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  1. A True Project Klippybo vs Stonecold 2017

    Stonecold vs Klippybo 2017
    Rebuilding fallen giants

    Aston Villa Vs Newcastle
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    Years have past, lives changed but as the Aussie Open grand slam finals showed us these is nothing like reviving a great rivalry!

    The last decade has seen us both write many story's usually leaning on our own favorite FM teams Aberdeen & Atletico Bilbao

    Only once did we have the guts to go online and Klippy won that battle after only 18 months at Man Utd & Arsenal, Although Man Utd were dominating season 2 when we stopped

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    Other previous joint saves have seen us play as Barcelona vs Real Madrid, Where i got sacked and lost a Champions League final to Bordeaux and my favorite Valencia vs Atletico around 2010 when both sides were a clear 3rd and 4th and Klippy got sacked somewhere too

    The Iain McIntosh & Alex Stewart FM17 project (Rangers vs Celtic) got us talking about a joint save. We both read there Old Firm save and thought we could do this but do a much better job! Only flaw was neither of us would willingly go Rangers, I've never managed them and Klippy i believe has only done it once to get an achievement

    So we wrote a list of teams we considered for a good rivalry for at least a few season. The stand out pick of our final 3 was two teams in similar state that were a long way from European football, two teams not even in the top flight Aston Villa & Newcastle United. I think it balances our quite well. Klippy, Newcastle have slightly better assest (players & finances) and despite Klippys being a Newcastle fan for his sins and experience of playing as Newcastle EVERY YEAR i would have more recent experience and despite his eye for a youngster my squad building & climbing through the leagues has become the base of every story i've done in the last 5 years while Aston Villa Stonecold are in a great position as a reclamation project. The save will be using a updated January transfer window database so no Ross McCormack for me.

    Story Highlights

    Season 1
    Aston Villa -
    Newcastle -

  2. Stonecold the Manager!

    Im not sure what image you have of the guy behind the name but sadly despite being 6ft 2 like THE Stone Cold i dont tend to drink Budweisers and give my neighbours and in laws stunners when my team are screwed out of wins by FM Fate.

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    Except for when i huge mega rich team like Real Madrid, Man Utd ect i always build my team using all the sports knowledge i've gained over they years. I combine my love of analytics in Football, NFL for building a football team. I always have a player depth chart of my own as well as several shortlists of players developed from the shameful hours i end up scouting players in the world of FM.

    Tactically i'm open to change, especially in the modern day where the wondertactic is dead. Over time i have played 4-1-3-2, 4-2-2-2 and most recently after seeing a certain Aitor Herrera 4-1-3-1-1. Every year. I am 100% a offensive coach, attacking rather that insulting. In any sports game i'd lean heavy on defensive coaching or stacking the team with defensive talent allowing my attacking scheming to win the day even if the talent is not there.

    Aston Villa

    My targets
    Hard to say here as the save is on Klippys computer so i only have basic's on my team. Promotion is the no1 target and the only real aim i have in season 1. If Newcastle go up and i dont then it defeats the purpose and even worse makes me look shite. Following that i have a 3 year plan on revamping the squad that will need Premiership level income that will see us in the top 4 by the very early 20s and from season 2 onwards we MUST BEAT NEWCASTLE over a season. Coming 2nd is coming last!

    And what of my rival? well without him there is no way i would still be playing FM. Enjoying the game is one thing but no save comes close to going head to head, face to face even with a old friend who's skills at the game have to be respected at a game we've both spent so much of our life playing. No win is sweeter, no defeat more heart wrenching. The thrill of sitting across a table or on opposite sofa's while controlling the adrenaline of the twitchy finger waiting to win or loose a game, season, career is unbeatable in this game and at our age you dont know how many more time's we'll be doing this so rest assured old friend i'll be giving it everything to get the better of you

    Our First day in the office is tomorrow after a day at work. Let the fun/stress/drama/arguments and abuse begin!

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  3. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaassssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

    Modern Day Legend

    HOWAY THE LADS!!!!!!

    So here we are, about to start on a new fm journey, and I am pretty excited. Not only do I get to manage my beloved Newcastle United but in doing so I get the opportunity to teach my good friend of so many years (must be about 12 lol) a FM lesson......

    Although methinks it might not be so easy as I am completely out of touch with the FM world. Having had a 2 year hiatus from FM I am relying on myself not losing my touch and picking it up quickly as apart from a failed story with Bilbao (the save kept crashing) I have only played until March in a season. For instance that new set piece screen baffles me lol.

    There is my excuse in early!!!!

    Now as for me being Newcastle - it is a no brainer. I have supported them since Ossie Ardiles was manager when I was 9 y/o. I am from Aberdeenshire and the only reason I started supporting them was because they were getting humped every week when I read my Match magazine and I thought it was a joke really but the bug bit me, Keegan arrived and the club took off. My first game at St. James Park was the win over Portsmouth where Shearer broke the club scoring record and my daughter got a Newcastle strip before she was born lol.

    As for Darran being Villa. Well for FM reasons its apparent but he still brings up the time he watched Villa beat Newcastle at my house to send us down a few years ago. Methinks if I stop him getting promoted then that will shut him up as since he supports Man Utd I don't think Newcastle will relegate them anytime soon...........

    Since we last played together on FM he got married (his copy of FM was my wedding present lol), I have got balder and got a girlfriend who has given me FM17, the use of her laptop and agreed for Darran to come over for our sessions (what exactly have I let myself in for? was a question tonight) and we have both realised that my daughter is now just a few years off from being a teenager which is even more scary. Speaking of scary - this is my daughter and my opponent 5 or 6 years ago............
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    We will be using my custom database. I have completely updated all the transfers and coaching changes in England, Scotland, France, Germany, Italy and Spain and also a few in Russia, USA, China and Portugal. I have even done the squad numbers because I am both sad and anal about such things lol.


