead in the second half when we are awarded a penalty after Mason is hacked down from behind in the area. Hernandez steps up and calmly tucks it in to the bottom corner to give us the lead. Lewis Morgan doubles our lead minutes before full time and a goal on his debut when he slides in at the back post to poke in a cross from Adomah.

 

West Ham – Home – Carabao Cup 3rd Round

 

A slightly rotated side in our cup game against a strong West Ham side who had a number of first team players in their eleven. West Ham score first and deserved the lead when Lingard cuts in from the left and fires it past Marshall at his near post. They double their lead before the hour mark after Lingard puts a low ball across the 6 yard line for Hernandez to poke in to the back of the net. They kill the game off with a third when Hernandez pulls the ball back to Powell who fires it first time past Marshall in to the bottom corner. One of our handful of shots on target leads to a goal when Pululu scores from a tight angle in the area for a goal on his debut.

 

Ipswich – Away – League – 10th V 7th

 

A change up of tactics as we try our 4312 formation from our time at Tranmere. We take the lead when Henricksen picks the ball up about 30 yards out and drills it in to the bottom corner (it also won goal of the month). Mason doubles our lead in the first half when the ball is cleared to him on the edge of the area and he curls it around a defender and past the keeper. We make it 3-0 before half time when Kalas whips a ball on to the penalty spot for Woodburn to head past the keeper. Ipswich pull one back in the second half when Knudsen plays a ball over the top to Nketiah in space to slot under the keeper.

 

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October

Brentford – Home – League – 5th V 19th

 

A hard fought draw against a solid Brentford side who are currently struggling in the league. Brentford win a soft penalty early in the second half which Judge steps up and fires straight down the middle. A few minutes later and we are back on level terms after Seuntjens flicks a cross on to Irvine at the far post to tap in.

 

Blackburn – Home – League 3rd V 19th

 

A shocking performance from us as we dominated the game from start to finish and lose the game to an injury time goal for Blackburn. One of our best chances for a goal in the game came after we won a free kick on the edge of the area and Westwood smashes the free kick against the bar. Blackburn make us pay with a smash and grab when Morris puts a ball in to the area and Joao heads past Marshall.

 

MK Dons – Away – League – 22nd V 6th

 

A struggling MK Dons side take the lead against the run of play when Agard pulls the ball back to the near post for Ugbo to flick the ball past Gunn. Kalas gets our equaliser after he drives down the right and plays a one two with Hernandez before firing the ball in to the roof of the net. We turn the game around and take the lead minutes later after Dicko has his first shot saved but follows it up and scores from a tight angle. Hernandez gets our third of the game when Dicko plays a through ball to Hernandez who beats two defenders and fires it across the keeper and into the bottom corner. We had a chance to get a fourth in the dying seconds when we win a penalty but Baines fires it straight at the keeper.

 

Sheffield United – Home – League – 5th V 7th

 

A tough and boring game with only a handful of chances all game against a team also fighting in the play offs. Sheffield United’s best chance came when they win a free kick but Brooks puts it straight in to Marshall’s hands. Our best chance to get the three points came in the final few minutes when a shot from Bowen was tipped wide by the keeper.

 

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Fixtures:

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Our form has continued to be decent as we have only lost one in our last 8 league games which means we now sit fifth in the league and in a play off spot. It is still early in the season but Everton are already 11 points clear of the season with everyone else within a handful of points of each other. Our performances so far this season have been good and our only blip came against Blackburn who soaked up our pressure for 90 minutes and FM’d us with an injury time winner. We are also out of the Carabao Cup after losing to a strong West Ham side and we were pretty awful with us only having a handful of shots all game despite being the home side. With the league being so tight hopefully we can go on a little run and try and secure a place in the top 10 minimum! We did no more business in the summer as I am happy with the squad and they all want to play and put in good performances when called upon.

Season 3 – Pre Season

 

Welcome back as we begin life at Hull after our two years at Tranmere where we achieved back to back promotions. This is the first time that we have had a decent amount of money to spend on transfers and I feel we have brought in some good players. In this update we will go through the transfers then a quick look at how we got on in pre season before we kick off the first few games of the season. If you missed the previous blog where we look at the Hull team get up to date here or the final update of the season at Tranmere is here.

Transfers

As expected we have brought in more players than what we have sold. The only notable players to be sold so far are Kelly (£2.2million) and Ulloa (£1.6million). We have also loaned out Mannion to Forest as I feel he would develop more playing week in week out rather than sitting on the bench and playing every now and then.

