Season 5 – Back In The Big Time

 

Alright lads,

Welcome back to the blog as we start the season against Chelsea. We have brought in a couple more players before the window shut and we should be okay now should we not get any serious injuries before January. We have a tough opener but after the Chelsea game we have some good opportunities to pick up some good points before we play the likes of Arsenal and Man united in a few weeks.

 

Signings

Ben Chilwell – 1.5 Million

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Scott Sinclair – Free

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Moussa Sylla – Season Loan

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Chelsea – Away – League – 4th V 8th

Chelsea take the lead after a tight opening 25 minutes. The goal comes when Willian beats his man down the right before putting a high ball in for Mandzukic to head in. They double their lead after Gomez clears the ball straight to Willian who whips it back in to Mandzukic who fires in off the underside of the crossbar. Mandzukic gets his hat trick when they play a free kick short to Ounas who puts a low ball across the area for Mandzukic to poke home.

 

Bournemouth – Home – League – 10th V 7th

We get off to the perfect start when we take the lead inside 30 seconds. The goal comes after we attack from the off and Maupay plays Belhanda in on goal to tuck past the keeper. We get a second when Hendrick turns on the edge of the area and curls it into the far corner. We make it three inside half hour when Targett puts the ball across the six yard line and Christie makes a late run at the back post to tap in. Wilson gets one back for Bournemouth when he out runs our defence and rifles it into the top corner.

 

Oxford – Away – EFL Cup 2nd Round

We take the lead when a corner is headed clear to Hendrick who has a shot on goal but Wright is in the way to wrong foot the keeper and pokes it in. Oxford go down to ten men when Law gets a second yellow for a late tackle. Oxford get an equaliser in injury time when a cross to the far post falls to Hall to smash in. We get the winner to progress in the cup when Armstrong heads in at the near post.

 

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Watford – Away – League – 20th V 12th

We open the scoring inside 5 minutes after Maupay breaks away down the right before passing to Olomola to fire low past the keeper. Watford pull level shortly before half time when Ighalo runs down the right and puts a low ball across to Lucas Moura at the back post to tap home. We retake the lead on the hour mark when Maupay heads a ball from Christie in to the back of the net. Watford get a share of the points after they break and Deeney is left open in the area to fire past the keeper.

 

Newcastle – Home – League – 12th V 2nd

Olomola gives us the lead early on when Maupay chips the ball over the defence to Olomola to slide the ball under the keeper. We get a second when Newcastle can’t clear the ball and Maupay puts it back in to the area for Christie to head home. Maupay the provider again when Belhanda plays Maupay down the right before he pulls it back to Olomola to fire home his second of the game.

 

Southampton – Away – League – 17th V 6th

We continue our run of good starts as we take the lead in the 20th minute. A corner is nodded down to Hendrick who squares it to Ntcham to smash in to the top corner. We score a second and again it comes from a corner as the ball is played to Wright who controls the ball and lays off Ntcham to fire home through a group of players. We make it three before half time as the ball is played out wide to Christie who whips the ball in for Maupay to poke in. Southampton pull one back when we can’t clear the ball and Zahavi puts it through the keepers legs.

 

Sheffield Wednesday – Away – EFL Cup 3rd Round

A dull game with hardly any chances for either team until we get the only goal of the game in the second half. We get the winner when a corner is headed clear out to Sakor who squares it to Perez to rifle through a group of players and in to the bottom corner to help us progress in the cup.

 

 

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West Brom – Home – League – 6th V 13th

We take the lead in a tight opening half when Ferri plays the ball between two defenders to Olomola to tuck it under the keeper. We double our lead as Armstrong breaks away down the right before putting a low ball in to Olomola to slide in and poke it home.

 

Crystal Palace – Away – League – 16th V 3rd

We win a penalty just before the half hour mark and Belhanda steps up and smashes it in to the top corner to put us in front. Palace peg us back late on when a free kick smashes the crossbar and Sturaro reacts quickest and taps it in to an empty goal to take a share of the points.

