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  1. m1234566778

    An impossible task. (Short story)

    13/4/13 Hartlepool v Yeovil Following our disappointment on Wednesday night at Brentford, we had to get something out of this game. Losing or drawing was certainly not an option. A couple of players who had missed the Brentford game were back from their injuries and we had pretty much a full squad of players to chose from. Apart from Neil Austin, who had picked up a knock at Griffin Park. This resulted in a number of changes to the starting XI: Flinders Rowbotham Collins Hartley Humphreys Poole Sweeney Walton Monkhouse Howard Franks Before the lads went out onto the Victoria Park pitch I told them that it was a must win game. It seemed to work, because we started the game brilliantly - playing some lovely football and we almost took the lead within the first 10 minutes when Jonathan Franks broke free but just shot wide. It took 24 minutes for the opening goal of the game and it was our goal! Steve Howard headed the ball home from a corner. Now things were looking up, winning 1-0 and in complete control. Our persistent attack on the Yeovil goal paid off with the reward of another goal. The impressive Jonathan Franks raced away and doubled our lead with a precise finish in the 40th minute. At half time, I told the lads to keep going and that the points weren't secure yet. I was right, Yeovil fired a warning shot just over, only a couple of minutes into the second half. Mid way through the second half and I could sense that a couple of the lads were tiring. This resulted in a couple of subs, Sweeney and Poole replaced by youngsters Rutherford and James. This immediately had an impact on the game and another goal followed. Substitute, Greg Rutherford secured the points with a well taken finish from inside the box with 74 minutes on the clock. We were then able to play out the final minutes of the game in a relaxed, passing style which was very pleasing on the eye. The fans showed their appreciation and although Bury had claimed 3 points in their game, Leyton Orient had only managed a point. We were still in it - for one more week at least! Points to safety: 5
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    An impossible task. (Short story)

    Cheers! It's certainly been a while since I was last here. 10/4/13 Brentford v Hartlepool I knew this would be a tough match. It's simple to work out really. They are in fine form, pushing for promotion and we are in dire form, fighting to stay up. But this is football and anything can happen, right? I picked the team based on the players I thought (I'll stress the thought here) could do a good job for us at such a tough time of the season. So in came a couple of experienced heads but also a couple of the younger, local lads, who would be playing with pride. This was reflected in the starting line up: Flinders Austin Baldwin Buddle Horwood Poole Sweeney Humphreys Monkhouse Howard James And it was with those bunch of players the survival of Hartlepool United in League 1 rested upon. The game kicked off and immediately the hosts looked a threat. In fact, they were too much of a threat for us and we endured the worst possible start. Paul Hayes opened the scoring after just 90 seconds. "Too easy!" I shouted as I shout out of the dugout and I was right. Clayton Donaldson added another for the home side just a couple of minutes later. We hadn't even played 5 minutes and were already trailing by 2. I told thexperienced centre half Sam Collins to get ready as the inexperienced Nathan Buddle had already cost us both the opening goals. Nathan was obviously disappointed to be replaced just 5 minutes in but if I wanted to prevent a rugby score then I felt it necessary. 4 minutes after the reliable Collins came on and it was 3-0, Hayes doubling his tally after been given far too much space to fire the ball home. Donaldson looked in the mood and added to his tally in the 21st minute before getting his hat-trick in the 39th minute. As the lads trudged off at half time trailing 5-0, I was already waiting in the changing rooms contemplating what had been an utterly embarrassing first half display. I knew we wouldn't be able to get anything from the game now but I did want a much better performance. I took the highly rated striker Luke James off and replaced him with Charlie Wyke, a youngster on loan from Middlesbrough. He showed more desire to get on the ball than anyone did in the whole of the first half and almost scored 5 minutes into second half but his shot was well saved. We were at least attacking and having shots though, and this persistent attacking paid off, Sam Collins headed home from a corner on the hour mark. We then pulled another back when Anthony Sweeney struck home from the edge of the area in the 74th minute. Steve Howard could have pulled another back but his header rattled the cross bar. However, in the last minute of the game Lee Hodson added another for Brentford, after breaking away from the defence and slotting past Flinders. Brentford 6-2 Hartlepool My post match comments reflected the fact that I thought we did well in the second half but utterly diabolical in the first. If we could play like we did in the second period of this game, in the last 3 games of the season then there was a chance of survival but I think at the point, even I realised it was impossible. Points to safety: Still 7.
  3. m1234566778

