Football Manager Diary – March – Andy Andy Andy
1st March 2014 – Newcastle (8th) vs West Ham (7th)
Odds – Newcastle Evens (fav) – Draw 11-5 – West Ham 11-5
Prev results – Won 3-1
Ready made excuse if we lose with those matching shirts.
It takes 40 minutes for the first highlights, a series of Newcastle shots.
We get one from a break 2 minutes before half time, that ends with Morrison being brought down
At half time I move the wingers back to midfield. Sissoko gets the breakthrough for Newcastle just into the half though, firing in a powerful shot. I tell the boys to go more direct, and we get a couple of decent highlights, culminating in Carroll and Crouch combining well for Crouch to put Carroll through and he fires in from outside the areas. Two minutes later tho Newcastle take the lead again, with Cisse bundling in from a corner. With 10 to go I take of Morrison for Padoin and Noble on for Diame. With a minute left Noble finds Downing, he puts Carroll in and he scores!
Crouch has a chance to win it in the dying seconds, but his shot is saved.
Match Thoughts – bit disappointed tbh
After the match I see Pardew talking about some penalty they could have had that wasnt given, and he says it was the correct decision
So I agree with him
Which makes him mad?
What are you on big Al
Chelsea win the League cup, beating Liverpoo 3-0 in the final
Andy gets in team of the week
9th March 2014 – West Ham (7th) vs Fulham (17th)
Odds: West Ham Evens (fav) – Draw 11-5 – Fulham 11-5
Past results – Won 2-1
Fulham are missing their main keeper.
12 minutes in Downing gets free, crosses in and Carrolls there! GOALLLL! but apparently it was off the defenders head. 2 minutes later Crouchy hits the bar from a header from a free kick. Not long after that Berbatov wins, and scores a penalty.
A long ball by Reid is chased down by Carrol, but Stockdale saves. With 24 minutes gone Fulham get a corner, but we break – Jones hits a ball to Crouch, he plays it back to Jones who hits a first time pass to Carroll who fires in! boom!
Stokes then equalizes after getting free from a Berbatov header. 2-2
Its all Fulham at the start of the second half, with Berba and Stokes both forcing good saves, but 15 minutes in its 3-2 to us, Carroll scoring from a Rat corner. With 20 mins to go Berbatov scores an equaliser, left in acres of space. I bring on Padoin Collisson and Noble for Diame, Jones and Cole. With just 5 minutes left Rat gets a free kick on the left, his cross is headed to goal by Carroll, the keeper saves, but Reid gets there and scores! 4-3! And thats how it finishes.
West Ham 4-3 Fulham
Amorebieta own goal (13) Carroll (24,59) Reid (85) – Berbatov (pen 17, 71) Stokes (40)
League Position – 6th
Match thoughts : Stunner of a game. Thought we should have scored more.
Benayoun is back from injury, woop
15th March 2014 – West Ham (6th) vs Sunderland (19th)
Odds: West Ham 4-7 (favs) – Draw 5-2 – Sunderland 4-1
Past results – Lost 0-1
Pre match me and Poyet have a bit of a spat with slagging each other off.Â Within 12 minutes tho its us smiling, as Tomkins gets on a free kick and scores. Carroll then gets on the end of a log ball and his shot is well saved. Nobles playing really well at RM, and he gets a cross in that Crouchy gets on the end of and…
After 29 minutes Im in dream land, Rat and downing play a 1-2 that puts Rat through 1v1 and he scores!
At half time I’m going to get a big plate on which Poyet can eat his words.
Sunderland come out blazing, and Sommer makes a great save from Gardner. With 20 minutes left I bring on Benayoun for Jones. Sommer makes another great save from Gardner. We’ve really stepped down a gear, and Sunderland are pushing but creating little. And it ends!
Match thoughts : Hmm maybe the 442 is the way forward. Should have scored more.
22nd March 2014 – Norwich (13th) vs West Ham (6th)
Odds: Norwich 11-5 – Draw 11-5 – West Ham Evens (fav)
Past results – Won 1-0
A boring match. It takes 22 minutes for a highlight, with Tomkins having a header saved from a corner. Thankfully a minute later its 1-0 Cole heading in after Ruddy spills a Noble shot. 5 minutes later its same again, this time Carroll scoring after Ruddy spills from Cole. Its all goals, 7 minutes later Snodgrass slips a ball to Van Wolfswinkel and he scores 2-1.
at half time I tell the lads to kick on. 10 minutes in, they get a man sent off, and that absolutely kils the game. It takes till the 80th minute for another highlight, Cole breaking on the right and cossing for BIG ANDY to seal the win.
Match thoughts – What is there to say, its the kind of match we should always be winning
Theres a short amount of time till the free transfer deadline and I spot one man available ona free who I offer a trial.
And he accepts. He wants 46k a week tho on his contract, and I cant afford it. God, imagine Ronaldinho creating chances for Crouch and Carroll
30th March 2014 – Stoke (10th) vs West Ham (6th)
Odds: Stoke 13-8 – Draw 2-1 – West Ham 6-4 (fav)
Past results – Won 2-1
Takes 8 minutes for one in the second, a cross from Downing gets chested by Huth, Begovic punches it out but straight back at Huth and its in. Not long after tho they equalise through Huth heading in from a corner at the right end.
With 8 minutes to go they get a man sent off, but nothing else happens.
Stoke 1-1 West Ham
Huth (70) Pieters sent off (83) – Huth og (54)
League Position – 6th
That doesnt last long tho,Liverpool win a derby to take 6th from us.
A pretty decent month, tho to be honest my stats are starting to frustrate me. I keep getting much less possession, but winning. I think maybe I just need new better players.
Player of the month is in
The board are pretty happy too
Heres the league table
Next month is a pretty decent month, as we enter the last 6 games.Â Ive included the two games in May on there incase I decide to chuck em in the update