A Great Month
A month of change
The 1st Of September was action packed. First, my favourite Henderson is annoyed because I could not fulfill my promise of selling someone. He requested transfer, and was rejected without thought. I've then spoken with Gerrard to try convince Jordan that he is a valued member of the team.
After temporarily solving this debacle, I find another two quite upset, Joe Allen
and Mahmadou Sakho
, both were overlooked by their countries. I was expecting Allen to be dropped, he wasn't a first team regular anyway, but Sakho deserves a call. His defensive work was top notch, saving the team in many occasions.
During the past months, I've become better and better, and I've felt Colin Pascoe
isn't ambitious and skilled enough to help me manage the team. His tactical knowledge is low, usually picks a strange team and provides irrelevant advice.
I can't deny he's helped me a lot, but the club is above all. So with a heavy heart I've ended his contract and secured the services of Ajax second man, Tonnie Brunis Slot
. He instantly accepted my generous offer, and I'm happy to get such an experienced man alongside me.
This month's fixtures were a bit harder than last month. However, I'm confident in the lads, they have shown a lot of defensive solidity in the training sessions. I'm really optimistic about this month. We have to do good job if we are to get the score we'd like from Old Trafford next month.
Swansea - Home - - 3-1 - 2 x Victor Moses, 1 x Aly Cissokho
Newcastle - Home - - 2-0 - 1 x Iago Aspas, 1 x Steven Gerrard
Brighton and Hove Albion - Home - - 1-0 - 1 x Victor Moses
Aston Villa - Away - - 2-0 - 1 x Steven Gerrard, 1 x Victor Moses
The game against Brighton was eagerly anticipated, as it witnessed the return of Kop Favourite Luis Suarez
. He lacks match fitness, and I hope he regains it before the top clash against Utd. The team looked confident, we impose our play style on the opponents. They concede a lot of fouls and colored cards. The virtual versions of Moses and Cissokho are much better than the real them. I was not hesitant to give Moses his debut, but when he had his chance against under-performing Swansea, he played magnificently. He scored 2 and had his 3rd ruled offside.
Bit of success
September was a great month for the club. Sadly, no players won anything this month, but on the other hand, I won my first Manger of the month
award, grabbing it from Moyes and Wenger.
Take that Moyes!
A match closer and Unexpected praise
The squad's finally trusting me, morale is high in the dressing room. All that separates us and United is a home clash against Spurs. They haven't been great even though they have a very strong and talented squad. However, a bit of review on their tactic analysis, I find they've been quite vulnerable against narrow tactics, so I decided to risk and try a narrow tactic myself.
During the pre match, Andre Villas-Boas have been praising and hailing me. That was a bit unexpected but was nice to hear pleasant comments from fellow managers.
He calls me one of football's finest
, well I can see why he was sacked !
The game was very boring, although we had much better of them we just managed to score 1 via Daniel Sturridge
late in the game, who was determined to force his way in the English team, which had over 7 Man Utd players!
Some more praise:
We are coming United!
Home sweet home, nothing is more satisfying than leading the table! Nothing now stands between us and Manchester. We'll go to their turf in high spirits, as league leaders and with Luis Suarez! We are confident we'll get a good result against them! I'll hardly sleep until then...
Player of the Month
without doubt. He managed to keep Pastore among the subs, providing lethal passes, crosses and frequent goals. He was the super-sub during Brighton's game. Hope he finds similar form in real life...