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« on: May 18, 2005, 02:32:29 PM »

So, how about it?  Can we get a title this year?  England?  The UEFA Cup?  The FA Cup?  The League Cup?  Mr. Blackwell's "Worst Dressed"?

I'll take anything.

Our 5th place '09-'10 finish in England showed us to still be behind the big 4.  But we finished with a 15 game unbeaten streak... and aim this year to take home some hardware, and finish ahead of at least 1 of the big 4.


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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2005, 04:14:59 PM »

June 2010

Kenny Lunt re-signs with us -- $800k per season for 2 more years.

Carlton Cole is named Supporters' Player of the Year for the 2nd straight season.

We get our $24.5 million in TV rights.  The board announces plans to expand the stadium by 1,342 seats.  It should be about ready at the open of the season.  It will increase our capacity to 17,814, with about 12,500 seats.  The expansion will cost about $4 million.

Our training facilities upgrade is complete, and now we're listed as having "top facilities" with a youth academy.  Our finances are listed as rich.  A dividend of $950,000 will be paid out to shareholders.

Our wage budget is now $43 million, and our transfer budget has been set at $25.5 million for the upcoming season.  We have a surplus of $51 million.

The board are "delighted" with my performance, and expect us to achieve a "respectable league position" in the Premiership this year.  The supporters are a bit more optimistic, being only "very pleased" with my management, and expecting us to qualify for Europe this year.

We make our first big signing of the summer.  It's another defender from a big Dutch squad... this time it's 26 year old Dutch international SW/D-RC John Heitinga who joins the Posh from Ajax.  Heitinga signs for $2.2 million along with a slightly over $1 million signing bonus.  Heitinga averaged a 7.26 in 19 starts for Ajax this season... but averaged over a 7.8 in the season before that.  His positioning and work rate are superb... and the only flaw in his game could be his marking skill.  But he looks like he could plug our center back hole.    He mentions European play as a big point in signing with us.

Klaus Toppmoller is sacked as head coach of Manchester United... my name is mentioned as a possible replacement, but ultimately it is Italian manager Vincenzo Pincolini who is named manager.  Harry Redknapp is sacked as manager of West Ham the same day.

32 year old defender Sagi Burton announces that he will retire at the end of the season.

We make another big signing... this time it's 26 year old Dutch AM-RLC Wesley Sneijder joining us from Real Sociedad.  Sneijder will become our highest paid player, but he is a big-time winger and should be well worth the investment.  He rates 15 or over in 20 of the 36 main statistical ratings.  He is very determined, has terrific crossing and passing ability, and is physically gifted.  No holes in his game that are readily obvious.  He will likely start on the right wing for us, but can use either foot equally well.  He also mentions being excited to play in European competition.

European club rankings are announced during the World Cup, and we are the 150th best club in Europe.... Portsmouth is 148th.  The top 5 are all English clubs: Chelsea, Arsenal, Man Utd., Newcastle, and Liverpool.  Inter, Barcelona, Juventus, Roma, and Tottenham round out the top 10.


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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2005, 04:16:31 PM »

World Cup 2010, from South Africa

Eye on Posh players:
June 9: Lebohang Mokoena scores in South Africa's 2-0 opening day win over Japan.
June 10: Libis Andres Arenas almost carried Colombia to a scoreless draw with Spain on day 2, but Morientes scored in the 90th minute to give Spain the 1-0 win.  Arenas was named MoM.
June 11: Cameroon defeats England 1-0 in their first match of the World Cup.
June 12: Emil Jensen rates a 7 in Sweden's 1-1 draw with Portugal.  Talal El Karkouri rates a 5, but Morocco still beat Hungary 3-1.
June 14: Carlos Bocanegra rates a 7 in the USA's 2-1 win over Belgium.  
June 15: Mokoena and Mngomeni start as South Africa's 2 strikers against Nigeria.  Mngomeni scores, but Mokoena breaks his wrist in the 2nd half, and South Africa lose 2-1.  Mokoena will miss a month of action.
June 16: Arenas helps Colombia to a 1-0 win over Slovenia.
June 17: Germany beat England 2-0, but England could still advance.
June 19: Emil Jensen comes on as a substitute in Sweden's 3-1 win over Canada.  El Karkouri struggles in Morocco's 1-0 loss to Italy.
June 21: Carlos Bocanegra rates an 8 in the US's 2-1 loss to Ireland.
June 22: Arenas rates a 5 in Colombia's 1-1 draw to Mexico... a win would've sent them through to the 2nd round.  Mngomeni rates a 7 in S. Africa's 2-0 loss to Wales.  A draw would've sent South Africa through.
June 23: Emil Jensen came on as a sub, and rated a 7 in Sweden's 1-1 draw with Uzbekistan.  England beat Algeria 2-0 to advance to the 2nd round.
June 24: El Karkouri rates a 7 in Morocco's 2-0 loss to Chile.  A draw would've put Morocco through.  
June 25: Bocanegra rates a 7 in a crucial 1-1 draw to Peru.  USA is through to the second round.

