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    CCFC94 got a reaction from Lordy -RBA- in English Championship 7777 - Discussion Thread   
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    Been a tough past 12 months for me IRL so that would explain why I've been AWOL for so long. Hoping to get the time to get interested in the game like I used to be!
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    CCFC94 got a reaction from Geoffrey in English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread   
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    No worries about me leaving. Been a while since I posted, had a very tough personal life in the past 12 months or so, hoping to get back into things on here like I used to be!
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    Despite having 'living legends' and the best players of their generation, Preston lose to Doncaster.
    2 players injured but I'm not bothered. Possibly the game I wanted to win the most all season.
    Goals come from 'man mountain & best defender in the world' John O'shea, 'speed demon & the best winger in the world' Matthew Etherington and 'deadly poacher & best striker in the world' Kevin Doyle.
    & to think how many I'd have had if the legends Reus & Hazard weren't playing...
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    Despite having 'living legends' and the best players of their generation, Preston lose to Doncaster.
    2 players injured but I'm not bothered. Possibly the game I wanted to win the most all season.
    Goals come from 'man mountain & best defender in the world' John O'shea, 'speed demon & the best winger in the world' Matthew Etherington and 'deadly poacher & best striker in the world' Kevin Doyle.
    & to think how many I'd have had if the legends Reus & Hazard weren't playing...
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    Despite having 'living legends' and the best players of their generation, Preston lose to Doncaster.
    2 players injured but I'm not bothered. Possibly the game I wanted to win the most all season.
    Goals come from 'man mountain & best defender in the world' John O'shea, 'speed demon & the best winger in the world' Matthew Etherington and 'deadly poacher & best striker in the world' Kevin Doyle.
    & to think how many I'd have had if the legends Reus & Hazard weren't playing...
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    CCFC94 got a reaction from Pitung Drughi in English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread   
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    Nice start to the season as Donny beat Wigan 1-0.
    Goal comes from best playmaker in the world () Dean Whitehead.
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    Go down 4-3 to the Hammers. O'Shea, Etherington & God amongst men, legend, saviour of all people, leader & best player of all time Mark Noble get the goals.
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    Reus, a living legend? Really?
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    Happy Ever After?



    So as the fairytale of Doncaster continues, they've gone from relegation certainties to top half hopefuls, pushing towards the playoffs. After a solid 2-1 win against Rochdale, the Yorkshire club actually moved into the playoffs and fans are starting to believe the impossible could be made possible. But the question on everyone's lips is, how on earth is this happening?
    The Players



    I know what you're thinking. "But wait, there's no 90 rated players in teh whole squad?!" Indeed there isn't. However, the star player is the keeper and he has the lowest average rating of the whole team. The squad is very thorough throughout and averages around 87/88 in rating. There isn't a top scorer but everyone chips in as is proved with 9 different scorers already this year.
    The Fixture List
    Surely that's not a factor I hear you cry. Some may believe in momentum & that is one of the main reasons that Doncaster are where they are now. Following a great pre-season (in which they were unbeaten), they went on a run that spread to only 3 wins in 9 games. Hardly the form of playoff hopefuls. Yet at the end of the run they faced Liverpool in the cup and turned them over 3-1. This was probably the catalyst for the run in which they are on.
    The Manager
    The gaffer masterminding the triumph is probably the key reason. He remains to keep the players feet on the ground and still insists his aim is to avoid the drop and given the last couple of seasons it's only fair to see where he's coming from. His job is being made easier by people not talking about his team. Deep down though, he realises how far his team have come and will realise that should they keep going they could go a step further. He'll be hoping after the next two away games they'll be safe with 40 points.
    Will the fairytale continue? Will the dream become a happy ever after, or will they crash and burn?
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    Happy Ever After?



    So as the fairytale of Doncaster continues, they've gone from relegation certainties to top half hopefuls, pushing towards the playoffs. After a solid 2-1 win against Rochdale, the Yorkshire club actually moved into the playoffs and fans are starting to believe the impossible could be made possible. But the question on everyone's lips is, how on earth is this happening?
    The Players



    I know what you're thinking. "But wait, there's no 90 rated players in teh whole squad?!" Indeed there isn't. However, the star player is the keeper and he has the lowest average rating of the whole team. The squad is very thorough throughout and averages around 87/88 in rating. There isn't a top scorer but everyone chips in as is proved with 9 different scorers already this year.
    The Fixture List
    Surely that's not a factor I hear you cry. Some may believe in momentum & that is one of the main reasons that Doncaster are where they are now. Following a great pre-season (in which they were unbeaten), they went on a run that spread to only 3 wins in 9 games. Hardly the form of playoff hopefuls. Yet at the end of the run they faced Liverpool in the cup and turned them over 3-1. This was probably the catalyst for the run in which they are on.
    The Manager
    The gaffer masterminding the triumph is probably the key reason. He remains to keep the players feet on the ground and still insists his aim is to avoid the drop and given the last couple of seasons it's only fair to see where he's coming from. His job is being made easier by people not talking about his team. Deep down though, he realises how far his team have come and will realise that should they keep going they could go a step further. He'll be hoping after the next two away games they'll be safe with 40 points.
    Will the fairytale continue? Will the dream become a happy ever after, or will they crash and burn?
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    Happy Ever After?



    So as the fairytale of Doncaster continues, they've gone from relegation certainties to top half hopefuls, pushing towards the playoffs. After a solid 2-1 win against Rochdale, the Yorkshire club actually moved into the playoffs and fans are starting to believe the impossible could be made possible. But the question on everyone's lips is, how on earth is this happening?
    The Players



    I know what you're thinking. "But wait, there's no 90 rated players in teh whole squad?!" Indeed there isn't. However, the star player is the keeper and he has the lowest average rating of the whole team. The squad is very thorough throughout and averages around 87/88 in rating. There isn't a top scorer but everyone chips in as is proved with 9 different scorers already this year.
    The Fixture List
    Surely that's not a factor I hear you cry. Some may believe in momentum & that is one of the main reasons that Doncaster are where they are now. Following a great pre-season (in which they were unbeaten), they went on a run that spread to only 3 wins in 9 games. Hardly the form of playoff hopefuls. Yet at the end of the run they faced Liverpool in the cup and turned them over 3-1. This was probably the catalyst for the run in which they are on.
    The Manager
    The gaffer masterminding the triumph is probably the key reason. He remains to keep the players feet on the ground and still insists his aim is to avoid the drop and given the last couple of seasons it's only fair to see where he's coming from. His job is being made easier by people not talking about his team. Deep down though, he realises how far his team have come and will realise that should they keep going they could go a step further. He'll be hoping after the next two away games they'll be safe with 40 points.
    Will the fairytale continue? Will the dream become a happy ever after, or will they crash and burn?
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    So i figured i'd do my tactic intro here first

