1st February 2021
Jose Juan Macias 17M Chivas 48k
Macias was not my first choice, I was trying to get Edouard from Celtic however they were wanting over 40M for him and I was not prepared to blow my entire transfer budget on 1 player.
Yannick Toure 400k Sion 5k
Grimsby (H) FA Cup 3rd Round
Only Rodon and Pepe retains there place in the 1st team today against Grimsby
The first half just seems to backup the need for forward reinforcement 17 shots taken and still no goals 0 - 0.
57th minute and Falkingham was sent off with a straight red card. Grimsby down to 10 men now.
A very disappointing result today. Even with only 10 men on the field we were still unable to break the deadlock.
After the game the 4th round draw took place in which we have drawn Burnley away. We just need a win against Grimsby first.
Fulham (H) Predicted Points 3
Back to the usual lineup today, Farinez does however keep his place in goal.
ASM opens the scoring in the 6th minute thanks to good teamwork with Lazaro with a give and go on the edge of the area. 1 - 0. 15 minutes James takes a freekick inside of his own area and launchest the ball upfield for Jolintion who has nobody else to beat beside the keeper. 2 - 0.
17 minutes Sessegnon hits it first time from long range, Farnez unable to save it 2 - 1.
35 minutes and it's a chance for Fulham to get level here with a Penalty thanks to Justin with the sliding tackle inside the area. Mitrovic takes and levels it 2 - 2.
40 minutes played and ASM has a freekick wide that is swung into the back post for Batshuayi who gets a head to the ball. 3 - 2.
Right at the end of the first half again on the counter Fulham found themselves level thanks to a long range effort from Mitrovic. 3 - 3.
51st minute and Batshuayi got Newcastle ahead again 4 - 3.
78th minute and Batshuayi manages to get his third of the game 5 - 3.
Grimsby FA Cup 3rd Round Replay
Dubravka returns between the sticks for this one. ASM and Almiron will be on the bench and are replaced by Despodov and Tavares. James will also be rested for this game and will be replaced by Dummett. New Signing Macias will be on the bench today.
Pepe converted the early chance to make it 0 - 1 thanks to a penalty in the first minute of the game.
10 minutes Lascelles scores from a header as a result of Despodov freekick out wide. 0 - 2.
Another freekick by Despodov this time from deep connected with Jolintion to make it 3 - 0. 12 minutes.
Despodov again with the assists this time from open play he crosses low to the feet of Jolinton who taps it in near post to make it 4 - 0 on 20 minutes.
52nd minute and Schar comes on to replace Rodon who is currently looking a little fatigued.
66th minute another change this time Lazaro is replaced with Manea.
Final change in the 77th minute Sean Longstaff is replaced by Hayden.
the 83rd minute and the Newcastle players looked disinterested. A lapse in concentration allowed James Tilley to score 1 - 4.
Chelsea (A) Predicted Points 0
James Justin replaces Dummett and Almiron returns on the AML instead of Tavares. I have decided to keep Despodov in the first team considering he had 3 assists in the last game.
I thought we may have held on until half time but Pulisic had other ideas he scores from a tight angle to make it 1 - 0. 38 minutes played. We are also playing with cautious mentatility. Now that we have conceded it will be changed to Attacking until the end of the half where it will revert back to the usual positive.
Just before the half time whistle and we have gone level the ball is whipped in from an attacking through jolinton managed to rise and head it backwards towards goal but its been ruled out for offside.
Trying a tactical change here Despodov has been playing well on the right side so I am bringing off Batshuayi and replacing him with ASM. I have also given ASM a free role.
90th minute and Almiron lobs the ball into a dangerous area Despodova is there to hit it on the half volley. 1 - 1.
92nd minute and Chealsea are struggling to clear the pressure, the ball has been back and forward into the box 3 times now. This time it's hit towards the back post where Despodov taps it into the empty net. 1 - 2.
Cardiff (H) Predicted Points 3
I am going to try the same tactic in this match as I did in the 2nd half against Chelsea. Despodov is playing too well to replace at the moment. Rodon will also be rested for this game as is struggling with fatigue at the moment. Schar to play.