 

Edoardo Goldaniga – £1.7million

Afimico Pululu – £2million

Mats Seuntjens – 650k

Daniel Amartey – £2million

Marko Grujic – Season Loan

Ben Woodburn – Season Loan

Angus Gunn – Free Transfer

Tyrone Mings – Season Loan

Marco Terrazzino – 275k

Leighton Baines – Free Transfer

Jordan Ferri – £3million

Lewis Morgan – 500k

 

Pre Season

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As usual the assistant will be taking charge of the friendlies and he also arranged a majority of them before I added a couple afterwords as for some reason I like to have about 6-8 games in pre season. We should have a relatively easy pre season as we are coming up against teams we should be beating but it is all about getting the teams fitness up and getting the new players settled in to the new team and formation.

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We had a solid pre season and we were unbeaten which I thought we had a good chance of doing so and some of the games we won convincingly like the 7-0 against Doncaster. We did have a few players come in on trial over pre season but for now none of them earned themselves a contract but we may bring in one or two by the end of the window if we can’t get other transfers in.

 

Season Preview

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The championship is a tough league to get out of and this season is no different with the likes of Everton coming down from the Premier League and are expected to go straight back up. I am still setting a personal target for the play offs but if we just miss out this season then I won’t be that disappointed. We are currently 7th favourite for winning the league and I feel our team is strong enough to be around there come the end of the season.

 

Millwall – Home – League – 13th V 16th

We kick off our time at Hull with a win against Millwall who are always difficult to play against. It took us until early in the second half before we scored and Hernandez was the man to open the scoring. The goal comes when Fredericks puts a ball in to the area from the right for Hernandez to control and fire in to the bottom corner taking a slight deflection on the way in. Millwall were soon back on level terms when Cole gets to the byline before pulling it back for Soriano to tap in. Hernandez gets his second of the game and our winner after he wins a penalty and converts it in to the top corner.

 

Hartlepool – Away – Carabao Cup 1st Round

A chance to progress in the cup against Hartlepool and we put out a slightly rotated side to try and get us the win. Tyrone Mings puts us in front on his debut when he plays a one two with Terrazzino and drills it past the keeper at his near post. Terrazzino then doubles the lead before half time when he volleys home a cross from Amartey. Hartlepool get in to the game in the second half when they pull one back after Rodney heads the ball in at the near post from a Norris cross. Straight from kick off Bowen runs down the right and puts an early ball in to the back post for Terrazzino to tap in. Terrazzino is involved again as he has a chance for a hat trick but fires the penalty straight over the bar and out of the ground.

 

Sheffield Wednesday – Away – League – 19th V 9th

An even and frustrating game as we had most of the chances in the first half to take the lead but it was Sheffield who take the lead from a penalty. They win a penalty late in the first half and Bannan scores after tucking it in to the bottom corner. We do manage to get an equaliser just after the hour mark when Adomah puts a low ball in to the area and Adelaide scores at the back post.

 

Derby – Home – League – 10th V 17th

We take an early lead inside the first couple of minutes when Terrazzino heads a ball back across the area for Adomah to side foot past Carson. Our lead doesn’t last long as Boli pulls the ball back to Martin to score from a yard out. Hernandez puts us back in front when he gets to the front post to flick a cross from Adomah past the keeper. Derby equalise again when we can’t clear the ball and it’s put back in to the area for Butterfield to head past Marshall. Derby then turn the game around and get the winner late on when Blackman beats the defender to the ball and slots it under the rushing Marshall.

 

QPR – Home – League – 13th V 19th

Adelaide gives us a deserved lead in the first half when his free kick takes a deflection off the wall and wrong foots the keeper. He doubles the lead a few minutes later when the ball finds him at the back post and he heads it back across the goal in to the far corner. We get a third and Adelaide is involved again as he goes on a solo run before squaring it to Adomah on the penalty spot to tuck in. Solanke pulls one back for QPR with a shot from the edge of the area that squeezes in to the bottom corner. QPR then get a second when a free kick is knocked down and Luongo fires past Marshall. Adelaide gets his hat trick when nods a corner in at the near post. We get a fifth of the game and again it comes from a corner as it’s whipped in it gets flicked on to Adomah to volley past Smithies.

