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Dorchester Town Story: December 2013

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Hello folks and welcome to another chapter of the Dorchester Town FM 2010 story! Life in the Championship surely wasn’t easy for us until December, we had some moments of good form but also poor runs that were making me wonder if we could survive in the league. November was pretty good though, we got two wins and three draws and were sitting 13th at the end of the month.We were on a five match unbeaten run and I was hoping to keep it going for as long as possible, even with some more draws instead of wins.

The first game of December was at home with 3rd placed Southampton. They were the better side and they surely proved that during the first half, the were all over us but somehow we managed to survive until half time. We got out of the dressing room with a better attitude and the game was looking a bit different after the break. We were trying to push forward but just when it seemed that our game was getting even better Southampton struck on a counter attack. I admit I wasn’t hoping for too much at that point but Omar Koroma didn’t give up and he gifted us the point with a sublime curling shot from 20 yards out, straight into the top corner.

Next up, another very tough game as we were visiting league leaders Newcastle. The first half was rather boring and I was happy with that, we managed to control the game in midfield and didn’t allow Newcastle to create any chances. Things seemed to get even better just before the break when Alan Smith got sent off after receiving his second yellow card (he should have seen at least six yellows during the first half if you ask me). I was hoping for a much better second half but I had to witness a real onslaught, Newcastle were totally outplaying us despite the one man disadvantage. They would have deserved to win the game but our young goalie Davide La Rocca was absolutely stunning, he pulled off several magnificent saves to stretch our unbeaten run to seven games.

Back at home for the next game, 17th placed Nottingham Forest were coming to pay us a visit. Davide La Rocca continued his show from St. James’ Park as he pulled off yet another great save only 30 seconds into the game but then we took control of the game and Forest‘s defense was under more and more pressure. On-loan striker Liam Parker missed a sitter 15 minutes into the game but then he finally banged in his first goal of the club on 25 minutes. We could have scored at least two more until half time but we wasted several chances. We could have been punished for that in the second half as Forest were trying to push forward but our defense coped with the pressure and we got the overdue win!

The next game was away at fellow newly-promoted side Millwall, they were sitting 15th. We got off to a good start this time and young centre back Francesco Tosto gave us the lead on 18 minutes with a fine corner kick header, his first ever goal for the club. Then things got a bit complicated since Fabricio Coloccini got injured, I had to replace him with Stefan O’Brien but the Irish youngster appeared to be in good shape. Mohammed Tchite eased the pressure eight minutes before half time when he rounded off a flowing team move, we were leading 2-0 at the break. The second half saw us being forced to defend but we did that very well, Milwall had no other options than to shoot from distance and they never managed to hit the target. Fabricio Coloccini was going to be out for a month and with Ryan Shotton still trying to recover from his injury I had to rely on the young centre backs that I had in the squad.

We had another tricky game coming up, away at promotion contenders West Brom. We had a bit of luck early on as they hit the crossbar five minutes into the game but we hit back very well and took the lead on 13 minutes when Jonathan Dos Santos played a superb pass behind the defense for Liam Parker who rounded the keeper and tucked it in. Then we found ourselves under some pressure and WBA managed to get the equalizer before half time, it was totally deserved. Things got more interesting after the interval because West Brom switched to a highly attacking 4-2-4 setup, we were being pushed back by their tremendous attacking strength. Our defense was standing firm though and we could have scored the fatal blow through Omar Koroma, he was clean through on a counter attack but didn’t manage to send the ball past the keeper. I was hoping to hold on to that draw but it all ended 13 minutes from time when Nacho Gonzalez found a great shot from 20 yards out that went past our brave keeper. Our unbeaten run was over after nine games. Go to the next page to read the rest of the story.

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  1. hils

    September 8, 2010 at 20:07

    Good month Johnny. I have started a quest game. I want to win everything in Denmark,Switzerland and Portugal. Teams:FC Copenhagen,FC Zurich and Porto. December looks very exciting!!!

    • Johnny Karp

      September 9, 2010 at 09:24

      Thanks Hils. How many games have you started, it seems that you’re starting a new one every few days :) Good luck with your quest!

      • hils

        September 9, 2010 at 16:24

        I just cannot find a game thats gain me experience. Now i have a game that will be cool. (by the way my actual aim is to make the 3 leagues i have the 3 best leagues in the world)

  2. Kevin

    September 9, 2010 at 12:39

    Hello Johnny
    Great back to back wins to finish off the year which has made a big difference. Your GK La Rocca has been superb for you. Hopefully this winning streak will continue on into January

    • Johnny Karp

      September 9, 2010 at 17:51

      Thanks Kevin, I wouldn’t mind a win at Stamford Bridge :)

  3. Lye

    September 9, 2010 at 13:40

    Hi mate, a lot of tough games for you this month. I thought your team did quite well especially the win against Bristol City. Hopefully the last two wins will drive your team to do better. You are very close on a play-off spot and i think you can grab it. Good luck.

    • Johnny Karp

      September 9, 2010 at 17:51

      Thanks Lye. You are right about that Bristol City win, it was the best game of the season so far.

  4. Laxeyman

    September 9, 2010 at 16:21

    Well done Johnny, you had some really tough games there, and overall, you did well. Hopefully you can keep up your form and sneak into the play offs by the end of the season. Good luck!

    • Johnny Karp

      September 9, 2010 at 17:52

      Thanks for the good wishes Laxeyman but I guess we’ll need a lot of luck…

  5. Darren Smith

    September 9, 2010 at 18:06

    Hey hey, great results Johnny. Dorchester are back on the map for promotion. A very impressive month has left you right in the mix and I hope it continues. A few months like this one will gain some breathing space. Dorchester for promotion!! Goodluck mate

    • Johnny Karp

      September 10, 2010 at 06:18

      Thanks for the confidence Darren!

  6. Sears

    September 9, 2010 at 19:45

    Hey Johnny,
    your right, that was an action packed December, and your Dorchester team are prime candidates for a play off spot. With a bit of weeling and dealing in January, hopefully you can bring in a loan or two. I honestly believe you can can catch up to Bristol as you’ve showed this month you can mix it with the ‘big boys’. Hopefully your side will pick up a bit of consistency and push further up the table. C’mon Dorchester!

    • Johnny Karp

      September 10, 2010 at 06:19

      Thanks a lot for your positive thoughts Sears. You might be a bit too optimistic though :)

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