Season 2 – Frustrating Times

 

We are top of the league! Can we keep it up as we get closer to the midway point of the season where there is more games in shorter space of time. We have a good side now and we should now be able to finish around the play offs but the league is still so tight anything could happen. Some tough games coming up as well as a Checkatrade trophy group game. DoctorBenjy would be proud of one of the upcoming games…

Port Vale – Home – League – 1st V 14th

A boring game until around the last ten minutes when we saw two goals. A game we dominated from start to finish and really should of won had we not conceded in the dying seconds. We take a deserved lead in the second half when the ball is played in to Luis Alberto on the edge of the area and slides Green in to fires across the goalkeeper and in to the far corner. Port Vale get a late equaliser when a cross finds Ellis at the back post to tap in.

 

Swindon – Away – League – 15th V 1st

We are shown a straight red early on when Wood is sent off for a two footed tackle. Swindon take the lead from our own mistake when Bobby loses the ball on the edge of the area to Mullin who lobs it over him and in to the back of the net. Swindon get a second after they break away down the left before pulling it back to Aribo to tap in. Their third goal is exactly the same type of goal as the come down the right this time before pulling it back to El Mhassani to shoot and it takes a deflection off Vyner. The game is evened up when Swindon go down to ten men with Amoros getting a second yellow. Swindon get a fourth after we can’t clear the ball and Sterling curls in to the far corner from just inside the area.

 

Port Vale – Home – Checkatrade Trophy

We take the lead just after 20 minutes against a very defensive Port Vale side. A cross from the byline from Abreu hits Ellis and goes in. We get a second before half time after we break away down the right with Abreu beating two players before crossing to Waring to tuck home. A much better better performance this time out than the last time we played them.

 

Doncaster – Home – League – 1st V 20th

What a roller coaster of a game this would be! Doncaster have a goal disallowed early on when a shot takes a slight deflection off Mandeville who was offside. We do get the opening goal and it comes from Gribbin, Lee rolls the ball to him and he fires a rocket of a shot in to the top corner. Abreu gets our second after Gribbin plays a ball over the defence for Abreu to tuck in to the corner. Doncaster manage to pull one back early in the second half when Byrne heads home from a Moha cross. Gribbin gets his second of the game with a low driven shot from the edge of the area which finds the bottom corner. Our fourth comes from De Girolamo and his first for the club after Green pulls it back for Diego to curl in to the far post. Doncaster get a second and again it is Byrne with a header from a cross. He then gets his hat trick and a hat trick of headers as heads home from a corner at the front post. They then win a soft penalty late on but it is saved by Bobby as it’s fired straight at him. Donacaster then equalise when their keeper hoofs the ball up to Mandeville to take a touch and tuck it under Bobby and get a share of the points.

 

Coventry – Away – League – 12th V 1st

A poor result against a very average Coventry side. Coventry score inside 20 minutes as Emmanuel-Thomas is free at the back post to poke past the keeper. They double their lead early in the second half after they counter and Jones crosses in to Redan to head past Bobby. Redan gets his second of the game after he beats two of our defenders on the edge of the area before poking it under the keeper.

 

Stevenage – Home – League – 2nd V 16th

Callum Gribbin puts us in front in what would be a dominant first half performance. The goal comes after he plays a one two with Green before firing it past the keeper. He then turns provider minutes later as he puts a low ball across the 6 yard line for Abreu to flick in. Gribbin is involved again as he gets his second of the game when Abreu lays it off to him and he fires it through the keepers hands and in to the back of the net. We win a penalty on the half hour mark and Gribbin cooly puts it in to the bottom corner for his hat trick. Stevenage get in the game in the second half when Samuel smashes the ball past Bobby at his near post. Wordsworth gets our fifth goal from a free kick which takes a slight deflection off the wall to beat the keeper. Abreu gets his second and our sixth late on when the ball falls to him in the area to poke home.

 

Southend – Away – League – 8th V 1st

A really fucking boring game. Little highlights and hardly any chances at goal from either side. Both teams cancelled each other out as it was very scrappy with both sides getting players booked. Either team could of won it had they put their shots on target. We could of possibly won it mid way in the second half but as a shot from Abreu beats the keeper but clips the post and goes out.