 

Burton – Home – League – Carabao Cup 2nd Round

Another cup game and another chance to rotate the side to give others game time. We get off to the worse start as Burton take the lead after Palmer plays Sordell in on goal and fires it across Gunn in to the bottom corner. Their lead lasts about a minute as Bowen puts a low ball in to the area for Woodburn to tap in his first goal for the club. Woodburn turns provider as he whips a ball in to Adelaide at the back post to head in. Adelaide and Woodburn link up again for our third as Adelaide comes down the left before cutting inside and squaring for Woodburn to slot past the keeper. Sordell gets his second of the game when Amartey passes back to no one leaving Sordell in on goal to tuck past the keeper. We score a fourth before half time after we win a penalty and Baines steps up and fires it down the middle for a debut goal. Burton get a third and Sordell gets his hat trick when a cross is knocked down and he fires it in off the underside of the crossbar. Woodburn then gets a hat trick of his own as he robs the ball on the edge of the area before sliding under the keeper.

 

Everton – Away – League – 1st V 6th

We take an early lead against the league favourites as Adelaide’s header hits the bar and Adomah follows it up to tap in past Pickford. Everton soon equalise when Sigurdsson slides Onyekuru in one on one and slots it past Marshall. We go in front again when Seuntjens squares to Adomah on the edge of the area and fires it past Pickford at his near post. About a minute later and Everton are back on level terms as a corner bounces around the area and Lukaku reacts quickest to poke it in. Everton then take the lead before half time when Bakambu beats the defence for pace and cuts inside and fires it across the keeper and in to the far corner. Everton finally kill us off in injury time when a cross from Lukaku finds Bakambu in the area to nod past Marshall from a couple of yards out.

 

Results:

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Table:

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A good start from us considering we have played some good teams in our opening games. After five games we are 10th and three points off the play offs which is personal aim this season. Despite us taking the lead against Everton I’m not angry that we lost as their team is ridiculous and I wouldn’t be surprised if they went the season unbeaten. The new signings have settled in well and are all playing well and have made the squad look stronger than when we first joined. There is still a couple of days left till the window closes and I don’t think we will be making any more signings as I am happy with the players we have. With this formation we are conceding far to many goals so far so we may have to look in to changing that otherwise we will continue to drop points and go from winning games to losing them like we did against Derby. I am happy at Hull and feel this is the right move for the long run of my career as this gives us a better base to start from now we have better players and and a bit of money we have to attract better quality players.

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Season 3 – New team?

 

Hello! It’s me again and this is just an extra update as something big happened at the end of the season at Tranmere. What we achieved at Tranmere in the two years was pretty special with back to back promotions against the odds and I really enjoyed my time with them but I felt I needed to move on if we were to try and keep moving up the leagues/countries to win as much as we can. So your’e probably thinking what’s happened and where have we gone? Are we still in England? moved to Europe or further afield?

We had a few interviews towards the end of the season and a lot of them rejected us or we had second thoughts on the offers so we rejected them until an interesting offer came in after the final game of the season. We are remaining in England and this could work out for us as it’s a higher step up with an ex Premier League team and we will be managing in the Championship this season. Want to find out where we have gone….?

 

 

 

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We have joined Hull City and this could be an interesting project we could build at this club. They are a solid Championship team and aren’t expected to win the league or the play offs yet so we have time on our side to build a team and taking a step at a time to getting them back in to the Premier League.

So why Hull? Well as I say they aren’t expecting us to be fighting for the title straight from the start so that adds more time on to our side and they have amazing facilities which will only help improve the players and hopefully we can bring a few players through the youth team and in to the first team. They have a small but good group of players with Championship experience which we can work with and can add quality to over time as we aim for promotion.

Last season was an average season for them and hopefully we can do better as I am setting myself the target of play offs but maybe it’s to early to tell if we can aim that high. A shock you may see in the league is that Wolves got relegated back to League 1 which is weird and a complete opposite to how they are doing this season irl. I did think about maybe going there but they are a popular team to manage and I feel it’s boring when everyone manages the same teams.

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I have a rough idea what formations I would like to use with them and I currently have two in place for them to get to grips with and one of them is my 4312 that has done me so well previously at Tranmere. They are different but we do currently have a couple of good wingers and we may go with the 4231 over pre season and see how we get on with it to start with.

 

The Team

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David Marshall – A good solid goalkeeper at this level and will be our number one. He is getting on but still has a couple of seasons left.

Will Mannion – Our young back up goalkeeper who has bags of potential to improve and be our first choice in the future when Marshall retires.

Ryan Fredericks – Our right back and he has pace to burn to get up on and down the right side. Always want my fullbacks to have plenty of pace and he has just that. Got Championship experience as well.

Martin Kelly – Kelly will be our back up but I may look to move him on. A good solid player with good stats for this level.

Michael Dawson – Dawson will continue to be the captain and will be part of our defence. Currently out for a couple of months injured.

Tomas Kalas – A solid player who can play in a number of positions. Will be one of our centre back pairing.

