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Vauxhall Motors Story: January 2014

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Hello folks, I’m happy to bring you a fresh update to my Vauxhall Motors Football Manager 2011 story! As you remember we had an action-packed month of December, we had to play no less than nine games, but it ended well since we were top of the League 1 table at the end of the year. We had a three point cushion over second placed Preston so I decided to change the season expectations to “promotion”. Now let’s see how January went.

Southampton vs Vauxhall (FA Cup 3rd round)

Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium

Attendance: 16,994

Starting line up: Martin Hansen – Jacob Hronec, Daniel Pappoe, Mervin Simon, Alex Billington – Carlos Bogado, Mark Brown, Graham Howson, Jason Banton – Mark Cullen, Dale Hills

Team Talk: You can win today!

The odds were firmly against us for this game since Southampton were promotion contenders in the Championship. I was hoping that we could pull off an upset though and I fielded the best eleven that I could gather. The initial minutes of the game saw us being on the back foot but Martin Hansen pulled off a good save to keep the score level. Then we slowly took control of the game and even created two good chances before half time. We missed those chances but I was quite happy with the first half display.

Half time score: 0-0

Half time team talk: Pleased.

Half time substitutions: Nathan Rooney for Brown, Darryl Duffy for Cullen

We continued to play fairly well after the re-start and our courage was rewarded on 54 minutes when Dale Hills made a good run and crossed the ball into the box where Graham Howson headed home for his 10th goal of the season. I was thrilled but I knew that we had more work to do if we wanted to go through to the next round. We managed to keep the game fairly quiet until the final 10 minutes, then the home side really started to put us under pressure. We weathered the storm and I was very happy to have pulled off such an upset and also to bring some decent money into the club’s coffers.

Full time team talk: Well done!

Man of the match: Graham Howson

Flop of the match: Mark Brown

Match Stats

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Vauxhall vs Charlton (League 1)

Venue: Rivacre Park

Attendance: 2,500 (capacity crowd)

Starting line up: Martin Hansen – Ken Harris, Daniel Pappoe, Mervin Simon, Grant Baddeley – Carlos Bogado, Mark Brown, Graham Howson, Keith Higgs – Mark Cullen, Dale Hills

Team Talk: You can win today!

Promotion contenders Charlton were having a rather disappointing season, they were in 9th place before the game. It turned out to be a special afternoon for my team, the lads started the game very well and we took the lead on 18 minutes when Mervin Simon headed in a corner kick cross. That effort was canceled after just eight minutes, it was a swift counter attack move from Charlton that surprised my defenders. My lads were playing too well though and we regained the lead just two minutes later when midfielder Graham Howson fired in a spectacular drive from more than 30 yards out, a superb goal! The game was fairly entertaining and Charlton could have leveled it again just before half time when they hit the crossbar from close range. We deserved the lead though, no question about that.

Half time score: 2-1

Half time team talk: Pleased.

Half time substitutions: Jason Banton for Bogado, Jacob Walcott for Higgs

I was hoping to extend the lead after the break but what happened was beyond my wildest dreams… My players managed to put no less than seven more goals past Charlton, we had a sensational second half! Strikers Dale Hills and Darryl Duffy bagged two goals apiece, centre back Mervin Simon netted his second of the game while Jason Banton and Mark Cullen also found the back of the net. This probably was our best game of the season so far, a tremendous performance from start to finish.

Full time team talk: Well done!

Man of the match: Graham Howson

Flop of the match: Keith Higgs

Match Stats

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Brentford vs Vauxhall (League 1)

Venue: Griffin Park

Attendance: 6,379

Starting line up: Martin Hansen – Ken Harris, Daniel Pappoe, Mervin Simon, Alex Billington – Carlos Bogado, Mark Brown, Graham Howson, Jason Banton – Darryl Duffy, Dale Hills

Team Talk: You can win today!