 

Arsenal – Home – League – 4th V 3rd

Arsenal take an early lead when Mignolet comes to punch a corner clear but misses leaving Borja free to head in to an empty goal. That turned out to be the only goal of the game as Arsenal defended for the rest of the game after scoring their goal and we couldn’t get the breakthrough to get a draw as their keeper was on form. A better performance against a big team as we held our own and deserved more than what came out of it.

 

Results:

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Fixtures:

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Table: 

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What a start we have had! 4 wins in our first 8 and we have played Chelsea and Arsenal. We should of got wins against Watford and Palace and could of possibly got a result against Arsenal as they parked the bus after they went in front. We have started far better than what I thought we would as I thought we would struggle let alone win comfortably and look like a solid Premier League team. I know this kind of form won’t last forever so the quicker we pick up points then the better chance we have of beating the drop quicker. I am also pleased to get Chilwell in for fairly cheap at £1.5 Million as I know he can perform at this level and is a player I rate IRL. We have Arsenal in the cup next which we may rotate players in and Manchester United and Tottenham in the league over the next few weeks.

 

Thanks for reading.

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Season 5 – Pre Season

 

We begin our pre season tour to Austria with the thoughts and excitement of the Premier League on our minds and the hope that we can hold our own against the big boys and survive our first season back in the big time with Leeds after winning the Championship last season pretty comfortably. As usual Brede will be taking charge of the pre season games while I concentrate more on making sure the squad is good enough for the challenges of the next few months and trying to bring in players to help strengthen the team.

 

pre season

We arrive in Austria with rumours going round on the internet as to who our next new signing will be as we have been linked with a few players in recent weeks. Before long the rumours were true and we had made more signings before leaving Austria along with having a couple of players come on trial with none staying beyond the trial.

 

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A solid pre season from us with only one defeat which came at home to Milan who we expected to get beat by along with a surprising home win against a strong Monaco side who we beat 4-1. I added a friendly away to Tranmere who I have a soft spot for and are willing them to do well. We have been playing between two formations this pre season, a 4-2-3-1 and my 4-3-1-2 which has done wonders for me so far this career. We may have played a game or two to many but a couple of the games were mainly our youth/reserves playing to give them that bit more development and game time to be prepared for the season.

Signings

 

Matthew Targett – 3 Million

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Adam Armstrong – 5 Million

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Joshua Onomah – Season Loan

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Cyrus Christie – 3.5 Million

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Joe Gomez – Season Loan

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Tom Davies – 2 Million (Rising to 4 Million)

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Ryan Gauld – Free

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Jose Sa – 175k

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Team

Goalkeepers

Simon Mignolet

Jose Sa

 

Defenders

Matthew Targett

Ben Gibson

Bailey Wright

Joe Gomez

Cyrus Christie 

 

Midfielders

Jeff Hendrick

Harry Winks

Olivier Ntcham

Andy King

Ryan Gauld

Julio Perez

Younes Belhanda

Vajebah Sakor

Jordan Ferri

Tom Davies

Josh Onomah

Demarai Gray

 

Attackers

Adam Armstrong

Olufela Olomola

Neal Maupay

 

It is nearly a new look team as we have sold a number of players along with the loan players from last season going back to their clubs as we were unable to bring them back for another year. The squad is still pretty light in places and we still have time to bring in another player or two to fill those gaps although we do have a couple of players from the reserves who are good enough to back up for the season should we not find the right player. I am expecting big things from Perez this season after a good spell out on loan last season and we have had to reject bids from clubs of 8 Million plus. We had been trying to get Alexander-Arnold back but were unable to due to rules of the league. Another player we were talking to was Reiss Nelson and there is still a chance he could come in on a short loan but we may miss out on him.

 

During our time in Austria I had an email offering me a job. Now I did take time to think about it and I had a look through the team and it was an OK team but not one that I fancied and as it was a challenge but not one I was willing to take. Who offered me the job you might ask? Well it was… WALES! They wanted me to be their manager but the team wasn’t strong enough and to be honest I wasn’t interested in managing both club and country right now. Maybe I would of in the future but I didn’t feel it and it wasn’t the right time for me.

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The draw for the second round of the EFL Cup was made and we have a fairly easy draw as we go away to Oxford of League 1. A game we should be winning but we won’t take it as an expected win.

