Season 3 – Finale – Promotion Or Bust

Hello and goodbye!

This is going to be the final blog update for Hull and for this save. I know I know you’re all really sad and are going to miss it… You can can always read it again lol. I may start another shorter blog save before FM19 if we don’t carry this one one but as of right now I don’t have the time to blog as I did due to real life getting in the way but we shall see. We are looking good for the final place in the playoffs if we can get a run going as we have teams we really should be getting 3 points from to help us towards our goal. Can we achieve it? Let’s crack on and find out…

March

 

MK Dons – Home – Championship – 7th V 22nd

A spanner in the works in the first half as Henriksen is shown a second yellow for a poor tackle from behind putting us down to ten men. Despite being a man light we do get the opening goal against struggling MK Dons. Christie whips an inch perfect ball on to Ferri’s head to head past the keeper at the near post. MK Dons equalise late on when Marshall drops to Agard who taps in to an empty net. They then turn the game around in injury time after they counter and Aneke is played in on goal and slots it into the bottom corner.

 

Aston Villa – Home – Championship – 7th V 12th

We get the perfect chance to take the lead midway in the first half after we win a penalty which Hernandez takes and tucks it into the bottom left corner. Davis gets Villa back on level terms when he intercepts a poor back pass and calmly rolls it past Marshall. We retake the lead early in the second half when a corner is knocked down to Graham to side foot it past the keeper. Grealish gets a share of the points for Villa when Hourihane lays the ball off to him on the edge of the area to fire it across the keeper and in to the far corner.

 

Sheffield United – Away – Championship – 13th V 8th

We take the lead inside 20 seconds when Graham beats two players for pace down the right before putting a low ball in to the front post for Hernandez but he doesn’t get a touch and the ball beats the keeper and goes in. Sheffield United are back on level terms when a ball into the area from Dummigan cannons off the back of Okore and wrong foots the keeper as we share the points.

 

Results:

march results

April

 

Cardiff – Away – Championship – 11th V 8th

Graham puts us in front against the run of play in injury time of the first half. Goldaniga plays a ball out wide to Graham who controls it before he cuts inside beating a defender and firing it across the keeper. Ryan Kent gets Cardiff’s equaliser when a ball is put across the 6 yard box to Kent at the back post for an easy tap in. Bowen gets our second after Seuntjens slides him in on goal and calmly tucks it under the rushing keeper. Our lead doesn’t last long as Cardiff score again when Tomlin has time in the box to side foot home on the penalty spot. Seuntjens looked to get our potential winner when Bowen lays him off to drill in to the top corner from the edge of the area. Bowen secures the win in injury time after a route one ball is missed by the keeper after he came out of his box leaving Bowen free to score in to an empty goal.

 

Portsmouth – Home – Championship – 7th V 18th

A poor game from both sides as it turned in to one of the scrappiest games of our season at home to struggling Portsmouth. We do finally take one of our chances and take the lead with the only goal of the game. It comes from some good build play before Woodburn picks it up out wide and whips a low ball to the back post for Bowen to slide and poke it home.

 

Huddersfield – Away – Championship – 13th V 6th

The game looked to start bad as we concede a penalty inside the first 15 minutes but Marshall gets down to his left and pushes it away. Okore gets his first goal for the club with a bullet header when a free kick is put in to the far post to Okore who had a yard. Woodburn doubles our lead late in the game after beautiful one touch build up play before he lets fly on the edge of the area as it goes in to the top corner.

 

Bristol City – Away – Championship – 21st V 6th

A boring opening 20 minutes until Bowen scores to give us the lead. The goal comes when Woodburn runs down the left before putting a low ball in to the front post from the byline for Bowen to flick past the keeper. Bristol are back on level terms minutes before half time when a cross is put straight on to El Khayati’s head to head past Marshall. He doubles his tally when a poor header from Okore falls to him in the box and he fires it past Marshall at his near post. They kill the game off when they counter after we pushed players up and El Khayati squares to O’Dowda who has bags of time to tap in.

