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Transfers Corner

Wolves land the Samba Boy!

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Wolverhampton Wanderers have signed the former Lazio midfielder, Anderson Hernanes from last season's Premier League runners up, Huddersfield Town. This was a pleasant surprise for many a Wolves fan that such a good player would join a Divison 2 team from EPL. Hernanes has signed a 49,350 pounds per week deal which makes him the highest payed player at the club. It has also been reported that Borja Valero and Italian wonderkid, Matteo Politano have joined Huddersfield as part of the deal.

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Season 7

Results!

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Relax people, put your feet up and sit back for the rest of season 7. For the first time ever we at 7046 are pleased to announce the season’s league results before the first game has been played! Yes, that’s right, time to focus on the cups and your season 8 signings. Season 7 is over!

Using complex methodology based on intuitive extrapolative deductive reasoning season 7’s final table can be exclusively revealed. Well done to all the winners and commiserations to the losers, better luck next time and sorry that your relegation or title scrap was so unsuccessful.

Taking the managers’ average at their respective clubs and ranking them accordingly here is how things look in each division:

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Division 1

Well done Pitung Drughi, your hard work at Huddersfield over the seasons has finally paid off! In a close race you managed to pip both Newman’s Spurs and SOP’s failing Man Utd to take the coveted divison 1 title! It hurts to see Fulham just nudge out Boro into 5th after an exciting battle that came down to the last game of the season. Nice too to see Chelsea finally go down. Man City were lucky not to join them, god they were awful in season 7!

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Division 2

Incredible! Southampton become the first team to make it 3 successive promotions, following in Exeter’s footsteps to join the former division 4 team in the top flight with plucky Yeovil in tow! Shame not to see Newcastle go down again, man they were awful. Bury, predictably finish 9th, another nothing season for them and apologies to Norwich who go down due to lack of match data. Better luck next time!

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Division 3

Is there any end to the success at Bournemouth? After winning the Charity Shield and SMFA Shield season 7 sees them complete a famous treble and take the division 3 title too, with Tranmere joining them going up to Div 2. Plymouth, Hartlepool and Hull go down.

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Division 4

And lastly, having finally freed Balotelli from his purgatory, surprising many by sticking out the full season Racky’s Aldershot put the painful memory of relegation behind them, bouncing back up at their first attempt. Shorpe join them and while Stockport, Brentford, Southend and Wycombe scrap it out for the 3rd promotion spot it’s no shock to see Izod’s Brighton languishing away near the foot of the table. Great match reports though by him through the season, really brilliant stuff and such a shame that he can’t manage as well as he writes!

So there you have it, season 7 in a nutshell. And just in case you we wondering, here’s how all the managers rank up against one-another according to their average points. Any that have not played more than half a season have been thrown out to avoid warping the results. These are the boys to beat people, do your best. :)

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7046 Club Rankings

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Division 2 is a mickey mouse league!

When Dominic was responding to the middlesbrough manager's sarcastic comments when Jooles '' Hillbilly'' Dawson ''said come back to me when you have won the premier league''

You know what Ive kept quiet from the comments all this time from managers who shouldnt speak about me or my team as they are not in the same league. We dont have the money or the resources as the bigger clubs like chelsea but we are always challenging at the top end and we won Europes biggest contest and for Jooles Dawson to make a comment is laughable as we are now a better team and instead of making needless comments he needs to worry about his slide to division 2 which looks likely as his team are looking weak and have just 4 or 5 players at a push are good enough the rest are at the end of there careers or are just rubbish.

Then he went on to slate Division 2

Jooles won Division 2 as well which he always reminding us off but why? In my opinion Division 2 is just a mickey mouse league ' date=' Its a division for teams who have a team like jooles which are just not good enough or for teams like Newcastle who have dreadful managers. The only shining light was Carlisle but they have a great team and of course in such a weak league got up in the premier league. The pool of talent manager wise is shocking when you have people like Razvan van gaal from Sunderland , Shehan from Wigan , Carl from Newcastle when you have managers like that then you know its not a great league. Then you have teams that have been promoted and there isnt one team that has set the Premier league alight apart from Middlesbrough's single good season up there. I fear for the Premier league if we continue to infest the top flight with utter rubbish. Hell exeter who with no offence to there manager have a side that on paper should struggle to stay in League 1 but they managed to get up which should tell all the neutrals about the quality of the championship.[/color']

A very angry Latouche has taken a huge swipe to the championship as a whole and all promoted teams bar Carlisle. Latouche has done interviews which have caused a lot of talking points but has he taken it to far this time?

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Tykes stun title favorites

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Barnsley's Steven Pienaar celebrates his goal against Birmingham

A blistering opening 6 minutes was enough for Barnsley as they collected all 3 points with a 2-0 win over title favorites Birmingham City. Steve Thompson's handed debut's to two new players with striker John Utaka partnering Asamoah Gyan in attack whilst new loan signing Loric Perrin took the place of Abdelhamid El Kaoutari in the center of defense.

The Tykes came out of the blocks in devastating fashion and took the lead inside a minute thanks to a wonderfully taken free-kick by South African wide man Steven Pienaar which saw Oakwell erupt 1-0. That goal stunned the visitors and just 5 minutes later it got worse as Barnsley made it 2-0 this time through Asamoah Gyan who powered a header home after a ball in from winger Romain Hamouma.

The Tykes took the lead into half time and beyond thanks to some heroics between the sticks from goalkeeper Carvalho Eduardo and with less than 20 minutes remaining any hopes of a Birmingham fightback diminished when they were reduced to 10 men Emilio Izaguirre was the man heading for an early bath after a dangerous and reckless challenge of Barnsley midfielder William Kvist. Barnsley fans were up on their feet on 78 minutes when they thought their side had made it 3-0 but Asamoah Gyan saw his effort chalked off for offside. Birmingham tried in vain to make a game of it but Barnsley remained professional and saw the game to it's climax. FULL TIME 2-0

Following the full time Whistle Steve Thompson gave his assessment to the gathered press.

