After "FA Cup Realities"
After our 3 victories against Leicester, Brighton, and QPR we continued our winning ways. With our goal scoring abilities on full display, we raised our goals-scored total to 15 in 6 games. The Reading game did draw a little bit of pity from me for their fans, as they equalized in the 90th minute and it seemed like we would be sharing points, that is until the late sub Marcus Antonsson scored in the 92nd minute to seal our victory. The Brentford game was a true joy to behold, with a plenty of goals scored. They went ahead in the 20th minute, and then we had our goals just before and after the half. They scored their second in the 55th minute, and the game slowed down in pace a little bit, as the players began to tire. That is until the beautiful build up and finish of Liam Cooper's winner. No one knows why he was there, and he just seems to appear in the box from out of nowhere. He towered over everyone to be on the receiving end of Stuart Dallas' whipped cross, and it was an excellent sight to behold. The Preston goal was a bit of a drab affair, as they didn't really seem to oppose the idea of us dominating the game, and that ended 2-0. Then game one of the last few challenges of the season: Newcastle away. We slugged away in the game, and it looked like either side could score at multiple points throughout, but I would honestly say that Newcastle were the better team on the day, and we were lucky to grab a point. Then we played Wolverhampton, and I thought that our luck had run out as they scored in the opening minutes of the game. The entire first half of the game our boys didn't really play 100% and it showed, I don't know what got into them, and I had some choice words for them at half-time. The talk seemed to get to them, as we started truly controlling the game, and the buildup was beginning to work, and it showed as Pohjanpalo scored in the 54th minute, and then again in the 86th minute to secure the win. All in all, we have maintained our unbeaten run, and we are fighting for a beautiful end to the season, but any slip-up could mean we drop as far as 9th place, due to how close the top-half of the table is.
FA Cup Semi-Final - 4/23/17
The semi-final of the FA Cup was not on the books going into the season, and I certainly didn't think that we would make it past the likes of Premier League sides Hull and Leicester City in the first season. Not only have we done that, but we also find ourselves 4th in the league, with a good chance of promotion. Each of the players that feature in the team have proved themselves in some accord during the season. One key player that is missing is Pontus Jansson, as he is out for the last few weeks of the season with a sprained ankle. He is disappointed to miss the final stretch of the season, but he knows the rest of the boys are more than capable of finishing the season out strong. Michael Williamson will be stepping in for him. The veteran center-back has served as back-up to Jansson for the second half of the season, and is eager to go.
Manchester City are coming into this tie as a solid top 4 team in the Premier League, and will be fielding a full-strength team against us. Sergio Aguero is up top, flanked by the two young wingers Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane. Their midfield is manned by the young Belgian Kevin De Bruyne, Fabian Delph, and Axel Witsel. Their back four are formed by Alexander Kolarov, Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones, and Chidebere Nwakali. Willy Caballero is their man between the goalposts, and will be the man to beat if we want to find the win.
As the game started, we got a picture of what I thought the game would be like: Manchester City dominated early, and we didn't see the much of ball for the first half hour. Then, miraculously, Joel Pohjanpalo scored our first shot of the game, and we were leading Manchester City 1-0. This persisted through into the second half, and then Sergio Aguero scored. I swear that man belongs where Karim Benzema is now, playing as Real Madrid's go-to striker. The game went into extra time, and the first half of such was rather bland. They had more shots/possession than us all game, but we had kept up. Then 10 minutes into the second half of extra time, City's young right winger Leroy Sane scored and my heart sank. I wasn't feeling down for more than 2 minutes before our very own young right-winger Hadi Sacko scored the equalizer. It was at that point that I thought we could perhaps go into penalties and potentially sneak a win past City. Then Sane scored again immediately after and I knew the game was over. I wasn't disappointed, just sad for the boys who had fought so hard all game long.
League Game 44 - 4/28/17
In all honesty, I was so downtrodden going into this game, that I forgot to get a proper screenshot of its overview. The result of this one didn't do so well for me either, as we scored late and I thought we had won it, then they scored in extra-time to grab the draw, which angered me even more about the situation. Overall it was a boring game against a team that was expected to be in the running to win the league, and we held our own even proving to be better at certain points.
League Game 45 - 5/2/17
After the Manchester City and Norwich games, I just wanted to see a good game, and boy did I get it. Burton Albion were a bottom-mid table team, and I didn't expect much resistance from them. Little did I know, this would be one of the best games of the season. After the start of the game, it didn't take them too long to go ahead, nor did it take too long for Liam Bridcutt to equalize. We entered the second half pretty much equal in stats, but we went ahead early with an own goal from their keeper. Six minutes later we were up 3-1 as Joel Pohjanpalo scored yet again. Things got rather infuriating as they decided to start out playing us, and peppered our goal with shots, netting in the 70th and then 88th minute to equalize. Then we won it in the 90th minute with a brilliant finish from Pohjanpalo for his second of the game and to win it for us.
League Game 46 - 5/7/17
With this last game against Wigan Athletic, we found ourselves in a situation we never could have imagined. If we won our game, and Birmingham City either lost or drew their game, then we would be league champions. If we drew our game, and Birmingham City lost, then we would be league champions. 3 out of 9 possible result combinations between our game and Birmingham's game would see us win the league. If we lost our game, it would be possible for us to drop as low as 3rd place, as Norwich sat below us by 2 points going into the game, with Newcastle sitting 3 points below us.
We played well in the game, though certainly not like a team that could potentially win the league if results went our way. Our control of the game and our defensive line were the highlights of the game, oh and yet another free kick goal from Alex Mowatt, our free kick maestro. We did our part in winning our game, thus securing at least 3rd. Birmingham's game went a little bit longer than ours, but it was decided long before the end. They were playing bottom of the table Cardiff City, and were unceremoniously dismantled in a 3-0 loss that sent a shock through their fans and ours as the final whistle was blown at the Birmingham-Cardiff game. We were league champions.
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