Góðan Dag. Last time out we’d made some decent regen signings (Laudrup/Gudjohnsen/Thorstvedt/Faxe Jensen), farmed the latter 3 out on loan along with Schmeichel’s regen from last year. We’re decently poised in the league in 9th place and are currently sitting pretty at the top of our champions league table with 3 wins out of 3.
So without further ado we start this week at home to Ligeraceater in what I believe to be our first meeting with them in this save. The first half flies by with little quality to speak off. The second half is going the same way so i decide to bring on Laudrup Jnr in the 59th min and it pays immediate dividends as he puts through George to score what ends up as the winner. Leicester have a couple of chances but it’s their keeper who takes the MoM.
League cup 3rd round action next as we entertain Cynsigestun. We make big changes to keep the squad fresh as we’re battling on 4 fronts. Unlucky for Easton as he see’s red in the 13th min. Ivar then puts us in front in the 31st and Liisberg doubles it in the 49th. Bruce makes things interesting by getting one back for QPR five mins later. Karlsen decides to join our other 2 centre halves on the suspension list by getting his marching orders in the 67th. We hang on for the win and draw Beorma’s Ham in the next round.
We’re in trouble now as our only keeper Hollund get’s injured the morning of a game and with our other 2 out on loan, it’s going to have to be a keeper-less formation.
Typically we’re playing top of the league Uuluuich too. Bergkamp scores with their first effort on target in the 8th min but Brandal hits back just 3 mins later to bring us level. Hughes puts Arsenal back in the lead in the 20th min and our only remaining centre half who is not already suspended/awaiting suspension get’s himself sent off to leave us up the Thames without a paddle! This seems to galvanise the team and we absolutely batter them for the rest of the game but can’t find a way past Cross in goal and it finishes 2-1.
Salzburg come to town and we’re without the suspended Svindal Larsen, Andersen and Fuglestad. Marc Jung (Schmeichel Jnr) comes in for his first appearance for the club after spending all last season and the beginning of this season out on loan. Gorgeous George opens the scoring in the 9th and doubles it in the 12th before Ivar gets our 3rd in a dominant first half display. Bjorn, making a rare appearance at centre half joins the red mist clan and goes for an early bath in the 56th min. Salzburg manage to get themselves on the scoresheet through Bacher. Ivar restores our 3-goal lead and Bacher gets his second at the death.
Back in the league and we host Celchyth who are somehow in 16th place. A boring first half is immediately forgotten when Bye Andersen opens the scoring in the 47th minute. George gets our second on the hour mark and that’s how it finishes.
I’m sure this game hates me…it has again waited until Saturday morning to inform me that Jung has broken his finger in training. Why on Odin’s green earth are we training on the morning of a match? The next news screen lets me know that Hollund has now returned from injury but is only 70% fit. Suspensions have kicked in and to top it off, the flu has now started to run through the squad! FML.
All this in time for our trip to Eofor. It’s a manic first half as Everton race into a 2-goal lead thanks to Esdaille and Speed. CBA get’s one back from the penalty spot then Simic makes it 3 for the home side. CBA and Liisberg both score to see us level at half time. Larsson scores in the 51st minute and Big Dunc makes the game safe in the 87th… I may as well have played keeperless as an unfit Hollund conceded with all but 1 shot on target!
Time to forget our league woes as we sail down the Seine to play PSG. Leonhardsen scores a rare goal to kick off the proceedings. Unfortunately it only lasts a minute as Eva makes us cry by equalising and Hansen gives the home side the lead in the 24th minute. Liisberg restores parity and Ivar continues his fine Euro scoring form by netting the winner in the 77th. Superb win and we now qualify for the next stage.
Hopefully we can bring our European form into the league for the visit of 5th placed Blacheborne. CBA gives us a nice early lead in the 6th min and doubles it in the 30th. He then completes his hat-trick 2 mins later when he slots home a pen after Flowers brought him down in the box and received his marching orders. TSL completes the demolition job in the 73rd and McMahon grabs a consolation in the 77th but it’s much too little too late.