"It's a fantastic way to start the season we were magnificent out there. I emphasized to the squad the importance of starting the game well and they took it on board in devastating fashion. Birmingham are going to be amongst the front runners for the title this season but we have done a job on them tonight and that's a testament to my boys.

We mustn't get too carried away with the result yes it's fantastic but the game is gone we must now focus our attentions towards the game against Walsall on Wednesday which is going to be tough but i know we can go there and get something. This season could be special but we must not lose our focus"

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LIVERPOOL GRIND OUT WIN

ROONEY PENALTY EARNS POOL 3 POINTS

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WAYNE ROONEY

SMH set out his Liverpool in a defensive 4-4-2 formation against West Ham and ground out a win with a late Wayne Rooney penalty enough to separate the sides.

Changes will be made to the formation and squad for the upcoming Champions League game as we rotate players to keep them happy, all in all I am very pleased with the performance and even more so the three points.

We wanted to make sure we got three points in the opening game so set out in a defensive formation,De Rossi and Marcelo were suspended but new boy Alonso and Peluso slotted in well in like for like change, We all know that if you can't manage a win on first game of the season it doesn't bode well for your title aspirations, all the big clubs won there games so it is 'as you were'.

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MILLWALL FC

Millwall had a poor season last term and brought in a few new players to bolster the squad. Edinaldo GRAFITE was brought in at the end of the season. Marouane CHAMAKH F© was also added to the squad, Wes BROWN was a late addition just in time to play in our opening fixture away at Crystal Palace.

An away match at Palace is the last game we would've wanted to start with, however it is a huge test for the team.

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Millwall opened the season with a fine 2-0 win away at Palace. CHAMAKH scored with a bullet header on 20 minutes to give Millwall an early advantage.

Five minutes later CHAMAKH made it 2-0 when he slid the ball in from a NIANG pass.

Man of the Match: CHAMAKH (Millwall)

MILLWALL had 52%/48% possession and managed to hold their two goal lead to claim the points.

Footnote: Millwall's CAPDEVILA & FRIEDRICH were both injured and will both miss at least 2 matches each.

Millwall manager PRESS CONFERENCE

"We are delighted to come away with all 3-points in a tough away match, they don't get much bigger than this.

I'm Disappointing to see we have two injuries to our defence. We will need to shuffle things round to try and cover for our next match on Wednesday against Northampton Town, all in though, it was a great start to the season for MILLWALL".

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Swansea City 3-2 Leicester City

M.Bradley 9

P.Cisse 14

F.Tabanou 30

A.Candreva 53

L.Adrian 56

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Pappiss Cisse celebrates a goal on his competitive debut for his new club Swansea City.

Swansea kick off with a win, albeit a tough match at 3-2 they maintained control throughout and came out victors against Leiecester. Zak Cluer opted for an attacking line up with the likes of Guarin and Anderson dropped to the bench for the encounter. Some were shocked, but were impressed with the new talent brought in, there was a certain confidence of Swansea today that wasn't there last season. Whether it was down to the SEVEN competitive debuts or a change in style by Zak Cluer, whatever it was Swansea had the game by the neck throughout control and lions share of possesion.

Leicester took the lead though Bradley in the opening 10 minutes after some brilliant play by Juarado, he was able to slot into the bottom corner leaving the keeper no chance. It didnt take long for Swansea to react as in the 14th minute Cisse and Mertens play some great one/two play and Cisse is able to pull one back to make it level at 1-1.

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Swansea celebrate their equaliser.

After numerous chances Swansea City continue to press as they look to take the lead, once again is Mertens involved as he plays through the oncoming Tabanou who is able to smash the ball across the keeper and give Swansea the lead. With half time approaching Leicester were looking for a way to get back into the game before half time when a chance fell upon Adrian who dummies Sokratis one way and strikes the ball which ends up in the side netting. The game goes into half time at 2-1.

With the second half underway Swansea City look to pick up where they left off and with the conintuous pressing earn themselves a free kick from a good position. Its Marin who swings it in towards Candreva's head who is all alone to nod it into the back of the net from three yards out. BUT it didnt take long for Leicester to strike back and its Adrian who was able to find the back of the net this time after some neat footwork.

The game ends 3-2 to the homeside in what was a close encounter.

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Division 4 Awards

As always we’ll kick off with division 4 and work our way through the divisions, doing division 4 & 3 here first. In the end 23 of you turned out to vote, thanks for rallying to the call lads. Out of the 426 votes cast, 56 of them, 13% were for the stalwarts of division 4. Let’s face it, this setup would be nothing without the (mostly) dedicated managers who get their hands dirty plugging away in the little league. With Exeter now being the first division 4 team to represent the basement’s best in division 1 there is hope for all you. We salute you all, keep up the good work. :)

Here’s how things turned out for season 4, just scroll down to begin:

Club/Manager of the Season

Winner: Tranmere/Mr Active (11 votes)

Runner-up: Bournemouth/jharman (8 votes)

3rd place: Barnsley/Steve025 (3 votes)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Oldham/Cathal Crumlish (8 votes);

Season 2: Brighton/Ashh (10 votes); Season 3: Dagenham/Wozlives (3 votes);

Season 4: Notts County/DarloFC (4 votes); Season 5: No awards.

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Happy times indeed at Prenton Park!

Most Under-Achieving Club/Manager

Winners: Southend/DanielLoong (6 votes)

Runners-up: Gillingham/Jon Ashby & Nathan Kirby and Bristol Rovers (& their 4 managers) (4 votes each)

Others: Leyton Orient/Geoffrey (2 votes)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Tranmere/Villa888 (4 votes);

Season 2: Swindon/Tom MFC (8 votes); Season 3: Fred Keenor/Southampton (2 votes);

Season 4: Steve025/Tranmere (2 votes); Season 5: No Awards.

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It may look like an alien with a knob on it’s head but let’s face

it, Southend’s Sammy the Shrimp sums it all up doesn’t he?