    As for my targets I have a short term vision - get promoted. I find it ironic that after the idiots like Pardew, Kinnear, Carver, McClaren etc I have to kick out the first quality manager we have had since Sir Bobby Robson but that is the the way of life in FM I suppose.

    Tomorrow we begin!!

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  5. ..and following!

  6. Also following, and thats the bottom liiiiine

  7. my dick tingled a little when I saw you two doing the joint save again. (not even ashamed)
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  8. Quote Originally Posted by KLIPPYBO View Post
    Half that photo horrifys me

    Modern Day Legend


    So here we go!!! In 4 hours we have got to the eve of the 1st game of the season. It was long and arduous at times as Darran started his player and staff search at the start of the movie Suicide Squad and he was still doing it near the end!!!

    My dealings with Mr. Ashley have been good. He upped the wage budget allowing me to have a £15m transfer kitty, gave me extra staff and allowed me to get a feeder club in the shape of another fallen giant, Parma. He does want me to sign young players for the first team and expects me to win the league while I said I would produce youngsters and play attacking football.

    I assessed my squad and credit where credits due, Rafa left me with a squad that should be equipped to win the league as expected and not just gain promotion. I really didn't need to sign anyone truth be told but £15m was burning a hole in my pocket. To be fair I feel that with Adam Armstrong out on loan and Daryl Murphy not required I needed another striker as that just leaves me with Ayoze Perez who I plan to play as my AMC, Gayle and Mitrovic.

    So with that in mind I tried to loan a striker from Real Madrid but he rejected me so in the end I plumped for Manchester Uniteds James Wilson. He will just be backup but should do a job at championship level.
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    I then went on the lookout for a versatile attacking midfielder. I contemplated Tom Ince from Derby but in the end plumped for Anthony Knockaert from Brighton for £12.5m. He will challenge for all 3 attacking midfield positions and although Darran doubted the signing (he said he has never heard of him) I am quite happy as it significantly weakens one of our rivals.
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    As for the backroom team I brought in the likes of Phil Cannon, Frank McParland, Derek Langley, Paul Scholes, Bobby Mimms and my new assistant manager Steve Clarke.




    Bear in mind we are in the 2nd tier here but we are insanely stocked in quality keepers. Matz Sels will be battling it out with Karl Darlow while Rob Elliot is injured and in the reserves. That's not all as we have Tim Krul out on loan at AZ Alkmaar and hot prospect Freddie Woodman is one of 3 players at Kilmarnock.


    At left back I will have Achraf Lazaar as 1st choice with Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara as backup. On the right speed demon DeAndre Yedlin will be first choice ahead of the experienced Jesus Gamez and the versatile Vurnon Anita. In the middle I have strength and depth with Chancel Mbemba, captain Jamaal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark and Grant Hanley. Most of my defenders can play in other positions so I am well stocked in that area.


    In the middle I will have Jonjo Shelvey who should stroll it at this level and Mo Diame. Jack Colback, Vurnon Anita and Isaac Hayden will provide cover but I may still bring in another CM on loan as Cheick Tiote's departure has left us a wee bit short.

    On the wings we are well stocked. Matt Ritchie is a cut above and will be a creative force as will Anthony Knockaert (hopefully) and Christian Atsu will hopefully tear defences apart with his speed on the left. Youngster Rolando Aarons will get some game time and there is also Yoann Gouffran who will do a job.

    As for my AMC I will start with Ayoze Perez but in Diame and Knockaert I have other options if injuries or loss of form occurs.


    I really have a tough choice here as in Aleksandr Mitrovic and Dwight Gayle I have 2 magnificent strikers at this level. Gayle will get the nod for a start as Mitro is suspended and I also have loan signing James Wilson, creative forward Ayoze Perez and the unwanted backup player Daryl Murphy.



    I pondered about going 4-2-2-2 with Mitro and Gayle up top in an attempt to just blast our way out of the league but I will have that as a backup formation or maybe in some "easy" games. I will start off with a 4-2-3-1 formation and hopefully that will work

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  10. How can you not have heard of Knockaert?! guys a class act.

  11. Knockaert was amazing for me in the Championship last season Klippy. Good signing

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    Sorry this took so long. Had football & a 14 hour shift at work since i last spent time scratching my head at where my big mouth had got me.

    4 hours i trawled through the dross of players and staff and still i cant see how i'm going to beat Newcastle inn season 1. My transfers suggest already that were going to be happy with promotion and were looking long term since we have significantly less talent & less money


    After watching Klippy review Newcastle, or point out he has Gayle, Perez and Mitrovic, God damn it. My squad Is pants. The one player i was really looking forward to having was Goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini, Nope he's on loan. Just like other players i would have started Carlos Sanchez, Ross MCcormack & Carles Gil.

    Never Mind im sure the new chairman will throw money at us, Wait no again. We get £5m but i refuse to just splash it on dross. We need quality or long term players

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    Ryan Fraser
    My standout signing was only a loan. For less than £100k a month we have one of the league's best wingers.

    Barrie McKay & Donny Van De Beek
    Here is my £4m gamble. I could have brought in a few 30+ year olds and maybe made a premiership return a lot more simple. However i've decided to go for these two promising youngsters that my scouts raved about them and if we cut the crap at worst i think they could turn into squad players and at best i'll make double my money or more if we get promoted and there not up to standard they should develop with the chances they'll get in our 50 game seasons.

