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Thread: The World of Football Management - Chapter 7 - Global Attraction

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    MASSIVE win v United that

    If ya lost it could have been tough

    Sounds like they may have deserved at least a point but you 2 goals ruled out?

    7 from 9 after that is fine stuff

    Have you got to play Everton before season end?

    Ethan Robson atts were awesome for where you were at the tye time and some were comparting hin to Bryan Robson

    But mid 30's seem to hit him hard and he fell away badly

    Did very well for a spell though
    We have Everton AWAY next month, another key game!

    Bryan Robson Was decent though, to be fair. Sadly, we got him at the end of his career!

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley View Post
    Great recovery month and right back in the hunt.
    Still need United to lose twice more than you in the last 10 as they have a better goal difference
    The new boys have been amazing. Your scouts deserve a pay rise

    Robson is another who passed me by, but that one season he had looks like a stormer
    We've definitey got a good scouting system in place now Paying off in the last couple of years especially since we've got rid of quite a few oldies on our shortlist who were once deemed good enough for the squad but not anymore given how much we've improved in the last few years.

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    Amazing win over Man Utd with all those fatigued players. Now Everton away then!

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    Three wins and a draw. Take that all day long.

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    Global Attraction - Season 23 - March
    Nations = 32
    Austria, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hungary, Italy, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Latvia, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay, Wales


    After an important February during which we defeated Man Utd and are currently enjoying a 7 game unbeaten run in the league to move 4 points behind the league leaders, we now have only three league games to play in March, one of whom is a big one against Everton who sit in 3rd place with the same amount of points as ourselves. But first, European action...

    Europa League Round of 16 First Leg
    Out: Faye (form), Susic (ineligible), Van Houdt (ineligble).
    In: Barr, Bilek, Farkas.

    Playing Lokomotiv Moscow for the first time away in Russia, we were stunned by an early 6th minute goal. Bilek's first goal for the club got us back on a level pegging but we just couldn't find that elusive winner. But an away goal could be important and hopefully we'll finish the job at home.

    Lokomotiv Moscow 1:1 Leamington
    Emery 8, Nikolaou 6, Barr 7, Olsen 7 (Faye 7), Carvalho da Silva 7, Ngama 7, Jaunzems 8 (Reed 6), Bilek 8 (Luz 8), Bruno 7, Gungor 7, Farkas 6.
    Goals - Bilek.
    Assists - Jaunzems.

    Premier League
    Out: Barr (fitness), Bilek (form), Farkas (form).
    In: Faye, Susic, Van Houdt.

    At home against an 18th placed Swansea, I expected us to cruise to victory to keep in touch with Man Utd who'd won 3:0 the day before. The restored Van Houdt put us ahead but Swansea scored with their first shot of the game which wasn't until the 56th minute. Fortunately, Italian striker Bruno got his first goal in three games to hand us the points.

    Leamington 2:1 Swansea
    Emery 6, Nikolaou 8, Faye 6, Olsen 8, Carvalho da Silva 8 (Hoffmann 6), Ngama 7 (Quinn 7), Jaunzems 7, Susic 7, Bruno 8, Gungor 8, Van Houdt 9.
    Goals - Van Houdt, Bruno.
    Assists - Nikolaou, Jaunzems.
    MotM - Van Houdt.

    Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg
    Out: Emery (form), Nikolaou (fitness), Susic (ineligible), Van Houdt (ineligible).
    In: Brown, Barr, Bilek, Torres.

    With Emery surprisingly dropped, James Brown conceded in the 16th minute as the Russian side took an early lead again. Bruno hit one in response to leave the game on the edge. We kept probing and prodding the Russian defence and in the 88th minute, it was Bruno again who found the breakthrough to put us through to the next round! Our opponents will be a team we faced last year in the competition, winning 5:1 on aggregate against Dynamo Kyiv.

    Leamington 2:1 Lokomotiv Moscow
    Brown 6, Barr 7, Faye 6, Olsen 8, Carvalho da Silva 8, Ngama 6 (Quinn 7), Jaunzems 7 (Farkas 8), Bilek 6 (Luz 7), Bruno 9, Gungor 9, Torres 8.
    Goals - Bruno x2.
    Assists - Gungor, Torres.
    MotM - Bruno.

    Europa League Quarter Final First Leg
    Out: Brown (form), Carvalho da Silva (injured), Torres (form).
    In: Emery, Nikolaou, Farkas.

