A Team Of Bottlers?

 

Welcome back to the blog as we look to build upon the good start to the season. We have deadline day coming up and I don’t think we need to bring anyone else in unless someone becomes available that would improve the team. We have looked good so far in our opening few games. We also have a cup game coming up against Newcastle in the EFL.

Transfer

Josh Tymon – Loan

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Barnsley – Home – League – 2nd V 3rd 

We break the deadlock after a tight opening 20 minutes. Belhanda plays wood through one v one and he curls it in to the bottom corner. Wood gets our second and his second of the game after Belhanda assists once again when he plays it over the top for Wood to volley home.

 

Wolves – Away – League – 18th V 2nd

Wolves get the only goal of the game when Cavaleiro puts a low ball across the area for Celina to tap in at the far post. A poor game from us despite us dominating from start to finish. We did have half chances to get back in the game from Wood and Onomah but we couldn’t find the back of the net. A typical game where you get ‘FM’d’.

 

Burnley – Home – League – 2nd V 4th 

We take advantage of our good start when we get the opening goal thanks to Olomola slotting the ball under the keeper. Burnley equalise when a ball over the top falls to Stuani to fire past the keeper. We take the lead late on when Abraham robs the ball after their defender plays the ball across the area and he tucks it in at the near post. Burnley equalise once again and take a share of the points when Roberts whips the ball in for Rankin-costello to head home.

 

Blackburn – Away – League – 20th V 3rd

A shocking performance from us but it wasn’t until the second half when we saw the first goal of the game. Blackburn take the lead when they counter and Vaughan smashes home from the edge of the area. Blackburn double their lead late on when a header from a corner rolls over the line by an inch before it could get cleared. The day goes from bad to worse when Alexander-Arnold gets a straight red for a tackle from behind near the centre circle.

 

Newcastle – Home – EFL Cup 3rd Round

Newcastle take an early lead when Deulofeu runs down the right and beating his defender before crossing to Armstrong at the near post to tap in. Wood gets our equaliser when a free kick causes a scramble in the area and Wood reacts quickest to poke it home. Newcastle retake the lead straight from kick off when Robertson puts an early ball in to the area and Armstrong loops the ball over the keeper. They get a third when a corner gets knocked down for Dijk to fire in to the corner. Armstrong gets a fourth and his hat trick when he tucks it under the keeper after being one v one. We get humiliated when they get a fifth in injury time when they throw the ball to Bianchetti at the near post to flick in past the keeper.

 

Derby – Home – League – 3rd V 15th

We get off to a good start against our old side when Gibson heads in at the back post from a corner. We double our lead when Belhanda squares the ball to Wood to fire past the keeper from just inside the area. Derby do pull one back shortly before half time with a header from a corner taking a deflection. We get a third and wrap up the points when a cross from Ayling is headed in to his own goal by Volta.

 

Results:

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Fixtures:

fixtures

Table:

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A pretty poor run of games from us but we are still in the play offs and are not far from the top spot. A humiliating game against Newcastle in the cup put our run in that to an end which I’m not that bothered about to be honest. We did try and bring in a couple more players in on deadline day but they chose other clubs and we move on. Tymon comes in to fight for the left back spot as I’ve not been that impressed by Walker-Peters so far this season and Baines is slowly declining. We have a tough game against Sheffield Wednesday up next and after that we play our beloved Tranmere who I am sure will smash us just to prove we shouldn’t of left them as FM likes to do. We did also loan a few of the fringe players out so they could play regularly and hopefully they can come back and fight to get in to the starting eleven.

 

 

Thanks for reading.

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Relegation?

 

Welcome back to the final run of games before the seasons ends and there is a strong possibility that we could be relegated. We have looked good but we haven’t picked up the points that we have needed to be safe of relegation. We have some games coming up that we should hopefully be able to pick up points from. I have faith in the boys to keep us up and we can go again next season after a summer of making the squad our own. We did manage to bring in a player on the free transfer deadline day which I am very pleased with as he is far to good for us.

