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    Although not too disheartened by the back-to-back defeats that began the Premier Division season, Joe Blake decided to make a positive change to his formation, pushing Frederic Kanoute up from 'the hole' to alongside centre-forward Rodolfo Odipo. The expectation was that the new pair could strike up a partnership and get the goals flowing for Tranmere.


    Tranmere Rovers 2-1 Newcastle United (Premier Division)
    Having one-too-many non-EU players meant that American Ben Olsen missed out, in what could become a recurring theme. It didn't take too long for Rovers to score their first goal of the season and take the lead - Carlitos whipped in a perfect corner, which Daniel Majstorovic gleefully got on the end of to power a header into the visitors' net. Majstorovic turned provider not long after - the ball was bouncing around the area after another corner, until the centre-back showed great composure to lay it off to Marek Mintal to thrash in his first Tranmere goal. Matches are seldom easy for Rovers, though, and they let The Magpies back into the game early in the second half, cutting their lead in half. The hosts weathered a bit of a storm, while still offering plenty of threat themselves, and managed to see the game out for their first win of the season.
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    Grimsby Town 3-1 Tranmere Rovers (Premier Division)
    Premier Division newboys Grimsby had edged Blake's Tranmere side in their meetings outside the top division, winning three times to Tranmere's two. Rovers' superior top-tier experience didn't seem to count for much early on and they duly found themselves two goals down after a complacent first half. They were gifted a penalty midway through the second half when Frederic Kanoute was brought down in the area, with academy graduate Stephen Miles confidently stroking the ball into the net for his first Tranmere goal - a proud moment for the local boy but with work to be done, he grabbed the ball and headed back to the centre circle. Unfortunately, all that did was allow the hosts to regain their two-goal cushion a little quicker than they would otherwise have done.
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    Tranmere Rovers 2-0 Blackpool (League Cup 2nd Round)
    The Tranmere manager was confident that his 'B' team would have what it took to get past Third Division opposition in the League Cup, and he seemed to be right when goals from Alejandro Santana and Stephen Miles (assists from Youssef Safri and Dave Mackie) had them two up at half time. A relatively uneventful second half passed by without incident as Rovers took their foot of the gas somewhat.
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    As the League Cup 3rd Round draw was made, it was revealed that Tranmere would have an all-Premier Division clash to negotiate - against Birmingham City. Who, coincidentally, were their next opponents in the league...


    Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Birmingham City (Premier Division)
    A dominant performance from Tranmere threatened to end in disappointment as a resolute Birmingham defence held strong. It took a moment of inspiration from substitute Lee Miller to prise them open in the 73rd minute, securing a much-needed three points.
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    Tottenham Hotspur 1-3 Tranmere Rovers (Premier Division)
    An unchanged side headed to White Hart Lane, but soon realised they weren't going to have it all their own way in this one. They struggled to create much before the hosts took the lead, but fought back pleasingly when a Jorge Bolano pass was dispatched by Marek Mintal. A half-time stalemate would've been fine for Joe Blake, so he was delighted when his snakes actually took the lead with the last kick of the half - Lucas Bernardi lofted a ball forward for Frederic Kanoute to streak clear of the Spurs defence and confidently put it beyond the 'keeper. That appeared to provide the shot of confidence that Rovers needed, as they took control of the second half, eventually scoring a third goal when Carlitos was the beneficiary of Bolano's second assist of the game.
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    September Summary
    WLWWW. Although puzzled by the defeat at Grimsby (who were perhaps still playing on adrenaline), Tranmere manager Joe Blake was immensely satisfied with nine Premier Division points in September. The lack of goals from the new strikeforce was admittedly a concern, but at least Frederic Kanoute got off the mark in the month's final game, and Rodolfo Bodipo wasn't exactly playing poorly - the goals would hopefully follow. Along with League Cup progress, climbing to 11th in the league represented a successful month.
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    Snake of the Month
    Although he only featured in three games in September, it was perhaps telling that Lucas Bernardi played the whole 90 minutes in Rovers' three league wins. His average rating across those three games was a dazzling 8.33. as well as registering an assist in the victory over Spurs.
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    Cracker of a month - that's more like it! Maybe the new tweak to formation worked!

    Nice to see Miles off the mark and running!

    Not an ideal League cup tie but should be do-able if at home

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    Cracker of a month - that's more like it! Maybe the new tweak to formation worked!

    Nice to see Miles off the mark and running!

    Not an ideal League cup tie but should be do-able if at home
    Certainly creating more chances, especially in those last two games

    Birmingham in League Cup is away, could go either way!
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    Much better hopefully that’s the last we see of the relegation zone this season

    Hopefully now Freddy is off the mark he’ll start to bang then in!