Group results
Group A: Wales 5, Japan 4, Nigeria 4, South Africa 3
Group B: Mexico 7, Spain 6, Colombia 4, Slovenia 0
Group C: Germany 9, England 3, Algeria 3, Cameroon 3
Group D: Sweden 5, Portugal 4, Uzbekistan 4, Canada 3
Group E: Italy 7, Hungary 4, Morocco 3, Chile 3
Group F: Brazil 7, Holland 5, Saudi Arabia 4, Iraq 0
Group G: Peru 7, USA 4, Belgium 3, Ireland 3
Group H: France 7, Argentina 4, Turkey 3, Jamaica 1

Second round
Wales 1:1 Spain (WAL adv. 4-3 on PK's)
Japan 0:1 Mexico
England 1:0 Sweden
Germany 2:1 Portugal
Hungary 0:1 Brazil (in extra time)
Holland 0:0 Italy (HOL adv. 4-2 on PK's)
France 2:1 USA (in extra time)
Argentina 2:1 Peru (in extra time)

Carlos Bocanegra rated a 7... and scored an own goal, in USA's second round defeat.  

Mexico 0:0 Germany (MEX adv. 3-0 on PK's)
Wales 0:2 England
Brazil 3:0 Argentina
Holland 2:0 France

England 1:0 Brazil
-A 43rd minute own goal by Dede proved the difference in this one.  He was trying to clear the ball away before Wayne Rooney could tap in a roller at the edge of the six... but he ended up clearing it right into the back of the net.  Brazil's offense looked pretty awful throughout, as England move on thanks to the defensive mistake.

Mexico 2:2 Holland
-Mexico took control of this one early, with Pumas fullback Israel Castro beating ManU keeper Maarten Stekelenburg to a cross, and heading it in during the 13th minute.  In the 52nd, Mexico appeared to take control, as Atlas midfielder Juan Carlos Medina scores a ridiculous 30 yard strike off a loose ball, and Stekelenburg stood helpless.  Holland get lucky in the 70th, though, as Barcelona's Giovanni van Bronckhorst scores a 20 yarder that takes a deflection and goes in.  Then, in the 85th minute, it's Liverpool's Rafael van der Vaart sending Crystal Palace's Collins John through, and he scores to level the match.  Extra time decides nothing, and Holland win on PK's easily, 3-1.

Third Place
Brazil 2:0 Mexico

Final, from FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
England 0:1 Holland
-Ruud van Nistelrooy scored a close in shot from a pass from Arjen Robben in the 7th minute to lift Holland to victory.  Each team had only one shot on target all game long, and England just couldn't penetrate the Dutch defense to grab the equalizer, though David Beckham and Steven Gerrard both came within inches in the last 10 minutes.  This is Holland's first World Cup win ever, after they lost consecutive World Cup finals in 1974 and 1978.

Both Brazil and France sack their managers immediately upon the end of the World Cup.


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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2005, 04:31:02 PM »

Holy crap...Heitinga AND Sneijder?

As an Ajax fan, I'm impressed. You've got some good ones there.
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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2005, 06:24:21 PM »

Your team is becoming a behemoth.  It's about time to win the Premiership I'd say.


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« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2005, 12:39:29 PM »

You would hope it's time.  But after witnessing the pre-season, I can't say I'm overly optimistic.


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« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2005, 12:40:10 PM »

Our pre-season schedule comes through.  Here it is, starting on July 12:
@ Dag & Red (Conf.)
@ Ovarense (POR)
@ Rio Ave (POR)
@ Beira-Mar (POR)
@ Millwall (L1)
v. Valencia (ESP)

Iain Dowie jumps from Coventry to West Ham, leaving one relegation favorite for another.

July 12, Friendly #1
@ Dag & Red

Ibrahim Kargbo scores off a corner kick in the 29th minute.  We play with attacking tactics against this inferior opponent.  During one stretch, we steal something like 4 straight goal kicks, and work attacks off them all, but fail to score.  If our first team were playing, we'd be up 7-0.  Graham Stack shows his inferiority as a keeper by misplaying a cross and letting it get headed in behind him in the 42nd minute.  In the 62nd, reserve striker Elvis Hammond scores after a Rochemback free kick deflected off the wall right to Elvis.  In the 87th, Hammond puts it away thanks to a nice long ball from Cristian Zaccardo.  We take the 3-1 win.  We outshot Dag & Red 34-3, but had just slightly more of the ball than they.

Win, 1-3
A: 6,079

Next up, it's my first foreign tour as manager.  

July 18, Friendly #2
@ Ovarense

We go with a mix-n-match lineup here of reserves and regulars.  Hugo Viana is the only one to come out at halftime (I mean, the guy can't even play a full regular match, you know he wouldn't last here).  Fabrice Fernandes finally gets on the board in the 54th, scoring off a nice cross from Balaban.  Ovarense score an own goal, thanks to pressure by Rafael Santos in the 79th minute.  Possesssion ends 50-50, and we outshoot Ovarense 14-3.

Win, 0-2
A: 7,921

Lebohang Mokoena returns to full training after his broken wrist that he suffered in the World Cup.

July 21, Friendly #3
@ Rio Ave

We start out with attacking tactics, but Rio Ave play us pretty evenly, so we switch back to our defensive, counter-attacking stance.  In the 30th, a nice series of passes ends at the foot of Carlton Cole, who scores inside the right post.  Cole makes it 2 in the 41st, with a patented Peterborough long ball counter attack.  Marco Ingrao set up one of those goals, and had a terrific game.  Rio Ave had slightly more of the ball, but we outshot them 14-8.

