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Vauxhall Motors Story: December 2012

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Hello folks and welcome to a fresh episode of the Vauxhall Motors Football Manager 2011 story! I hope you still remember the last update in which I told you about our matches in November 2012, a great month that saw my team grabbing a new record win, 8-0 at Oxford! We were top of the table at the end of November, four points clear of second placed Southend, but we had no less than 8 games to play in December (including a league derby against Southend). Let’s see what happened.

The first game of the month was the FA Cup second round clash with fellow League Two side Bradford. We started the game very well and missed a few good chances before striker Darryl Duffy broke the deadlock four minutes before half time. I was forced to make three substitutions at half time due to several fitness problems within my first eleven and that choice backfired just eight minutes into the second half when centre back Daniel Pappoe left the field on a stretcher. We were down to 10 men but we held out until eight minutes from time when Bradford leveled the match with a superb goal. Luckily we restored our advantage just three minutes later when Omar Koroma slotted home with a perfect finish and we managed to go through to the next round. We got 27,500 pounds in prize money for this win, not bad at all! The bad news was that I had two major injuries to deal with: defender Daniel Pappoe and midfielder Nathan Rooney were going to be out for a whole month.



We had another cup game coming up, the Johnstone’s Trophy North semi final against League One side Rotherham. The match was fairly even but both sides could have clinched it in the second half as Rotherham missed a good chance and we hit the crossbar in the 89th minute. The match ended goalless and went straight to the penalty shoot-out. Unfortunately most of my players were unable to keep calm so Rotherham won the shoot-out and knocked us out of the competition.

The first league game of the month was at home against 14th placed Leyton Orient, I was hoping that my lads were not too affected by the shoot-out defeat. The opening five minutes were quite entertaining as my lads hit the post before the visitors were denied by the crossbar. Omar Koroma broke the deadlock 10 minutes before the break with a fine individual effort but our opponents leveled the match just before the hour mark with a superb goal that saw the ball bouncing in off the underside of the crossbar. We hit the woodwork again seven minutes from time and then we finally managed to clinch it when Shane Williams weighed a perfect through ball for Darryl Duffy who slotted home. Unfortunately Duffy picked up a slight injury during the game and he was going to be out for two weeks.



We had a tough game coming up, away at 7th placed promotion contenders Lincoln. We were second best throughout the opening half hour, Lincoln were dominating the game, but we struck on a counter attack that was finished by loanee Luke Williams with a spectacular lob from distance. We were not incisive enough after the break but our opponents were not looking too strong either. Unfortunately they caught us napping on a counter attack and leveled the match four minutes from time. The draw wasn’t a bad result but Southend were just two points behind us!



Our next game was at home with second placed Southend, we had to get at least a draw to stay top. Go to the next page to see what happened!

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Plobdork
Plobdork
10 years ago

Wow johnny this is a really good story good result against southend good luck in next half of season

Laxeyman
Laxeyman
10 years ago

Great month again Johnny, the win over Southend was really important. I wouldn’t worry about the game against Morecambe, you’re still 13 points clear of 4th place and almost a certainty for promotion. Hopefully you can pull of a shock and beat Crystal Palace, good luck!

Sears
10 years ago

Your team seem to score a lot of goals Johnny, that’s always a boast. Hopefully you can maintain your current form and I think you can beat Palace in the FA Cup as well. Good luck!

Kevin
10 years ago

Hi Johnny
I think it’s always nice to lead the pack come the end of December so well done in maintaining that top position. Looking forward to a “giant killing” result in the FA Cup against Palace. Anyway, great update and entertainment as usual.

Darren Smith
10 years ago

Hey buddy, like you said the last game should not shadow a great start. Your comfortably top and have been playing some great football. I cant wait to see the second half of your season, goodluck mate. Another promotion is on the cards!

James
James
10 years ago

Johnny, you’re a managing god! keep it up!:)

James
James
10 years ago
Reply to  Johnny Karp

Haha:), but one question, when you change a player e.g. injury or fitness, do you change the positions role?

Marius
Marius
10 years ago

Happy birthday Johnny !

Hope you entertain us with many beautiful stories in the years to come !

Marius
Marius
10 years ago
Reply to  Johnny Karp

Don’t worry about the 3-0 defeat against Morecambe , Real Madrid lost 5-0 to Barcelona but still are in good position to win the title.
And Mourinho doesn’t have your management skills.
Hope he doesn’t read this.

hils
hils
10 years ago

Hi Johnny,good month there!!!!!!!!! Hopefully you will get promoted!!!!!!! Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!

Chris Williams
Chris Williams
10 years ago

Wow! Your stories are excellent! So are your management skills! :)

Nick
10 years ago

great month as usual Johnny. I genuinely think that you are the best football manager player I have ever seen ;-)

P.S. please check out my FM blog and follow it if you like it
http://fmaddict.fmcrowd.com/

Sayam Khan
10 years ago

Johnny, good month there, Duffy is playing really really well. Sorry to say this but i think a big club will come for him in the higher leagues :-(

Lye Kuek Hin
10 years ago

Hi Johnny,

Think i am a bit late but still want to wish you a belated Happy Birthday. Well done on the win against Southend and an important win. You will surely go up, the only question is what position you will be. But i believe you will win the title. Darryl Duffy is a goal scoring machine. Good luck.

Victor
Victor
10 years ago

Hi Johnny!
I would like to know if you live in Romania?

Victor
Victor
10 years ago
Reply to  Johnny Karp

Si eu sunt roman. Imi place foarte mult site-ul tau si e foarte bine organizat. Dar tu esti singurul care posteaza pe el, inafara de celelalte story-uri?

P.S.: Daca ai cont pe fmro.ro, cum te scrii?

Victor
Victor
10 years ago
Reply to  Johnny Karp

Ok. No problem.

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