    Arsenal Invincibles II
    Background
    So as a Arsenal fan since I was extremely small there was one team that I really will never forget and that was the Invincbles. As I took over Arsenal in FM 2012 I wanted to emulate this success and that's where this tactic came in. The name really became fully suitable first when I won one season without losing but then even more when I won it the second time around also unbeaten. That's how this tactic came about and why it's truly worthy of the "Invincibles II"
    Philosophy
    When I first created this tactic I wanted to emulate the current tactic that Wenger employs but with more direct and more deadly attacking while holding a very solid defense that would rarely get beaten. I still maintained a good passing mindset but focused more on involving wingers and still revolving very much around one forward.
    The Tactic

    Breakdown
    As you can see all of the goals come from the front three. Hazard was a new pickup for this season but players such as Gervinho and Walcott have also had huge success in this position and the main huge success of this formation is Angel Di Maria. Di Maria averaged a 7.59 rating in the 12/13 season getting a whopping 17 assists with 8 goals picking up numerous accolades. He also only cost me 20m.
    Key Positions
    Deep Lying Forward
    The job of the deep lying forward is very much the same as Van Persie's role at Arsenal right now. He often drops into midfield to link up play but also is the front of the attack that finishes off most of the goals. I've had two players play this position in Van Persie and Cavani and here's what the results look like
    Cavani (joined in January 2013) - 12 Appearances - 10 Goals - Av R 7.56
    Van Persie (11/12 Season) - 26 Appearances - 16 Goals - Av R 7.31
    Cavani seemed to be a much better option due to his aerial ability and benefited from having two pacy wingers providing him the ball.
    Inside Forwards
    The Inside Forward role is one of my changes to Wenger's current tactic for his Arsenal side. Instead of supplementing the forward the Wide Players are themselves a large part of the attack who not only create but score for themselves. Players with good dribbling and crossing are ideal.
    Stats
    Di Maria (12/13) - 30 Appearances - 8 Goals - 17 Assists - Av R 7.59
    Theo Walcott - 19 Apperaances - 6 Goals - 4 Assists - Av R 7.22
    Alex Chamberlain - 15 Appearances - 7 goals - 3 Assists - Av R 7.32
    To be honest these stats show how vital player stats are in this position, a player like Walcott gets outshone by a player like Chamberlain because of Alex's superior technical ability, Di Maria's performances are evident of how important technical ability is. As I've seen the early performances of Hazard in this role he looks to be really flourishing and I'd expect a huge season from him in this role as well.
    Central Midfield Players
    Both Midfield players are attacking, they join in and help to link the ball up between the attackers. The Advanced Playmaker role is a role I gave around to many players (Renato Augusto, Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Ramsey). It's really not a focal point I feel in this formation but most of the passing is aimed to go through this player. The supporting Central Midfield player is used simply to cover ground and to link up play as well.
    I'm gonna leave out stats here as there's nothing substantial but again every player maintains an Av R above 7.1
    Defensive Midfield Player
    Probably the most vital position defensively, this player sits in front of the back four and provides protection in an otherwise extremely attacking formation. I've had huge success here and Song and M'Vila have been huge.
    Stats
    M'Vila - 28 apps - Av R 7.12
    Song - 27 apps - Av R 7.20
    Defense
    Now my defensive setup is quite standard, quite Arsenal really. Two Centerbacks along with to classic wingbacks. Baines and Sagna avg a higher rating then pretty much anyone else except for Di Maria in this tactic and I feel that's exactly what I want. In terms of center backs I've had solid contributions from Koscielny, Verma and Hummels which has made my defense so amazingly solid.
    Results of this Tactic
    2011/2012 Season - 82 Goals Scored/20 Goals Against
    2012/2013 Season - 83 Goals Scored/18 Goals Against
    As you see this is by no means an extremely offensive formation despite the look of it, the amazing defense is nothing short of astounding and these numbers for goals against prove it.
    62 Games Without Losing
    78 Games Without Losing in the Prem
    Hence the Invincibles
    Outcomes
    (looking to add some, need testers)
    Download Link
    http://www.mediafire.com/?pjs9b2sg2wg7biy


    and i'm done thank you thank you
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    CCFC94 got a reaction from shareflair in English Championship 7777 - Discussion Thread   
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    Knocked out, cheers Chris mate.
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    CCFC94 got a reaction from Jenks1 in Official Premier League Discussion Thread   
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    Woah lads, chill out.
    Found out ain't really what I meant in a way. It was more you've been beaten twice in two games by teams who press high up the pitch. It was the same when we came down last Feb (long time ago I know). The only reason we won that day is cause you couldn't get it down & knock it about. It could just be coincidence, but a pattern could be emerging...
    And I'm not blaming Britton or Allen for your last 2 games. I watched Britton closely after something was mentioned about comparing to Xavi, against Spurs. He must have made one forward pass all game. And I know you both watch your side more than me (obviously ) but whenever I've seen highlights on MOTD or something, Allen is the one in your side who seems to me that loses the ball the most.
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    Division 5 End of Season Review



    The end of the season is edging nearer. Who will end up gaining promotion into the football league? Who will end up the Wooden Spoon winner? & most importantly, where will the Golden Boot end up?
    1. Wrexham
    Remaining fixtures -

    Crawley (a)
    Newport (h)
    Wimbledon (a)
    Gateshead (h)
    Tamworth (h)

    Deemed favorites to go up from the outset, Wrexham are now answering critics who stated they didn't have it in them to go up. They hold quite a lead at the top & to have 12 players in the squad rated 80+ is awesome & they can definitely start competing in the football league next year.
    Player of the Year - Nathan Delfounso. The Villa loanee has bagged 14 goals in 28 games to go with a 8.21 average rating.
    2. Grimsby Town
    Remaining fixtures -

    Fleetwood (a)
    Kettering (h)
    Crawley (a)
    Histon (a)
    Gateshead (h)

    NapoliFan101 has been going about his business quietly with Grimsby & they are within touching distance of Wrexham. He's made a few sneaky signings that others have missed out on & this could coincide with their great form towards the end of the season.
    Player of the Year - Sanchez Watt. It simply can't go to anyone else. A fantastic return of 20 goals from 35 games says all you need to know about this guy's season.
    3. Wimbledon
    Remaining fixtures -

    York (a)
    Mansfield (a)
    Wrexham (h)
    Kidderminster (h)
    Southport (a)

    Dubbed 'Leeds B' earlier on in the season, they've now grown their own identity & the Crazy Gang are on the up. The loans from Leeds will no doubt have helped, but the players that are already there are the main ingredients behind the success coupled with a lifelong fan as manager. A club on the up & one to fear in the playoffs.
    Player of the Year - Pablo Sarabia. Despite being one of the three players on loan from Leeds, he's made a vital contribution to the cause & has become a fans favourite.
    4. Darlington
    Remaining fictures -

