Season 2 – Cup Runs?

 

Welcome back and I know a few of you will probably want to know if Brighton approached us or not! Well we had an interview but in the end they chose someone else but since then we have had more offers coming mainly from Scotland and teams around us and also Aston Villa are interested. In the coming games we do have teams near the bottom who will be fighting for survival along with a FA Cup game and a Checkatrade trophy game against Wigan! Cup run anyone..? Or will our defence be terrified of Will Grigg..?

 

Plymouth – Home – League – 2nd V 16th

 

We dominated the opening 20 minutes having shot after shot but it was Plymouth who took the lead from an own goal. A cross from wide right hits Miller and goes in. We get the equaliser when Gribbin poaches the ball off Green and drives it across the keeper and in to the far corner. Abreu then gives us the lead minutes later after a corner is played short to Wallace and his shot deflects off Abreu at the front post. It doesn’t take long before Plymouth are level as a shot from Long on the edge of the area goes through Davies’s hands. Lee gets the winner late on when he gets the ball from a corner and fires it in to the bottom corner.

 

FC Halifax – Away – FA Cup First Round

 

We put out a fairly rotated side for our FA Cup game against Halifax. We open the scoring just after half hour when Norburn slides the ball between two defenders for Waring to tuck past the keeper. De Girolamo doubles our lead in injury time after their keeper spills a shot from Buxton in to the path of De Girolamo to tap in. A dominant win in the cup but could of really done with finishing the game off earlier in the game.

 

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Wigan – Away – Checkatrade Trophy

 

We get off to the perfect start when Gribbin puts us in front inside a minute. The goal comes after Oakley-Boothe squares the ball to Gribbin on the edge of the area and he drills it past the keeper. Will Grigg puts Wigan on level terms when he heads home a cross from Berry. Wigan then take the lead in the second half and it’s Grigg again when Dunkley plays a ball over the top and Grigg rounds the keeper and rolls it in. McDonnell gets our second with 5 minutes to go with a tap in at the back post from a corner. With the game being a draw it went to penalties which we won 4-1.

 

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Notts County – Away – League – 11th V 2nd

 

Devarn Green puts us in front against the run of play as he runs across his defender and taps a Vyner cross in at the near post. Abreu doubles our lead just after half time when Wallace lays it off for him to curl it round the keeper and in to the back of the net. Green gets his second of the game when the keeper doesn’t come for the ball and he taps in to an empty net at the back post.

 

Forest Green – Home – League – 2nd V 18th

 

We go in front early on when Vyner follows up his first shot with a chip ball over the keeper to give us the lead. Forest Green equalise within minutes when we allow James to turn in the area and fires the ball in to the top corner. Walker puts us back in front when the ball falls to him after the keeper can only push a shot away and he pokes it home.

 

Crawley – Away – League – 23rd V 2nd

 

A really strange result as we were the better team but come away with a defeat. Green puts us in front after a mix up from their keeper and defender and Green robs the ball and tucks it in to an empty net. Abreu gets our second minutes later when Gribbin plays him in on goal and slides it under the keeper. Crawley pull one back when they play a short free kick to Plummer in the area and smashes it past the keeper. We concede a penalty which Doherty scores by putting it in to the roof of the net. They then take the lead late on when a cross is put in to McNerney to head home unmarked at the back post.

 

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We are still fighting for promotion! What a season this is turning in to and I never thought in pre season we would be fighting for the title. We are also in to the next round of both the FA Cup (MK Dons) and the Checkatrade Trophy (Lincoln) so maybe we could go on a cup run in one of them which would be nice. Gribbin is still putting in some amazing performances and our main front three are all performing amazingly. I never knew what to expect from Abreu as his first season in English football. We are coming up to the Christmas period and then on to the January transfer window but I don’t think I will sign anyone unless someone is out injured for a long time or a player is available that would massively improve our side but we have limited transfer and wage budget.  The next update will be a bit of a longer one as I look to try and keep this journey going as I know a lot of people don’t like to read how we are struggling in League 2/1 for season after season as it would get boring. It was good to see Tyler Walker getting back on the score sheet, he has been hit and miss this season and I have left him out of the starting 11 most of the season as his performances have been shocking but hopefully he can kick on and get back to how he was last season.