It was difficult to move on to the next game after such a tremendous win but we had to get back to earth, Brentford were in 5th place and I was expecting a tough game. Fortunately Mervin Simon made things smoother again with a corner kick header, the lad was really finding great form after recovering from the early-season injury. He could have nicked a second one seven minutes later but that time he wasn’t so lucky as his header hit the crossbar and bounced out of danger.

Half time score: 0-1

Half time team talk: Encourage.

Half time substitutions: Jacob Hronec for Harris, Nathan Rooney for Howson

Brentford enjoyed a good start to the second half, we were under a bit of pressure but my defense was coping with it very well. I was hoping to ease the pressure by scoring on a counter attack and that happened in the 61st minute when Darryl Duffy stabbed one home. The game was in our hands after that goal, Brentford were no longer able to create pressure so we walked away with the important three points.

Full time team talk: Well done!

Man of the match: Mervin Simon

Flop of the match: Carlos Bogado

Match Stats

Video Highlights

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Vauxhall vs Q.P.R. (League 1)

Venue: Rivacre Park

Attendance: 2,500 (capacity crowd)

Starting line up: Martin Hansen – Ken Harris, Daniel Pappoe, Mervin Simon, Grant Baddeley – Carlos Bogado, Matthew Ball, Graham Howson, Keith Higgs – Omar Koroma, Mark Cullen

Team Talk: You can win today!

After the 9-1 win over Charlton our fans were expecting another spectacular display from us on the return at Rivacre Park as we were about to meet another promotion contender, 6th placed Q.P.R. Things started pretty well, we were dominating but we wasted two huge chances before the visitors were awarded what appeared to be a rather harsh penalty kick. They converted from the spot but we leveled the score before half time when a good pass from Matthew Ball found Mark Cullen who fired into the top corner from just inside the penalty area. Q.P.R. were launching dangerous counter attacks though and we were lucky to be saved by the woodwork twice before half time.

Half time score: 1-1

Half time team talk: You can win today!

Half time substitutions: Peter Leven for Howson, Jacob Walcott for Higgs

Many of my players appeared to be quite tired but we were still dominating the game. Unfortunately we missed another big chance before a gaffe from goalkeeper Hansen gifted a goal to the visitors on 71 minutes. From that moment on my players started to make countless errors, we nearly gave away another goal before Dale Hills lost his head and got sent off for elbowing an opponent. We didn’t really deserve to lose the game but I guess winning it would have been too much.

Full time team talk: Disappointing!

Man of the match: Ken Harris

Flop of the match: Carlos Bogado

Match Stats

Video Highlights

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Notts County vs Vauxhall (Johnstone’s Paint Trophy North Final, first leg)

Venue: Meadow Lane

Attendance: 8,679

Starting line up: Martin Hansen – Ken Harris, Oliver Nicholas, Mervin Simon, Alex Billington – Jacob Hronec, Mark Brown, Graham Howson, Jason Banton – Darryl Duffy, Mark Cullen

Team Talk: For the fans!

This was the most important game of the month, I was keen on reaching the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final and I considered the first leg to be crucial. The first half was fairly dynamic, Notts County dominated the initial 20 minutes and hit the post on a free kick but we took control in the final 25 minutes. It was goalless at the break and that was a good result for us.

Half time score: 0-0

Half time team talk: Pleased.

Half time substitutions: Omar Koroma for Cullen, Keith Higgs for Harris

We could have taken the lead three minutes after the re-start, it was a huge chance but Jason Banton missed the empty net from seven yards! He wasted another chance before the hour mark so I decided to replace him with Jacob Walcott. We were still dominating the game but it was heading for a goalless ending. I would have been happy with that but I was even happier when Mervin Simon powered in a corner kick header on the stroke of full time to give us a very important one goal lead to take into the second leg.

Full time team talk: Well done!

Man of the match: Mervin Simon

Flop of the match: Ken Harris

Match Stats

Video Highlights

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We had two more league games to play before the end of the month, go to the next page to see what happened.