    Hayes & Yeading (a)
    York (h)
    Kidderminster (a)
    Eastbourne (h)
    Forest Green Rovers (h)

    Ruggermad obviously had the future in mind when building the Darlington side we see today. With stars like Kenneth Zahore & Mats Rits in the team on permanent deals we'll be seeing them hitting the heights pretty soon. Although, they'll want to go up this year & they, like the Dons, will be a team to avoid.
    Player of the Year - Alexandre Lacazette. The young Frenchman won over the Dalro faithful with his goals & performances in the Founders Cup. He hasn't looked back since.
    5. Bath
    Remaining fixtures -

    Eastbourne (a)
    Kiddermimster (h)
    Forest Green Rovers (a)
    Altricham (h)
    Kettering (h)

    Mister Malcolm has showed us that quantity over quality can work as his Bath team fly high in 5th. A huge squad of 41 players must cripple the wage bill, but, there was plenty of depth to fall back on if players got injured. There isn't a player over 80 rated in the squad so it's been a lot of hard work & clever use of tactics to get the where they are now.
    Player of the Year - Luke Freeman. The Asrenal loanee has got 11 goals in 22 games this year.
    6. Mansfield
    Remaining fixtures -

    Gateshead (a)
    Wimbledon (h)
    Tamworth (a)
    Rushden & Diamonds (h)
    York (h)

    Another example of a large squad doing well in Div 5. Not as big as Bath's, but with a bit more quality thanks to the loans in. They'll be hoping to reach the play-offs, but the first team are running on empty as we hit the key part of the season.
    Player of the Year - Ricardo Batista. The 'keeper has been inspiring & saved them vital points.
    7. York
    Remaining fixtures -

    Wimbledon (h)
    Darlington (a)
    Barrow (h)
    Tamworth (a)
    Mansfield (a)

    A smaller squad in comparison to the two squads above, but they are a tight-knit group & because of this the team's fighting spirit has seen them get up the table. However, a poor run of form sees them in 7th place & they will be hoping others slip up so they can sneak into the playoffs. A huge game against Mansfield in the last day.
    Player of the Year - Luc Casnos. The Dutch striker has proved his worth with 12 goals in 13. A cut above the rest, he could fire them into the Football League.
    8. Kidderminster
    Remaining fixtures -

    Newport (h)
    Bath (a)
    Darlington (h)
    Wimbledon (a)
    Barrow (a)

    Quite simply the smallest of the small in terms of squad size. Unless they are making money during games, they won't be in this position next season. Three places behind the play-off spots, can they do it? I doubt it.
    Player of the Year - Gregg Wylde. The young Scot has had a great year, starring in 36 games at 7.31 average.
    9. Barrow
    Remaining fixtures -

    Rushden & Diamonds (a)
    Tamworth (h)
    York (a)
    Hayes & Yeading (h)
    Kidderminster (h)

    Jooles is at the helm & they too have a large squad. This must have a negative on their wage bill. Many of their key players are lacking fitness so their season will probably fizzle out disappointingly.
    Player of the Year - Juan Govea. The Ecuadorian is the first name on the teamsheet due to his consistency.
    10. Hayes & Yeading
    Remaining fixtures -

    Darlington (h)
    Histon (a)
    Eastbourne (h)
    Barrow (a)
    Altrincham (a)

    Having 50 players in a first team squad is simply madness & I think it's because of this fact that Hayes & Yeading haven't hit the heights this year. With many players injured, unhappy or suspended, the end of the season won't be pleasant for Hayes & Yeading.
    Player of the Year - Vitali Fedetov. The Ukrainian is full of tricks & has bagged a cool 13 goals this year.
    11. Forest Green Rovers
    Remaining fixtures -

    Luton (h)
    Cambridge (a)
    Bath (h)
    Newport (a)
    Darlington (a)

    A decent squad with three good loanees in the first team. They've lingered in mid-table for a while & this season looks like it's been a rebuilding process so that they can challenge next year.
    Player of the Year - Yildiray Basturk. The Turk is calling it a day after a year in which he's been Forest's best player.
    12. Newport
    Remaining fixtures -

    Kidderminster (a)
    Wrexham (a)
    Southport (h)
    Forest Green Rovers (h)
    Luton (a)

    Inactivity from Newport's manager has seen most of the squad riddled with the dreaded NMF & a huge lack of transfer activity is beginning to show. A number of the players have growing concerns & the manager could be sacked come the end of the end of the season.
    Player of the Year - John Jambo. The young Nigerian has carried the burden of getting the goals & he's delivered for the best part of the season.
    13. Crawley
    Remaining fixtures -

    Wrexham (h)
    Fleetwood (a)
    Grimsby (h)
    Southport (a)
    Cambridge (a)

    A prime example that money can't but success. A huge amount of discontent has spread throughout the squad & I can't see this being rectified. They will need to please all the players of they are to improve on this season.
    Player of the Year - Willie Gibson. Despite being unhappy with the lack of games he's played, he's been Crawley's best player.
    14. Histon
    Remaining fixtures -

    Tamworth (a)
    Hayes & Yeading (h)
    Luton (a)
    Grimsby (h)
    Eastbourne (h)

    After starting out well, Histon have become stuck & have stalled dramatically. The squad is plagued with NMF & their season will peter out insignificantly.
    Player of the Year - Peter Stepanovsky. The Russian wins this purely on his goals scored.
    15. Gateshead
    Remaining fixtures -

    Mansfield (h)
    Altrincham (a)
    Fleetwood (h)
    Wrexham (a)
    Grimsby (a)

    Cedd's Gateshead team has experienced huge financial difficulties however they seem to have gotten their act together & can now look forward to next year, which will include 2 games against rivals Wrexham in the Founders Cup. There's a slight NMF factor, but when the new season starts & the money arrives, there'll be no such worries.
    Player of the Year - Isak Scheel. The youngster's been very versatile & very consistent as well.
    16. Cambridge
    Remaining fixtures -

    Altrincham (a)
    Forest Green Rovers (h)
    Kettering (a)
    Fleetwood (h)
    Crawley (h)

    The U's have a slight case of NMF & discontentment. They have a decent base to build on with a strong Argentinian connection. They could struggle next year without their loans.
    Player of the Year - Sebastien Jaime. The Argentinian striker has been the fans favorite due to his goals.
    17. Kettering
    Remaining fixtures -

    Southport (h)
    Grimsby (a)
    Cambridge (h)
    Luton (a)
    Bath (a)