Ondrej Mazuch – Another player with plenty of experience and solid stats to partner Kalas at the back.

Max Clark – Max will fight Kingsley for the left back spot. Can also play on the wing if needed.

Stephen Kingsley – Will fight Clark for the position but possibly our first choice left back but he also wants to leave.

Jackson Irvine – A player I always try and sign when in the top two leagues. A good player and always performs well. Can play anywhere through the middle.

Ryan Mason – A solid player and one of our main players in the first eleven and a player that can help us get promoted.

Ashley Westwood – Another player with plenty of experience for this level and has some great stats for a midfielder.

Markus Henriksen – More strong competition for the midfield spots ans we may look to play with three in midfield.

Jon Toral – Will play behind the striker(s) in either formation. Will look to bring in competition for him.

Jeff Reine-Adelaide – One of our wingers but is on loan from Arsenal and will try and keep him for another season. Young player that can only improve.

Jarrod Bowen – Jarrod can play on either wing or up top. Still young at 22 and heard a lot about him from Hull fans.

Albert Adomah – Adomah at 31 still has the stats to play in the Championship. Will be our main right winger if Bowen does well as a striker.

Leonardo Ulloa – LEO! Oh how he helped us win the Premier League! Will probably try and move him on as he is similar to Okaka who is younger.

Stefano Okaka – One of our better strikers and would potentially partner Hernandez if played two up top.

Abel Hernandez – Abel is our best striker at the club and I won’t be surprised if clubs come after him. Is a strong favourite to be our top goal scorer at the end of the season.

Nouha Dicko – A player who seems a shadow of himself when he use to frighten defenders on a weekly basis. Still has the pace to beat defenders.

Budget/Transfers

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The club is classed as rich and we have a transfer budget of £11 million and we may get more should we sell the likes of Kingsley. There are a number of positions I want to try and add to over the summer like right back, centre back, a winger or two depending on if we keep Adelaide, someone to play in behind the strikers and a striker should one move on. So a number of positions to try and sign the right players for so expect a busy transfer window in the next update! I am happy with the squad we have and will try and move on any of the unhappy players so they don’t affect the mood of dressing room.

 

So there we have it after two seasons we have finally left Tranmere mere and gone up a couple of leagues to join Hull. Hopefully we will face Tranmere in the future if they can continue to build upon what I started there. Hull is a fresh challenge and we actually have money to spend which is something I’ve not been able to have yet. We will only sell our key players if the right offer comes in other than that we will be signing more players than selling. Have we done the right thing? Time will tell but in the early days I have a good feeling and don’t regret moving on. The championship is always a difficult league and anyone can beat anyone so we won’t be taking teams for granted. The next update we will go through pre season, transfers and the start of the season.

Season 2 Finale

Welcome back to the final update of our second season as we go through the remaining few games and then look at the end of season awards and stats. We do still have a slight chance of being crowned champions over Swindon but we also have the chance of slipping out of the automatic places if we drop far to many points. This will be a slightly longer update than usual as we have three months of games to get through instead of the usual month by month.

 

March

 

Doncaster – Away – League – 24th V 2nd

A hard fought win against a struggling Doncaster side and it was made difficult from the start as Donacaster went one nil up early on. Alfie May gives them the lead when Walkes loses the ball to May in the area and he slots it under the keeper. We get our equaliser just after the half hour mark when Brewster pulls it back to Dunn on the 6 yard line and side foots past the keeper. We take the lead early in the second half after Oakley-Boothe plays a one two with Dunn on the edge of the area before drilling it in to the top corner. Our lead doesn’t last long when Doncaster win a free kick which is played out wide which is then put back in to the near post for Cook to tap in. Jack Dunn gets his second goal minutes later when a route one ball is flicked on to Green who’s shot is saved and Dunn follows up for a tap in. We secure the win late on when Brewster follows up his first shot which hits the post to dink it over the keeper at his second attempt.

 

Coventry – Home – League – 2nd V 4th

A really boring game and there weren’t many chances until midway in the second half and one that I always want to win (being a Leicester fan). Green puts us in front with 15 minutes to go when Abreu and Green break away and Abreu slides Green in one on one and tucks it in to the corner. We kill the game off late in injury time when we get a second when a corner is put in to the back post and Miller heads home.