    The staff has seen very little changes as most of the premiership staff that have yet to be poached are still here. Will make changes when the contracts run out and hopfully we'll be in a higher league that can attract more and better coaches

    As for the chairmen all i've asked for is investment in youth and they rejected every request.

    I plan to get more player in before September have no doubts.

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    Each position feels like i could get a better playing in to improve the squad before the transfer window closes.

    We'll have a 2 way fight for the No1 jersey. Jack Steer is my own but Sam Johnstone has more experience and is slightly better. Will start with Steer but if things go wrong i know we have a upgrade in the wings. Trying to sell Bunn without any luck so far

    The back four picks itself despite me having no faith long term inDe Laet, Elphick or James Chester. My best two defenders are both left backs. Jordan Amavi & Neil Taylor. Amavi will start the season but Taylor will get enough games to keep his value up. Would be surprised if i own both of them this time next season Reasonable depth here With two of the best U18s in the squad
    Bree and Suliman in tow too.

    Again the starting Center Midfielders look like they can do a job. Jedinak was born to be the Roy Keane of my team . Bjarnason and Hourihane will share the more attacking midfield spot. Henri Lansbury doesnt fit my system but will need to keep playing him to keep the value up.

    The 3 attacking midfield spots has been given a huge boost by Ryan Fraser joining for the year along with fellow Scots McKay & Maloney. Jack Grealish will be the best of the lot if he can behave himself for 5 minutes

    This bits easy. Kodjia is No1, 2 & 3rd choice striker as Scott Hogans's stats dont match his 2016 achievements and i sold Kozak for £2m as he was only the 3rd best of the forwards.

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    3rd is what the the bookies think we'll do which is fair enough. Not sure what planet there on giving Newcastle 3,50. We have no players in the "leagues best players" section

    So that it! The build up is over and its now down to work. Next time we post i imagine will be either after the August transfer window if either of us do something crazy or not long after

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  13. ??? The Big Question ???

    Forgot to ask the key question. We would love to know how do you all think we'll get on and more importantly who will have the best team come the end of the save? Will Villa be slow off the mark but eventually win the Premiership before Newcastle even get there? or Wil we both be sacked before christmas???
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    Modern Day Legend


    So August is done. 5 league games played and for me and 1 cup game. The transfer deadline has come and gone and we are all set for the long haul ahead so how are we looking?

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    Pretty bloody good!!!!!!!

    We started off against Fulham and quickly went a goal down. At half time I gave the players a bollocking and took off Knockaert on his debut as he picked up a knock and it did the trick as 2 unlikely scorers, Lazaar and Mbemba put us ahead before Shelvey netted a penalty.

    Against Huddersfield we tore them apart with Dwight Gayle getting a hat-trick before new signing, Boschilia (more on him later), scored with his first touch. 2 Ayoze Perez goals sunk Reading, 2 Gayle goals helped us to victory against Bristol City and that took us to the game against Brighton who were also unbeaten and in 2nd place. In a tight match we took the lead through Matt Ritchie before they levelled but Ayoze Perez came off the bench to strike the winner.

    In the Capital One Cup we played Coventry away and I totally changed my lineup and we just sneaked it thanks to 2 Aleksandr Mitrovic goals. We will play Mansfield in the next round after they defeated Sunderland.

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    All that means we top the league and I got the manager of the month award!!



    I just made 1 more signing. I desperately needed a central midfield player but with no money it was difficult. I couldn't even afford to loan Ruben Loftus-Cheek FOR £500,000!!! I made a few other enquiries but failed miserably and almost signed Leon Osman and a Spaniard called Manu such was my desperation but in the end I got a loan deal from Monaco for young Brazilian Boschilia.

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    Boschilia made a great start, scoring on his debut, and I hope he will do a good job and make an impact when required.

    Outgoing there wasn't much - Sammy Ameobi was loaned out to Blackburn and that was it.



    Everything is going tickety-boo!!! We have been rarely troubled truth be told and hopefully we can maintain our form for a while yet but 5 of our next 7 games are away including games against Derby County and Aston Villa.........

    What I have noticed is that my players pace is a huge factor in the Championship. Christian Atsu especially is ripping teams apart and DeAndre Yedlin also runs amock on the right. Perez and Gayle are too good for this level and well as I said - everything is tickety-boo!

    One possible cloud on the horizon will be the African Cup of Nations as Mbemba, Diame, Atsu and Lazaar could be away for a month or so.

  15. Season kick off

    We start the season far better than i expected only dropping points twice. Our defense has been awful at times but then i was not expecting miracles from this bunch but if they could channel there inner Blackburn that would be wonderful.

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    Defeat in Bristol was our only defeat and only game where we were outplayed by a quicker slicker team. The draw with Huddersfield was as dramatic a game as we'll probably see all year, happy to escape with a point when playing out the last 15 minutes with 10 men, A tired Jedinak lunge is not what you need to see with 40+ games to go. I'm find the balance of playign so many games and rotating players a struggle. We escaped from the Ipswich and Rotherham game by the skin of our teeth and you just know as the season goes on the balance of power will see games fall the other way. Elsewhere a mix of wins big and small. No competition in our cup games so far but Norwich will be a tougher test for us than klippy has down at Mansfield

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    If i was told i would be tied at the top, or 1 goal behind Newcastle at the top i would have taken it with open arms. Our net league match will be the true test of where we are in terms of a title challenge. A word i have not mentioned as promotion is the only target. Sadly for us all the old man needed his bed giving us all time to ponder and predict what will go down at Villa park in what already looks like a 6 pointer

    Transfer Window
    A Premiership return just became even more important as we spend all our transfer budget + some of next years cash and deducted money out of the wages to add two more prospects. Abdelhak Nouri is far from the finished project but with absolutely nothing coming off i overspent on fee & wages to get him in. Worst of all he's not ready for first team with us but to early for buyers regret. My other signing Thalles leaves me with far less doubt. Coming off the bench for his debut he had me and most of the fans thinking Kodjia has been steeling a living over the first few weeks of the season. Not sure if Hogan will get a chance but i do not like to chop and change my front line so one of the three need to show there hand quickly

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  16. Quote Originally Posted by stonecold View Post

    ??? The Big Question ???

