Time for the July and August 2016 update.
July started off with a very challenging home fixture against BK Hacken who are one of the "Major Clubs" of Sweden, on our trip away to them earlier in the season we were beaten by them 3-0. In all honesty even though we had started perfoming really well recently I was not expecting to beat Hackem but to maybe get a draw. We ended up winning 2-1 thanks to both goals being scored by Guri Baqaj.
The victory against Hacken meant we were up to 10th in the league, having won four games in a row and finally being out of all the possible relegation spots, the remaining games we had to play in July were two away games to play Assyriska and Landskrona, a home game against Eskilstuna City and then a trip to play Brommapojkarna.
The toughest of these games would be the away game against Brommapojkarna who were top of the league following the Hacken game.
Both the match with Assyriska and the match with Landskrona BoIS were pleasing 2-1 wins which left us in 8th in the league as well as extending our winning streak to six games running. I strongly believed we could beat Eskilstuna City in our next match.
We went into our match with Eskilstuna City as narrow favourites but easily came out of it having won 3-0 and only allowing them 1 shot in the whole game. Following this victory we were up to 6th in the league and starting to look like promotion contenders.
Then followed the difficult match away to Brommapojkarna who at this point were now 9 points clear of 2nd placed IFK Norrkoping. I decided to play a 4-5-1 for this match and consequently it finished in a respectable 0-0 draw which I was pleased with. Unfortunately this meant our winning streak was over but the unbeaten run was not done yet.
I narrowly missed out on the July Manager of the Month Award to the manager of Brommapojkarna but this did not worry me too much.
With the 1st of August came the draw for the Svenska Cupen 2nd Round, I had been waiting for this for a few months as I am a big fan of cup matches. We were drawn away to Second Division Sodra Svealand team Enskede. This match was due to be played on the 13th of August.
Before our cup match with Enskede we had a league game at home to Karlslund which we comfortably won 2-0 thanks to goals from David Hansson and Saman Ghoddos.
After this was the Svenska Cupen Second Round Match with Enskede of the 4th tier, I was extremely confident of getting the victory here and advancing to the Group Stage. We easily beat them 4-0 with 2 goals from Baqaj, a goal from Hansson and a goal from Emil Pedersen to put us in the Group Stage for the first time.
We were placed in Group 2 with Allsvenskan side Orebro, Superettan side BK Hacken and 4th tier side Varbergs BoIS which was a very tough group.
We then had league fixtures against Oster at home, an away game with Jonkopings Sodra and finally another away game against Falkenberg. The Oster game finished in a draw which was slightly disappointing but at least it was better than losing. This was followed by a 3-3 draw away to Jonkopings Sodra, we had that game won but a slightly lackluster defence allowed Jonkopings Sodra to pull level at the last minute.
August ended with a trip to Falkenberg which I went into confident of getting the win but unfortunately this was not to be as we lost 2-0 which also ended our unbeaten run of thirteen matches, we were still 6th in Superettan after this so I was not overly worried but I was slightly annoyed.
With two months left of the season it is possible to push for promotion to Allsvenskan and the board have allowed me to change the expectations to meet this goal, hopefully we will be going up.
I leave you once again with some pictures.
Media Report on the Enskede game
Media Report on the Victory against BK Hacken
Resulta and Fixtures as of the BK Hacken game
Post Game vs Landskrona
Media Report on the Landskrona game
Torns IF Finally Lose