Saturday, 29 December 2012

Above relegation zone with Ole Kristian Selnaes

Hi my dear readers,

Today’s post is the last in this year. It’s number in the total blog history is 633. I want to thank everybody who likes reading my blog which is visited by more than 10000 people daily. Want to congratulate all of you with the happy New Year!

Now some good Forest story news! I have already played a half of the 2nd season in FM 2013 and managed to climb up with Forest to the 16 position in the table. Among my achievements are:

  • Good results in Carling Cup and qualification to semifinals;
  • Fantastic 5:2 victory over Manchester City;
  • Transfer of Norwegian wonderkid Ole Kristian Selnaes.

 

Forest matches

Nottingham Forest was at the last table position with 3 points in the middle of October. So now I am quite pleased to see my club at the 16th row. I am pleased with the latest results: we managed to win 6 of 7 home matches including stunning 5:2 against Mancini and his super-team.

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Anyway you see the competition between relegation zone candidates is hot. There are 9 clubs including Q.P.R. that have from 17 to 19 points!

Great tactical victory

First of all I’d like to share a festive mood due to the first win over English grand club. Manchester City’s narrow 4-2-3-1 formation was punished by my counter-attacking diamond tactics. It’s appeared very efficient against 3 AMCs used by Mancini in attack. So you see 5:2 is a really awesome result taking into account that it was an equal game at the City Ground.

My boys managed to score 5 goals to Hart beating the most strong squad in the Premier League (Man City has the 1st media prediction).

I’d like to thank and praise all Forest players. The best of them were British Simon Cox and Henry Lansbury with their 4 goals and 1 assist in total.

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Watch Forest – Man City goals!

Unlucky against Norwich, Tottenham, Reading…

Forest could get even more points and be in the middle of the table standing. But my boys were quite unlucky in several matches. Here I am sharing the match stats:

Vs Norwich

No luck against Tottenham

Vs Reading

Carling Cup performance

A lucky draw has give us two home matches in the next rounds of League Cup. Fulham and then Everton. I had no serious problems against the former. After that Everton (they relegated to the Championship in the first season) was easily crushed by my guys making 4:1 scoreline.

Beating Everton

Mattia Destro performed particularly well becoming the man of the match.

Match stats

Players

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Ole Kristian Selnaes – wonderkid!

Ole Kristian Selnaes in Football Manager 2013

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Welcome to Nottingham Forest. Selnaes joined another Norwegian talent Thomas Drage. I hope the both wonderkids plan to play in Forest for a long-term and bring the club to the first trophies. They should help me to become a new Brian Clough!

By the way, Selnaes has just made a marvellous debut making 2 assists against Newcastle. Read more at FM Crowd.

Jamaal Lascelles – the best player of the season’s half

Jamaal Lascelles in FM13

Despite his youth, Jamaal has been a Forest captain since August. He costs more than any other player $9.25M and seems the most important footballer for me now. In prospect, I see him getting caps for England and even becoming the national team’s captain!

Billy Sharp became the worst player still remaining without goals. He appeared a mediocrity forward for Premier League. It’s good that I didn’t buy him before the season.

Poor Billy Sharp

Loaned players - Leandro Fernandez and Jack Robinson - left the Nottingham Forest due to lack of match practice. Well I expected to use the as sub players in case of injuries. But there was no any injury crisis for a while…

Future matches

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Next two matches will be very complicated because both Manchester clubs are going to arrive to the City Ground. Especially I afraid of Man City that is wounded by 2:5 loss. My only chance to get into League Cup final is Mancini’s squad rotation. Though Man City owns sub-players that are better than my first squad ones.

Then, if you look on the following games, you may predict me a lot of losses actually: matches with Chelsea, Arsenal, Man Utd, struggling but strong Aston Villa, and away game against WBA may end with 0 points gained… I feel hard times are ahead.

That’s all folks. 2012 is almost over, see you in 2013! Happy New Year!!

Excited to blog for you,

Vitaliy Mokosiy

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Author: Vitaliy Mokosiy

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