Win, 0-2
A: 9,458

July 23, Friendly #4
@ Beira-Mar

In the 19th minute, a shot deflects of Sagi Burton and goes in past Grant.  1-0, Beira-Mar.  Our defense is shredded again as Grant fails to hold a breakaway shot, and the rebound is put in in the 23rd minute.  This'll teach me for playing the defensive scrubs.  In the 44th, Balaban with a nice cross into traffic, and Vagner heads it in the net.  2-1.  Thando Mngomeni wins MoM honors, but we still lose.  Sarr and Balaban also rate 8's.

Loss, 2-1
A: 9,337

Our former striker Dejan Robnik signs with Ipswich Town of League One.

Mokoena complains about his contract... but he's making $1.4 million a year!  I don't want to tick him off, so whatever you want, Cheeseboy sir (in case you missed it, that's his real life nickname).

Our final friendly against Valencia is picked for TV coverage.

July 30, Friendly #5
@ Millwall

Carlton Cole finally gets us on the board in the 32nd, thanks to a nice header from Kargbo playing him in.  Sadly, Millwall equalize in the 83rd, as Lee Grant misplays a cross.  We end 1-1, in a pretty boring affair.

Draw, 1-1
A: 19,633

Spurs sign 31 year old former Man U keeper Tim Howard to a 2 year deal worth $5.4 million per season.

Midfielder Wesley Sneijder and defender John Heitinga join the club on August 1, along with 21 year old reserve keeper Michel Boumann.  The Commercial Director notes that our merchandise sales should increase with such well-respected continental players on the roster.

On August 2nd, Milciades Omar Bellomo joins the club from his Ethiopian side.  This 21 year old attacking midfielder signs for $700k through 2014.  His instant value is $11 million.  He is Ethiopian himself, and should have the necessary quality to join the senior squad within 2 years.  He is very good already, maybe even better than Kenny Lunt.  But he needs a bit of experience.

August 2, Friendly #6 - Televised
v. Valencia

An evenly played first half... Wesley Sneijder picks up a minor knock, so he comes out at the half, as does Hugo Viana.  Emil Jensen leaves injured in the second half, and Sarr replaces him at left back.  Bocanegra sat out of this one with a bruised thigh.  It takes until the 85th minute to open the scoring on this one, but then it's sub. winger Thando Mngomeni with a brilliant 25 yard strike into the top corner to beat the keeper... it puts us ahead 1-0.  Sadly, a cross and a header in equalize Valencia in the final minute of stoppage time, and it ends 1-1.  John Heitinga really impressed me... his marking skill may be slightly worse than you'd expect of such a top-notch player, but his anticipation and positioning more than makes up for any deficiency he may have.  It seemed like he was always in the right place at the right time.

Draw, 1-1
A: 5,173

Emil Jensen strains knee ligaments in this one, and will miss a month of action.

League title odds
Man U., Arsenal - 7:4
Liverpool, Chelsea - 2:1
Aston Villa, Newcastle, Peterborough - 33:1

Coming in at 33:1, the bookmakers appear convinced that with a good run of results, you have an outside chance of mounting a title challenge.  The price also reflects the fact that they would not place you amongst the hot favourites this season.

I also note that we, Aston Villa, and Newcastle are in the UEFA Cup.  Newcastle is in, based on the strength of their 2nd place FA Cup finish.  Southampton is shutout of the competition, losing to Tottenham in what was formerly the Inter-Toto Cup.

And just as pre-season sets to close, John Heitinga breaks his hip in training... and will miss 3 months.  Fudge.

Mngomeni also strains his groin, and will be out the first 2 weeks or so.

I make 2 offers to defenders to try and plug the hole.

Not a great pre-season, but we did play a bit stiffer competition this time around than we did last year.  And we are in the UEFA Cup, so this should be a fun season.


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« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2005, 12:53:54 PM »

Community Shield
Aston Villa 1:3 Chelsea

We drop $4.2 million in transfer fee on 30 year old D/AM-R Diego Gavilan, a Paraguayan international.  He joins us for a pretty small wage, considering, $1.35 million for 2 seasons.  Gavilan is a superb right winger, and can play at right back as well.  He is an excellent player, we'll just have to see if his age is a problem.

We also use another $1.45 million in transfer money on 26 year old SW/D-C Karl Svensson, a Swedish international.  Svensson has good positioning and anticipation, and rates at 15 or above in all 3 major defensive technical attributes.  Svensson joins us from FC Kobenhavn, for whom he averaged a 7.34 in 35 starts last season.  Svensson is not a great all around player, but a solid defender.  He should help plug any gaps in our defense until the return of Heitinga.... he will split time with Marcos and be insurance against injury.

Bosko Balaban sprains his foot, but should only miss our season opener.

August 14, Match 1
@ Portsmouth
Series: Posh lead 2-1-1
Fav: Pompey, 6:4

GK: Arenas
Def: Bocanegra, Alex, Marcos, Zaccardo
Mid: Rochemback, Viana, Sneijder, Gerard
Str: Wallner, Cole

2'- Marcos with a 50 yard free kick, to Sneijder on the right of the box... he lifts a ball into the area for Cole, whose 12 yard shot is saved.

