Football Manager Diary – March – Crouch and Carroll finally together
Our possession in games is awful, after 23 games we’ve scored 23 and conceeded 23, but we’re on 35 points, 9 behind 5th, and only 4 in front of 10th
We’ve also just made three new signings – Jones, Mudingayi and Antonelli.
Heres the months fixtures
Ooo a tough month. I hope I can get 6 points, but really I need to be getting 7-9 in order to sustain the top half finish.
First up its Andy leading the line against his old side
1st Feburary 2014 – West Ham (6th) vs Liverpool (9th)
Odds: West Ham 6-4 (fav) – Draw 2-1 – Liverpool 13-8
Prev results – Lost 2-0
Cant believe we’re favourites
ANDY gets his 2nd start of the season, and Im bringing in Antonelli and Jones, with Jones sitting as a DM
It takes a minute for us to take the lead, with an ex Liverpool player scoring!
Its Downing though 🙁
3 minutes later Diame gets sent off, after sliding in on Henderson from behind. FUCKS SAKE
I pull the wingers back to RM and LM and go more defensive. Sturridge dances past the defence, evades a Tomkins tackle then as hes about to score Reid slides in and takes the ball away. Sturridge then hits the bar from range.
At half time theyve had 15 shots but little highlights.
In the 2nd Sturridge and Cissokho both force good saves from Sommer. A long ball goes up from OBrien, Carrol wins it, gets onto his own header, races through but the keeper makes a save! WOOF
With 60 minutes gone Liverpool push forward again, but Tomkins gets the ball. Henderson then slides in behind him and the ref blows – hes off! At this point we’ve had 6 shots to Liverpol 21. lol.
With them down to 10 I think its safe to go standard again. We get a throw on the left, Antonelli throws to Carrol, he heads back to Antonelli and he crosses AND THERES THE EX LIVERPOOL MAN UNMARKED WHO SCORES. Goal for Joe Cole. 🙁
8 mins left, so sub city. Andys off for Petric, Jones for Mudingayi and Cole for Ravel. And the game slows as we play out the win!
West Ham 2-0 Liverpool
Downing (1) Diame Sent off (4) Cole (73) – Henderson sent off (63)
League position – 6th
Match Thoughts – Anatolli picked up MOM on his debut. You could say that Liverpool dominated, but I think if it wasn’t for the sending off we would have done much better. When they had a man sent off we had the better chances
I give Diame a warning after his sending off. Then he gets a further 2 match ban because the tackle was so bad, so I give him a 1 week fine. He accepts both.
8th Feburary 2014 – West Ham (6th) vs Villa (14th)
Odds: West Ham 6-4 (fav) – Draw 2-1 – Villa 13-8
Right, lets see how the formation works with 11 men. I’m giving Ravel a start as well.
Villa take the lead with Bacuna heading in from a corner in the 10th minute. It takes 20 minutes for us to get back int he game, with Downing spinning on the edge of the box and scoring. Villa are all over us tho, and weve score from our only shot. And then, we score from our second shot, Noble getting past his man on the edge of the box and firing home. Villa fire a long ball forward and as they do, Sommer comes out and clears, straight to Delph who scores! fucker.
In the second half Villa are all over us, then Weimann heads in from a deep cross. I try and make some more attacking moves, but its not getting me in the game. Benteke then gets a penalty when Mudingayi brings him down, and he scores it. Fucks sake.
Carrolls had a mare and hes off for Petric. But the game dies.
West Ham 2-4 Villa
Downing (29) Noble (41) – Bacuna (9) Delph (43) Weimann (53) Benteke (pen 71)
League position – 6th
Manager thoughts – FFS
But just as you feel at your lowest, things can get better
11th February – West Brom (14th) vs West Ham (6th)
Odds – West Brom 4-5 (fav) – Draw 2-1 – West Ham 3-1
What the Christ is up with those odds?
Fucking hell I want to win so bad.
4 minutes in.
Ive just cum.
After 9 minutes.
Ive just cum again
After 15 minutes we get a free kick on the left, its tossed in Tomkins heads it and its saved but it hits Shane Long and its in – 3-0
After 27 minutes
HOLY FUCKING SHIT. HAT TRICK
At half time Im delighted, the only thing that could make this better is a Crouchy goal
Then after 65 minutes
In the 85th minute Aranguiz scores after a corner is cleared to him. Who cares tho
West Brom 1-5 West Ham
Aranguiz (86) – Carroll (5, 10, 28) Long own goal (16) Crouch (65)
League Position – 6th
Match Thoughts – Damn Im so fucking hard right now, best performance of the season. And not only that, its put us 4 points clear of 7th.
Team of the week is in
24th February 2014 – Chelsea (3rd) vs West Ham (6th)
Odds: Chelsea 4-6 (fav) – Draw 9-4 – West Ham 7-2
Prev results – lost 1-0
We could go 4 points ahead of 7th and 6 behind 4th with a win here. (lol)
According to the stats Chelsea have the early shots, but they dont get any highlights. The first comes when Crouch heads on a ball to Carroll, but his shot is saved. O Brien then skips past some defenders and has a shot. At half time we’ve had 4 shots to their 12 but they havent had a highlight
Hazard hits an early shot wide as Chelsea step up. They then pop a few passes round, ending with Azpilcueta firing in from range. The game dies out after that with no highlights, even though I go more attacking and Chelsea rack up the shot according to the stats
Chelsea 1-0 West Ham
League Position – 6th
Match thoughts – A weird match, without the stats I would have thought it was pretty even as the highlights were split, but Chelsea apparently dominated. Crouch and Caroll did ok though
End of the month it is
Azpilucuetas goal wins goal of the month. Cunt.
Theres no board report because theres a match early on the 1st.
Heres the end of month league table
We’ve dropped 1 from the start of the month as Liverpool played an extra match at the end of the month
Heres the fixtures for March
So we play 8th, 18th, 19th, 13th and 10th. All below us. Surely should have a decent chance of a good month.