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Oriental Lisbon - One Step Closer

The journey of minnows Oriental Lisbon.
Started on 3 May 2014 by Walter
Latest Reply on 17 November 2014 by Feliks
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I agree with Vitor Martins completely!
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Not the best of starts but I'm sure fortunes will change. Nice updates as well!
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Nealão We were versing tough teams, I'm not too worried :)

Pauker Good to hear!

Zapdos Yeah it wasn't it's alright though. Thanks for reading :)
Not the best of cup runs but I know that you can turn your season's fortunes around :)
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2014-06-01 12:44#177851 Justice : Not the best of cup runs but I know that you can turn your season's fortunes around :)

By being knocked out we have the opportunity to focus all of our attention on the league. Thanks for reading Justice :)
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August: A Fantastic Start



August Results


All I can say is: what a start. We were handed a tough start to the league and we came away with some truly incredible results. Games against proven Second League teams were put on our plate and we finished the meal off spectacularly!

The month began at Chaves - a team that is often placing up towards the higher reaches of the league. A bumper home crowd spurred the boys on to a fantastic win over this proven team and it really, really lifted spirits among the group.

Next up we travelled to Portimonense, where the Portimão based side would host us. Last time we played this side was in a friendly, where we were consigned to a 1-0 defeat thanks to a 93rd minute free kick from Ricardo Pessoa. Things went differently this time - as we managed to scrape a 1-1 draw!

Prior to that match and with confidence up after a couple of fantastic results, we hosted Ac. Viseu. Another tried and tested Liga Revoluçao outfit, coming away with a 3-2 victory is another pleasantly surprising result.

The month finished at SC Beira-Mar, a side that narrowly missed out on their opportunity to go back up to the Primeira Liga last season. We knew they'd be hungry, but we took the lead early on. Despite conceding an equaliser, we played very well and came away with another vital point.

The Cup Draw



Lourinhanense

We've been handed an easy draw for the 2nd round of the Taça de Portugal. This is a great chance to kick start a cup run that can benefit it us in a lot of ways other than just another win. Financially it can help heaps, and momentum wise it is fantastic.

The League Table



Position: 8th

Bar the loss to Academica, this month was one of absolute amazement for the team and I. Two wins against tougher oppositon and draws against Portimonense and Beira-Mar meant we got off on the right foot and made the start we'd hoped for.

We need to keep up this form to stay in this league - any slip ups will be punished. The players and staff are in the exact same frame of mind and every one knows the job we have to do. It's looking good so far!!
Good going so far :)
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Great start! Congrats on your SoTM nomination :D
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Justice tenk u :D

Josh_MU Tenk u too! :D

September: Keeping It Going



September Results



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.

Tondela 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



Pontassolense

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.

League Table



Position: 10th

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?
I reckon you can get promotion, keep battling :P
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Some decent results and a decent position in the league! Hopefully you can push up the table within the next few months :)
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Justice I beg to differ :))

Josh_MU Thanks Josh, that would be great :D

Hugo Grilo: Morale Is Great



Captain Hugo Grilo Interviewed:
Reporter: You've made a fantastic start to life in the Liga Revoluçao, what is the key to this purple patch of form?

Hugo Grilo: Well it's no lie that the dressing room is a great place to be. Every one in the club knows where we want to be and we're all on the same level. Credit must go to the manager [Vitor], he's done a superb job getting us going as a team.

Reporter: How is the setup behind the scenes at the club? Can you give us any insight into the facilities and training here?

Hugo Grilo: Look, the facilities aren't the best in the world - we know that. We make the most of what we've got and we always have very innovative and creative training sessions. The coaching setup here has taken a huge turn for the better - it's making a huge difference.

Reporter: Reports have revealed that manager Vitor Martins has brought in a new assistant manager? Can you tell us what he's been like?

Hugo Grilo: Yes, the gaffer did bring in a new number two, Márcio Viana. He's been really good. They work really well together and both play their roles. Viana is a really good motivator and he always seems to get the boys pumped up, so Vitor occasionally lets him handle team talks and that stuff. Vitor is a quiet guy, he runs training and seeks input from all of us and is really good at getting us all on the same page.

Reporter: Finally, you have a long month approaching, how are you planning to get by it?

Hugo Grilo: We'll just take it one game at a time. Vitor and Márcio will know how to prepare us and we've got some fitness coaches here at the club who can help out, too. We know it's going to be tough but we're ready and really hope we can get a good run of form going.

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