    They're now unmanaged. A poor season this year means they can only look ahead.
    Player of the Year - Martin Rolle. He's been sensational for them playing 38 games this season.
    18. Luton
    Remaining fixtures -

    Forest Green Rovers (a)
    Southport (a)
    Histon (h)
    Kettering (h)
    Newport (h)

    One of the surprises for me in the bottom Division. I thought they'd do well. Still, a fully English team so this must help team spirit. Must do better next season.
    Player of the Year - Daniel Drinkwater. He's been interesting bigger clubs with his performances.
    19. Southport
    Remaining fixtures -

    Kettering (a)
    Luton (h)
    Newport (a)
    Crawley (h)
    Wimbledon (h)

    A squad that can't compete with the other clubs yet, but it's a work in progress & they can improve again next season.
    Player of the Year - Tom Elliott. He's stepped up to the plate despite his young age.
    20. Rushden & Diamonds
    Remaining fixtures -

    Barrow (h)
    Eastbourne (a)
    Altrincham (h)
    Mansfield (a)
    Fleetwood (a)

    The Diamonds don't have the strongest squad, but their youth team is flourishing & can look forward to next year.
    Player of the Year - Donovan Simmonds. The striker is a constant threat & can always nick a goal.
    21. Altrincham
    Remaining fixtures -

    Cambridge (h)
    Gateshead (h)
    Rushden & Diamonds (a)
    Bath (a)
    Hayes & Yeading (h)

    Wong KM is taking big steps to turn the club around after the previous gaffer left it in a mess. There's been a huge bunch of transfers & next year, maybe the year after will be the one that we see them push on.
    Player of the Year - Tom Heinemann. 5 in 5 for the American so far. Fans want more of this guy.
    22. Eastbourne
    Remaining fixtures -

    Bath (h)
    Rushden & Diamonds (h)
    Hayes & Yeading (a)
    Darlington (a)
    Histon (a)

    Fez looks to be slowly getting his stamp on the team & he'll have his own way with the squad & next year will be when we can actually see how goo dhe really is.
    Player of the Year - Diego Farias. The Brazilian has the skills to pay the bills & has shown that over 38 games.
    23. Fleetwood Town
    Remaining fixtures -

    Grimsby (h)
    Crawley (h)
    Gateshead (a)
    Cambridge (a)
    Rushden & Diamonds (h)

    Not the greatest squad, not the biggest squad, sort of obvious why they are down there isn't it?
    Player of the Year - Matej Delac. Very mature for 19 years of age. One for the future.
    24. Tamworth
    Remaining fixtures -

    Histon (h)
    Barrow (a)
    Mansfield (h)
    York (h)
    Wrexham (a)

    In comparison a poor squad in terms of quality & that's why they are likely to be Wooden Spoon winners. Every cloud has a silver lining eh?
    Player of the Year - Shu Kurata. The only shining light in a poor season.
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    Blaszczykowski & Bent Fire Bluebirds Into Second



    Following a great turnaround at the Riverside, Cardiff City travelled to Carrow Road to make it 2 away games in 3 days as they faced off against Norwich. Bluebirds boss Darren Hancock kept the same 11 that won the game at Boro whereas JR the Norwich boss made numerous changes in order to freshen up his team after they had a stalemate against the other Welsh team in the division, Swansea.
    Kick off came in the warm Monday night & the game began. Grant Holt had the first big chance on 6 minutes, but a poor touch meant that he was unable to capitalise on the break. The two Cardiff wingers Blaszczykowski and Bellamy were causing the hosts all sorts of problems, but it was Mikel Arteta who was pulling all of the strings in the middle of the park. Grant Holt and Bradley Johnson were the two players that stood out for the Canaries, but they couldn't break down the Bluebirds sturdy defence in which Roger Johnson was outstanding.
    However, it was in the second half that the game really exploded into life. Norwich flew out of the traps and after 5 minutes of dominance early on in the second half, it paid off. A reverse pass from the impressive Bradley Johnson left Daniele Bonera wrong-footed. This gave Wesley Hoolahan more than enough time to pick his spot and he curled the ball past Tim Wiese sumptuously into the far corner. No longer had the celebrations died down, the Bluebirds were level. Captain Mikel Arteta slipped the ball through to Polish livewire Jakub Blaszczykowski to coolly round the keeper & finish to level the scores after 52 minutes.

    Blaszczykowski after his goal.


    The Polish winger wasn't done there though. After good work from Craig Bellamy, the ball was laid up to Blaszczykowski on the edge of the area. He still had a lot to do, but some quick footwork enabled him to sneak past Marc Tierney and slot calmly past the keeper to send the 1,500 wild in celebration. Five minutes from time the visitors sealed the deal. Amid confusion in the box, Darren Bent pounced to get his 3rd league goal of the season to make it 3-1 and wrap up the 3 points for the Welsh Capital.
    Darren Hancock - Cardiff Manager.

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    The 4th EC7046
    End of Season
    Award Ceremony!



    And yes, just a mere 3 weeks or so late it is finally here, the season 4 awards ceremony report. As usual the ceremony itself was a glorious affair (I’m contractually obligated to say that in case we get overshadowed by EC5579’s spectacular end of season awards ) and all of the stars were out in force. Well, most of them. Sadly the 7046 community had to come to terms with the tragic last minute news that our Great Creator and failed Chelsea boss, Aaron theDuffman Duffy, would not be attending as he was,
    Infernito too “had his reasons” for not attending' date=' though it could not be confirmed though whether any of those reasons were due to him coping with being an even worse a failure at Colchester than he was with his series of failures at West Ham, most especially of course his spectacular fail in season 1 where he blew a shot a the title and 2 cups all when within touching distance of glory. Ipswich boss Legendary Manager was yet another non-attendee, having being contacted via PM multiple times, but alas there was no response. [/b']

    Smithers breaking the news back in season 1 that West Ham were beaten by Boro in
    the English Cup semi following similar implosions in Division 1 and the SMFA Shield


    Another no-show was Rotherham manager Machine who suffered the misfortune of getting a puncture on the way to the event. Without a spare he looked sunk but a succession of mangers, including Pitung Drughi, Predator, Elton, BenNewman & ReiceM96, generously stopped to offer him a loan of one of their spare wheels. Reports have it that Machine told them to stuff it and that he would rather walk, so he should be at the ceremony in about 10 years’ time, about the same time he might be getting close to making it out of division 4.
    Also spotted along the same stretch of road with their thumbs out were club bosses Inferno, Lenny59, A2R, Paul Gibson, bigtunna, Mister Malcom, jharman and Niall Taylor, who were happy to take any spare wheels they could get their hands on. The lending frenzy was soured somewhat though by the controversial news that A2R apparently returned his borrowed spare punctured and without explanation within hours of getting it. Forest gaffer BiggaMemo had expected him to keep the broken wheel all season long (a season of course being defined as “until he needed to sell it”).

