The Football Manager Chronicles - Part Ten

I know what you're thinking, you're thinking, "Hey TerrierBlog, you said you'd be back with the final round up of the Football Manager Chronicles in a day, and it's been about four!!!" Well you know, sometimes the pesky old job gets in the way of writing for the site, and Stranger Things Season Three was released on Friday, so I was busy!

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Right now that's out of the way let's get down to business and look at the final month of our Football Manager challenge. When we last spoke my Town team had just hammered Arsenal 4-0 at home, a result which I expected would seal our survival.

But of course it didn't, Brighton only went and beat Manchester United to remain within 4 points of us with 2 games remaining. That meant that our final home game of the season had everything riding on it...

Everton (H): ?-?

The Toffees came into this game eager for the season to end after an up and down campaign that had left them in 11th place. We on the other hand were full of confidence after two wins on the bounce for the first time in God knows when.

Obviously I named an unchanged squad from the one that had trounced Unai Emery's Arsenal. As the game started we tore into Everton and finally asserted our dominance in the 23rd minute when Christopher Schindler scored from a corner.

10 minutes later and our lead was doubled when Jordan Pickford, under no pressure at all, turned the ball into his own net. For once a Football Manager glitch that I did not give a flying shit about!

9 minutes after that Steve Mounie destroyed Lucas Digne down the flank before cutting in and curling a beautiful effort past the beleagured Pickford. 3-0 at half-time with Premier League survival in the bloody bag.

There was no point looking at Brighton's score, if we won I knew we'd stay up regardless of other results. As the second-half started I instructed the lads to defend for their lives. I didn't want anymore cock ups like I had previously seen last month.

And there wasn't another cock up. Everton rallied and attacked for most of the second period, but we stood firm and held onto our 3 goal lead. After the game I was lauded as a hero for steering Town clear of the drop, and I relished in the fact that Brighton hadn't even won, they only managed a draw at home to Wolves.

Leicester (A): 2-1

Who gives a toss about this one ey? We lost, and I didn't really care, our main objective of survival had been achieved. If anyone's interested you can see how the game panned out below.

Season Highlights

Here's a quick look at some of the stand-out player performances from my inaugural season as Huddersfield Town manager.

Star Player - Terrence Kongolo

The Dutch defender was a handy outlet going forward with his marauding runs from left-back. When he had to step in at centre-back he performed admirably and kept things tightish.

Top Scorer - Steve Mounie

If you've been reading our articles for a while you'll be well aware of our distaste for Steve Mounie. The Beninese striker has a habit of fluffing his lines in front of goal, and he was caught out doing that a few times on our FM save.

Ultimately though he finished as our top scorer, and without his goals we would have been relegated halfway through the season!

Surprising Player - Abdelhamid Sabiri

We gave the young winger a few starts in the cup early on in the campaign before throwing him into league action out of necessity. Whenever called upon he played really well, finishing the season as our second top scorer with 5 league goals.

Team of the Season

You, the virtual Huddersfield Town fans voted this as your team of the season. The inclusion of Tommy Smith was a bit surprising as he largely played second fiddle to Erik Durm, who was far superior at right-back.

Final Table

Here's a look at the final table after 38 games. My decision to play attacking football clearly had its benefits with the amount of goals we scored (57), but we did actually concede the second most in the league (76). Something to work on next season, if there was a next season...

So that's it from us, we'll be back at some point in the new season with a simulation of the Championship when FM20 comes out. Hopefully that will predict how well the team does, although when the game is released we'll probably have a pretty good idea anyway.

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