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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brooks

youth keeper

 

 

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Season 5 – Playing The Big Boys

 

Aright and welcome back to the blog as we look to continue our good form from the last few games. We have come back to the Premier League and have looked more than good enough in the early games to be sure that we can stay up in what is our final season of the blog for FM17. We do have some tough games coming up which will really test us and see how we match up against the bigger teams. We have had a much better start than what I expected but these next few games are the ones I have been dreading but excited for at the same time!

 

 

Manchester United – Away – League – 1st V 8th

United take the lead against the run of play in the first half. Pogba plays a long ball over the top to Griezmann who fires it in to the bottom corner. They double their lead early in the second half after we lose the ball in their half and they break down the left before Mata is free in the area to slot home. We give away a penalty which Layun steps up and puts in to the top corner.

 

Arsenal – Away – EFL Cup 4th Round

A disappointing result and performance from a much rotated side. Arsenal get the opening goal when Asano gets on the end of a cross and glances in a header at the near post. Asano gets his second when they break down the left and Asano has time in the area to curl it in to the bottom corner. They make it three when the ball falls to Prudhomme in the area to smash past the keeper. Asano gets his hattrick after he gets past the defence and lobs the keeper from the edge of the area.

 

Middlesbrough – Home – League – 10th V 17th

Olomola breaks the deadlock with a cool finish from inside the area after Belhanda plays him in on goal. We get a second when Gomez flicks a corner on to Hendrick to head in at the back post. They get a goal back after Schlupp whips a ball in to Barkley in the area who volleys it home. We get a third and wrap up the points with Ferri squaring the ball to Armstrong in the area to curl it home from just inside the area. We score a fourth late on when Belhanda crosses to Armstrong to volley a rocket past the keeper.

 

Stoke – Away – League – 11th V 6th

Stoke get off to the perfect start when Ings puts them one nil up in the first minute with a side footed effort past Mignolet. We get the equaliser after Maupay puts a ball in to the back post for Olomola to slide in and tuck it home. Stoke retake the lead when Muto slides the ball under an onrushing Mignolet. We pull level again with Maupay playing Chrsite in on goal to fire past Butland at his near post. We take the lead minutes later when Olomola drills the ball in to the bottom corner from outside the area. Stoke get a late equaliser when Muto out jumps Mignolet to head in to an empty goal.

 

Tottenham – Home – League – 5th V 15th

We take an early lead when Ntcham fires in to the top corner from the edge of the area. They pull level when Kane smashes the ball home from 30 yards out. Kane puts them in front when he curls the ball past the keeper when in one v one with Mignolet. We draw level early in the second half when Olomola plays a one two with Ntcham before slotting past the keeper. Kane gets his hattrick when he scores from a tight angle after a free kick was taken short to him. We concede a penalty but Mignolet stands tall to save it from Harry Kane. They do get a fourth and it’s Kane again with a header at the back post from a corner.

 

Leicester – Away – League – 20th V 7th

We take the lead in a dull game after a shot from Ferri takes a deflection off Maupay to wrong foot the keeper and fly in to the back of the net. They gave us no real problems in front of goal until Leicester did get an equaliser late in injury time and its Vardy with the goal after he slides it under the keeper to get a share of the points.

 

Results:

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Fixtures:

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Table:

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Well what a poor few games that has been. We have dropped far to many points in them as we do look to lack that extra bit of quality at times in games. The loss to Arsenal was expected as I rotated as much as I could and wanted to concentrate on the league. We looked the better side against United until they got their second and then our heads dropped and they finished us off. Dropping points at Stoke and Leicester hasn’t been good enough and could hurt us late on but so far we have always been able to bounce back to an extent from defeats which is a positive for the lads. We are sitting just outside a place for Europe with thirteen games gone and should we stay in and around it with the likes of Tottenham and Man City having slow starts we could rob the final spot come the end of the season.

 

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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

cup draw

 

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.

 

 

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