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Born and Bred: Colchester United

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MJK46's avatar Group MJK46 2017-03-21 17:15
aq 2919 posts 271 likes joined Aug 27, 2013
Nice look of the graphics man

Give my FM17 Story a read Paris FC: Une Ambition Capitale
mgriffin2012's avatar Group mgriffin2012 2017-03-21 18:59
00 1795 posts 253 likes joined Nov 12, 2013
Really cool to see you writing again man, best of luck with Colchester!!
ScottT's avatar Group ScottT 2017-03-22 17:22
gb 387 posts 62 likes joined Apr 04, 2016
MJK- It's just a screenshot from the game mate haha

Griffin- Cheers man!

Goodbye Josh.. Accy legend
ScottT's avatar Group ScottT 2017-03-22 17:23
gb 387 posts 62 likes joined Apr 04, 2016

Mixed Fortunes

My first game in management with all the twists and turns, ups and downs that you could think of. We begin our tale this time around back at the Hartlepool game. It was an eventful afternoon with so many debuts for both sides – but also my debut too. We came out 3-2 winners in the end in an exciting affair and kicked off our campaign in the right way, the winning way. It took us into our EFL Cup game against Cardiff of the Championship.

The newly named competition, previously named the Capital One Cup was a cup that could very much provide the cash if we could overcome the odds and defeat the tricky opposition we had in front us. We were very much the underdogs coming into the game and I think after the first ten minutes or so, the bookies would have been surprised with the early chances we had. We had the upper hand, very much hitting the Bluebirds, as they're known as, on the break when we could. At half time we went in at 0-0 and would continue to stick to our game plan.

The 60th minute mark approached and we made our first change, Tommy O'Sullivan came on in place of Sean Murray and in fact, this side were the exact team we signed the Englishman from. He had a point to prove and was determined to do so. Another ten minutes passed and it was still a deadlock, Luke Prosser was becoming evidently tired and thus was replaced by veteran George Elokobi and this is when the magic happened...

As we came in to the final ten minutes, we knew we couldn't afford to sit back and had to attack. It was make or break, either way I would suffice an exit now rather than continue to drain the players energy and go to extra time. I'm sure they felt the exact same way. With three minutes left, O'Sullivan sprayed a ball out to the wing for Fosu to chase onto, he looked up and played a perfect ball right into the path of Porter and there was only one result, the ball was half volleyed straight into the top corner and Murphy in the Cardiff goal had no chance. The draw was conducted after the whistle blew and we were to be drawn at home to Premier League side Middlesbrough.

With that, we resumed our league season with a game to Cambridge United. The visitors began their season with a 2-0 win against Barnet and were to be a difficult side to break down. The first half came and gone rather quickly, there was little to report and from here we decided to try and look for the first goal of the game straight out the blocks. That was to cost us, Novakovich was threaded the ball through from Luke Berry and it was 1-0 to the visitors.

However, we are made of tough stuff as proven already and when Sean Murray's effort was deflected onto the post and in, it seemed we could then go on to win the game. Wrong, in fact Novakovich would net again was another good strike from a through ball outside the box. But late goals are becoming a theme here, this time in the 81st minute, Porter would lash the ball in from the edge of the area to rescue a point.

Our next game would be at home again, Grimsby Town the visitors and the only goal of the game would come from Reece Grego-Cox in a game where I still believe we were robbed. Why? Because two penalty shouts were turned down. We hit the bar late on as Lapsile hit one from range and then were denied several times also. It was an off day for sure, but we shouldn't have lost at all.

Next time out would be against Portsmouth at Fratton Park and although most fans in this league would hate to admit it, this ground is one to very much look forward to visiting as not too long ago this side were plying their trade in the Premier League – it's been a huge freefall for them and the fact they still remain in this division despite the numerous stab off going up they cannot remain there and fall out. Last season was again a disappointing one for them, as they lost the playoff semis against Plymouth Argyle who went on to lose at Wembley against AFC Wimbledon, who overcame Accrington Stanley in extra time.

Enough of the history lesson, we took a very early lead as 34 seconds in Chris Porter scored after some good passing play from the side. Our lead was doubled as he went on to score his 5th of the campaign already, Thomas Lapsile's long ball forward from Portsmouth's corner found Fosu, someone else having a fantastic start to his season and he squared it to him, a simple finish. We went in 2-0 up at the break, Portsmouth's only chance coming from a ball to Doyle who hit the ball slightly over the crossbar.

We began the second half as good as we did the first and after 54 minutes, a free-kick was taken quickly and Grandison passed the ball into the feet of Fosu who turned goalscorer to give us a surprise 3-0 lead. If only though... very quickly the game flipped on it's head and Portsmouth would make it 3-1... then 3-2.... and then, much to the bitter disappointment of myself and the fans, the comeback happened and it was 3 all. That's how it would finish, three massive points dropped.