    Forgot to ask the key question. We would love to know how do you all think we'll get on and more importantly who will have the best team come the end of the save? Will Villa be slow off the mark but eventually win the Premiership before Newcastle even get there? or Wil we both be sacked before christmas???
    I'm just hoping you both get into the Prem first season! will be good to see how you both do when you get there!

    Will there be a detailed match report of the big Newcastle v Aston Villa match??

  17. Heard good things about Thalles, never used him though
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  18. Quote Originally Posted by naterr View Post
    Will there be a detailed match report of the big Newcastle v Aston Villa match??
    Im sure the winner will be rushing to do so

  19. The First Clash
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    Donald slates Stuart's "filthy tactic"

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    What do you do to an opponents team that had a player leading almost all the stats for the league? Kick him off the park? What about the teams best player on loan from the Premiership? kick him off the park! Newcastle put a whole new meaning to attacking the wings as Klippys mega aggressive set up seen both my wing backs injured as well as Ryan Fraser. Only Jack Grealish came through the game with all his limbs attached. Stats looked similar but we had far more chances. Newcastle had 2 chances and scored both of them. This is not the first time he has kicked my team off the park. I can not let this happen again!

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    Onto the actual game Newcastle struck early on and took out Jordan Amavi viciously concussing the leagues best wing back after only 8 minutes. while Neil Taylor was stretching to come on Ayoze Perez stuck the opening goal. Soon after Richie De Laet got a knock but was determined to fight on again this bunch of thugs and not be bullied out of the game but we failed to take any of our chances. The second half was exactly the same until the 73rd minute when Ryan Fraser finally gave into the abuse and had to come off as we went 4-4-2. Newcastle had the last serious chance and Perez doubled the lead. My players were already furious with the assault on there well being so this sucked punch was the end of them. They showed no fight in the last 10 minutes and suddenly resting the first team and loosing in the cup turns out to be a waste of time.

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    Overall im not shocked Newcastle managed to beat me but the manner of the defeat is worse than just not being good enough. This will be used to motivate the players till we face off again in February
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    We go into this fixture in a bit of a downer truth be told. After our 5th league win we managed to just sneak an away draw against Derby with Gayle scoring a late equaliser just before he got injured and he will be out for 2 months. We then went up against QPR away and got humped 3-1 so we lost our first game of the season.

    Next up was Wolves at home and we were trailing 1-0 at half-time so I gave my players a bollocking and it worked as Mitrovic scored twice after Ritchie levelled and we won 3-2. We then played Mansfield away in the league cup and I rested all 11 players once again. We took the lead through Wilson and then immediately after I made my 3 subs they levelled to take the game into extra time. Fortunately goals from Knockaert and Boschilia saw us through and we will play Brentford away in the next round.


    The Game

    They were on a roll and our away form was slipping up so what to do? My only dilemma was to choose between Knockaert and Ayoze Perez and I went with the mercurial Spaniard.

    Tactically I did the same as usual but with a bit of a difference - I noticed his full back, Amavi, was no1 in the league for average rating and man of the match awards so I told my players to go in hard on him. Same with Ryan Fraser who was top of the league in assists. His lone striker was also going to get a kicking and marked tightly too just for good measure.....

    And it worked!!!! After 7min Amavi went off injured and we immediately scored when Mitrovic sent Ayoze Perez through. Then Fraser picked up a knock and then my phone kept going off with Darran telling me everyone of his players were crippled.

    To be fair what came next according to the highlights was constant Villa chances and he almost scored a beauty on the stroke of half-time. Darran, going by the amount of times it said he was making tactical changes, was trying everything to claw it back but his side couldn't score. Then late on we caught them on the break and Mitrovic crossed for Ayoze Perez to get his 2nd and it was game over!

    The only highlights we got was our 2 goals!!!

    My screenshots aint working again so I will leave that for Darran for the league table match stats etc.

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    Modern Day Legend
    Darran my dear friend - I may have kicked you off the park but who got the most bookings?

  22. Quote Originally Posted by KLIPPYBO View Post
    Darran my dear friend - I may have kicked you off the park but who got the most bookings?
    The Damage was done. You injured 4 players and got no cards for the experience

  23. Has this dies or is there an upload schedule in place or what. Love the idea and the start so hope it isn't leaving anytime soon.

    Modern Day Legend
    Quote Originally Posted by TheCelticKid View Post
    Has this dies or is there an upload schedule in place or what. Love the idea and the start so hope it isn't leaving anytime soon.
    Life gets in the way lol. Just played until January where I am going to update. Will do one after January window too. This is not dead for sure!!!!
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    All is not good at the land of the Toon. Not good at all - yet we are top of the league!

    Let me explain - after beating Villa we continued our unbeaten run including a hard fought draw against Norwich and thumping Rotherham and Barnsley but then I paid the price in the cup for resting players and lost to Brentford in the League Cup.

