September: Keeping It Going
Our run of form ended against Trofense
in the first clash of September. A 79th minute winner for them came from a through ball that was played in behind our full back - something I've been seeing a lot lately.
We got back to winning ways against fellow newbies Vizela
, albeit a close game. Wins like this are vital because we need to get points against teams we know we can beat. Vizela was a prime example of this.
was another one of these teams that we knew we could beat, and playing them at home seemed the perfect opportunity. Unfortunately we wasted our chances, and came home with a poor 0-0 draw.
We entered the Taça de Portugal
again, and hoped to emulate the successful run of last year. Our first clash was against Lourinhanense
, a team below the third divison. We came away with a 3-1 win that boosted confidence and sent us through to the next round of the cup.
The month finished off against Sporting (B)
, and again we were held to a 0-0 draw. Figo, Balack and new signing Careca really have to improve their goalscoring form. This was a month in which I thought we could really build on our impressive start but we weren't as good as last time out.
The Cup Draw
We've been given another very easy draw in the cup - another non-league team you could say. Remember, the more we advance in this competition the more money we earn. As well as that it provides momentum for our players to keep a good run of form going or even to get out of a slump.
We're safely in mid-table - for now. We need to step up our game a bit against the level of oppositon we had that month. Hopefully in the coming months we can snag a few more results and maybe even push for a top half finish. We'll just take it one game at a time, and if anything drastic happens - we'll work on it.
The Month Ahead
October is a long month. There are some tricky fixtures in there mixed in with some good battles. It looks to be a good month and hopefully one that can generate a good patch of form and momentum, maybe we can pull off a scalp at Rio Ave?