 

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We are as expected one of the favourites to go straight back down and at 1000-1 there is a slim chance that we could do a Leicester! (Who won it at 5000-1 and I’ll never forget that day!) I am quietly confident that we can stay up and then we can build on this first season back in the Premier League and slowly work our way up and could be a top ten or top 8 side in a few years.

 

opening games

So that is a quick recap on our pre season as we prepare for life back in the Premier League and part two will be out tomorrow as we begin the season away to Chelsea of all teams! I will try and get the updates for this season out a bit quicker as this will be the last season before FM18 comes out in a few weeks and I’m sure we are all looking forward to that and I need to prepare for what kind of blog I will be doing for that as I have a couple of ideas but still unsure.

 

Thanks for reading.

Season 4 – End Of The Season

 

Alright lads,

We are coming to the end of the season with only eight games to go and we have a strong chance to be champions and we could do it sooner rather than later if we win the next couple of games. One player who has left is Tammy who has gone to America and we may live to regret that but Armstrong has come in and done a much better job in a shorter time. Hopefully we can wrap up the league in the next couple of games so we can relax just that little bit more. With the season coming to an end we have been scouting players and spoke to a few regarding joining for next season. Can we win the league or will we bottle it..?

 

Bristol City – Home – League – 1st V 5th

A dominant but poor performance from us in terms of being able to break the deadlock despite having a number of good chances to get the win. Bristol came to defend and did very well to keep us out for 90 minutes. Our best chances of the game from a corner when a header from Wright gets cleared off the line and Cook hitting the woodwork from the edge of the area.

 

Ipswich – Away – League – 7th V 1st

A much better performance than last game and we did manage to get a goal which turned out to be the only goal of the game. We made a great start and Hendrick gets our goal when the ball is played out wide to Tymon who cuts inside and fires it past the keeper. Another game where we missed a number of chances to wrap up the win which isn’t like us usually so I am hoping that will soon change.

 

Wycombe – Home – League – 1st V 22nd

We take a well deserved in the second half after we kept knocking at the door in the first half. We get the goal just after the half hour mark when Sakor has a shot saved from inside the area and he follows it up to tap it past the keeper. We concede a penalty late on when Gibson pulls Akilu’s shirt and Akilu scores by putting it in to the top corner and takes a share of the points.

 

Aston Villa – Away – League – 7th V 1st

They take the lead when a cross is put in to the front post and Bunz is free to head past the keeper. We get the equaliser in the second half after the ball falls to Armstrong in the area and curls it in to the far corner. We turn the game around and take the lead in injury time when Gray plays Armstrong in on goal to tuck past the keeper.

 

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MK Dons – Home – League – 1st V 24th

We get the opening goal when Armstrong scores from the tightest of angles past the keeper with a side footed effort. We win a penalty shortly before half time when King was pushed over and Alexander-Arnold steps up and fires it in to the bottom corner. Hendrick gets our third to put the game to bed when a corner causes a scramble in the area and Hendrick pokes it home. MK Dons do pull one back with a headed finish from a corner but it wasn’t enough.

 

Brighton – Away – League – 19th V 1st

A dominant first half performance and we take the lead just after the 30th minute. Our goal came from Hendrick when he plays a one two with Olomola and drills it along the floor in to the corner. We win a penalty when Olomola is pushed over but the keeper saves Armstrong’s shot. He makes up for his penalty miss when he gets on the end of a Alexander-Arnold cross to flick it in at the near post. Brighton pull one back with an effort from 20 yards flying in to the top corner with the keeper getting a slight hand to it. We make it three when Armstrong squares it to Ponce to curl in from the edge of the area.

 

Cardiff – Home – League – 1st V 6th

We take the lead early in the second half which turns out to be the only goal of the game when Olomola gets the ball up and over the wall and puts his free kick in to the top corner. Cardiff had a chance to come away with a share of the points but Grigg misses an open goal late on. We also gave debuts to Ball and Byram who both played well.

 

Fulham – Away – League – 2nd V 1st

Fulham take the lead with a low ball put in to the area and Avenatti is there to tap it home by putting it through the keepers legs. We wasn’t behind for long when Ponce beats his defender and smashes it in to the back of the net. Hendrick puts us in front when the ball is headed clear from a cross and he volleys it in to the top corner from 25 yards. They go down to ten men after Johansen gets a second yellow for a late tackle and we see out the game.

