Season 1 – Pre Season & Opening Games

 

We will have a quick look at how our pre season has gone along with looking at the transfers we have made before we kick off the season away at Torquay. We have also brought in more staff and we now have the best staff in the league. I am hoping we can have a strong season and the aim is for promotion.

 

staff

 

Pre Season

pre season

 

We have had a good pre season going unbeaten although we did play mostly easier teams and we held Shrewsbury to a draw at our place. As usual my assistant took charge of the games but this year it isn’t my usual number two in Brede Hangeland as he is now not interested in being an assistant in this years game so I have kept Michael Jackson on and he has done well with taking charge of the games.

 

Transfers

Adam Mcdonnell – Season long loan

mcdonnell

Jamie Reckford – Free Transfer

reckford

Callam Jones – Free Transfer

jones

Jake Pickard – Free Transfer

pickard

Tyler Magloire – Six Month Loan

magloire

Ben Fox – Season long loan

fox

We have brought in some good players with the defenders bringing pace which we desperately need which is shown in our opening game. We have also brought in a couple of centre midfielders in as we lacked quality players who prefer to play in that position. We did also bring in another striker in Pickard who looks very good for this level. McDonnell also looks a very good player for this level.

 

 

Torquay – Away – League – 21st V 22nd

Torquay take an early lead after Griffiths gets on the end of a low ball in to the area to tap in at the back post. We concede a penalty minutes later but Davies dives to his right and pushes it wide to keep it at one nil. They get a second after a long ball over the top to Gray who volleys it past the keeper. My boy Devarn Green gets us back in the game after the ball is hoofed up to Pickard who plays the ball between two defenders for Devarn to run on to and tuck in to the bottom corner. Waring pulls us level when a low ball in to the area and he pokes it home between the keepers legs. Torquay retake the lead when the ball is played in to the near post and is fired home. We equalise again when Green finds the ball fall to him in the area for him to slot past the keeper. We then win a penalty late in injury which McNulty puts straight down the middle to get us the win.

 

Woking – Home – League – 5th V 18th

A one sided first half from us with Dunn coming closest to getting the opener when he smashes the crossbar from the edge of the area. We do get the opening goal in the second half when a shot from Reckford smashes the post and Green reacts quickest to tap in. We get a second late on when Green crosses from the right to Harris on the penalty spot and fires past the keeper.

 

Sutton – Home – League – 4th V 23rd

We are quick out the blocks and go in front inside five minutes. The goal comes when Harris plays Waring in on goal and curls it in to the bottom corner. We go down to ten men when Harris is shown a straight red for a challenge from behind. Despite being a man lighter we get a second goal, Norburn plays the ball out to Buxton who cuts inside and fires past the keeper. We wrap up the points when Fox nods the ball down to Green who volleys it past the keeper. Green gets his second when Fox robs the ball off a defender before squaring the ball to Devarn who puts it in to the top corner. He gets his hat trick in injury time when he fires home from a tight angle.

 

Guiseley – Away – League – 13th V 1st

Guiseley take an early lead after they break down the right before crossing to Correia who is free in the area to drill past the keeper. Waring puts us back on level terms when he squeezes the ball past the keeper at his near post. We then take the lead minutes later after a loose pass finds Green in the area and slides it under the keeper. We get a third after a shot from Buxton hits Waring and rolls over the line. We get a fourth and Waring’s hat trick late on when he beats his defender before curling it in to the top corner.

 

Results

results

Fixtures

fixtures

Table

table

 

What a great start to the season we have had, won all four of our opening four games and are scoring goals for fun. We still have a long way to go but we are looking very comfortable at this stage but I’m not expecting us to go the season unbeaten! What a start Green and Waring are having with Green getting 7 in four and Waring getting 5 in 4. No game is easy at this level and it gets no easier in the next game when we play Eastleigh who are second and also won all four of their games. In our opening game our back four suffered so much with the lack of pace which Torquay took advantage of to get their goals.

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FM18 – Return Of The Journeyman

 

I’m back! I have taken a while to begin my blog for FM18 for a couple of reasons, first being I wanted to learn the new game as it has some new features and bits tweaked and the second reason is because I have been unsure of who to be! Everyday my list grew bigger and bigger with new teams added on. But finally I made my decision a couple of days ago and it is all down to one man…. Devarn Green. Now many of you may or may not know my (slight) man crush on him after he bagged goals for fun for me on the blog and on personal saves on FM17. One idea I had thought about was waiting till the edited database was out so I could take over Stourbridge where he was on loan and get Devarn firing us up the leagues again but all that changed after I saw on Twitter that he had moved and I had not noticed it but where did he move to..!?