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Season 1 – FA Cup Day

 

We are top of the league but for how long as we keep flicking between first and second along with Leyton Orient as the boys are continuing to bang the goals in to keep us at the top fighting for the title. We have a massive FA Cup game coming up against Oxford at home and we have a chance of beating them and progressing in to the next round. We continue to come up against difficult teams in this league and we play teams around us along with our FA Cup game. I have been looking at a couple of players that we could potentially bring in as we lack depth in a couple of positions but we aren’t desperate enough to be forced in to signing anyone it has to be right for us.

 

Aldershot – Away – League – 13th V 1st

Jack Dunn gives us an early lead inside two minutes when McDonnell squares to Dunn on the edge of the area and his shot wrong foots the keeper after it takes a deflection off a defender and goes in to the back of the net. Aldershot equalise in the second half when a cross to Turner who is wide open at the far post is tucked under the keeper. A game of two halves and we pushed for a second goal but their keeper was on fire.

 

Hartlepool – Away – League – 9th V 2nd

We take an early lead again when Embleton plays it across the area to Green to slide it past the keeper at his near post. We double our lead seconds later from their kick off when McDonnell robs the ball and plays a long ball up to Green who pulls it back to Dunn to tap in to an empty net. We get a third after a corner is put in to the area and McEveley is there with a bullet header leaving the keeper no chance. Hartlepool do pull one back before half time when McLoughlin beats our defence for pace and rounds the keeper to tap home. They get a second straight from kick off in the second half in a comedy moment when Magloire falls on the ball in the area leaving Morris to fire past the keeper. We put the game to bed when Embleton curls a beautiful free kick in to the top corner.

 

FC Halifax – Home – League – 2nd V 18th

A dominant and deserved win and we really should of scored more than the one goal and Halifax didn’t manage a single shot on target all game. I thought we had taken the lead in the 20th minute but Waring was offside when he put the ball in the back of the net. We do finally get the goal in the 69th minute and it’s Green again when he beats the offside trap and slides it under the keeper to get the three points. We did lose Dunn again to injury and will be out for about a month.

 

Oxford – Home – FA Cup 1st Round

Jack Payne gives oxford the lead when a corner is cleared but only to Payne on the edge of the area as he curls it in to the top corner. We get a goal against the run of play when Waring dummies a ball to Green in to the area to fire home. We went a bit more attacking in the second half for a while and it paid off when Green puts us in front after Embleton plays him in on goal to slide through the keepers legs. Oxford equalise late on when a shot from Belaid from outside the area deflects off two players and flies in to the bottom corner. Oxford retake the lead when a cross to Payne is tapped home from 5 yards out. We shoot ourselves in the foot when McEveley passes the ball in to his own goal!

 

Dagenham & Redbridge – Home – League – 1st V 4th

A dominant performance and strong start from us as we have a number of good chances to take the lead but it wasn’t until the 25th minute when a goal did come. We win a penalty when Waring is pulled to the floor at a corner which Cole fires in to the top right corner. Green doubles our lead early in the second half when he cuts in from the right and fires it across the keeper and in to the far corner.

 

Gateshead – Away – League – 8th V 1st

Waring puts us in front early in the game when Buxton puts a cross in to the far post to Waring who takes and touch and drills it past the keeper. Embleton doubles our lead when a cross from Buxton is cleared to Embleton on the edge of the area to volley in to the top corner with the keeper getting a slight touch to it. We get a third when Green robs the ball off a defender before whipping it in to Waring to head home. Green gets a goal of his own in injury time when Norburn plays the ball over the top for Green to volley home. Gateshead get in the game more in the second half and finally get a goal with a header from a corner. They get a second when a poor ball out from defence leaves Langstaff one v one to tuck past the keeper.