 

Results

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Table

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review

awards

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CHAMPIONS! We won the league comfortably in the end despite poor games against Bristol and Wycombe with us looking average and dropping points. We had a tough final few games but we won all of our last five games to end on a high. We dominate nearly every game we play but we do lack that clinical finishing in some games which does get frustrating but were the best team on the whole in the league and deserve to get promotion. We have agreed to sign a few players who I will show below and I feel they will improve the squad and give us a better chance of surviving in the Premier League next season. We have to buy smart this summer as it is going to be a massive test next season playing against some of the best teams in the world.

 

Transfers

Jordan Ferri – Free

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Neal Maupay – 3.6 Million

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Simon Mignolet – 4.5 Million

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Olivier Ntcham – 2 Million

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Toni Trbuhovic – 2 Million

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Harry Winks – 575k

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We have so far signed 6 players who are of a better quality than we already have at the club. We may have overpaid for an aging Mignolet but he has Premier League experience and should be good enough for us for another year or two. I am also pleased to get Ferri and Ntcham in for fairly cheap after we had been tracking them for months trying to persuade them to join us which they eventually did.

 

 

Thanks for reading.

 

Season 4 – Keeping The Run Going

 

Right let’s kick on and carry on with the season as we are nearly at the end of the season and looking good to finish as champions. We have looked much better and like the old us in the last few games which is great to see considering the bad run of games we had. The transfer window closed and we didn’t bring anyone else in but a couple of players have been sold since then and the one big transfer is Tammy Abraham potentially leaving to join LA Galaxy for 7 million and the only reason hes being sold is he came to my office and told me he wanted to leave and asked if I would let him go and I agreed and that he would get more game time somewhere else.

 

 

 Sheffield Wednesday – Home – League – 1st V 3rd

We open the scoring in the 20th minute when Ponce robs the ball on the edge of his own area and hits it route one up to Armstrong to curl it past the keeper. Armstrong doubles our lead and his goals for the day seconds in to the second half after a one two with Ponce and places it in to the corner. They pull one back with Barrow beating the keeper at the near post from a very tight angle. We win a penalty just before the hour mark and McCormack steps up and smashes it past the keeper.

 

Tranmere – Away – League – 18th V 1st

A dull game in terms of highlights but a dominant one for us stats wise and a game where Tranmere offered nothing in terms of a threat to our goal. It was a dull game apart from the 22nd minute when they only goal of the came. The goal came when Alexander-Arnold beats a defender and squares the ball to Armstrong on the 6 yard line to tap home and get the 3 points against our old club.

 

Preston – Home – League – 1st V 19th

Lewis Cook breaks the deadlock when a ball put in to the area from Tymon is headed out and Cook drills it first time past the keeper and in to the bottom left corner. We double our lead when Cook plays a ball over the top to Abraham after their defender misses the ball and Tammy tucks it past the keeper. Another comfortable game and continuing  picking up 3 points.

 

Reading – Away – League – 10th V 1st

A tight game was changed early in the second half . We take the lead when Alexander-Arnold breaks away down the right before whipping a ball into Armstrong to head home. Reading equalise a few minutes later when Stepinski puts a ball in to the back post for Williams to tuck in unmarked. We retake the lead with Abraham slots the ball under the keeper after Hendrick squares the ball to him just inside the area. Onomah makes it three with a lovely solo run in to the area before side footing it into the bottom corner. Abraham makes it four when the keeper doesn’t come for the ball and pokes it past him. We go down to ten men late on when Gibson gets a second yellow but the points were already ours.

 

Nottingham Forest – Home – League – 1st V 16th

Nottingham Forest take the lead early on after an awful mistake from us when Adarabioyo heads the ball back to no one and Assombalonga robs the ball to round the keeper and roll it home. We get the equaliser when Belhanda picks out Hendrick on the edge of the area from a corner and fires it in to the top corner. We get the winner late on after their keeper spills a cross in to the feet of McCormack to roll home.