 

devarn green

 

So the journeyman this year will start at Tranmere a lot like last year. Tranmere wasn’t on my list at first but I asked on Twitter (@The_FmGamer) if people would bother that I was them again as it is a team I could get behind after enjoying the journey last year but I know people enjoy new teams and leagues and get bored easy if people are the same teams over and over as I know I do. Tranmere are still in the National League and should be one of the stronger teams and are expected to finish up in and around the play off area. This is a journeyman so we won’t be at Tranmere forever but with Devarn at the club I am hoping we can make some good memories for us and the fans before we move on and up as we look to become a Manager in a top league and the possibility of managing a Country but we will take it a step at a time. I still have the list of teams and we may manage them in the future if the time is right and some I will possibly manage on my own personal saves. Some of the teams are:

  • Hoffenheim (Kramaric <3)
  • AC Milan
  • Blackburn
  • York
  • Rangers
  • Nottingham Forest
  • Sorrento – Italian Non League
  • 1860 Munich
  • Gretna
  • FC Eindhoven
  • Coventry

 

Some of them will be obvious and a couple will be unknown to some people like Gretna and Sorrento. The reason they are on there is because I use to take Gretna to the top of the world on the LMA games and I went to Sorrento many many years ago and it’s a beautiful little town on the coast not to far from Naples that I would love to go back to one day and maybe go watch a bit of football while I’m there! Then you have the obvious teams like Milan who a lot of people will be this year as well as Coventry after their relegation despite them being kind of a local rival to my club Leicester. I won’t jump from club to club the move has to be right for me and one that will move us up the leagues or one that has a better chance on doing so. While I am at Tranmere I have set my self some little goals to reach which should be very doable..

  • Get promoted to League 2 inside 2 seasons
  • Look to secure place in League 2
  • Get promotion to League 1 inside 5 season

 

Let’s take a look at Tranmere..

 

 

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info

balance

 

transfer budget

 

A lot of the players and staff are the same as when we was in charge last season so we have a rough idea of who will be in my plans and what players can perform at this level etc..etc.. We will be looking to get promoted back in to the football league at the first go with the squad that is already here and with the right signings we can make a solid push with this team.

We do have a little bit of room to move in the transfer market with our massive 30k transfer budget and little bit of wage to spare! As usual at this kind of level it is best to look at the players without a club and the loan market and see what gems you can pick up.

 

staff start

Another area that changes will be made will be the backroom staff which are pretty average apart from the scouting team. I have a few names in mind who I will be looking to bring in and be part of the coaching staff who I have signed before and can help take us to the next level by helping improve the players.

 

formation

I will look to try and use my 4312 formation which worked very well last season and has worked well so far on a personal save on FM18. I will have a couple of back ups in place just in case it doesn’t work but most formations work well from this level down.

 

Squad

squad 1

squad 2

dynamics

depth

 

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def

mid

cam

st

The areas we are weakest right now are in goal and the back four. The back four are not only light in numbers but are really really slow and will get beat for pace everyday of the week so we need to change that asap. We will also look to bring in a midfielder or two just to boost the numbers and quality as a couple are not good enough and will be moved on hopefully. We have more than enough strikers who will hopefully be the ones that can fire us out of this league without having to change them to much.

 

devarn

Here is a quick look at Devarn Green who played a part in our journeyman last season and a player who bangs goals in for fun at this level which I found out on a number of saves on FM17. His stats don’t show much but with his pace he can out run any defender at this level and get in to the scoring chances for him to get the 30-40 goals every season that he does. It says he is better out on the wing but imo he is wasted out there and is much better up top as a poacher. I highly recommend signing him if you have a chance of doing so especially if you are in non league.

So that is a quick introduction to Tranmere and the players including Devarn as we look to get through pre season and kick off the league in the next blog. We will look to bring in players and I have a couple of players in mind who hopefully will choose us over other teams and with their quality should help the positions we are lacking in. We are one of the bigger clubs in the league and hopefully we can make a good start to the season and look to aim for the play offs at least in our first season and look to get back in to the Football League.

pre season

 

Thanks for reading and if I have missed something out or you want to see a player or anything then just let me know!

Season 5 – The End

 

Welcome back to the finale of the FM17 journey as we end the season with Leeds. We have played well for the majority of the season and look on course to finish in the top six with ten games to go. Let’s get this season finished and see if we do get in to Europe.