12'- A cross in to the head of Lua Lua, but he fires it over the top.

26'- Valery Mezague with a steal off Marcos in the box, but his quick shot is into the side netting.

30'- Wallner with a ball ahead to Cole... he beats his man, then advances on the keeper... his left-footed shot finds the target, and squeezes in between the keeper and the post.  1-0, Posh!  Carlton Cole scores the lid lifter.

43'- After a good series of possession, Wallner gets the ball at around 40 yards, and decides to handle matters himself... he jinks around 2 defenders, then shoots a 20 yarder that beats the keeper to the top corner.  2-0, Posh!

45+'- A free kick comes in to the head of Mezague at the back post, but Arenas with a superb reaction save.

46'- Arenas starts the 2nd half with another terrific save, slapping away Mezague's effort from a Lua Lua free kick.

66'- Diego Gavilan in for Sneijder, Fernandes in for Viana.

Portsmouth cannot mount another serious attack, and we take the easy road win.  Arenas takes MoM, and he was excellent in goal... he earns a 9.  Zaccardo, Bocanegra, Rochemback, Cole, and Wallner pick up 8's for the Posh.

Win, 0-2, start in 2nd place
Shots/on target: Pompey 10/6, Posh 7/4
Poss: 54-46, Pompey
A: 31,838

EPL Round 1 results
Boro 1:1 Man City
Birmingham 2:0 Hull
Blackburn 1:1 Chelsea
Coventry 0:0 Liverpool
Fulham 1:1 Newcastle
So'ton 0:1 Arsenal
West Ham 1:2 Norwich
Man U 1:1 A. Villa
Spurs 0:2 Palace

The Palace win allows them to pass us.... based on "alphabetization", I guess.  We're in 3rd after the opening weekend, but really are level with Birmingham and Palace.


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Aug. 18, Match 2
1-0-0, 3rd pl., 3 pts.
v. Southampton (0-0-1, 17th pl., 0 pts.)
Series: Posh lead 1-3-0
Fav: Posh, 5:4

We go with standard counter-attacking tactics at home against an inferior opponent.  We go with a mostly 2nd team lineup in  an early season mid-week fixture.
GK: Arenas
Def: Bocanegra, Svensson, Kargbo, Sarr
Mid: Arzo, Fernandes, Gavilan, Sneijder
Str: Vagner, Mokoena

3'- Diego Gavilan immediately makes his presence felt... El Karkouri with a header forward in midfield to Vagner... he lays it off to Gavilan, who hits a superb ball into the box, just ahead of the defense and into Mokoena's run.  Higginbotham tackles it away from Mokoena before he can take a touch, but it falls to Gavilan just outside the box... Gavilan volleys it goalward, and Niemi tries to scramble back, but can't get there!  1-0, Posh!  

16'- The Saints with a good build-up... James Beattie inside the box, but he tries to leave it for Steven Reid, and Gavilan sticks a toe in to break up the attack.

21'- A horrible mistake by Southampton... Jonathan Blondel's corner is taken short.... but Mokoena with an interception.  We have 2 on 1 at midfield, and Mokoena with a 75 yard ball to Vagner.  He collects, and advances to the edge of the box on the right... he crosses to a wide open Diego Gavilan, who has an easy touch into the goal from 6 yards!  2-0, Posh!  Diego Gavilan with 2 goals on his debut start!

32'- Fernandes attacks the top of the box... he squares it to Vagner, who nutmegs it to Sneijder.... Sneijder with a ferocious attempt from the arc, and it's high.

Sneijder is rating a 6 at halftime, and comes out for Lunt.  Rochemback enters for a slightly injured Vagner.... we switch to a defensive 4-5-1 with counter-attacking tactics.

49'- Mokoena with a good run down the left... he cuts it back for Fernandes, who does well to gather it, then tries to curl one around his defender and inside the post, but Niemi with a nice save.

59'- We draw all the Saint defenders to the left, then 3 crisp passes later, Gavilan is lining up a 10 yard shot just to the right of goal for his hat trick, but he skies it.  The goal kick is stolen... and just when I was ready to sub out Fabrice Fernandes, he makes the steal, then gets the return pass down the left, and drops in a beautiful cross from Mokoena, who heads it into goal.  3-0, Posh.

78'- Southampton's finest chance of the second half is a 25 yard free kick by Philip Mulryne that bends wide.

We just kick it around the park for another quarter-hour and take another shutout win.  Diego Gavilan impresses on the right side, earning an 8 and MoM honors.  Sarr, Bocanegra, Fernandes, Arzo, and Lunt also with 8's.  Total and utter domination in this one.

Win, 3-0, up to 2nd place
Shots/on target: Posh 21/8, Saints 2/1
Poss: 51-49, Posh
A: 16,457

EPL Round 2 results
Arsenal 4:0 Blackburn
Villa 2:0 Fulham
Chelsea 2:0 Boro
Palace 0:2 West Ham
Hull 0:3 Man U.
Liverpool 2:1 Portsmouth
Man City 2:3 Birmingham
Newcastle 4:1 Spurs
Norwich 1:1 Coventry

26 year old Chelsea winger Arjen Robben goes down with a broken leg against Boro, and will miss around 5 months.


