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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    Lacey is a BEAST DM

    He was in my Swansea story for a few seasons and served me superbly as an excellenmt DM - He'll do well for you in the lower divisions for sure

    A fine start to the project - bit of a dip last month but well positioned and good to see "She" is happy

    Naylor a bang average player IRL but looks brilliant for where you are. He should terrify defences!

    What a cup win!
    Yeah I was made up with Lacey. Started another game at the same time as this so I dont overplay it, checked Lacey out on it and he ended up in non-league, made me doubt him but he’s doing well!

    Shame Naylor is only around until January but will have to make the most of his time!
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    It looks like a good player this Richard Naylor, I am sure will bring fresh air and a goal to your cause

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    Shé was saying an awful lot of words whilst managing to say nothing much at all. Eventually he came around to the purpose of the call.

    SS: "We understand that the league is difficult, lots of games to win and lose, so we are mostly happy with how you and the team are performing - great wins sometimes. We are a little bit worried about the lack of the snakes, though? Only six started in the win against Nottingham County."
    JB: "I hear what you're saying, but I was reluctant to just rip the squad apart straight away, and September was so hectic that recruitment almost came to a standstill. I know this is time-sensitive but I want to assure you of my commitment to filling the squad with snakes."
    SS: "Great, I knew you were but I need to reassure the rest of the board. They want me to remind you that you still have three rabbits, a dragon, four monkeys, two roosters, two dogs, a rat, an ox, a horse and three sheep."
    JB: "And nine snakes!"
    SS: "And nine snakes. Two of them on loan, though."
    JB: "Right. I'll keep working on both ins and outs through October and hopefully the next time we have this conversation, the board will be happier."
    SS: "Thank you, Mr Joe. We will speak soon!"


    True to his word, Blake met with his scouts later that day and managed to get three more snakes in before a ball was kicked in October. They were all strikers, again of varying quality, but this would allow him to get rid of the two monkeys and the ox that currently made up his backup strikers.

    Stuart John Dawe, S C - £1,000, Atherstone United
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    Marcus Richardson, S C - £6,000, Cambridge United
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    Thorbjorn Sveinsson, S C - Free
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    Dawe was without doubt the pick of the bunch - he would rival Richard Walker to be Richard Naylor's understudy.

    Stoke City 2-1 Tranmere Rovers (Second Division)
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    Tranmere's first match of October was a trip to the Britannia Stadium, to take on Stoke City. An evenly matched first half bordered on the uneventful. The second half was only three minutes old when Clint Hill put the ball into his own net to gift the home side the opener. Rovers battled back, equalising through Andy Parkinson (courtesy of an Andy Williams lay-off), but there was to be heartbreak when Stoke broke away in stoppage time to take all three points. Ian Sharps' injury looked to have handed Blake something of a defensive crisis.

    More injury misfortune during the week's training as Richard Walker picked up a knee injury in training that looked likely to rule him out for the remainder of October.

    Tranmere Rovers 2-1 Peterborough United (Second Division)
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    Back at Prenton Park, the Rovers welcomed Peterborough United to Birkenhead. They were a little too welcoming, though, when they allowed the visitors to open the scoring after six minutes. It looked like being one of those days for Tranmere as they knocked and knocked on the Peterborough door before finally equalising in the 84 minute - sixth-choice D C Richard Jobson heading home powerfully from an Andy Williams cross. With Richard Walker injured, the best option from the bench looked like being Stuart John Dawe, so Blake threw him on as his last roll of the dice. Deep into stoppage time, the gamble paid off as the visiting keeper struggled to deal with a Dawe header and Damien Lacey was on hand to steal the points - Rovers banished the demons of the Stoke game at the first time of asking and Joe Blake was elated! Especially as Lacey continued his good form, registering another man of the match.

    The next day, Tranmere learnt their FA Cup 1st Round opponents - it was to be an all Second Division affair as they'd be travelling to The County Ground to face Swindon Town.

    Blake's attempt to draft in defensive reinforcements took a blow when negotiations with Vllaznia Shkoder's Albanian D R/C Ilir Dibra broke down. He'd have to look elsewhere and keep his fingers crossed on the work permit for his Lithuanian SW/D C.
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    Bristol City 2-3 Tranmere Rovers (Second Division)
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    A tough ask in the next game, as Blake's men travelled to face Bristol City, who occupied top spot in the Second Division when the game kicked off. Rovers showed absolutely no respect for the league leaders, snatching the lead in the after three minutes through the returning Jason Koumas. They doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time as Andy Williams capitalised on some slack defending to pass the ball into the bottom corner. Blake was reluctant to disrupt the team's rhythm, but some of the players were beginning to show the effects of the build-up of games, so he risked a double substitution at half-time, throwing Dawe and Torgeir Sundgot into the fray. The decision looked like it had backfired spectacularly as the hosts controlled the second half and had restored parity just past the hour mark. Tranmere recovered, however, and it was Dawe who provided the pass to Koumas to score his second of the game, in the 85th minute. The visitors held on for what was undoubtedly Joe Blake's most satisfying league win yet. Shé got in touch via text message to inform him that the board were pleased with the win.

