Season 5 – Playing The Big Boys

 

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.

 

Results:

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Fixtures:

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Table:

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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.

 

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Season 5 – Back In The Big Time

 

Alright lads,

Welcome back to the blog as we start the season against Chelsea. We have brought in a couple more players before the window shut and we should be okay now should we not get any serious injuries before January. We have a tough opener but after the Chelsea game we have some good opportunities to pick up some good points before we play the likes of Arsenal and Man united in a few weeks.

 

Signings

Ben Chilwell – 1.5 Million

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Scott Sinclair – Free

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Moussa Sylla – Season Loan

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Chelsea – Away – League – 4th V 8th

Chelsea take the lead after a tight opening 25 minutes. The goal comes when Willian beats his man down the right before putting a high ball in for Mandzukic to head in. They double their lead after Gomez clears the ball straight to Willian who whips it back in to Mandzukic who fires in off the underside of the crossbar. Mandzukic gets his hat trick when they play a free kick short to Ounas who puts a low ball across the area for Mandzukic to poke home.

 

Bournemouth – Home – League – 10th V 7th

We get off to the perfect start when we take the lead inside 30 seconds. The goal comes after we attack from the off and Maupay plays Belhanda in on goal to tuck past the keeper. We get a second when Hendrick turns on the edge of the area and curls it into the far corner. We make it three inside half hour when Targett puts the ball across the six yard line and Christie makes a late run at the back post to tap in. Wilson gets one back for Bournemouth when he out runs our defence and rifles it into the top corner.

 

Oxford – Away – EFL Cup 2nd Round

We take the lead when a corner is headed clear to Hendrick who has a shot on goal but Wright is in the way to wrong foot the keeper and pokes it in. Oxford go down to ten men when Law gets a second yellow for a late tackle. Oxford get an equaliser in injury time when a cross to the far post falls to Hall to smash in. We get the winner to progress in the cup when Armstrong heads in at the near post.

 

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Watford – Away – League – 20th V 12th

We open the scoring inside 5 minutes after Maupay breaks away down the right before passing to Olomola to fire low past the keeper. Watford pull level shortly before half time when Ighalo runs down the right and puts a low ball across to Lucas Moura at the back post to tap home. We retake the lead on the hour mark when Maupay heads a ball from Christie in to the back of the net. Watford get a share of the points after they break and Deeney is left open in the area to fire past the keeper.

 

Newcastle – Home – League – 12th V 2nd

Olomola gives us the lead early on when Maupay chips the ball over the defence to Olomola to slide the ball under the keeper. We get a second when Newcastle can’t clear the ball and Maupay puts it back in to the area for Christie to head home. Maupay the provider again when Belhanda plays Maupay down the right before he pulls it back to Olomola to fire home his second of the game.

 

Southampton – Away – League – 17th V 6th

We continue our run of good starts as we take the lead in the 20th minute. A corner is nodded down to Hendrick who squares it to Ntcham to smash in to the top corner. We score a second and again it comes from a corner as the ball is played to Wright who controls the ball and lays off Ntcham to fire home through a group of players. We make it three before half time as the ball is played out wide to Christie who whips the ball in for Maupay to poke in. Southampton pull one back when we can’t clear the ball and Zahavi puts it through the keepers legs.

 

Sheffield Wednesday – Away – EFL Cup 3rd Round

A dull game with hardly any chances for either team until we get the only goal of the game in the second half. We get the winner when a corner is headed clear out to Sakor who squares it to Perez to rifle through a group of players and in to the bottom corner to help us progress in the cup.

 

 

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West Brom – Home – League – 6th V 13th

We take the lead in a tight opening half when Ferri plays the ball between two defenders to Olomola to tuck it under the keeper. We double our lead as Armstrong breaks away down the right before putting a low ball in to Olomola to slide in and poke it home.

 

Crystal Palace – Away – League – 16th V 3rd

We win a penalty just before the half hour mark and Belhanda steps up and smashes it in to the top corner to put us in front. Palace peg us back late on when a free kick smashes the crossbar and Sturaro reacts quickest and taps it in to an empty goal to take a share of the points.

 

Arsenal – Home – League – 4th V 3rd

Arsenal take an early lead when Mignolet comes to punch a corner clear but misses leaving Borja free to head in to an empty goal. That turned out to be the only goal of the game as Arsenal defended for the rest of the game after scoring their goal and we couldn’t get the breakthrough to get a draw as their keeper was on form. A better performance against a big team as we held our own and deserved more than what came out of it.

