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  1. October: Barnsley vs Swansea Well after the international break we bounced backed, Jordan Williams certainly had an interesting game, scoring the winning goal then getting sent off with 10 minutes to go, just to keep his teammates on his toes I'd have thought West Brom vs Barnsley Next we faced arguably the strongest squad in the league, at the Hawthorns. It really was a dull game, I'm not sure there was a single highlight all game. But I'll take it!!! Huddersfield vs Barnsley An absolute heart-breaker at Huddersfield, in the 5th minute of 4 added minutes (not that I'm salty or anything ) Huddersfield equalised to keep are feat on the ground and really hurt our hopes of a play off push!!! November: Barnsley vs Bristol City A really good little run starting to form here, a last gasp winner from Luke Thomas gives us all 3 points to erase the sour memories of the previous week!!!! Stoke vs Barnsley A howler from Sami Radlinger gave Stoke a much undeserved 3 points, we were much the better team, even whilst down to 10 men! But alas it was not meant to be. A bad injury for Jordan Williams will keep him out for the foreseeable, meaning we'll have to look to strengthen in January because Ludewig is just not up to it I'm afraid. Blackburn vs Barnsley A really poor performance, another good performance from Luke Thomas once again off the bench, maybe it's time to start him. Middlesborough vs Barnsley Well I genuinely don't know how this happened! We weren't particularly good but boy were we clinical!!! Barnsley vs Hull City Another fantastic win for us. Another close game that perhaps we didn't fully deserve to win but I'll take it, Woodrow at the double once again and picking up the player of the month award, with 5 goals this month! December: Cardiff vs Barnsley Purely and simply outclassed by a much better side Barnsley vs Reading A bad injury for George Evans was the main talking point of this game, he's been great for us this season but these kind of injuries may well mean we decide not to purchase him in the summer. A good result when you look at where Reading are in the league, the kind of point which I'm sure will ensure our survival this season. Barnsley vs QPR We were absolutely battered as our dry goal scoring January continues! It really should have been more than 1, a worrying performance. Millwall vs Barnsley Another blank fired, the strikers simply aren't doing their job, it's a good job we're decent defensively because the goals have dried up so quickly. Barnsley vs West Brom A promising performance but yet another 0-0, Woodrow has stopped scoring which true to life means the team has stopped scoring, I have to address this issue in January otherwise we could be in trouble. This can't go on all month can it? Swansea vs Barnsley Yep you guessed it 3 0-0s in a row!!! We didn't score 1 goal throughout December, not 1!!!!!!!! It's testament to our defence that we gained 4 points this month but I must seem like the footballing Anti-Christ right now The table is good reading for us, 12 points clear of the relegation zone, I'd certainly have taken that at the start of the season! The lack of goals is becoming a huge worry, we have to improve that and I'll certainly be looking to do that with some new recruits. There have been some good performers in the squad in fairness, have a look here:
  2. Well the guy I signed Efkan Befiroglu is a great play but I wouldn't say he was a top championship player. He's really cheap though. I'll have a further think
  3. What sort of midfielder are you after? Defensive or a playmaker type?
  4. It would appear so Yeah he's been the starting left back for me this season, Leif Davies has been injured for the most part but he's already growing superbly. If he can grow his defensive stats he'll be absolutely fantastic. Luke Thomas has had a hard time of it, he doesn't really fit anywhere in my system, Brown and Schmidt are injured currently so he's helping out upfront as a sub. Also it's been nice to give Aidan Marsh a run in the team off the bench.