 

Middlesbrough – Away – League – 11th V 3rd

Maupay gives us an early lead when he gets on the end of a cross from Ntcham to fire past the keeper. Maupay doubles our lead in the 20th minute when he drills the ball in to the bottom corner from 20 yards out. Ntcham gets our third after he fires the ball in to the top corner after Olomola plays him in on goal. We get a fourth minutes later when Ferri drives in to the area and curls it round the keeper. We concede a penalty minutes later which Rhodes steps up and tucks in to the corner. They get a second when we can’t clear a corner and Bernardo heads home.

 

Stoke – Home – League – 2nd V 15th

We take the lead in the second half when Maupay plays Olomola through on goal and he slides it under the on rushing Butland. Gomez gets out second goal when Davies whips a free kick in to the area and Gomez heads it in at the near post.

 

Tottenham – Away – League – 9th V 2nd

Tottenham take the lead when a ball is whipped in to Eriksen in the area to tap in at the near post. Olomola pulls us level 10 minutes later when he heads in a ball in to the area from Christie. Tottenham retake the lead when Bruma crosses to Keko at the back post who volleys it home. Eriksen makes it three after Kane knocks a corner down and Eriksen side foots it in to the corner.

 

Leicester – Home – League – 5th V 17th

We get a well deserved win against my beloved Leicester City but the goal didn’t come until late in the second half. The only goal of the game came when Armstrong plays a one two with Maupay on the edge of the area before drilling it past Zieler and in to the bottom corner.

 

Cardiff – Away – League – 19th V 4th

Clough gets the only goal of the game shortly before half time when he tucks the ball in past Mignolet at his near post. A shocking performance from us in front of goal as we threw everything at them including the kitchen sink but it wasn’t enough to get the much deserved goal.

 

Everton – Home – League – 4th V 10th

Everton take the lead which turned out to be the only goal of the game. The goal comes when they play a free kick out wide before the ball is put in to the area and Jahanbakhsh taps in on the 6 yard line. Another poor performance from us in front of goal and we had enough chances to get a point from the game at least but it never happened.

 

West Ham – Away – League – 9th V 5th

West Hame take an early lead after Hadergjonaj runs down the right before pulling the ball back to Valencia in the area to fire home. We finally score a goal and it comes after a shot from Christie is pushed away and falls in to the path of Maupay to tap in. West Ham retake the lead a minute later when Masuaku whips the ball in to the area and Valencia heads past Mignolet. Gomez pulls us level with a header at the near post from a corner. We then take the lead after we break away down the right before Christie squares it to Ferri who smashes it in to the top corner. A fourth follows minutes later when Olomola is played in on goal and tucks it under the keeper. We get a fifth of the game when a shot from Olomola smashes off the crossbar and rebounds off the back of the keeper and in to the back of the net. Valencia gets his hat trick after Feghouli whips an early ball in to the area and Valencia is there to pounce and tuck the ball home. Belhanda makes it six when the ball falls to him in the area to fire in to the bottom corner.

 

Manchester City – Home – League – 4th V 7th

Man City get the only goal in what was a very scrappy game which shows with the amount of yellow cards shown. They get the winner in the second half after Kuki crosses the ball to Vazquez in the area to poke the ball past Mignolet.

 

Liverpool – Away – League – 6th V 5th

We take the lead against the run of play when Olomola beats his defender before squaring it to Ntcham to tap in to an empty goal. Ntcham gets his second of the game after he gets the ball on the corner of the area and fires it across the keeper and it the far corner.

 

Fulham – Away – League – 19th V 4th

Lasagna gives Fulham the lead with a drilled effort from the edge of the area beating Mignolet. Ince gets their second of the game and wraps up the in late on. The goal comes after we pushed forward for an equalsier but Lasagna plays a ball over the top for Ince to chase before slotting it under the keeper.

 

Results:

results

Table:

table

 

So there we have it the season has ended and the journey has also ended. I am so so proud of the boys with how they performed this season and we finished above and beyond where I thought we would given it is our first season in the Premier League. We did manage to finish in the European places despite dropping a few points frustratingly towards the end and what an exciting season next season would be with them back in Europe. As I said before in the other blog about a big club coming for me, I did accept the job and it would of still been in England. The unnamed big club was.. Liverpool. They offered me the job which was an amazing offer and I would also be taking a number of my back room staff including my right hand man Brede, so who knows what would of happened had we had chance to carry this on! What a crazy journey we have had from bringing Tranmere up the leagues before a short stay at Derby in which we probably shouldn’t have took but that led us here and winning the Championship with this club and finishing in fifth place in the Premier League the following season. We also named manager of the season which was a nice added bonus at the end.

