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  • Relegation/Mid table team

    2 14.29%
  • Rafa

    3 21.43%
  • Real Sociedad

    2 14.29%
  • Portsmouth

    6 42.86%
  • Germany

    1 7.14%
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Portsmouth F.C - The Rebuilding Job
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  1. Portsmouth F.C - The Rebuilding Job

    Football Manager is Here!

    Had a change of heart and decided to listen to the public and go with Portsmouth!

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    Portsmouth nicknamed Pompey have a 20,000 stadium known as Fratton Park

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    Founded in 1898, have on average crowds of about 12,000. There biggest rivals being Southampton and are currently in league two and yet to win anything in 8 years.


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    Decent set up but hopefully the board will upgrade

    So I gave myself a Higher Coaching Qualification but lesser Playing experience than the recommended to add that touch more of realism

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    My goal is to really focus on youth development and training to, trying not to spend too much and make our way up the leagues hence the high working with youngsters trait.

    I had no say on expectations minimum is to reach 2nd round of capital one cup, 3rd round of fa cup! and achieve promotion...

    First thing I did check the staff, out goes the poor goalkeeping coach and fitness coach (fitness and Gk 11 and 12) in two new ones boasting much higher stats.

    Ive told the board to look for a parent club hopefully they will find me someone good! and I have 250k to spend not bad

    So the squad!

    Really unbalanced 7 right midfielders!, 4 defenders in total and two strikers...
    First thing I did was to bring in some guys from the youth set up and there are some kids with real talent here observe:

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    On Loan from Ipswich sadly but a young kid with a bright future tackling 12, heading 14 natural fitness 17


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    Ben Close Defensive Midfielder 18 years old one for the future and to help aid development will be playing the youngsters often

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    Finally adam webster 20 years old another solid CB quick tall and strong should do well for us in fairness we have some other young kids aswell worth looking out for but these 3 are my top picks currently

    So my Philosophy in terms of playing style for this is going to be good fast flowing attacking football, direct passing, running at the defence high pressing etc unfortunately we didnt exactly have the start I had in mind...
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    Luckily no one saw it!
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  2. i vote sociedad as they just sacked moyes but if u do the benitez thing don't forget chelsea

  3. Quote Originally Posted by Merrykieran2 View Post
    i vote sociedad as they just sacked moyes but if u do the benitez thing don't forget chelsea
    oh yea cant forget them!

  4. Seems you made your choice, but I would have gone with Portsmouth, my most satisfying save was with Portsmouth last year, took them to 2nd in the Prem League. Doing AFC Wimbledon this year. Portsmouth have a good base to build from, fans, facilities, little bit of cash, decent side.

  5. Yea I might do them eventually but gonna start off witht the rafa one 1st always easier starting with bigger clubs :p

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    With no RB's in the squad aside a 16 year old decided to make this a top priority in comes 23 year Michael Duckworth fast versatille and high potential didnt come cheap at 240k possibly rising to 400k depending on promotion.
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    So it's Fair to say pre-season didn't go well... Worse I've ever had could not score change of tactic/style on the cards.

    Feeder club is now arsenal however instantly regret it as cant get anyone interested to come and join us yet at least
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    Well It took me 3 hours of FM untill half 2 in the morning but we did we freaking did it! Not only did we score but we won! New Tactic did the trick control, slow short passing pretty much the opposite of what I wanted but who cares because we won!

    off to bed sleeping happy now ^^
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    Shame, Cup run could have helped get some extra income, outplayed from start to finish and the only couple of chances we did have we just didn't take in fairness Swindon are in League 1

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    Last Minute WINNEEEEEEER!!!!!!!!!

    Delighted with this close match throughout, Plymouth had a penalty fortunately hit the bar, after going one down I gave a team talk did some subs after Roberts scored from cutting inside and in the 92 minute we scored I went Ballistic :p


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    27 shots! argh my striker Stockley was awful dropping him for next match

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    Finding some rythm and close to getting a starting 11 settled on, a good good win all over them from start to finish striker was poor though again even though I played Bennet instead of Stockley going to look to his the loan market to bring another in

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    September: Did not go well, mixed results, the players have still yet to learn my tactic I think partly because my advice from staff each game is to play a completely different system to tailor agaisnt the other team but then by doing so they cant learn the tactic.

    I'm Insecure 9th in the league and my strikers have scored 2 goals over 13 matches between them...

    They youngsters are doing well, actually there doing just as poor as the rest but no worse than them so that's something.