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« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2005, 12:56:29 PM »

EPL Round 3 results
Portsmouth 0:2 Norwich
Birmingham 0:2 Chelsea
Coventry 2:2 Palace
Fulham 0:2 Man U
Man City 2:0 Hull
Boro 2:1 Arsenal
Spurs 1:1 Villa
West Ham 1:1 Newcastle
Southampton 1:3 Liverpool

Aug. 22, Match 3 - Televised
2-0-0, 4th pl., 6 pts.
@ Blackburn Rovers (0-1-1, 15th pl., 1 pt.)
Series: Rovers lead 4-1-1
Fav: Posh, 5:4

We return to the scene of our last Premiership loss.... 17 games ago, we visited Ewood Park, and dropped a 3-1 decision.  Balaban and Mngomeni are not fit enough for this game, while Viana and Gerard continue to be injured.
GK: Arenas
Def: Bocanegra, Alex, Marcos, Zaccardo
Mid: Rochemback, Lunt, Gavilan, Sneijder
Str: Wallner, Cole

2'- Midfielder Neil Danns opens the action with a 35 yard strike that is not even close.

12'- Bocanegra gets up to head away a dangerous cross.

19'- Zaccardo also clearing away a pacey cross for a corner.  Sneijder has picked up a knock.

29'- Gavilan and Sneijder play the ball back and forth down the field... until Gavilan holds up a bit on the right, then crosses to a cutting Cole, who receives the short cross, and shoots it inside the left post!  GOAL!  1-0, Posh.

Rochemback and Cole also pick up minor knocks before halftime, and Kenny Lunt's stamina is at 65 at the break.  4 people need out, and I only have 3 subs.  I use 2, putting in Mokoena for Sneijder, and Kargbo enters for Rochemback.

46'- Kargbo gets a yellow 20 seconds into his appearance for a shirt pull.

73'- A long series of pressing by both clubs, as the action goes up and down the pitch... our defense is stout enough to keep them out of the box, and finally we string together some nice passes.... Cole is on the right of the box, and he lays it back to Gavilan.  Gavilan advances on the keeper, who has to hedge against a cross... but instead Gavilan aims for the far post... and scores!  2-0, on Gavilan's 3rd of the young season!

Mngomeni enters for Carlton Cole, and we put Kenny Lunt in defensive midfield and slow the tempo way down.

86'- A corner kick is pinballed around, until Michael Chopra gets it at 8 yards... but Arenas with a top-notch save!

89'- Chopra is played onside, and tries a quick shot, but Arenas is there... the rebound goes left, to a waiting attacker, but Arenas with another block!  Arenas is developing into a world class keeper!  3 marvelous saves in 5 minutes!

The final whistle goes, and we've scored 7 Premiership goals this season without being pegged back.  Cristian Zaccardo wins MoM with a 9 for our good defensive showing.  Arenas, Bocanegra, Alex, Rochemback, and Cole all pick up ratings of 8.

Win, 0-2, up to 1st place
Shots/on target: Rovers 5/3, Posh 7/4
Poss: 53-47, Rovers
A: 27,417

I check the board's confidence after the game, and they are "absolutely thrilled".  The supporters have turned to "delighted" with me, and are "delighted with the purchase of Diego Gavilan".  I am too, the guy has 3 goals already.  I mention again to the board that we must expand the stadium, and they agree.


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« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2005, 12:57:08 PM »

Bocanegra, Alex, Sarr, and Zaccardo are all picked in the Team of the Week.

I am happy with our start, but we're not exactly playing the top teams here so far.  

Our current stadium expansion is completed.  I remind the board about our need for further expansion, but this time they snap back to keep my nose out of non-managerial affairs... they also become merely "very pleased" with my performance.  Oops.

Aug. 25, Match 4
3-0-0, 1st pl., 9 pts.
v. Middlesbrough (1-1-1, 13th pl., 4 pts.)
Series: Boro lead 3-1-1
Fav: Posh, 6:4

The early season gauntlet continues with our 4th game in 11 days.
GK: Arenas
Def: Bocanegra, Sarr, Kargbo, Zaccardo
Mid: Rochemback, Fernandes, Sneijder, Mngomeni
Str: Vagner, Cole

7'- Cole gets through on the keeper twice in 30 seconds, but can't finish either chance.

12'- Sarr with a dangerous ball back to Arenas, and he can't fully clear it, as Joe Cole deflects it to Tiberiu Ghioane on the left of the box, and he bends a great shot around Arenas and in.  1-0, Boro.

That was Boro's only shot of the first half... we created very little ourselves, but did have 7 shots.

Mokoena replaces a struggling Vagner at the half.  We up the attack even more, and increase the pace of play.

53'- Sarr with a great free kick just over the last line of defense, and right to Mokoena... Mokoena collects, and slots it home from 15 yards!  Great goal!  Sarr is playing well in the early going.  1-1.

68'- Mngomeni nearly bends in a 25 yarder.

77'- Balaban replaces Carlton Cole.

