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  • Fromage Fou
    62 posts Park Captain
    Nice start to the season. Hopefully with a settled defence you'll get some clean sheets eventually :o Great win to qualify for the CL.

    Interesting transfers, shame about Janmaat though you got a good fee. Looks like Aubameyang and Ayoze are working well together.
  • Ryan
    9475 posts League Winner
    Cheers, I am rather gutted about Janmaat. Starting to think I haven't come close to replacing him either...
    MAN UNITED (H)

    Was 1st vs 2nd I hosted Man United. Playing a strong side, we cruised to an early 4-0 lead within 30 minutes, before Di Maria pulled one back. Right before half time, Ayoze picked up his second of the game and restored the 4 goal lead. It was the perfect first half, and was followed by a terrible second half. Quick goals from Van Persie and Wilson pulled it back to 5-3, before a penalty was converted by Van Persie to make it 5-4 with just under 20 minutes left. In what looked to be a certain victory, we were now hanging on, but luckily we did and picked up the win.
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    BARCELONA (A) (CHAMPIONS LEAGUE)

    I started the CL group stages with the toughest game in the group. We were massively outclassed by them, and despite an early goal in the second half to give us some hope, it didn't come to anything.
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    TOTTENHAM (A)

    For the second week in a row, it was 1st vs 2nd as we travelled to Tottenham and for the second week in a row it was a high scoring game. Soldado gave them the lead on the half hour mark, before PEA continued his good form to make it 1-1 just before half time. The second half started with a bang with 3 goals in 14 minutes. Eriksen restored their lead, before Cabella levelled it up to make it 2-2. Ayoze completed the turn around before the hour mark. Sadly, Cabella was shortly taken off with a torn calf, which will see him out for 4 months. Aarons came on for him and made an instant impact, finishing off a fine move to make it 4-2. A late Rose goal made it a nervy ending, but we once again held on for a superb win.
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    CARDIFF CITY (A) (CAPITAL ONE CUP)

    I used this game to give several people a chance, however it proved to be costly. We were rather poor, and ending up getting knocked out the cup.
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    BLACKBURN (H)

    With our focus back on the league, I fielded a strong side. A Thauvin goal either side of a PEA strike put us in a commanding position with only 30 minutes gone. We seemed to take our foot off the gas afterwards, and a Rhodes goal with 15 minutes to go did seem to wake us back up. A wondergoal from Lewis Cook sealed the victory, and capped a great individual performance from him, grabbing his first 2 assists and his first goal.
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    PSV (H) (CHAMPIONS LEAGUE)

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    Not much more needed. Going to be very tough to get out the group now, but could still be done. Need to aim to win the away fixture against PSV and get at least a point against Barca.
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  • CARSTER
    300 posts Sunday League Hero
    Doing very well in the league but need to repeat that form in Europe
  • Ryan
    9475 posts League Winner
    WEST HAM (H)

    We started the month with a home game against a struggling West Ham. Only major change was Darlow getting his first start in the league, other than that there were only a few minor changes. We fell behind early on to a dodgy penalty, but got a lucky break after a Nolan clearance hit Coloccini and went in. Time was running out, but late drama saw us grab the win. First Noble got sent off after 2 bookings in the space of 6 minutes before a wonder strike from Abeid saw us snatch the 3 points.
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    CHELSEA (H)

    After the international break we faced Chelsea at home. We got off to a terrible start as Oscar found the net, but we levelled through Ayoze pretty much immediately. After that we took full control, with Aubameyang scoring twice before the break. We had some more chances to increase the lead before HT, but couldn't convert them. Our dominance continued in the second half, and Ayoze secured the victory with 69 minutes gone, before Aubameyang completed his hat-trick with 8 minutes to go. Fabregas pulled one back before the end, but we still ran out comfortable winners.
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    PAOK (H) (CHAMPIONS LEAGUE)

    In a must win fixture, we wrapped up a big win in a superb first half. PEA, Coloccini, Aarons and Guidetti all scoring in the first half. One downside to the match was an injury to Aarons, that we see him out for 2 months.
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    LIVERPOOL (A)

    Terrible match. PEA and Ayoze continue to impress, but a Balotelli hat-trick and a Perin brace of own-goals saw us suffer our first league defeat of the season.
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    CARDIFF (A)