 

Birmingham – Home – Championship – 6th V 15th

We get the opening goal of the game in the 20th minute when a shot from Hernandez is pushed wide in to the path of Adelaide who takes a touch and tucks it home under the keeper. Calvert-Lewin equalises for Birmingham after the ball is switched to the right to Calvert-Lewin on the edge of the area as he controls it and rifles it past Marshall. Adelaide puts us back in front in injury time of the first half when Ferri plays a ball between two defenders for him to fire first time past Ruddy and in to the corner of the net. Ferri makes it three late on when Grujic knocks a ball down for him to curl in to the bottom corner.

 

Reading – Home – Championship – 6th V 10th

Reading get the opening goal when a corner is headed in at the front post by Choudhury (probably off his afro..). We have chance after chance to get the next goal but Reading double their lead in the second half. Popa sprints down the right before floating a ball to the back post and Bodvarsson is waiting to volley it home. Hernandez pulls a goal back after quick build up play and Graham plays him in on goal and he slots it under the keeper. Despite being down to ten men after Kingsley gets injured we are awarded a penalty to get back on level terms. Hernandez steps up to take the penalty and drills it in to the bottom right corner. Hernandez then gets his hat trick when Graham beats a defender for pace and pulls the ball back to Hernandez in the box to side foot home. The lead doesn’t last long when a free kick is played short to Popa who has a shot which takes a deflection to wrong foot the keeper.

 

Barnsley – Home – Championship – 6th V 5th

We take a deserved lead against Barnsley just after 20 minutes when Hernandez makes a run to the front post to tap in a cross from Adelaide. He gets his second of the game after a first time pass from Woodburn to put him in the box and tuck it in to the bottom corner. Adelaide makes it three late on when Okore nods a ball down for him to drill the ball past the keeper from a couple of yards out.

 

Results:

april results

May

 

Preston – Away – Championship – 22nd V 6th

A poor performance from us in front of goal as we could only manage a draw against relegated Preston. We do take the lead against Preston inside ten minutes after McCarthy spills a shot from Hernandez and Adelaide reacts quickest for a tap in. Preston get the equaliser and a share of the points when the ball is knocked down for Hugill to take a touch and score a beautiful curling shot from outside of the area.

 

Brighton – Home – Championship – 6th V 9th

With the playoffs confirmed we decided to play a couple of players who haven’t featured much this season. Graham puts us in front early on when he gets in to the box and fries it past the keeper at his near post. Brighton manage to get an equaliser early in the second half after Wilson is unmarked in the box giving him time to turn and fire first time in to the top corner.

 

play off

 

Sheffield Wednesday – Home – Playoff Semi Final First Leg

We take a crucial lead in the first leg of the playoff semi finals against Sheffield Wednesday. Our first goal of the game comes when Hernandez squares the ball to Seuntjens in the area and he drills the ball past the keeper. Bowen doubles the lead late on when Henriksen plays the ball out wide to him before he cuts inside and curls it past the keeper and in to the far corner.

 

Sheffield Wednesday – Away – Playoff Semi Final Second Leg

We get the opening goal in the second half in what was a crazy and tough game from the beginning at Hillsborough. Hernandez is the man to get the goal after the ball is played out wide to Bowen who drills a low ball back in to the box for Hernandez to poke home. Wednesday equalise minutes later when Gallagher beats our defence and fires the ball across the keeper. They then get a second when Gallagher puts a deep ball in to the back post to Gyokeres who taps it past Marshall. Gallagher then gets his second of the game when he heads in a cross from the underside of the crossbar. Bowen gets our second goal minutes in to extra time with a bullet header at the back post from a Mings cross. We go down to ten men when Ferri is shown a straight red for a two footed tackle. Sheffield make the extra man count as Gyokeres then gets his second when he rises highest and flicks a corner in to the far corner. The game goes to penalties and we lose the shootout 4-3 after Christie hits the post.

 

Results:

may results

Table:

table

 

So that’s it! We go out in the playoff semi finals in a penalty shootout against Sheffield Wednesday. As much as it is disappointing to lose in that way, the playoffs were my aim at the start as I felt we would fall just short and we could go again stronger next season with us building on the team we currently have got. What a way to end the blog though losing in a penalty shootout for the chance to fight for a place in the Premier League. It has been a really enjoyable save and had we not dropped silly points against teams we should be beating like MK Dons and Preston in this update alone then who knows maybe we could of finished second to run away champions Everton. As I said at the beginning this is the end of this blog due to me not having enough time to play it but should I get time then I will keep you all up to date with a blog update probably similar to my good friend Newgen FM (Not copying honest!) who is also a blogger and highly recommend you go check him out!