 

Stevenage – Away – League – 8th V 2nd

A crazy crazy game. We go in front inside 20 minutes against the run of play after a corner is knocked down and is bundled over the line by Abreu. Stevenage then win a penalty which Oxley gets a hand to but not enough to stop gorman scoring. Samuel then puts Stevenage in front after he gets away from our defence and fires past Oxley at his near post. Abreu gets his second of the game and again a corner is knocked down and he fires home from a couple of yards. A couple of minutes later and Stevenage retake the lead again when Samuel puts a cross in to the 6 yard area for Godden to tap in. Our day is made harder when Wallace is shown a straight red for a tackle from behind and not long after Miller is shown a second yellow for pulling a shirt. Stevenage are awarded another penalty and same as last time Gorman scores when he rolls it straight down the middle. Despite being men light De Girolamo gets our third when he taps in a rebound from a yard out. Danny Newton gets their fifth in injury time when our keeper comes out in to no mans land and he lobs it over him.

 

Southend – Home – League – 2nd V 3rd

We take the lead when Oakley-Boothe whips a ball in to the area and Abreu gets to it and powers a header back across the keeper in to the side of the net. Our lead lasts about a minute as Whitfield taps in after a shot from Kightly is deflected in to his feet. We retake the lead in the second half when Dunn sqaures the ball to Abreu on the edge of the area and he fires it across the keeper in to the bottom corner. Southend get a share of the points when Whitfield is involved again as he sets it up with a whipped ball in to the area for Drinan to head home unmarked.

 

Plymouth – Away – League – 20th V 2nd

A boring game from start to finish with only two decent efforts on goal and both leading to a goal for both sides. Plymouth could of taken the lead but Long’s header crashes against the bar. We were the ones to take the lead with minutes to go after we pushed more players forward and McDonnell plays a ball over the top for Brewster to run on to and slide under the keeper. Plymouth equalise a couple of minutes later when Vyner heads back across his area and Lewis intercepts the ball and taps it past Oxley.

 

Results:

march results

April

 

Notts County – Home – League – 2nd V 17th

A game we dominated from the start but it took us until the second half to break the deadlock. We do eventually get a goal when a deep cross from Vyner finds Abreu to head the ball home unmarked. We get a second and the three points late on when a Dunn is one one with the keeper and as he slides it under the keeper the defender gets back but can only divert it in to his own net.

 

Forest Green – Away – League – 13th V 2nd

Forest Green take an early lead as we took a while to get going when we can’t clear a corner and ball finds Adarbioyo in the area to tuck past Oxley. We get our equaliser and a share of the points just after 10 minutes when Dunn heads a cross straight at the keeper and Abreu reacts quickest to tap in.

 

Crawley – Home – League – 2nd v 22nd

We take the lead in the tenth minute when Green breaks away from their defence and squares it to Abreu for a tap in. He gets our second of the game ten minutes later after he gets on the end of a cross to head against the bar but reacts quickest to head home at a second chance. We get a third before half time after Green jumps highest and heads a corner back across the goal in to the far corner.

 

Newport – Away – League – 5th V 2nd

A game where we struggled to take more of our chances and only one goal was enough for us to get the win. We open the scoring late in the first half when Oakley-Boothe plays a one two with Abreu before he curls it in to the bottom corner. We had a chance of getting a second after win a penalty in the second half but Miller fires it straight down the middle and at the keeper.

 

Wycombe – Home – League – 2nd V 22nd

Wycombe go in front in the tenth minute after they win a free kick on the edge of the area and Jombati curls it in to the top corner giving Oxley no chance. Gribbin wins us a penalty early in the second half and Miller again steps up and fires it down the middle and in to the back of the net. Wycombe get the winner late in the second half when they get a penalty of their own which Taylor puts in to the bottom corner.

promotion

 

Results:

april results

May

 

Cambridge – Away – League – 10th V 2nd

Gribbin gives us the lead inside half hour when the ball deflects to him in the area to side foot past the keeper at the far post. Mingoia with an equaliser for Cambridge late in the first half when a cross finds him at the back post to head home. Abreu puts us back in front early in the second half when Gribbin slides him in on goal and slots it past the keeper. the lead doesn’t last long as Cambridge equalise again when Maris puts an early ball in to the area for Foy to Volley past Oxley. With 20 minutes to go we get the winner and Gribbin gets his second when Vyner crosses to him on the corner of the area and fires past the keeper at his near post.

 

Yeovil – Home – League – 2nd V 7th

It’s the final day of the season and we end it with a win against Yeovil. Norburn puts us in front when a corner is whipped in to the back post for Norburn to fire home. Yeovil get a late equaliser in the first half when Khan is unmarked at the back post and side foots it in. We get a second in the game when Green fires past the keeper at his near post from a tight angle. Yeovil then equalise again late on when Andrews taps in a cross at the near post. A minute later and we are back in front when Gribbin goes on a solo run beating three defenders before slotting in to the bottom corner.