    Clearly impressed with Koumas' performance, Manchester City tested the waters with a bid of £800,000. They were turned down as impolitely as Sunderland were.

    Parkinson also remained in demand, West Bromwich Albion trying to rescue him with a £625,000 bid that was also not given much consideration before being rebuffed. Blake was in no mood to sell his starters just yet - Sundgot was not ready to replace Parkinson.

    Tranmere Rovers 1-2 Wigan Athletic (Second Division)
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    The good work in the confidence-boosting win in Bristol was swiftly undone at home against Wigan Athletic. Rovers were behind after five minutes and were perhaps fortuitous to level things up through Koumas on the stroke of half-time. Koumas didn't even last until the hour-mark, though, as he was sent off for a second time, in the process of conceding a penalty that would decide the game. That meant that Blake would be without Koumas for four games, on top of the fact that he lost Richard Naylor for two weeks, as he was stretchered off with a badly gashed leg. Shé got in touch once more to express the board's unhappiness at losing to local rivals.

    Cardiff City 3-2 Tranmere Rovers (Second Division)
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    With the two Richards - Naylor and Walker - out injured, it meant a full debut for Stuart John Dawe against Cardiff City. He got off to a dream start, opening the scoring on four minutes. Blake was taking the all the credit for unearthing what appeared to be a gem! His joy was short-lived, though, as Rovers came into the dressing room at half-time 2-1 down. Blake's team-talk did not have the desired effect as the hosts extended their lead immediately after half-time, so he decided to throw Thorbjorn Sveinsson on for his debut. Sveinsson repaid the faith a matter of minutes later, scoring with an ambitious drive. Tranmere were responding well and thought they'd got the equaliser they deserved when Dawe scored 20 minutes from time, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside.

    With Clint Hill going down injured against Cardiff, Blake was relieved when Dainius Gleveckas' work permit was finally granted days later.

    Dainius Gleveckas, SW/D C - £90,000 Shakhtar Donetsk
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    Tranmere Rovers 4-1 Blackpool (Second Division)
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    Gleveckas was thrown straight in to make his debut in another local-ish derby against Blackpool - the Super White Army gave the Lithuanian a marvellous reception during the pre-match warm-ups, much to the manager's relief. Rovers peppered the Blackpool goal throughout the first half but couldn't get the breakthrough. Disaster struck just after half-time as Blackpool took the most undeserved lead that Blake had witnessed in his young managerial career. Fortunately that only served to rattle his snakes - Andy Williams and Agustin laid on assists for Jason Koumas and Richard Hinds, respectively, to give Rovers the lead. Stuart John Dawe put the icing on the cake with a late brace. The home side ended up with a preposterous 20 shots on target - seven of them from man of the match Dawe. Shé rightly got in touch to let Blake know that the board were absolutely delighted with the performance.

    Tranmere Rovers 3-0 Grimsby Town (League Cup 3rd Round)
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    Keen to start taking the League Cup seriously, Blake fielded a strong side to face First Division Grimsby. It paid off excellently, with Rovers being 2-0 up after 21 minutes, thanks to strikes from Parkinson and Koumas. The game was comfortable enough to bring Richard Walker on for a run-out following injury, and also allowing Torgeir Sundgot to emerge from the bench to score his first Tranmere goal. Another good day at the office for Joe Blake - confirmed by yet another text from Shé informing him that the board were delighted with the performance.

    Tranmere's reward for reaching the League Cup 4th Round? A trip to Anfield to face Liverpool, their Merseyside rivals and the team that Blake has followed religiously his whole life. He was almost literally rubbing his hands with glee.

    It was monthly appraisal time and Blake was feeling a lot more comfortable going into it than he had the previous month. This time, it was a video conference call that allowed him to 'meet' some of the other board members that Shé often alluded to. It was a brief, professional conversation in which Blake was assured that the board were pleased with his performance as manager.
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    The feel-good atmosphere surrounding Prenton Park wasn't yet reflecting itself in the league table, though, as Rovers remained in 10th, four points off the playoff places.
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    Snake of the Month
    As much as Blake was desperate to award Snake of the Month to the revelation that is Stuart John Dawe (7.67, three goals, one assist), he was somehow more impressed with the performances of his keeper Wayne Brown, who managed an average rating of 7.86 while playing the duration of all seven of October's games. Given that such a rating was achieved while Rovers conceded 11 goals left the manager wondering just where he'd be without him.

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    Packed month!

    What a cup win and Liverpool next

    I thought you would have been higher in league after doing better end of month

    Dawe knows where the net ius for sure - may need to develop in other areas but feed him and he will score!

    Mr "Lietuva" looks useful (Lithuanian guy)

    Plenty of goals for and against - crows are getting value for money!

    How is preferred formation looking when you choose first XI?

    How is cash in bank doing?

    Attendances doing ok with the snake project? what do the fans think of it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    Packed month!

    What a cup win and Liverpool next

    I thought you would have been higher in league after doing better end of month

    Dawe knows where the net ius for sure - may need to develop in other areas but feed him and he will score!

    Mr "Lietuva" looks useful (Lithuanian guy)

    Plenty of goals for and against - crows are getting value for money!

    How is preferred formation looking when you choose first XI?

    How is cash in bank doing?