 

Brentford – Away – League – 9th V 1st

We take the lead in a tight first half when Walker-Peters plays a low ball across the goal and Armstrong slides in to poke it home. Brentford pull level when Hogan beats his defender and gets on the end of a cross to head past Silvestri at his near post. Brentford go in front when again Hogan beats a defender and smashes it past the keeper from the corner of the area. We get the equaliser when their defender miss times a header leaving Armstrong one v one with the keeper and tucks it under him. We take the lead late on after a powerful shot from Sakor smacks the back of Dean and flies in to the back of the net.

 

Results

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Fixtures

remaining games

Table

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Youth Intake

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Alex Byram

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So close yet so far away! We have eight games to go from being crowned champions of the league and being promoted in to the Premier League for next season. We have looked a quality side for the majority of the season and fully deserve going up BUT we could still bottle it and not get promotion which is a risk I am not willing to take so we will take it one game at a time. We had youth intake day which was shocking and we only had one decent player coming out of it who may get in to the first team. Adam Armstrong has been a class above since coming in and in terms of goals and has really helped us kick on and secure our place in the league.

 

Thanks for reading,

Back To Winning Ways?

 

Alright lads,

After a tough few games where we have lost points we are looking to turn our results around and start winning again. The transfer window is open and we have signed players who can hopefully help us push on. We should have some winnable games coming up to hopefully get us going again and back to what we should be doing on a regular basis. Belhanda has probably been the star of the season as he sits just behind the strikers assisting goals and popping up with his own goal from time to time.

 

Transfers:

Adam Armstrong – Loan

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Demarai Gray – £1 million

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Andy King – 650k

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Kasper Fuglsang – Free

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Sunderland – Home – League – 2nd V 9th

It wasn’t until the second half until we saw a goal and it came from Sunderland. Fraser whips the ball in to Wilson who flicks the ball on the Khazri at the back post to tap in. We reply almost instantly with a beautiful free kick from Belhanda which curls in to the top corner. We take the lead when Belhanda plays Armstrong in on goal to slide the ball under the keeper to score on his debut. Sunderland get a share of the points after Wood loses the ball in their area and they counter before Khazri pulls it back for Wilson to fire home.

 

Barnsley – Away – League – 19th V 4th

We take an early lead against Barnsley which turned out to be the only goal of the game. Tymon puts a low ball in to the area from the left and Armstrong is free to pass it in to the back of the net. We had a number of chances to put the game to bed and wrap up the points with the best coming from Olomola when he smashes the ball against the inside of the post.

 

Wolves – Home – League – 2nd V 17th

We get the win against a struggling Wolves side. We take the lead after Armstrong pulls the ball back to Belhanda on the edge of the area to drill in to the top corner. We get a second and wrap up the win when Armstrong breaks away down the left and crosses to O’Kane who side foots it past the keeper and in to the bottom corner.

 

Burnley – Away – League – 14th V 1st

We take an early lead when a shot from Cook inside the area takes a massive deflection and rolls in to the goal after the keeper was wrong footed. Cook gets his second of the game when Belhanda puts a free kick in to the 6 yard line and Cook heads it in to the far corner clipping the post on the way in. We get a third and it’s Cook with his hat trick after a corner is headed down and he drills it past the keeper. Burnley get in to the game when Clayton volleys the ball in to the top corner from outside the area. We give away a penalty late on when Gibson slides in late on one of their players but Silvestri dives to his right and pushes it away. From that penalty save we break up the other end and Armstrong curls it past the keeper.

 

Blackburn – Home – League – 1st V 10th

A quiet first half became a lively second as we score 3 within 20 minutes. We open the scoring with about 10 minutes to go when a shot from Olomola is deflected and rolls in to the back of the net. We get a second when Alexander-Arnold has a cross hit the back of a defender and fall to Armstrong on the penalty spot to slot past the keeper. Onomah makes it three in the dying seconds when he makes a late run in to the area and smashes the ball home.