Most Over-Achieving Club/Manager

Winner: Bournemouth/jharman (9 votes)

Runner-up: Tranmere/Mr. Active (6 votes)

3rd Place:Rotherham/Machine (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Bury/Lenny59 (4 votes);

Season 2: Exeter City/Crawfski; Season 3: (5 votes) Dagenham/wozlives (2 votes);

Season 4: DarloFC/Notts County (2 votes); Season 5: No Awards.

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Brilliant Bournemouth’s FA Cup. Says it all doesn’t it?

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Division 3 Awards

Division 3 now, where there was a right old scrap for both the title and promotion alike. With arguably one of the greatest runs in 7046 history, plucky Southampton won out to achieve rare back to back titles. Stuttering Notts County and yo-yo club Aston Villa joined them while Aldershot, Shrewsbury, and free-falling Cardiff went down. With 50 out of the 426 votes, some 12%, here’s how things turned out:

Club/Manager of the Season

Winner: Southampton/Rick James (15 votes)

Runner-up: Notts County/Darlo1883 (5 votes)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Plymouth/Predator (16 votes);

Season 2: Bury/Lenny59 (12 votes); Season 3: Charlton/Hog0101 (5 votes)

Season 4: Carlisle/Alurcard (6 votes); Season 5: No Awards.

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Back-to-back championships. Brilliant!

Most Under-Achieving Club/Manager

Joint Winners: Cardiff City/Closey (7 votes)

Runner-up: Derby/Nikidinho (5 votes)

3rd Place: Walsall/BigTunna (3 votes)

Other: Millwall/Craig, Northampton/A2R & Ipswich/Legendary Manager (1 vote each)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Swindon Town/Tom MFC (4 votes);

Season 2: Southampton/Gary Khaw (4 votes); Season 3: Matty-AVFC/Aston Villa (3 votes)

Season 4: Mahya/Aston Villa & Dazinho/Crystal Palace (2 votes); Season 5: No Awards.

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Closey (above) seems unusually happy considering his

Cardiff are the biggest droppers in 7046 history!

Most Over-Achieving Club/Manager

Winner: Southampton/Rick James (6 1/2 votes)

Runner-up: Notts County/Darlo1883 (4 1/2 votes)

3rd Place: Watford/John James (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Bristol Rovers/drseanfitz (5 votes);

Season 2: Lenny59/Bury (4 votes); Season 3: Jozua/Norwich (4 votes)

Season 4: GaryMack/Rochdale (3 votes); Season 5: No Awards.

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The Southampton faithful show their appreciation for their man Rick James.

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Forum Awards – Part 1

Best Forum Contributor

Winner: jharman (3 votes)

Runner-up: Dom Latouce (2 ½ votes)

3rd Place: Alurcard (2 votes)

Other: Jooles (1 ½ votes); wozlives (1 vote), and BigTunna & BenSCFC (1/2 vote each)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Jooles (17 votes);

Season 2: Jooles (22 votes); Season 3: Steve025 (11 votes)

Season 4: Longnose (8 votes); Season 5: No Awards.

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Jharman, above, shows he is number 1!

Best Transfer/Match Reports

Winner: wozlives (4 votes)

Runner-up: Steve025 (2 1/2 votes)

3rd Place: Jooles (1 ½ votes)

Other: jharman & Darlo1883 (1 vote each)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Jooles (17 votes);

Season 2: Jooles (10 votes); Season 3: Steve025 (15 votes)

Season 4: Steve025 (11 votes); Season 5: No Awards.

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Wozlives, the world’s strongest man seeing as he single-handedly

held up the 7046 match reporting thread for much of the season.

Past division 4 awards can be viewed here:

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Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Past division 3 awards can be viewed here:

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Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

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DIVISION 4 REVIEW-MATCHDAY 1-PT 1

Swindon Town got off to a flier in their opening game of the season thrashing Chesterfield 6-1.The home fans were in awe of their side as goals from Insigne,Sio,Rudnevs,Bjelland and a double from Rodriguez swept away the opposition.Torbinsky got the consolation for Chesterfield who will put this game behind them and hopefully start their season in midweek.

Oldham had an impressive start with a 6-2 demolition of Wycombe.Sinclair gave Wanderers an early lead but goals from Moralez,Seleznyov and two each for Samedov and Jonas put Athletic out of sight.Senderov scored a late goal for Wycombe but the match was over.

Shrewsbury travelled to Orient for their first game and came away with a 4-1 victory.Kavlak,Aldrete and Mongongou had the Shrews three up before Basta pulled one back for Orient.Dja Djedje put the game out of sight when he scored a fourth for Shrewsbury in the second half.

Brighton were hoping for a good start as they took on Burton at home.Unfortunately the Brighton fans saw their side two goals down within the first twenty minutes when Marveaux and Meier struck for Burton.There were no more goals in the match as Burton got their season off to an excellent start.

Cardiff lost at home 2-1 to Aldershot.Lavezzi had given City the lead but second half goals from Kelly and Schelotto turned the game in Aldershot's favour who came away with a valuable three points.

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DIVISION 4 REVIEW-MATCHDAY 1-PT 1

Rotherham began their season with a 2-1 win at home to Dagenham.The first half was goalless but Yepes opened the scoring in the fifty second minute to put United in front.Dagenham thought they had earned a point when Kone equalised but with a minute left Romulo popped up to give Rotherham the points.

Southend hosted Brentford and were on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline.Ilsinho put Brentford in front but United were level when Xavier scored just before the break.Wagner won the game for Brentford when he scored four minutes into the second period.

Colchester pleased their supporters with an opening day 1-0 win at home to Bristol Rovers.Di Gennaro got the all important goal three minutes before half time.

Stockport travelled to Gillingham and came away with three points after a 1-0 win.A penalty from Welliton in the thirtieth minute sealed the match for County.

The only draw of the opening day in Div 4 came at Accrington who drew 1-1 with Shorpe.Bony gave Stanley the lead in the second half but Lamah put the scoreline level eight minutes later.

