Season 7 – The Tough Get Going

underdog [uhn-der-dawg, -dog] a person who is expected to lose in a contest or conflict. a victim of social or political injustice: 9 letters, 1 word. A definition, not just of the club, but of the way of thinking that had come through the club.  From the days of Alick Jeffrey, through to the fan movements during the torrid Ken Richardson era, all the way through to the end of Belle …

Season 7 – When the Going Gets Tough

So, after the victory at Palace, we had a week to wait until the dress rehearsal for the FA Cup Final, against Leicester City. A couple of changes were made as a result of the injury to Joao Filipe, with Javi Martin coming in for the Portuguese wideman. Martin Odegaard returned to the side, with …

Season 7 – Crunch Time

The Run In A slight change to normal. Instead of doing a summary of the matches, I’m going to do match by match.  So. 3 league matches sit between history. Between Doncaster Rovers, and the possibility of sitting at European Footballs highest table. As long as our results bettered the teams below us, we would …

Season 7 – The King is Dead, Long Live the King!

“You can’t win anything with kids” – Alan Hansen, August 1995 When you’re sat there, wondering what to do, realising, that no one that has sat there before you, has ever found themselves in this position, its difficult, nay impossible, to properly think of your next action, and how it will affect things. Well, turning …

Season 6 – Premier League, Season One

With January came the transfer window (see previous post for info on the signings), but, as well as that, it was important to keep the team ticking over as we sought to preserve Premier League status.   The Results January started with a couple of wins, at Home to Everton in the league, and an …

Season 6 Additional – Transfers and Prospects

So, the transfer window in January has gone. With two significant departures from the Keepmoat, and the attempts to replace them. I always aim to have at least 2 or 3 players available to target if I have to replace ones I sell, thats the way I do things, and thats the way I know …

Season 6 – New Year, New Problems?

It doesn’t take an idiot to know that the Premier League is a completely different level to the Football League and the Championship.  Having got promoted from the Championship playing my version of ‘Sarri-ball’, the high tempo style preferred by Maurizio Sarri,  There is a distinct possibility that this won’t work in the top flight, …

Season 6 – Additional Part Two – Finding the Solution – Midfield

In the previous part, I showed how finding out the problems my team was suffering, was down to mistakes I’d made in terms of recruitment, and how I intended to solve them. Going into the work I had done on finding a potential replacement for Duarte Valente, something which should have been done nearly 12 …

Season 6 – Additional – Finding the cause.

Something that I highlighted a while back, but, have only had the opportunity to do now, is look at the makeup of my side.   My fullbacks are mobile, cover a lot of ground up and down, and are more than capable of playing at the level required of them. They aren’t required to be …

Season 6 – Premier League Preseason

Theres many things that can be guaranteed in life, death, and taxes for instance.   Another thing that you can guarantee, especially in sports, is the effect that losing an essential cog to your wheel is massive. This came up about 10 days into July, when Sergio Aguero, who joined amid much fanfare, announced his …