 

Results:

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Fixtures:

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Table: 

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What a start we have had! 4 wins in our first 8 and we have played Chelsea and Arsenal. We should of got wins against Watford and Palace and could of possibly got a result against Arsenal as they parked the bus after they went in front. We have started far better than what I thought we would as I thought we would struggle let alone win comfortably and look like a solid Premier League team. I know this kind of form won’t last forever so the quicker we pick up points then the better chance we have of beating the drop quicker. I am also pleased to get Chilwell in for fairly cheap at £1.5 Million as I know he can perform at this level and is a player I rate IRL. We have Arsenal in the cup next which we may rotate players in and Manchester United and Tottenham in the league over the next few weeks.

 

Thanks for reading.

Season 5 – Pre Season

 

We begin our pre season tour to Austria with the thoughts and excitement of the Premier League on our minds and the hope that we can hold our own against the big boys and survive our first season back in the big time with Leeds after winning the Championship last season pretty comfortably. As usual Brede will be taking charge of the pre season games while I concentrate more on making sure the squad is good enough for the challenges of the next few months and trying to bring in players to help strengthen the team.

 

pre season

We arrive in Austria with rumours going round on the internet as to who our next new signing will be as we have been linked with a few players in recent weeks. Before long the rumours were true and we had made more signings before leaving Austria along with having a couple of players come on trial with none staying beyond the trial.

 

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A solid pre season from us with only one defeat which came at home to Milan who we expected to get beat by along with a surprising home win against a strong Monaco side who we beat 4-1. I added a friendly away to Tranmere who I have a soft spot for and are willing them to do well. We have been playing between two formations this pre season, a 4-2-3-1 and my 4-3-1-2 which has done wonders for me so far this career. We may have played a game or two to many but a couple of the games were mainly our youth/reserves playing to give them that bit more development and game time to be prepared for the season.

Signings

 

Matthew Targett – 3 Million

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Adam Armstrong – 5 Million

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Joshua Onomah – Season Loan

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Cyrus Christie – 3.5 Million

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Joe Gomez – Season Loan

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Tom Davies – 2 Million (Rising to 4 Million)

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Ryan Gauld – Free

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Jose Sa – 175k

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Team

Goalkeepers

Simon Mignolet

Jose Sa

 

Defenders

Matthew Targett

Ben Gibson

Bailey Wright

Joe Gomez

Cyrus Christie 

 

Midfielders

Jeff Hendrick

Harry Winks

Olivier Ntcham

Andy King

Ryan Gauld

Julio Perez

Younes Belhanda

Vajebah Sakor

Jordan Ferri

Tom Davies

Josh Onomah

Demarai Gray

 

Attackers

Adam Armstrong

Olufela Olomola

Neal Maupay

 

It is nearly a new look team as we have sold a number of players along with the loan players from last season going back to their clubs as we were unable to bring them back for another year. The squad is still pretty light in places and we still have time to bring in another player or two to fill those gaps although we do have a couple of players from the reserves who are good enough to back up for the season should we not find the right player. I am expecting big things from Perez this season after a good spell out on loan last season and we have had to reject bids from clubs of 8 Million plus. We had been trying to get Alexander-Arnold back but were unable to due to rules of the league. Another player we were talking to was Reiss Nelson and there is still a chance he could come in on a short loan but we may miss out on him.

 

During our time in Austria I had an email offering me a job. Now I did take time to think about it and I had a look through the team and it was an OK team but not one that I fancied and as it was a challenge but not one I was willing to take. Who offered me the job you might ask? Well it was… WALES! They wanted me to be their manager but the team wasn’t strong enough and to be honest I wasn’t interested in managing both club and country right now. Maybe I would of in the future but I didn’t feel it and it wasn’t the right time for me.

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The draw for the second round of the EFL Cup was made and we have a fairly easy draw as we go away to Oxford of League 1. A game we should be winning but we won’t take it as an expected win.

 

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odds

We are as expected one of the favourites to go straight back down and at 1000-1 there is a slim chance that we could do a Leicester! (Who won it at 5000-1 and I’ll never forget that day!) I am quietly confident that we can stay up and then we can build on this first season back in the Premier League and slowly work our way up and could be a top ten or top 8 side in a few years.