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Division 2 Awards

Once considered the toughest division to get out of but with the likes of Carlisle and Exeter making it up clearly anyone can do it! Joking, just joking! Well, unless you are MUTD, Zakkoo or Lenny59 that is. And it’s going to be some dogfight this season too with the quality of teams scraping it out, though Dom ‘Mickey Mouse’ Latouche would tell you otherwise. This year 54 votes were cast (13% of the total votes) for 7 different teams. Following in the footsteps of giants, here are the winners and losers:

Club/Manager of the Season

Winner: Carlisle/Alurcard (11 votes)

Runner-up: Exeter City/Crawski (10 votes)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Middlesbrough/Jooles (14 votes);

Season 2: Bristol City/Shack (14 votes); Season 3: Huddersfield/Sirmarkhughes (10 votes)

Season 4: Norwich/Jozua (12 votes); Season 5: No Awards.

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Former 3rd division Carlisle edge out

former 4th division Exeter in a tight race.

Most Under-Achieving Club/Manager

Winner: Swansea City/Zakkoo (11 votes)

Runners-up: Sunderland/MUTD (5 votes)

3rd Place: Rochdale/GaryMack (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Leicester City/Gozzy (4 votes); Season 2: Aston Villa/KieranBHA (11 votes);

Season 3: Zakkoo/Swansea & Legendary Manager/Ipswich (3 votes)

Season 4: Leicester City/Gozzy (6 votes); Season 5: No Awards.

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If there were ever such a thing as a dead cert it’d be Swansea in the most

under-achieving club award! Some say Zakkoo only does it so he can have

the joy of promotion, but it’s a difficult rumor to prove…

Most Over-Achieving Club/Manager

Winner: Exeter City/Crawski (11 votes)

Joint Runners-up: West Brom/ExiledScotintheUSA (4 votes)

3rd Place: QPR/Scroll (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Doncaster Rovers/Manveen Chohan (7 votes);

Season 2: Bristol City/Shack (6 votes); Season 3: Sirmarkhughes (8 votes)

Season 4: Norwich/Jozua (7 votes); Season 5: No Awards.

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Exeter: the first division 4 team to make it to

the top flight, an incredible achievement.

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Division 1 Awards

Lastly, the flagship division of Soccer Manager’s flagship setup (7046 setup votes are to follow…). Arguably the most tightly contested, err, contest this year, led for 75% of the season by Dom Latouche and by Liverpool for the other 50%. Of course neither won, they both blew it, but it was fun watching them think they would win when of course we all knew that they wouldn’t. Maybe this hey season lads? It takes true greatness to stay the course of course, as only United, Spurs and Boro have managed to do. But that’s enough about me, here are the season 6 results!:

Club/Manager of the Season

Winner: Huddersfield/Pitung Drughi (18 votes)

Runner-up: Man Utd/SOP (3 votes)

3rd Place: Liverpool/sirmarkhughes (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: West Ham/Infernito (9 votes);

Season 2: Nottingham Forest/BigGameMo (6 votes);

Season 3: SpursBen/Newman (3 votes)

Season 4: Middlesbrough/Jooles (12 votes); Season 5: No Awards.

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Huddersfield, just 2 points off top spot and winner of manager

of the season by a landslide. Not bad for a Drughi!

Most Under-Achieving Club/Manager

Winner: Man City/Predator (8 votes)

Runner-up: Newcastle/Dudeskin (7 votes)

3rd Place: Middlesbrough/Jooles (3 votes)

Other: Bristol City/KangerooJack09 (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Man City/El Nino (12 votes);

Season 2: Arsenal/Mr Snooky (3 votes);

Season 3: BigGameMo/Notts Forest (3 votes)

Season 4: Sunderland/Dave Jones (7 votes); Season 5: No Awards.

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In one of the most hotly contests ever Predator goes one better than his season 4’s 2nd place

to show that Man City truly are the most disappointing of a highly disappointing bunch.

Most Over-Achieving Club/Manager

Winner: Huddersfield/Pitung Drughi (14 votes)

Runners-up: Fulham/Dom Latouche (2 votes)

3rd Place: Charlton/Hog0101 (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: West Ham/Infernito (11 votes);

Season 2: Nottingham Forest/BiggaMemo (8 votes); Season 3: Wolves/KylanN17 (5 votes)

Season 4: Middlesbrough/Jooles (7 votes); Season 5: No Awards.

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A tremendous season for the big ball

of fluff that is Huddersfield Town.

Can they go one better this year?

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Forum Awards – Part 2

Forum Personality of the Season

Joint Winners: Alurcard, Dom Latouche & sirmarkhughes (3 votes each)

Other: Jooles (2 votes), wozlives (1 vote).

Previous Winners: Season 1: Jooles (14 votes);

Season 2: Dom Latouche (15 votes); Season 3: Longnose (7 votes)

Season 4: Dom Latouche (10 votes); Season 5: No Awards.

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Perhaps fitting that no one person stood out here.

Top prize instead shared by 7046’s very own 3 stooges.

Come Back We Miss You Award

Joint Winners: Dudeskin & Jooles (3 votes each)

3rd Place: TheDuffman (2 ½ votes)

Other: Longnose, Infernito, KylanN17, ExiledScotintheUSA (1 vote each),

Rob Walshe (½ vote).

Previous Winners: Seasons 1-3: Category did not exist…

Season 4: Rob Walshe (5 votes); Season 5: No Awards.

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Jooles & Dudeskin. Well having 1 out of 2 back already is pretty

good going, isn’t it?! Sadly many others are also sorely missed...

7046 setup awards are to follow…

Past division 2 awards can be viewed here:

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Past division 1 awards can be viewed here:

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

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Thompson ready to "Saddle" up

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Barnsley manager Steve Thompson expects a tough fixture away at Walsall on Wednesday

Barnsley make their first away trip of the season on Wednesday Night when they head south to the Midlands to take on Tony Harman's Walsall. The Tykes make the trip off the back of a superb opening day win over one of the favorites for the title Birmingham City and Thompson's men will be looking to add another Midlands side to their beaten list in the shape of Walsall.

