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    Quote Originally Posted by AJ View Post
    Ah, tension! No matter the Palace result, we need to win our final match. All out banzai mode against the Toffees! Up the Rovers!
    If Palace lose their match and Spurs win their match a draw is much needed and enough.

    But you're right, after we found our form back again and scored three goals against Spurs in the first 45 minutes, we are going to try and do more or less the same in our final League match at Goodison Park!

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    I don't suppose that Palace are playing Spurs ? That might help you out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley View Post
    I don't suppose that Palace are playing Spurs ? That might help you out.
    No, that would have been helpful, but they are both playing home games, unfortunately.

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    HUGE win!

    What a time for Lloris to have a shocker in a game Spurs looked to have the better of

    But outstanding ratings from the team - they needed to stand up and be counted and did just that!

    European football back in your own hands...........

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    Man Utd lose FA Cup Final but win Premier League title

    While we had to wait no less than thirteen days to play our final Premier League match of the season, on Saturday 11th May Manchester United lost the FA Cup Final to Liverpool before playing their two League games in hand.



    Winning the FA Cup made Liverpool's season, but Man Utd had other plans! Their schedule is rather congested and they need to win their Premier League games in hand.

    Two days later, on Monday 13th May the Red Devils crushed Charlton Athletic F.C. at Old Trafford to show that they are still the favourites to win the Premier League title! Charlton finished the game with ten men after Powell had been sent off.



    And another two days later Man Utd managed to beat Man City at the Etihad Stadium. City had tho play with ten men for almost an hour after Agüero had been sent off., but Man Utd was already 1-0 up when that happened.

    And so Man Utd won the League title after all!



    Newcastle win UEFA Europa League

    On that very same Wednesday Newcastle United achieved the near-impossible as they won the UEFA Europa League!!



    For a team promoted to the Premier League just three years ago, in the same year as us, this is a huge accomplishment! Something we can only dream of at this point in time.



    So now it's clear which teams have qualified for Champions League football, no matter the results on the final match day.

    Possible scenarios to qualify for Europa League

    In order to qualify for the UEFA Europa League we shall have to beat Everton at Goodison Park, unless Spurs happen to lose their final home game against West Ham or Crystal Palace lose their final game, in which case a draw against Everton would suffice.

    So there are four possible scenarios to qualify, although none of them are terribly likely to happen:

    1. By beating Everton at Goodison Park. Winning our own game would be the sure way to qualify.
    2. Failing that, if Spurs would unexpectedly lose their final League match we have also qualified.
    3. Or else, if we draw against Everton and Crystal Palace lose at home against West Bromwich Albion.
    4. Alternatively, we would qualify if we draw against Everton and Spurs also draw their game.

    At least everyone is fit and available to play on Sunday 9th May!



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    can't wait!!! Tension!!!

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    Rovers ready for Everton

    On Sunday we will play Everton with our standard formation and our default line-up since everyone is fit and available for the final match of the season.

    In fact, Wahlqvist's recent form has been such that he almost deserves to play, and the same goes for László of course, but it is only fitting to finish the season with the same players who have brought us to this point. We either succeed or fail together!



    And because we must assume that Spurs and Palace will both win their home matches we shall have to beat Everton. It's as simple as that! So we are ready for it!

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    Yep - scenario 1 - go win it

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    Goals and red cards galore on final Premier League day

    On Sunday 19th May we played Everton at Goodison Park while Spurs played West Ham United at White Hart Lane and Crystal Palace played West Bromwich Albion at Selhurst Park. And only two of the three teams would qualify for UEFA Europa League football.

    Everton, of course, had nothing to win and nothing to lose, but they still set their stall out to attack. However, we had a dream start to our all-important final League match when Marshall collected the ball and Clasie made himself available for the pass. Our Dutch midfielder struck the ball with fury and Zoet saved, but the Dutch goalkeeper could not hold onto the ball and so Lens had the perfect opportunity to score and our Dutch winger did not fail!

    So within two minutes we were already 1-0 up at Goodison Park and with that scoreline we were guaranteed a place in the top six and UEFA Europa League football!

    However, Everton were not beaten yet. They wanted to win their final home game of the season and a few minutes after that opener Lukaku found Asllani, who blasted the ball towards goal, but Nyambe managed to deflect the shot and Chirivella took control of the loose ball.

    Then, with eleven minutes on the clock, news came that Alli had just scored the opener for Spurs against West Ham! And barely five minutes later Benteke did the same for Palace against West Brom. So after fifteen minutes of game play all three teams were already 1-0 up!

