If you have not read part 1, i recommend doing so before reading on – https://jamesbeedie17.wordpress.com/2016/02/24/football-manager-2016-the-sky-is-the-limit/
Part 2 – A Mixed Bag.
Still new in the job, i’m still building my staff squad as a new addition jumps on board, the very experienced coach, Wally Downes who has numerous big name clubs on his CV – Welcome to the club, Wally.
Sky Bet League 1 fixtures –
Scunthorpe away – Bitter pill to swallow as we come away with nothing having had a great deal of goal mouth opportunities. 1-0 loss. Sigh…
Chesterfield home – A game we controlled with a makeshift squad due to injuries. 1-0 win.
Bury away – A very even match again see us take nothing away from home as Sam Ricketts gives away a late penalty – Dispatched by Luke Moore. 1-0 loss. Disappointing!
Barnsley home – The league leaders come to The Ricoh Arena, a 1-1 draw is a deserving result – When your captain averages a 5.9 and your best player is Stephen Hunt, you know it’s been a tough day at the office – I’ll take it!
Shrewsbury home – Outplayed, out classed and a very lucky 3 points stay in Coventry. In the same week Marc-Antoine Fortune gets his French Guiana debut, he scores his maiden Sky Blues goal – Desperate times when he plays, 2-1 win…
Portsmouth away – Johnstone’s Paint Trophy duty beckons and an early leads gives us hope of silverware through Adam Armstrong – A dreadful 82 minutes follow seeing us exit the competition at the hands of the Fratton Park club, 2-1 loss – I hope Mr Fisher doesn’t pull me into his office…
Fleetwood away – Highbury calling, and you’d think we just played the “Arsenal Invincibles”, battered, bruised and the less said about it, the better, 1-0 loss – We move on.
Blackpool home – The Seasiders arrive in Coventry and one of our best performances of the season see us take a 1-0 win after loanee Jack Stephens forst goal for the club. 63% possession – Well played!
Rochdale away – A WIN? AWAY FROM HOME? That’s right. A very tight affair was settled by the newly turned 17 year old debutant who scored an absolute rasper (Watch it here > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcyZ3t5pVZU) 2-1 victory and new kid is on the block – Remember the name, Dan Smith.
Swindon away – Nicky Ajose was on fire and probably the best player we have come up against this season. We were manhandles. 4-1 loss. We didn’t turn up!
Peterborough home – A tight match ended in a 1-1 draw. Right result between 2 very evenly matched teams. Man of the match performance from our key player, John Fleck – Wanted by Bolton, but recently signed a new contract!
Cambridge home in the FA Cup 1st round – A chance to blood some talent, and they performed, George Thomas bagging 4 goals with an impressive individual performance. We sail through. Carlisle at The Ricoh in round 2. Good draw.
Colchester away – A solid 1-0 victory against a good side, Ruben Lameiras with his second goal for the club. Notifiable losses thus far – All away from home. Hopefully that rot will stop.
League table as it stands. Play-offs the board expectation, with my personal target being the same. So far, its going as expected. Only 7 points away from top spot after 17 games, cut out some bad losses and who knows what could happen…
Players stats –
Andy Rose leads the way with the best average rating, always putting in solid performances in his defensive role.
Loanee Jacob Murphy leads the way with assists, i’d expect the rest of the team to starting chipping in.
In terms of goals, there are no real stand out, with a few players contribution to small amounts – Adam Armstrong, George Thomas and Joe Cole lead the way.
Recently there has been a small change to the formation; i have taken out the AMC and added an extra DM since the return of John Fleck. Also changing is Andy Rose from a BWM to a DM so i could change his player instruction to go easy on tackles as he has picked up a crazy 9 yellow cards already this season. We shall see how effective this becomes over the next period of games.
As ever guys, thanks for reading. If you have any constructive feedback, id love to hear it to help me improve my blogs.
Part 3 out in a few days time…