 

Derby – Away – League – 13th V 1st

Derby take the lead inside 20 minutes after Johnson floats a ball in to the area and Xisco rises highest to head in. They get a second when an early ball is put in to the area and Ambrose is at the near post to flick in. We pull one back when Hendrick plays a long ball over the top for Armstrong to run on to and tuck past the keeper. Derby get a third straight from the kick off after Tymon gets beat and the ball crossed in to Ambrose to fire in at the far post. Armstrong gets a second after a scramble in the area from a corner and he reacts quickest to poke it under the keeper. We get the equaliser when Hendrick plays Armstrong in again to curl past the keeper and get a share of the points.

 

Results:

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Fixtures:

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Table:

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A much better run of games from us and we are back top of the league. Armstrong has done wonders since arriving and he now looks like our go to man up top. We tried our other tactic out against Derby with new signing Gray ( <3) playing and it did work to an extent but maybe it needed tweaking as we were away and I will look to use it again. We signed Gray for a million and I couldn’t resist at that price as I feel that is a bargain for a player like him. We have a signed a Danish midfielder on a free and he has gone straight out on loan to get some game time and hopefully improve. We also sign King from Leicester for under a million and we did lack a player in the middle. We have some more winnable games coming up and should we keep building on our recent run of results then hopefully we can build on our gap to second place.

 

 

Thanks for reading.

 

Staying In Touch

 

Welcome back to the blog and we have a little bit of a problem with a number of our key players out injured for a few weeks which we could do without with some big games coming up. We have some tricky games coming up against teams struggling down the bottom but if we can win at least half of our next few games and try and keep top spot we will have done well. We have also lost Stam as he has joined Birmingham as their manager so we have brought in my right hand man Brede Hangeland from our old club Derby.

 

 

Brede Hangeland

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Bristol City – Away – League – 14th V 1st

We take the lead in the 12th minute when Onomah flicks the ball over the defence on the edge of the area to Olomola who calmly slots it past the keeper. Lewis Cook gets a second yellow just before half time for elbowing a player when jumping for the ball. Bristol pull level when a ball in to the area isn’t cleared and Jelovic is free to fire home.

 

Ipswich – Home – League – 1st V 15th

Ipswich make a great start and take the lead inside 30 seconds when an early ball in to Morris in the area from Willock and he taps it in at the near post after beating his defender. Ipswich get a second when Barker heads the ball goalwards and it goes an inch over the line before Walker-Peters could clear it. They get a third when Silvestri comes to punch a free kick away but misses the ball and leaves Chambers free to head in to an empty net.

 

Wycombe – Away – League – 19th V 3rd

We get the opener and it’s Onomah with his first goal for the club after Wood squares it to him and he drills it in to the bottom corner. We get a second a few minutes later when Onomah plays a short corner to Hendrick who fires it across the keeper and in to the far corner. We score a third and Onomah is involved again with a lovely curling effort in to the top corner from the edge of the area. We make it four before half time when Ponce pounces on a pass back to the keeper and curls it in to the corner.

 

Aston Villa – Home – League – 1st V 16th

A tight opening 45 minutes with only a handful of half chances created by both teams. A much better second half from us but we couldn’t get the ball across the line to get the three points. Our best chance didn’t come until late on when Gibson had a header cleared off the line and the follow up shot from Hendrick also gets cleared off the line.

 

MK Dons – Away – League – 23rd V 1st

We take the lead just past the midway point of the first half when Tymon puts a low ball across the six yard line and Ponce is there to poke it past the keeper. We get a second on the counter with Alexander-Arnold running down the right and beating two players before whipping the ball in for Ponce to head home. The Dons pull one back late on with a long ball towards the area and Thomas-Asante makes a late run to tap it past Silvestri.

 

Brighton – Home – League – 1st V 21st

Brighton take the lead when Gibson tries to head the ball back to Silvestri from 30 yards but Clough pounces on the ball and smashes it against the post before scoring at the second attempt. They go down to ten men when Stephens gets a second yellow for a foul from behind in the middle of the field. We get the equaliser early in the second half after Alexander-Arnold squares to Belhanda making a late run in to the area to calmly tuck it under the keeper. Brighton retake the lead when a free kick smashes against the wall and falls to Norwood to roll home. We pull level again when Tymon whips the ball in and Alexander-Arnold is at the back post to head in.

