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.

 

Results:

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Fixtures:

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Table: 

table

 

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.

 

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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

embleton - 3 months

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.

 

Results:

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Fixtures:

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Table:

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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 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

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Jamie Reckford – Free Transfer

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Callam Jones – Free Transfer

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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.

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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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

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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:

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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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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:

table

 

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.