    Be careful not to get your any of your fingers caught in the tyre changer!


    Others decided to take the opportunity for a little adventure on their way to the ceremony. Wannabie winners Dom, Dudeskin, Shack, Hog0101, MUTD and KangerooJack09 all took the time to engage in a bit of group bonding by flying to an African wildlife reserve ahead of the event. The plan was to try their luck at a bit of big game trophy hunting but the guide took one look at them and told them sorry, they just didn’t look the type. SOP tried to make amends by inviting them to come and see his past trophies, but no one was interested in seeing those rotten old stinking corpses.

    Disappointment for Dom (above) who’d
    gone to some lengths to get kitted out


    Elsewhere, an adventurous bunch was trying to make it to the bottom of the Marinus Trench ahead of movie director James Cameron. Those sinking to new depths at the end of season 4 included SOP, Sunderland gaffer David Jones, Dazinho, Kapitan Kloss, StephenMUFC, Mark Preston, Nikidinho, AngusPAOK, Steve025, Jon Ashby, Robert Jarni and Bristol Rovers boss Lucas Nascimento. Several failed attempts to see weird stuff at the ocean’s bottom included those by Sgt. Fury, jr231990 and Racky, whose subs just floated back to the top, apparently containing just too much hot air. On the way down managers were shocked to see Gurnak , Closey , Craig, wozlives, Daniel Hart, Shehan and Totti417 stuck in an underwater whirlpool, explaining why their teams have gone nowhere in the 4 7046 seasons so far.

    Kapitan Kloss helps wozlives back up

    Fury’s fail was particularly bad


    Other adventurers included Jozua, Alurcard, DarloFC, GaryMack, Paul Dickov, Jordan Tze and Mr.Hammer who all pushed the boundaries of exploration further by getting together for a race to the moon. The competition was easily won by Jozua, who arrived there by the time others were only clearing Earth’s atmosphere. Trouble hit the bold voyager though and just when it looked like “the good ship Norwich” would return back down in flames Jozua was skillfully able to save himself by switching to a more stable vehicle at an opportune time. Unsurprisingly Mr.Hammer was disqualified for the illegal use of multiple reentry vehicles and Jordan Tze’s attempt to join the over the moon race had to be aborted when his flight was destroyed when hit by the Turkish rocket the Besiktas in the final of the SMFA Shield.

    Jozua, Alurcard & GaryMack
    embark on their epic journey


    On their way back down these intrepid explorers happened to meet ExiledScotintheUSA, pipgib, CCFC94, Gozzy, Mike H, said7Fabregas, avram grant, Daniel Dragovic, the Real Khai, Jack-THFC and Nathan Kirby who were returning to earth following their recent abduction by aliens, the only possible explanation for their disappearance this season, though it is suspected that at least half of these managers are really “one of them” anyway.
    A handful of other managers took a break from their Eurovision Song Contest training to attend the ceremony. While QPR boss Scrooll will be representing Bulgaria and singing the McFadden and Whitehead tune “Ain’t no stoppin’ us now,” controversial Burton boss RBW-YAROSLAVKA will be heading back in time to take on the Duran Duran classic “Notorious” on behalf of Russia. Zakkoo, widely tipped to face the drop again this season, will be the face of Wales and will sing the Stereolab song “Ping Pong” (a top tune if there ever was one) on account of his recent relegation and promotion adventures.

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    Perfect pop and well worth resurrecting for the uninitiated


    Recent 7046 returnee and premature winner of the “Come back we miss you award” Rob Walshe will of course be representing Ireland and has chosen to sing that Irish classic, “Baby got back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot ‘cos, well, he’s back! (+ he likes big butts too…)

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    Irish sensation Sir Rob Mix-a-lot Walshe


    Lastly, drseanfitz, SM’s very own Englebert Humperdink, will be representing England and in honour of his West Ham team’s perpetual failure in division 2 he’ll be singing “Road to Nowhere” by the Talking Heads. Sean of course arrived at the ceremony in his usual style, this time turning heads when he drove up in a classic ’57 "Chavy".

    The Doc, he drove his Chavy to the lavy, but the lavy was dry


    Other excitement surrounding the ceremony involved the ongoing manhunt by the FBI for escaped felon and notorious 7046 badboy sirmarkhughes. His last known whereabouts was reportedly the frozen tundra known as Canada, though speaking on condition of anonymity a Liverpool spokesman revealed that SMH was not on the run but was only there because he’d been told he was about to “spend some time in the cooler”. Over in the land of mullets police had warned Canadian-based managers Jooles and KylanN17 that the Liverpool boss was reportedly trying to steal their recently acquired silverware but officials believe that the ultimately the threat looks to be an empty one.

    SMH at Liverpool’s end of season fancy dress party


    Lastly, Hugh Latimer, 7046’s ecclesiastical windbag, brought up the rear, as some clergy are known to do, arriving at the awards bizarrely on a reindeer driven sled accompanied by the remaining bosses Hazrboi, Saagar SG, Will, Wesley Snjieder, Crawski, Rick James and Johan Alberts. The sled, of course, is just the latest in the Shorpe pseudo-visionary’s attempts at increasingly less subtle subliminal advertising. For those who have missed it please take note: first he launches his tirade against the 3-5-2, embarking on an eminently unsuccessful season propelled by his use of the 4-3-1-2. Then he makes the public shift to the 4-2-3-1, again seemingly equally unsuccessfully. Why be so deliberately bad for so long? Well it should be clear to all now that by extrapolating his final switch will be to the 4-3-2-1, the formation known as “the Christmas tree,” an icon perfectly consistent with his saintly message from above. Be forewarned kids, he’s not as crappy a manager as he makes out, he’s only out to proselytise. You read it hear first.

