The Wonderkids – Part Twenty: Keeping Cup Appearances

Hello and welcome to the next part in our Wonderkids journey. If you’ve missed how our title defence kicked off over the last few weeks, you can catch-up from the start of season 5 here. Last time out we’d made some good progress during autumn only to lose it all in two games. We continue to wait on the outcome of the final two Champions League games to see if we make it through as best runners-up. A reminder of our current standing:

The only wonder at the moment is why I haven’t been sacked yet and why Bryan Robson left Middlesbrough for Man Utd…we’re desperately seeking something, and as minus man Clement Cliffort cements his place in the Dortmund side, another minus man is available…to reject us.

We open our update in the FA Cup where we thrash a less than athletic Division Two Charlton.

Hellllllooooooo…another season, another game against the cowboy accessories in the cup. Hopefully we don’t fall foul of old Joe’s side.

We follow up with a victory in the pointless cup quarter finals over Derby including minus men Youngs and Trees. It comes at a hefty price.

The first of two games with the joke-in-ears boys over two weeks is fruitful.

And the first of three against Arsenal this month is also inspired other than Yuri trying to bend his arm until it broke.

We move up to third with a fairly comfortable win against one of our cursed bogey sides Sheff Utd.

We’re into the FA Cup 5th round to face Coventry but we’ll miss LADonidas for a few weeks.

Keegan’s Arsenal are dispatched in the FA Cup semi final first leg. No puns, just victories.

Our Champions League destiny is handed to us, and I really cannot see us progressing.

Ajax would have been the kind draw. The cup games really threaten to ruin our title defence.

Just for fun, we draw with Coventry to add to our cup fixture pile up. Then we only go and smash Arsenal 3-1 to add further pain by reaching the pointless cup final where we’ll face Huddersfield.

THREE CHEERS FOR RAMIREZ…not. He’ll be out for a month with a broken foot. We’ve played three league games since the 31st December…THREE!!! When we’re playing a game every two days at the end of the season, we’ll be crippled.

Sandwiched in between a few bore draws with 17th placed Everton and 19th placed Palace we win the replay with Coventry to progress in one of many cup fronts…Bak from the dead!

Meira finally stakes a claim for a place in the side, only for the curse to rear its ugly head. That said, I’ll take the result!

Yuri continues his rosy European form with his 5th in 5 games. The Bakman is also on fire…just not in the league. Another day, another cup game…

After being 4-0 up on 51 minutes we proceed to give ourselves a major scare in the warmup for the League Cup final. In the league we’re running 3 games in hand and about 12 points behind the leaders.

The FA Cup pits us against the team that pipped us to the Division One title two years ago.

The games are wracking up and we lose Juan more player to a ban. It doesn’t matter as 3rd place Liverpool are brushed aside comfortably. Bakman returns.

We love the slicer, but Huckerby not so much. Three cheers for Ramirez who gets a goal on his return. Bak-Jensen is on 16 in 17 now, he hasn’t been this lethal since Division Three.

And it earns him a call up.

And with that two thirds of the season have gone. We’ve still got a game in hand and have closed the gap to just 5 points on Newcastle, as it was at the start of this update. Wonderkids, closing in.

Its going to be tough. Newcastle are hard to beat and we’re still in the League Cup, FA Cup and Champions League. Towards the back end of the season we’ve already got a game every 2 days and if we progress in the Champions League and FA Cup it will get worse. I’m not sure our glass soldiers can cope with the physical demands. Can they prove me wrong? Join us next week to find out!

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