 

Results:

may results

Table:

table

 

Not long after the season had finished this popped up in my inbox and as good as it would be for the club if it did happen they are already in a bit of debt and in the short term it wouldn’t help the finances as well as we don’t currently sell out regularly but looking positive for Tranmere if it happens!

stadium

 

review

awardsstats

league stats

 

WE DID IT! That’s the season finished and we have been promoted to League 1 in our first season. Back to back promotions with little Tranmere is pretty amazing and we proved many people wrong over the season. We really did perform above and beyond anything we expected for them this season and as predicted Callum Gribbin was one of our star players with the quality he has he was far to good for this league he contributed well with goals and assists as well as the highest average rated player in the league and I am already looking at trying to extend his loan for next season. Another player that impressed me was Abreu who came in as an unknown from Portugal I believe and got 34 goals for his first season in England. I can be proud of all the boys not just Gribbin and Abreu but a lot of them probably won’t be here next season as we need to improve the quality of depth in this team. We’ve had an amazing season and now we look to the summer and where we can improve the team for our next challenge in League 1. We did concede far to many goals early in the season until we brought Oxley in who seemed to help steady the defence and looked solid and we was also the highest scorers in the league with 103 goals which proves how good we were when going forward.

Again next season we will be working with literally no budget so a lot of the players that will come in over the summer will be free transfers or loans unless we can sell some players for a bit of money. I know what positions we need to improve and add depth to so will be looking to try and bring in players with more quality than what we have now to fill those gaps. I feel with the right signings we could finish as high as mid table next season if we can keep the good momentum going in to the start of the season.

Nice little quote from the local radio sums up the season!

 

‘ It was a superb season for The Rovers who, aside from a short spell early in the season around October when they dropped to 2nd, consistently performed above expectations and were able to secure a most unlikely promotion.’ – BBC Radio Merseyside 

Season 2 – Season Deciding Game?

 

Welcome back to the latest update as we are getting closer to the end of our second season and possibly our last at Tranmere. We have a couple of big games coming up against Swindon who we are fighting at the top and Man City U’23’s in the Checkatrade Trophy semi final. We haven’t brought anyone else in since the January window shut as I feel the squad is good enough to finish the season off. I think we may also have our youth intake soon which is always interesting to see if we get a potential wonderkid!

Cheltenham – Home – League – 2nd V 12th

 

Cheltenham take an early lead in the second half when Eisa turns on the edge of the area and fires it in to the bottom corner. Miller gets us back on level terms when he heads home at the back post a corner from Gribbin. We turn the game around and take the lead when Brewster beats the defender for pace down the right before squaring it to Green in the area to tap in. Cheltenham equalise in injury time when a cross finds Pell unmarked in the area and tucks it past the keeper.

 

Crewe – Away – League – 3rd V 2nd

 

A really frustrating game again against FMU’s Crewe as we only managed a draw. We open the scoring in a tight game when Gribbin robs the ball off a defender by the corner flag and crosses it in to Abreu to side foot home at the near post. Crewe level early in the second half after they counter with Udoh who then pulls it back for Reilly on edge of the area to fire in to the back of the net.

 

Gillingham – Home – League – 2nd V 20th

 

We had a goal disallowed early on from Green after a slight deflection off Abreu but he soon makes up for it when he gives us the lead. He puts us in front after Oakley-Boothe plays it over the top for him to control and tuck past the keeper from a couple of yards out. Oakley-Boothe then gets a goal of his own minutes later when a cross from Vyner finds him at the back post and he fires it in to the roof of the net. Gillingham pull one back early in the second half after we can’t clear a corner and Ehmer reacts quickest to bundle it over the line.

 

Port Vale – Away – League – 13th V 2nd

 

Tom Pope gives Port Vale the lead against the run of play when he heads home a cross from Goodwillie. We get back on level terms just before the half hour mark when Vyner puts the ball back across the area and Dunn slides in and pokes it home. Port Vale then retake the lead when Goodwillie beats his defender to the ball and curls it around the keeper in to the far corner. Green gets our second after Abreu poaches the ball from a defender and gets away from the defence before putting a low ball in to Green to tuck home. Goodwillie causes us nightmares again when he gets his second after we can’t clear a cross and he fires home from a tight angle. Devarn Green gets his second of the game when he uses his pace to beat the offside trap and slot the ball in to the bottom corner. Straight from kick off Port Vale score when they come down our end with Wilson putting an early cross in to the area and Goodwillie heads a looping ball in to the top corner for his hat trick. Brewster gets his first and our fourth late in the game when he heads home at the near post from a Dunn cross.