    We travelled to Cardiff for the second time this season, but this time we ran out victors. We got off to the perfect start as Ayoze headed in at the near post with only 38 seconds gone. From that point on there was only going to be one winner. Aubameyang doubled the lead, before de Jong tapped in a 3rd before the break. A second goal for Aubameyang and a wondergoal from Guidetti saw us 5-0 up. Gunnarsson scored a late consolation, but it was never going to mean anything at that point as we wrapped up and very good month very a big victory.
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  • MirrorWall
    10 posts Ball Boy
    Brilliant start to the season! Crucial CL result, you have some catching up to do with PSV.
  • LaMertesackerRun
    6214 posts Big Money Move
    Superb start to the season, interesting formation to :)
  • Ryan
    9475 posts League Winner
    Thanks guys :)
    PAOK (A) (CHAMPIONS LEAGUE)

    I made a few changes heading into this match, but it was still a must win game for us, which we luckily won thanks to goals from Aubameyang and Guidetti. Sadly, it was not all good news. Abeid was forced off through injury and out for 2 months, and Aubameyang also picked up an injury, and out for just over a month.
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    READING (H)

    It was the first game without Aubameyang, and we won pretty easily. Ayoze continued his good run of form, putting us 1-0 up in the first half, before Guidetti came off the bench at half time to grab a brace and give us a 3-0 victory.
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    MAN CITY (H)

    After an international break, we hosted Man City in a 1st vs 2nd clash. We got off to the perfect start when Thauvin smashed in from close range, and then dominated the proceedings. Sadly we couldn't convert one of our many chances, and Man City levelled it up against the run of play through a Silva wondergoal. 2nd half was a lot closer, but we managed to take the lead after Ayoze latched onto a great through ball by Thauvin, and the points we wrapped up when Fernando put the ball into his own net.
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    BARCELONA (H) (CHAMPIONS LEAGUE)

    While a win would be great, it would actually mean very little in this match. As PSV won away to PAOK, regardless of what happened in this match, we would have to go and beat PSV away next month. We had the near perfect first half regardless, Ayoze, Pedro Obiang and an own goal from Jordi Alba put us 3-0 up, before Suarez pulled on back. A horror tackle from Mascherano on Thauvin saw the Frenchman stretchered off and ruled out for a month, while the Argentinian was given his marching orders. Pedro Obiang grabbed his second later on in the half, and we ran out 4-1 victors.
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    SOUTHAMPTON (A)

    After a couple of big performances, the fatigue finally set in and we put in a poor performance away at Southampton. Giovinco scored the only goal of the game early on the second half in a very poor game.
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  • Wingbacks, interesting formation indeed. But it looks like it's working!
  • Alastair
    10039 posts Moderator
    Amazing form lately Ryan.

    Hopefully you can win the final match against PSV to get 2nd.

  • Ryan
    9475 posts League Winner
    Cheers guys! Got rather addicted to a new game so hadn't opened FM for a while until earlier, which is why this update has taken so long!
    ARSENAL (A)

    Despite being dominated the whole game, we found ourselves disappointed to leave the Emirates with only a point. Theo Walcott put Arsenal ahead in the first half, and they really should have put the game beyond doubt before HT, with us not even attempting a shot. I didn't change much at half time, only bringing on de Jong to replace Aarons, but it worked superbly. Ayoze put us on level terms on the hour mark, before Armstrong gave us an undeserved lead, only a minute after coming on. Arsenal pressed for a leveller, and got it in the last minute through Sanchez. Overall, it was a good point, but it could have been so much better.
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    BURNLEY (H)

    After a few league games without a win, a nice home game against Burnley was exactly what was needed. We were boosted by the return of PEA, who scored in his return to action to double our lead following Aarons' opener. Barnes grabbed one back shortly after, but Obiang scored just after half time to give us an important win.
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    PSV (A) (CHAMPIONS LEAGUE)

    In our most important game so far this season, we really found ourselves unlucky to be 2-0 down early on. The early blow seemed to knock our confidence, and we were fighting an uphill battle. In the end, it finished 2-0, knocking us out the Champions League and putting us in the Europa League.
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    EVERTON (H)

    After the disappointment of losing to PSV, we hosted Everton. In what was a very dull game, we won thanks to an Armstrong goal just before half time.
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    SUNDERLAND (A)

    Next up was the small matter of the Tyne-Wear derby. We took the lead through PEA early on, before Ayoze made it too with 7 minutes left in the half. We were cruising, but right on half-time, Defoe pulled one back to make it 2-1. On the hour mark, Adam Forshaw made it 2-2. From 2-0 up and cruising, to 2-2, pretty much a disaster. With 15 minutes left, 3 goals in 3 minutes made the game even more interesting. First, Armstrong made it 3-2, before Verratti made it 4-2 to seemingly wrap up the win. Ivanschitz scored a minute later though, to make the last 15 minutes tense, but we managed to hold on this time and pick up the win.
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    QPR (A)

