Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Southampton. Few transfers, January and February matches in the Coca-Cola Championship.

Starting the second half of the season I decided to make few actions on the transfer market and get some useful player for the club:

Starting the second half of the season I decided to make few actions on the transfer market and get some useful player for the club 

Martin Jakubko is towering striker from Slovakia. Bought him just for winning headers in the centre of attack and scoring goals.

Douglas Rinaldi. MC. Italian/Brazilian of rather old 30 years age. He has all attribute values of decent level and high Passing and Creativity - 17.

Yazid Mansouri. MRC. Rather versatile player from Algeria. He is 30 years old too. His high mental abilities, good physics and Passing with Tackling can be seen on the picture below:

Yazid Mansouri. MRC. Rather versatile player from Algeria. He is 30 years old too. His high mental abilities, good physics and Passing with Tackling

So all these signings were targeted at not only strengthening the team but also giving some flexibility in tactical variants of the first squad. That's, for instance, when you can set as MC more defensive footballer with high tackling and stamina or more attacking one with creative passing (like I described in the previous post about Individual Instructions).

The resulting row of January and February matches looks in the following way:

The resulting row of January and February matches looks in the following way

Here in the results above I have strange period in January when Southampton was not able to gain a victory in 4 matches in row. But after that we had wonderful series of 8 wins! It was really marvelous and  got us to the 2nd place in Coca-Cola Championship standing. I would single out FA Cup matches. We were lucky with the Draw - it's really blind :) Therefore my Southampton haven't played with teams from Premier League and got to the quaterfinal, where Nottingham Forest will be the opponent. So we have a really-really nice chance of promotion to semi-finals, and then... who knows... may be we will be lucky to get to the UEFA Cup ;)

And again the most useful player of the team was Marius Niculae. He was awarded as the best player of February:

the most useful player of the team was Marius Niculae

Look at his brilliant form below! Marius Niculae had been scoring in all 7 matches of February!

Marius Niculae had been scoring in all 7 matches of February

And I was named the Manager of the Month for 5 straight wins in the League.

I was named the Manager of the Month for 5 straight wins in the League

If you are interested in reading of Southampton story from the very beginning, click here

Author: Vitaliy

Playing Football Manager since 1996. Blogging about it since 2007.