With no fresh injuries to report it is expected that Barnsley will remain unchanged so that presents new signing John Utaka with a chance to impress after a fairly low key debut at the weekend. One player who will not feature for the Tykes is 17 year old midfielder Adrien Rabiot. The highly rated Frenchman has been the subject of much transfer speculation during the close season and it's believed that Thompson is ready to let Rabiot leave to the highest bidder before the end of the week.

After his side finished their training session earlier this afternoon Thompson took time out to speak to the press about his sides upcoming game against Walsall and the potential sale of Rabiot .....

"Myself and the squad are really looking forward to the game against Walsall on Wednesday our performance against Birmingham was first class and i have confidence in my boys to replicate that again.

Walsall are certainly going to be up for this game they picked up a decent away point at Watford at the weekend and will be looking to put on a show in front of their own fans and get a win.

I don't envisage having to make any changes all the players got through the game unscratched and i need to give everybody a decent run in the team"

On the possible sale of Rabiot Thompson had this to say ....

"Adrien is a superb talent and in an ideal world i would love to keep him but he has expressed a desire to leave and it's my job to get the best deal possible. We have received plenty of interest but only two concrete offers have been made so far. Myself and the board are very close to getting this tied up and something should hopefully happen in the next day or so"
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7046 Set-Up Awards

Last but not least, the awards for the 7046 setup. Really the best chance to match managers across all of the leagues, with the multi-million dollar advantage the likes of Man Utd, Liverpool and Fulham against the plucky minnows who ply their trade down in the depths. Will the little guys get the recognition they deserve? Or will the fat cats vote for themselves (historically the upper divisions have greater voters) and make a clean sweep of the awards? Well regardless of the winners and losers, here’s to all of you for every little contribution you make towards making 7046 the great setup that it is. We salute you all.:

Club/Manager of the Season

Winner: Carlisle/Alurcard (10 votes)

Runner-up: Bournemouth/jharman (6 votes)

Joint 3rd place: Exeter/Crawski, Huddersfield/Pitung Drughi & Man Utd/SOP (2 votes)

Other: Southampton/Rick James (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Plymouth/Predator & West Ham/Infernito (7 votes);

Season 2: Bury/Lenny59 (15 votes); Season 3: Huddersfield/Sirmarkhughes (13 votes);

Season 4: Norwich/Jozua (14 ½ votes); Season 5: No Awards.

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Deserved winner. Proof positive that hard work pays off…

Player of the Season

Winner: Emmanuel Adebayor - Carlisle/Walsall (14 votes)

Runner-up: Moussa Dembele – Walsall (4 votes)

Joint 3rd place: Lionel Messi – Man City (2 votes)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Wayne Rooney – Man Utd (14 votes);

Season 2: Roman Pavlyuchenko – Bristol City (14 votes); Season 3: Emmanuel Adebayor - Carlisle (8 votes)

Season 4: Emmanuel Adebayor - Carlisle (15 votes); Season 5: No Awards but probably would have been Adebayor.

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He. The. Man.

Most Under-Achieving Club/Manager

Winner: Man City/Predator (7 votes)

Runner-up: Newcastle/Dudeskin (5 votes)

3rd Place: MUTD/Sunderland (4 votes)

Other: Middlesbrough/Jooles (3 votes), Swansea/Zakkoo & Bristol City/KangeroJack09 (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Manchester City/El Nino (18 votes);

Season 2: Aston Villa/KieranBHA (24 votes); Season 3: Forest/BigGameMo (5 votes)

Season 4: Man City/Predator & Newcastle/David Jones (5 votes); Season 5: No Awards.

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Things have been tragically titsup @ City for some time now…

Most Over-Achieving Club/Manager

Winner: Exeter City/Crawski (12 ½ votes)

Runner-up: Huddersfield/Pitung Drughi (5 ½ votes)

Joint 3rd Place: Bournemouth/jharman, Fulham/Dom Latouche & Notts Forest/BigGameMo (1 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1: West Ham/Infernito (15 votes);

Season 2: Bury/Lenny59 (8 votes); Season 3: Huddersfield/Sirmarkhughes (13 votes);

Season 4: Norwich/Jozua (11 votes); Season 5: No Awards.

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Beyond belief. Exeter City in division 1!

Best Team Rivalry

Winners: Fulham vs. Man Utd (5 votes)

Runners Up: Southampton vs. Notts County (2 votes)

Joint 3rd Place: Bournemouth vs. Walsall, Liverpool vs. Man Utd, & Boro “vs. any in the top 10” (1 vote each)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Category did not exist!;

Season 2: Boro vs. Fulham (15 votes);

Season 3: Chelsea vs. Spurs AND Plymouth vs. Sheff Utd. (4 votes);

Season 4: Notts County vs. Stockport (8 votes); Season 5: No Awards.

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Old foes, at it again.

Most Successful Club/Manager in the Transfer Market

Winner: Carlisle (5 votes)

Runner-up: Sunderland/MUTD (4 ½ votes)

3rd Place: Northampton/A2R (3 ½ votes)

Others: Liverpool/sirmarkhughes (2 ½ votes), Man City/Predator & Everton/Shack (1 vote) and Hudderfield/Pitung Drughi (1/2 votes)

Previous Winners: Season 1: Middlesbrough/Jooles (9 votes);

Season 2: Carlisle United/Alurcard (12 votes); Season 3: Chelsea/TheDuffman (4 votes);

Season 4: Preston/MUTD (6 votes); Season 5: No Awards.

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Carlisle show that transfer accumen leads to success, unless you are MUTD that is.