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    Quote Originally Posted by James_y View Post
    Much better hopefully that’s the last we see of the relegation zone this season

    Hopefully now Freddy is off the mark he’ll start to bang then in!
    Known for our consistency, so I'm sure we'll kick on from here
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    A mark of how impressive Tranmere's September turnaround was came when manager Joe Blake was named Premier Division Manager of the Month - the second time he's won the award and the first time for nearly three years. He'd no doubt be looking to carry Rovers' fine form into October's five matches.
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    Ipswich Town 1-2 Tranmere Rovers (Premier Division)
    The way the home side approached the game belied their lowly league position but, cruelly, Tranmere struck first when Adil Ramzi got his first goal for the club after combining well with fellow newboy Marek Mintal. Ipswich eventually got their reward when one of Blake's former snakes, Salif Diao, scored to level the scores. Lee Miller replaced Mintal and got Rovers back in front after turning in a Carlitos cross, but with Dainius Gleveckas getting injured the build-up, they'd have to play the final 13 minutes with Jorge Bolano in defence. Gleveckas would miss three weeks with a twisted knee.
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    It later transpired that Jorge Bolano's efforts filling in in central defence would be one of the final times the Super White Army would see him play - with his contract unprotected, he accepted an offer from Wolverhampton Wanderers, moving when the transfer window opens in December.
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    Tranmere Rovers 0-1 Manchester United (Premier Division)
    The visit of United started positively enough, even if that wasn't necessarily turning into chances. Unfortunately, Juan Pablo Angel ensured that the visitors got their reward for a strong start to the second half - a goal to which Rovers didn't quite summon a reply, despite a late Stephen Miles goal being rightly ruled out for offside.
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    Tranmere Rovers 2-0 Middlesbrough (Premier Division)
    Rovers appeared to get the United defeat out of their system straight away - Marek Mintal scored from an Adil Ramzi cross after just four minutes. They continued to push, and doubled their lead just before half time as Mintal turned provider for Frederic Kanoute to score. That two-goal cushion allowed Tranmere to take their foot of the gas a little, as the rest of the game passed largely without incident - that proved to be enough, as the hosts failed to drag themselves back into the game.
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    Fulham 0-2 Tranmere Rovers (Premier Division)
    In for the fatigued Adil Ramzi, it was Jason Euell who opened the scoring after half an hour. In the second half, Marek Mintal continued his good form to score from a Daniel Majstorovic knock-down to give Tranmere a bit of breathing space.
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    Tranmere Rovers 0-2 Everton (Premier Division)
    A Merseyside derby at Prenton Park was Rovers' final challenge of the month, as they looked to cap off a fine month with another win. Stephen Miles made his first league start, in a thinly veiled hint that Joe Blake wasn't happy with Rodolfo Bodipo. A lively first half saw Everton take the lead with the final kick of the half - their first shot. Blake knew that his side could turn it around, and opted not to make any changes. Chances continued to come and go, until The Toffees put the final nail in the coffin, scoring on the break in stoppage time, with their second shot. To add injury to insult, strained knee ligaments would keep Lucas Bernardi out of action for a fortnight.
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    October Summary
    WLWWL. Overall, a strong month. Tranmere weren't yet in a position to expect to beat teams like United, but the defeat against Everton would sting for a while - the fact that they were better than their neighbours was scant consolation. At least they beat three perceived 'lesser' sides, to leave them in the Premier Division. But... will Rodolfo Bodipo ever score?
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    Snake of the Month
    Some new signings were impressing, though, and none more so than central midfielder Marek Mintal. Two assists and two goals in October went a long way to helping Rovers to gaining nine points in the month.
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    Ah man you’d have been top if could have beat Everton! Still so far so good

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    Quote Originally Posted by James_y View Post
    Ah man you’d have been top if could have beat Everton! Still so far so good
    Oh yeah! That's not helped
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    Nice little month there

    Quite a few niggling injuries though meant some re-jigging of selection but the nucleus of squad settled and in a groove now!

    No Europe can only help this season!

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    Unfortunately, this is dead

    Thanks to everyone who read, commented/asked questions - it kept me going whenever I felt I was talking to myself! Shame I couldn't finish it, but I don't reckon I would've won CL by 2013 anyway!

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    Nooooooooo.....

    The PC should have enough memory. Maybe try copying and pasting the final and put back with a new name or try and load it if aces in a different folder. I’m clutching at straws. I remember once it said something like this to me when I was trying to save game so I just saved it as a different name and deleted the original file, then renamed my game again and was ok

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    nooooooooooooooooooooooooo - keep trying a few diff things

    You were building so nicely as well

    Hope this isn't the end of it but if so, I VERY much enjoyed the tqist of this story and restrictions and also when you got to the "promised land" how bonkers your results were in PL as well as finishing places!

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