    Grumpy old bugger St. Latty (left)


    And so there we have it, the end to yet another fine season in this fine gameworld of ours (even if it is now halfway through the next season!). Loving the banter and activity on the threads, keep up the good work everyone, let’s keep this gameworld bouncing! All the best to you all for season 5…

    Past award ceremony reports can be found here, though sadly
    it seems that not all pictures used survived the test of time:
    Season 1
    Season 2
    Season 3


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    Donny smash Derby 5-1.
    That is all.
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    Founders Cup - Game 12

    Group 1


    Table

    Team W D L GF GA GD PTS
    1. Man City 7 4 3 27 20 +7 25
    *2. Sunderland 7 2 4 25 11 +14 23
    *3. Millwall 6 4 3 26 18 +8 22
    *4. Preston 6 3 4 20 15 +5 21
    --------------------------------------
    *5. MK Dons 5 4 4 26 28 -2 19
    *6. Wimbledon 3 6 4 24 19 +5 15
    ******7. Blackburn 1 5 2 13 15 -2 8
    *8. Morecambe 0 2 11 13 48 -35 2


    Top Scorers

    Voronin, Tuncay (MK Dons), Griffiths (Wimbledon), Gerrard (Man City), Palacio (Millwall) - 6
    Leitner (Wimbledon), Berbatov (Sunderland), Vargas (Millwall), Benzema (Man City) - 5
    Kazim (MK Dons), Welliton (PNE), Xavier (Blackburn), Gilardino (Millwall), Milner (Sunderland) - 4


    Group 2

    Table

    Team W D L GF GA GD PTS
    *1. Wrexham 8 1 4 24 24 +0 25
    2. Villa 6 6 2 28 17 +11 24
    **3. Gateshead 6 3 3 15 18 -3 21
    4. WBA 5 4 5 19 18 +1 19
    --------------------------------------
    ****5. Shorpe 5 2 3 21 14 +7 17
    **6. Leeds 3 5 4 21 19 +2 14
    *7. Carlisle 3 2 8 12 22 -10 11
    **8. Doncaster 0 5 7 12 20 -8 2


    Top Scorers

    Negredo (Leeds) - 8
    Grosskreutz (Leeds), Schlaudraff (Wrexham), Muller (Villa) - 6
    Suarez (Wrexham) - 5


    Group 3

    Table

    Team W D L GF GA GD PTS
    *1. Chesterfield 10 0 3 39 16 +23 30
    *2. Bournemouth 8 1 4 38 21 +17 25
    ***3. Bolton 5 4 1 16 13 +3 19
    *4. Colchester 5 3 5 17 24 -7 18
    --------------------------------------
    **5. Cardiff 3 5 4 16 17 -1 14
    ****6. Stevenage 1 4 5 12 22 -10 7
    **7. Burton 1 4 7 7 29 -22 7
    *******8. Ipswich 1 3 3 8 13 -5 6


    Bolton have failed to play the required amount of games so will be replaced by the 5th placed team, Cardiff.
    Top Scorers

    Pizarro, Cerci (B'mouth) - 13
    Jerome (Chesterfield) - 10
    Janko (Chesterfield)- 9
    Maurice-Belay (Chesterfield) - 7
    Bent (Cardiff), Pepe (Colchester), Anita (Chesterfield) - 5
    Group 4


    Table

    Team W D L GF GA GD PTS
    1. Chelsea 9 2 3 36 21 +15 29
    2. Leicester 8 3 3 24 16 +8 27
    3. Blackpool 7 5 2 23 13 +10 26
    4. Huddersfield 7 3 4 31 23 +8 24
    --------------------------------------
    5. Wolves 5 2 7 34 29 +5 17
    6. Soton 4 5 5 24 27 -3 17
    7. Northampton 4 1 9 26 34 -8 13
    8. Shrewsbury 1 1 12 6 43 -37 4


    Top Scorers

    Eduardo (Soton), Villa (Chelsea) - 10
    Higuain (Chelsea), Hernanes, Drogba (Wolves) - 9
    Ronaldo (Chelsea), Honda (Blackpool) - 7
    Santa Cruz, Balotelli (Huddersfield), Diego (Wolves) - 6
    Eriksen (Leicester) Ari (Northampton) Keirrison (Huddersfield) - 5


    * Denotes every fixtures unfulfilled. If a team reaches 4 games not played, they will be excluded from the competition if they are to progress.
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    FA Cup Round 3 Round-Up



    It was a penalty shoot-out feast in the 3rd round last night as no fewer than 6 teams progressed via the route of the shoot-out.
    Without doubt the biggest shock of the round came at Blundell Park. Incidentally, Grimsby took the lead through Lukas Hedja, but on the hour Apostolos Vellios equalised for Everton to give them some pride. It was all in vain though, as Josh King smashed home the winning penalty as NapoliFan101's Grimbsy dumped out Shack's Premier League outfit. The next best game for drama was probably at the Amex Stadium. Hull City took the lead twice only for them to be pegged back twice as Brighton dragged themselves into extra time & subsequently penalties. It was all square going into the last round of pens. Enzo Maresca scored his coolly only for half-time substitute Jozy Altidore to smash his pen over the bar to send his team Hull out of the cup.
    The game that everyone was talking about though wasn't the dullest of games either. Wayne Rooney's 78th minute goal was sending Man United though, but Peniel Mlapa's late, late goal kept Arsenal in the game after Sasha & Hoarau had exchanged early goals. After Bale, Rooney & Hernandez had missed penalties it was down to the little Welshman Aaron Ramsey to slot his pen home. That meant Arsenal were through to the 4th round.
    League 1 teams Sheff Wed and Brentford also caused mini shock waves as they beat better teams Notts Forest and Barnsley respectively on penalties. Walsall also went really close, but they came up short in sudden death against Liverpool who sneaked through 6-5 on penalties after a tense 0-0 draw at Anfield.
    Tom's faith in Chelsea's second team reaped the benefits against Stoke as Marlon Ganchozo's 37th winner sent them through to the 4th round. Last year's Premiership winners West Brom were also comfortably through as clinical finishing saw off League 1's Yeovil 4-0 at the Hawthorns.
    Wolves are also comfortably through as they brushed aside League 1 Coventry 3-1 at Molyneux. They had to come from behind, but won at a canter in the end. They'll face Premiership opposition Millwall in Round 4 as they beat Tamworth 2-1 at the New Den.
    Huddersfield were also beneficiaries of a comeback as they sinked QPR 2-1 courtesy of goals from Richard Stearman. Villa are also through to the next round as they thumped Wigan 3-0 at Villa Park. They face WBA in the next round.
    In the game of the Play-Off final of 2009, Blackpool beat Cardiff 4-1 at Bloomfield Road as the visitors had 2 men sent off in Taiwo & Savage. A brace from Kembo-Ekoko for Chesterfield beat Doncaster 2-1. They've been rewarded with an away tie to Sheff Wed.
    Stephen's MK Dons beat fellow League 1 team Dag & Red 2-0 at home. This means that they play Blackpool in the next round. Last but not least, Kazzer's West Ham beat Colchester 3-1 despite the U's taking a 2 minute lead.
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    FA Cup 3rd Round



    It's everyone's favourite day of the year isn't it? The whole nation was gripped by the draw brought to you by Ryan a week or two ago but tonight is when the action takes place. I'll be taking a quick look at the games & who will be teams to watch in this year's competition as teams try to emulate Tom's success as Chelsea gaffer last year.