 

opening games

So that is a quick recap on our pre season as we prepare for life back in the Premier League and part two will be out tomorrow as we begin the season away to Chelsea of all teams! I will try and get the updates for this season out a bit quicker as this will be the last season before FM18 comes out in a few weeks and I’m sure we are all looking forward to that and I need to prepare for what kind of blog I will be doing for that as I have a couple of ideas but still unsure.

 

Thanks for reading.

Season 4 – End Of The Season

 

Alright lads,

We are coming to the end of the season with only eight games to go and we have a strong chance to be champions and we could do it sooner rather than later if we win the next couple of games. One player who has left is Tammy who has gone to America and we may live to regret that but Armstrong has come in and done a much better job in a shorter time. Hopefully we can wrap up the league in the next couple of games so we can relax just that little bit more. With the season coming to an end we have been scouting players and spoke to a few regarding joining for next season. Can we win the league or will we bottle it..?

 

Bristol City – Home – League – 1st V 5th

A dominant but poor performance from us in terms of being able to break the deadlock despite having a number of good chances to get the win. Bristol came to defend and did very well to keep us out for 90 minutes. Our best chances of the game from a corner when a header from Wright gets cleared off the line and Cook hitting the woodwork from the edge of the area.

 

Ipswich – Away – League – 7th V 1st

A much better performance than last game and we did manage to get a goal which turned out to be the only goal of the game. We made a great start and Hendrick gets our goal when the ball is played out wide to Tymon who cuts inside and fires it past the keeper. Another game where we missed a number of chances to wrap up the win which isn’t like us usually so I am hoping that will soon change.

 

Wycombe – Home – League – 1st V 22nd

We take a well deserved in the second half after we kept knocking at the door in the first half. We get the goal just after the half hour mark when Sakor has a shot saved from inside the area and he follows it up to tap it past the keeper. We concede a penalty late on when Gibson pulls Akilu’s shirt and Akilu scores by putting it in to the top corner and takes a share of the points.

 

Aston Villa – Away – League – 7th V 1st

They take the lead when a cross is put in to the front post and Bunz is free to head past the keeper. We get the equaliser in the second half after the ball falls to Armstrong in the area and curls it in to the far corner. We turn the game around and take the lead in injury time when Gray plays Armstrong in on goal to tuck past the keeper.

 

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MK Dons – Home – League – 1st V 24th

We get the opening goal when Armstrong scores from the tightest of angles past the keeper with a side footed effort. We win a penalty shortly before half time when King was pushed over and Alexander-Arnold steps up and fires it in to the bottom corner. Hendrick gets our third to put the game to bed when a corner causes a scramble in the area and Hendrick pokes it home. MK Dons do pull one back with a headed finish from a corner but it wasn’t enough.

 

Brighton – Away – League – 19th V 1st

A dominant first half performance and we take the lead just after the 30th minute. Our goal came from Hendrick when he plays a one two with Olomola and drills it along the floor in to the corner. We win a penalty when Olomola is pushed over but the keeper saves Armstrong’s shot. He makes up for his penalty miss when he gets on the end of a Alexander-Arnold cross to flick it in at the near post. Brighton pull one back with an effort from 20 yards flying in to the top corner with the keeper getting a slight hand to it. We make it three when Armstrong squares it to Ponce to curl in from the edge of the area.

 

Cardiff – Home – League – 1st V 6th

We take the lead early in the second half which turns out to be the only goal of the game when Olomola gets the ball up and over the wall and puts his free kick in to the top corner. Cardiff had a chance to come away with a share of the points but Grigg misses an open goal late on. We also gave debuts to Ball and Byram who both played well.

 

Fulham – Away – League – 2nd V 1st

Fulham take the lead with a low ball put in to the area and Avenatti is there to tap it home by putting it through the keepers legs. We wasn’t behind for long when Ponce beats his defender and smashes it in to the back of the net. Hendrick puts us in front when the ball is headed clear from a cross and he volleys it in to the top corner from 25 yards. They go down to ten men after Johansen gets a second yellow for a late tackle and we see out the game.

 

Results

results

Table

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review

awards

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CHAMPIONS! We won the league comfortably in the end despite poor games against Bristol and Wycombe with us looking average and dropping points. We had a tough final few games but we won all of our last five games to end on a high. We dominate nearly every game we play but we do lack that clinical finishing in some games which does get frustrating but were the best team on the whole in the league and deserve to get promotion. We have agreed to sign a few players who I will show below and I feel they will improve the squad and give us a better chance of surviving in the Premier League next season. We have to buy smart this summer as it is going to be a massive test next season playing against some of the best teams in the world.

