You were able to read first two posts about this Football Manager 2017 save with Reading FC about my start with the club, transfers, finances or tactics. This post is about our performances during the first season in Championship.
We were tipped to finish 14th in the league but we beat the odds…
I will start this part with domestic cup competitions because it will be quicker then info about the league.
…was very fast for us this season as we faced Fulham away in the 3rd Round. We did not played bad and had 3 or 4 chances during the first 15 minutes but home side scored opening goal after twenty minutes and they were better after that.
We scored only one goal in 81st minute but it was not enough to reach next round. They were eliminated in the next round by Crystal Palace after a 3-0 loss…
…the league cup was different story by our team. We beat Yeovil in the first round thanks to goals by Kermorgant and youngster Cardwell. Second round against Leeds was tougher match but we were through after penalties.
Third round was the goal for our board so I could be happy with this but I wanted to go just one more…and we beat Blackburn at their ground 2-0.
Fourth round was the finish line for us but What a performance against Manchester City. (I know, they played mostly with their “C” squad but…)
They opened the score twenty minutes before the end of the match thanks to penalty kick by Kolarov but we equalised by Rakels just only seven minutes later. Liam Moore was sent off in the 2nd half-time of extra-time but the game finished with a 1-1 draw.
Penalties started greatly for us as Kolarov and Iheanacho missed their shots. And we scored both. But then, of course, we started to panic…Cooper and Williams missed so City equalised, Evans and Rosler missed too but the last one who did not convert a penalty was our youngster Josh Barrett and City won it.
Despite that I was happy with our performance – 30 fouls, 20 shots/6 on target and more below.
…as I wrote at the start of this post, we were tipped to finish 14th in the table. The start of the season was not ideal. Three draws and two defeats in the first five matches (three away) but we beat Ipswich and Birmingham after that and it was better.
I was happy how players played so I was not unhappy with another defeats with Huddersfield, Brentford and QPR. In the middle of October there was a match with Aston Villa and it was fantastic game for supporters.
We were 2-1, 3-1 and 4-3 down just after 56 minutes of play but Amavi scored an own goal in 69th minute and Dominic Samuel scored the winner ten minutes before the end of the match. We had 19 shots/11 on target vs. 16 shots/7 on target by Aston Villa.
Imagine you would be at this match in real life. There would be a lot of emotions after the fifth goal by Reading. Great game…
We were 15th in the table after fifteen matches were played but we had a decent run with only one defeat after that and moved higher in the table. We beat Wigan, Burton, Bristol City or Blackburn. This match is more detailed there.
Another bad run was after the defeat with Birmingham at the end of January. We did not win in five matches, beat Brighton but did not win in next four matches again.
Our form was restored when April started and we beat Leeds, Blackburn, Rotherham and Burton. Between these matches we drew with Norwich, Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Wigan.
The last round of the league was very interesting as we won with Burton and Wolves were defeated by Preston at home. That meant we moved to sixth place and reached play-off spot. Unexpected final place in the league by us for sure.
We faced Derby in the Playoffs Semi Final Leg. The first match at home ended with a 1-1 draw but were through to the Final after a 1-1 draw in the second match and win after penalties.
The Final match was out of our control in the first half as Cardiff lead by two goals just after 17 minutes but we equalised thanks to goals by Samuel and Gravenberch in the second half.
I don’t know why but despite our active display we lost after extra-time as we conceded two goals in two minutes by Immers and Gunnarsson. The second half of the extra-time was great by Cardiff as they controlled the game. Congrats for their promotion.
The main goal for the pre-season is to sell another highly paid players, signed some young players and cut our wages once again…
Thanks for reading, @KeysiRensie.