 

awards

review

stats

A quick look at the season review/awards and the stats from the season. A great season for Hernandez who scored 33 goals and got the most player of the match awards with 9 and also won fan’s player of the season. Goldaniga came in for a bargain price of £1.86 million and was at the heart of the defence and played brilliantly all season. Seuntjens comes a close second for bargain of the season as he played an average of a 7+ all season after signing for under a million if I remember correctly. Should we carry on then I know where we need to improve to hopefully take that extra step along with shipping out the players who are kicking up a fuss and causing trouble in the group. If you joined the blog late then you can start from the beginning and see where we started here. Again I highly recommend you go check out the FM Brotherhood website for all your FM needs with everything from guides to FM stories.

 

 

 

 

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Season 3 – Getting Tight!

 

I’M BACK!!

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..

 

January

 

Transfers

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.

 

Results:

jan results

February

 

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.

 

Results:

feb results

Fixtures:

games left

Table:

table

 

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.

youth intake

 

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Season 3 – Christmas

Welcome back and get ready for some good results and a couple of shit ones! The squad have gelled perfectly with the new signings and that has helped with us fighting for a play off spot from the get go. Hernandez has probably been one of our best players this season and you will see a reason why in this update. We do have a good bunch of players here and IF we did get promoted then I could see us surviving the first year in the Premier League but there is a long long way to go as were only about at the half way point of the season. It is still early days with our time at Hull but the Leicester job became available and I was soooo tempted to apply for it and dominate the world with them… but I didn’t bother for now and may apply for it in the future..

 

November

 

Aston Villa – Away – Championship – 6th V 5th

Hernandez puts us in front early in the game when a lose ball in the area finds him at the back post to side foot past the keeper. We get a second in a dominant first half as Hernandez squares the ball to Woodburn in the area and fires past the keeper at his near post. We have a chance for a third in the final few minutes when we win a penalty but Hernandez smashes it against the bar and it goes behind. Aston Villa pull one back late in injury time when Douglas whips a low ball in to Davis at the near post to tuck past Marshall.

 

Cardiff – Home – Championship – 4th V 17th

Nothing much to say about this game as it was boring from start to finish with very little highlights. It was a tough game against a struggling Cardiff side who went down to ten men in the second half when Richards was shown a second yellow for a late tackle. Cardiff also had the best chance to win the game when they missed an open goal when two v one in the area.

 

Portsmouth – Away – Championship – 15th V 4th

A really frustrating and awful performance from us against Portsmouth. Portsmouth take an unexpected lead when Kennedy pulls the ball back from the byline to Morrison on the edge of the 6 yard box to fire in to the top corner. They double their lead before half time when Morrison on the right whips a ball in to Kamara at the near post to tap in. Morrison is involved again as Portsmouth get a third when he slides Kamara in on goal and tucks the ball under Marshall.

 

Reading – Away – Championship – 4th V 6th

We take a deserved lead against Reading when Bowen cuts in from the left and rolls the ball to Hernandez to fire past the keeper. Hernandez gets his and our second of the game and again Bowen sets him up when he squares the ball to him and Hernandez cooly side foots the ball past the keeper. All the action was in the first half as Reading win a penalty in injury time which Swift steps up and puts in to the top right corner.

 

Huddersfield – Home – Championship – 7th V 12th

Another fairly boring game where not a lot happened but we did manage to win this game by the one goal. Adomah gets our winner and the only goal of the game when he gets on the end of a cross at the back post and pokes it past the keeper. We did have a worry on our hands when Grujic had to be taken off injured and will be out for 4 weeks.

 

Bristol City – Home – Championship – 4th V 17th

Bristol take a deserved lead after we couldn’t get going in the first half. The goal comes when a corner is only cleared to Clarke who drills it back in to the area and Bailey stretches his foot out and pokes it past Marshall. We get a point from the game when Kalas floats a ball to the back post and Terrazzino is free to head past the keeper.