 

Transfers

Jordan Ferri – Free

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Neal Maupay – 3.6 Million

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Simon Mignolet – 4.5 Million

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Olivier Ntcham – 2 Million

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Toni Trbuhovic – 2 Million

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Harry Winks – 575k

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We have so far signed 6 players who are of a better quality than we already have at the club. We may have overpaid for an aging Mignolet but he has Premier League experience and should be good enough for us for another year or two. I am also pleased to get Ferri and Ntcham in for fairly cheap after we had been tracking them for months trying to persuade them to join us which they eventually did.

 

 

Thanks for reading.

 

Season 4 – Keeping The Run Going

 

Right let’s kick on and carry on with the season as we are nearly at the end of the season and looking good to finish as champions. We have looked much better and like the old us in the last few games which is great to see considering the bad run of games we had. The transfer window closed and we didn’t bring anyone else in but a couple of players have been sold since then and the one big transfer is Tammy Abraham potentially leaving to join LA Galaxy for 7 million and the only reason hes being sold is he came to my office and told me he wanted to leave and asked if I would let him go and I agreed and that he would get more game time somewhere else.

 

 

 Sheffield Wednesday – Home – League – 1st V 3rd

We open the scoring in the 20th minute when Ponce robs the ball on the edge of his own area and hits it route one up to Armstrong to curl it past the keeper. Armstrong doubles our lead and his goals for the day seconds in to the second half after a one two with Ponce and places it in to the corner. They pull one back with Barrow beating the keeper at the near post from a very tight angle. We win a penalty just before the hour mark and McCormack steps up and smashes it past the keeper.

 

Tranmere – Away – League – 18th V 1st

A dull game in terms of highlights but a dominant one for us stats wise and a game where Tranmere offered nothing in terms of a threat to our goal. It was a dull game apart from the 22nd minute when they only goal of the came. The goal came when Alexander-Arnold beats a defender and squares the ball to Armstrong on the 6 yard line to tap home and get the 3 points against our old club.

 

Preston – Home – League – 1st V 19th

Lewis Cook breaks the deadlock when a ball put in to the area from Tymon is headed out and Cook drills it first time past the keeper and in to the bottom left corner. We double our lead when Cook plays a ball over the top to Abraham after their defender misses the ball and Tammy tucks it past the keeper. Another comfortable game and continuing  picking up 3 points.

 

Reading – Away – League – 10th V 1st

A tight game was changed early in the second half . We take the lead when Alexander-Arnold breaks away down the right before whipping a ball into Armstrong to head home. Reading equalise a few minutes later when Stepinski puts a ball in to the back post for Williams to tuck in unmarked. We retake the lead with Abraham slots the ball under the keeper after Hendrick squares the ball to him just inside the area. Onomah makes it three with a lovely solo run in to the area before side footing it into the bottom corner. Abraham makes it four when the keeper doesn’t come for the ball and pokes it past him. We go down to ten men late on when Gibson gets a second yellow but the points were already ours.

 

Nottingham Forest – Home – League – 1st V 16th

Nottingham Forest take the lead early on after an awful mistake from us when Adarabioyo heads the ball back to no one and Assombalonga robs the ball to round the keeper and roll it home. We get the equaliser when Belhanda picks out Hendrick on the edge of the area from a corner and fires it in to the top corner. We get the winner late on after their keeper spills a cross in to the feet of McCormack to roll home.

 

Brentford – Away – League – 9th V 1st

We take the lead in a tight first half when Walker-Peters plays a low ball across the goal and Armstrong slides in to poke it home. Brentford pull level when Hogan beats his defender and gets on the end of a cross to head past Silvestri at his near post. Brentford go in front when again Hogan beats a defender and smashes it past the keeper from the corner of the area. We get the equaliser when their defender miss times a header leaving Armstrong one v one with the keeper and tucks it under him. We take the lead late on after a powerful shot from Sakor smacks the back of Dean and flies in to the back of the net.