 

Swindon – Home – League – 2nd V 1st

 

A top of the table clash and a game we need to win if we are going to have a slim chance of catching them and being champions. Swindon get the better start when Williams gives them the lead when a cross is flicked on to him and he cushions the ball home unmarked at the back post. Green gets our equaliser in injury time of the first half when he takes a touch on the edge of the area and drills it in to the top corner. Walkes costs us a point in injury time when heads the ball to Bennett in the area to slot past the keeper and extend their lead at the top.

 

Man City U’23’s – Home – Checkatrade Trophy Semi Final

 

We come up against a strong Man City side and they take a deserved lead inside 5 minutes when Diaz turns in the area and places it in to the far corner. Their lead doesn’t last long as the ball finds Green in the area who sets up Oakley-Boothe to curl it in to the bottom corner. We take the lead minutes later as Dunn whips a free kick in to the back post and Miller scores with a bullet header. Man City kick on and get a second when they break down the left with Dolberg who squares it to Foden making a late run and he fires it in to the to corner. Roberts gets their third when his shot from the corner of the area bends around the keeper and hits the bottom of the post and bounces in. He then gets his second of the game in the second half when he plays a one two with Dolberg before he fires a rocket in to the top corner.

 

Results:

results

Fixtures:

fixtures

Table:

table

 

Youth Intake

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Jim Hartley

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Well what a bad few games this has been and possibly our worse form all season. This is the kind of thing I was expecting before the season had started and I’m really hoping we aren’t beginning to bottle our chance of automatic promotion in to League 1. The Swindon game was really frustrating and to lose in the dying seconds from our own mistake meant a few bad words were said and maybe stuff got thrown about the room…! The Port Vale game was another frustrating one as it felt they scored with every shot on target they had. We seemed to have a good chance of beating a very strong Man City side which was ridiculously good until they kicked up a couple of gears to get in to the final. We have had our youth intake and it is a meh kind of intake this season and the best player of a bad bunch has some decent potential but isn’t really anything to write home about. I will show you the City side we faced in the semi final. I really hope we don’t bottle the end of this season!

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Season 2 – December & January

 

Welcome back as we continue to be near the top of the table and we have got a chance of a cup run or two. This is a double month update with the Christmas period and the January transfer window (we didn’t do much business in). We did bring a keeper in before the transfer window opened as the ones we had wasn’t performing and they kept costing us goals and points so we signed Mark Oxley who is better than what we had and we have looked much better.

 

December

 

Newport – Home – League – 2nd V 9th

We take an early lead when Green flicks a cross on to Abreu to tap in at the back post. Our lead doesn’t last long as Newport score when a shot from Ovenden goes straight through Davies’s hands. We retake the lead a minute later as Norburn slides the ball in to Green and pokes the ball past the keeper at his near post. Abreu gets his second of the game when he powers home a header from a corner. An early red card in the second half for Newport with a two footed tackle from Labadie who had not long been booked. They do get a second despite being a man down when the ball is flicked on to Ovenden to take a touch and fire low past Davies. Abreu gets his hat trick after De Girolamo whips a ball in from the byline for him to tuck home at the near post. De Girolmao gets a goal of his own late on when he volleys a cross from Vyner in to the top corner.

 

MK Dons – Away – FA Cup 2nd Round

Our FA Cup run comes to an end against MK Dons and we really should of got more out of this game. MK Dons take the lead in the first minute when Sow gets to the ball first and heads in to an empty goal. We get on level terms before half time when Green loses his defender and gets on the end of an Abreu cross to slot past the keeper. MK Dons again score early in the second half when a shot from Nesbitt hits the post and rebounds off the back of Davies. We had the chance to equalise late on when a shot from Oakley-Boothe crashes off the bar and it gets cleared.

 

Lincoln – Home – Checkatrade Trophy 2nd Round

We finally manage to take the lead late in the second half in what was a one sided game. The first goal comes after Wordsworth plays a ball over the top to Abreu to round the keeper and roll the ball in to an empty goal. Wallace doubles our lead in injury time to finish off the game when their defender misses the ball leaving him one v one with the keeper and slides it under him.

 

Chesterfield – Away – League – 11th V 2nd

Abreu puts us in front when he heads home a cross in to the far corner from Vyner. We double our lead in the second half when a corner falls to Grandison to poke past the keeper. Abreu gets his second of the game when he pulls away from his marker and volleys past the keeper. We had injuries in this game to McDonnell and Dunn and both were out for a couple of weeks.