  5. His bravery has also dropped by 2 after the incident
  6. A return to Barnsley on FM for me after a long break, I decide to give it a new start with the new database
  7. Barnsley Season 1: Results: We certainly had an interesting pre-season which hardly filled me with much confidence I have to say. But the league campaign started strongly against one of the promotion favourites Fulham and in all truth it was a game we really should have won, wasteful finishing from Conor Chaplin costing us 2 points on the opening day. Next we made the short trip down the M1 to junction 36 (probably) and to Hillsborough. Where we would take on Sheffield Wednesday, we were quick to assert our dominance in the game with Conor Chaplin once again spurning the opportunity to put us 1 up. A string of great saves from Wednesday keeper Keiren Westwood ensured things were level at the break. Until a calamitous piece of keeping from a tame Michael Sollbauer header put us into a deserved 1-0 lead. Just 10 minutes later Cauley Woodrow was taken out inside the box, resulting in a penalty for the Reds Efkan Berifoglu and a chance to seal all 3 points at Hillsborough for the first time since 2009!!!! (I think). 2-0 and game over!!!! The reserves trotted out for the cup game securing a 1-0 victory before we would entertain Charlton a few days later. Goal for the Reds!!!!! It's new signing Efkan Bekiroglu!!! With a stunning finish from the corner of the penalty area. Chance after chance came and went before finally 2-0 and the points look surely secured against a poor Charlton side, Marcel Ritzmaier with the goal but.... Objects flying everywhere in my office as Jonny Williams produces not one but two unbelievable strikes to earn Charlton an unlikely and undeserved point. But 5 points from games is a decent start. Birmingham vs Barnsley: Our first loss of the season came in Scotland to university town, no sorry that's the wrong St. Andrews... Anyway this was another game where poor finishing from my strikers would once again haunt me, a poor result in a fairly boring affair was certainly not the way we wanted to go into an important game against Luton. Barnsley vs Luton: This was one for the ages!!!! That or a display of how not o play right back by Killian Ludewig, with possibly one of the worst performances I've seen in a while. An injury to Jordan Williams which should keep him out for 2 weeks at least, almost cost us dearly. I bet Kazenga Lua Lua couldn't believe his luck!!!! He was the best player on the pitch skipping past our hapless right back multiple times and bagging a goal and an assist. A Woodrow double gave me more confidence he can fire us up the table this season, with some attacking quality at last. Crucially this game also happened to be the first game back from injury for top prospect Jacob Brown, hopefully there's a lot more to see from him!!!! Wigan vs Barnsley: Unfortunately the main talking point before the game was the ankle injury suffered by Woodrow in training on Thursday, this injury would keep our key player out for 1 month. On the day we were comfortably dispatched by Wigan. A dismal performance. Barnsley vs Leeds: We came into the Yorkshire derby looking to change our slump in form, which had seen us only pick up 3 points from the last 3 games. This was not going to be an easy challenge against pre-season title favourites Leeds! But actually my team more than surprised me, with an excellent display. Chaplin putting us ahead early on before an equaliser from Leeds captain Liam Cooper but with the last kick of the game former Leeds man Clarke Odour smashed in a volley from the edge of the area following a poor headed clearance Ben White. 2-1!!!! And we take all 3 points in dramatic style. Forest vs Barnsley: This was a story of two absolute bangers! Joe Lolley with a volley from 30 yards, which surely will go down as goal of the season. But we swiftly replied through possibly my new favourite player Efkan Berifoglu, quite how he's playing for us I do not know, his delivery from set pieces and all round play is unbelievable. Barnsley vs Brentford: Another huge bonus 3 points in a fixture I could only dream of getting a result in at the start of the season, Brentford had 3 disallowed goals!!! Yes 3, i felt sorry for them but we also had a fair few chances ourselves and I couldn't care less where those points come from. Barnsley vs Derby: An absolutely dire game of football, a typical, cold midweek game. Preston vs Barnsley: This is the first time I've really started to worry about our levels of performance, such a poor game on our behalf. These are the kind of performances we have to avoid if we want to stay up this season. Completely out classed! Table: I'm very happy with how we are doing so far this season, 15th and 9 points clear of the drop. I've seen us drop off a cliff before so I'm not counting my chickens just yet! If we can avoid some of the injuries we've had so far in the season we can stay up I'm sure of it. We may well look to strengthen the squad in January but there is basically no money left mainly because I did this.... Tom Adeyemi, this man seems to have an unfortunate amount of experience at getting relegated from the Championship but I think on his day he can be a good workman for us. But he's injured already, I should have known, he does have a reputation for it A decent prospect for a nominal fee.
  8. Barnsley Season 1: Tactics I genuinely don't have a clue whether this system will work or not, I absolutely hate trying to build this kind of system. I'm hoping we'll be effective on the break and be able to hurt teams with our pace up top. As alluded to by @warlock a Mezalla and a carrilero will be necessary to try and combat the lack of width and to cover the full backs to some degree, Ritzmaier should suit these roles fairly well as a make shift wide player already. Trial and error I guess but the important thing is that 50 points will do just fine, considering how my last attempt went. George Evans will hopefully be able to drop back into the half back role and provide some cover for the lack of defensive minded layers in the midfield 3, whilst also covering the wing backs, should they push higher up the pitch. Sollbauer and Halme will be the two centre backs, Odour and Jordan Williams will be the starting full backs.