    Screw this I'm going to play to my philosophy or get fired trying we have a decent squad I'm going to find a striker play good football and see what happens.


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    It worked were alive! forget adjusting to each match well only tinker a little, the fans are happier with the style the players morale has improved and more importantly so have the results!

    Now were finding some form in the starting 11 and finding out who my key players are!

    So I have 3 key players now who are going to determine my season they are:

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    Kyle Bennet joined this year (not me) from Doncaster fast and can really take people on been playing him out wide to suit my formation 4-1-4-1 DM Wide aka 1 dm 2 cm's and 2 attacking wingers.

    He was one of the few players scoring before my new striker came and just happens to be one of my key players:

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    On Loan from Sheffield doing very well 5 apps - 3 goals hopefully he can continue with his great start!

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    Mr Captain Fantastic, leading from the back well DM protecting the defensive and supplying my wingers the 34 year old is leading with experience however my coaches tell me he is on decline so unsure whether to renew his contract for next year but this year he's doing great!


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    Well we got knocked out of both the cups in the 1st round the news email said we were one of the favourites for the competition...

    but on the positive side results! tearing it up back in the play off positions its tight goal is to get top 3 for automatic promotion

    I came 2nd in manager of the month bah! my youngsters haven't been doing so great but hopefully being in the 1st team playing a few matches will really help their development

    player of the month:

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    Kyle Bennet take a bow son
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    So I need a new away tactic :p

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    Awful Awful month, Northampton were simply better than us and deserved their win but how we lost to leyton Orient I will never know we scored twice in 13 minutes and then just fell apart it was horrendous. And then we faced luton two days later we were tired and lost again not good enough 8th in the league plenty of time but we need to find some more consistency going to see if I can get another player in.

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    After beating crawley in our last match this is where we are now getting there

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    Managed to get rid of a few expendable players in this window yet to buy anyone yet though here's our current squad.

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    Oh how I earnt this win, listened to my staff changed tactic while keeping my plan A in tact for in use of home games and others I feel confident with. So this was my plan B staff told me to play low tempo with a balanced mentality to allow me to asses the game.

    We got the goal early on and had decent possession so went to control managed to rest my star striker took him off at 65 and in the last ten minutes went defensive told the lads to concentrate pulled the wingers back and result! An away win which puts us in 3rd!!



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    I Didn't want to make too many transfers in January so after a ton of scouting eventually decided on Callum Woods signed from preston for 48.5k can play at left and right back will be playing on left primarily with duckworth doing a steady if unspectacular job on the right.

    And with the fact I have managed to get rid of more reserve players wage bill will still be lower than it originally was

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    Oxford Vs Portsmouth

    This is a huge match match for us Oxford are currently in 2nd place and a staggering 8 points ahead of us eek!

    So 1st Off my new signing woods is fit to play so he's going in no time for him to settle in :p

    My staff are telling me to play counter fluid and with a few things I don't usually play with so decided to go with my Plan A but on counter.

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    Kick off!


    So it was a pretty tight 20minutes possession was tight not much to report but then Kyle Bennet who else? :p cut inside the 18 yard box and was about to shoot...

    Brought down! Penalty! result Gary Roberts penalty taking 17 went to take it ...

    And made a right hash of it weak and low goal keeper quickly collected and distributed and before I knew 1-0 down

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    39mins: Dunne has the ball maybe 40 yards out runs and finds a pass to roberts... hes just outside the box two defenders on him turns and takes an ambitious shot with his left foot ...

    WHAT A BEAUTY! TOP CORNER 1-1 this was a sick goal totally redeemed himself!

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    I've earn't their respect and look at me like they would at mourinho :p
    I tell them were playing well and to keep it up they seem pleased.

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    It's tense end to end stuff...

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    58minutes Free kick to us


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    GARY ROBERTS!

    Great Goal! 2-1 up

    After that we had it With a couple of tactical tweaks from me we held them out well and in the 92minute Dunne tied up it up with a sick volley

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    A pretty good month 3 wins 2 draws 0 losses got a new left back shifted some of the dead wood beat oxford and got goal of the month look at this beauty

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    Ahh February the month of love... Luckily for us we fell in love with winning 4 out of 4 playing my plan A for most of it and my youngsters are growing learning playing evolving strike that just like pompeii they have ERUPTED!


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    Well young Ben Close has anyway he is in the form of his life and is playing week in week out 19 years old!

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    Manager of Month award for me also 2nd in the league one point off top 13 games to go!

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    TOP OF THE TABLE!!!!!!