 

Younes Belhanda:

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Derby – Home – League – 21st V 12th

A bore draw against our old side. A game we dominated from start to finish but we just couldn’t get the breakthrough and come away with the 3 points. We had the best chance of the game to win it when Skuse missed an open goal mid way in the second half.

derby table

 

Huddersfield – Away – League – 5th V 21st

Huddersfield take the lead in the first minute after a free kick in to the area gets knocked down and Williams volleys in in to the back of the net. We go down to 10 men when Skuse gets sent off for a two footed tackle from behind. Ayling gets a second yellow for shirt pulling meaning we ended the game with 9 men.

huddersfield table

 

Nottingham Forest – Away – League – 11th V 21st

A tight game with Forest breaking the deadlock in the second half when put a ball is put  in to the area and Assombolonga runs in at the near post and taps it in. He gets a second when they break and hes one v one with the keeper and slides it under him. We have a man sent off again when Paredes gets a second yellow for a silly tackle in their half.

forest table

 

Cardiff – Home – League – 21st V 14th

We get the opening goal when Wood squares to Antonsson in the area to tap in past the keeper. We get a second of the game late on when Ayling swings the ball in to the area and Belhanda is there to side foot it in.

cardiff table

 

Coventry – Away – League – 20th V 21st

We take the lead inside 10 minutes when Belhanda runs down the right beating two defenders before he crosses in to the area for Wood to volley in. We double our lead when Phillips plays a one two with Wood before running in to the area and slotting in to the bottom corner. Belhanda makes it three with a curling effort from the edge of the area. Wood gets his second of the game when he robs the ball from their defender in the area and fires it past the keeper at his near post. We get a fifth when Roofe gets on the end of an Ayling cross to head past the Pantilimon.

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Blackburn – Home – League – 18th V 7th

We open the scoring when a cross from Wood falls to Antonsson who is open in the area to tap in at the near post. We get a second early in the second half when a deep ball in from a Belhanda corner gets headed back across the 6 yard box for Stephens to nod in. Ayling gets our third after he stayed up for a corner and the ball gets put back in to the area and hes there to power it home.

blackburn table

 

Swansea – Away – League – 2nd V 18th

Swansea get the opening goal in a pretty even game when Tabanou beats his man and crosses to Dack who runs in front of his defender and diverts the ball in to the back of the net. We get the equaliser when we play a corner short to Brattan who is on the edge of the 6 yard box to curl it through a group of players and in to the top corner.

swansea table

 

Ipswich – Home – League – 19th V 12th

We get the breakthrough when Phillips fires a rocket in to the top corner from 30 yards. Anotonsson makes it two when he rounds the keeper and rolls it home. We get a third when Ponce receives the ball from Wood in the area and fires in to the bottom corner. Ipswich pull one back after a long throw beats our keeper and leaves Marrone open to tap in.

ipswich table

 

Wigan – Away – League – 24th V 18th

Wigan take advantage of our poor performance when they get the only goal of the game when a free kick is deflected and falls to Byrne to tuck past the keeper at his near post. We had no reply to Wigan who defended brilliantly and looked better than where the league says they were.

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Hull – home – League – 18th V 4th

We concede a penalty late in the first half when Kemen pushes a player at a corner. Hernandez steps up and fires in the only goal of the game in to the bottom corner with our keeper getting a hand to it on the way in. We go down to 10 men when Phillips gets a second yellow for a late tackle in the centre circle. We had a chance to equalise late on but Wood skies the best chance of the game for us.

 

 

Results:

results

Table:

final table

 

End Of Season

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stats

 

 

We survived and quite comfortably after we picked up a little bit of form towards the end which proves that we are a good team and after a few tweaks we are scoring more freely now and look a solid team and hopefully we can build on our squad over the summer with some fringe players already leaving we should hopefully be able to challenge for a top 6 spot. I am quietly confident we will have a good season next season and as I say with the right additions we will have strong side to compete for the top 6. It took us a while to turn the season around but we did manage to win 4 of our last 10 and get draws along with them which isn’t that bad considering we was losing every week when we first took over. I can’t see us being sacked despite not finishing as high as we would of liked so we will look to build without the fear of being sacked as the Leeds manager which we all know managers at Leeds don’t last long! Part of me regrets leaving Tranmere but that is in the past and we have to keep on looking forward and improving to be where we want which is the Premier League. Thanks for reading and let’s hope we have a better season with us in charge for all of next season!