Aright and welcome back to the blog as we look to continue our good form from the last few games. We have come back to the Premier League and have looked more than good enough in the early games to be sure that we can stay up in what is our final season of the blog for FM17. We do have some tough games coming up which will really test us and see how we match up against the bigger teams. We have had a much better start than what I expected but these next few games are the ones I have been dreading but excited for at the same time!
Manchester United – Away – League – 1st V 8th
United take the lead against the run of play in the first half. Pogba plays a long ball over the top to Griezmann who fires it in to the bottom corner. They double their lead early in the second half after we lose the ball in their half and they break down the left before Mata is free in the area to slot home. We give away a penalty which Layun steps up and puts in to the top corner.
Arsenal – Away – EFL Cup 4th Round
A disappointing result and performance from a much rotated side. Arsenal get the opening goal when Asano gets on the end of a cross and glances in a header at the near post. Asano gets his second when they break down the left and Asano has time in the area to curl it in to the bottom corner. They make it three when the ball falls to Prudhomme in the area to smash past the keeper. Asano gets his hattrick after he gets past the defence and lobs the keeper from the edge of the area.
Middlesbrough – Home – League – 10th V 17th
Olomola breaks the deadlock with a cool finish from inside the area after Belhanda plays him in on goal. We get a second when Gomez flicks a corner on to Hendrick to head in at the back post. They get a goal back after Schlupp whips a ball in to Barkley in the area who volleys it home. We get a third and wrap up the points with Ferri squaring the ball to Armstrong in the area to curl it home from just inside the area. We score a fourth late on when Belhanda crosses to Armstrong to volley a rocket past the keeper.
Stoke – Away – League – 11th V 6th
Stoke get off to the perfect start when Ings puts them one nil up in the first minute with a side footed effort past Mignolet. We get the equaliser after Maupay puts a ball in to the back post for Olomola to slide in and tuck it home. Stoke retake the lead when Muto slides the ball under an onrushing Mignolet. We pull level again with Maupay playing Chrsite in on goal to fire past Butland at his near post. We take the lead minutes later when Olomola drills the ball in to the bottom corner from outside the area. Stoke get a late equaliser when Muto out jumps Mignolet to head in to an empty goal.
Tottenham – Home – League – 5th V 15th
We take an early lead when Ntcham fires in to the top corner from the edge of the area. They pull level when Kane smashes the ball home from 30 yards out. Kane puts them in front when he curls the ball past the keeper when in one v one with Mignolet. We draw level early in the second half when Olomola plays a one two with Ntcham before slotting past the keeper. Kane gets his hattrick when he scores from a tight angle after a free kick was taken short to him. We concede a penalty but Mignolet stands tall to save it from Harry Kane. They do get a fourth and it’s Kane again with a header at the back post from a corner.
Leicester – Away – League – 20th V 7th
We take the lead in a dull game after a shot from Ferri takes a deflection off Maupay to wrong foot the keeper and fly in to the back of the net. They gave us no real problems in front of goal until Leicester did get an equaliser late in injury time and its Vardy with the goal after he slides it under the keeper to get a share of the points.
Well what a poor few games that has been. We have dropped far to many points in them as we do look to lack that extra bit of quality at times in games. The loss to Arsenal was expected as I rotated as much as I could and wanted to concentrate on the league. We looked the better side against United until they got their second and then our heads dropped and they finished us off. Dropping points at Stoke and Leicester hasn’t been good enough and could hurt us late on but so far we have always been able to bounce back to an extent from defeats which is a positive for the lads. We are sitting just outside a place for Europe with thirteen games gone and should we stay in and around it with the likes of Tottenham and Man City having slow starts we could rob the final spot come the end of the season.
Thanks for reading.