    An impossible task. (Short story)

    Initially this story will last just the 4 games left of the league season. However, it could be extended depending how things go. 9/4/13 Today I am announced by the press as the new manager of Hartlepool United. The North East based club are struggling in the league and have just sacked their manager following a disappointing Johnstone Paint Final defeat and a win less league run that lasts for over 2 months. Sitting 7 points away from safety with a mere 4 games to go it's a hell of a challenge for my first managerial position but I'm prepared to give it a damn good try. This is the current bottom six: 19th Leyton Orient - Played 43 - Points 47 - GD -9 20th Bury - 43 - 47 - -12 21st Hartlepool - 42 - 40 - -16 22nd Portsmouth - 43 - 39 - -30 23rd Shrewsbury - 43 - 38 - -25 24th Walsall - 43 - 36 - -34 (Relegated) My first game in charge is tomorrow, and is our game in hand against Brentford. It's away from home on a Wednesday night and the hosts sit just a place outside the play-offs. If it ends in defeat then it'll make the challenge a lot harder. We must get something from the game. Must.
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    OTF Football Manager 2013 thread

    I can't be bothered looking.
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    OTF Football Manager 2013 thread

    Does anyone know the best English non league expansion pack to use for the latest patch?
  6. m1234566778

    General Fashion Thread

    MKI or Trickett mate.
  7. m1234566778

    General Fashion Thread

    Phat Phish - That APC crewneck seems spot on, picked up a MKI lambswool sweater the other day. Fancy a Gutulia anorak by Fjallraven, have you seen them? artest - Can't help you with asos but Norse Projects heavyweight chinos are top notch apparently. Still expensive even at sale prices though.
  8. m1234566778

    General Fashion Thread

    You're in the wrong thread then lad.
  9. m1234566778

    General Fashion Thread

    Did you get either of those APC knits? If so, what's the quality like? Fancy a new sweater, recently picked up a Wood Wood one I'm blue which I was impressed with. Fantastic quality and a great weight/feel to it. After a grey one though and sadly they only do black, blue and red. Will probably try and find a Norse Projects sweatshirt in the sales. Apart from the Wood Wood sweat recent purchases include a 6876 x Rohan Sonora jacket which is possibly the best jacket I've ever owned, and if not the best a close second to my Fjall and also a Stone Island navy lightweight zip up.
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    General Fashion Thread

    K-way are decent! I'd just for one of the basic ones, cost about £40-£50. Decent choice of colours too.
  11. m1234566778

    General Fashion Thread

    It's okay but I think for them buttoned, nautical style knits you can't look past Saint James or Paul & Shark. For the price though, it's a decent enough "piece". Going to purchase a Norrona Arktis instead of another Fjallraven. I can't justify another Fjall even though they are amazing, the Norrona is apparently as good a quality but half the price. Footwear at the minute, I'm stuck with my Superga but I do rotate with Adidas Malmo and New Balance 574. What's the opinions on these Size? Adidas reissues? Just done the Milano - looks okay but I'm not just not sure the quality is up there with the likes of New Balance.
  12. m1234566778

    General Fashion Thread

    Nice one, really love Fjall but I fancy a change and Norrona offer that - more of a technical look about their stuff. Have you seen any of their jackets?
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    General Fashion Thread

    Still got your Fjallraven mate? I've got a blue Fjallraven Fjell jacket that'll probably be rotated with either a Winter Greenland in Navy (also Fjallraven) or a Norrona Arktis Jacket in Navy. Not decided yet.
  14. m1234566778

    From Rags to riches.Sign up

    Wow, it's three years since this thread started.
  15. Started a new Barnsley save yesterday and I've had an amazing start. I managed to pick up convincing wins in my first three games, 5-1 at home to Doncaster, 3-0 at home to Hartlepool (Cup - fielded a weaker team) and 5-1 away at Ipswich. Unbelievable start really. Zoko has been the star of the show, I managed to sign him for £100,000 as he's got a clause that an offer of that value or above has to be accepted. Also brought in Danny Whittaker from Chesterfield for £40,000 - he's playing behind Zoko and looks really solid, scored 2 in his first 3 games. Made a couple of other signings but will post them up late in more detail. Sold Noble-Lazarus for £1 million to Sunderland (+25% of next transfer) and sold Andy Gray to Scunthorpe for £10,000 - released a few fringe/reserve players as well.
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