    One week later, we're off to the Ukraine as we stay in the Europa League to face Dynamo Kyiv, where we'd won 2:1 last year to help us into the Quarter Finals. Three changes are made with Brown failing to take his chance in the last game whilst Carvalho da Silva picked up a minor injury. The home side fail to even register a single attempt at goal in 90 minutes, with ourselves managing 11 but scoring just one, through Faye's first goal for the club.

    Dynamo Kyiv 0:1 Leamington
    Emery 7, Nikolaou 6, Faye 7, Olsen 7 (Hoffmann 6), Barr 7, Ngama 7, Jaunzems 7 (Torres 7), Bilek 7 (Luz 7), Bruno 8, Gungor 8, Farkas 7.
    Goals - Faye.
    Assists - Olsen.

    Premier League
    Out: Olsen (fitness), Faye (fitness), Farkas (form), Bilek (form).
    In: Hoffmann, Frey, Van Houdt, Susic.

    We face Everton having pulled two points clear of them. Both of us have a game in hand on Man Utd but they had defeated Reading on the Saturday before our Sunday clash, meaning they're now 7 points clear. Victory at Goodison Park could be crucial but any points dropped will swing the title firmly in Man Utd's favour. We played very well in the first half but with 2 shots on target, Everton scored both as Emery was left scrambling. Jaunzems did score a goal in between but we went in at half-time behind. Just 4 minutes into the 2nd half, we were back in the game with Bruno levelling things up. We kept going and eventually forced a corner with a cross from Van Houdt being handballed. Bosnian Susic stepped up to take it and converted for his 15th goal of the season to win the game. We're not out of it yet!

    Everton 2:3 Leamington
    Emery 6, Nikolaou 6, Frey 7, Barr 6, Hoffmann 6, Ngama 6, Jaunzems 9 (Choi 7), Susic 8, Bruno 7, Gungor 9, Van Houdt 7.
    Goals - Jaunzems, Bruno, Susic.
    Assists - Gungor.
    MotM - Gungor.

    Europa League Quarter Final Second Leg
    Out: Frey (form), Hoffmann (form), Ngama (form), Susic (ineligible), Van Houdt (ineligible).
    In: Faye, Olsen, Quinn, Luz, Torres.

    Back on home territory, I'm hoping for more goal this time against Dynamo Kyiv to finish the job. But having failed to register a chance against us, the Ukraine side manage 5 in the first half in comparison to just 2 from us. Both teams fail to score though. I have to give them credit as they battled and gave us a game this time. We weren't without chances ourselves as their goalkeeper was ultimately Man of the Match but Emery himself was also key for us to ensure we go through. Thankfully we avoided Barcelona and Man City in the draw for the Semi Final and instead play Saint-Etienne.

    Leamington 0:0 Dynamo Kyiv
    Emery 9, Nikolaou 8, Faye 6, Barr 6, Olsen 5, Quinn 8 (Ferreira 7), Jaunzems 7 (Farkas 7), Luz 7 (Bilek 6), Bruno 8, Gungor 7, Torres 7.

    18 players then picked up caps including Philippe Diakhaby putting in a star showing which will hopefully help him break back into the team having fallen down the pecking order of late. Muhammed Gungor is one of those keeping him out of the side and the Turk showed that he's in lethal form, scoring his first goal for his country in a Man of the Match performance. I'm also surprised that Antonio Bruno has come back to us uncapped despite bagging 11 in 16 since joining us.

    Premier League
    Out: Barr (form), Faye (form), Luz (form), Torres (form).
    In: Frey, Carvalho da Silva, Susic, Diakhaby.

    The last game of a busy month gives us the chance to temporarily cut down the gap on Man Utd to just a point. Bruno gives us the perfect start but Man City, 6th in the league, strike with 1 of only 2 attempts on target in the first half. We had an amazing 10 chances, 7 on target with just the 1 goal to speak of. We simply had to start finishing our chances but instead, Man City took the lead in the 53rd minute. Susic got us back in it in the 62nd but as we pressed and pushed for a winner, the visitors won a free-kick in the 88th minute after Choi had clattered a player. From that, they converted to win the game.