 

Results

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Fixtures

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Table

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Youth Intake

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Alex Byram

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So close yet so far away! We have eight games to go from being crowned champions of the league and being promoted in to the Premier League for next season. We have looked a quality side for the majority of the season and fully deserve going up BUT we could still bottle it and not get promotion which is a risk I am not willing to take so we will take it one game at a time. We had youth intake day which was shocking and we only had one decent player coming out of it who may get in to the first team. Adam Armstrong has been a class above since coming in and in terms of goals and has really helped us kick on and secure our place in the league.

 

Thanks for reading,

Back To Winning Ways?

 

Alright lads,

After a tough few games where we have lost points we are looking to turn our results around and start winning again. The transfer window is open and we have signed players who can hopefully help us push on. We should have some winnable games coming up to hopefully get us going again and back to what we should be doing on a regular basis. Belhanda has probably been the star of the season as he sits just behind the strikers assisting goals and popping up with his own goal from time to time.

 

Transfers:

Adam Armstrong – Loan

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Demarai Gray – £1 million

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Andy King – 650k

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Kasper Fuglsang – Free

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Sunderland – Home – League – 2nd V 9th

It wasn’t until the second half until we saw a goal and it came from Sunderland. Fraser whips the ball in to Wilson who flicks the ball on the Khazri at the back post to tap in. We reply almost instantly with a beautiful free kick from Belhanda which curls in to the top corner. We take the lead when Belhanda plays Armstrong in on goal to slide the ball under the keeper to score on his debut. Sunderland get a share of the points after Wood loses the ball in their area and they counter before Khazri pulls it back for Wilson to fire home.

 

Barnsley – Away – League – 19th V 4th

We take an early lead against Barnsley which turned out to be the only goal of the game. Tymon puts a low ball in to the area from the left and Armstrong is free to pass it in to the back of the net. We had a number of chances to put the game to bed and wrap up the points with the best coming from Olomola when he smashes the ball against the inside of the post.

 

Wolves – Home – League – 2nd V 17th

We get the win against a struggling Wolves side. We take the lead after Armstrong pulls the ball back to Belhanda on the edge of the area to drill in to the top corner. We get a second and wrap up the win when Armstrong breaks away down the left and crosses to O’Kane who side foots it past the keeper and in to the bottom corner.

 

Burnley – Away – League – 14th V 1st

We take an early lead when a shot from Cook inside the area takes a massive deflection and rolls in to the goal after the keeper was wrong footed. Cook gets his second of the game when Belhanda puts a free kick in to the 6 yard line and Cook heads it in to the far corner clipping the post on the way in. We get a third and it’s Cook with his hat trick after a corner is headed down and he drills it past the keeper. Burnley get in to the game when Clayton volleys the ball in to the top corner from outside the area. We give away a penalty late on when Gibson slides in late on one of their players but Silvestri dives to his right and pushes it away. From that penalty save we break up the other end and Armstrong curls it past the keeper.

 

Blackburn – Home – League – 1st V 10th

A quiet first half became a lively second as we score 3 within 20 minutes. We open the scoring with about 10 minutes to go when a shot from Olomola is deflected and rolls in to the back of the net. We get a second when Alexander-Arnold has a cross hit the back of a defender and fall to Armstrong on the penalty spot to slot past the keeper. Onomah makes it three in the dying seconds when he makes a late run in to the area and smashes the ball home.

 

Derby – Away – League – 13th V 1st

Derby take the lead inside 20 minutes after Johnson floats a ball in to the area and Xisco rises highest to head in. They get a second when an early ball is put in to the area and Ambrose is at the near post to flick in. We pull one back when Hendrick plays a long ball over the top for Armstrong to run on to and tuck past the keeper. Derby get a third straight from the kick off after Tymon gets beat and the ball crossed in to Ambrose to fire in at the far post. Armstrong gets a second after a scramble in the area from a corner and he reacts quickest to poke it under the keeper. We get the equaliser when Hendrick plays Armstrong in again to curl past the keeper and get a share of the points.

 

Results:

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Fixtures:

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Table:

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A much better run of games from us and we are back top of the league. Armstrong has done wonders since arriving and he now looks like our go to man up top. We tried our other tactic out against Derby with new signing Gray ( <3) playing and it did work to an extent but maybe it needed tweaking as we were away and I will look to use it again. We signed Gray for a million and I couldn’t resist at that price as I feel that is a bargain for a player like him. We have a signed a Danish midfielder on a free and he has gone straight out on loan to get some game time and hopefully improve. We also sign King from Leicester for under a million and we did lack a player in the middle. We have some more winnable games coming up and should we keep building on our recent run of results then hopefully we can build on our gap to second place.

