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Notts County Second Season – The Grand Finale

Here we are, the final dash towards the end of the season was about to begin. We had a painful month of March with lots of problems and some bad luck, so we were down in 2nd place at the end of it. We had two games in hand though and the team definitely looked better in the last games, so I hoped that we could get promotion pretty soon.

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Here we are, the final dash towards the end of the season was about to begin. We had a painful month of March with lots of problems and some bad luck, so we were down in 2nd place at the end of it. We had two games in hand though and the team definitely looked better in the last games, so I hoped that we could get promotion pretty soon.

The first game was away at 9th placed Swindon, we beat them 2-1 at Meadow Lane in November. My lads were determined to win it and we were all over them right from the start. We were 2-0 up in the 8th minute but then a harsh penalty decision against us made it 2-1. We made quite a few defensive errors but Schmeichel had a great day, he kept the door shut and Pekhart brought us the victory after the break. Huddersfield drew 2-2 away from home so we were back on top of the table, one point above Huddersfield and with two games in hand!

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We had another away game coming up, at 22nd placed Stockport. We won the home game 2-1 back in November and I was expecting a difficult match, Stockport had to battle hard to avoid relegation. The game began well for us, Marc Muniesa scored from a corner kick but not with a header, he rifled in a superb right footed volley. Charlie Mulgrew made it 2-0 with an unbelievable free kick shot from 35 yards out and Sburlea placed the cherry on the cake with a corner kick header. Stockport tried to get back into the game after the break but we punished them time and again on counter attacks, a nice display.

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With that result promotion was ours with seven games to spare!

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We were 4 points ahead of Huddersfield with one game in hand, we just had to win a few more games to win the League One title, I certainly wanted that ;) The next game was at home with 6th placed Colchester, we drew 1-1 with them in December. The game didn’t begin too well for us, Colchester broke through our offside trap and scored in the 17th minute, I expected a tough one. After missing a huge chance Tomas Pekhart buried one from inside the box, we were back on level terms. Nikita Andreev had a great chance right before the break, a through ball from James found him unmarked inside the box and he passed the ball into the net. Tomas Pekhart scored his 30th goal of the season right after the break, I was pleased with the team’s reaction after going one goal down in the first half.

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Next up, an away game at 18th placed Yeovil. There isn’t much to say about this game, we had good chances through the middle of their defense, their centre backs were too slow. That’s how we scored twice, with through balls from midfield. The good thing was that we didn’t give Yeovil any chance of scoring, our midfield worked well.

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  1. Kevin

    December 18, 2009 at 14:54

    Congratulations on gaining promotion! Fantastic win over Stockport too.Do you stay with the same tactic throughout the season and just tweak it occassionaly depending on the opposition?

  2. eddie eddie

    December 18, 2009 at 15:07

    Well done you are doing well again and good luck in the championship I will follow closley because I am off tell the 4th of jan!!!

    • Johnny Karp

      December 18, 2009 at 16:31

      @Eddie
      Thanks mate, have a good holiday! :)
      @Kevin
      Thanks Kev. The tactic is still the 4-4-2 I published here but now I’m at version 2.6, I made a few minor tweaks. Yes, I used it throughout the season, the changes that I make from game to game are related to the opposition instructions.

  3. Martin

    December 18, 2009 at 21:33

    Strange How The 2nd Place Team Still Got 104 Points !:O
    Well Done On Winning It
    I Think You Can Probably Get Promotion From The Championship :)

    • Johnny Karp

      December 18, 2009 at 22:14

      @Martin
      Yeah, Huddersfield have a pretty strong team. I definitely hope to be able to get promoted to the Premier League but it surely will be tough.

  4. Kevin

    December 18, 2009 at 22:20

    Intersting, I should pay more attention to the pre match set up. :)
    How do you go about chosing players when in the lower leagues especially as they maybe not well known. Do you use the filters looking at a particualar attribute(s) say for example stamina. Sorry for all the questions but your management skills are so intriguing

    I’m about to start a game with Swindon Town !

    • Johnny Karp

      December 18, 2009 at 22:48

      @Kevin
      Don’t worry, you can ask as many questions as you want, I don’t mind. If you have a good assistant manager you can try asking him to set up the opposition instructions, sometimes it works. I do use filters when searching for players. For example if I’m looking for a centre back I’ll set filters for heading, marking, anticipation, and so on. I also want centre backs with high pace and acceleration because I’m using a high defensive line. You also have to pay attention to the mental attributes like determination, they are pretty important too. I guess I should make a post about the most important attributes for every position… Good luck with Swindon, keep us up to date with your progress! And if you have questions please ask. ;)

  5. Kevin

    December 18, 2009 at 23:36

    I actually set up a blog for Swindon, but I want to see how I do first before revealing it. LOL!

    • Johnny Karp

      December 18, 2009 at 23:57

      :) That’s funny. I’m very curious to see the blog, so I have another reason to wish you good luck with Swindon :)

  6. madaboutpies

    December 19, 2009 at 13:24

    Congrats on getting the mighty pies into the championship. You had a very good season. I myself just missed out loosing on pens in the play-off final. I noticed that you only have Schmeichel left of the original team, how long do you think you will be able to keep him, as I have had offers from Juventus and Inter Milan trying to poach him.

  7. Sonny

    December 19, 2009 at 13:38

    Well done, expeirence will be key for the championship as there are some strong sides

    • Johnny Karp

      December 19, 2009 at 13:44

      @Sonny
      Thanks for the advice mate.
      @Madaboutpies
      Thanks mate. I didn’t have any offers for Schmeichel so far, maybe if he does well this season there will be some interest for him. However, I’m quite satisfied with his contribution so I don’t think I’ll sell him unless there will be a very good offer. That’s too bad about the shootout loss, that always hurts. Good luck in the next season!

  8. Martin

    December 19, 2009 at 14:54

    When Will Your Next Post Be ?
    I’m So Engrossed In This Blog :)
    Can’t Wait To See Your New Signings :)

    • Johnny Karp

      December 19, 2009 at 15:11

      Good news Martin, I’m currently writing the new post! :) Should be online in around an hour or so, be patient! :)

  9. hARRO

    December 20, 2009 at 21:32

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    check out my west ham blog..leave comments

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