84'- Fernandes with a cross in to Mokoena... a nice header, but right at the keeper, and the rebound is hoisted away.

90+'- Rochemback with a hard tackle in the 94th minute... he gets his second yellow of the game.  I need to have a talk with this guy.

We take a point, but it's our first non-win of the season.  Fabrice Fernandes picks up our only 8 of the game, and wins MoM.  Arenas picks up a 6, as does Rochemback.

Draw, 1-1, remain in 1st
Shots/on target: Posh 14/6, Boro 3/1
Poss: 51-49, Posh
A: 17,782

EPL Round 4 results
Arsenal 2:2 Birmingham
Villa 2:0 West Ham
Chelsea 2:0 Man City
Palace 2:0 Portsmouth
Hull 2:2 Fulham
Newcastle 2:0 Coventry
Norwich 0:0 So'ton

We're in first place, one goal scored ahead of Chelsea.  The pack comes next, several teams on 8 points.


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« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2005, 12:57:54 PM »

29 year old former Posh DMC Alan Navarro signs a 3 year deal with Plymouth Argyle of League One.  Navarro was one of our first ever transferred in players, and helped us through the ranks before being demoted to the reserves last year.  Navarro played in 109 games for the Posh from 2004-2009.  He scored 5 goals and had 7 assists, and averaged right around a 7 in his 5 years with us.  

I give Rochemback his first official warning for his red card, and he accepts it.

UEFA Cup First Round draw
The draw is made... and looky here... we'll play Portuguese side Rio Ave in the first round.  We beat them in a preseason friendly in Portugal 2-0.  The first leg will be in Portugal on Thursday, Sept. 16, while the 2nd leg will be at London Road on 9/30.

Aug. 28, Match 5
3-1-0, 1st pl., 10 pts.
@ Birmingham City (2-1-1, 10th pl., 7 pts.)
Series: Posh lead 2-1-1
Fav: Blues, 6:4

Grant starts for Arenas, who did not have the best of games against Boro.
GK: Grant
Def: Bocanegra, Alex, Svensson, Zaccardo
Mid: Arzo, Viana, Gavilan, Balaban
Str: Wallner, Cole

7'- Balaban with a nice pass to Cole, who squeezes a shot through 2 defenders, but it's right at the keeper.

Not much else happens for the remainder of the half... both of these teams are just dead tired.  5 games in less than 2 weeks will do that to you.

Sneijder enters for Viana, who rates an 8, but is out of gas.  Wallner has a minor knock, so comes out for Mokoena.

51'- A corner kick falls to Tomas Ujfalusi, who heads it past Grant.  1-0, Blues.

66'- Gerard on for Svensson, and we switch to an attacking 3-4-3, with Balaban moving up to the striker line.

70'- Keeper Iain Turner is having a rousing game.... we have a 5-on-3, and Cole ends up in prime position, one-v-one, but Turner with good positioning and a nice save.

We play nearly 6 added minutes, but when Birmingham is pretty much playing 11 men in the penalty box, it's going to be hard to sneak one through.  Plus, when Iain Turner is rating a 10 and not allowing you in, it's gonna be hard to score.  Grant, Zaccardo, and Bocanegra pick up 8's.  Cole gets a lackluster 6.  Our first loss in 20 Premiership matches.  Again, to a middle-of-the-road team away from London Road.

Loss, 1-0, drop to 4th
Shots/on target: Blues 12/6, Posh 17/10
Poss: 55-45, Blues
A: 27,003

EPL Round 5 results
Spurs 2:0 Fulham
Blackburn 0:2 Norwich
Chelsea 1:1 Hull
Man City 0:2 Arsenal
Portsmouth 1:0 Newcastle
So'ton 0:0 Palace
Boro 1:0 Liverpool
Coventry 0:1 Villa
West Ham 0:2 Man U

Chelsea, Norwich, Aston Villa, Manchester United, and Arsenal all move ahead of us.  This is the 2nd straight year that Norwich has gotten off to a torrid start.


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« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2005, 12:59:40 PM »

We make a signing just before the end of the August transfer window... 26 year old defensive midfielder Javier Mascherano from River Plate in Argentina joins the Posh.  He signs for a hefty signing bonus of around $2 million, and for $3.2 million per season through 2013.  Since Kargbo seems better suited for the back 4, and Cesar Arzo is really not that great of a player right now, we decide to solidify our defensive midfield position with this world-class player.  Our shirt sales get a boost again from signing this big name.  Mascherano has blazing speed, very good defensive ability, and is a tireless midfield worker.

The Mascherano signing maxxes out our wage budget at right around our allowed $43 million.

EPL results
Liverpool 3:0 Blackburn
Man U 3:0 Spurs

The league takes a week off for Euro 2012 qualifying.

EPL Round 6 results
Arsenal 3:2 Chelsea
Villa 0:1 Portsmouth
Fulham 2:3 West Ham
Hull 2:2 Spurs
Man U 5:0 Coventry
Norwich 1:0 Boro
Newcastle 4:0 So'ton
Palace 1:0 Blackburn

Our weekend match was moved thanks to the UEFA Cup.  We have been bumped down to 8th, but now hold a game in hand.

Gerard hurts his foot in training, and will miss about a week of action.