    Meanwhile, at Goodison Park we were the stronger team but Everton withstood the pressure and they countered well! Lukaku had a good opportunity when he picked up the ball and put some curve on the shot, only it went just over the bar! At the same time, at White Hart Lane Alli scored his second goal for Spurs and the very next minute Humphries scored for Crystal Palace, who were now also 2-0 up!

    So with both of our competitors being 2-0 up we knew that we would have to win our match (although the lads obviously were not aware of those scorelines yet) but then, at White Hart Lane Vitolo hacked down Lanzini with two feet and he was sent off! Lanzini ran up to take the kick and he nestled the ball into the back of the net! That certainly changed matters a bit!



    Meanwhile, we seemed more or less in control of the match, but Everton continued to counter well and just after Renselaar had to go off injured, Davies chipped the ball into the penalty area towards Van de Beek, who delayed playing the ball, but then laid it off for Asllani to score his first ever goal for Everton with a hard and low right-foot shot. And so Lens' early opener had been cancelled out!

    With this scoreline Spurs were ahead of us again, although they would have to finish their match with ten man. But even with ten men Spurs remained in control and with 39 minutes on the clock Walker was fouled and Dennis Suárez scored the penalty so Spurs were up 3-1 now!

    There were no more goals at Goodison Park, although with 44 minutes on the clock Lens passed the ball into the area looking for Fekir. Our striker was brought down by Zoet in the area, only for some reason the referee turned down our penalty appeal.

    And so at half-time the scoreline at Goodison Park was still 1-1 but at White Hart Lane there was further excitement when Musacchio was sent off after his reckless challenge when he went in with two feet on Zaza! And that meant that Spurs would now have to play the entire second half with just nine men!!



    The tension was palpable in the break. We knew that we would have to score at least one goal in the second half unless Spurs, playing with nine men, would concede two goals at White Hart Lane!

    In the second half we brought on a fresh pair of legs. Henley was replaced by Wahlqvist. And then, with 57 minutes on the clock, Marshall had a go from a free-kick, Zoet only just managed to push the ball away and it was Clasie who picked up on the loose ball and tapped in from close range! We were virtually in sixth place again!!

    Two minutes later Sako scored a third goal for Palace who had now all but qualified for European football, but so had we - if the scoreline would not change!

    Everton did not give up yet, though. Funes Mori struck a free-kick over the wall, but it went just wide. A few minutes later Clasie was penalised for a trip on Obi and he was shown a yellow card. A free-kick was awarded and Funes Mori swiftly put in the free-kick but Wahlqvist headed the ball upfield. And so we withheld the pressure.

    At White Hart Lane Spurs were still 3-1 up with nine men so with just fourteen minutes remaining we brought on Chalobah to replace Clasie and avoid all risks. And slowly we managed to seize control of the midfield again.

    With three minutes remaining we brought on Duelund for Fekir, partly to waste some time, but that probably did not work. Still, after what seemed to last half an hour the whistle was finally blown! We had done it!!



    Spurs had also won their final League match with nine men, but none of that mattered any longer!



    After that dismal series of five goalless draws we had done it! First we had beaten Spurs 3-1 at Ewood Park and now we had beaten Everton 1-2 at Goodison Park to guarantee a place in the top six and to qualify for UEFA Europa League football!!

    Not our best game of the season perhaps, but we fought like champions and we deserved this success! Remarkably, Wahlqvist was named Man-of-the-Match.
    Spoiler!

    What an exciting final day of the season!





    So we will play European football next season. And we were awarded some hard cash to buy new players. Now let the sale of season tickets commence!


    Spoiler!

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    nice! Great way to end the season!

    Who's on our shopping list?

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    What a final day!

    Your last 2 results deserve European footie

    Squad needs improving with the extra games.

    I'd say consolidate Euro footie next season with a Top 7 place would be a fine achievement

    Some may want a top 4 but you may have to forgoe Europe for that

    As well as new players - any key player contracts expiring next year that you need to tie up or sell?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    What a final day!
    Your last 2 results deserve European footie
    Squad needs improving with the extra games.
    I'd say consolidate Euro footie next season with a Top 7 place would be a fine achievement
    Some may want a top 4 but you may have to forgoe Europe for that
    As well as new players - any key player contracts expiring next year that you need to tie up or sell?
    Qualification came as a huge surprise in the end. Before the Spurs match it looked bleak.

    All contracts of key players have been renewed over the past year. An overview of players' stats and a short list (or shopping list, as AJ calls it) will be posted tomorrow.

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