 

Results:

nov results

December

 

Birmingham – Away – Championship – 13th V 4th

Birmingham take the lead when they are awarded a soft penalty and Adorjan rolls it down the middle. We are back on level terms before half time when Seuntjens puts a low ball across the face of the goal for Hernandez to tap in. We take the lead just before the hour when Bowen whips a free kick across the area to Westwood to volley in at the back post. The lead doesn’t last long as Birmingham get a second when Calvert-Lewin robs the ball before playing Vassell in on goal to curl round Marshall. We thought we had got the winner in the final few minutes after Hernandez counters and his shot deflects to Bowen to tap in to an open goal. Birmingham get a share of the points in the final minute of injury time as Vassell squares the ball to Calvert-Lewin on the penalty spot to stroke the ball in to the corner.

 

Barnsley – Away – Championship – 3rd V 4th

Another awful performance as we play Barnsley who are a place above us in the plays offs. Hammill puts Barnsley in front in the early minutes when a cross from Bradshaw finds him at the back post to tap in. Barnsley get a second and Bradshaw again sets it up as he puts a ball to the near post and Thiam is there to dink the ball over the keeper. Thiam gets his second of the game when he picks the ball up on the edge of the area and rifles it in to the top corner.

 

Preston – Home – Championship – 5th V 21st

Hernandez gives us the lead against struggling Preston when the ball bounces around the area and he reacts quickest to poke it in to the bottom corner. We win a penalty in the second half when Adomah is tackled from behind and Hernandez calmly slots it in tot the corner for his second of the game. Preston get a consolation goal in injury time when Sallai is unmarked in the area to head past Marshall.

 

Brighton – Away – Championship – 10th V 5th

A good win against a solid Brighton side who not long come down from the Premier League. Seuntjens puts us in front in the 20th minute when we counter and a shot hits Benalouane and falls to Seuntjens on the 6 yard line and tucks it past the keeper. We double our lead minutes in to the second half when Seuntjens lays the ball off to Bowen who takes a touch and curls it past the keeper from the edge of the area. Adomah makes it 3-0 when a corner knocked down and he fires it in to the bottom corner. We did finish the game with 9 men as two of our players went off injured after we made our subs but they were back in a couple of days.

 

Millwall – Away – Championship – 15th V 5th

We made a great start against Millwall as we were 2-0 up inside the opening 10 minutes. Hernandez gets our first goal against the run of play after Morgan skips past two defenders before pulling it back to Hernandez to slot the ball past the keeper. We get a second straight from the kick off as Seuntjens robs the ball and switches it out wide to Bowen who whips the ball back in for Hernandez to score with a bullet header. Hernandez gets his hat trick inside 20 minutes when Bowen poaches the ball off a defender and is in one v one but his shot is saved and Hernandez follows up to tap it in. Millwall go down to ten men in injury time of the first half when Saville is shown a straight red for a two footed tackle. Morgan gets our fourth goal as we play it across midfield and he fires it across the keeper and in to the far corner from the edge of the area.

 

Results:

dec results

Fixtures:

fixtures

Table:

table

 

We seem to be slowly picking our form back up again after we have won our last three games. We are still in the play offs and currently sit 4th but it is so so tight with these teams around us that anyone could drop out. The January transfer window is opening in the next couple of days so we may do some business as we are looking at a couple of players and a couple of our players have already agreed transfers with clubs to go in January. We have some very tough games coming up as we play the teams around us as well as an FA Cup game at home to West Brom which could be interesting depending on which Hull team turns up. As I said at the start I was tempted to apply for the Leicester job and we will probably manage them in the future so be prepared!

Season 3 – Fighting For Second..

 

It is still early in our life at Hull but things are looking good and we currently sit 3 points outside the play offs after playing some difficult teams like Derby and Everton who will be champions this season. Transfer deadline day came and went and the only thing that happened was Okaka left for £4 million. There are no easy games in the Championship and our next few fixtures prove that as we come up against Fulham and Middlesbrough before we play West Ham at home in the Carabao Cup.

 

September

 

Fulham – Away – League – 2nd V 11th

 

Fulham take the lead in the first couple of minutes when they win a corner and Ayite heads in unmarked at the front post. We get the equaliser late in the first half when Adomah beats his defender and puts a deep ball in to the back post for Hernandez to tap in. Hernandez gets his second of the game early in the second half when he heads a cross from Fredericks back across the goal and in to the far corner. We get a third and Hernandez gets his hat trick after Seuntjens slides him on goal and he slots it under Button.

