November: The Momentum Is Here
I've been talking about how in the last two months we've had long ones, with all the fixtures coming in short and sharp bursts. November offered another one, and we were looking to get back on the right foot after a tricky October.
was our first opponent of November, and we came away with an outstanding away result! The 3-1 win was what really kick started a purple patch of form. We had a brief away trip to rivals Atletico CP
, but we were twice denied the win because we couldn't hold our lead.
In the Taça de Portugal, we were matched up against third division Tirsense
. After going 3-0 up, we let them claw it back to 3-2, and I thought we'd do the impossible and drop a three goal lead. But we got back on track with a 4th, but they got their 3rd - before Careca finally slotted home our fifth to seal the win.
A home game pitted us against Penafiel
and we managed to come away with another excellent result. Another home game saw us host promotion rivals Freamunde
- a must win game. We kept our first clean sheet for a while and won another
We travelled to Sp. Covilhã
and went there in full form. This patch of positive form continued when we beat them 3-1 as well. It was evident that we were on top form this month, much to my delight.
The first real test of the month came at Académica
, favourites for promotion. We went into the game with a counter-attacking approach, and it paid off. After analysing our 2-0 defeat earlier in the season, I realised they played with a very high line, meaning we didn't have room in midfield. By dropping my defence back we had the space to play a fast counter attacking game and we somehow came away with a 2-0 win!
The final result of the month was an away trip north to Chaves
. The run had to end somewhere, and I guess this was it. We didn't play poorly, it was just that they were the better side.
The Cup Draw
Our first real test of the cup - we've been drawn against a team belonging to the same division as us in Feirense
. If we can get past these guys playing a few non-starters, then it will be great. However, I'm not very fussed about a result.
This rise in form has rewarded us - with a rise in the table. After accumulating far more points than last time, we sit pretty above the mid table positions and if we keep this up, we could even attempt to make an outside push for promotion!
The Month Ahead
The fixture list from before is recycled. That means: same fixtures - all over again. Hopefully after already playing these teams once we can exploit their weaknesses and we can come away with a few more points in an attempt to push up the table.