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James
James
10 years ago

9-1!!! wow lol, well done Johnny! I think your definitely going to get promotion now! good luck mate!

warren
10 years ago

Nice to see that you have started to put some distance between yourself and the nearest rivals. The signings of M’Bow and Chalwe are particularly impressive and you will surely be on your way to other succesive promotion and playing in the Championship next season.

good luck

Sears
10 years ago

Unreal, 9-1?!?!?!? Fantastic month and the title is yours to lose. Btw, you made some terrific signings as well! Well done mate!

Vinners
Vinners
10 years ago

Wow, 9-1 is insane! I think I beat them 1-0 a couple of game back on my game. Good signings as well! Err in reply to the other post: Did you put the request through? And no money has been taken out of my balance so I wonder if I haven’t got enough money if they cancel it? I dunno, all I can do is try.

Vinners
Vinners
10 years ago
Reply to  Johnny Karp

Nope it’s still in planning and is just under half complete. I may end up doing the same as I doubt I have enough money. I managed to beat Portsmouth away in the 3rd round of the FA cup in a televised game which got me about 300k but I think that’ll just keep me in the positive for the rest of the year. No money for a stadium so we’ll see what happens. All i know at the moment is that it’s still be planned with like 4 months left :/

Vaibhav C.
Vaibhav C.
10 years ago

Hey Johnny,
You had a great month except for that loss against QPR. The best victory was the 9-1, that was amazing. I can’t wait for the second leg of the final, I was hoping that it was this month so I wouldn’t have to wait. Your signings were really good, I think if they constantly play well, you can win League 1.

Darren Smith
10 years ago

There’s not much to say Jonny…great form, great league position and great signings. They will definitely help your title challenge, although I think that is wrapped up anyway. Your demolishan of Charlton just summed up the month. Great work mate.

Sayam Khan
10 years ago

Hi Johnny,

I’d like to start this comment off by saying, you are very luck to have Graham Howson. He is one hell of a player and you very lucky to have him! I was wondering if there is any big clubs interested in him? I suggest you renew his contract for now ;-)

Also great form there and at least you can breath now with a 10 point gap at the top.

Personally, I think it is good business selling Oliver Nicholas. I feel you got better players and a better replacement.

Good Luck!

Kevin
9 years ago

Hello Johnny
You’ve really established a firm lead now and a good February could almost see the title coming your way. Well done on an almost perfect month and the incredible 9-1 over Charlton. I think you have a decent shot at making the 5th Round of the Cup too!

Lye
Lye
9 years ago

Hi Johnny,

What a great month! You have established a good lead and i don’t see how you can lose that gap. No doubt it’s going to be another promotion for your team. The two youngsters look very good signing. Another piece of fine business.

hils
hils
9 years ago

Hi Johnny,great month!!!!!!!!! Great 9-1 win!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good luck!!!!!!!!!!

Laxeyman
Laxeyman
9 years ago

The month you won the league Johnny, I’m sure of that. Great month, especially the 9-1 win, unbelievable! You should get promoted now, good luck :)

Iain
Iain
9 years ago

hi, you have done really well this month, winning 9-1 is almost unbelievable. i was wondering if you could give me a bit of advice on my game. In my save i am Guiseley town who are in the premier north division and i had been with them 2 seasons and had got them promoted both seasons into the league 2, but my computer broke and my save got deleted and every time i try to start a new save with them i get annoyed at playing in a lower division and give up after about 2 months, if you could give me some advice on what you think i should do it would be very appreciated.

iain
iain
9 years ago
Reply to  Johnny Karp

i have tried managing my favourite team however it is Celtic and they are one of the best teams in Scotland and it doesn’t really pose much of a challenge. i have gone Guiseley again and decided to sign completley different players than last time, hopefully it will prove challenging enough.

Nick
Nick
9 years ago

A great month Johnny. I’d be very surprised if you didn’t get promotion! 9-1 is unbelievable, my highest ever FM score was 9-0 but it doesn’t really count when you’re the Manchester United first team and you’re playing against a non-league side in a meaningless friendly! Good luck in the coming months!

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