Football Manager Diary S2 – April & May – Two league wins in two seasons?

Football Manager 2014 LogoLast month we sealed a cup win, with our second win at Wembley in 2 seasons.

Heading into this final month we’re 11 points in front of 2nd and 3rd, with a game in hand over one of them. We need 8 points to seal the league title from our last 6 games

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4-4-15 – Bristol Rovers (1st) vs Dag & Red (21st)

I’m playing a couple of rotated players, with 2 players, Clarke in midfield and Tattum at right back. I’m also starting Guillaume in what could be one of his final games

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Dagenham take the lead with an attack down our left and a good shot from range. We equalise when Clarke shoots from range, the ball bobbles in the box and Andonian, who was up for a long throw bundles the ball in. We then take the lead after a move that contains 6 one touch passes to end with Derbyshire scoring. Atkinson makes it 3-1 with a shot from the edge of the box.

Into the 2nd half, and Guillaume then rolls back the year

286 Guillaume

What. A. Pass.

Dagenham pull one back from a corner, but thats it

Bristol Rovers 4-2 Dag & Red
Andonian (24), Derbyshire (31, 48), Atkinson (35) – Rowe (7, 73)
League Position – 1st
5 points needed to win the title

The next game is only 2 days later, and is assigned a fan day.

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Fan days mean the local community get offered cheap tickets and you need to put on a decent performance to try and generate more interest in the team. Last year in this match we had a dire game, so we could do with a performance here. We’re also on 99 goals scored, so a good performance could put us well above 100

6-4-15 – Bristol Rovers (1st) vs Cambridge (18th)

Its a dire game. Fuck.

35 minutes in is the first highlight and its goal 100 in the league for us

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Then straight from kick off Cambridge attack and win a penalty and score.

Into the second half and the game isnt getting any better, so I bring on Atkinson and Fletcher. Johnson forces a good save from the keeper as we pressure. Lawrence then goes through but his shot is saved, and from the corner Fletcher shoots straight at the keeper.

On the 90th minute mark Cambridge win a corner, and score. FUCK.

Straight off kick off we attack and Johnson has a shot saved, then Lawrence heads wide… and thats it.


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Bristol Rovers 1-2 Cambridge
O’Neill (36) – Cunnington (pen 41), Elliott (90)
League Position – 1st
5 points needed to win the title

Pompey are the team in 2nd place, and we play them after the next match.

11-4-15 – Wimbledon (8th) vs Bristol Rovers (1st)

Wimbledon are playing a wicked offside trap and it catches us out time and time again. Derbyshire puts the ball in, but its flagged.

Into the 2nd half, Akinfenwa has a shot saved. We push back and subs Johnson and Gonzalez both have shots well saved.

Wimbledon 0-0 Bristol Rovers
League Position – 1st
4 points needed to win the title

Pompey are now 6 points behind us with 3 games left. And its a showdown next. Although we technically need 4 points, a win here would take 3 points off Pompey and we would be champions

14-4-15 – Portsmouth (2nd) vs Bristol Rovers (1st)

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Its all us early on. Chantler has a shot pushed round the post as we pressure.

At half time Brunt is on for Derbyshire.

Pompey get an attack, and from a corner Slew heads in. FUCK. Derbyshire has another shot straight in the keepers arms. I throw men forward and with seconds left Andonian has to committ a bad foul to prevent Pompey having a 4 on 1. He’s sent off

Are we throwing away the league?

Portsmouth 1-0 Bristol Rovers
Slew (60) – Andonian sent off (93)
League Position – 1st
4 points needed to win the title



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2 games left to save this

18-4-15 – Bristol Rovers (1st) vs Plymouth (18th)

We’re favourites. We need to do this.

4 minutes in we win a penalty.

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4 minutes before half time we get a second, Derbyshire heading in a deep cross.

Into the second half I decide to check the score

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Its like our players know, and we start raining in shots but Plymouth are defending in numbers. Lawrence has a shot saved, Brunt shoots wide. Its all Bristol Rovers.

So with 9 minutes left Plymouth pull one back with a rare attack.

Its an anxious wait to see the Pompey score….

Bristol Rovers 2-1 Plymouth
Sinnott (pen 4), Derbyshire (41)
League Position – 1st

And the first bt of news I see….

292 Double 293 Double 294 Double 295 double

Only one match to finish off

2-5-15 – Northampton (6th) vs Bristol Rovers (1st)

Theres nothing to play for but I give Guillaume a start in what could be his final match.

Brunt sets up Derbyshire to get the opener. Guillaume has a shot tipped round the post as we attack. Sinnott then crosses for Derbyshire to get his second

In the second half Arnold pulls off a couple of good saves. Derbyshire has a chance for his hattrick but its saved. With 3 minutes left Arnold pulls off another great save, and its a good 2-0 win to finish the season.

Northampton 0-2 Bristol Rovers
Derbyshire (3, 33)
League Position – CHAMPIONS!!!

Heres how the league finished

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What a season!

Next time, a full round up!

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    I just realised I’ve read more updates about your Bristol Rovers team than I have about any real life team.

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