 

Middlesbrough – Home – League – 9th V 6th

 

Patrick Bamford gives Middlesbrough the lead early in the game when he volleys a cross from Sims on the penalty spot in to the far corner. A slight change of the tactic in the second half gets us back on level terms with Hernandez getting our goal. Our equaliser comes when a corner is cleared to Grujic on the edge of the area who squares it to Hernandez to side foot past the keeper.

 

Peterborough – Away – League – 20th V 8th

 

A good win against Peterborough who are struggling near the bottom of the table and could of easily caused an upset. We get a massive chance to take the lead in the second half when we are awarded a penalty after Mason is hacked down from behind in the area. Hernandez steps up and calmly tucks it in to the bottom corner to give us the lead. Lewis Morgan doubles our lead minutes before full time and a goal on his debut when he slides in at the back post to poke in a cross from Adomah.

 

West Ham – Home – Carabao Cup 3rd Round

 

A slightly rotated side in our cup game against a strong West Ham side who had a number of first team players in their eleven. West Ham score first and deserved the lead when Lingard cuts in from the left and fires it past Marshall at his near post. They double their lead before the hour mark after Lingard puts a low ball across the 6 yard line for Hernandez to poke in to the back of the net. They kill the game off with a third when Hernandez pulls the ball back to Powell who fires it first time past Marshall in to the bottom corner. One of our handful of shots on target leads to a goal when Pululu scores from a tight angle in the area for a goal on his debut.

 

Ipswich – Away – League – 10th V 7th

 

A change up of tactics as we try our 4312 formation from our time at Tranmere. We take the lead when Henricksen picks the ball up about 30 yards out and drills it in to the bottom corner (it also won goal of the month). Mason doubles our lead in the first half when the ball is cleared to him on the edge of the area and he curls it around a defender and past the keeper. We make it 3-0 before half time when Kalas whips a ball on to the penalty spot for Woodburn to head past the keeper. Ipswich pull one back in the second half when Knudsen plays a ball over the top to Nketiah in space to slot under the keeper.

 

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October

Brentford – Home – League – 5th V 19th

 

A hard fought draw against a solid Brentford side who are currently struggling in the league. Brentford win a soft penalty early in the second half which Judge steps up and fires straight down the middle. A few minutes later and we are back on level terms after Seuntjens flicks a cross on to Irvine at the far post to tap in.

 

Blackburn – Home – League 3rd V 19th

 

A shocking performance from us as we dominated the game from start to finish and lose the game to an injury time goal for Blackburn. One of our best chances for a goal in the game came after we won a free kick on the edge of the area and Westwood smashes the free kick against the bar. Blackburn make us pay with a smash and grab when Morris puts a ball in to the area and Joao heads past Marshall.

 

MK Dons – Away – League – 22nd V 6th

 

A struggling MK Dons side take the lead against the run of play when Agard pulls the ball back to the near post for Ugbo to flick the ball past Gunn. Kalas gets our equaliser after he drives down the right and plays a one two with Hernandez before firing the ball in to the roof of the net. We turn the game around and take the lead minutes later after Dicko has his first shot saved but follows it up and scores from a tight angle. Hernandez gets our third of the game when Dicko plays a through ball to Hernandez who beats two defenders and fires it across the keeper and into the bottom corner. We had a chance to get a fourth in the dying seconds when we win a penalty but Baines fires it straight at the keeper.

 

Sheffield United – Home – League – 5th V 7th

 

A tough and boring game with only a handful of chances all game against a team also fighting in the play offs. Sheffield United’s best chance came when they win a free kick but Brooks puts it straight in to Marshall’s hands. Our best chance to get the three points came in the final few minutes when a shot from Bowen was tipped wide by the keeper.

 

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Fixtures:

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Our form has continued to be decent as we have only lost one in our last 8 league games which means we now sit fifth in the league and in a play off spot. It is still early in the season but Everton are already 11 points clear of the season with everyone else within a handful of points of each other. Our performances so far this season have been good and our only blip came against Blackburn who soaked up our pressure for 90 minutes and FM’d us with an injury time winner. We are also out of the Carabao Cup after losing to a strong West Ham side and we were pretty awful with us only having a handful of shots all game despite being the home side. With the league being so tight hopefully we can go on a little run and try and secure a place in the top 10 minimum! We did no more business in the summer as I am happy with the squad and they all want to play and put in good performances when called upon.

