Season Nine: November Update
After a recent brilliant run of form, we had climbed up towards the middle of the table. We knew we couldn't afford complacency and that every point mattered. We were aiming to avoid relegation, and getting points on the board was necessary to achieve that aim.
We started the month off very well with a great win away to Fulham, courtesy of a Joe Mason hat-trick. We then lost 4-1 to Arsenal at home, where our defence was completely overwhelmed by their attack. We did bounce back to record a very nervy 4-3 win over Wigan, with Euan Smith bagging a hat-trick and Joe Mason getting on the score sheet yet again. Then came our big challenge, a trip to the Etihad to play Man City. We came away with a shock point, with Joe Mason scoring the decisive goal for us. Then we travelled to Hull City, where their superior attack showed us why they are one of the top teams in English football, despite them having a very poor start to the season. Overall, I'm pleased we picked up seven points from this month. These points will help us a lot.
Player of the Month
is my player of the month for November. He has been in fantastic form this month, scoring 5 goals, including a hat-trick to remember against Fulham. He has been our main driving force this month and we'd be lost without him. Hopefully he can keep up his impressive form for us in the months to come.
Barclays Premier League
We have climbed up to 11th in the league, although our Goal Difference has taken a hit thanks to the Arsenal and Hull games. We need to improve our defending by bringing in top defenders, and we will be looking to do so during the January transfer window and again in the summer. The good news is that we are eight points away from the relegation zone, which is a huge relief for us as we were rooted to the bottom two months ago.
December will be a busy month for us, with seven games to be played. We start off with a Capital One Cup quarter final at home to Burnley, which we will be looking to win. We then play Newcastle and Reading at home, before playing Stoke and Southampton away from home. Our Boxing Day fixture is a home tie against Chelsea, and we finish the year with a home game against reigning champions Manchester United. I will be looking to get through to the Capital One Cup semi finals and pick up seven points this month in the league. Hopefully we can achieve that.