    Two comfortable victories followed and then we lost 6-4 to Leeds where we were 5-2 down at half-time! A trouncing of Blackburn followed before we lost the next 2 games. We are now currently on a 4 game unbeaten streak but within that there are 2 disappointing draws with Burton and Nottingham Forest.

    In the FA Cup we will play West Ham at home.

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    Lets start with performances. I have come to realise that my team revolves around 2 players - Mitrovic and Knockaert. Mitro has been stupidly good. He took his chance when Gayle got injured and just hasn't stopped scoring and he leads the way with 20 goals in 17 starts. Knockaert in the AMC position is great. He creates, he scores and he was undroppable as Ayoze Perez was forced out but when Ritchie got injured I moved him to the right to let Ayoze back in and we lost a few games so AMC it is for Knockaert.

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    Shelvey and Diame were disappointing me until recently where Diame began to chip in with goals. The rest of the squad have been ok. Not great not poor.

    I do however have many unhappy players who haven't been getting first team football. Anita, Gouffran and Jesus Gamez wanted transfers away which I agreed apart from the case of Anita who is too good to let go. Mbemba had his head turned with links to a move with Southampton and he wasn't happy when I said I would look at things if a decent bid comes in.

    I had to hold a team meeting regarding the Anita situation but fortunately after telling them whats what the players came out on my side.



    One in one out so far. Haris Vuckic is leaving for a small fee and I am signing James Maddison from Norwich for about £2.5m. He should fit the bill for my philosophy of signing young players. The board invested £22m and gave me £7m to spend so I will see what happens.

    If Gouffran, Jesus Gamez, Elliot or some other backups get sold I will have a fair bit to spend so who knows what will happen.

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  26. The End Of 2016

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    We have left a lot of points on the table with draws especially away from home. We had a insane result at Barnsley with newbie Thalles scoring 4 goals right after the Newcastle defeat and looking at November and December we were unbeaten until Leeds came to town Overall we're in 2nd and a automatic promotion spot.

    Injurys have played there part with us too. McKay was bang in form before his injury while at some stage we've had a few players missing, One not missing through any fault but his violent self is Mile Jedinak who's nack for getting a red card is speeding up my hair loss situation and seriously made me rethink him for my long term plans.

    The League
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    It looked like a 3 way fight for ages but with Ourselves, Newcastle and Norwich dropping points regularly all of a sudden Wolves, Reading and Brentford are not far behind. Its a delight to see my own player Ross McCormack 3rd in scoring and leading the assists. Thanks a lot Steven Bruce.

    My greatest achievement so far. Learning English
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    Like Klippy i have £7m to spend unless anyone will take some of my dross of my hands
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    Modern Day Legend


    It has all gone pear shaped!!!! The month started off great as we defeated Blackburn and Brentford in the league and also came from behind to knock West Ham out of the cup but then we lost our next 3 games against Rotherham at home, Brighton away and Fulham at home in the cup - this is indeed worrying.

    I think the main reason for the slump is that with Mbemba and Lazaar away at the African Cup of Nations and with me selling some players it coincided with us picking up a few injuries so I hope it is just a short term blip!!

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    I sold Jesus Gamez to Napoli for £2.1m, Yoan Gouffran to Swansea for £2.7m and Haris Vuckic to Cardiff for £425,000. Darryl Murphy was loaned to Preston while Boschilia's loan was terminated. I did accept a £21m bid from Liverpool for Chancel Mbemba but he failed to get a work permit.

    Incoming were James Maddison from Norwich for £2.5m and Carl Jenkinson from Arsenal for £4.2m. I also loaned Bartosz Kapustka from Leicester.
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  28. Quote Originally Posted by KLIPPYBO View Post
    Carl Jenkinson from Arsenal for £4.2m.

    Who paid who now?
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  29. January

    We'll i wont complain as much as my friend above i know my team is a bag of shit but still it was not the greatest month. Our latest past time is not scoring a goal. Both strikers have had games with 5+ shots off target and its got so bad i've been considering pre update Scott Hogan.

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    First of all we're still in the cup and if we can win the replay with Brentford we'll be at home to Rotherham in the 5th round. We drew with Brentford in the league as well. in 180 minutes of back to back games less than 90 seconds covered the two goals, that kinda sums us up just now. The only defeat we had this month was to the league's form side Wolves who as i hinted at last month have very much joined the title battle.

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    Transfer Window

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    I promised a busy window and i failed you all. My hopes got even higher as Lansbury, Richards and Baker all handed in transfer requests and Sam Johnstone returned to Man Utd. I seen a extra £8-10m. Sadly non of them moved or gathered interest of note then when i did try to spend i was out of my depth. I was looking for top flight talent, i'm determined not to sign any more dross to this disaster of a squad. I did add one player of loan. Harrison Reed on loan from Southampton. If we get promoted i may manage the £12m buy out clause as well as a young Brazilian who failed a work permit so is out on loan but that was another £4m down the pan that wont help this season, missed the picture.

  30. We want more!!! Loving this guys
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    Modern Day Legend


    So as I left last time we were in a major slump. We were losing games and playing shit and were also dumped out of the cup for good measure. Our next 4 games were against the teams in 7th, 4th, 2nd and 3rd position so how did we do?

    Pretty bloody well tbh.

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    We started with a good 2-1 win over Derby. I dropped Mitrovic and started Gayle and he took his chance by scoring both goals. Wolves away were up next and an own goal was enough for us to win 1-0 and then we were away to Norwich and after going behind goals from Atsu and Shelvey gave us victory.

    Then on to Villa...........