    Chelsea & Liverpool players battle it out in last year's final.
    Huddersfield v QPR



    Huddersfield 2-0 QPR


    Wolves v Coventry

    Wolves 3-0 Coventry

    Millwall v Tamworth

    Millwall 5-0 Tamworth

    Grimsby v Everton


    Giggs' celebration after his goal in the last round.
    Grimsby 0-3 Everton


    Villa v Wigan

    Villa 1-2 Wigan

    Blackpool v Cardiff


    Action from the 2009 Play-Off Final.


    Blackpool 3-0 Cardiff

    Man United v Arsenal


    Man United 2-1 Arsenal


    Barnsley v Brentford

    Barnsley 2-0 Brentford

    WBA v Yeovil


    WBA 3-0 Yeovil
    Stoke v Chelsea


    Stoke 0-2 Chelsea

    Chesterfield v Doncaster

    Chesterfield 2-0 Doncaster


    Brighton v Hull



    Brighton 1-1 Hull (Brighton 4-2 Hull on pens)
    Notts Forest v Sheff Wed



    Notts Forest 0-1 Sheff Wed


    Liverpool v Walsall

    Liverpool 3-0 Walsall

    MK Dons v Dag & Red

    MK Dons 2-0 Dag & Red

    West Ham v Colchester

    West Ham 2-1 Colchester

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    FA Cup 3rd Round



    It's everyone's favourite day of the year isn't it? The whole nation was gripped by the draw brought to you by Ryan a week or two ago but tonight is when the action takes place. I'll be taking a quick look at the games & who will be teams to watch in this year's competition as teams try to emulate Tom's success as Chelsea gaffer last year.

    Chelsea & Liverpool players battle it out in last year's final.
    Huddersfield v QPR



    Huddersfield 2-0 QPR


    Wolves v Coventry

    Wolves 3-0 Coventry

    Millwall v Tamworth

    Millwall 5-0 Tamworth

    Grimsby v Everton


    Giggs' celebration after his goal in the last round.
    Grimsby 0-3 Everton


    Villa v Wigan

    Villa 1-2 Wigan

    Blackpool v Cardiff


    Action from the 2009 Play-Off Final.