 

Results:

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Fixtures:

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Table:

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Well didn’t we bottle that game against Doncaster! A really mixed month from us as we have dropped points against teams we could of beaten. It still amazes me how competitive we are in our first season as I thought we would struggle more but yet we find ourselves still at the top fighting for the title. Abreu is still scoring goals and Gribbin has really stepped up and has shown his class with some amazing performances recently and also scoring 5 in his last 7 as well as setting up goals. Rumours have been going round recently that Brighton want me as manager!? They haven’t approached me yet but I’m already slightly thinking about it. They are struggling the Championship around 19th place. Do we go or do we stay? Do we leave a team fighting for promotion and go to a team where the best is probably mid table? Or do we stay till the end of the season and go somewhere else? Brighton are a bigger club compared to Tranmere and this is a journeyman and they would be a massive step up.. What would you do?? Stay or Leave… They may not even approach me or offer me the job!

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Season 2 – Pre Season, Transfers & The Opening Day

 

Welcome back! We start our second season at Tranmere and hopefully we can have a pretty decent season in League 2 and I am fairly confident we can stay up but you never know until you’ve started the season. We have brought in a few players to help strengthen the side and add depth and hopefully be more competitive in a better league. I am going to do this season slightly different to how I have blogged before and if it works I will keep it this way as I will now do it in monthly or two months updates if we don’t have many games etc.. Let’s take a look at the team and our new signings as well as a quick look at our pre season results before we kick off the first few games of the season. In pre season we were 14th favourite to win the league at 75-1 which would be about right for a newly promoted side.

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Team

Scott Davies – Will be our number two after we brought Bobby in. Scott is a solid keeper and should perform well this season when called upon.

Adam Buxton – Another player who will be a back up for this season and another solid player and he gives us more options with being able to play on the left or right of defence.

Zak Vyner – We managed to secure him for the season from Bristol City which I am pleased with as I feel he can develop well here as well as he can help us. Performed well last season leading to us retaining him for another year.

Jay McEveley – Jay will be our back up centre back after we brought in better players for the position and he is a good back up for penalties which we found out last season!

Callam Jones – Callam is a player I am currently looking to loan as I feel he will be better off playing regularly rather than sitting on our bench but a player than can perform when asked to play.

Jamie Reckford – Will be our first choice unless someone better joins the club. He has good pace to get up and down the wing with the style of football we play.

Adam McDonnell – Another player we have kept of for another season after helping us to the title last season. He will hopefully be a regular in midfield should he stay fit. Pleased to keep him for another season. (Highly recommend if in League 2/National League).

James Wallace – Performed well last season and has kept his place in the team. Has good stats and should be comfortable at this level.

Wayne Bartle – A youth player you will find more about in the first couple of games in. Promoted to the first team due to a rule in the league.

Ollie Norburn – Ollie will be a back up midfield after we have strengthened with a couple of signings in his position. May look to move him on.

Jack Dunn – Mr long ranger himself. Will play back up to Gribbin but will get game time as he has good stats and a player that performs well.

Devarn Green – My boy! May have to loan him out after we have brought in a couple of strikers with more quality than we had last season. May come off the bench in games should we need pace.

Tyler Walker – We managed to keep Tyler for another season as well after I was impressed by him while on loan for a short time last season. Will hopefully contribute with the goals and assists again and keep developing in to a solid player for the football league.

Transfers

Olly Lee (Free) – A DOF signing but one that I was fine to sign as he has good stats and football league experience which is something I was looking to add with our new signings.

Lloyd Jones (Season loan) – Joined on loan for the season and is possibly to good for this level and hopefully he can show that with good performances this season.

Jermaine Grandison (Free) – A solid player for this level and will partner Lloyd at the back which imo is a good centre back partnership. Another player with plenty of football league experience.

Callum Gribbin (Season loan) – What a signing! Got him on loan till the end of the season. A player everyone signs but he always performs well and another who is to good for this level of football.

Bobby Olejnik (Free) – Bobby! He will be our first choice keeper unless he makes plenty of mistakes then Scott will replace him. Good stats and plenty of experience again.

Fabio Abreu (5k) – Bit of an unknown signing but he looks a very good player overall when looking at his stats. Could be a bit of a bargain signing?

Jamie Thomas (Free) – Jamie has come in and will be a back up striker to Abreu and Walker along with Devarn. Has potential to be a better player so will hopefully develop with game time.

Will Wood (Free) – Another DOF signing and one I delayed for a while. He has come in and done better than expected and kept Reckford out of the side for now.

Gary Miller (Free) – Came in on trial for pre season and was solid in defence in the games he playes. Signed him on a one year deal for back up to Vyner.

Diego De Girolomo (Free) – Another striker brought in on a free but Diego can also play in behind the strikers if needed. Good stats for this level and a player that always scores against me!