    Attendances doing ok with the snake project? what do the fans think of it?
    Looking forward to the big day out at Anfield but yeah was a bit disappointed to remain in 10th.

    I'm happy for Dawe to be backup (if he can oust a fully fit Walker) - but he might be featuring a bit too much when Naylor goes back to Ipswich.

    Very happy to get Gleveckas over the line, was a very ambitious punt at first, surprised Shakhtar answered the phone need to get goals conceded down so hopefully he can help that... haven't really had a settled back three.

    £1.8m to spend now, monthly wage bill is less than gate receipts, so should keep climbing. Trying very hard not to waste it!

    Don't think we've topped 12,000 but the capacity is over 16,000 so there's scope for more!! I think the gradual approach is working, the fans haven't cottoned on yet...

    I'll get a screeny of best team in the formation in the next update
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    Blake kicked November off by ridding himself of his last remaining ox as Seyni N'Diaye was sold to Shrewsbury for £160,000.

    Later that day, Rovers made the short trip to Bury to face the league's bottom club.

    Bury 0-1 Tranmere Rovers (Second Division)
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    A forgettable game as all of Blake's snakes had a fairly anonymous afternoon. Tranmere took the lead shortly before half-time and the scoreline stayed that way.

    Stuart Barlow was shipped out to Preston North End for free the next day as the cull continued. Blake received some good news as Graham Allen returned from a two-month layoff to ease the defensive injury crisis.

    Jason Koumas remained in demand, as Leicester City came in with a bid of £975,000. Blake upped his value to £2,500,000 in an attempt to ward off suitors, but Ipswich Town came straight in with a bid of exactly that, which was also turned down, though not without serious consideration from the Tranmere manager. Furious at not being allowed to speak to interested parties, Koumas submitted a transfer request. Tempted to reject the request, Blake decided to be mischievous and granted it - with an asking price of £10,000,000. Needless to say, Koumas felt this unrealistic and no bids were forthcoming.
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    Tranmere Rovers 2-0 Wycombe Wanderers (Second Division)
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    Keen to keep their good form going, Tranmere welcomed Wycombe to Prenton Park, where the majority of the 10,823 fans present were hoping to see another Rovers victory. It looked like they were going to get what they wanted when the visiting goalkeeper brought Richard Naylor down in the area, receiving his marching orders in the process. Naylor dusted himself down to take the resultant penalty... and duly saw it saved. Rovers did eventually take the lead just after the hour, though, and Naylor was on-hand to atone for his penalty miss to put the game beyond doubt in the 88th minute. Tranmere moved into the playoff places!

    That evening, the draw for the Vans Trophy 1st Round was made. Rovers were to play Third Division Scunthorpe United.

    Blake was trying with all his might to continue his recruitment drive and, despite his happiness with goalkeeper Wayne Brown, he had been working to bring Norrkoping's Sweden-capped keeper Eddie Gustafsson in to be his new number one. Unfortunately, his £9,500 per week wage demands were laughed out of the room and the deal was dead in the water.
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    Swindon Town 0-2 Tranmere Rovers (FA Cup 1st Round)
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    A chance to embark on another cup run, then, and Rovers took the chance with relative ease - Damien Lacey and Richard Naylor laying on assists for a couple of non-snakes either side of half-time. The only black mark on the game being a knee injury for Agustin, which looked to keep him out for around three weeks. A trip to Brighton awaited in the next round.

    Port Vale 1-2 Tranmere Rovers (Second Division)
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    Despite going behind after 24 minutes against Port Vale, Tranmere rallied to score two before half-time - one of the goals coming from Richard Naylor. The defence held firm as Rovers saw the game out to take another three points.

    Liverpool 1-3 Tranmere Rovers (aet) (League Cup 4th Round)
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    Blake had been distracted for weeks, with one eye on this tie - it was a miracle that Tranmere had managed to maintain their form during the month. Liverpool didn't seem to be taking the game too seriously, handing starts to Chris Kirkland, Jon Otsemobor, Stephen Wright and Gregory Vignal, though there were a few internationals on display. Tranmere were obviously at full-strength and nearly got off to the dream start, with the unhappy Jason Koumas having a goal ruled out for offside early on. Tranmere still managed to draw first blood, though, with Paul Aldridge slotting past Kirkland after 28 minutes, following a precise through-ball from Andy Williams. Rovers failed to take a couple of other half-chances in the first half and were punished on the stroke of half-time when Patrik Berger levelled up proceedings. Rovers lost Damien Lacey midway through the second half with a badly gashed leg, but the score remained 1-1 after 90 minutes - Tranmere had managed to take Liverpool to extra time at Anfield! Even this was beyond Blake's wildest dreams - Rovers now had 30 more minutes to make history. Petri Jarvinen, who had replaced the unfortunate Lacey, sent the travelling fans into delirium six minutes into the extra period when his pinpoint cross was smashed home by Aldridge, for his second of the game. Aldridge turned provider in the 105th minute, with another substitute, Stuart John Dawe, in the right place at the right time to secure a famous victory. Blake and his men had done it!