The Fall from Grace Award

Winner: Middlesbrough/Jooles (6 ½ votes)

Runner-up: Newcastle/Dudeskin (4 votes)

3rd Place: Chelsea/Dave Jones (2 votes)

Other: MK Dons/Will (1 vote), SaidFabragas (1/2 vote)

Previous Winners: Season 1:No previous winners; Season 2: Ditto;

Season 3: Forest/BiggaMemo (10 votes); Season 4: Sunderland/Dave Jones (4 votes); Season 5: No Awards.

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The fans turn out in their droves to show their support

for Boro supermo Jooles and his faltering team.

The Choker Award

Winner: Fulham/Dom Latouche (6 votes)

Runner-up: Liverpool/sirmarkhughes (5 votes)

Joint 3rd Place: Watford/John James & Man Utd/SOP (1 vote each)

Previous Winners: No previous category, only introduced to see who was the bigger bottler, Dom or SMH.

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No end of season ‘thriller’ at Craven Cottage. It was ‘bad’, really bad. Owww!

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Charmon Dom. Eee-hee!

Most Entertaining Division

Winner: Division 1 (7 votes)

Joint Runners-Up: Division 2 & 3 (3 votes)

Other: Division 4 (0 votes)

Previous Winners: Season 1:No previous winners;

Season 2: Ditto; Season 3: Division 2 (16 votes);

Season 4: Division 1 & Division 2 (7 votes); Season 5: No Awards.

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The best of the best (of the best)

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Forum Awards – Part 3

Story of the Season

I apologise. I’ve been way too out of it in both seasons 5 & 6 to really know the ins and outs of 7046 of late. Still feeling bad that there were no season 5 awards really, but sometimes you’ve just gotta do what you’ve gotta do. But of course EC7046 bounces along nicely regardless, the proverbial tree falling in the forest if you will, and the dedicated amongst you plug away and continue to add to the legacy of this great setup. The nominees and winners of the story of the season exemplify the depth and history of 7046 and dedication to the cause, season after season. As you'll see here, it really is all about the little clubs…:

Runner-up:

Bournemouth winning the English Cup (2 votes)

Joint 3rd Place: (1 vote)

- Fulham Bottling it.

- Division 3 title race.

- NOT Boro’s late title charge.

- NOT Forest’s average season.

Other: (1/2 vote)

- Huddersfield coming 2nd in division 1.

Previous Winners: Season 1: The division 2 title race (4 votes);

Season 2: Bury’s back-to-back promotions and the departure from EC7046 of Dave Izod (3 votes each);

Season 3: The Hugh Latimer Saga (6 votes);

Season 4: Latty vs. the 3-5-2/The Hugh Latimer Saga/Longnose’s Latimer saga/Old Latty and his turbulent times (5 votes);

Season 5: No Awards.

And finally the winner. A true from rags to riches story, I’m sure you’ll all agree…

Story of the Season

Winner: Exeter winning through the playoffs to get to Division 1 (3 ½ votes)

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4, 3, 2, 1. Incredible. 1, 2, 3, 4? Improbable. Exeter. The toast of Div 4 (and 3, and 2. And 1?).

Past 7046 set-up awards can be viewed here:

Season 1

Season 2 – part 1

Season 2 – part 2

Season 3 – part 1

Season 3 – part 2

Season 4 – part 1

Season 4 – part 2

Thanks for reading everyone. Here's to another great 7046 season in season 7.

***Credit, again, goes to Garymack for the title graphics. Top man Gary, top man***

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HARMAN NOT FAZED BY EUROPEAN FOOTBALL

Bournemouth manager today insisted leading his side out in Europe tonight is just another stride forward in his long term plans for the club.

When i first arrived at the club, my aim was to take the club to the top tier of English football and we are certainly heading in the right direction. Its going to be a very long season, due to playing in Europe and of course, we will try our hardest to hold onto a cup but our main aim is as ever, promotion. There are some great squads in this league and its very difficult to get out of but i firmly believe my lads will be there or thereabouts come the end of the campaign.

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PREVIEW

Division Three

Hartlepool vs Swansea City

Wednesday, 9th January 2013

Newly relegated side Swansea City travel to Hartlepool's victoria road in a bid to regain promotion back up to the championship. On paper its probably one of the toughest sides they will come up against in Division Three with the likes of Julio Cesar, Van Bommel & Joaquin just a few of the players the home side boasts. This shouldn't be too much of a worry for manager Zak Cluer though, the side they come up against only managed a 13th place finish last season due to poor performances which can be expected to carry on.

Swansea City are a much changed side from last season of which they were relegated from the championship. The side at the moment looks very fresh, full of youth and experience, which combined could equal a deafly combination for any team that faces them in Division Three.

Swansea are likely to be the bookies favirotes for this game despite them playing away, but with most of the side not completing a pre-season with their new club anything could happen.

Swansea's last six results:

  • [A] Brighton 0-0
  • [A] Bolton 2-1
  • [A] Hull 3-1
  • [H] Accrington 2-0
  • [H] Brentford 2-0
  • [H] Leicester 3-2

Swansea City's expected starting eleven:

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The bookies put Swansea on at 4/5 favourites for the game.

Manager Zak Cluer was able to answer some questions ahead of the departure to Hartlepool:

Reporter - Mr Cluer do you think you are the man to that Swansea back up into the championship again?

Zak Cluer - Of course, I have full confidence in myself and my staff that we will get promoted this season and in the near future, battle with the big b boys in the premier league.

Reporter - Mr Cluer their have been several links with Swansea to Mourane Fellaini, can you comment on this?

Zak Cluer - Its true, we did enquire about his availability, but were shot down with a straight no, but we got our main target in Gonalons. So we did not feel hard done by at all to hear of his transfer to Carlisle.

Reporter - There have been many rumours of Sokratis & Guarin heading to Sunderland, is this true?

Zak Cluer - There were enquiries about these players from Raz, but they are not for sale. They both have a great future with the club and are excited about helping us back into the Championship.

Reporter - Do you have any further transfer activies planned?

Zak Cluer - We are yet to finanlise the deal for young Sergio Canales as of yet, which is frustrating as I would like to have him available to train, but it isnt possible just yet. However we are looking primarily for competition of the right side. We havent made any official enquires just yet though.