    After a tense victory last game, a simple win is exactly what we needed. Aarons broke the deadlock, before Verratti scored from the spot to make it 2-0. As we cruised to the final whistle, Obiang sealed the win with 15 minutes left.
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    HULL (H)

    The annual boxing day fixture saw us host a struggling Hull City. Wass scored a lovely free-kick on 8 minutes to give us the lead, before Schar headed in from a corner from Wass to double the lead. N'Doye grabbed one back pretty much instantly, which set us back slightly, but a Cook wondergoal restored the 2 goal cushion. Second half goals from PEA and Guidetti meant we cruised to victory.
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    STOKE (H)

    We hosted Stoke to finish 2015, and we got off to a perfect start when Ayoze tapped in after good work from Aarons. Adam Reach levelled for Stoke after 23 minutes, who then sat back and kept the ball to frustrate us. Towards the end, we went all out for the winner, and 7 minutes from time we got it through Ayoze. The ball pinged around in the box after a corner, before finding Ayoze who smashed it in. We held on the win, and ended 2015 on a high.
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    TRANSFERS

    Heading into the January transfer window, my main aim will be to keep hold of the likes of Ayoze and Schar, who are attracting interest from big clubs. Will sell anyone if the price is right, but hoping that nobody comes in with an offers that may tempt me.

    Transfers in wise, Jovic will finally be completing his move after finally being old enough to move. Don't expect any other transfers in unless someone is sold, or someone becomes available for a stupidly low price.
  • Alastair
    10039 posts Moderator
    Shame to see you go out of the UCL, at least you have the EL to fall back on.

    Great to see you dominating in the league though, the title is basically yours now.

    Ayoze, Armstrong and Aubameyang all seem to be doing well for you. :)
  • Ryan
    9475 posts League Winner
    Yeah, bit annoying with the CL. Hoping to win the EL as I want it to be the only time I'm in it, and it would be nice to win everything I possibly can.

    Don't want to say too much about the league just yet, been in great positions to win it before and absolutely bottled it so don't want to jinx it!
    TRANSFERS

    Will quickly start with the transfer. Sadly, I wasn't able to keep hold of Ayoze. He went to Bayern for £21m, plus add ons which will take it up to £30m if met, plus a % of future sales. To replace him I managed to sign Insigne who moved to PSG earlier on in the season, and got him for a modest fee of £9.75m. I also signed Geoffrey Kondogbia for just under £20m, which becoming Newcastle's most expensive signing in the process. Sadly, what I did not realise when signing him was that he has not eligible to take part this season as he played for 2 teams already this season. What made it even more annoying was the fact I registered him in the Premiership and Europa League squad, loaning Coloccini out and leaving Insigne out the Europa League squad in order to get him in. It isn't the end of the world though, as he will improve us massively come next season.
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    WREXHAM (H) (FA CUP)

    Our FA Cup campaign started with a rather simple tie. I pretty much did a full rotation here, giving Jovic his debut. He scored twice on his debut, as we ran out comfortable winners.
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    ASTON VILLA (H)

    A struggling Villa were our next opponents next. I gave Jovic another started, and he yet again got a brace. Goals for PEA and Ayoze in the second half wrapped up a comfortable win.
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    SWANSEA (A)

    This was an incredibly frustrating game. We went behind very early on, but levelled through PEA and began to dominate. They went ahead again early in the second half, and we still dominated but just couldn't put the ball in the net. A very disappointing result.
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    MAN UNITED (A)

    Lets just ignore this.
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    CHELSEA (A) (FA CUP)

    A very tricky draw followed in the FA Cup. It started brilliantly with Insigne scoring and setting up PEA in the first 30 minutes, but our lead vanished early in the second half. An incredibly dodgy penalty was given, with Schar given his marching orders and we then collapsed and were lucky it only ended 4-2. The FA Cup dream is over for another year, but at least Schar's red was rescinded.
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    TOTTENHAM (H)

    After a run of losses, I would have liked an easier game to break the streak, but we managed to do it anyway. Insigne yet again impressed, with a goal and 2 assists as we run out 4-1 winners.
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    WEST HAM (A)