    Another away trip to a Premier Division ground awaited Tranmere in the League Cup Quarter Final, where they would travel to Pride Park to face bottom feeders Derby County.
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    Three wins out of three in the Second Division saw Joe Blake win the Manager of the Month award, in just his fourth month as a manger!
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    Even the fact that backup SW/D C Chris Banks sustained a jaw injury in training couldn't dampen his spirits.

    Snake of the Month
    Wayne Brown did enough to retain the Snake of the Month award after registering an 8 in all five games to average - you guessed it - 8.00. Richard Naylor can count himself very unlucky.
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    It seemed that Blake forgot to screenshot the league table and send it to the narrator, but a perfect November meant that Rovers occupied 4th place going in to December.
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    Wow a truly exceptional month, but above all congratulations for the victory with Liverpool, I imagine there will have been great celebrations that evening.

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    Hmmmm - not sure you've done right thing by Koumas - you wanted £2.5m then turn it down - bad management that!

    Damn - Swede GK looked great


    WHAT A MONTH!

    And what a win v Liverpool - could be the best moment for a lot of them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    Hmmmm - not sure you've done right thing by Koumas - you wanted £2.5m then turn it down - bad management that!

    Damn - Swede GK looked great
    You're probably right... getting greedy

    Aye a shame, think Gustafsson was only gonna cost about £60k but even if I could offer £9.5k per week I wouldn't - Gleveckas the highest earner on £2.7k.
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    Gustofsson's stats are only so good due to the lack of quality against him. Wouldn't have been worth it anyway, plus look at your current keeper

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    Quote Originally Posted by riise View Post
    In an attempt to mirror Shé’s mindset, he divided his players into animals of the Chinese zodiac. In total, he'd inherited:
    • 5 Monkeys
    • 5 Roosters
    • 4 Dogs
    • 4 Pigs
    • 3 Rabbits
    • 3 Sheep
    • 2 Oxen
    • 2 Horses
    • 1 Rat
    • 1 Dragon

    And just one – yes, ONE! – snake.
    In the past, I've signed many Dogs, several Pigs and quite a few Rats. Not a clue what their Chinese zodiac signs were !
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    Quote Originally Posted by jacobclear View Post
    Gustofsson's stats are only so good due to the lack of quality against him. Wouldn't have been worth it anyway, plus look at your current keeper
    Well I'm gonna need at least two more keepers - he would've been a decent upgrade! Even if Brown is outperforming his stats.
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    With eight games scheduled in December, Blake was already resigned to the fact he wasn't going to have the time to increase his snake count. He also wanted to keep his remaining non-snakes around for squad depth - he might need them to help drag Tranmere through the month.


    Tranmere Rovers 2-3 Queens Park Rangers (Second Division)
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    Their unbeaten November didn't continue into December as Rovers fell at the first hurdle, going down 3-2 at home - this was after taking a 2-0 lead courtesy of a Richard Naylor brace. The score was level before half-time, though, and QPR were able to force a winner after Jason Koumas limped off to leave Tranmere with 10 men, having made all their substitutes. The vast majority of the 12,004 fans in attendance went home disappointed - as were the board, with Shé getting in touch to tell Blake as much.


    Derby County 1-1 Tranmere Rovers (4-3 on pens) (League Cup Quarter Final)
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    The biggest game of Blake's young managerial career featured an awful lot of rearguard action in the first half, as they successfully repelled the advances of their Premier Division hosts. Their defence was breached after 70 minutes, which was most disappointing as Rovers had the better of the second half up to that point. Fortunately that didn't dampen their enthusiasm, as they pushed for an equaliser that duly arrived with eight minutes remaining - Richard Naylor finishing from close-range after having his own header saved. And so the game went to an uneventful extra period, with both seemingly settling for the inevitable penalty shootout. Blake once more put his trust in the snakes to take the penalties, encouraged by the fact that he also had one in goal this time. Sadly, Torgeir Sundgot made it two penalty misses in two shootouts as Tranmere got off to the worst possible start. Andy Williams was the other snake to miss but Wayne Brown made a save and saw another Derby penalty hit the crossbar to take the shootout to sudden death. D C Dave Challinor missed at the first time of asking, though, as the home side destroyed the dreams of their Second Division visitors.


    Brighton and Hove Albion 1-1 Tranmere Rovers (FA Cup 2nd Round)
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    Three days later Blake's men had to pick themselves up and head to Brighton. They seemed to have something of a League Cup hangover, not helped by the fact that the Derby game had gone the distance. Less than two minutes were on the clock when the hosts took the lead, before Tranmere woke up and snatched an equaliser on the stroke of half-time. Not a lot else happened, meaning there was going to be a replay at Prenton Park - Rovers' penchant for drawing cup games meant there'd be a ninth game in December. The winners of the replay would go on to face Port Vale in what seemed an eminently winnable tie.


    Blake had found the time to work on one transfer, but that was time wasted as Glasgow Rangers D C Scott Wilson disappointingly chose Grimsby over Birkenhead.
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    Tranmere Rovers 2-0 Scunthorpe United (Vans Trophy North 1st Round)
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    Blake desperately needed to shuffle his pack and get some fresh ideas on the pitch - he decided to use the Vans Trophy as an opportunity to field as many snakes as he could, thinking it'd also serve to appease the board. 10 started, with another two emerging from the bench in the second half. Richard Naylor scored a great goal after 28 minutes and just a few minutes later Stuart John Dawe was brought down in the opposition area to win a penalty. The Tranmere manager was pretty shocked to see Torgeir Sundgot - he of the penalty misses - wrestling the ball from one of his teammates, but he proved everyone wrong by slotting home coolly as Rovers advanced, where they would face Chesterfield.