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    Retained our 1st Place Position 7 games to go performances are going well, team is happy not much really to report!

  29. Doing well mate and a really good choice in club! Keep it up and you'll be in the Prem in no time
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    Doing well mate and a really good choice in club! Keep it up and you'll be in the Prem in no time
    cheers m8 I usually play as big clubs so this is a nice change really enjoying so far

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    Yea... well the joke was clearly on us I dont know what happened we played well in a few and were a bit unlucky morale dropped like a rocket and that was that what an awful awful month. We have managed to secure a play off position but now automatic promotion is over and my job threat is insecure and my contract runs out at the end of the season...

    Confused and unhappy...


    We draw Luton in the play offs a team meeting has put them a bit happier which is something here goes nothing



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    Gotta thank my staff for this one my plan A has burnt to the ground took their advice and we won away sadly only 1-0 should have got more but it has put us in the driving seat!
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    YES! Easy win took my staff advice again and we destroyed luton delighted the scoreline could have easily been more but let's not kid ourselves this means nothing yet

    Weirdly but also good got a nice contract right before the last game isnt that nice win or lose Im here to stay!

    Luton Have been Knocked out!

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    Here we are Wembley Day So much hard work all comes down to this. I listened to my staff and my gut for this one struck a balance between what I was being advised and what I thought was best probably the best combination :p


    And what can I say this was a really really boring match well at least to begin with even on extended not many highlights very few chances for both sides a tight game and before I knew it 90mins had been played 0-0.


    Now at this point I'm freaking it out because on the one hand we are not losing and while we are not playing that well were not playing badly so I give a rousing team talk and hope for the best.

    Bennet and my 1st choice keeper were both unavailable since the start of the match so in a lot of respects I was pleased but we had McNulty and Roberts so I was praying they could get something special...

    time ticked on and then

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    They scored Alex Gillead slotting it past the keeper from 12 yards we have 11 minutes left its not looking good

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    116minutes why do I play this game honestly I know how its going to end Ive been on this all day ffs it only pisses me off

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    Corner to us,

    header deflected...

    volley! blocked nooooo

    Wait!

    TAP IN!!!!!!!!

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    ADAM WEBSTER OUR SAVIOR GET IN FUCKING GET IN WE CAN DO THIS LADS!!!

    I encourage the lads aggressively cmon lads...

    1 minute remains looks like penalties Oh shit theyve got a freekick...

    Long way out were fine keeper kicks it out

    McGuirk collects in loads of space still in our half starts to run forward with it

    Then he just switches the play much to my surprise only to find my right back duckworth of all people whos charging forward (the right back I bought at the start) and hes 20 yards out on his own THE RIGHT BACK!!!

    surely not defender closes down he shoots the idiot he's never going ...

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    HE LOBS THE KEEPER! HE SCORED THE RIGHT BACK! NOT OVERPRICED NOW IS HE FANS!?! (they didnt like him originally)

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    2-1 2-1 were in league one!!! GET IN!

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    Season Summary

    Well what a year it has been for us. It certainly has been a rocky ride but we have definitely progressed since last year.

    I managed to get a one year extension to my contract, We now have a parent club with arsenal who pay us 85k a year, we have more and better qualified staff most of our areas of training are the best in the league and the board have agreed to upgrade the youth level and facilities as part of our philosophy to develop young players

    It wasn't easy though coming in with a next to nothing football background it took a bit of time to win the players over especially during team talks. The first move I made was to upgrade/replace the staff bringing in more specialized coaches. Then having looked at the squad originally I looked to the youth set up to see how could make the upgrade and there were a few lads with high potential so I stuck them all into the first team. Sadly the only players I wanted to sell mainly our right wingers what kind of a team has 7 right wingers! and no left! best position granted.

    Either way noone was sold in terms of incomings aside a couple of loan moves my only real buy was Michael Duckworth a right back solid and dependable and while did cost a bit seemed a necessary buy.

    Pre-season was awful lost every game including the game to the reserves they couldnt get the tactic at all so I ended up creating a new tactic control low tempo the opposite I had envisaged for the club but it worked at least for a bit and we found ourselves doing ok in the playoff positions 5/6/7th area . Then when we hit a slump I found the backroom advice that now give you advice for each game.

    So I started to do that which didnt really work as they became even less competent about the system.

    The first 2/3 months were a nightmare for goals though during pre-season noone had scored and despite having 3 strikers 2 on loan classed as leading star for this level no of them had scored it was all bennet and roberts my inside forward carrying the team.