 

awards

stats

review

 

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed the journey.

Season 5 – Beginning Of The End

 

Let’s crack on with the season and look to continue on the good form until the end of the season. We did manage to bring in a couple of players who will play a back up role and we did also sell a couple of players who had hardly played to bring in extra money. This is the last but one update of the journey with the finale coming out tomorrow. Sad to leave the save as it has been fun and we have a much better journey than what I thought right at the start of the save!

 

Transfers

Angelino – £2 Million

angelino - 2mill

Mason Holgate – 800k

holgate - 800k

 

Liverpool – Home – League – 5th V 6th

Liverpool are the first to score and it is Diego Costa who gets the goal when the ball is put in to the area and he heads it down past Mignolet. We get the equaliser when Ferri plays a long ball over the top to Maupay to round the keeper and roll it home. Liverpool get the winner late on after Belotti slides in and pokes the ball past Mignolet.

 

Watford – Home – League – 6th V 11th

We take an early lead when Maupay plays Ferri in to smash the ball past the keeper. We get a second of the game in a bizarre way after a shot from Olomola is dropped by the keeper in to his own goal. Ighalo pulls one back for Watford before half time with a side footed finish from an OSborn cross.

 

Newcastle – Away – League – 5th V 6th

Newcastle get the opening goal when a ball in to the area from Deulofeu hits Gomez and flies in to the back of the net. A couple of minutes later and we are back on level terms after Olomola robs the ball off Lascelles before crossing to Maupay who volleys it past the keeper. We take the lead on half time when Ntcham makes a driving run in to the area before slotting it between the keepers legs. Deulofeu pulls Newcastle level with 10 minutes to go with a lovely curling effort from outside the area. We do get a late winner when Christie whips the ball along the 6 yard line for Maupay to tap in.

 

Southampton – Home – League – 6th V 9th

Ntcham gives us the lead in the second half after an even first half to the match. The goal comes after Maupay picks up a loose ball and squares it to Ntcham to fire in at the near post. We get a second goal after Ntcham plays Maupay in on goal and smashes the ball home and it goes through the keepers hands.

 

Newcastle – Home – FA Cup 4th Round

It took until the second half until we saw some action and it came from Newcastle who took the lead. Ayoze Perez runs down the right before squaring it to Wijnaldum who is free in the area to fire home. We did everything we could to force a goal but it wasn’t enough from a slightly rotated side and we did deserve something from the game.

 

West Brom – Away – League – 18th V 5th

Olomola gets the only goal of the game in the 37th minute when a high cross in to the area is misjudged by Areola leaving Olomola to head in to an empty net. A good performance against a solid West Brom side who could of nicked a point when Rondon failed to score when one v one.

 

Crystal Palace – Home – League – 5th V 11th

Sakor gives us the lead and his first of the season when Olomola squares it to Sakor on the edge of the area to rifle it past the keeper. We get a second of the game when Gomez whips the ball in to the area for Maupay to head home past the keeper. Palace do get a goal back when a corner is headed on to Feddal at the back post to tap in.

 

Arsenal – Away – League – 3rd V 4th

We get the opening goal inside 10 minutes after Maupay plays Ntcham in to drive through the defence and fire the ball in to the bottom corner. We do get a second goal of the game and it came late on and we wrap up the points. Olomola crosses to Armstrong at the near post and fires across the keeper in to the far corner.

 

Manchester United – Home – League – 3rd V 1st

Manchester United get off to the perfect start when they score inside 30 seconds. Straight from kick off Coman runs down the right before whipping the ball in to Griezmann to flick the ball in at the near post. Christie concedes a penalty minutes later but Mignolet saves it by diving to his left. Griezmann does get his second goal a couple of minutes later when Alba sqaures the ball to him and he fires the ball past Mignolet. We get a penalty of our own early in the second half after Goretzka gets his second yellow and Ntcham fires it straight down the middle. We get the equaliser just after the hour mark when Armstrong pulls the ball back to Maupay to tuck it home past De Gea.

 

Results:

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Fixtures:

final games

Table:

table

 

I don’t think we will be relegated this season like what everyone thought at the beginning of the season! What a crazy last couple of games where we finally beat Arsenal and got a share of the points against champions elect United after they made a flying start to the game before going down to 10 men. Despite our continued good form it is still so so close for the top 6/7 positions. I never thought we would still be this high up and competitive let alone beating teams like Chelsea and Arsenal! We did have the usual youth intake and as usual it was pretty rubbish which would looked to continue improving had we had time to carry on the journey.