Sept. 16, UEFA Cup First Round, First Leg
@ Rio Ave
From Estadio do Rio Ave, Vila do Conde, Portugal
Fav: Posh, 4:7

GK: Arenas
Def: Bocanegra, Alex, Sarr, Zaccardo
Mid: Mascherano, Sneijder, Balaban, Viana
Str: Wallner, Cole

9'- Sneijder tries to curl a shot in from 25 yards, but it's saved.

13'- Bocanegra with a great ball to Sneijder, who gathers it on the edge of the area... he advances up the byline, then shoots from a very tough angle... it curls around the keeper, hits the back post and goes in!  Wesley Sneijder's first Posh goal is also Peterborough United's first ever European competition goal!  1-0, Posh!

Rio Ave get their legs around the half hour mark, and start to pressure forward a bit more, but we head into the locker room with a 1-0 lead.  

47'- Good passing around the perimeter of the Rio Ave defense... then a knife down the center, as Mascherano spots Cole... he heads to Sneijder, who one touches to Wallner... Wallner with an open 12 yarder, GOAL!  2-0, Posh!

61'- Rio Ave's first shot of the 2nd half, it's a weak 20 yarder that's 10 yards wide of goal.

66'- Mokoena on for Cole, Gavilan on for Balaban.

76'- Mokoena with a great ball to Gavilan... Gavilan into the box, he tries to cut around the keeper, but he leaves himself with a difficult shot that he can't finish.

85'- Hugo Viana with a great ball to Mokoena... Mokoena is free on the keeper, his shot... off the post!  It bounces clear, and is hoofed away.

90'- Gavilan plays Mokoena through this time.... he has to pause for the ball, but then he beats his marker, and attacks the keeper... he doesn't hit the post this time!  Goal!!!!! 3-0, Posh!

Wesley Sneijder wins MoM, rating a 9 in midfield.  Zaccardo, Bocanegra, Alex, Mascherano, and Wallner all pick up 8's in the big win, our first ever European victory.

Win, 0-3, 2nd leg at London Road on Sept. 30
Shots/on target: Rio Ave 8/1, Posh 22/11
Poss: 51-49, Posh
A: 12,220

Villa draw away to Braga (POR), 1-1, Newcastle hammer Metalurg Donetsk at St. James's Park, 3-0, and Tottenham (qualifiers via the Inter-Toto Cup) destroy Athletic Bilbao 4-0 at White Hart Lane.

The win gets the board back to being "absolutely thrilled" with me.


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« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2005, 04:24:39 PM »

EPL Round 7 results - Saturday
Man City 1:1 Liverpool
Boro 1:1 Palace
Arsenal 4:1 Hull
Portsmouth 0:2 Man U
Coventry 2:0 Fulham

Sept. 19, Match 6
3-1-1, 9th pl., 10 pts.
@ Chelsea (3-2-1, 6th pl., 11 pts.)
Series: Blues lead 4-1-1
Fav: Blues, Evens

Both teams have scored at least 2 goals in 4 of the last 5 encounters.... so this should be a good one.
GK: Arenas
Def: Jensen, Alex, Marcos, Zaccardo
Mid: Rochemback, Fernandes, Gavilan, Mngomeni
Str: Mokoena, Cole

2'- Mokoena hobbles off thanks to a John Terry challenge... but returns 2 minutes later.

9'- A Damien Duff cross is headed clear by Marcos... Mngomeni ends up with it.  He dribbles for 40 yards, then passes to Cole.  Cole draws the defense, then passes to Mokoena, onside!  Mokoena with the right footed shot, and it squeaks in past the right post!  1-0, Posh!

We dominate the 1st half, allowing Chelsea precious little room to operate.  An impressive first half performance.... but still, Cole could've made it 2-0 on a breakaway in the 2nd stoppage minute of the first half, but Petr Cech stopped his shot.

49'- In typical Rob Styles fashion, he shows Jensen a 2nd yellow card, and we go down a man for the remainder.  Kargbo enters for Cole, and we switch to 2 central defenders, and 3 defensive midfielders.  We'll see how this works.

55'- Duff's corner... Lucio with the header from 4 yards, but Arenas with a fingertip save!

58'- Duff with a cross off a short corner... Arenas punches it away in traffic!  Terry gathers, and finds Fernando Torres with a pinpoint pass at the penalty spot... Torres slots it home.  1-1.

71'- Damien Duff gets free on the left... he beats Zaccardo, then crosses in for Rosicky, who hits a great volley that beats Arenas.  2-1, Chelsea.

Down a man, this one is pretty much over.  I have to try and equalize though, and move to long passing, and a marginally attacking style... I bring in Sneijder for Fernandes, and Balaban for Zaccardo.  We play a 2 man back, and Kargbo in defensive midfield, and push nearly everyone else forward.  I push our defenders up and deploy the offside trap against Chelsea to try and use their speed against them.

80'- Marcos with a good intervention, and the ball comes to Mokoena.... he dribbles upfield, past 2 defenders for 50 yards.  Some nifty midfield passing later, we've got it at the top of the box.  Balaban....  He beats Lucio through his legs, cuts left, and shoots back across to the right from 15 yards.... GOAL!!!!  2-2!  Balaban with a great strike, and we are level!