    Tranmere Rovers 4-2 Huddersfield Town (Second Division)
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    This was quite a topsy-turvy first half - Rovers thought they had the lead immediately, but Agustin's goal was ruled out for offside. Huddersfield then took the lead before Richard Naylor laid on two assists for Rovers to lead 2-1 heading in to half-time. They couldn't hang on, though, as ex-Tranmere man Kenny Irons equalised for the visitors with the last kick of the half. It looked like the game would end that way until Torgeir Sundgot and Andy Williams linked up for the latter to score a crucial third for the hosts in the 84th minute. A fourth goal in stoppage time put the game beyond doubt. Sundgot, on at half-time, managed to bag himself the man of the match award.


    Tranmere Rovers 4-0 Brighton and Hove Albion (FA Cup 2nd Round Replay)
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    With the carrot of the Port Vale tie dangling before them, Tranmere carried out a professional job in the replay against Brighton. All four goals came in an excellent first half. Richard Naylor and Andy Williams registered an assist each - the latter for a classic team goal that was finished off by Damien Lacey.


    Tranmere Rovers 4-2 Northampton Town (Second Division)
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    Yet another hectic first-half at Prenton Park as Dainius Gleveckas grabbed his first goal for the club after just eight minutes. Rovers were trailing seven minutes after that, before equalising just five minutes after that... and led 3-2 at half-time as Agustin set Jason Koumas free to score his second of the game. Another snake, Damien Lacey, grabbed an assist of his own just after the break and that was the end of that. 14 goals in four home games, but to have conceded four in the last two league games was a cause for concern for Blake.


    Oldham Athletic 3-2 Tranmere Rovers (Second Division)
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    Tranmere's good fortune in goal frenzies ran out as they went down to Oldham - Richard Naylor missed a seventh-minute penalty before Rovers took the lead. That was as good as it got, however, as Wayne Brown was sent off in the act of conceding a penalty. There was no keeper on the Tranmere bench... Andy Williams went in goal. Oldham inevitably overturned the deficit, racing to a 3-1 lead before Naylor pulled back a consolation goal. Rovers never really threatened to equalise.


    Even though it was a clear red card for Brown, bringing down the opposition striker when through on goal, Blake decided to chance his arm at an appeal. Suffice to say that his three-game ban was upheld.


    Tranmere Rovers 3-2 AFC Bournemouth (Second Division)
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    The ninth-and-final game of an awful 28-day December stretch was finally here, and it was another game that the defences declined to show up to. A Richard Naylor goal set Tranmere on their way, before the visitors levelled after half-time. There was only parity for two minutes, as Blake's men regained their lead. Graham Allen got his first goal of the season to provide something of a cushion for Rovers before that lead was halved to ensure a nervy finish, but Tranmere held on to ensure that they finished 2001 in the playoff places!
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    Snake of the Month
    An excellent month for Richard Naylor saw him bag six goals in eight games, whilst also putting on three assists for his teammates - securing a 7.88 average rating in the process.
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    Although recent forays into the transfer market left Blake with little enthusiasm, he knew he was going to have to get a move on with moving snakes in. Perhaps some defensive reinforcements could plug the leaks.
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    Shaky start but you pulled it together very well.

    I still struggle to understand how you got Naylor on loan! Quality player on ODB

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacobclear View Post
    Shaky start but you pulled it together very well.

    I still struggle to understand how you got Naylor on loan! Quality player on ODB
    Yeah he wasn't even listed for loan, so I'm as surprised as you are. Ipswich struggling so don't think I have a chance of getting him back once it expires in January.

    I was on his Wiki the other day and seems he became a centre-back irl in 2002 tbf he has alright stats for it on the game!
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    indeed the month of December has left some indications, including the need for some new snake in defense

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    Quote Originally Posted by baw View Post
    indeed the month of December has left some indications, including the need for some new snake in defense
    You're not wrong... I hate to think what will happen when Naylor's goals aren't there to bail them out.
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    Bonkers month again - LOADS OF GOALS at both ends!

    I think you had 3-4 games when you scored 4 goals

    Which was great as before that and a little aftre it some shaky results

    FA Cup run "should" continue - damn shame about League Cup

    Vans be nice to win

    Guwon the Naylorrrrrrrrrrrr

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    Bonkers month again - LOADS OF GOALS at both ends!

    I think you had 3-4 games when you scored 4 goals

    Which was great as before that and a little aftre it some shaky results

    FA Cup run "should" continue - damn shame about League Cup

    Vans be nice to win

    Guwon the Naylorrrrrrrrrrrr
    Indeed, it was only when putting the screenshot up earlier that I realised we hit 50 league goals unfortunately also conceded six more than any of the teams above... I'll take some low-scoring victories in January!

