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FA Cup final vs Tottenham

Venue: Wembley

Attendance: 90,000

Considering my neglect of all cup competitions I never expected to make a final so soon. With all my EPL fixtures out of the way I decided to field a full strength squad for this match. However, Tottenham were involved in the Europa League final three days ago of which they lost to Liverpool on penalties. So their starting line-up is missing a few key players, most notably Gareth Bale who always seems to cause me problems down that left flank, but drops to the bench to my relief.

I decided against making a full match video, instead you can watch the match highlights by clicking below.

Watch FA Cup final highlights – Brighton vs Tottenham (click here)

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Match stats:

We did it, Brighton won the FA Cup and therefore completed the domestic double. This final really did boast my sides best qualities with some free flowing and attacking football. Our 29 shots to Tottenham’s 9 say more than any other stat.

Squad stats and finances

It’s time to look through the squad and talk about those who made a difference. I’ll try and make this quick due to the posts length. We’ll start with both my strikers, Torres scored 32 goals and assisted 11 from 23 starts while Bakambu scored 33 goals and assisted 7 from 37 starts. Both incredible records, Torres played mainly in cup competitions while Bakambu scored most of his goals in the league. Centre back Verkhovtsov deserves a mention, he scored 16 and assisted 8 from set pieces. While the midfield was run by Charlie Adam assisting 24 times and Fleck scoring 14 and assisting 16.

We took a quick look at the clubs finances in December, if you remember the figure wasn’t pretty…Brighton were £26 million in the red. However, you all know I plan ahead and due to some nice cup runs and prize money I recouped all the loss and returned to the black. We ended the season with a bank balance of £1.3 million and this sets us up nicely for Brighton’s first ever season in the Champions League. :)

Well we’d better leave it there for today, I’m sure your eyes will be hurting a little. Thanks you for joining me and I hope you are enjoying the ride…I Know I certainly am! :) Until pre-season please feel free to ask any questions and I look forward to reading your comments as always.

Also don’t forget to vote for who I’ll manage in Football Manager 2012. You can vote within the poll below.

Darren Smith: "Which team should I be managing in FM 2012?" Final poll

  • Malaga (SPA) (35%, 134 Votes)
  • Norwich (EPL) (32%, 124 Votes)
  • PSG (FRA) (17%, 67 Votes)
  • QPR (EPL) (15%, 58 Votes)

Total Voters: 383

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junior
junior
10 years ago

wow absolutely amazing…2 seasons is all the time it takes you tow in the league…lol!nice man!!

Jay
Jay
10 years ago

niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee one mate, any chance of them live chat sessions things again? i enjoyed it last time and found out what caused me to leave so early on last time ? :)

Rob
Rob
10 years ago

great run of form mate, i followed youre newcastle story avidly but even after reading that i didnt think it was possible to win the PL in that time, sensational, congrats.

Kevin
10 years ago

Flipping brilliant!!!
Unlucky in Europe but I can see you being more successful next season. Really great job in winning the domestic double so quickly. You gave some opponents a good hammering along the way…this tactic is just awesome!
Well done Darren!
By the way I signed Bakambu on a season long loan for Southampton.

Dan
Dan
10 years ago

One word, amazing!
I’m personally enjoying reading this story because I’m reporting to my cousin (who’s also Brighton) about how well you’re doing and he gets worked up because, well let’s just say he’s not doing so well with the Seagulls.

Well done, next season Champions League, can’t wait to see your team play in that competition!

Laxeyman
Laxeyman
10 years ago

Just incredible Darren, to win the double in your 2nd EPL season is amazing, well done! Torres and Bakambu are amazing, hopefully they’ll help you in the CL next year :)

Jakefog
Jakefog
10 years ago

My jaw just hit the floor! What a fantastic season, you couldn’t have wished for any better! (Apart from maybe winning the Europa league but who needs to win that if you qualify for the champions league ey? ;)
Congrats!

