Football Manager Diary – March 2016 – Xavi Corner = Goal
Knockout round of the Champs League, with a 1-0 lead from the 1st round.
But its mainly due to the performances of Valdes in goal, as the strikers goals have dried up.Â Xavi has proved a great signing mainly due to his corners. Will it all go wrong?
Heres the table
And this months fixtures
5-3-2016 – Birmingham vs West Ham FA Cup 6th Round
2 mins in and a Xavi corner is headed in by Hangeland. His delivery has been immense, its been like when Rat was on fire. 6 mins in a Chadli cross is headed on by Rafinha and Morrison volleys in.
The rest of the match is pretty slow, Hangeland heads in another Xavi corner in the 69th. I make all my subs but Morrison gets an injury with 15 mins left, so we finish with 10 men.
Birmingham 0-3 West Ham
Hangeland (2, 69), Morrison (6)
Draw for the semi… is kind! Could we win a few things
We’ve bigger fish to fry tho
9-3-2016 – Schalke vs West Ham (0-1) – Champions League 2nd Round 2nd leg
52 seconds in, after constant pressure their keeper gets the ball, kicks it right at Carroll who smashes into an empty net. We’re going through! I tell the boys just defend, dont even try to attack.
13 mins in Hangeland heads in a corner. 17 mins in Chadli gets past his man and smashes in from an angle! We’ve scored from our first 3 attacks. Make it 4 goals from 4 shots, 2 mins before the half Hangeland heads in another corner!
Schalke push back in the 2nd, but dont get past Valdes till the 79th minute when Bacca bags a rebound. Its a famous win!
Schalke 1-4 West Ham
Bacca (79) – Carroll (1), Hangeland (14, 43), Chadli (17)
Draw is next week.
12-3-2016 – Leicester (18th) vs West Ham (1st)
Resting a few people
10 mins and Juanmi nets a rebound from a Xavi shot. Xavi picks up an injury on the half hour mark so Bradley is on.
In the 2nd Boyata makes a wonder tackle as someone races through 1v1. Leicester do equalise through Valdez, so I throw on more men, and go 433 with Vydra and Carroll joining Juanmi up front, we get chances but nothing. FUCK
Xavi is out for a week.
Next up is Stoke, who we havent lost to in 5 matches (won 3 drawn 2)
16-3-2016 – West Ham (1st) vs Stoke (13th)
We dominate the 1st half but no goals. It takes till the 67th minute for a goal, from Chadli from outside the box. 3 minutes later Pieters picks up a second yellow for them which leaves us with a man advantage. Chadli goes off injured, so Seman comes on. Despite the man advantage they get a chance, a Young corner is cleared off the line, then the rebound is saved by Valdes. Close.
West Ham 1-0 Stoke
League Position – 1st
Chadli will miss the rest of the season, hes out for 4 months. Fuck.
The quarter final draw is made for the Champions League. It goes terribly.
Next up is Chelsea. We’ve never beaten them, losing 4 and drawing 1, usually because of mind games pre match by Mourinho. Avoiding all that this time. He tries to taunt me in the press, but I just say No Comment when asked.
20-3-2016 – Chelsea (5th) vs West Ham (1st)
7 mins in and Morrison gets injured so thats another winger out. Vydra comes on. Hangeland and Coleman also pick up slight knocks in the early stages. Chelsea dominate posession, but no real shots. At half time I have to bring on Tomkins and Xavi due to light injuries to Hangeland and Pugilese. Thats three subs made before the second half kicks off.
Xavi makes an instant impact, putting in Carroll who misses. With 16 mins to go tho, its another Xavi corner, and a Carroll goal. The boys on form coming into the end of the season! Chelsea throw everything at us, but to no avail, Ive finally banished my Chelsea curse!
Chelsea 0-1 West Ham
League Position – 1st
Xavis corners have been lethal.
Morrison is out for just a few days. Bradley and Kondogbia tho have picked up bans due to getting 10 yellow cards.
United play City in a battle for 2nd, and win. Thats not good. It leaves them 9 points behind us, but with 2 games in hand.
Newcastle get taken over. Who cares tho, I hope they sack that cunt Redknapp, but theres a bigger game on to end the month
29-3-2016 – PSG vs West Ham (Champs League Quarter Final 1st leg)
Our bench looks shit because of injuries.
Cavani puts Ibra in whos shot is saved. PSG dominate, and they take the lead just before the half thro Ibrahimovic, put in by Cavani and smashing in fom the edge of the box. At the half PSG have had 7 shots to our 1.
15 mins in Morrison picks up an injury so I bring on Vydra, and Kondogbia off for Raginha and out him behind Carroll. Ibra slides in on Boyata and steals the ball which falls to Cavani to smash in. Davies then picks up an injury so Rat is on.
PSG continue their domination with Cavani chipping a perfect ball to Insigne to tap in.
2 minutes later tho we get a corner and score with only our 3rd shot, Boyata heading in. Then in the 93rd minute we get a throw and everyone goes forward, Bradley throws to Vydra, who plays a 1-2 back with Vydra leaving him a run in the angle, and he scores! Holy shit!
We did not deserve that. We should be out of the game after that match, but instead we have a chance in the 2nd leg
PSG 3-2 West Ham
Ibrahimovc (45) Cavani (73) Insigne (80) – Boyata (82), Vydra (94)
Holy shit. Totally undeserved, but a great way to end the month, cant believe still in with a shot.
Morrison is out for 2-3 weeks.
37 year old Rio Ferdinand is offered a new contract by Man United. Must be a reason behind it, as hes only made 4 appearances this season as he’s been out for most of it with a broken leg.
I get a message from my coach Gary Breen.
End of the month, we again dont win manager of the month
The board like me at least – and now we’ve started getting money for cup wins the financials are getting better
Heres the league table. We’ve got a real shot
Heres the fixtures as they stand at the moment. Depending on how the cups go I might do a run to the end in the next update. Results in the cup tho could add an extra 3 games.