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Blyth Spartans February 2016

My Blyth Spartans were dominating the Premier League, we were still unbeaten at the end of January, a great run, and it seemed that no other team could keep up with that pace. I wanted the good run to continue and to secure the title as soon as possible in order to focus on the other competitions.

The first game of February was away at 16th placed Wolves, a team that we humiliated in September at Croft Park, it ended 5-0 then. This time we were lucky to score an early goal, Kalouda sent in a tricky cross and a defender deflected it past his own keeper. Wolves were prepared to defend, so their game plan was blown to pieces. We put another three goals past them and earned an easy win.

1 wolves vs blyth premier league

Next up, a home game against local rivals Newcastle. They were in 8th place but we defeated them 1-0 at St. James’ Park in October. My lads played a perfect first half, we were 3-0 up at the break. We allowed Newcastle to create a bit too much in the second half but the win was already in our bag.

2 blyth vs newcastle premier league

We had a difficult challenge coming up, Manchester City in the FA Cup. We had to use the home ground advantage but the game was even and boring in the first half. The second half wasn’t much better, it seemed that we were heading towards a goalless draw but Manchester City‘s defenders lost their concentration… First a tricky back pass put their keeper in difficulty and he deflected the ball into his own net! A few minutes later another error allowed Nicao to double our lead and it was over!

3 blyth vs manchester city fa cup

The Citizens had the perfect chance to get revenge a few days later, we had the Premier League game coming up. They were in 2nd place, 18 points behind us, so it was their last chance to get back into the title fight. They looked determined to fight in the first half and Hamsik gave them the lead with a superb volley from 20 yards out. We were not playing very well, I admit I was a bit desperate… So I threw in young striker Pablo to replace an unconvincing Tomas Necid… It was like a dream, three crosses, three headers from Pablo and three goals!

4 man city vs blyth premier league

With this win we had one hand on the title, maybe one hand and three fingers…

5 premier league table february 2016

With the Premier League title almost in our bag we had to focus on the other competitions, we had a tricky away leg coming up at AS Roma. We won at Olimpico last season in the Europa League quarter final and I hoped that we could do that again. In fact, we played very well and didn’t give Roma any chance of winning the game. Nicao scored a very important goal, so I was pretty confident that we could hold on to that lead in the second leg.

6 roma vs blyth champions league

There wasn’t any better way to end the month than with a final, the Carling Cup final against Middlesbrough at Wembley Stadium. We were the favorites for the trophy and we outplayed our opponents in the first half. We should have been at least 3-0 up at the break but it wasn’t to be, Middlesbrough took advantage of a defensive blunder and got back into the match. They looked more lively in the second half and I was afraid that we would be the victims of a comeback… Centre back Tiberiu Radulescu showed his aerial skills again though, he ended the game with a powerful header! More silverware for the club, the fans were quite happy!

7 middlesbrough vs blyth carling cup final

March looks pretty promising, we’ll have two nice tough ones in the FA Cup and in the Champions League

8 blyth fixtures march 2016

I also hope that we would keep up the good form in the Premier League, we might even win the title at the end of March!



  1. eddie eddie

    September 13, 2009 at 15:19

    Well done great month for you.

    • JohnnyKarp

      September 13, 2009 at 17:46

      Thanks Eddie ;)

  2. Goran

    September 13, 2009 at 18:54

    Great month for you , keep it up.
    I just want ask you what team instructions you change when playing away (i use your 4-4-2 tactic it’s great).

    • JohnnyKarp

      September 13, 2009 at 19:36

      Thanks Goran. I don’t change the team instructions for away games, I always try to tweak things through opposition instructions when needed. You have to get fast defenders for this tactic, with good pace and acceleration. It would also be useful to have a “sweeper keeper”, a goalie that comes off the line to intercept.

  3. curtkoz

    September 14, 2009 at 00:04

    Do you know when FM10 demo is out?

    • JohnnyKarp

      September 14, 2009 at 07:29

      I don’t know Curt, probably a couple of weeks before the game release.

  4. Chris

    September 14, 2009 at 11:23

    I’ve only got one more question about your lay-out and then I promise that’s it! :) I have managed to get a stadium pack and also managed to put my own picture of Woking’s ground on there (that’s my challenge – taking Woking to the dizzy heights of league football!) and the stadium pictures show when you click on any team to view their squad – BUT, they don’t show when I’m on the match overview screen – that’s just the default background picture. So I’ve noticed you have the stadiums showing during the actual matches and was wondering how you did that? If I can get that sorted my game will be complete :)

    I’ve been writing a story similar to yours about my Woking game, I’ll have to put it online soon (still early days though.)

    As usual, keep up the good work mate!

    • JohnnyKarp

      September 14, 2009 at 13:45

      Hello Chris, you can ask as many questions as you want, I don’t mind :) The pictures should show in the match overview screen, I did nothing more for that, just placed the pictures into graphics/backgrounds. Check your game display preferences, maybe there’s something wrong there.

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