Football Manager Diary – December – Return of the Andy?
But enought about Andy. Lets have a look at the fixtures for this month.
Tasty tasty stuff. Should be 4 wins there, maybe even 5. And then end the month with a lovely loss. Its worth saying that the first 4 fixtures in Jan are Spurs Home, Man United away, Man City at home and Everyon away. So its pretty important to get the points here. We’re gonna have to aim for a big 12 points minimum and hope for 15.
I’m so fucking excited for this month.
First up is a home coming for Couchy
3rd December 2013 – West Ham (11th) vs Stoke (10th)
Odds : West Ham 4-5 (fav) – Draw 2-1 – Stoke 3-1
Pre match Mark Hughes says that he’s worried about Crouchy. I would be too mate.
Benayoun comes in for Cole, and Collins in for Reid.
A couple of early chances come in, but nothing really exciting, till Stoke get a corner, Shawcross hits the bar and Jones puts in the rebound. I hate this fucking game.
Noble shoots at the keeper from the edge of the box. Tomkins then heads over from a corner. This game is so fucking fustrating at times. You get a decent result, then just as it seems like things are clicking you have to sit and watch shit like this and not get a proper good chance and then just get annoyed at the bolloc….
Crouchys goal comes just before half time, and I tell the lads to stop fucking around and get the win.
From kick off were all over them, O Brien crosses and the keeper punches it to Crouch who has an open net
and he heads it wide
Diame shoots from range at the keeper as we pressure, then Noble shoots wide from a rebound.
With 8 mins left its 1 more throw of the dice, Petric on for Noble and moves upfront, Morrison and Park on for Benayoun and Downing.
Downing forces a corner instantly, Rat tosses it in and Adam deflects it to Tomkins who slots it in! Boom 2-1.
Stearman attacks for Stoke he gets the ball on the wing and crosses to Jones but Tomkins makes a wonder tackle. The ball goes to Adam, he slides it in to Jones and this time OBrien makes the tackle. Great defending
West Ham 2-1 Stoke
Crouch (45), Tomkins (84) – Jones (18)
League Position – 7th
Match Thoughts – Fuck me I’m buzzing right now. We dominated the match in truth, and shouldnt have been as close as it was. Crouch should have bagged a couple. The undoubted stars tho were the defence, having another really good game.
Oooo whats this
7th December 2013 – Hull (20th) vs West Ham (8th)
Odds : Hull 11-5 – Draw 11-5 – West Ham Evens (fav)
Steve Bruce comes out and says that we’re over achieving. I say hes right, cause Im a superb anager. Suck it you potato headed freak.
Cole and Reid come in for Collins and Benayoun. We could jump as high as 6th with a win here over the bottom team.
Downing heads over early, but there’s fuck all going on outside of that. Rat shoots wide after 20 mins in one of the first highlights. It takes 38 mins for a proper break through, Cole dancing through and a piledriver past the keeper.
At the other end Akulo gets behind the defence and scores, but is offside.
At halftime in a dead game its 1-0.
Livermore tries to make a break through for Hull, but Sommer saves. Hull have clearly gone more attacking, and with 10 mins of the half gone I decide to get on Petric for Crouch and give him a rest, and drop the wingers into midfield. Sommer saves from Mcshane with 14 minutes left as the game absolutely dies. With 10 to go I drop Diame into DM, then bring on Benayoun for Cole and Ravel for Noble.
With 2 minutes to go Gedo gets behid our defence but Tomkins makes a wonder tackle. From the cross Huddleston heads in. FFS. I throw men forward, and as I do Elmohamady gets forward and crosses in and Gedo scores. Oh FFS.
Look at this bollocks
IM SO MAD IM NOT EVEN WRITING OUT THE SCORE
Match Thoughts – Why the fuck did I go defensive in the middle of the fucking 2nd half. Fucking retarded. Im so mad at myself. I’m fucking so mad this is fucking ridiculous what the fuck am I doing.
14th December 2013 – West Ham 8th – Palace (20th)
Odds : who cares
im so mad
half time 0-0
life is shit
winston reid scores seconds in the 2nd half
life is good
With seconds remaining Petric scores. Capital letters and correct punctuation return.
West Ham 1-0 Palace
Reid (45), Petric (90)
League Position – 6TH!!!!! Fucking top 6. Amazing
Match Thoughts – well thats made me feel better
Reid has pulled his hamstring and is out for 3-4 weeks. Massive loss but Collins has played well when needed.