Reporter - Is it true that Sertic is on his way to Norwich?

Zak Cluer - Yes, the two clubs have agreed a price and the young lad is on his way there to agree personal terms. We wish him the best of luck at his new club.

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DIVISION 4 REVIEW-MATCHDAY 2-PT 1

Swindon lead the way in Division 4 after a 3-2 win away at Wycombe.Wass,Sio and Insigne were on the scoresheet for Swindon with Sinclair bagging both goals for Wycombe.

Oldham are second with a 2-1 win at Aldershot.Jonas and Moralez had given Athletic a two goal lead before Schelotto got a consolation for the home side.

Colchester are third after an impressive 4-1 win away at Shrewsbury.Magalhaes gave United the lead but the shrews made the game all square at the break when Caicedo scored.Three goals after the break from Neto,Henry and Ighalo put Colchester out of sight.

Stockport stand in fourth place after a 1-0 win at home to Brighton.Lima got the only goal of the game on the half hour for the boys from Brazil.

Burton are in fifth after two games with a 2-2 draw at home to Cardiff.City had taken a two goal lead at half time with strikes from Boukari and Bukharov.Two late second half goals from Castro and Meier earned the point for Albion.

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DIVISION 4 REVIEW-MATCHDAY 2-PT 2

Shorpe stand in sixth spot with a 3-2 win at home to Rotherham.Two goals from Derijck and a strike from Boselli won the game for Shorpe despite Rotherham scoring through Maicon and Feghouli.

Brentford drew 1-1 at home to Accrington.Stanley went ahead when Bony netted but Wagner levelled the match to make sure the points were shared.

Bristol Rovers won 2-1 at home to Gillingham.The gills were a goal in front when Ryazantsev scored but Guardado levelled the match six minutes before half time.Aduriz won the match for Rovers with a goal in the second half.

Dagenham lost 3-2 at home to Leyton Orient.Despite Dagenham taking the lead twice with goals from Tettey and Alcaraz Orient won the match with strikes from Routledge,Postiga and Florenzi.

Chesterfield won 3-1 at home to Southend.Antonelli and Torbinsky made it 2-0 at the break for the home side but an own goal from Mariga gave Southend a glimmer of hope when he netted an own goal to make it 2-1.A Rodallega penalty put the game out of reach with nine minutes left.

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Thompson "poor start cost us"

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Barnsley manager Steve Thompson saw his Barnsley team beaten 3-1 awat at Walsall

Barnsley dropped to 9th in division 3 after going down 3-1 to Walsall at the Banks Stadium. Steve Thompson's men mad the trip to the Midlands in good spirits after their fantastic result and performance over Birmingham Cityon the opening day of the new season but found themselves 1-0 down against the Saddlers inside through a smart Moussa Dembele. Barnsley did manage to work their way back into the game after such a poor start but just before the hour mark Walsall made it 2-0 thanks to a somewhat fortunate goal from Michu who will claim the goal despite a horror show from keeper Eduardo who fumbled the ball behind the line.

The score remained well into the 2nd half but with 77 minutes on the clock Walsall made sure of all 3 points thanks to a second goal of the season from the ever dangerous Emmanuel Adebayor who powered home a header from 6 yards 3-0. Barnsley did grab a consolation with 10 minutes to go thanks to a long range strike from defender Sergio Sanchez but the drama didn't finish there as 3 minutes later the host missed a penalty after the ref gave handball against Asamoah Gyan but Adebayor tried to be too clever and the Tongan international saw his spot kick fly high into the stands. FULL TIME 3-1

After the game a disappointed Steve Thompson faced the press.

"A poor start has effectively cost us the game today. When you come to places like this you have to be strong defensively and from the off we have allowed their boy to run at us and we have been punished for not doing the fundamentals correctly. Despite that i thought we recovered well and we could have easily got back on level terms but their keeper has made a couple of world class stops and then they grab the 2nd which was a massive body blow.

The 2nd half we didn't do enough Walsall were the better team and killed us off with the 3rd. Our goal came to late but i am thankful they missed the penalty as 4-1 would have flattered them and i didn't agree with the decision in the first place.

On the whole it's a case of must do better. We have another tough away game coming up against Hartlepool but we will dust ourselves down and work on what we did wrong tonight"

> In other news Barnsley have sold 17 year old French midfielder Adrien Rabiot to Northampton Town for a fee of just over four million pounds.

> Barnsley captain Scott Bown faces 3 weeks on the sidelines after suffering a twisted ankle against Walsall.

> Stephen Thompson has boosted his youth ranks in recent weeks. Defenders Bailey Wright and Andrai Jones were joined by strikers Brandon Zibaka and Nicolai Jorgensen in signing for the Tykes youth team.

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Peterborough sack manager shock

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Tyson was recently unveiled as the new chairman of Posh

The Scum can exclusively reveal that new Peterborough United Chairman Mike Tyson has sacked manager Gonzodan with immediate effect.

Gonzodan took over at London Road on 23 December 2011. The club were languishing in the Division 3 relegation places with rumors of major turmoil in the squad. The relegation fears were eased and Peterborough finished season 4 in a respectable position of 13th. In the subsequent two seasons Gonzodan steered the team to two 5th placed finishes. Losing in the final of the playoff in season 5 (which gained them their only trophy to date) and the semifinals of the playoffs in season 6. In total his rein consisted of 106 games, amassing 220 points.

Season 7 has started brightly with the team currently unbeaten after two games.

The shock sacking is understood to be related to a fake news story released by Gonzodan during his ongoing tenure as Sheffield United manager in EC7777.

Link to story:

http://forum.soccermanager.com/showpost.php?p=2178780&postcount=652

Neither Mike Tyson or Gonzodan were available for comment.

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Blackburn should travel time to land Gonzodan says Dr Who

The Time Lord is a life long fan of Rovers

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Managerless Blackburn rovers have been told by none other than Dr Who to consider Gonzodan as their new boss, following the latter's recent dismissal from Peterborough United.