    Need a good run in the FA Cup. For all that the League Cup run was fun, the prize money was pitiful. Not taking Vans too seriously at the moment, can see fixtures piling up!
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    The games continued to come thick and fast, there would be eight in January if Tranmere were to progress in the FA Cup. Nevertheless, Blake was determined to continue wheeling and dealing. A conversation held with Shé let him know in no uncertain terms that there'd be no kind of extension or allowances to the strict snake rule - every player on the payroll would have to have been born in 1965 or 1977 by the time a competitive ball was kicked next season.

    JB: "What if I can't shift them, nobody wants them? I let them rot in the reserves? Doesn't sit well with me, that."
    SS: "No, no, I agree - this is not a good look and questions will be asked."
    JB: "Indeed. I could really do without the media attention that would inevitably follow the reveal of your transfer policy."
    SS: "Ok, so we can't keep them in the second team and we can't sell them. You will have to release them from their contract."
    JB: "You realise that would entail paying off the remainder of their contract, right? You can't just fire them."
    SS: "I realise, yes. We shall cover the cost. Small price to pay to avoid the bad luck next season. But please continue to try to sell!"



    Wrexham 3-1 Tranmere Rovers (Second Division)
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    A surging run from Agustin got Rovers going early against Wrexham - his lay-off to Paul Aldridge left the winger with a simple finish. Five minutes later, Aldridge gave the referee a simple decision to make and stupidly got himself sent off for dissent after receiving a deserved yellow card. 70 minutes with 10 men was always going to be a tough ask but Tranmere ended up playing the final 20 minutes with nine men, after Wayne Brown was carried off with a knee injury. Having not learnt from his mistake in December, Blake had no keeper on the bench. Rovers held on for 10 more minutes before Hector Sam stole a victory for Wrexham with 80th, 84th and 90th-minute goals.

    Blake then recieved news that Brown's knee injury would keep him out for two weeks. In other injury news, he was also dealt something of a smaller blow when he was told that now-third choice striker Richard Walker sustained a foot injury that'd keep him out for three weeks.


    Port Vale 1-3 Tranmere Rovers (FA Cup 3rd Round)
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    Blake's men were heavy favourites for this FA Cup tie, given their League Cup exploits earlier in the season, and they duly delivered. Two assists for Andy Williams saw the visitors race to a two-goal lead. The hosts pulled one back but Tranmere reasserted their two-goal cushion shortly after, and were able to see the game out to advance to the FA Cup 4th Round, where they were drawn to play away at Wolverhampton Wanderers later on in the month. The only black mark from the game was the news that Graham Allen would be missing for a month, due to an ankle ligament injury.

    It was the time of year when players' contacts were six months from expiry and clearly Blake wasn't allowed to renew contracts of any non-snakes, so was resigned to agents arranging moves imminently. The first one to arrange a summer transfer was Andy Parkinson, who'd be heading to Newcastle United. The good news was that Rovers were entitled to £325,000 in compensation.


    Tranmere Rovers 0-0 Reading (Second Division)
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    Blake should've been careful what he wished for when he wanted the goalfests at home to cease - just three shots on target from 13 attempts on their return to Prenton Park led to a forgettable affair in which the visitors only mustered one attempt at all.

    Despite the defensive improvements, Blake went through with the signing of a new defensive midfielder:

    Janne Salli, D/DM R/C - £275,000, Barnsley
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    Tranmere Rovers 0-0 Cambridge United (Second Division)
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    New signing Janne Salli was thrust straight into the starting lineup, and what on earth was going on? Blake's men had clearly learnt how to defend, it seemed! Alas, at the expense of their attacking verve. In an almost statistically identical game to the previous one against Reading, three shots on target to Cambridge's one wasn't enough to lead to goals for either side.

    Another summer move was confirmed, as Paul Aldridge would be heading to Portsmouth for a paltry £65,000 compensation fee.


    Chesterfield 5-2 Tranmere Rovers (Vans Trophy North 2nd Round)
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    Blake had decided he had the resources available to take the Vans Trophy seriously, so sent a strong squad to Chesterfield. He shouldn't have bothered, as an awful first-half performance saw Rovers behind the eight-ball at 2-0 down. A crazy second half led to the hosts doubling their lead to 4-0 before Andy Williams assisted a pointless consolation. 4-1 became 5-1 and another consolation was due - Stuart John Dawe turned provider for Dainius Gleveckas to register his second goal for the club. Tranmere limped home with their tails between their legs. One player, however, wouldn't be returning to Birkenhead - Richard Naylor picked up a groin injury that would keep him out until February, so Blake begrudgingly sent him back to Ipswich early.

    The acquisition earlier in the month of Janne Salli meant that previous shoo-in at DMC, Richard Hinds, was surplus to requirements - so no tears were shed when Blake was informed that he had arranged a summer transfer to Crewe Alexandra. Rovers would receive £80,000 in compensation.


    Swindon Town 1-4 Tranmere Rovers (Second Division)
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    The first of back-to-back league away games saw Rovers regain some kind of form, and Blake was glad to welcome Wayne Brown back after John Achterberg had shipped five in the previous game. Two assists in the first 11 minutes for Andy Williams set Rovers on their way. Swindon pulled one back before half-time but Blake's men reacted perfectly with two more second-half goals - Stuart John Dawe bagging one of them after an assist from new boy Janne Salli, who would later rightly receive the man of the match award - he won seven tackles, three of them being key tackles. This, in no small part, must've contributed to Shé and the board expressing their delight to Blake.