21st December 2013 – West Ham (6th) vs Southampton (5th)
Odds: West Ham 5-4 (fav) – Draw 11-5 – Southampton 7-4
We can go a point behind them with a win. Incidentally our goal difference is currently 0 – scored and conceded 18. Weird.
The lads start well, Downing getting a shot from range over. Osvaldo then goes through but Sommer saves, Osvaldo gets the rebound but Collins clears off the line. Phew.
Cole steals the ball from a Southampton corner, dances past 3 challenges, plays a 1-2 with Crouch and then crosses and the keeper has to tip it over. Wowzer. From the corner we get a sequence of 4 corners as they head over every time.
Tomkins then clears a Davis header off the line as they press, then at the other end Cole shoots wide. at half time we’ve had 7 shots, 1 on target. Jesus. To be fair tho, they’ve had the same.
In the 2nd half Crouchy shoots at the keeper when 1v1. Fucking Crouchy you cunt.
Cole misses another great chance, so I immediately take him off for Benayoun with 20 mins to go.
With 14 left I bring on Park for Downing, and Rat comes off for McCartney. Rats had his worst game for us.
The change brings instant impact, O Brien plays it to Benayoun who plays in Crouch, he gets instantly surrounded by defenders but that leaves space for Park who he passes to and Park scores. GO ON LADS GET THE FUCK IN.
Its all out defence from here, and the lads hold out. Come the fuck on.
Three minutes of injury time, and in the dying seconds Osvaldo goes through, 1 v 1
and Sommer Saves
West Ham 1-0 Southampton
League Position – 6th
A perfect start to the busy Xmas period
Its just a pity it wasnt on my birthday, the 23rd.
COULD IT BE A BIRTHDAY PRESENT
And it only three days till the next match
26th December – Cardiff (9th) vs West Ham (6th)
Odds: Cardiff 6-4 (fav) Draw 2-1 West Ham 13-8
Cardff are in great form, winning 4 of their last 5.
I pick my team absolutely buzzing to put Andy on the bench. Until
I DIDNT FUCKING REGISTER HIM WHEN I COULD HEFDKFDJVEFVEMEF
So mad right now
Cardif go 1-0 up, we then miss a pen (not from Crouchy, thats been changed now) we go all out attack in the last minute and equalise, then throw everything at them but they hold on.
Cardiff 1-1 West Ham
Hudson (32) – Collison (83)
League Position – 6th
SO MAD ABOUT ANDY
Benayoun picked up an injury, and is out for 3 months.
28th December 2013 – West Ham (6th) vs Arsenal (4th)
Odds: West Ham 13-8 Draw 2-1 Arsenal 6-4 (fav)
Who the fuck is Akpom? Hes some young striker they’ve put in the side making his debut. Thats been forced as Giroud is out, along with Wilshere, Carzola, Flamini, Schezney and Gibbs. Shit. We might have a chance here. I’m playing McCartney as Rat is tired.
Podolski hits the bar from an early corner, Walcott then shoots over as Arsenal dominate early on. McCartney makes a mad break and tries to chip the keeper, but fails. Arsnenal are all over us. With 20 mins gone we get a free kick, and with Rat injured its Noble to take, and BOOM 1-0
Diame picks up a yellow as I go all out defensive, then Noble makes a wonder tackle to deny Ozil. We get a couple of breaks, with Crouch and Cole going close. Walcott and Ozil both have chances, but Tomkins gets in some great blocks.Â At half time we have the lead.
Walcott dances past 3 defenders and crosses, but no one gets on the end of it. I bring the wingers back, and Diame into a DM position, swap Paodin to RM for Cole and put on Petric for Cole, playing a 4-1-3-2. The hope is to give another outlet, as we’re down 33-67 on posession.
Rosiky strikes over the bar as Arsenal press. Ramsey hits one at Sommer from range, and Walcott starts to dominate, getting past his man but with 0 end product. As time dies out, so does Arsenals push.
Its a famous victory!
West Ham 1-0 Arsenal
League Position – 6th
Match thoughts – ugly, but effective. I’d take that given the disaster Hull result.
So thats the month over. I wanted 12 points – I got 13! The table looks oh so sweet
Jans fixtures look a bit beasty, even with Andy back
You may notice the board report is missing, because I have something to make a decision on, and I need your help dear readers. You see its coming to Jan, and ideally I need to strengthen. A CM is the major need, but we could also do with a spare defender and a winger if theres budget. Which makes this a tough decision
What do I do? The budget is such a minor increase, but I could juggle things. Im pretty sure either way Im going to let Diarra go by paying off 2.3mill for his contract, which is an extra 50k a week in the wage budget.
If it was up to me, I’d be between keeping it as it is, or going for the middle option