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  1. Took 5 minutes 21 seconds for me. CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 CPU Frequency: 3.1GHz RAM: 8Gb 1333MHz OS: Win 7 64 bit That was with it playing a film on one side of my screen, about 40 tabs open in firefox and half a dozen files downloading at the same time.
  2. Well he went straight into my side because I love using pace upfront and he was even quicker than Nicky Maynard. He joined us in January and ended with something like 17 goals in 21 games and helped us get promoted. So to make things more impressive, his 35 goals in 36 league games came in the Premiership.
  3. Agree on Bakenga being awesome. This is a screenshot of him at the end of the 2nd season, having spent the last 18 months playing as a lone striker for my Bristol City side.
  4. Oops, just realised I ****ed up the link for the Bakenga screenshot. I've put the correct link in there now so you can see how awesome he was.
  5. Competitions League Table - [/url] - Absolutely awesome season. I was expecting to finish down near the bottom of the table but the team kept on pulling good results out of the bag. We never really found the level of consistency I would have liked though, we could beat a good side by 3 goals one day then lost 4-0 to a bottom of the table side 3 days later. Hopefully we can iron these problems out next season. FA Cup - Would have liked to have gone further but given the number of games we had to play, and the small core of our squad that I felt I could rely on, I'm almost glad that Man City knocked us out. League Cup - Our best chance of a trophy so a competition I take very seriously, playing a full strength side for most of the competition. Not really that surprising we won it given that most teams view it as a joke cup. EURO Cup - Probably the biggest shock of the season. We just kept on putting in outstanding performances to punch well above our weight. Some great experience for the squad and proof of what we can do when everything clicks. Squad Squad - On the whole the squad was pretty average, however the core members of the squad tended to play pretty well and nobody really let us down when they had to step into the side. The only players that did struggle were those called into the MC positions as I was struggling to find a way to get them to consistently perform well. Key Players Mushaga Bakenga - Playing as a lone striker he needed to hit the ground running and he sure as hell did. Has the pace and technical ability to torture defenders and proved himself to be a very tidy finisher. He did go through a couple of dry spells throughout the season but he always seemed to make up for it by finding his feet again when we had an important game. Luigi Bruins - Took a while to settle into the team but once he did he looked very good. Was playing as an AMC playmaker and did a great job of getting the ball out to the flanks, giving Bakenga chances and chipping in with his own goals when he was given the chance. Bongani Khumalo - Played a key role in a defense that struggled all season. Was easily the best member of our defence and without him I don't think we would have stood a chance of doing as well as we did, also chipped in with a few nice goals towards the end of the season. Roger - Came into the side in January and struggled to find his feet to begin with, but once I managed to figure out how to get the best out of him he looked great. His 9 assists in the league all came from his final 7 games. Could definitely be an important player for the team for years to come. Giovani dos Santos - My signing of the season by far. Linked up brilliantly with Bakenga, looked unstoppable on the wing and showed himself to be a very competent finisher when he needed to be. I reckon there will be some interest in him over the summer but there is no way in hell I'm going to let him leave. *EDIT* Just after I typed this Chelsea made an offer of £11.5m for his services. If they game me 3 times that I might consider it! Premiership Awards Top Goalscorer Footballer of the Year Goal of the Season Manager of the Year Players' Team of the Year Team Awards Fans' Player of the Year Best Eleven Other Awards European Golden Boot So overall, a pretty damn good season! I don't think we're going to have the firepower to get any further up the league next year but I do believe that repeating the success of this season will be possible.
  6. How the hell are we still in the EURO Cup? They were easily the best team, were 3-1 up by half time and yet we still managed to scrape through. Up next is Liverpool, gonna be another tough task but hopefully we'll be up to it.
  7. Well done mate, you found it easier than I did in the Championship then! Anyway, our good form in Europe continues. First leg against Ajax and we pull this out of the bag: I know that they dominated on paper but given that we had to play 80 minutes of the game with only 10 men on the pitch I'm very, very happy.
  8. So the run continues in Europe. We pulled off a great 3-1 away win against Ajax in the first leg. We then got absolutely thumped in the return leg and ended up losing 2-0 but thanks to the away win we had the advantage on away goals. This is the draw for the next round: If by some miracle we get through the next round we'll be up against Liverpool or CSKA Moscow.
  9. And we follow that up with the worst performance I've ever seen from this team.
  10. Yeah, I don't think I've ever seen a gap like that in the middle of the table before. Just won the league cup again by the way! A terrible performance, worrying given that we were playing a team mainly full of reserve & youth players, but at the end of the day a win is a win, and guarantees our place in Europe for next season. Probably doesn't seem like we should be able to win the League Cup but given that I play my strongest team in every game while most teams treat it like it doesn't mean anything does give us a bit of an advantage.
  11. Just finished our first knockout tie in Europe and the team really pulled it out the bag. Next match is the League Cup Final against Man Utd, and then we resume our European campaign against Ajax. Also, this is what the league table looks like at the moment with about a dozen games to go. So there is no way that we're going to be able to end up in the top 6, they are so far ahead of the rest of us that nobody is gonna catch them. Unfortunately I believe that a bad run of form could see us end up down around 15th, so we need to ensure that we don't fade away in the last few months.
  12. Ok, January transfer window over and I've brought in half a dozen new players, all youth players who I'm hoping can do a good job for the club for years to come. My scouts & coaches reckon every single one of these players could be a leading Premiership player in the future. Keith Green Peter Murisa Colin Vastenhouw Roger Fernando Strahman Pedro Miguel The only problems are that I forgot about the age rules for a couple of nations so have to wait a few years for Strahman and Murisa to sign so they might not develop as well as they could before they join us. Most pleased with Roger though, will probably go straight into the team as a box to box midfielder. Also, in the middle of a rough run of form in the Premiership with only 3 points from our last 5 games we pulled out this result against Everton.
  13. I went for McIndoe and while he did play OK he did nothing but complain all year long.
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