Season 3 – Pre Season

 

Welcome back as we begin life at Hull after our two years at Tranmere where we achieved back to back promotions. This is the first time that we have had a decent amount of money to spend on transfers and I feel we have brought in some good players. In this update we will go through the transfers then a quick look at how we got on in pre season before we kick off the first few games of the season. If you missed the previous blog where we look at the Hull team get up to date here or the final update of the season at Tranmere is here.

Transfers

As expected we have brought in more players than what we have sold. The only notable players to be sold so far are Kelly (£2.2million) and Ulloa (£1.6million). We have also loaned out Mannion to Forest as I feel he would develop more playing week in week out rather than sitting on the bench and playing every now and then.

 

Edoardo Goldaniga – £1.7million

Afimico Pululu – £2million

Mats Seuntjens – 650k

Daniel Amartey – £2million

Marko Grujic – Season Loan

Ben Woodburn – Season Loan

Angus Gunn – Free Transfer

Tyrone Mings – Season Loan

Marco Terrazzino – 275k

Leighton Baines – Free Transfer

Jordan Ferri – £3million

Lewis Morgan – 500k

 

Pre Season

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As usual the assistant will be taking charge of the friendlies and he also arranged a majority of them before I added a couple afterwords as for some reason I like to have about 6-8 games in pre season. We should have a relatively easy pre season as we are coming up against teams we should be beating but it is all about getting the teams fitness up and getting the new players settled in to the new team and formation.

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We had a solid pre season and we were unbeaten which I thought we had a good chance of doing so and some of the games we won convincingly like the 7-0 against Doncaster. We did have a few players come in on trial over pre season but for now none of them earned themselves a contract but we may bring in one or two by the end of the window if we can’t get other transfers in.

 

Season Preview

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The championship is a tough league to get out of and this season is no different with the likes of Everton coming down from the Premier League and are expected to go straight back up. I am still setting a personal target for the play offs but if we just miss out this season then I won’t be that disappointed. We are currently 7th favourite for winning the league and I feel our team is strong enough to be around there come the end of the season.

 

Millwall – Home – League – 13th V 16th

We kick off our time at Hull with a win against Millwall who are always difficult to play against. It took us until early in the second half before we scored and Hernandez was the man to open the scoring. The goal comes when Fredericks puts a ball in to the area from the right for Hernandez to control and fire in to the bottom corner taking a slight deflection on the way in. Millwall were soon back on level terms when Cole gets to the byline before pulling it back for Soriano to tap in. Hernandez gets his second of the game and our winner after he wins a penalty and converts it in to the top corner.

 

Hartlepool – Away – Carabao Cup 1st Round

A chance to progress in the cup against Hartlepool and we put out a slightly rotated side to try and get us the win. Tyrone Mings puts us in front on his debut when he plays a one two with Terrazzino and drills it past the keeper at his near post. Terrazzino then doubles the lead before half time when he volleys home a cross from Amartey. Hartlepool get in to the game in the second half when they pull one back after Rodney heads the ball in at the near post from a Norris cross. Straight from kick off Bowen runs down the right and puts an early ball in to the back post for Terrazzino to tap in. Terrazzino is involved again as he has a chance for a hat trick but fires the penalty straight over the bar and out of the ground.

 

Sheffield Wednesday – Away – League – 19th V 9th

An even and frustrating game as we had most of the chances in the first half to take the lead but it was Sheffield who take the lead from a penalty. They win a penalty late in the first half and Bannan scores after tucking it in to the bottom corner. We do manage to get an equaliser just after the hour mark when Adomah puts a low ball in to the area and Adelaide scores at the back post.

 

Derby – Home – League – 10th V 17th

We take an early lead inside the first couple of minutes when Terrazzino heads a ball back across the area for Adomah to side foot past Carson. Our lead doesn’t last long as Boli pulls the ball back to Martin to score from a yard out. Hernandez puts us back in front when he gets to the front post to flick a cross from Adomah past the keeper. Derby equalise again when we can’t clear the ball and it’s put back in to the area for Butterfield to head past Marshall. Derby then turn the game around and get the winner late on when Blackman beats the defender to the ball and slots it under the rushing Marshall.