Marcko
Marcko
10 years ago

congratz! brilliant season:D

junior
junior
10 years ago

hey darren i hope u dnt mind me sharing this…

today was a funny day…i was playing fm and things were going so baaad (when i loose alot i dnt change tactics aaand i jst start pressing space bar (going to the nxt day) more often..lol)..in december some contract expiry alert message came on but i was so pissed i jst ignored them…

nooow suddenly things are going well…havent lost in like 7 games and thats 5 wins 2 draws..i got the message again and i renewed all of the contracts…lol fm is a funny game can change ur day and ur mood…

looooolz!!FM HURRAY

NOTE:”deep inside i knw the poor form will come..its inevitable “

Godders
Godders
10 years ago

Well done Darren, excellent season.

Let’s hope you can finish it off with a win at Wembley in the FA Cup.

Sears
Sears
10 years ago

Bravo! Superb season mate, thrilled you pipped United to the title!! Shame you couldn’t add the Europa League to the impressive domestic double, though I can see you winning the CL in less than 2 yrs or so ;) Good luck bud!

Martin - F.M.J.S
10 years ago

Well Darran that is amazing, i thought you would do well this season but i did not expect a double brilliant. Unlucky with Europe but maybe you can win the Champions League next season :) A trophy i am finding hard to win lol. Look forward to the next installment. Good Luck.

vaibhavc
vaibhavc
10 years ago

Hey Darren
Amazing mate, to win the league and FA Cup in your fourth season. Charlie Adam played really well, getting 20 assists, and Galeano was a really good defender for you this season. He must have improved so much.

Godders
Godders
10 years ago

Hi Darren

I see you’ve beaten my favourite team in the final, well done anyway lol

Would like to see If you could, set up a 3-4-3 formation like Barca are you using at the moment.

Good Luck for next season.

PS Can’t wait for the new game FM2012, In a few weeks time.

George Dobson
George Dobson
10 years ago

Amazing Darren how do you do it good luck in the champions league:D

George Dobson
George Dobson
10 years ago
Reply to  Darren Smith

thanks for telling me Darren I will try and do what you have told me

riggsy
riggsy
10 years ago

WOW! That truly was a fantastic season Darren! I was looking back over my Southampton story and there was a comment from you which said “I can’t see my Brighton team progressing this quick”… well you have certainly proven yourself wrong :) Good luck for next season mate and I’m sure more success will follow!

Johnny Karp
10 years ago

Wow, a double! Superb season mate, wonderful job! Too bad you didn’t win the Europa League because you might not have another shot at it since you will probably be in the Champions League in all the following seasons ;)

Lye
Lye
10 years ago

Hey Darren,

I knew you will win the league title this season and you did it. Man Utd really pushed you all the way. Congratulations on the double. 103 goals is an awesome stats. Keep on bringing in attacking talents and aim for a higher goal tally next time.

Malhar Bhadbhade
Malhar Bhadbhade
10 years ago

that is just an incredible achievement. im not saying this to flatter you or anything, but you might just be the best football manager player in the world. if there’s any better, they’re certainly not on the internet…i’ve seen incredible achievements from other people on other stories, but this is just unbelievable. i personally want to c u manage Malaga for fm2012 and take on the likes of Barca and Real Madrid every season. anyway, good luck with your next season at Brighton!

Malhar Bhadbhade
Malhar Bhadbhade
10 years ago
Reply to  Darren Smith

hey darren, perhaps you’re right…maybe both you and Johnny are the best players in the world :) but winning the double with brighton in the fourth season is just ridiculous.

CsAtlantis
10 years ago

Darren I wonder what did Liverpool feel when Torres scored against them in the Europa League, I had a double take when I saw Torres on the results screen :P

You have assembled a strong squad, and they make up for the goals they concede by banging in a lot more past the opposition, no second season syndrome for your team then!

Looking forward towards next season when the young Brighton squad enters the Champions League, you should have a really good budget next season

Torres and Bertolucci have insane PA, care to post their attributes screenshots?

onecapwonder
onecapwonder
10 years ago

Thats an incredible season congrats and lets hope for more to come, reckon you can win the CL before FM 12 is out?

Also you mentioned the weird rivalry Brighton and Crystal Palace have in one of the earlier posts, well I just popped on to the Guardian website to get their latest podcast and saw this:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/football-league-blog/2011/sep/27/brighton-crystal-palace-rivalry

MDTM
MDTM
10 years ago

Great end to the season! Congrats on winning the double in your second season in the Premier League! Hopefully the CL comes next!

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