    So after a lot of searching I managed to find Sheff Utd Mcaulty originally I only got him on loan for 3 months as he was seen as might be interested in joining. He was way too good for this league and he tore it up and going back to my original plan A helped him even more aswell as the team all was looking rosy despite our 1st round cup exits in both the league and fa cup.

    January allowed to reduce the wage bill of players that just weren't needed think I sold 6/7 and brought in a new left back due to my poor defence so we went from the highest wage bill in the division to about 4th.

    Results really began to pick up win after win and in February we got a perfect month, manager of the month award and goal of the month (which eventually won goal of the season). Players were happy board and fan confidence was good we were in top 3 everything looked great and it continued through march not quite as good we drew a couple and despite a few players moaning about playing time people were happy.

    At this point we had a preferred eleven and formation 4 at the back 1 DM 2CM's 2 Attacking wingers and Mcnaulty up front. Bennet and Roberts were doing brilliantly average ratings of 7.3 something while my 34 year old captain was doing well in DM Mcaulty doing great upfront and one of my youngsters to look out for had established himself as a first team regular at the back and my keeper was also a solid player and for the first time we found ourselves top of the league!

    Then in april we lost a game and it really hurt us bad morale dropped i had to do a team meeting, it wasn't as effective as I hoped then after drawing the game after I tried to change things up and it just made it worse we lost 3 games and drew 4 in april winning none we had fallen from top to about 5/6th luckily we had already qualified for the playoffs but my job was insecure and it just sucked.

    Then playoffs! listened to my staff again and they rode me through the first game agaisn't carlise a different mentality and style luckily they were still accomplished with it which rocketed morale and took us straight over the edge to win the playoffs!

    Got my new contract, southampton got relegated which usually I wouldn't care but given I'm portsmouth is awesome clearly don't have saintmotbot in charge :p

    Let a few more staff go during the summer and players managed to get Mcaulty on loan for another year bring on league one!
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    So then Transfers! While I would have preferred a few more players bought rather than on loan to keep team cohesion high I'm pleased.

    I kept on my 35 year old captain his contract extended automatically and he his good hopefully his experience will bode well for us. Had a bit of clear out got rid of everyone not including youngsters who's contract was running out and didnt want to renew, had a season with an average rating of 6.7 or less and sold a few more players who just weren't needed.

    So League one! using my arsenal connections I picked up Bielik and Pleguezuelo? yea me neither

    Bielik is a versaitille player and could play in the championship according to my staff he can play at CB, DM or CM and he's now by far our best player check his stats

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    Not bad right? I also got Donyoh from man city who can play at AML or up front really fast, which helps me in my system awful in the air but thats fine whipped crosses for you! :p

    Anthony Gerrard is a name that some of you should recognise! on a free from shrewsbury to be honest he cost me a bit in wages 2.8k a week all though those of you doing a prem game wouldnt even worry about releasing him its so low in comparison! A bit slow but an excellent defender happy to have him.

    Oh and James wilson is another CB my defence was my biggest problem from last yer only guy I spent money on my best CB and again good enough for the championship take a look

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    Still got some money left all goes well there in terms of tactics I have my Plan A still attacking free flowing football and my now plan B is where I basically listen to my staff which is becoming more apparently clear is a 4 -2-3-1 (2 DM's) formation controlling the game retaining possesion at a low temp.

    Will see which does better!

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    Better than Last year! the game agaisn't arsenal we played really well :p its too bad that would have been a cool win haha
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    What a great start! Were playing really well results and confidence is great so with some big wins also two 3-0's and only one goal conceded!!! again were out the cups tho but what ya gonna do

    So who's doing the best one of my new signings?!? someone I spent a ton of money on!?! no far from it it's... Mr. Dependable

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    Kyle Bennet! gave this lad a new contract 4 games 2 goals 1 assist 1 POM Avg Rating 7.43 seen as a league one player by my staff this guy is just awesome dribbles really well and is quick he just beats people!

    Donyoh from man city has done really well sadly my youngsters haven't done particularly well but keeping them in the squad hopefully they'll get some more games and progress
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    We are Unbeatable! 10 games 8 wins two draws in which we have conceded 3 times! we have conceded less goals than some of the best teams in the world! we have such a mean defence is it boring though are the fans happy YES! Not only that but one of our philosophies is to play attacking football and were doing it most of the time I can play my plan A tactic and what can I say were just cruising!