The day would come though, on a Tuesday night in Colchester. The impossible would become possible. It all began when Alvaro Negrado was dispossessed by Luke Prosser who spread the play out to Dickenson. The roar from the fans was incredible as Fosu latched onto the ball like he always does and pulled the ball back to that man again... Chris fucking Porter. 1-0 to the underdogs just before half time. As the board went up Boro would find themselves in more danger, Adiene Guedioura would fly in with two feet on Thomas Lapsile and get a straight red card. We went in at half time 1-0 up and a man to the good.

The half time team talk was one I was delighted to make, "We are 1-0 up against a Premier League opposition and from here we just need to continue what we're doing, ignore the scoreline and think that it's still 0-0 and we're searching for that goal again. I cannot praise that first half preformance enough, keep that up boys, fucking come on lads only 45 minutes to go!" This would lead to something I would never forget.

Boro weren't a threat all night and as Craig Slater lined up a free-kick from 30 yards out, I took a look up to the fans who were clearly enjoying the night. The night you are beating a Premier League team when you're playing in a division 3 leagues down, it's an incredible feeling and something only the cup could produce. Slater stepped up and hit the ball, it flew towards the goal and in as a helpless Victor Valdes could only tip the ball into the side of the net. Mass celebrations began but we still knew that we had to hold on.

After the last game to Portsmouth we learnt the hard way and that you had to remain alert at all costs. Fast forward another 20 minutes or so and we would see a repeat of the first goal, Grandison hit the ball down the line for Fosu who crossed the ball perfectly for Porter again. Colchester United THREE Middlesbrough NIL. The scenes in the stands was something else and many came flooding onto the pitch as we held on to record one of the biggest wins the club had ever seen. Perhaps this is where the legacy truly does begin? We'll know who we face in a weeks time – in the EFL Cup Third Round where only 32 clubs remain.

We got straight back into the league once again, this time against Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park. As the whistle sounded, we quickly went down to 10 men – Lapsile, the man who suffered a two footed challenge in midweek was sent off for a poor challenge himself. What a dreadful start and with that, so went the first half a very boring affair. However the second half began much different as Grandison was in the middle of the box to head home from a Dickenson cross to give us the lead. We had our chances to double the lead but failed and with a minute to go in added time, Paris Cowan-Hall would find a late goal to send us home disappointed.

That wrapped up my month, you may be wondering how? You had a Checkatrade Trophy game to play against MK Dons. Well... along with many other League Two managers, I have come to the decision to not manage the squad for these games and allow my youth manager, Sean Thacker the opportunity to take over in protest. The competition made some drastic changes over the summer as they introduced Premiership and Championship 'B' squads to the tournament in place of the usual format of just League One and Two clubs, in the competition then know as the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

We would draw 0-0 and then win on penalties to begin our group fixtures, this is another concept I find rather strange myself. If there is no outright winner, the game will be taken to penalties and the winner gains an extra point – the loser will just take the point gained in the draw as usual. With that said, it's been a month of mixed fixtures and I can't wait to see what September has in store.

Goodbye Josh.. Accy legend
MJK46's avatar Group MJK46 2017-03-22 18:33
aq 2919 posts 271 likes joined Aug 27, 2013
Strange way of the point system for football. This is what it sounds like they do in hockey.

Give my FM17 Story a read Paris FC: Une Ambition Capitale
ScottT's avatar Group ScottT 2017-03-23 17:16
gb 387 posts 62 likes joined Apr 04, 2016
MJK- Don't get it at all, glad we 'boycotted' it in a way this year ourselves in real life and it's getting changed back to the JPT.

Goodbye Josh.. Accy legend
ScottT's avatar Group ScottT 2017-03-23 17:17
gb 387 posts 62 likes joined Apr 04, 2016

Colchester United Draw Aston Villa In Third Round

League Two side Colchester United will travel to Villa Park in the EFL Cup Third Round as they face Championship side Aston Villa.

It's been a remarkable journey to the third stage of the competition for the U's as they first dumped out Cardiff City and then would beat Premier League side Middlesbrough 3-0 in the second round. Villa themselves haven't had the trickiest run, they only just made it over the line in extra time the last they faced a League Two opposition in Luton Town and then would beat Coventry City 2-0.

Colchester United boss Paddy McLaughlin said this after the draw was conducted, "Of course we would have perhaps liked another Premier League side and perhaps a good away day for the fans. But, we have got a very reputable side in Villa and I'm sure we'll thoroughly enjoy the night. We're ready to prove we're not here to make up the numbers and that we are very much a threat in the competition, despite the bigger boys still being in the hat."

Steve Bruce, the new manager of Villa echoed the words and said that his team "will not underestimate a very good side" and "will ensure that a repeat of the Middlesbrough result won't happen." Villa have had a rocky start to life in the Championship, sitting in 15th position after three defeats and just two wins thus far.

The game will take place on Tuesday 21st September and will be played in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Goodbye Josh.. Accy legend

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