 

 

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We are still looking shaky at times in games but are more and more looking dominant in games and we look like a team that could beat anyone in this league. Drama in the FA Cup as usual as we looked like we would beat Oxford but we bottled it and conceded two goals late on and McEveley’s own goal was laughable when he passed the ball in to his own goal so was sad to be knocked out as we had every chance of beating them. We have also signed Embleton until the end of the season after he has impressed on loan and has seemed to of stepped up a gear in the last few games. We have a small gap on to Orient but they have a game in hand which could possibly close back up to being a point behind. I feel that if we do get promoted this year then we could quite easily be comfortable in League two and with the right signings who knows but there is along way to go before then!

 

Season 1 – Top Of The Table Clash

 

What a start we are having and our aim for promotion is still on course to be achieved. No game is easy in this league and we have one of the biggest games of our season coming up in a few games time against Leyton Orient which could possibly see us finish first or second come the end of the season. We also have an FA Cup game and we have been drawn at home to Blyth which is a winnable game and also a home tie to bring in a bit extra money.

 

 

Ebbsfleet – Away – League – 17th V 2nd

 

A poor first half from us until Waring opens the scoring. The goal comes after Buxton whips in an early ball in to the area and Waring stretches out a leg and pokes it past the keeper. Buxton turns goalscorer minutes later when he makes a run down the right before drilling it in to the bottom corner from 20 yards out. We give away a penalty in injury time after Magloire pulls a players shirt with Magri stepping up and firing it down the middle. A quiet second half with the little action in front of either goal saw us get the three points.

 

Wrexham – Home – Leageue – 1st V 8th

 

We open the scoring in a bizarre fashion when Devarn Green crosses the ball in to the area aiming for Waring but it misses everyone and goes in off the far post. We again concede a penalty in the first half which Boden smashes in to the roof of the net. Wrexham then take the lead against the run of play when Jennings curls a free kick in to the top corner. We do manage to get an equaliser minutes later when Embleton lays the ball off to Buxton who fires first time past the keeper at his near post. They retake the lead when we don’t deal with a corner and they have a free tap in. Pickard gives us a share of the points after Reckford runs down the left before squaring to Pickard who smashes it first time in to the back of the net.

 

Bromley – Away – League – 24th V 2nd

 

We take an early lead against bottom of the league Bromley when a free kick is knocked down by Green to Embleton who volleys it across the keeper and in to the far corner. We double our lead before half time when Dunn picks up a loose ball and plays Green in on goal to slide it under the keeper. A hard fought win against bottom of the league and we dug deep and got the deserved win.

 

Leyton Orient – Home – League – 2nd V 1st

 

One of our biggest games of the season against Leyton Orient and we started slowly and handed them an early advantage. Leyton Orient were the first to score from our own mistakes when McAnuff crosses from the right and Magloire tries to head it clear but instead heads it in to his own net. We pull level when a corner falls to Green at the back post to fire in to the roof of the net. We tried to get the winner and probably should have after we dominated the game but we take a share of the points and stay in touching distance of Orient.

 

Chester – Home – League – 2nd V 23rd

 

Devarn Green gives us the lead when a clearance hits one of our players and falls to Green in the area who side foots it home. Another game where we dominated and only scored one goal which is something we will look to work on in training. We did have a chance to get a second and the winner late on but Green’s volley smashes off the post and goes wide. Dunn got injured in this game and will be out for a couple of weeks with a groin injury.

 

Blyth – Home – FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round

 

We put out a strong side to ensure Blyth don’t cause an upset and we can get in to the next round. Our class shone from the get go and we take the lead just after 20 minutes and Waring gets it when Cawley plays him in on goal and tucks it under the keeper. Cawley then gets a goal of his own late on to secure the win with a worldie when he hits a volley from 30 yards out which flies in to the top corner.

 

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After some tough games we continue to look good and have one defeat in our first 15 games. It is still so so close at the top of the table and we are only top by goal difference after our front three can’t stop scoring. A comfortable win against Blyth also sees us go through in to the first round of the FA Cup where we will play at home to League 1 Oxford. I am really enjoying this team as we have quality in every position with players fighting for positions and we always look like we can get a goal or two in every game. We will continue to keep pushing Orient in to mistake to help open up the gap at the top and a win against them would of been nice and we deserved it if you look at the stats but a draw isn’t as bad as it could of been.