 

Cup Draw

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Results

results

Fixtures

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Table

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We are still top of the league but only just! Had we actually shown up at Ipswich and put in a decent performance then maybe we could be a point or two clear. We have some massive games coming up against the two teams below us back to back as well as Hull and QPR before our cup game against Norwich which isn’t the easiest but it is a winnable game. We are missing some of our players who will be back soon and some of the players who do play are not performing to the level we expect despite telling them they need to improve in training so they may be gone in the transfer window. The table is still so tight and should we have a bad couple of games we could be out of the play offs. Ponce has come in for the past few games and has done well and getting on the score sheet.

 

 

Thanks for reading.

A Team Of Bottlers?

 

Welcome back to the blog as we look to build upon the good start to the season. We have deadline day coming up and I don’t think we need to bring anyone else in unless someone becomes available that would improve the team. We have looked good so far in our opening few games. We also have a cup game coming up against Newcastle in the EFL.

Transfer

Josh Tymon – Loan

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Barnsley – Home – League – 2nd V 3rd 

We break the deadlock after a tight opening 20 minutes. Belhanda plays wood through one v one and he curls it in to the bottom corner. Wood gets our second and his second of the game after Belhanda assists once again when he plays it over the top for Wood to volley home.

 

Wolves – Away – League – 18th V 2nd

Wolves get the only goal of the game when Cavaleiro puts a low ball across the area for Celina to tap in at the far post. A poor game from us despite us dominating from start to finish. We did have half chances to get back in the game from Wood and Onomah but we couldn’t find the back of the net. A typical game where you get ‘FM’d’.

 

Burnley – Home – League – 2nd V 4th 

We take advantage of our good start when we get the opening goal thanks to Olomola slotting the ball under the keeper. Burnley equalise when a ball over the top falls to Stuani to fire past the keeper. We take the lead late on when Abraham robs the ball after their defender plays the ball across the area and he tucks it in at the near post. Burnley equalise once again and take a share of the points when Roberts whips the ball in for Rankin-costello to head home.

 

Blackburn – Away – League – 20th V 3rd

A shocking performance from us but it wasn’t until the second half when we saw the first goal of the game. Blackburn take the lead when they counter and Vaughan smashes home from the edge of the area. Blackburn double their lead late on when a header from a corner rolls over the line by an inch before it could get cleared. The day goes from bad to worse when Alexander-Arnold gets a straight red for a tackle from behind near the centre circle.

 

Newcastle – Home – EFL Cup 3rd Round

Newcastle take an early lead when Deulofeu runs down the right and beating his defender before crossing to Armstrong at the near post to tap in. Wood gets our equaliser when a free kick causes a scramble in the area and Wood reacts quickest to poke it home. Newcastle retake the lead straight from kick off when Robertson puts an early ball in to the area and Armstrong loops the ball over the keeper. They get a third when a corner gets knocked down for Dijk to fire in to the corner. Armstrong gets a fourth and his hat trick when he tucks it under the keeper after being one v one. We get humiliated when they get a fifth in injury time when they throw the ball to Bianchetti at the near post to flick in past the keeper.

 

Derby – Home – League – 3rd V 15th

We get off to a good start against our old side when Gibson heads in at the back post from a corner. We double our lead when Belhanda squares the ball to Wood to fire past the keeper from just inside the area. Derby do pull one back shortly before half time with a header from a corner taking a deflection. We get a third and wrap up the points when a cross from Ayling is headed in to his own goal by Volta.

 

Results:

results

Fixtures:

fixtures

Table:

table

 

A pretty poor run of games from us but we are still in the play offs and are not far from the top spot. A humiliating game against Newcastle in the cup put our run in that to an end which I’m not that bothered about to be honest. We did try and bring in a couple more players in on deadline day but they chose other clubs and we move on. Tymon comes in to fight for the left back spot as I’ve not been that impressed by Walker-Peters so far this season and Baines is slowly declining. We have a tough game against Sheffield Wednesday up next and after that we play our beloved Tranmere who I am sure will smash us just to prove we shouldn’t of left them as FM likes to do. We did also loan a few of the fringe players out so they could play regularly and hopefully they can come back and fight to get in to the starting eleven.

 

 

Thanks for reading.