 

Exeter – Home – League – 1st V 5th

Exeter get off to the better start when Stockley gives them the lead. The ball is cleared but to their player who puts it back in to the box for Stockley to head home. We pull level when Vyner plays a long low ball to Abreu who squeezes his shot past the keeper at his near post. Exeter then retake the lead when Reid pulls it back across the box for Stockley to fire home. We equalise again when Wordsworth picks the ball up on the edge of the area and drives it in to the top corner.

 

Yeovil – Away – League – 8th V 1st

We take the lead in what was a tight opening to the game. The ball is whipped in to the box by Vyner and the defender misses it leaving Green free to head in at the back post. We get a second minutes later when Oakley-Boothe drills the ball in to the bottom corner from the corner of the area. Yeovil get a foot in the game when a corner falls to Bailey who fires it through a group of players and in to the bottom corner.

 

Wycombe – Away – League – 24th V 1st

A very one sided game against a struggling Wycombe side and we should really of won by a bigger score line. We win a penalty early in the second half which Wordsworth fires straight at the keeper but reacts quickest to score at the second attempt.

 

Results:

december results

 

January

 

Transfers

Anton Walkes – Free Transfer

Rhian Brewster – Loan

Dean Marney – Free Transfer

 

Cambridge – Home – League – 1st V 7th

A good start from us as we take the lead inside 20 minutes thanks to Walker. Vyner gets to the byline and pulls the ball back to Walker on the penalty spot to tap in. Walker then turns provider minutes later when he a whips a ball in to the front post for Abreu to flick past the keeper. We get a third before half time when Abreu squares it to Walker and his shot is to powerful for the keeper to save it. We get an early goal in the second half when Norburn takes a shot from outside of the area and curls it in to the far post. We get a fifth of the game when Wallace miss hits a shot but the keeper misjudges the bounce and it goes in to the bottom corner. Cambridge get a consolation late on when Brown jumps highest and heads home from a corner.

 

Leyton Orient – Away – League – 21st V 1st

Devarn Green puts us in front early on with a looping header in to the far post from a cross. Green gets his second when he robs the ball off a defender and slots it under the keeper. Abreu gets our third in the second half when Gribbin pulls the ball back for him to drill home in to the bottom corner.

 

Barnet – Home – League – 1st V 14th

Devarn Green gets our opener seconds before half time when the keeper doesn’t catch a shot from Vyner and Green is there to tap in to an empty goal. Oakley-Boothe gets our second on the hour mark when the keeper punches the ball clear to him on the edge of the area and curls it in to the bottom corner.

 

Oldham – Home – Checkatrade Trophy 3rd Round

We get an early goal again when Abreu gets on the end of a cross and powers a header past the keeper. Gribbin gets our second goal when Norburn plays him in on goal and he calmly curls it in to the bottom corner. Our dominant performance sees us get a third before half time when Vyner gets the ball on the edge of the area and drives it across the keeper in to the far corner.

 

Lincoln – Away – League – 11th V 1st

A poor performance from us and the start of a slight two game blip in our good form. Lincoln win a penalty in the first half which Bostwick fires in to the top left corner to give them the lead. We win a penalty of our own late in the first half but McDonnell fires it straight down the middle at the keeper.

 

Accrington – Home – League – 1st V 13th

After us dominating the opening ten minutes Accrington take the lead with a rocket from outside the area from Billy Kee. Accrington then double their lead when they play a short free kick to Morton in the area and slots it past the keeper. We finally get in the game when Vyner cuts in from the right and fires it past the keeper at his near post.

 

Wigan – Home – Checkatrade Trophy Quarter Final 

A very even game against a good Wigan side and we take the lead in injury time of what had been a quiet first half. The only goal of the game comes when Oakley-Boothe slides Abreu in on goal and fires it across the keeper. A good win and good to get back winning.

 

Results:

jan results

Fixtures:

fixtures

Table:

table

 

We are going in to the final few months with a serious chance of getting back to back promotions in what has been a weird season. I have no idea how we are performing so well this season and something has ‘clicked’ with the players and the tactic and it is working wonders for us and all the new signings this season have settled in well. I felt we didn’t really need to do much business in January but we did bring in Walkes as back up who can play in multiple positions, Marney in centre midfield and Brewster as a back up striker as the ones we have are not good enough. We did get rid of a couple of players in January in Luis Alberto (22k) and Grandison (33k) both of them just wasn’t performing well and made mistake after mistake every chance they had so we moved them on. A couple more have gone out on loan after we couldn’t find permanent transfers for them but they’ll be gone in the summer.