The Mirror tracked the Doctor down in a telephone kiosk for the use by members of the police.

"His credentials are undeniable" said The Doctor. "I think he deserves the opportunity to manage Rovers, and I think he will be the one to finally wakes this sleeping giant. A club of our size should be playing in Division 1, and Gonzodan has proven experience of gaining promotion for the teams he is in charge of. He didn't manage it at Peterborough, but the job he did their with the resources he was given was miraculous".

Gonzodan is now joint favorite for the job with the Cybermen (yes all of them!)

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New article added to the EC7046 BLOG

TSM is back

THE SATURDAY MATCH (TSM)

TSM is a preview of the Game of the Day in EC7046.

Basically the best fixture will be selected either by

If we have 1st v 2nd etc - Top of the Table clash

Or we could have 12th v 14th - Mid-table clash

We could also have 19th v 20th - basement battle

The Saturday Match will be a preview of the game with various stats, formation and also a Prediction of the result.

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Thompson looking for a response

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Marko Arnautovic will be handed his first start of the season for Barnsley tomorrow

Steve Thompson's Barnsley are back on the road tomorrow when they make the trip to the North East to take on Hartlepool United at Victoria Park. The Tykes will be looking to put things right after their midweek defeat to Walsall at the Banks Stadium but with Hartlepool also suffering defeat at the hands of Swansea in front of their own fans the Monkey Hangers will be hoping to put on a show and improve their home form which was amongst the worst in the division last season with a pitiful 4 wins on their own turf.

Barnsley are likely to hand a start to midfield Marko Arnautovic after the midweek injury to club captain Scott Brown. The Austrian international is the clubs longest serving player with this being his 7th straight season at Oakwell but the arrival of John Utaka saw Arnautovic dropped to the bench a move which has alerted a number of suitors but with the Austrian now back in Thompson's reckoning any potential move looks dead in the water.

That could be the only change for the visitors with Barnsley more than likely sticking with the side who tasted defeat on wednesday in the hope that a positive performance will prevail after two long training sessions.

Before his side set off for the trip to the North East Thompson discussed his sides chances .....

" We have had a good couple of days on the training field and are very much looking forward to the Hartlepool game. We know we are better than the performance in midweek but we have to show that tomorrow against a side who will be looking to get their first three points of the season.

We will be missing Scott (Brown) for tomorrow which is a massive blow. He is the club captain and lynchpin in midfield but it presents a chance for somebody else to come in and stake a claim for the shirt.

Hartlepool certainly have some quality in their squad make no mistake about that They have a solid keeper in Cesar and a real legend in Van Bommel who is still performing at 35 and don't forget their front line who can cause any team problems we are not kidding ourselves they have a slight edge but i know we can beat them it's about percentages and we need to start converting a greater percentage of our chances to stand any chance of beating any team in this division"

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DIVISION 4 REVIEW-MATCHDAY 3-PT-1

Swindon stay top of the pile after going away to Oldham and winning 6-2.Rudnevs got a hat trick for Swindon with Rodriguez,Sio and Wass also getting their names on the scoresheet.Moralez and Seleznyov scored for the shell shocked latics.

Colchester moved up to second place with a 5-1 win away at Stockport.Welliton gave County the lead but goals from Neto,Ighalo(2),Henry and Magalhaes turned the match in United's favour.

Burton are up to third with a 4-2 win at home to Gillingham.De Jong, Meier with two and Malbranque were on target for the Brewers with Castro and Cheyrou getting the consolations for the Gills.

Shorpe climbed up to fourth position after winning 2-1 at home to Southend.The away side had the lead early in the second half when Gouffran scored but goals from Boselli and Galloppa won the game for Shorpe.

Brentford are fifth after a 2-1 victory at home to Chesterfield.Brentford were two ahead within the first ten minutes of the match when Amorim and Wagner netted.Mariga scored for Chesterfield in the second half but it was too little too late for the spireites.

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DIVISION 4 REVIEW-MATCHDAY 3-PT-2

Bristol Rovers have had a steady start and are up to sixth after a comfortable 4-1 win at home to Orient.Guardado hit two for Rovers with Aduriz and Dia also scoring.Postiga got a goal back for Orient.

Shrewsbury were beaten at home 2-1 by Rotherham.The Shrews had the lead at half time after Stearman had scored but Rotherham fought back after the break. A penalty from Saviola and a strike from Ibarbo won the the match for the Millers.

Aldershot ran out 1-0 winners at home to Brighton.Bannan got the only goal of the game in the seventy sixth minute.

Accrington travelled to Dagenham and went home to Lancashire with three points after a 4-2 win.Crusat and Johnson scored for the Daggers but two goals each for Bony and Paredes made it a good day for Stanley.

Wycombe were at home to Cardiff and won 1-0.The only goal came in the second half and was scored by Wijnaldum.

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Resolute Tykes display pleases Thompson

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Asamoah Gyan scored the only goal of the game as Barnsley beat Hartlepool on Saturday

Barnsley manager Steve Thompson described his sides win over Hartlepool on Saturday as "resolute" with the Tykes winning the game 1-0 at cold and wet Victoria Park. Asamoah Gyan bagged the only goal of the game 4 minutes into the 2nd half and Barnsley were able to hold on comfortably as Hartlepool failed to muster as single shot on target all game.

The win lifts Thompson's men back up to 7th in the table and with struggling Leicester City next up for the Tykes at Oakwell this coming Wednesday fans of the Yorkshire are beginning to get excited at just what might happen this season under manager Steve Thompson.

After the game a delighted Thompson spoke to the waiting media .....

" It was a resolute performance from us tonight and i am delighted with it. We have come away from home and limited Hartlepool to no shots on target and have controlled possession i would like to have scored more than the one goal but i can't be hard on the lads tonight.

We have taken a couple of knocks tonight but hopefully all should be well for Wednesday

We must not lose our focus now. We have responded in the right manner and it's now about building on this result"

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