    Though uncertain that he'd pass a medical, Blake hatched a plan to bring Richard Naylor back permanently - he'd offer Jason Koumas in a swap deal! Ipswich didn't bite. So Blake turned his attention to the loan market once more, securing a move the very next day.

    Jonathan Macken, S C - Loan, Preston North End
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    With Stuart John Dawe well-established as the second-choice striker now, Blake decided to pull the plug and send Richard Walker back to Aston Villa half-way through his season-long loan. Blake was genuinely excited when Walker arrived, but it never quite got going for him.


    Colchester 0-4 Tranmere Rovers (Second Division)
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    Assistmaster Andy Williams struck again early here, setting up an early goal to get Tranmere off to the perfect start. It was 4-0 by half-time, debutant Jonathan Macken bagged two of them, much to Blake's delight. And the other January acquisition, Janne Salli, had provided one of the assists. Unfortunately, he also limped off injured and would miss around three weeks with a twisted knee.

    With Richard Walker's loan terminated, there was an opportunity for Blake to bring another snake in on loan. Whilst he had shopped for a centre-back, he somehow ended up with an international-capped wide midfielder.

    Mark Robertson, M L - Loan, Dundee
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    Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-0 Tranmere Rovers (FA Cup 4th Round)
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    Tranmere headed to Wolverhampton in fine fettle but were shot down immediately by their First Division opposition. A tight first half saw the hosts take a slender 1-0 into the break, but all hell broke loose in the second half. Wayne Brown, not for the first (SPOILER: nor the last) time, gave a penalty away. Luckily he escaped further punishment as he was at it again 28 minutes later, giving away a second penalty. This time he was booked. Both penalties were scored and the hosts added a fourth before time expired, so Tranmere meekly crashed out of the FA Cup.

    This, for some reason, led Clint Hill to publicly slam his teammates. Blake had learnt already not to suffer fools - Hill was dropped and transfer-listed. The £1,000,000 price-tag looked to have deterred suitors, but Blake was prepared to be patient.
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    A few too many dropped points in January meant that Tranmere now sat in 7th, two points outside of the playoff places.
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    After missing a couple of monthly appraisals, January's was a bumper one as Joe Blake was holed up in the conference room for three hours. He didn't take much from the meeting, but he did remember that the board expressed their delight with his management - that was good enough for him!
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    Snake of the Month
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    Even though his average rating for the month took a hit with a 5 against Wolves, Andy Williams' six assists just could not be ignored. More games for new boys Salli and Macken might have seen them rival him, but a well-deserved maiden SotM award for Williams.
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    Mixed month there - out of 2 cups in quick fashion but nicely positioned to swoop for playoffs

    I like Salli and Macken also good, unsure on the midfielder

    But at least the snakes are coming in nicely for "She"

    Clint Hill - FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

    Out of interest - how many non snakes have contracts that do NOT exire at end of season with noi interest that you may needto pay off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    Mixed month there - out of 2 cups in quick fashion but nicely positioned to swoop for playoffs

    I like Salli and Macken also good, unsure on the midfielder

    But at least the snakes are coming in nicely for "She"

    Clint Hill - FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

    Out of interest - how many non snakes have contracts that do NOT exire at end of season with noi interest that you may needto pay off?
    Yup it’s suddenly looking imperative that I get promoted this season so I can attract a better calibre of player, the transfer/loan list (filtered to “interested” is looking bare. Which is how I ended up with Robertson - agree he doesn’t look great but he’s started well, and Williams was my only snake amongst wide midfielders so this gives me a better chance of fielding a team of snakes before the season is out!

    If Macken can replicate Naylor’s production, I’ll be happy!

    Looks like I’ll have space to fill in the next update as there are fewer games, so I’ll evaluate the non-snake cull
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    Whilst January's cup defeats continued to sting a little, the benefit of suddenly being in no cup competitions wasn't lost on Tranmere manager Joe Blake - he now had a much more manageable schedule to push for the Second Division playoffs. There was only five games for Blake to plan for in February, Tranmere welcomed Brighton to Prenton Park in the first of them.


    Tranmere Rovers 0-1 Brighton and Hove Albion (Second Division)
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    With the FA Cup 2nd Round tie going to a replay, this was already the fourth time that Blake was squaring off against Brighton manager Micky Adams. And if the Tranmere team weren't already sick of the sight of opposition keeper Michel Kuipers, then they sure were by the end of this game. Brighton took the lead just before half-time and despite dominating the game before and after, Tranmere couldn't break through, with Kuipers being named man of the match for his five saves.


    With more time on his hands, Blake managed to wrap another transfer up - a centre-back to hopefully push the outspoken Clint Hill further down the pecking order. This brought his current snake count up to 16 (including two on loan).