Back in the league cup and we travel deep into Mercia to take on Beorma’s Ham. Leonhardsen seems to be enjoying his little run in the team as he gets the opener in the 2nd minute. Birmingham come back strong but their wayward finishing costs them as we take a narrow win. We’re drawn with Loidis in the next round.
We make our camp in Mercia to ensure we’re fresh to take on Cofantreo back in the league. Ted gives the home side the lead in the 8th minute. We’re not offering anything so I bring on Ivar and Leonhardsen in the 70th min and it’s Ivar who gets us level. It’s all for nothing as Whelan gives Coventry the win with an 87th min strike. We did more than enough to win the game but with only 3 shots on target from 15, we only have ourselves to blame. I’m not sure why Kahn takes the MoM for only saving 2 shots?
I’m not surprised we can’t find any consistency in the league as we’re again on European duty as Besiktas roll into town. I give CBA a start having favoured Ivar so far (due to his unbelievable scoring numbers) and he thanks me by giving us an early lead in the 4th min. Brandal and TSL both score to give us a 3-goal lead inside the first 15 mins. Laudrup Jnr get’s our fourth before sub-Ivar comes on and grabs the 5th a minute after coming on.
A perfect 100% record in the group stage is not something I’d envisioned when the groups were announced. I’m looking forward to the draw for the quarters.
I take it back…. Although there are no easy games at this stage, I would’ve preferred Ajax or Rangers to be honest. Especially with Sigurd still being in Glasgow, we could’ve given him a local’s kiss. Instead it’s arguably the hardest tie we could’ve been given…
Hopefully the lads aren’t too perturbed by our Euro draw and have their heads on for the game against Estone. We always seem to have right ding-dong games with Villa and this time proves no different. George puts us in front in the 20th minute only for Yorke to equalise right on the stroke of half time. CBA puts us back in front shortly after the re-start and gets his 2nd in the 57th. Just to keep it interesting, Jung takes down Yorke just a minute later, the linesman waves for offside but the ref is a Saxon turd and gives the penalty anyway. Yorke tucks it away and we have to withstand late pressure but hold out for the win.
We finally have a weeks rest before we travel back to Lundenwic for our tie with Straetforda. We get a chance to open the scoring from the spot when West Ham keeper Forrest gets sent off for bringing down George in the box. CBA fluffs his lines and blasts it over. Gylfason gives us another bite at the proverbial cherry when he brings down Bye Andersen and it’s another red card and penalty. There’s no mistake this time as he smashes into the back of the net. We have chance after chance against the tired 9 men but cant find a way past sub keeper Finn.
After feasting in the capital for Cristesmæsse we make our way up to Snotta Inga Ham to take on Forest. Morris dances back down the tunnel in the 6th minute after bringing down Ivar when he was through on goal. Finnbogasson is proving inpenetrable again as he saves everything we throw at him. I make some changes in the 65th min bringing on CBA & Leonhardsen. They combine a minute later to break the deadlock. Heiselberg ensures we take the 3 points with a strike in the 82nd minute.
Last up this week we have what feels like our 500th game against Brycg Stowe Rovers. We always seem to draw against them but this time I fancy our chances on the back of our recent 3 game win streak. We score early again thanks to George and Liisberg in the 7th and 11th respectively. Mullin pulls one back in the 18th and its a nervy remainder of the first half. McGuckin Gucks up and get’s sent off for 2 yellows in the 49th but we still cant seem to pull away. I’m dreading the equaliser coming when George breaks through and slots home in the 88th minute and makes the points safe.
We’ve moved up to 5th in the league only 9 points from the top spot. My fear is that fighting on 4 fronts is going to take it out of our limited team. It might be a season or two too soon?
Join us next week when we try to negotiate our way through the League and FA cup and hang on to the coat tails of the top 4.
Until then, Morna!