Tashan Oakley-Boothe (6 month loan) – DOF Signed him on loan till January. A good young player with lots of potential and already looks a good player. May try and keep him till end of the season if he plays well.

Pre Season

results

A solid pre season with our only defeat coming against a strong Liverpool side which is kind of expected! A surprising win at home to Wigan was pleasing to see as well as being unbeaten in our other games. Assistant managed these games as usual and we had chance to look at a few trialists during the games.

 

Chesterfield – Home – League – 21st V 6th

Opening day of the season and a chance to get off to a good start. Chesterfield thought they had taken the lead but it was ruled offside which got our players more determined to get a goal. We do get the opening goal late in the first half and Abreu gets it on his debut when Wallace finds him in space in the area to tuck it past the keeper at his near post. A more dominant second half from us and we get a deserved second goal when Green controls a corner and pokes home from a tight angle. We get a third late on and it’s the youngster Bartle on his debut with a rocket in to the top corner from 30 yards out! Not bad for a youngster..

 

Nottingham Forest – Away – Carabao Cup 1st Round

Forest win a penalty just after 20 minutes which Cummings puts in to the top left corner to give them a deserved lead. We tried to go more attacking in the second half and it worked as we leveled against the run of play. Green gets two in two when he heads home a cross from Wood. Forest soon retake the lead when a shot from Dasilva is hit so fast that Bobby doesn’t move to try and save it. We equalise again when Wallace places a first time shot in to the top corner from the edge of the area from a short free kick. Jack Dunn gives us the winner late on when he has a shot that hits the post but he reacts quickest to tap in at the second attempt. We end the game with ten men when Grandison is shown a second yellow for pulling at Cummings shirt.

 

Exeter – Away – League – 1st V 4th

Exeter take an early lead when Stockley heads home a cross at the front post. We win a penalty after Abreu is tripped in the area but Miller fires it straight down the middle at the keeper. He makes up for the penalty with a goal when Gribbin whips a free kick to the back post for Miller to head in. Exeter go down to ten men in the first half when Stockley is shown a straight red for a late tackle on Wood. We then get a man sent off when Norburn is shown a second yellow minutes in to the second half. Green doubles our lead when he robs the ball off their defender before curling it past the keeper. Gribbin gets our third with ten minutes to go when the ball deflects off a defender and falls to him in the 6 yard area to tap in.

 

Leyton Orient – Home – League – 1st V 21st

We get the first goal of the game with our first shot when a shot from Boothe takes a deflection off Tutonda and goes in. Olly Lee gets our second in injury time after a free kick from Gribbin smashes the post and Lee is there to tap it in. We get a third of the game when Gribbin switches the ball wide right for Vyner who takes a touch and fires it past the keeper. Orient score a second own goal of the game and again it is from a Boothe shot which hits the knee of Sammut which wrong foots the keeper and goes in. They do manage to pull one back when De Silva has space in the area to control and cross and side foot it past Bobby.

 

Barnsley – Away – Carabao Cup 2nd Round

After beating Forest we had half a chance of doing the same to Barnsley. A strong opening ten minutes from us as we looked to get and early goal and we probably should have when Abreu smacks the post with a curling shot. Barnsley take a deserved lead in the second half when a corner isn’t cleared and is nodded down to Lindsay to tap in. Their lead doesn’t last long as Walker gets a goal when Norburn finds him in the area to fire past the keeper from a tight angle. James Wilson puts them through to the next round when a short free kick is played to him on the edge of the area and he rifles it in to the bottom corner. Another day and we could of won this game.

 

Results

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Fxtures

league fixtures

Table

table after games

We have made a good start to the season and we currently sit top of the league after three games! My aim for the season is to finish around mid table/top half finish and the board are expecting to finish mid table. We have made some good signings despite having barely any budget to use which is why a lot of them are free transfers. We have started much better than I expected and even knocked Forest out of the cup and came close at Barnsley. We have made some good signings who have helped us step up a level and we already look a better side. I obviously don’t expect us to stay at the top end of the table but if we can keep this run going then we will soon put to bed the chance of going straight back down. I am still looking to bring in another player or two in defence and centre mid but only if we can find the right player. The next update will be for the next month of games like I said and I may continue that trend for the season as it may get through the season quicker. Bit of a longer blog from me as we went through the team and new signings…Sorry! Let’s see where this season takes us and who knows where we will finish.

 

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

results

Table

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review

awards

stats

 

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.

 

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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Table:

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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.

 

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

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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.