Sorry for the lack of blog updates for around a month but we are back and going to get the season finished in the next couple of updates! We have the January transfer window coming up so we may look to bring in a couple of players and get rid of some of the ones that won’t feature as much or are unhappy which I don’t want in this club. We are still in and around the play offs and hopefully come the end of the season we can secure a spot in there and get promoted via the play offs..
Frenkie De Jong – £5 Million. We needed a new midfielder as we had agreed to sell Westwood before the window and he was unhappy at Ajax.
Karl Darlow – £950k. Karl comes in to challenge Marshall as he has been having a few poor games and Gunn hasn’t really shown why he should be number one either but we now have 3 solid keepers for this league.
Jares Okore – Loan. An old FM legend! Centre back is a position we have lacked a little bit over the first half of the season and with Kalas being sold we have brought him in on loan till the end of the season.
Bobby Reid – £2 Million. A DoF signing and £2 mill for Bobby seems a good deal. He can either play in behind the striker which is where he will mostly play but he can also play up front should we need him (I believe he has been for Bristol IRL?).
Adam Armstrong – £925k. A player I love on FM an more times than not you can rely on to bang goals in and for £925k is a bit of a bargain. If it doesn’t work out then we can soon move him on.
Cyrus Christie – £3.1 Million. Another play I love to sign on FM and is usually my main right back on most of my saves. Can always rely on him to perform well and will get up and down the right side easily.
Jordan Graham – £3.5 Million. A deadline day signing but a player we had been following for a while but couldn’t agree a fee. Jordan has plenty of pace and can play on either wing which is another place a player hasn’t really made his own.
The outgoings in the window were – Westwood to Sunderland – £3.5 Million, Kalas to Middlesbrough – £6.5 rising to 9.5 Million, Toral to Tenerife – Loan, Irvine to Toulouse £2.7 Million and Fredericks to Sunderland – £775k as well as a few youngsters going out on loan to hopefully get game time to help continue their development.
Sheffield Wednesday – Home – Championship – 5th V 6th
A good first half from us and we should have taken the lead after we had a couple of golden chances from Adelaide at a corner and then hitting the post. Sheffield Wednesday had a chance to sucker punch us and get the win with a counter from our corner but Rhodes misses an open goal from a couple of yards out.
West Brom – Home – FA Cup 3rd Round
A disappointing start as West Brom go in front early on when Leko sprints down the right and pulls the ball back to Rondon to tap in in at the front post. They get a second when Rondon knocks a corner down to Veltman to side foot in to the bottom corner. Our cup run looks over as Rondon gets his second minutes later after Rodriguez heads a cross down to him to poke under the keeper. We manage to get a foot in the game when Grujic finds Adelaide on the edge of the area and he turns on the spot and fires it in to the top corner. We get a second late in the first half when a low cross from Woodburn finds Terrazzino open to tuck under the keeper. We pushed players forward to try and get an equaliser but Rondon punishes us when he gets his hat trick after Burke beats two players and rolls it to Rondon in the area to tap in.
Derby – Away – Championship – 7th V 3rd
A tough game against play off contenders Derby. We started the game better and had a golden chance to take the lead from the penalty spot but Hernandez steps up and hits it straight at Carson. A couple of minutes later and Derby punish our penalty miss as Vydra plays a one two and tucks the ball under the keeper. Vydra gets his second soon after when Marshall can’t control a back pass leaving the goal wide open for him to roll the ball in to. We get a goal of our own when a free kick is headed clear to Henriksen on the edge of the area and smashes a volley perfectly in to the top corner. Derby end the first half with 10 men as Lowe is shown a second yellow for a tackle from behind.
Everton – Home – Championship – 6th V 1st
We get the perfect start against the champions elect as Woodburn gives us an early lead. The goal comes when Seuntjens plays a ball out wide to Woodburn who cuts inside and fires past the keeper at the near post. Adelaide doubles our lead when a corner is played to Grujic on the edge of the area who slides him in on goal to side foot past the keeper. Bakambu gets Everton’s first goal as he powers a header home a cross at the front post. Everton pull level when Fraser whips a low ball in to the 6 yard box for Onyekuru to poke in. Woodburn puts us back in front as he gets on the end of a cross and heads the ball in off the underside of the crossbar. Everton level the game again early in the second half as Bakambu is played in one v one with the keeper and he slots it under Marshall. Our day is made harder when we go down to ten men after Mazuch is shown a second yellow for a poor tackle. Onyekuru turns the game around and puts Everton in front when he uses his pace to get away from the defence and calmly curls it in to the bottom corner. He then gets his hat trick when it’s a two v one and Bakambu squares to him for him to tap in.