    Blackpool 3-0 Cardiff

    Man United v Arsenal


    Man United 2-1 Arsenal


    Barnsley v Brentford

    Barnsley 2-0 Brentford

    WBA v Yeovil


    WBA 3-0 Yeovil
    Stoke v Chelsea


    Stoke 0-2 Chelsea

    Chesterfield v Doncaster

    Chesterfield 2-0 Doncaster


    Brighton v Hull



    Brighton 1-1 Hull (Brighton 4-2 Hull on pens)
    Notts Forest v Sheff Wed



    Notts Forest 0-1 Sheff Wed


    Liverpool v Walsall

    Liverpool 3-0 Walsall

    MK Dons v Dag & Red

    MK Dons 2-0 Dag & Red

    West Ham v Colchester

    West Ham 2-1 Colchester

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    The Championship



    Turn 17 – Weekend Games – 17-12-11


    Preston North End - Blackburn Rovers Two good sides meet in what should be a thrilling encounter.
    Preston have been poor in the league of late and hold onto their lofty league position only by dint of getting some good early results. They are a strong side but with injuries and suspensions to key players to deal with, may struggle again here and continue their slide down the table, though with 3 top level loans in the side they should have enough quality to get back to form sooner than later.
    Blackburn have not been much better recently, losing four of six league games on their route to 9th place. They don’t have the quality in the side that Preston do but defensive stalwart Ferdinand continues to perform well at the back, and he will need to do so again here if Rovers want anything out of this match. The side is fully fit though so this will be as good a chance as any to get a result against a decent Preston side.
    Looking at the sides, this is a game that looks like it could promise much. However, looking at recent form it could be massive let down. With not much between the sides I think this will most likely be a draw.
    Preston North End 1 – 1 Blackburn Rovers
    Watford - Doncaster Rovers
    Two sides going in opposite directions meet in what could be a relegation clash for both.
    Watford are a side in decline. Unloved by their manager, they are lurching from disaster to disaster and now don’t have a win since Dom LaTouche last won a European match back in 1967. With the majority of the side not match fit it’s hard to see them getting much joy from this game despite home advantage.
    Doncaster on the other hand are a side that are hoping to finally have gotten their season on track. Two wins from their last two games has given them some much breathing space from the drop zone, but with a side that is weaker than some of the others at this level they could be sucked back in sooner than later and will be hopeful that another win here will push them further away from the dog fight below.
    I can only bet on Rovers here, Watford will struggle to even put a side out for this and Doncaster should be clear by half time.
    Watford 0 -3 Doncaster Rovers
    Coventry City - Birmingham City
    Two sides sat next to each other in the league meet in what looks like a tight game.
    Coventry have been performing reasonably well lately but are now without a win in two games. The sides a decent one though with some good individual players standing out. They come into this game with no players missing so will be expecting maximum points here.
    Birmingham have also been playing well lately, winning their last three in a row. They might struggle here with several players not match fit but luckily this is mainly their reserve players affected, but with a side that is significantly weaker than their opponents, they may find this a difficult task.
    Coventry have a definite advantage with the side they can field in comparison to Birmingham. Recent form looks to be on Birmingham’s side though. I’ll sit on the fence again and predict a draw here.
    Coventry City 1 - 1 Birmingham City
    Burnley - Plymouth Argyle
    Two sides who are getting into the habit of winning come together here, but one looks stronger than the other on face value.
    Burnley have managed to halt their recent slide towards oblivion with back to back wins coming into this match. They were dropping faster than Middleborough’s ratings but have managed to stabilize and now sit 13th. It looks like main striker Dirk Diggler Kuyt will again be missing for this game but otherwise the manager should have a full choice of players to put out. They have a real uphill battle on their hands here though.
    Plymouth are the form team of the league at the minute with 5 wins from six heading into this game. With the top two faltering in recent weeks they will be hoping they can continue making up ground for an automatic promotion spot. The new manager had inherited a good squad of players and he’s starting to see the benefits of this over recent weeks with players developing as the season’s gone on. Some clever management from him has also ensured that after a poor start his side now look like genuine contenders, though they still a little bit light in comparison to some of the bigger teams in the league. They are relatively intact coming into this game and the manager should be able to field one of his strongest line ups.
    Form would have you believe this will be a Plymouth walkover, though when you look closer you’ll notice there isn’t too much difference between the two sides. I would still expect Plymouth to win this, though it’ll be a tight game.
    Burnley 1 – 2 Plymouth Argyle
    West Bromwich Albion - Nottingham Forest
    Two decent sides that aren’t playing great. Could be an entertaining one, could be a stinker….
    West Brom have been a little bit patchy of late and coming into this game on the back of a defeat. That result meant they dropped to fifth in the table, a position the manager would probably be happy with come the end of the season. They’ll need to improve to stay there however with a lot of hungry teams around them. West Brom have a good side but lack depth and injuries to key players could cost them dearly. They do have injuries worries coming into this game but have replacements even if they are inferior to the first team regulars.
    Forest continue to struggle badly this season, though they are now clear of the relegation zone and now have some breathing room. Despite this, the manager will still be bitterly disappointed with how the season has gone so far. The side itself is in good shape though with no injuries that will affect the first team.
    The Baggies manager will probably be the more confident of a result here going off previous form, but for me it looks like a tight match will maybe a one goal winner. Draw seems most likely though.
    West Bromwich Albion 2 -2 Nottingham Forest
    Reading - Norwich City
    It couldn’t be a more different story for these two sides.
    Reading continue to struggle and look like they’d get beaten even if the opposition failed to turn up. They were beaten in their last two league games and again in a friendly match against Reading Under 9 Reserve Girls side on Thursday despite the Reserves having two players sent off in the seventh minute for violent conduct. Rumour has it some of those Reserve Girls will be in the starting line up on Saturday as Reading have a multitude of not match fit players. The fans also seem to have turned on their beleaguered manager Kevin Nobbs, instead calling him Kevin Noob during the midweek match.
    A hard season seems to be finally catching up with Norwich as injuries pile up and some poor results come their way. Despite missing four first teamers midweek they managed to get another win against a decent West Brom side to keep them on top of the pile. Manager Josh Horne has done a fantastic job so far this season, but it’s going to get harder still in future if he can’t improve his side. They will be delighted however to face a Reading side at this point in time and Horne might rest some key players by just sending his Goalkeeper out for the match.
    I can’t see Reading getting anything out of this game. Horne is far too canny to let these easy points slip.
    Reading 0 - 5 Norwich City
    Blackpool - Queens Park Rangers
    Another tight clash looks likely with the teams 7th and 8th in the league.
    Blackpool have finally managed to put a mini run together after a run of poor results. Back to back wins has taken some of the pressure off the manager as he tries to steer his team back into playoff contention. His team are fully fit coming into this game and with home advantage will fancy their chances.
    QPR have also been patchy this season and have struggled to get any sort of concerted form going. The age of the QPR squad is starting to catch up with the side unfortunately as several players are showing signs of deterioration and this could be one season too far for some of them. The manager may want to have a look at some younger players before it’s too late as a team that looked odds on for a playoff spot begin to look more like a mid table side.
    There’s not too much between these teams in terms of rating, and with both sides in similar form. All in all it looks like I’m sat on this fence again getting more spelks…
    Blackpool 1 - 1 Queens Park Rangers
    Derby County - Charlton Athletic
    Two of the smallest squads in the league, but the two are having vastly different seasons.
    Derby are having a torrid season so far. Despite having a number of good players of some strong youth they just can’t seem to get going and it looks like they are going to be in real trouble. With injuries piling up and a number of not match fit players the manager may want to trade some of his talented youth for players that will be good enough right now to keep them in the league, for all the money they will make through youth development they’ll easily lose in gate receipts should they drop a level. This will be a hard game for them, no question.
    Despite a blip in their last match, Charlton have been one of the surprise packages this season along with Norwich, and the manager deserves a lot of praise for the way he has his team performing. Hogg has turned a mediocre side into title contenders through astute tactics and good management. You have to wonder what will happen to them however should they lose key players to injury, but I for one would like to see them stay injury free just to show that superior tactics can win out over better players. They come into this match with a fully fit team and they will be confident of taking all the points from punch drunk Derby.
    Derby probably have a slightly stronger starting eleven, though you wouldn’t know it from the league positions. Derby will struggle to put out a full side for this match and against high flying Charlton, will find it extremely tough going. Away win.
    Derby County 0 – 3 Charlton Athletic
    Bury - Leicester City
    Two teams who have struggled this season compete, but one may have turned a corner…
    Bury look like they have gotten back on track despite defeat midweek. That defeat ended a run of four wins in four that has taken them clear of the drop zone. They have a talented squad through some good buys by manager Neil “Lenny” Matterson, but lack quality at this level compared to some of the other teams in the league. It’s a shame that teams who concentrate on talented youth tend to do badly (see Bury, Derby, Swansea and Ipswich) but as Matterson has always been a friend to the press, we hope his season improves soon. They will come into this missing some key players however and will find it hard going against Leicester.
    Leicester continue to struggle this season despite the presence of some of the strongest players in the league. They just cannot seem to put any sort of form together and they look like they are going to be in real trouble even this early in the season. They now have a few injuries to worry about as well just to make things that little bit more difficult.
    On paper Leicester are undoubtedly the stronger side, but their superior quality has counted for little this season so far. Bury are have four wins in five games compared to Leicester’s none, so form would suggest them. I’ll hedge my bets here and suggest a draw. Oh, hello again fence…
    Bury 1 - 1 Leicester City
    West Ham United - Cardiff City
    Two sides not that far apart in the league clash in a play-off place fight.
    West Ham have been enjoying a resurgence recently under new manager Sean Fitzpatrick. Unbeaten now in eight league games, they now look like the title contenders they were tipped to be at the start of the season. It’s a good side at this level with a number of talented players, and a manager that knows what he’s doing and how he wants his team to play. If they can keep up this form I can only see them climbing. They do however have a few injuries ahead of this match so the manager will have to shuffle his players.
    Cardiff seem to have dropped off over the last week after a good run. Back to back defeats ended a run of 5 straight wins that had seems them climb rapidly up the table. They will be hoping to get back on track sooner than later but will find it very tough against in the in-form Hammers. They also have some injuries but should be able to cope reasonably well.
    West Ham have an advantage here despite some key injuries. There’s an obvious difference in the players the manager has at his disposal and with home advantage in their favour as well look like solid favourites for this match.
    West Ham United 2 - 1 Cardiff City


    Note: As I’m limited to 15 images for 20 teams some have missed out on having their logo displayed... It’s unfortunate, but so is my bank balance about this time of the year...
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    Division 1 Week 16 Previews



    Liverpool v Boro
    Liverpool 0-1 Boro
    Bolton v Arsenal
    Bolton 0-3 Arsenal
    Fulham v Chelsea
    Fulham 0-2 Chelsea
    MK Dons v Man United
    MK Dons 0-1 Man United
    Huddersfield v Spurs
    Huddersfield 1-0 Spurs
    Wigan v Newcastle
    Wigan 1-2 Newcastle
    Leeds v Bristol City
    Leeds 1-1 Bristol City
    Wolves v Everton
    Wolves 2-1 Everton
    Sheff Utd v Stoke
    Sheff Utd 2-0 Stoke
    Man City v Sunderland
    Man City 2-0 Sunderland
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