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    And we were shit! Didn't create much despite the amount of shots on goal and 3 clear cut chances and he struck twice. Fortunately we were in a position to be able to afford to lose this game so that's all I am going to say on the matter lol. If I had won Darran would have been in big trouble methinks but as it is its all tight at the top again.

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  32. Crazy tight at the top....
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  33. Quote Originally Posted by Sam91 View Post
    Crazy tight at the top....
    Norwich and Wolves need to bugger off and soon. Then Newcastle they can hang around a bit longer i guess, only because your a friend

  34. After the transfer Window

    No more transfers its down to these guys to get us back to the Premiership faster than a bunch of sneaks will get a League winning manager sacked

    A win at Nottm Forest, draw at Brentford and defeat at Ipswich. All top 10 teams but still the Ipswich defeat had me having major doubts. Lucky for me we had the worst team in the league Barnsley to boost the confidence going into our biggest match of the season. Loose and the League is gone for sure and if the chasing pack keep up there form a play off spot would be as far as we could hope to go.

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    Newcastle 0-2 Aston Villa

    Thankfully that happened, sadly as i was bouncing on the sofa i missed my chance to take a picture of the occasion, im sure we'll fix that next time were online

    It did give Colin Calderwood the chance to channel his inner Arnie post match
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    For anyone too young

    And even better results elsewhere worked for us so if we can win our game in hand we'll move into the lead. Still our total focus is on promotion and despite having very favorable run in were not going to get ahead of ourselves. We've been too bad too often this season to get thoughts like that in our head.

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  35. March & April

    We got another blast tonight and this is how we look with 5 games to go

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    Villa played 9 games and only suffered 1 defeat and 2 draws which i would certainly take. We only won one game by more than a goal and we've struggled in every game. It has never been pretty but we feel like a scientific experiment just waiting to implode. Cant see many of these guys hanging on in my squad long term.

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    Were still top despite our best efforts to drop points. Norwich are still ahead of Newcastle and there open door defense and Wolves are also in the fight too only 3 goals between them. We however are at +37, 7 clear of next best Newcastle

    With 5 games to go its all still to play for with the top 4. Aston Villa & Norwich have the advantage being more than a win clear of Newcastle & Wolves. Week by week it could change. We have only Reading left to play in the top half and have no excuse, Except our abysmal performances!

    And our final jab from Ross McCormack after leading even the Newcastle players in the scoring chart he goes an damages his cruciate ligaments and is set to be out for 7-8 months, he returns to us in 2 months!

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    Modern Day Legend

    THE SEASON END...............

    So the season is finished and I have got to say I have mixed emotions. We failed to win the league, we even failed to win promotion automatically and have had to settle for finishing 3rd but due to circumstances I can almost (but not quite) accept this.


    I have never known anything like it. I know I am not using it as an excuse as while we were playing and I said every 5min that so and so is out for a month and so and so is out for the season and he has stubbed his finger (seriously, Rolando Aarons?) Darran was rolling about my sofa is howls of laughter.

    It wouldn't be so bad if it was spread throughout my team but in the final month of the season I was without my first 2 strikers (Mitrovic was out for 3 months, Gayle for 1 month), my first 2 AMs (Perez 4 months, Knockaert 6 weeks), Ritchie (2 months), Lazaar (2 months), Diame (1 month) and a few others.

    Which obviously effected results........

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    The draws killed us. Not being able to beat Wigan and Burton at home and throwing away a 3-1 lead at Huddersfield was key. We seemed to really struggle at home for some reason and apart from Cardiff away we were great on our travels. My injury situation got so bad that I played a bunch of kids at the end and 2 regens (no future Aitors unfortunately) started with one getting a goal and an assist!

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    So into the playoffs I go.............

    (Not played them yet. Darran is sitting looking all smug on my sofa lol)

  37. End of season run in

    Tonight we meet up to decide the fate of season 1's Championship We hold the lead with Newcastle and Norwich right on our tails.

    Match 42
    Aston Villa 4-0 Reading

    Our last top half opposing and a rare Barrie McKay hatrick keeps us in pole position for the title

    Newcastle's draw with Leeds is a huge blow for klippy but almost secures our goal of promotion

    Match 43
    Fulham 0-3 Aston Villa
    Our result was great. Fulham put up little resistance and the big news from up the road in Preston who won 2-1 at home to Norwich. Title is in our grasp. Newcastle win too so hope for klippers over there remembering a better time when Tiffany & Cyndi Lauper ruled the world, Werent Newcastle in the championship then too????

    Match 44
    Aston Villa 2-2 Birmingham
    We got the jokes going too early and took our eye off the prize. A late Brummie goal is Zola's last stand to try and deny there biggest rivals the league trophy. Wouldnt have happened today anyway as Newcastle & Norwich won. 2 to go and its anyone's guess who's winning this League except it will be a team that is coming right back up.

    Match 45
    Blackburn 0-2 Aston Villa
    We get lucky and played the form team in the league. Lucky because its the bad form team. There in freefall and relegation is looking likely on form and now position. Norwich won to take it to the final day but oh my god what happened to the Toon. Cardiff who were just outside the bottom 3 hammered them ending all automatic promotion hopes and starting a injury curse that would cost them 7 of there best attackers with the playoffs just around the corner.

    Match 46
    Aston Villa 4-0 Brighton
    Villa park was the home of the party atmosphere and no its not a parallel universe this is happening. Villa park was utterly rocking after only half a hour as a double from Thalies and a Maloney free kick had the title in the bag long before the break. A 2nd half O'G to make it 4 was the icing on the cake. An amazing final 3 months of the season where we only dropped 9 points over 16 games seen us fly by Newcastle and held off a mega strong challenge from Norwich to secure a title i felt was well beyond this squad of players.