  9. Barnsley Football Club Season 1: So as you can see a fairly strict club vision, yet entirely realistic will certainly provide an interesting challenge in order to stay on the right side of the board. And just to emphasise how out of place this squad is in the Championship!!! Now before I start my Barnsley save I'd like to outline some stipulations with the save to try and give a sense of realism, I'll focus on Austria and the German lower leagues, as well as the UK and a little smattering of the Nordic countries. I will also be trying to follow transfer fee and wage restrictions, altough they are in the game with the club vision they are not enforced explicitly, so for the first season I won't be spending over £1,000,000 on one player outright and there will be no loans (without the option to buy at the end of it). I would also like to try and base signings somewhat off statistics etc... So here is how we got on in the window... Transfers: Outs: We managed to remove some of the excess wages, which I'm sure the board will be pleased about. Thiam and Pinillos both being far too old for this team at 24 and 26 respectively. Simoes is perhaps a deal I regret considering the injury list we now have in the forwards department but he'll certainly get more game time at Morcambe than here. Also we are trying to loan Ben Williams out after the acquisition of a better left back Ins: Efkan Bekiroglu, I think he's fairly well known to the EFL thread or as a decent purchase in FM this season. Looks like a player that can provide a little bit of X factor to the team. This is a very Barnsley type signing actually and should help out across the midfield. George Evans of Derby county, joins us on a season long loan and all importantly with the option to buy for £1.2million. A defensive midfielder who will primarily act at the base of our midfield. Well I couldn't help myself to another Leeds youngster, that's 4 this summer from Leeds. They do seem very willing to let them go, it has to be said but we'll take him. Perhaps not quite good enough for the Prem but he'll grow into a Championship left back for sure.
  10. Cheers , it' been a great start. Unfortunately the injuries are wracking up!!!! Brown's injury is a huge blow Cheers, there's the update for you.
  11. Barnsley Season 1: Results: We certainly had an interesting pre-season which hardly filled me with much confidence I have to say. But the league campaign started strongly against one of the promotion favourites Fulham and in all truth it was a game we really should have won, wasteful finishing from Conor Chaplin costing us 2 points on the opening day. Next we made the short trip down the M1 to junction 36 (probably) and to Hillsborough. Where we would take on Sheffield Wednesday, we were quick to assert our dominance in the game with Conor Chaplin once again spurning the opportunity to put us 1 up. A string of great saves from Wednesday keeper Keiren Westwood ensured things were level at the break. Until a calamitous piece of keeping from a tame Michael Sollbauer header put us into a deserved 1-0 lead. Just 10 minutes later Cauley Woodrow was taken out inside the box, resulting in a penalty for the Reds Efkan Berifoglu and a chance to seal all 3 points at Hillsborough for the first time since 2009!!!! (I think). 2-0 and game over!!!! The reserves trotted out for the cup game securing a 1-0 victory before we would entertain Charlton a few days later. Goal for the Reds!!!!! It's new signing Efkan Bekiroglu!!! With a stunning finish from the corner of the penalty area. Chance after chance came and went before finally 2-0 and the points look surely secured against a poor Charlton side, Marcel Ritzmaier with the goal but.... Objects flying everywhere in my office as Jonny Williams produces not one but two unbelievable strikes to earn Charlton an unlikely and undeserved point. But 5 points from games is a decent start. Birmingham vs Barnsley: Our first loss of the season came in Scotland to university town, no sorry that's the wrong St. Andrews... Anyway this was another game where poor finishing from my strikers would once again haunt me, a poor result in a fairly boring affair was certainly not the way we wanted to go into an important game against Luton. Barnsley vs Luton: This was one for the ages!!!! That or a display of how not o play right back by Killian Ludewig, with possibly one of the worst performances I've seen in a while. An injury to Jordan Williams which should keep him out for 2 weeks at least, almost cost us dearly. I bet Kazenga Lua Lua couldn't believe his luck!!!! He was the best player on the pitch skipping past our hapless right back multiple times and bagging a goal and an assist. A Woodrow double gave me more confidence he can fire us up the table this season, with some attacking quality at last. Crucially this game also happened to be the first game back from injury for top prospect Jacob Brown, hopefully there's a lot more to see from him!!!! Wigan vs Barnsley: Unfortunately the main talking point before the game was the ankle injury suffered by Woodrow in training on Thursday, this injury would keep our key player out for 1 month. On the day we were comfortably dispatched by Wigan. A dismal performance. Barnsley vs Leeds: We came into the Yorkshire derby looking to change our slump in form, which had seen us only pick up 3 points from the last 3 games. This was not going to be an easy challenge against pre-season title favourites Leeds! But actually my team more than surprised me, with an excellent display. Chaplin putting us ahead early on before an equaliser from Leeds captain Liam Cooper but with the last kick of the game former Leeds man Clarke Odour smashed in a volley from the edge of the area following a poor headed clearance Ben White. 