Season two is fast coming to a climax, we are at the business end with just 10 matches left to play, if you recall, two weeks ago we had just lost in the Championship play-off final, this season is a ‘must-be-promoted’ season.
It didn’t start well, we were hovering in the bottom half of the table after 6 or so matches, we weren’t losing many, but draws were too common, often 1-1, or 0-0, it suddenly seemed as if we had forgotten how to score.
I let several fringe players leave, and Rick, our talismanic RMF with an eye for goal, had gone back to his parent club after a years long loan, we needed to recruit, fast, before the end of the August window, we hade to start scoring and converting draws into wins.
We managed to sign a few players, Kean (CF) the main signing, along with Arroé (AMF). Lichtensteiner (RB), Bednarek (GK), Berisha (CMF), Garcia (LMF) and Goncalves (RMF). Quite a few signings but they were brought in to replace fringe players in the same positions, who i had sold oin or released to free up wages.
The above players were also all signed on free transfers too, with just the wages to pay, all except Kean, so net outlay was minimal.
Here is our current starting line up:
A very modest side, with Kean being the standout player at 78 OVR.
It took about 6 or 7 games for Kean to find his form, I was wondering whether breaking up last season’s strike partnership of Gassama and Mbenza was a wise choice, but once Kean started scoring, he hasn’t stopped since and has formed as formidable duo with Gassama up top, as can be seen in the evidential stats below:
25 goals in 33 matches – prolific, and still with 10 matches to play, as you can see, far and away the best striker in the division at present, and with him and Gassama heading up the top scorers table, I pray for no injuries to either of them in the run in.
Their goals, and others performances of course, have helped us climb rapidly up the table, just to side step for a moment though, I’ve always said Konami’s attention to detail is poor, and here are another two cases in point, Kean has 25 goals from 33 matches, yet his season average rating is just 6.9!!! He’s scored hat-tricks, braces, and yet gets an average over 36 games of 6.9, very poor.
Also, we went on a run of 13 matches unbeaten, 11 of them wins, and yet the commentary will only ever say “They are now 5 matches unbeaten”, it seems they only ever recorded that one line, you could be 150 matches unbeaten and Champion and Drury will still only ever say 5 matches, again, very poor.
Anyways, back to the league position, a culmination in more goals, and increase in Team spirit has seen us surge up the table to the position shown below:
Third, with 10 games left, we have just beaten league leaders Palace 3-1, which closed the gap to 6 points after a disappointing 2-1 defeat at Preston in the hammering rain, saw us drop a few points, so it’s still all to play for.
As a side note, one which I’m sure you’ve all experienced, the Team Spirit (TS) rating is a weird entity, I totally get the theory behind it, and quite like the idea, a new team should have to gel, new signings should affect the team cohesion and see TS drop, playing players out of position should have an effect, I get all that, and i applaud it, but still think the whole system needs tweaking, as the game plays completely differently when your TS is below 75.
It’s like a cut off point, below that and players are slow, cumbersome, dont make runs, its like wading through treacle, above that, especially when in the 90’s and the game feels great, it’s night and day.
So season two should be finished, WILL be finished by the next post, next Thursday, hopefully have some good news to report, which i may even post in the comments as an update, I’m ready for a change of scenery now and to play in the Premier league, possibly a difficulty increase too, and would welcome the challenge of escaping relegation.
I will leave you with a video comp of some nice goals from recent matches, and sandwiched in the middle is a clip not of a goal, but a nice slaloming speedy dribble from my CM and captain, Scowen, that shows off a nice burst of pace, change of direction to swerve the defender then a low driven daisy cutter that whistles inches wide, there is a distinct method to effective dribbling, and it’s taken me 2 seasons to get the nack of it, but when you do it properly, you can really beat defenders and create space.