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    As you can imagine with the amount i've moaned i plan to make massive changes to the squad. Only 2-5 players will be good enough long term so if a offer comes i will probably sell.

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    Not sure how but Ritchie De Laet sneaked his way to player of the year over Thalles who's goals got us promoted, Amavi who was our best player but never mind. Fans call and they pay my wages so i'll keep zip

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    End of season hilarity
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    £50K for a league with this much money???

    Klippys in the playoffs as we speak and we might need a clean pair of pants and thats just from the Derby game
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  38. Well done Stonecold!! Hurry up with the Play offs Klippy
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  39. Play offs could be difficult! I'm really hoping you get through them and have both of you promoted straight away!
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  40. Just sat waiting to see what happens in these playoffs! Great start with season one though Stonecold, as naterr said, be great if you can both go up.
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    Modern Day Legend


    So here we are in the play-offs! I went into them a bit more confident as a couple of players were coming back and against the top teams we done not bad during the season - it was the minnows that caused us the biggest problems.

    I also received a boost before the play-offs began as I got offered a new contract so it seemed even though I didn't achieve the Championship title and may not even get promoted they wanted me to stay.

    So that was nice lol.


    Play-off 1st Leg

    Derby County 2 (Ince 11, 52)
    Newcastle United 1 (Gayle 10)

    Lineup - Sels, Yedlin, Mbemba (Clark), Lascelles, Haidara, Shelvey, Anita, Aarons, Maddison (Mitrovic), Atsu, Gayle

    Not great but not a disaster. Unfortunately my injury jinx struck again as Chancel Mbemba got crocked. As you can see in my lineup there was no Knockaert, Ritchie, Lazaar and Diame so we are still down to the bare bones. Gayle put us ahead but Tom Ince (who I pulled out of signing to get Knockaert) struck twice to give them the advantage.


    Play-off 2nd Leg

    Newcastle United 1 (Clark 67)
    Derby County 0
    (Agg 2-2, Newcastle United won 3-1 on penalties)

    Lineup - Sels, Yedlin, Clark*, Lascelles, Haidara (Dummett), Shelvey (Colback), Anita, Aarons, Maddison, Atsu, Gayle (Mitrovic)

    Through but phew!!! I didn't know that away goals were pointless here and I was pretty pissed off as I was informed that we had a penalty shoot-out to contest. Any Newcastle fan will tell you that our record in shoot-outs in real life is abysmal so I wasn't confident.

    In the end we won the shoot-out easily as although Atsu missed, Mitrovic, Colback and Anita scored while they missed two to see us through. Mbemba's injury proved to be a blessing as his replacement, Ciaran Clark, scored our winning goal during play.


    Play-off Final

    Newcastle United 4 (Atsu 14, Gayle 45, Ritchie 66, Mitrovic 68)
    Wolves 1 (Edwards 67)

    Lineup - Sels, Yedlin, Mbemba, Lascelles, Haidara (Dummett), Shelvey, Diame, Aarons*, Knockaert (Ritchie), Atsu, Gayle (Mitrovic)

    Up we go!!!! I was fortunate to welcome Mbemba, Knockaert, Diame and Ritchie back into the fold and although they weren't all match fit they had enough in the tank to see off Wolves.

    We were all but there at half-time as a rare Atsu goal and a Gayle strike had us in easy street. Then I made 2 subs and within 5min they had both scored and even managed to concede one in a crazy 3min spell. At 4-1 Wolves were never coming back.

    Fair play to Rolando Aarons who I just picked ahead of the unfit Ritchie as he set up 2 goals and claimed the man of the match award.


    So promotion is gained. I haven't been told who my player of the year etc was but I will post a few screenshots of things. I have been given a budget of £48m for next season so I am thinking how I will blow that lol.


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    Jamaal Lascelles was close but I cant not choose a player who scored more goals than he started games!
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    I would say Adam Armstrong as he scored 20 odd goals for Barnsley and is now valued at £6m but he unfortunately wasn't with me. I didn't use too many U21 players so Aarons gets it just for his performance in the play-off final lol.

  42. Well done Klippy!! Look forward to you guys preparing for the BPL and what signings you both make

    Modern Day Legend


    It has taken a while but finally pre-season and the first month of the season is done. My aim for the summer was to strengthen to get a mid-table side together and have a nice calm season. Hmmm lol.

    I think I have done the former but whether the latter happens I don't know. I immediately signed 2 players from Man City, then sold half my team it seemed like and then didn't know how to spend my £60m and then pretty much blew it all lol. So here is what happened....



    My first 2 signings came from Man City. Patrick Roberts came in on loan and Aaron Mooy arrived for £8.75m Both will be key players this season. I then signed a young Spaniard called Kuki for £8m and he looks decent.
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    Then I signed a few regens for a few pittances of fees.....
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    Then I finally began to splash the cash as I brought in Will Hughes from Derby for £14m and John Brooks from Hertha Berlin for £11m. Hughes will get plenty of games to shine while Brooks looks like a great CB and has started pretty well. I also signed a new keeper, Alphonse Areola, for £2.4m from PSG.
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    Three backups came in before the start of the season as Tomas Kalas came in for £2.5m, Ravel Morrison for £1.5m and Guillermo Varela for £3.4m.
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    Finally I brought in a fantastic looking young prospect on loan from Inter Milan, Federico Dimarco and then I signed Vincent Marchetti from Nancy for £7m. That took my spending to £61m.
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    I raked in £41m. Florian Thauvin to Marseille to £11m, Grant Hanley to Swansea for £8.25m, Henri Saivet to Hoffenheim for £7.25m, Vurnon Anita to Fiorentina for £5.75m and Carl Jenkinson to Borussia MGB for £3m.

