After some thought on who my new FM adventure would be with i decided to go with Blackpool, Blackpool recently relegated to the NPower Championship would be a great challenge to try to Promote back to the 'Promise Land'.
Doing this would be hard so i would have to use every advantage i had, 2.24Million in the bank, i would definately look for Loan Sighnings&Free Agents.
I already had a Big squad but there was still room for improvement!
My first 5 Fixtures of the Season are as followed...
Nottm Forest (H)
(With a Carling cup 1st round tie to be held)
The first Two games of the season would be hard with it being Nottm Forest at Home and Leeds away. Two teams who also would be looking for promation i would be happy to get 4points out out those games. The following 3 fixtures Ipswich,Burnley&Peterbrough will all be realistic games that i could go on to win.
After having Bids from Portsmouth&Manchester City rejected for players E.Husaklep and O.Hargreves due to Wages. I was struggling to find players that would fit my way in which i want to play. R.Noble from Sunderland is one of my Targets as a Loan sighning on a 6 month contract and B.Paynter from Leeds being available for 250k those are two players i will be keeping an eye on. Also G.Bruna looks like he could be going out on loan to Crewe to gain some first-team experience. I drew with Chesterfield at home in the Carling Cup 1st round draw. Certainly a game in which i will expect to progress to the next round. Ian Evatt is out for up to 4months with a Slipped Disk would mean that On-Loan liverpool youngster Danny Wilson will be used as a CB until Ian's recovery. Report on first game on the Season against Nottm Forest to come...
Team to play Nottm Forest (H)...
Jonjo Shelvey (Away on international duty with England U20'S)
Ian Evatt (Slipped Disc)
Barry Ferguson (C)
Blackpool 1 - 1 Nottm Forest (H)
MoM - Craig Cathcart
A very poor first-half performance saw us 1-0 down at the break due to a great finish by I.Miller for Forest. However after 60mins i decided to bring on Roman Bednar and change to a 4-2-4 formation with Bednar&Phillips as the two ST in the four up front. And after one minute of Bednar's intruduction i was awarded a penalty for a foul on Bednar and Matthew Phillips stepped up to place the ball in the back of the net. After then i had to obtain some of Forest preasure and the game ended a 1-1 draw.
Altogether a good performance but if we had started better in the first-half maybe wecould of come away with all of the points. Next game Chesterfield (H) Carling Cup...
Team to play Chesterfield (H)...
Craig Cathcart - (Away on international duty N.Ireland)
Jonjo Shelvey&Ian Evatt still unavialble.
Alex Baptiste (C)
Blackpool 1 - 0 Chesterfield (H)
MoM - Neal Eardley
A very easy win despite the score only being 1-0. Kevin Phillips gave us a deservant lead after 26mins with a typical Kevin Phillips finish. The four strikers in which i started with in the game were to powerful for Chesterfield however later on in the game they had a really good opertunity to take it to extra-time however the score stayed 1-0 and that is a good result that will put us in the second round draw.
Next game Leeds (A)...
If you want some ideas for signings, I did a Blackpool first season: http://www.fmscout.com/q-4768-The-Rise-of-Blackpool.html
Team to play Leeds (A)...
No new Team News Evatt still injured. Cathcart returns.
Barry Ferguson (C)
Leeds 3 - 1 Blackpool
MoM - Robert Snodgrass
A really dissipointing defeat! First-half yet again never really got started and couldn't seem to put two or more passes together. Then finding ourselves 1-0 down to a Robert Snodgrass goal was terrible defending trying to play a high-line. At half-time i decided to bring John Fleck on for Ludovic Sylvestre as i thought that Sylvestre was not competing well with Leeds midfield. The game was then drifted more away when M.Forsell grabed a second goal and with 20mins to go there seemed that the game could seriuosly get away from us. However i brought on Kevin Phillps and Lomana LuaLua and went for it with a 4-2-4 formation and soon after got a good finish from Roman Bednar to bring us back in the game. In the 81st minute i saw a great effot from Kevin Phillips hit the post and then to kill off any chances of us coming back into the game Leeds grabbed a 3rd through Snodgrass.
Next game to come Ipswich (H)...