    The month ended with a trip to the capital to face West Ham. We never really got out of first gear, but still wrapped up the game early on. Cabella scored within 8 minutes before Insigne continued his good form and made it 2. We cruised to the final whistle from that moment, and ended a mixed month on a high.
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    Due to a ****-up, I forgot to take a screenshot of the table at this point and have already played until mid-feb. Not much has changed from the last month though.
  • Ryan
    9475 posts League Winner
    BLACKBURN (A)

    A trip to bottom of the league kicked off February. The game was a lot more comfortable than the scoreline suggested. Joe Gomez scored his first ever goal for the club to give us the lead, before Cabella doubled it. Conway gave them a lifeline right on HT, but in the second half we got a penalty and Cabella scored his second. Ben Marshall made the last 20+ minutes a bit more interesting, but the result was never really in doubt.
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    LIVERPOOL (H)

    Not sure what I can say about this game. Nothing happened of note. Seriously. Nothing.
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    SPARTA PRAGUE (A) (EUROPA LEAGUE)

    For some reason after this game, our game against Chelsea was to be played on a Saturday, instead of a Sunday like normal. With that in mind, I fielded a team which I knew would keep me in the tie heading into the second leg, but rested enough players to get a result against Chelsea. With the game at 0-0, I resisted the urge to bring on Aubameyang until the last 10 minutes. He made a great impact, scoring the only goal of the game with just 2 minutes remaining, to give us a big win.
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    CHELSEA (A)

    With only a day rest between the last game, I expected very little from this, even with a load of key players getting a rest, what followed however was the best defensive performance wehave had so far. We were superb at the back, and restricted them to long range efforts only. When our chance came, we took it as well. Insigne finished after superb work by Aubameyang on the half hour mark to give us the lead. After this we sat back and invited Chelsea to attack, something I rarely ever do. We managed to hold on though, and picked up a huge win in the title race.
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    SPARTA PRAGUE (H) (EUROPA LEAGUE)

    With the lead from the first leg, I felt confident enough in a weaker team to get the job done, which they did. Armstrong scored twice in the first half, before late goals from de Jong and Guidetti sealed the victory and our place in the next round.
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    On a negative note, Aubameyang picked up an injury in training, ruling him out for the rest of the season. It is going to make the rest of the season a lot more difficult, especially in the Europa League where Insigne isn't registered.
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  • Newcastle looking strong going into the last stretch of the season. Doing a great job!
  • Ryan
    9475 posts League Winner
    Cheers mate!
    CARDIFF (H)

    To kick off the month, we hosted Cardiff. Although the scoreline suggests it was a tough game, it was rather simple. Jovic scored the only goal of the game, in one where we were comfortable throughout without really without ever getting out of first gear.
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    BORDEAUX (H) (EUROPA LEAGUE)

    In the second knockout round, we were given a home game in the first leg. Baring anymore injuries, the youngsters of Armstrong and Jovic would be the striking duo for the remainder of the tournament, and while we initially struggled to finish our chances, we got a penalty early in the second half which Armstrong converted. Armstrong later grabbed his second goal of the game, which saw us take a 2 goal lead into the second leg.
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    SOUTHAMPTON (H)

    Sandwiched in between the 2 Europa League games was the visit of Southampton. In what was a fairly comfortable game, Insigne grabbed a brace while Perrin headed in from an Insigne corner to give us a 3-0 win.
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    BORDEAUX (A) (EUROPA LEAGUE)

    With a 2 goal lead heading into the match, I felt confident of progressing to the next round. The match was fairly tight throughout, with neither side creating anything. However, with 15 minutes to go, Diego Rolan finished superbly to give Bordeaux a chance. Luckily for us, Siem de Jong tapped in after good work from Guidetti to seal our place in the next round.
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    READING (A)

    We travelled to struggling Reading next. A couple of first half goals from Rolando Aarons put us firmly in the driving seat, and while a late goal from Chelsea loanee Solanke gave Reading some hope, Armstrong wrapped it up in stoppage time.
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    OLYMPIAKOS (H) (EUROPA LEAGUE)

    As we entered the latter stages of the Europa League, thinks started to get a lot more serious. With all the teams left being fairly beatable, I felt like winning the cup was a realistic goal, but we first had to get past the Greek side. Disaster struck early on as Jara gave them the lead. It took us a while to recover from the early blow, but right on half time Jovic levelled it up. The second half was a fairly boring half, and when I was about to accept a draw, Daniel Wass scored a free kick to give us the lead. We held on for the remainder of the game, and took a slight lead into the away leg.
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  • Chris
    5386 posts Big Money Move
    Newcastle -_-
  • Great results. PL title is in the bag.
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