Welcome to the latest instalment of my Nordic adventure. I have really grown in to this save and enjoying my FM sessions as much as ever. I think just playing a couple of sessions a week stops you going in to a period of not being bothered to play because you have entered the zone of FM overkill. Well that’s how I see it anyway. My last post left us 14 points clear at the top of the table after 15 games and an upcoming Norwegian Cup Quarter Final against Rosenborg to look forward too, I was also fending off a number of approaches for our players, So how have we got on since?
We got August off to a winning start away to Hødd , we dominated the game and deserved the 3-1 scoreline both Benmoussa and Westgaard along with an own goal gave us the 3 points. Next up we played top tier side Rosenborg in the Quarter-final of the Norwegian Cup. To be totally honest we looked like the top tier side and won the game 2-1 courtesy of a brace from Viktor Gotesson. Back to our chase for promotion and another good 3-1 win at the Fredrikstad Stadion against Elverum with goals by Kaland,Begby and Johansen. Another three points with a 3-0 win away against Haugesund both Gotesson and a Karoliussen double scoring in a 3-0 win. We finished the month with 3 back to back 2-1 wins against Sandefjord (Gotesson 2), Ull/Kisa (Stamnestø, Kaland ), Ranheim ( Kaland, Benmoussa ). An undbeaten month extends our run to 16 games without defeat in all competitions and strengthens our title challenge.
A 3-0 home win against Kfum Oslo at the Fredrikstad Stadion puts us on the brink of the title and secures promotion to the top tier. Goals from Gotesson and Kaland along with an own goal win the game for us. A chance to win the title at home to Tromsdalen next however we lose the game 1-2 which is the same result from our first meeting gives Tromsdalen the double over us. The pressure of winning the title shows in our game with Stamnestrø netting our consolation goal. Next up we played Nest-Sotra at home and secure the title with a 2-0 win courtesy of Gotesson and Karoliussen that sends the Fredrikstad Stadion in to celebration. Next we play Premier Division leaders Lillestrom in the Norwegian Cup Semi Final and come out winners after a 118th minute goal from Ludvig Begby that sets up a final encounter against last year’s winners Haugesund. I was pleased in the way we competed with Lillestrom from start to finish. With the title secured we go to Strømmen and secure a 3-1 win to end the month with strikes from Gotesson, Karoliussen and Stamnestrø.
We enter the final month of the season looking to keep the momentum going that as taken us to the title and Norwegian Cup Final. I am keen to keep the players focused so we head in to the final in good form. We start with a 4-0 win against relegation threatened Kristiansund with our goals coming from Pedersen, Karoliussen, Begby and Wernersson. Next an away game against Mjøndalen returns a 2-1 win with goals from Gotesson and Brix despite 3 first team players away on International duty. We did have an option of cancelling the game but I decided to rotate the side with the title already won. Sarsborg at home next and another 3 points for us after goals from Karoliussen,Gotesson and Stamnestrø give us a 3-1 win. We draw our next game 1-1 at the Fredrikstad Stadion against Start with in form winger Kaland getting our goal. Our final league game of the season is a 2-0 victory against Notodden with Stamnestrø grabbing a brace playing in the attacking midfield area has a Shadow Striker replacing the injured Karoliussen who plays has an Attacking Midfielder for us in that area. The Switch in roles is something I have tried in a couple of games during the last few weeks of the season.
Goals in all competitions
- Gotesson 29
- Karoliussen 15
- Begby 9
- Kaland 9
- Pedersen 8
- Begby 18
- Karoliussen 18
- Gotesson 10
- Begby 7.61
- Johansen 7.60
- Wernersson 7.57
Pass Completion 84% Average Possession 63.87%
Norwegian 1st Division OBOS-ligaen Final Table 2017
- Record Number Of Wins 26
- Record Number Of Points 80
- Record Number Of Goals 83
- Record Number Of Clean Sheets 15
Norwegian Cup Final 2017
Cup Final day in Norway and a chance for us to do the double and qualify for European Competition by lifting the cup. Our opponents Haugesund are last seasons winners and despite us doing the double over them in the league I know we were in for a tough game. A couple of players had slight injury concerns in the week running up to the game however I picked a strong side : 4-2-3-1 GK Jensen RFB Goncalves LFB Wernersson CD Stromnes CD Johansen DLP Stamnestrø BWM Pedersen AMC Karoliussen RW Kaland LW Begby AF Gotesson. The game was a tight affair with neither side being able to convert their chances, at the break I told the boys that I was not happy with how they played to try and get them motivated for the 2nd period although in truth we had played very well without hitting the back of the net. The 2nd half was much like the first with no one taking their chances. On the 65th minute mark I swopped Stamnestrø and Karoliussen around and changed Stamnestrø to a shadow striker in an hope that we could open up the space in the final 3rd. The Switch nearly paid off straight away with the universal Stamnestrø forcing the Haugesund keeper in to a fine save. Then on the 89th minute Viktor Gotesson netted a late winner after good work from Karoliussen and a one, two with Begby. We had done it we are the Norwegian Cup Champions and double winners.
Europa League Qualification
Norwegian Premier Division Eliteserien Final Table 2017
That brings us to the end of season two and what an enjoyable season it was. Thanks for taking the time to check out this post and I hope you will return soon to see how our preparations for life in the top tier are shaping up.
The Aristocrats Of Fredrikstad Story So Far
2017 OBOS-ligaen Winners – Norwegian Cup Winners
2016 OBOS-ligaen 4th – Norwegian Cup 4th rd (last 16)