 

QPR – Home – League – 13th V 19th

Adelaide gives us a deserved lead in the first half when his free kick takes a deflection off the wall and wrong foots the keeper. He doubles the lead a few minutes later when the ball finds him at the back post and he heads it back across the goal in to the far corner. We get a third and Adelaide is involved again as he goes on a solo run before squaring it to Adomah on the penalty spot to tuck in. Solanke pulls one back for QPR with a shot from the edge of the area that squeezes in to the bottom corner. QPR then get a second when a free kick is knocked down and Luongo fires past Marshall. Adelaide gets his hat trick when nods a corner in at the near post. We get a fifth of the game and again it comes from a corner as it’s whipped in it gets flicked on to Adomah to volley past Smithies.

 

Burton – Home – League – Carabao Cup 2nd Round

Another cup game and another chance to rotate the side to give others game time. We get off to the worse start as Burton take the lead after Palmer plays Sordell in on goal and fires it across Gunn in to the bottom corner. Their lead lasts about a minute as Bowen puts a low ball in to the area for Woodburn to tap in his first goal for the club. Woodburn turns provider as he whips a ball in to Adelaide at the back post to head in. Adelaide and Woodburn link up again for our third as Adelaide comes down the left before cutting inside and squaring for Woodburn to slot past the keeper. Sordell gets his second of the game when Amartey passes back to no one leaving Sordell in on goal to tuck past the keeper. We score a fourth before half time after we win a penalty and Baines steps up and fires it down the middle for a debut goal. Burton get a third and Sordell gets his hat trick when a cross is knocked down and he fires it in off the underside of the crossbar. Woodburn then gets a hat trick of his own as he robs the ball on the edge of the area before sliding under the keeper.

 

Everton – Away – League – 1st V 6th

We take an early lead against the league favourites as Adelaide’s header hits the bar and Adomah follows it up to tap in past Pickford. Everton soon equalise when Sigurdsson slides Onyekuru in one on one and slots it past Marshall. We go in front again when Seuntjens squares to Adomah on the edge of the area and fires it past Pickford at his near post. About a minute later and Everton are back on level terms as a corner bounces around the area and Lukaku reacts quickest to poke it in. Everton then take the lead before half time when Bakambu beats the defence for pace and cuts inside and fires it across the keeper and in to the far corner. Everton finally kill us off in injury time when a cross from Lukaku finds Bakambu in the area to nod past Marshall from a couple of yards out.

 

Results:

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Table:

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A good start from us considering we have played some good teams in our opening games. After five games we are 10th and three points off the play offs which is personal aim this season. Despite us taking the lead against Everton I’m not angry that we lost as their team is ridiculous and I wouldn’t be surprised if they went the season unbeaten. The new signings have settled in well and are all playing well and have made the squad look stronger than when we first joined. There is still a couple of days left till the window closes and I don’t think we will be making any more signings as I am happy with the players we have. With this formation we are conceding far to many goals so far so we may have to look in to changing that otherwise we will continue to drop points and go from winning games to losing them like we did against Derby. I am happy at Hull and feel this is the right move for the long run of my career as this gives us a better base to start from now we have better players and and a bit of money we have to attract better quality players.

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Season 3 – New team?

 

Hello! It’s me again and this is just an extra update as something big happened at the end of the season at Tranmere. What we achieved at Tranmere in the two years was pretty special with back to back promotions against the odds and I really enjoyed my time with them but I felt I needed to move on if we were to try and keep moving up the leagues/countries to win as much as we can. So your’e probably thinking what’s happened and where have we gone? Are we still in England? moved to Europe or further afield?

We had a few interviews towards the end of the season and a lot of them rejected us or we had second thoughts on the offers so we rejected them until an interesting offer came in after the final game of the season. We are remaining in England and this could work out for us as it’s a higher step up with an ex Premier League team and we will be managing in the Championship this season. Want to find out where we have gone….?

 

 

 

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We have joined Hull City and this could be an interesting project we could build at this club. They are a solid Championship team and aren’t expected to win the league or the play offs yet so we have time on our side to build a team and taking a step at a time to getting them back in to the Premier League.

