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Dorchester Town Story: March 2016

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Hello folks and welcome back to the small town of Dorchester! Our Football Manager 2010 story continues with one of the toughest months in the history of the club, a month in which we had to meet football giants like FC Bayern, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool. We were still sitting second in the Premier League at the end of February and we also had the privilege of continuing our Europa League and FA Cup runs. Let’s see what we managed to do in March.

The first match of the month was played at Old Trafford and it was the FA Cup quarter final with Manchester United. We enjoyed a fantastic start with two of my players taking us to a great two-goal lead before the 12th minute: Iulian Marin was the man who played the assists and Craig Carlisle was the one who powered them in! Unfortunately Man United clawed one back quickly, Nani rounded off a flowing team move on 16 minutes. We held on until half time with a bit of help from the crossbar on one occasion but the team was looking quite solid. We started to play even better in the second half, we were dominating the game but Wayne Rooney leveled the game wit a goal against the run of play right on the hour mark. Things got worse when left back Can Kahveci had to be stretchered off the pitch, we were down to 10 men but we managed to hold out until the end of the game and earn the right to stage a replay at home.


Next up, the first leg of the Europa League clash with German titans FC Bayern. Their team was very solid with great talent especially in midfield and upfront. We were lucky enough to get off to a flying start again, Iulian Marin chipped a ball past the defense and Craig Carlisle rounded the keeper to give us the lead inside the opening minute. Then Bayern took control of the game, we were under a bit of pressure until half time but goalkeeper David De Gea kept our lead intact with a few superb saves. The pressure cooled off a bit after the interval, we were in better shape and even managed to convert the better display into a goal when substitute Gael Kakuta made a great run down the left flank, then burst into the penalty area where he was brought down by a defender. Christian Stuani converted the penalty kick and we were celebrating a solid two-goal lead. Fran Merida had a great chance to make it 3-0 a few minutes later but he was denied by the keeper and we paid the price for that missed chance as Bayern clawed one back nine minutes from time. The Germans switched to a 4-2-4 setup, they were determined to net the equalizer but we pulled back and held on to grab an important win. The one goal margin was a slim advantage to take into the second leg but I guess we couldn’t have done any better.


Back to the Premiership, our first league game of the month was a very tough one at Emirates Stadium. We were in 2nd position and Arsenal were just behind us in third, a true derby! I was pleased to see my team defending very well during the initial minutes and even more excited when Christian Stuani produced a magnificent solo effort to bag his 20th goal of the season! We continued to defend very well, Arsenal were limited to shots from distance that were easily handled by De Gea. Liam Parker had a good chance to double our lead in the second half but we didn’t really need that as Arsenal were unable to do any damage. Our unbeaten run stretched to a fabulous 30 games, easily the best run in the club’s history!


Another unbeaten game would have booked us the passage to the next round of the Europa League, we had to hold out for a draw in Germany. It was a huge task though and I chose to start with a more cautious setup. We were defending pretty well, Bayern were unable to create any clear chances but that was until the 22nd minute when John Heitinga was sent off for a violent and totally unnecessary tackle. I wasn’t expecting such a blow from an experienced player like him but the team held on well until half time. The one man disadvantage proved to be more important after the break, Bayern were really pouring forward and we were surviving with more and more difficulty. We did survive until the 69th minute when Huntelaar fired one in, the game was looking as good as over. I was trying to figure out a way to create some chances to score but that went up in smoke on 73 minutes when Laszlo Tamasi was stretchered off the pitch, we were down to 9 men and our European adventure was over. Things got even worse after the game, the physios announced that Tamasi‘s season was over, he was going to spend four months on the sidelines… Go to the next page to read the rest of the story.

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Darren Smith
11 years ago

Hey Johnny, you have enjoyed some great form recently. Its a shame about the Bayern game but brilliant to see your still in with a shot for the FA Cup. The remaining games look very promising and we must surely be looking forward to a top four finish! Well done mate

Kevin
11 years ago

Hi Johnny
With the upcoming schedule you still have a chance at snatching the title if Spurs can drop some points. The injuries to your players are terribly unlucky at such an important stage and really bad luck against Bayern. Still, I see you with the FA Cup on the trophy shelf when it’s all over. Good luck!!

hils
hils
11 years ago

Hi Johnny,an okay month there!!!!!!! You still have a chance of winning the title!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good luck!!!!!!!!!!

Lye
Lye
11 years ago

Hi Johnny,

Too bad about crashing out of the Europe. A top four finish is a guarantee now and i think you will beat Wolves and progress to the FA cup final. I believe you should win that. Your cup run is fantastic. Good luck.

Mariano
Mariano
11 years ago

If i were the Dorchester manager i would send Heitinga to feeze in the reserves until the end of his contract!

Did you take any diciplinary measures?

You are doing an amazing campaing, i don´t know how difficult the fixture of tottenham is, but i predict you will win all the next games.

Good luck!

Sears
11 years ago

Hey Johnny,
I have a tough disciplinary measures for players who misbehave on the pitch. I remember one time on my Shahktar game, I was in my first season and we had to beat Fiorentina to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League. I think we lost away but we were beating them in the return fixture until Sergy Krivets got sent off. We ended up losing the game and don’t think Krivets ever played for me again. I might had been a bit to harsh, but I could’t believe how stupid he was to get sent off in such an important game. Anyway, great to see Dorchester challenge for the title. Just wish I’d had continued my own Chelmsford City game when we got promoted to the Premier League. Hopefully you can prevail in the FA Cup and bring further glory to the Dorchester faithful.

Laxeyman
Laxeyman
11 years ago

Hi Johnny, sorry for missing your last posts as I was away on holiday. It looks like you’ve done very well in recent months, and you have a chance of winning the league. Unlucky in the Champions League, but hopefully you can go and grab the FA Cup, and push Tottenham at the top. Good luck!

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