 

Youth Intake

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brooks

youth keeper

 

 

Thanks for reading.

Season 5 – Europe At Christmas?

 

Welcome back to our last season of the journeyman on FM17. I am hoping we can get back to winning ways after a couple of poor results in the last few games. We do have some winnable games coming up as well as playing the likes of Chelsea and Man City. We are coming up to the transfer window and we may look to bring in a player or two if we can find the right player. Could we get in to Europe in our final season and miss out on teams from around Europe coming to Elland Road??

 

 

Cardiff – Home – League – 7th V 15th

A boring first half with the only action coming just before half time when we take the lead. We get the opening goal when Gibson plays the ball out wide to Chilwell who whips the ball low in to the area for Ntcham to tap in. Cardiff get an equaliser and get a share of the points when Phillips heads a free kick past Mignolet at his near post.

 

cup draw

 

Everton – Away – League – 16th V 7th

We take the lead after we break away down the left and Chilwell crosses to Ntcham on the penalty spot to fire past the keeper. We double our lead shortly before half time with Ferri drilling the ball in to the bottom corner from 12 yards. Everton get in the game on the hour mark when Pjaca goes on a solo run and beats three defenders before slotting it under the keeper.

 

West Ham – Home – League – 6th V 7th

We open the scoring in the 15th minute when Maupay slides Olomola in to tuck the ball under the keeper. We double the lead when Maupay beats the defender to the ball before pulling it back to Olomola to fire home. Olomola gets his hat trick before half time after Christie crosses the ball in to the area for him to tap in from a yard out. We win a penalty in injury time which Maupay fires in to the bottom corner.

 

Man City – Away – League – 7th V 6th

We take a well deserved lead early in the second half when Ferri whips a corner in to the area which gets cleared to Ntcham on the edge of the area to fire through a group of players and in to the net. Man City equalise when Koke curls the ball in to the top corner from outside the area. They get the winner with Alli smashing the ball in to the bottom corner after some poor defending.

 

Cheslea – Home – League – 6th V 4th

We take the lead against Chelsea with Ntcham getting our goal when he plays a one two with Ferri before firing it across the keeper and in to the far corner. We get a second goal when Hendrick smashes the ball in to the top corner from 30 yards. They pull one back when Hazard puts a low ball in to the near post for Icardi to tap in. They equalise minutes later when Willian plays Hazard in to curl past the keeper. We retake the lead early in the second half after Maupay slots the ball under the keeper. We secure the points late on when a free kick is flicked on to Gomez to head home.

 

Fulham – Home – League – 6th V 15th

We open the scoring after some good build up play before Ferri plays Maupay in to smash the ball home past the keeper at his near post. Chilwell gets our second with a tidy finish from inside the area as he puts the ball across the keeper. Fulham get in the game before half time as Ince puts a deep cross in to the area for Lasagna to head home. They equalise seconds in to the second half and get a share of the points as Lasagna rises highest to head a cross past the keeper.

 

Exeter – Home – FA Cup 3rd Round

Armstrong puts us in front as expected when he turns and curls the ball in to the corner from inside the area. We get a second when a defender tries to switch the ball across the area but Friedli robs the ball and taps it home. Perez makes it three with a free kick that beats the wall and squeezes in to the top corner despite the keeper getting a hand to it.

 

Bournemouth – Away – League – 20th V 6th

We take the lead late in the first half against a struggling Bournemouth side when Olomola plays a one two with Ntcham and fires home on the volley. We get a second and wrap up the win when a shot from Christie smashes off the post and rebounds off Szczesnny’s back and rolls in to an empty goal.

 

Results:

results

Fixtures:

fixtures

Table:

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We have looked much better in the last few games and the results have shown that as we look to hold our in the top six. A massive result against a good Chelsea side who we are fighting in the top 6 has really shown how far the lads have come since the opening day of the season. Could we really get Leeds in Europe in the our first season in the Premier League. I do feel though that we are only sixth as teams like Man City, Tottenham and Liverpool have started slowly and are playing catch up. Ntcham and Olomola have also stepped up their games in recent weeks and has been pleasing to see them play and make a difference to win games. On a side note if we had carried on for another season which I may do offline from time to time then we may not be here at Leeds as we have been contacted by a big club to be their manager. Sad that this is the last season but has been one of the best and we will continue to fight in the final half of the season.

 

Thanks for reading.

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:

results

Fixtures:

fixtures

Table:

table

 

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.

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.

 

cup draw

 

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.