Welcome to my latest update, my journey with the Garibaldi Reds…..
September 2016 Results
Aston Villa (A) D 2-2
We kicked September off with a tricky trip to Villa Park and the first time any 2 former European Cup Winners had played each other outside the top division. We started well and found ourselves 2 up inside the first half hour with goals from Bendtner and Vellios. Villa snatched a goal with the last kick of the half to make it 2-1 at the break. The 2nd half was an even game with Villa deserving a leveller after a brilliant strike from Grealish. We pressed for a winner but to no avail and the game ended in a fare 2-2 draw.
Rotherham United (A) W 3-1
A Wednesday night trip to Yorkshire to the New York Stadium and again we were quick out of the blocks with 2 quick fire goals courtesy of wide men Lica and Carayol settled the side down and enabled us to put our mark on the game. Lansbury added a third in the 2nd half and Rotherham got a late consolation goal but we dominated from start to finish and took all 3 points on offer.
Norwich City (H) D 2-2
Another 2-2 draw against one of last seasons relegated clubs in another entertaining game. I rested a few players 4 to be exact to keep things fresh has we entered our 3rd game in 7 days. Two of the incoming players Perquis and Cash were making their first starts this season and played well. Lica and Assombalonga got our goals which earnt us a point against a side who I think will be pushing for a return to the big time come next May.
Crystal Palace (EFL Cup) W4-2
Premier League club Crystal Palace were the visitors to the City Ground for our EFL 3rd round tie. Just hours before the game one of my FM freinds Gustaf from Sweden @sasfm21 shared with myself and fellow FM manager and friend Saadiq Bey @Rovazzz a tactical concept he had come up with. Now I don’t want to reveal the details of this concept because it’s young Gustafs idea and I think he will be starting a blog on it, however what I will say I think he has come up with a tactic that will take FM17 by storm. It’s such a universal tactic that I had to have a play around with it and decided to add some instructions and mentality settings to it but left player roles on default. I have also named the tactic The Gustaf. So with my interpretation loaded I thought may as well give it a go against Palace just as a one off to see how it went. All I can say is we played excellent football and went 3-0 up after 57 minutes via an own goal, Lansbury and Assombalonga with Palace stuck firm in their own half. The football on show was fantastic to say the least, Palace then got two goals back through Benteke has we tired quickly. 3 substitutions later and another Assombalonga goal we come through with a 4-2 win against the Premier Leagues 6th placed team. The Gustaf tactic as been born and looks very promising, it’s now left to the young Swede to take it to the next level, he is a young Guardiola inspired FM manager who I think has created a very good concept. I myself may revisit the concept in the future but for now I am pressing on with my own system.
Sheffield Wednesday (A) W2-1
Two second half goals from substitutes Vellios and Bendtner gave us all 3 points at leaders Sheffield Wednesday after we trailed at the break despite dominating the play. Has much as we tried we could not get a goal so I took Assombalonga and Lica off for Bendtner and Vellios which proved to be a good decision has the pair got the goals to give us the 2-1 win.
Fulham (H) W 3-0
After our win at then league leaders Sheffield Wednesday Fulham leapfrogged them in to top spot so for the 2nd week running we played the leaders and for the second week running we took all the points. This was probably our best performance so far of the season. A resounding 3-0 came courtesy of goals from Assombalonga 2 and Bendtner and it could have 4 or 5 if not for the Fulham keeper.
Bristol City (A) D 2-2
Trailing 0-2 at half time I roasted the players after a poor showing in the first half. It seemed to do the trick against a Bristol City side who have struggled this season. On form Lord Bendtner rattled in a stunning shot before City gifted us a goal from the unfortunate Ekstrand that gave us a point and robbed the Bristol club of a win.
EFL Cup 3rd Round
I used The Gustaf Concept for this game.
So that brings you up to date with the save so far, I am really pleased with how the players are settling in to my management at the club. The form of our forwards is especially satisfying has Assombalonga, Bendtner and Vellios are all getting goals. Well this could be my final update before Christmas so I would like to wish all the FM Community a Happy Christmas, I should have another update between now and the new year.