    Top of the league only 9th highest in wage bill I mean look at Birmingham! 3 times more than we have Kyle Bennett is killing it as always, putting us highest in most dribbles However he's not getting my Player of the month as he was injured for last two games no that goes too ...



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    Adam May 18 years old very high average rating and is performing well in training also he's 18!!! Incredible hopefully he can lead the team for many years yet

  40. Killing it mate! keep going!
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  41. Quote Originally Posted by SaintMotbot View Post
    Killing it mate! keep going!
    Cheers Bud I see your doing well yourself haha!

    Im thinking when I hit the prem I'm thinking my pompey vs ur southampton :p

  42. Quote Originally Posted by thejoshster View Post
    Cheers Bud I see your doing well yourself haha!

    Im thinking when I hit the prem I'm thinking my pompey vs ur southampton :p
    Your on!
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  43. Amazing playoff final! Must have been a bit of a rollercoaster watching that unfold!
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  44. Quote Originally Posted by yatesiboi37 View Post
    Amazing playoff final! Must have been a bit of a rollercoaster watching that unfold!
    Hand in my mouth m8 not going to lie in a lot of ways the 90 minutes was harder because we were doing ok so I was reluctant to change but we werent winning be time they scored I had used all my subs gave another team shout and just watched in agony :p couldnt have written the script better myself! i mean the RB who got criticized by the fans all year scores the last minute winner getting the team promoted! and what a goal it was!

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    prffffh... What can I say classic FM our run died agaisnt the worst team in the league hartlepool... bounced back with a win agaisnt exeter and finished with a draw at Doncaster not that bad. What happened next though I cannot explain for the life of me! We just found it impossible to score post, bar you name it we couldn't find the back of the net. Even in the southend game which we went 2-0 up in somehow found ourselves to 2-2 we had two clear cut chances that were both cleared off the line and then against rochdale they had a man sent off and we managed to shoot which hit the post rolled across the line hit the other post only for the keeper to turn around and casually pick it up!!!

    My keeper has been poor as my strikers so Ive managed to get a youngster from chelsea upfront on loan for 3 months good stats we shall see how he does and for my keeper I've managed to secure Declan Rudd from Norwich 120k english and should be fine in the championship if we get there heres hoping to a better November

    Were in 5th now still good in fairness and I got a new contract so here untill the end of next season as it stands.

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    We'll better than last month, injuries have hit us hard keeper still out and the last match agaisnt chesterfield was annoying 2 goals up man sent off... 2-2

    Anthony gerrard has been awful and a deal has been struck for him to leave in january on a free.

    Adam webster one my kids is out untill the rest of the season such a shame had high potential youth coaching has been increased as have the youth facilities that were in place

    Oh and the chelsea kid? 5 games 4 goals our new McNulty who has been poor also semi final of the johnstone trophy is nice and with the other 3 teams in league 2 should be ours for the taking

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    Other than a really disappointing loss to coventry our chance at our trophy gone
    It has been a really good month for us we've playing some great football really fun to watch at the minute :p

    Special Praise to Roberts, Donyoh and Ben close all playing really well however my player of the month along with the League one's young player of the month...

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    Rodriguez! the chelsea kid on loan whose contract runs out at the end of the year! despite that chelsea want 10m for him bah! 10 games 8 goals brilliant stuff!

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    My chelsea wonderkid got injured and we struggled for goals back for the birmingham game tho!

    One of my key centre backs I had loaned from arsenal broke his foot so sent him back and got mark beevers on loan for the rest of the season

    My new keeper Declan Rudd is doing ok not great in fairness coming in at january is always tough.

    Morale is high results are going well dont really know what else to say!

    We are now 4th in the league 6 points off league leaders Bolton oh! I got my Continental Pro Licence!
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    3 wins, 2 draws 1 loss a decent month we are in 4th 5 points off the top so its all to play for the chelsea kid is still carrying us his form is unreal last 5 games 7.76
    18 in 20!! and ya know whats even more messed up? he's not even in the top 3 goalscorers incredible!

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    yea... not pretty we certainly hit a slump, all 2-1 all late goals after going 1-0 up to begin with cocentration is very poor, to be honest declan rudd my gk hasnt been great he seems to be making mistakes all the time back pass to goalie he doesnt come foreward quick enough striker pounces...

    the fans hate him already cant really say I blame him were down to 7th now... 7 games left I think we might have blown our automatic promotion shots which means another heart wrenching playoffs

    Infairness promotion or not still has been a good season oh and rodriguez last 5 games 7.74

    23 in 25 matches who is he!

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