 

Season 1 – Goals For Fun

 

We have had a great start getting four wins out of our first four games and beating teams easily and looking comfortable being at the top and the pressure that will continue to be put on us if we keep on winning. I feel we are still a player or two from a ‘perfect’ side but that is always the case as you always look to improve the side. If we can keep our front three fit and firing then I can see us having a strong chance of winning the league.

 

Transfers

Kevin Cawley – 15k

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Elliot Embleton – 3 Month Loan

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A couple more players have joined the club in Cawley and Embleton. Kevin comes in to add competition to Dunn for the CAM position as Dunn was the only player comfortable in that position and Cawley has some very good stats for this level. I have also been retraining Larnell Cole to play in centre midfield which he has been and hasn’t played below a 7 which is a promising start. Elliot has also come in for 3 months more as a back up but we do get injures ans suspensions.

Eastleigh – Away – League – 2nd V 1st

 

An open end to end 30 minutes with both sides coming close to breaking the deadlock but it was us who take the lead shortly before the half hour mark. The goal comes when Dunn plays the ball to Green to run on to and fire across the keeper and in to the bottom corner. Eastleigh pull level when Yeates hits a long ball to Constable who drills it in to the top corner. Green puts us back in front just before half time when a shot from Dunn deflects off a defender and falls to Green to tuck past the keeper. We secure the win in injury time after Green whips a low ball to Waring at the near post who fires it against the post and it rebounds off Togwell and in to the back of the net.

 

Boreham Wood – Home – League – 1st V 17th

 

We take a deserved lead in the second half when Norburn puts a free kick in to the area and Magloire rises highest to head home past the keeper. We give away a penalty minutes later for a sloppy tackle and Andrade punishes us by putting it in to the top corner to get a share of the points.

 

Solihull – Away – League – 19th V 1st

 

We open the scoring after a shot from Green is going wide but Waring gets to it just in time and pokes in from a tight angle. We double our lead when Dunn plays the ball over the top to Green who volleys it in to the back of the net. Green makes it three when he beats the offside trap and fires it in to the top corner giving the keeper no chance. Solihull get in the game with a goal of their own when they play a short free kick in to the area before slotting it under the keeper. We get a fourth and it’s Green again after Dunn squares it to him inside the area to tuck home. We make it five late on when Magloire heads in at the back post from a corner.

 

Dover – Home – League – 1st V 12th

 

One of those games where nothing was going for us and it didn’t help when Fox was shown a straight red early in the game for a late challenge from behind. We continue to push for the goal despite being a man down but it was Dover who grabs the win and all three points when we can’t clear a corner and Daniel fires past the keeper.

 

Barrow – Home – League – 1st V 14th

 

We take an early lead when Reckford sprints down the left before pulling the ball back to Dunn inside the area to poke past the keeper. Waring gets our second when he gets on the end of a free kick from Embleton and heads home at the near post. Waring gets his second of the game after the ball is bouncing around in the area and he reacts quickest and fires in to the bottom corner. Green makes it four in injury time when he is open in the area from a free kick and heads past the keeper.

 

Maidenhead – Away – League – 3rd V 1st

 

Jack Dunn gives us an early lead after some lovely one touch passing around the area before Waring slides Dunn in to tuck under the keeper. Dunn gets a second with a worldie of goal when Green crosses from the right in to the area and he volleys it in to the top corner. Magloire makes it three when he beats the keeper with a looping header from a corner.

 

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We continue our good run but the slim chance of an unbeaten season has come to an end after a slight slip up with the defeat to Dover which on another day wouldn’t of happened but we didn’t turn up and they did so fair play to them. Our main three of Waring, Green and Dunn are still playing out their skin and either bagging a goal or two a game or setting up the other to score. We have Leyton Orient coming up who are continuing to push us and match us game for game and that game could be a title deciding game if they also have a strong season. We also start our FA cup journey with a qualifying round with hopes of going on a run and maybe getting a big team at our place. Magloire is another player who has come in and done very well and has also contributed with a couple of goals and hopefully we can extend his loan till the end of the season.

 

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

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Mason Holgate – 800k

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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.

 

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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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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.

 

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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:

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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.

 

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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.