QPR – Away – Championship – 19th V 6th
A shit performance from start to finish away at QPR who we should be beating but we created hardly anything. They take a deserved lead in the second half when the ball is played over the top to Scowen in the area who takes a touch and fires it past Marshall in to the far corner. A few minutes later we have a great chance of equalising when we win a penalty and Woodburn steps up and puts it in to the top left corner. QPR end the game with ten men when Bidwell is sent off for a late tackle.
Middlesbrough – Away – Championship – 2nd V 6th
We take an early lead when a corner is played to Ferri on the edge of the area and his shot deflects to Seuntjens to poke it past the keeper. Traore caused problems for our defence all game and he set up a goal when his cross is knocked down to Boateng to fire past Darlow from a couple of yards. We retake the lead when Hernandez gets to the byline and puts a low ball across the goal for Woodburn to tap in at the back post.
Fulham – Home – Championship – 6th V 4th
We take a deserved lead against Fulham after we break away down the right side before Adomah squares it to Woodburn in the area side foot past it past the keeper. Fulham are back on level terms before half time when Ayite fires a ball up to Mavididi who takes a touch and smashes it low past Darlow. Fulham turn the game around and take the lead in injury time when a hopeful ball in to the area falls to Wallace to fire past Darlow. Graham gives us a share of the points on his debut when Hernandez switches the ball to him out wide before he cuts in to the area and fires across the keeper.
Peterborough – Home – Championship – 7th V 22nd
We started slowly against a poor Peterborough side but we finally opened the scoring in the 20th minute. The opening goal comes after a poor clearance from their defender falls to Graham’s feet to tap in past the keeper. Graham is involved in our second as he puts a low ball across the goal for Hernandez to slide in and poke it past the keeper. Straight from their kick off we get a third as we rob the ball and switch it out wide to Kingsley who puts a deep cross to Graham at the back post to head home. Peterborough pull a goal back before half time when a route one clearance finds Marriott in loads of space near the penalty area and he has time to calmly tuck it under Darlow. Peterborough get a second early in the second half when a corner finds Baldwin at the back post and he heads the ball back across the goal in to the far corner. We win a penalty when Hernandez is hacked down from behind and he gets up and places it in to the bottom left for his second of the game.
Ipswich – Home – Championship – 6th V 14th
A strong start to the game from us as we have a good five or six good chances to take the lead in the first couple of minutes. We do take the lead late in the first half when Woodburn beats the defender and gets to the byline before pulling it back to Graham but his shot is deflected to Hernandez to fire past the keeper. Ipswich get a share of the points late in the game as Sacko uses his pace to beat his defender before putting a cross in to Nketiah to head in off the crossbar.
Brentford – Away – Championship – 5th V 7th
Play off contenders Brentford get the first goal of the game after sloppy defending leaves Weimann open in the penalty area to tap in a ball from Fischer. We are back on level terms when a route one ball is knocked down by Graham to Hernandez who drills his shot in to the bottom corner. Celina puts Brentford back in front late on after he goes on a ‘Messi-esque’ solo run beating 3/4 players before firing across the keeper in to the far corner. Fischer secures the win for them as he is left open at the back post to side foot past the keeper.
Blackburn – Away – Championship – 23rd V 7th
A poor performance but we still managed to score five past a struggling Blackburn side down in a relegation fight. Our first goal comes from Marshall with a route one ball which bounces over the defence leaving Hernandez in on goal to slot past the keeper. We double our lead straight from their kick off when Adelaide beats his defender for pace before whipping a ball in to Hernandez to head the ball past the keeper. Hernandez gets his hat trick and again Adelaide sets him up with a low ball to the front post and scores with a first time shot. Adelaide makes it for when a corner finds him on the edge of the area and he takes a touch and curls it in to the far corner. Samuel pulls one back for Blackburn when he is played in on goal and he uses his pace to get to the ball and tuck it under the keeper.Hernandez makes it five late on when he turns his defender on the edge of the area and drills the ball in to the bottom corner. Blackburn get a second of the game when they get penalty in the final few minutes which Morris fires in to the bottom left corner.
We are in to the final few games and we still have a good chance of finishing in the play offs after we slipped out with some poor results against teams around us. I feel we did well in the transfer window with the players coming in as well as getting rid of players who wasn’t getting game time for a bit of money and seeing Fredericks leave who was unhappy and causing trouble despite being our first choice right back! None of our remaining games are going to be easy and we need to hope teams around us drop points and we turn draws in to wins to keep us in touching reach of the play offs as we have dropped far to many points in the recent months. We have also had our youth intake which we all look forward to and this years was pretty awful and Brad Smith is the only player with decent potential.
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