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:

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Table:

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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.

 

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Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed the journey.

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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:

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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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Thanks for reading.

A Massive Cup Draw

 

Welcome back to the blog as we look to turn our fortunes around at Leeds as they are struggling near the bottom of the league and wins are becoming few and far between. We are slowly looking better and better and like a Championship team but we are still lacking that clinical finishing in most games for us to pick up more points.

 

 

Crystal Palace – Home – FA Cup 5th Round

We make a strong start to the game and we get the opening goal in the 15th minute. The ball deflects to Maddison in the area and he cooly puts it in to the top corner. We double our lead a few minutes later after Wilson plays a ball over the top to Wood who takes a touch and curls it with the outside of his boot past the keeper. Crystal Palace pull one back early in the second half when they counter and cross to Zaha who is open and slots it past the keeper. We bottle the lead when they equalise with a cross in to the area to tap in. We regain our lead just after the hour mark when Phillips slips Wood in to side foot it in. Antonsson wraps up the win with a brace late on with the first coming after he beats two defenders and curling it round the keeper. He gets his second seconds later with Phillips getting the assist again when he squares to Antonsson to fire it home.

 

Cup Draw

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Fulham – Away – League – 10th V 20th

Fulham get the 3 points in what was a very scrappy game with neither team creating serious chances. We concede a penalty when Paredes tackles from behind in the area and Fossati steps up and smashes it in to the bottom corner.

 

Wolves – Home – 20th V 18th

We took advantage of our good first half performance when we win a corner which gets floated in to the area and Gibson jumps highest and powers it in to the bottom corner. Wolves get the equaliser minutes later with a side footed finish from inside the 6 yard box. We go down to 10 men when Kemen gets a second yellow for a silly tackle in the middle of the pitch. Wolves get the winner with 5 minutes to go with a powerful headed finish from a cross.

 

Sunderland – Away – League – 2nd V 21st

We concede early when Sunderland when a cross in to the area beats everyone and falls to their striker to tap in. They make it 2 when a ball gets knocked down to Wilson and he fries past the keeper on the edge of the area. They make it 3 when our keeper doesn’t react quick enough and Ndong slides it under him. We pull one back when Phillips squares to O’Kane on the edge of the area and smashes it past the keeper.

 

Millwall – Home – League – 21st V 22nd

We get the opening goal after we win a penalty which Wilson steps up and converts straight down the middle. Millwall had a chance to pull level just before half time but our keeper made a great save. We get a second when Stacey squares to Machach in the area to tuck in to the bottom corner. He gets a brace when he beats his defender and curls it in to the corner.

 

Man United – Away – FA Cup 6th Round

A very even first half and we did look the better team going in at half time. We held them out from scoring until late in the second half when Januzaj crosses to Martial who is free at the near post to flick it in. They get a second when Martial controls the ball in the area and beats two defenders with skill and curls it in to the corner hitting the post as it goes in. They make it three when Smalling rises highest at the back post and heads in a free kick whipped in by Mata.

 

 

Results

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Fixtures

remaining

Table

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Youth Intake

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Dan Ball

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We are still struggling to pick up the wins but we are playing well and deserve better than what some of the results suggest. The game against Manchester United looks very one sided but in reality we was the better team until late on when they brought on the big players and battered us. We had youth intake day which was awful to be honest with only one player that has any decent potential. If the worse does happen and we get relegated and we keep our job I will stay and aim to return at the first chance. We are running out of time to get back to winning ways and we do only have a slight cushion to the relegation zone.

 

 

Thanks for reading.