 

 

Thanks for reading.

 

Tough Times

 

Alright and welcome back to our life at Leeds as we continue to fight for promotion in to the Premier League. We are coming up to the Christmas period over the next few weeks which means games coming thick and fast as well as the transfer window is opening and we may look in to using that to bring a player or two. A couple of players are slowly coming back from injury which is much needed as we have missed players like Belhanda. We do have some tough games coming up in the next few games and we need to try and pick up as many points as we can with dropping enough to lose top spot or ground on top spot.

 

Hull – Home – League – 1st V 9th

Hull get the perfect start when Hernandez gives them the lead in the first minute when he gets on the end of a cross at the near post to tap past the keeper. We pull level when Abraham is free in the area to head past the keeper. We turn the game around and take the lead when Sakor heads a corner back across the area for Wright to head in at the back post. We get a third early in the second half when Ponce curls it home in to the bottom corner.

 

Fulham – Home – League – 1st V 2nd

A dull game from start to finish with both teams cancelling each other. We were the better team and Fulham came to defend for 90 minutes and they defended brilliantly as well their keeper Garratt being in form and saving everything that came at him. The best chance of the game was from us when Hendrick plays the ball to Abraham just inside the area who beats a defender and fires the ball to the top corner but Garratt gets a finger on it to tip it over.

 

Cardiff – Away – League – 4th V 1st

Cardiff take the lead when Sio gets on the end of a cross to head past Silvestri who gets a slight hand to it. We equalise early in the second half when a cross in to the area causes a scramble before the ball falls to Ponce who smashes it past the keeper. Cardiff retake the lead when they play a short free kick to Gunnarsson and our keeper comes to dive on the ball but instead stands there for Gunnarsson to curl the ball round him. Lewis cook gets our second with a worldie when a free kick gets headed out to Cook who volleys it in from 30 yards with the ball smashing the underside of the bar on the way in. Cardiff get the winner when Adarabioyo heads the ball back to no one and Sio poaches the ball and rounds the keeper to roll it home.

 

QPR – Away – League – 6th V 1st

A good performance from us and we did everything but score against QPR who sucker punched us with the only goal of the game. They take the lead in the second half after a shot from Barrett takes a deflection and beats the keeper to get the 3 points. Another really frustrating game as we dominate most of the game and come away with nothing.

 

Norwich – Away – FA Cup 3rd Round

We take the lead when Ayling plays Ponce in to slide the ball past the keeper at his near post. Hendrick doubles our lead when Onomah squares the ball to him in the area with the keeper wrong footed and falling to the floor leaving an open goal for him to fire home. Norwich pull one back after they counter and whip the ball in to Gigliotti who is open in the area to tuck home. We throw away the lead when Gigliotti scores a second after he is one v one and puts it under the keeper. Norwich get the winner when Gigliotti gets his hat trick when he fires in to the top corner from the edge of the area.

 

Coventry – Away – League – 23rd V 2nd

We open the scoring just before half time when Alexander-Arnold crosses a low ball in to Belhanda on the edge of the area who curls it first time in to the bottom corner. Coventry equalise minutes in to the second half when a corner isn’t cleared and is headed in from Mavididi inside the 6 yard area. We retake the lead a minute later when Baines curls a free kick around the wall and in to the top corner. They equalise again when Anderson makes a late run in to the area and tucks home an Appleyard cross. We get a third when Belhanda plays Baines in on goal and bends it round a couple of players and in to the goal. Coventry equalise again and get a share of the points when Mavididi is free in the area to fire past the keeper.

 

 

Results:

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Fixtures:

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Table:

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We have had some really frustrating games recently and lost a lot of points from good positions which isn’t good enough if we want to continue to do well and try and get that promotion we all want. The games against Cardiff, Coventry and the cup game against Norwich were the ones that annoyed me the most as we should of won at least two of them especially as we were two nil up against Norwich and bottled it massively. We have looked so good all season and I hope this recent trend of bad results isn’t something which is going to continue for a while and we can turn it around and get back to winning ways. We have been looking at changing up the tactic to a 4231 which we may use in the next couple of games. I may also look to bring another update out in the week so we can try and get this season over with a bit quicker.

 

Thanks for reading.