    Leamington 2:3 Man City
    Emery 6, Nikolaou 6 (Barr 6), Frey 5, Carvalho da Silva 7, Olsen 7, Quinn 6, Jaunzems 6, Susic 8, Bruno 9, Gungor 7 (Choi 6), Diakhaby 9 (Farkas 7).
    Goals - Bruno, Susic.
    Assists - Diakhaby, Quinn.

    Despite seeing a 9 game unbeaten run ended by Man City in the league, I'm named Manager of the Month for the first time this season. But I'd have swapped that for 3 points with Man Utd set to go 7 points clear if they defeat Birmingham on 1st April.


    There's been a few lapses in form in the last couple of matches but one consistent remains Antonio Bruno. Surely it won't be long now before he leads the line for Italy too?


    Do you remember?
    In a new feature, we're going to 'look back' at a random player in the history of Leamington and see how they compared to our other ex-Brake players, of whom we've now had 210 players over the years! This will not include any statistics from the current season.

    Ben Garratt
    15 years ago, we brought in a goalkeeper from Cambridge United in the January transfer window. It was our first year in League One and we were challenging for back to back promotions. Ben Garratt played just 10 times for us in that loan spell but played his part as we finished 2nd to go up to the Championship! He had a great start but blemished his record somewhat with a red card and kept just the 1 clean sheet, conceding 13 goals. Despite that, he had an average rating of 7.10 before returning to Cambridge United, never to play for us again. He took up a coaching role at Boston United upon retirement and is now in his 7th year at Stafford Rangers who play in the National League North.

    Career in Pictures
    Spoiler!

    Leamington Records
    Starts: 10 (#187).
    Substitute Appearances: 0 (#195).
    Total Appearances: 10 (#194).
    Goals - 0 (#195).
    Assists - 0 (#196).
    Man of the Match Awards - 1 (#132).
    Yellow Cards - 0 (#178).
    Red Cards - 1 (#55).
    Caps/Goals - 0/0.

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    Hmm a shame retaining the League looks unlikely but there is a chance of Europa glory again!

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    Harsh on Bilek. Scores against Moscow, gets an 8 rating then gets dropped on form !
    Brown ! Why Brown ? He is fast becoming my least favourite Brakes player ever !
    With the exception of the Kiev game, the keepers have been pretty rank this month. Emery having another poor game against City
    Time to bring back Kovac ?
    Need United to drop some points soon, but that doesn't look very likely.
    Good battle for the european places with even Brighton and Palace not out of it.




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    Quote Originally Posted by James_y View Post
    Hmm a shame retaining the League looks unlikely but there is a chance of Europa glory again!
    Could be a very tough final though if we get past Saint-Etienne.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley View Post
    Harsh on Bilek. Scores against Moscow, gets an 8 rating then gets dropped on form !
    Brown ! Why Brown ? He is fast becoming my least favourite Brakes player ever !
    With the exception of the Kiev game, the keepers have been pretty rank this month. Emery having another poor game against City
    Time to bring back Kovac ?
    Need United to drop some points soon, but that doesn't look very likely.
    Good battle for the european places with even Brighton and Palace not out of it.




    NB Arsenal logo ahead of second Moscow game
    Thanks, fixed that!

    Bilek was doing well in Europe but don't forget Susic is ripping it up in the league and isn't eligible to play in Europe.

    Brown is now 3rd in the pecking order after getting a 6 in action for Wales. Kovac now 2nd but has a 4 in his form I think from being sent off (again) for Slovenia which has held him back for a while. We'll see if he gets in before the season is out. I'd certainly like him to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley View Post
    Brown ! Why Brown ? He is fast becoming my least favourite Brakes player ever !

    I don't like Brown much but Kingsley's disdain for him blows mine out of the water.

    Man City aside, you did what you needed to this month but it may not be enough. Man U's game in hand plus superior goal difference could effectively make it 8 points the difference. Are they going to lose 3 out of their last 8 when they've only lost 3 all season? Unlikely. But you have to get the players playing like it is!

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    It was always going to be a big ask, wasn't it? Man Utd just unfortunately been too good this season to date.

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    Horrible travelling but an easy passage in Europa so far - ya might get a test soon!

    Nadgers - that City result was a kick in the balls - pretty much a perfect month otherwise

    Garrat was decent enough but never one for the Leamington history books

    Mahoosive last couple of months required for silverware!

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    Saint-Etienne could be a test, not sure how good they are in-game. I'm glad we didn't get Barca or Man City at least.

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