2-1!!!! And we take all 3 points in dramatic style. Forest vs Barnsley: This was a story of two absolute bangers! Joe Lolley with a volley from 30 yards, which surely will go down as goal of the season. But we swiftly replied through possibly my new favourite player Efkan Berifoglu, quite how he's playing for us I do not know, his delivery from set pieces and all round play is unbelievable. Barnsley vs Brentford: Another huge bonus 3 points in a fixture I could only dream of getting a result in at the start of the season, Brentford had 3 disallowed goals!!! Yes 3, i felt sorry for them but we also had a fair few chances ourselves and I couldn't care less where those points come from. Barnsley vs Derby: An absolutely dire game of football, a typical, cold midweek game. Preston vs Barnsley: This is the first time I've really started to worry about our levels of performance, such a poor game on our behalf. These are the kind of performances we have to avoid if we want to stay up this season. Completely out classed! Table: I'm very happy with how we are doing so far this season, 15th and 9 points clear of the drop. I've seen us drop off a cliff before so I'm not counting my chickens just yet! If we can avoid some of the injuries we've had so far in the season we can stay up I'm sure of it. We may well look to strengthen the squad in January but there is basically no money left mainly because I did this.... Tom Adeyemi, this man seems to have an unfortunate amount of experience at getting relegated from the Championship but I think on his day he can be a good workman for us. But he's injured already, I should have known, he does have a reputation for it A decent prospect for a nominal fee.
  12. Barnsley Season 1: Tactics I genuinely don't have a clue whether this system will work or not, I absolutely hate trying to build this kind of system. I'm hoping we'll be effective on the break and be able to hurt teams with our pace up top. As alluded to by @warlock a Mezalla and a carrilero will be necessary to try and combat the lack of width and to cover the full backs to some degree, Ritzmaier should suit these roles fairly well as a make shift wide player already. Trial and error I guess but the important thing is that 50 points will do just fine, considering how my last attempt went. George Evans will hopefully be able to drop back into the half back role and provide some cover for the lack of defensive minded layers in the midfield 3, whilst also covering the wing backs, should they push higher up the pitch. Sollbauer and Halme will be the two centre backs, Odour and Jordan Williams will be the starting full backs.
  13. Barnsley Football Club Season 1: So as you can see a fairly strict club vision, yet entirely realistic will certainly provide an interesting challenge in order to stay on the right side of the board. And just to emphasise how out of place this squad is in the Championship!!! Now before I start my Barnsley save I'd like to outline some stipulations with the save to try and give a sense of realism, I'll focus on Austria and the German lower leagues, as well as the UK and a little smattering of the Nordic countries. I will also be trying to follow transfer fee and wage restrictions, altough they are in the game with the club vision they are not enforced explicitly, so for the first season I won't be spending over £1,000,000 on one player outright and there will be no loans (without the option to buy at the end of it). I would also like to try and base signings somewhat off statistics etc... So here is how we got on in the window... Transfers: Outs: We managed to remove some of the excess wages, which I'm sure the board will be pleased about. Thiam and Pinillos both being far too old for this team at 24 and 26 respectively. Simoes is perhaps a deal I regret considering the injury list we now have in the forwards department but he'll certainly get more game time at Morcambe than here. Also we are trying to loan Ben Williams out after the acquisition of a better left back Ins: Efkan Bekiroglu, I think he's fairly well known to the EFL thread or as a decent purchase in FM this season. Looks like a player that can provide a little bit of X factor to the team. This is a very Barnsley type signing actually and should help out across the midfield. George Evans of Derby county, joins us on a season long loan and all importantly with the option to buy for £1.2million. A defensive midfielder who will primarily act at the base of our midfield. Well I couldn't help myself to another Leeds youngster, that's 4 this summer from Leeds. They do seem very willing to let them go, it has to be said but we'll take him. Perhaps not quite good enough for the Prem but he'll grow into a Championship left back for sure.
  14. Afternoon ladies and gents of the Football League thread. I hope you've all been keeping safe in these uncertain times. I've managed to begin life in the working world at home on my computer all day, do spreadsheets so that's fun. But anyway my return I return to the EFL thread and see as I've been spending so much time at home, I thought it would be fitting to be with my home town team Barnsley. I did this earlier in the season with an interesting season I'll call it. But in classic Barnsley fashion the squad has changed dramatically over the last 6 months, since also dramatically changing over the summer as well . Despite my disconsolation about the way the club is heading we'll call it, I've dedided to give it another crack. So I'll be trialling a diamond or something without wingers, something I actually think is a myth on FM. Like I fail to see how I could ever really be successful with one. But here goes anyway
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