Ye, my Southampton has returned to Premier League! Yahoo!!!! :) The tactics lived up my expectations and give so much awaited result! But, but, but.... Take a look at the results of the last season matches:
We have lost 4 important games in Coca-Cola Championship and taken 3rd place finally. Not the second one as I expected!
And if you take a closer look at the League Table, you will see that Sheff Utd and my Southampton have equal amount of points - 86. But they have goal difference higher than ours on just 1 goal!!! And the most unbelievable thing happened during the last fixture when Sheffield United guys were loosing 1:0 and we were winning over Stoke 4:0 on the 75th minute!
This means I had a chance to leave behind the team having advantage over my team before the last fixture on: 3 points and 6 goals in G.D! But my Southampton haven't coped (though almost coped) with this task during last 20 minutes of the match with Stoke. If we score one goal more, it would real football miracle!!!
But that didn't happen. That's why we got to Coca-Cola Championship Playoff. And I was afraid of it frankly speaking... But my team performed very confidently and professionally during matches with Middlesbrough and final with Wigan. All Southampton forwards scored goals in the final:
By the way, another interesting fact - we played in the final against Wigan from where I was sacked before in this game! :)
As a result this promotion of Southampton to Premier League was not expected by the club's board:
And in the end I would like to present some statistical information with player records:
Looking through the last screen shot you probably understand that I want to praise and boast again Marius Niculae. He is very cool forward and the most important player of our team!!!
I'm back in Premier League!!!!! :)