81'- Duff with a cross, punched away by Arenas... Sneijder ends up with it at the other end, and his 30 yard effort is saved by Cech.

88'- Sneijder with a steal... then Rochemback back to Sneijder.  Sneijder down the middle... unmolested.  He finally gets resistance, and plays it square to Balaban.  Bosko with a hopeful shot from 35 yards... and it goes in!!!  I don't know what Petr Cech was doing there, but that was saveable.  That's ok with me, though, we go up 3-2 a man down!

90+'- Mngomeni with a 50 yard dribble upfield... he plays to Balaban, to Sneijder, at the corner of the area.  Sneijder advances, then crosses back post.  Both Mokoena and Gavilan are there.... The experienced Paraguayan lets Mokoena have the chance, and he scores inside the left post!  4-2!  A 3 goal barrage in 10 minutes with a man short!

The final whistle goes, and we get the improbable win!  Lebohang Mokoena gets the MoM honors, rating an 8 and scoring his 4th and 5th goals of the season.  Lots of 8's to go around... Gavilan gets a disappointing 6, but who cares?  We notch a memorable win at Stamford Bridge, and jump back into the top 4.

Win, 2-4, up to 4th place
Shots/on target: Blues 8/5, Posh 19/10
Poss: 52-48, Posh
A: 37,758

Amazingly, Lebohang Mokoena scored those 2 goals with a broken nose he suffered in the early going.  He'll miss 5 days, including our next match at home to Arsenal.


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« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2005, 04:25:21 PM »

Alex, Rochemback, Sneijder, and Balaban are picked in the Team of the Week.

The Third Round Carling Cup draw is made, and we get a good one... a home game against Championship side Derby County.  That game will be October 27.

Sept. 25, Match 7
4-1-1, 4th pl., 13 pts.
v. Arsenal (5-1-1, 2nd pl., 16 pts.)
Series: Gunners lead 2-1-1
Fav: Gunners, 4:5

GK: Arenas
Def: Bocanegra, Alex, Marcos, Kargbo
Mid: Mascherano, Viana, Sneijder, Balaban
Str: Wallner, Cole

10'- Fabregas with a 25 yard effort that Arenas watches into the seats.

14'- Clichy with a nice floating cross that Henry heads, but Arenas with a tip over the bar.

19'- Viana's corner kick falls to Wallner at the right edge of the six... he turns, shoots, and it goes right off Thierry Henry and in!  1-0, Posh!

25'- Clichy's corner comes to Henry.... his powerful shot from 8 yards is parried by Arenas... the ball comes out to Clichy, who sends a great pass in to Cavenaghi... Bocanegra is late getting there, and he hits a well-placed shot past Arenas and in.  1-1.

39'- Arenas with a goal kick to Kargbo... he plays it back to Arenas, who is under pressure from Cavenaghi... Arenas tries to jink around him, but Cavenaghi gets the ball and is able to tap it home.  Horrible play by Arenas.  2-1, Arsenal.

41'- A ball to Cavenaghi is headed to Henry... he plays it back to Cavenaghi, who is in on Arenas.  Arenas deflects the shot, but Henry is there to clean it up.  3-1, Gunners.

52'- Wallner with an angled shot from 15 yards, it blazes over the bar.

57'- A pass by Mascherano is deflected by Vieira... but it comes to Viana, who plays the one-two with Balaban.  Viana's shot from the top right of the box, and it beats Wiese somehow.  It looked to be right at him, but he fails to keep it out, and we're given some hope.  3-2.

61'- Viana with a 35 yard free kick... it's headed clear.  Balaban with it, he squares it to Viana, who has a go from 30 yards... and it nearly curls in!  Acrobatic save by Wiese to keep it out.

69'- Mokoena in for Kargbo, and we switch to an aggressive 3-4-3.

76'- A Wallner cross is deflected to the middle... Mascherano lines up an open 18 yard shot... off the post!  

79'- A long ball by Arenas is headed from Mokoena to Cole, who switches play to Viana on the left... Viana holds the ball near the touch line... then sends a long cross to Sneijder at the back post... his volley is saved by Wiese!  Good play to tip it out for the corner.

Mngomeni in for a quiet Balaban.

88'- Lunt enters for Marcos, and we switch to a 2-4-4 and throw long balls forward.

Our final chance is a corner that comes in from Viana, but Cole can't control it and it bobbles out for a goal kick.  Alex goes down on the play, and the final whistle goes on the restart.  Arenas and Viana with 8's, but Arenas didn't have his best game here.  Still, Arsenal is hot, and it's tough to beat Chelsea and Arsenal back to back.

Loss, 2-3, drop to 6th
Shots/on target: Posh 13/6, Gunners 14/7
Poss: 52-48, Gunners
A: 17,800

EPL Round 8 results
Liverpool 0:3 Chelsea
Villa 4:0 Blackburn
Hull 0:3 West Ham
Man U 2:0 So'ton
Norwich 1:0 Man City
Spurs 0:0 Coventry
Fulham 0:1 Portsmouth
Newcastle 1:0 Boro
Palace 1:1 Birmingham

Horrible news, as Alex has torn ankle ligaments, and will be out for 2 months.  This season is not going very well so far, injury-wise.
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