Not the start I had in mind Josh Murphy strikes from way out and opens the score 0 - 1. Terrible first half, ASM played well and came close 2 times, so i'm going to stick with playing him in a free role.
What an absolutely terrible game, I'm getting the feeling that my tactic does not work against teams that sit back and allow us to attack. It seems to work well against the teams you'd expect us to draw/lose but in the games where we are expected to win we seem to struggle or lose. I will look at a second tactic for these games.
Burnley (A) FA Cup 4th Round
I have been creating a new tactic and I will be using it today against Burnley and will be amending it as the game goes on. I think by doing this we will lose the game however I need to be doing something else against the teams that are more defensive.
I have gone for a 4 - 3 -3 wide AM but with focus down the middle and narrow mentality with only 1 player up top.
We were leading at the break but we still looked vulnerable on the counter attack, I changed the defensive width to wide and also changed the mentality to cautious around the 70th minute. Around that time we conceded a penalty and the game ended 1 - 1.
Macias also managed to score on his debut which is a bonus.
I will continue to develop this tactic against teams around the bottom half of the table. We will revert back to a more familiar tactic against Leicester.
We have been drawn against either Sheffield United or Liverpool in the 5th round as long as we can get past Burnley that is.
Leicester (A) Predicted Points 1
Back to the 4 - 2 - 2 - 2 (4 - 2 - 4) formation Macias will start instead of Jolinton which is the only change from the game against Cardiff.
ASM opens the score 0 -1 in the 8th minute. Almiron gets the 2nd of the game as he is quickest to react to the deflected ball 0 - 2. 39 minutes. Just before the break Adrien on the volley outside of the area to pull one back. 1 - 2.
At the break it's evident that we are still struggling with fatigue, Rodon may be able to see out the match but Almiron and Macias may not. Almiron comes off at the start of the second half.
ASM wins the ball from a wide position and runs with it all the way down the line and picks out Tavares at the edge of the area. He brings it down and scores to make it 1 - 3. 58th minute.
Great patient possession play from the Newcastle CB’s waiting for an opportunity they see Justin running into space. He then plays the ball into the 6yard box where Batshuayi is able to stick a leg out to make it 1 - 4. 66th minute.
Lascelles picks out the same pass again to James this time he is a little further up the pitch so crosses into Jolinton to make it 1 - 5. 71th minute.
Poor decision to go backwards by ASM where Chilwell is there to react to the pass and instead gives it to Vardy to pull 1 back. 2 - 5. 91st minute. Another chance for Leicester here this time from out wide. It's Vardy that gets it in the box and plays it to Chilwell who scores this time. 3 - 5.
Sheffield Wednesday (A) Predicted Points 3
Back to the 4-3-3 formation for this one and another chance to experiment with it.
Rodon is still suffering from fatigue so will not feature in this game or the next game against Burnley. Pepe will also be rested for this game giving the opportunity to Matty Longstaff and Hayden. Macias is injured for this one and is out for at least a week so Batshuayi will start.
Justin with the first attacking chance of the game whips it into ASM in the box who puts it in the back of the net 0 - 1. Sheffield Wednesday with the instant reaction to tie the game thanks to Hiroki Abe equaliser 1 - 1. Sheffield Wednesday with only their 2nd chance of the game managed to pull themselves ahead to lead 2 - 1 on the 26th minute.
Batshuayi gets his first of the game and gets Newcastle back in the game on the 42nd minute thanks to an Almiron cross.
League Table 1st February 2021
Move up 1 place to 5th. We have however been swapping with Man City a few times but mostly due to different game dates/times.
A real difficult month for us: 3 wins and 1 draw with 1 defeat. That's 10 points from a possible 15. On paper that looks ok however the Cardiff and the Sheffield Wednesday game to me is 5 points dropped as we lost 1 and drew the other.
February 2021 Schedule
Big games against Liverpool and Man City this month and then to end the month is Crystal Palace. This is the only game that I am expecting anything. So prediction is 3 / 9 points