    Sam Collins, D C - £80,000, Bury
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    Notts County 1-1 Tranmere Rovers (Second Division)
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    Blake had shown previously that he wasn't afraid to shove new signings straight into the lineup, and did exactly that with Sam Collins for the trip to Notts County. Rovers were keen to get back on track, but it wasn't quite to be. Damien Lacey took just two minutes to put Tranmere into the lead, but that was cancelled out by the hosts in the ninth minute. The remainder of the game was a story of complete Tranmere domination but, again, the opposition goalkeeper was in inspired form and the visitors came away with nothing to show for their other eight shots on target. Blake knew that on another day, this performance would guarantee his side three points.


    Blake's spirits were lifted in the week between matches as Janne Salli returned to full training, following his knee injury. The joy was short-lived, though, as Salli sustained a thigh injury in his first session back. Blake's physios reckoned this would put him out for at least another fortnight. The lord giveth and the lord taketh away.


    Tranmere Rovers 1-1 Chesterfield (Second Division)
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    Rovers were keen to avenge the 5-2 Vans Trophy shellacking as they welcomed Chesterfield to Prenton Park. The visitors had other ideas, as they took the lead after two minutes. Rovers thought they were level after 15 minutes, but Jonathan Macken was ruled offside and the goal was wiped out. A fairly even contest ensued but Rovers' 89th-minute equaliser was probably deserved, on the balance of it. Damien Lacey was named as the man of the match after the kind of dominant defensive midfield display that was becoming his trademark. The nature of the draw certainly made it appear to be a point gained, but Blake was concerned about the bigger picture - two points from three games was no way to initiate a playoff push.


    Tranmere Rovers 2-2 Bristol City (Second Division)
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    Bristol City were the next visitors to Prenton Park. Tranmere had of course edged past them as Ashton Gate earlier in the season, when Bristol City led the league. They were still right up there in the automatic promotion places as they arrived in Birkenhead, and it was the visitors who took the lead in the 13th minute. Tranmere didn't bite back until just after half-time, when Agustin chipped a perfect ball into the area for Damien Lacey to register his fifth Tranmere goal. Agustin was again the provider as Tranmere took a 73rd-minute lead, but this time it was their turn to be denied late on, as Bristol City scored a stoppage-time equaliser. Blake would argue that his side deserved all three points, but instead it was a third consecutive draw. Tranmere were yet to win in February, and had one more chance to turn that around!


    Brentford 2-5 Tranmere Rovers (Second Division)
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    Blake couldn't do much in the way of demanding better performances from his players - he just needed them to finish more of the plethora of chances they were routinely creating. To that end, he took the bold decision to drop Jonathan Macken to the bench and hand a rare start to Stuart John Dawe. Unfortunately Rovers were behind early again, after just nine minutes. To make things worse, Blake's symbolic dropping of Macken had to be undone after just 12 minutes, as Dawe was stretchered off with what looked like a thigh injury. Tranmere's heads didn't go down, though, and they were level after 16 minutes after Agustin played Koumas in, who finished expertly. And Agustin was on hand to give Rovers the lead 11 minutes later, slotting home after a deflected Andy Williams free kick. As they were once again performing well, Blake's message at half-time was simply "more of the same" - and they duly delivered. Jonathan Macken scored two penalties either side of a Brentford goal to give Tranmere a 4-2 lead, and Rovers made the game safe in stoppage time with a fifth goal. Agustin was the deserved recipient of the man of the match award after inspiring the first-half turnaround.


    The news from the physios was that Dawe would be missing for two week's with his thigh injury, so it looked like Macken's starting spot was safe for now - helped by the confidence he displayed to score the two penalties against Brentford.


    Blake found time to assess the culling of non-snakes that would have to take place imminently. At the end of February, he still had 17 non-snakes on his books. 3 of them (Parkinson, Aldridge and Hinds), of course, had summer transfers arranged already, and 7 more (Rideout, Gill, Allison, Jobson, Hazell, Sharps and Henry) had contracts expiring in the upcoming summer. 2 (Koumas and Hill) were listed for transfer, which meant there were 5 more (Mellon, Ralph, Harrison, Achterberg and Challinor) that Blake had to take action on. He didn't want to get rid of them yet, and was content that this'd all be manageable in the summer. He relayed this information to Shé and the board during the end-of-month appraisal, where they again informed Blake that they were delighted with his performance, despite the solitary win in February.
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    Tranmere remained 7th in the Second Division, but that one win in five games saw some gaps starting to open up ahead of them. It would have to be an excellent March for Blake's snakes to remain in serious playoff contention.
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    Snake of the Month
    A late surge from Agustin in the final two games of the month nearly saw him steal the Snake of the Month award, but an excellent February in which he registered an average rating of 8.00, scored two goals and won a man of the match award was enough to secure the award for Damien Lacey for a second time.

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    Ugly January, even February was not the best, but it seems that things are getting a little brighter, surely the pride of your boys will lead them to do better.
    I find your latest purchases very interesting, after the last two months I got the idea that maybe a new purchase would be necessary up front because you play a lot and create a lot, but you score much less than you create

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    Meh - not hugely fussed on Collins but have to remember the level you are at and restrictions in place

    Poor month that - I'm surprised you are still only 3 points away - but as you say others are pulling away

    Not too bad at all on the potential snake payouts

    Good to see "The BEAST" as player of the mopnth again #swanslegendinmystory

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