    Massadio Haidara, Lubomir Satka, Yassin Ben El-Mhani, Stuart Findlay, Rob Elliot and Alex Gilliead were sold for various small fees.

    I loaned out Riviere and De Jong for fees and a shed load of youngsters. I also decided to loan out Adam Armstrong but I can recall him.



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    We started off with a disappointing defeat to Crystal Palace. There were only 2 highlights the whole game - we hit the post and they scored. We then went up against WBA and I accidentally chose a different formation which I found out about when Ritchie was taken off injured. We scored 3 in 20min and I thought why not keep it!!!

    Liverpool started the season on fire and we deserved a draw against them but lost by 1 goal. In the cup I played my reserves and lost - meh but then came West Ham and Enner Valencia scored ALL 6 as they humped us well and truly.

    So I am very very apprehensive about how things may be. If we drew with West Ham all would be good but our 6-1 defeat leaves me thinking that I could be in for a long season - unless I get sacked!!!

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  44. Pre Season 2017

    Season Targets
    Premiership survival

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    1000/1 for the title and tied favorites for relegation. Newcastle at 151/1 is a insult and a half.

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    We beat Bayern, Drew with Juventus & Gave Gabby Agbonlahor a testimonial not that getting £69k a week in my u23s is enough.

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    Over £50m spent on a team very much looking towards the future.

    Lewis Cook & Jairo Riedewald are two of the best u21 players money can buy so for £25m combined im delighted. Harrison Reed may turn out to be a waste of money. Got him when the bigger names were not intersted so will have to wait and see how he gets on with the other 55 CM's we now have. Lautari Giannetti was the best young CB available at the time and at £5m we'll easy see that back for him.
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    Romero & Maroni join then leave on loan till they get work permits, Marco Hugo did get a work permit but will be out on loan while Zach Clough at £1.6m was a move i could not avoid.
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    Bryan Cristante, Lovre Kalinic & Cristian Rodriguez give the team top flight level depth.
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    Javi Ontiveros, David Carmona & Callum Gribbin all join with future fee's all being quite large but they have a season to show me there good enough to be long term Villa stars.
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    The biggest loss by a mile is Jordan Amavi. He was wanting a move in January but we held onto him hoping for more money in the summer and it worked. Next up Jonathan Kodjia who was terrible in the championship and i grabbed £5.5m to take him off to Germany. James Chester, Carlos Sanchez, Brikir Bjarnason, Leandro Bacuna and Mile Jedinak were all depth chart casualties bringing in another £15m

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    Early Days so plenty could change in this

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    Mario Bielsa takes over Chelsea after Conte was sacked. Our challenge to stay up really hits you when you see who the big teams signed

    Season so far

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    Its been tough. It was always going to be tough! 2 Late goals earn us our only 2 points and our back up players beat AFC Wimbledon by 1 goal. Im scared for my future too!

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  45. Great work in the window boys. Cook for Stonecold and Hughes for Klippy both were insane on my Brighton save. Rough start Klippy, sure your'll pull through

    Modern Day Legend


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    Things were pretty bad when I last posted and although things have improved I am still unsure as to how this season will go. After the West Ham game we had a must not lose game against Bournemouth and we lost it!!

    Then I called a team meeting before the match against Chelsea and it did the trick as we came from behind to win 2-1 thanks to Dwight Gayle coming off the bench to score both goals. We followed that up with a narrow 1-0 win over Burnley thanks to Yedlin's last minute goal.

    We were never going to get anything against Man Utd and Spurs and then came a huge match against Norwich. We managed to win 5-2 but it wasn't easy as we threw away a 2 goal lead but Aaron Mooy scored a screamer of a free kick to set us on our way.

    Then the Villa game....

    And once again we narrowly lost by 1 goal when we deserved a draw. We took the lead thanks to one of Darrans Argentinian lovechildren scoring an own goal but the Will Hughes responded in kind. He quickly took the lead and so it stayed. Darran immediately said a draw would have been fair which was nice but doesn't add points to the scoreboard unfortunately!


    Next up we have Arsenal away but after that we have a run of games where we better get 2 or 3 wins or else we will be in big trouble!

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  47. Autumn

    We got through 10 games which included only 1 defeat and a run of 7 wins in 8 games that moves us into the top half after a dire start

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    We started with a moral boosting draw at Anfield before our first win of the season against Tony Pulis's West Brom speeding up his exit from the club. Then we beat West ham in League and Cup. A trip to Stamford bridge brought our only defeat of the night before beating Burnley and Ipswich taking us to the Q/F of the league cup.

    Aston Villa 2-1 Newcastle
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    Yes its true in every aspectths game should have been a draw but after they way we lost 3 points to Newcastle in our first Championship game there is no remorse shown.

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    Our great run see's us up to 18 points, almost half way to safety. Had the Newcastle beat us we would have been tied on 15.

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    Was not always great in the Championship but has made a stonking start to his Premiership career

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  48. This dead?

  49. Quote Originally Posted by Sam91 View Post
    This dead?
    Of all the days to ask! Were actually away to try fire through to christmas. Times been short for both of us recently. usually when ones free the other is not and the individual saves have been going well.
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  50. Quote Originally Posted by stonecold View Post
    Of all the days to ask! Were actually away to try fire through to christmas. Times been short for both of us recently. usually when ones free the other is not and the individual saves have been going well.
    We tried to fire this up over a week ago but it wasnt working out so we'll be back with a second attempt at a joint save tomorrow
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