So why Hull? Well as I say they aren’t expecting us to be fighting for the title straight from the start so that adds more time on to our side and they have amazing facilities which will only help improve the players and hopefully we can bring a few players through the youth team and in to the first team. They have a small but good group of players with Championship experience which we can work with and can add quality to over time as we aim for promotion.

Last season was an average season for them and hopefully we can do better as I am setting myself the target of play offs but maybe it’s to early to tell if we can aim that high. A shock you may see in the league is that Wolves got relegated back to League 1 which is weird and a complete opposite to how they are doing this season irl. I did think about maybe going there but they are a popular team to manage and I feel it’s boring when everyone manages the same teams.

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I have a rough idea what formations I would like to use with them and I currently have two in place for them to get to grips with and one of them is my 4312 that has done me so well previously at Tranmere. They are different but we do currently have a couple of good wingers and we may go with the 4231 over pre season and see how we get on with it to start with.

 

The Team

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David Marshall – A good solid goalkeeper at this level and will be our number one. He is getting on but still has a couple of seasons left.

Will Mannion – Our young back up goalkeeper who has bags of potential to improve and be our first choice in the future when Marshall retires.

Ryan Fredericks – Our right back and he has pace to burn to get up on and down the right side. Always want my fullbacks to have plenty of pace and he has just that. Got Championship experience as well.

Martin Kelly – Kelly will be our back up but I may look to move him on. A good solid player with good stats for this level.

Michael Dawson – Dawson will continue to be the captain and will be part of our defence. Currently out for a couple of months injured.

Tomas Kalas – A solid player who can play in a number of positions. Will be one of our centre back pairing.

Ondrej Mazuch – Another player with plenty of experience and solid stats to partner Kalas at the back.

Max Clark – Max will fight Kingsley for the left back spot. Can also play on the wing if needed.

Stephen Kingsley – Will fight Clark for the position but possibly our first choice left back but he also wants to leave.

Jackson Irvine – A player I always try and sign when in the top two leagues. A good player and always performs well. Can play anywhere through the middle.

Ryan Mason – A solid player and one of our main players in the first eleven and a player that can help us get promoted.

Ashley Westwood – Another player with plenty of experience for this level and has some great stats for a midfielder.

Markus Henriksen – More strong competition for the midfield spots ans we may look to play with three in midfield.

Jon Toral – Will play behind the striker(s) in either formation. Will look to bring in competition for him.

Jeff Reine-Adelaide – One of our wingers but is on loan from Arsenal and will try and keep him for another season. Young player that can only improve.

Jarrod Bowen – Jarrod can play on either wing or up top. Still young at 22 and heard a lot about him from Hull fans.

Albert Adomah – Adomah at 31 still has the stats to play in the Championship. Will be our main right winger if Bowen does well as a striker.

Leonardo Ulloa – LEO! Oh how he helped us win the Premier League! Will probably try and move him on as he is similar to Okaka who is younger.

Stefano Okaka – One of our better strikers and would potentially partner Hernandez if played two up top.

Abel Hernandez – Abel is our best striker at the club and I won’t be surprised if clubs come after him. Is a strong favourite to be our top goal scorer at the end of the season.

Nouha Dicko – A player who seems a shadow of himself when he use to frighten defenders on a weekly basis. Still has the pace to beat defenders.

Budget/Transfers

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The club is classed as rich and we have a transfer budget of £11 million and we may get more should we sell the likes of Kingsley. There are a number of positions I want to try and add to over the summer like right back, centre back, a winger or two depending on if we keep Adelaide, someone to play in behind the strikers and a striker should one move on. So a number of positions to try and sign the right players for so expect a busy transfer window in the next update! I am happy with the squad we have and will try and move on any of the unhappy players so they don’t affect the mood of dressing room.

 

So there we have it after two seasons we have finally left Tranmere mere and gone up a couple of leagues to join Hull. Hopefully we will face Tranmere in the future if they can continue to build upon what I started there. Hull is a fresh challenge and we actually have money to spend which is something I’ve not been able to have yet. We will only sell our key players if the right offer comes in other than that we will be signing more players than selling. Have we done the right thing? Time will tell but in the early days I have a good feeling and don’t regret moving on. The championship is always a difficult league and anyone can beat anyone so we won’t be taking teams for granted. The next update we will go through pre season, transfers and the start of the season.

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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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.