Wandering to Titles – End of Month Pains (October) Episode 29

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Welcome back to my Football Manager 2020 Wolverhampton Wanderers Story.

Season 3, Episode 29

We head into this month joint 1st in the Premier League, albeit joint with 4 other teams. Surprisingly, every team has lost at least once so far in these early stages.

Liverpool are looking for their third successive title have already seen themselves defeated twice.

Do we sacrifice cup tournaments to give the title a real go? I think it’s far too soon to be thinking about that, but we have a good balanced squad, enough to compete on a lot of fronts.

I’m hoping for a tighter defence this month. We only managed one clean sheet in September in games where we should have done better.

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Wolves (3rd) vs Crystal Palace (2nd)
3/10/2021 Premier League

Newly promoted Crystal Palace have started fantastically. Currently under Marcelo Bielsa, he continues his slick fast faced style of passing.

Ex-Wolves Traore will probably start. He’s also been in great form, with 2 goals and 2 assists in 6 games. We will have to be at our best to stop his athleticism.

A solid win, despite only having 38% of the ball at home. We played with a balanced approach, so credit to Crystal Palace for trying to take ownership of the game.

However, we were more clinical in front of goal and that’s all that matters at the end of the day.

Traore did his best to haunt us, and I managed to catch up with him after the game. No hard feelings are between us.

Haaland with another brace, three in four games now. He’s a monster and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season has in store for him.

Quiet Murmurings

These are our current team leaders. They are the backbone of any squad, and if you notice, we have two “dissatisfied” players among our ranks.

One of them is none other than our club captain. While they haven’t yet voiced their displeasure to me in person, I have heard quiet murmurings around camp that they feel they have potentially outgrown the club.

I’m not going to sit here and deny that they don’t have the talent to play at the very best clubs in the world, but if we have ambitions to get there ourselves, then these two are the types of players that will help us get there.

I hope these murmurings stay as is, and we continue our great run of form in the league.

Brighton (17th) vs Wolves (2nd)
15/8/2021 Premier League

The international break was placed in between this and out last league match. Haaland and Neto came back injured. Thankfully Haaland’s was only minor, but he will sit this one out as he gets back to fitness.

Neves also game back from the internationals a little fatigued and will also miss out. I wish they’d take more care of our players.

Another assured display despite missing two of our key players.

Cutrone twisted his ankle 14 minutes into the match and had to come off. He’ll be out for 3-4 weeks now. But Horta came on to replace him and continued his good for for us.

Wolves (2nd) vs LASK Linz (4th)
21/8/2021 Europa League Group C

Linzer-Athletik-Sport-Klub (or Linz) from Austria travel to us next. They’re not the most talented bunch, and I believe some of our fringe players could have a job to do today.

It’s hard to fashion good chances against a team that sits with 10 men behind the ball at all times, but we struck early and it was an easy game.

The likes of Bennett, Coady, Maffeo, Longstaff and Gibbs-White all got a run out today. We also saw Augustinsson back from injury, and he picked up where he left off – with a goal. He has an average rating of 8.45 from 4 games.

This victory sees us into 2nd while Athletic Club surprisingly beats Napoli. They’re having a tough time of it at the moment.

Wolves (2nd) vs Everton (6th)
24/8/2021 Premier League

Thanks to our rotation last time out, we can host Everton with a near perfect first XI.

They’ve started the season off well, and we must be cautious of that. Marco Silva has them playing some great football.

Another exceptional performance from the young Norwegian. He’s such a handful for defenders. I believe this is the first hattrick I’ve witnessed as Wolves manager. Correct me if I’m wrong.

It was an even game up until the penalty. From there, we picked Everton off as they came looking for an equalizer. Currently, we’re keeping pace with Manchester United in the league.

Wolves vs Sheffield United
27/8/2021 League Cup 4th Round

Sheffield United are looking to bounce straight back up to the big time after their relegation last season – however they find themselves 8th in the Championship.

They’ve picked up recently result wise and this game will not be taken for granted.

A disappointing day. We didn’t play a weak team by any means, but we just didn’t create enough.

A blessing in disguise possibly? It allows us to focus on more important competitions, but regardless, today wasn’t acceptable.

We travel to a struggling Spurs next.

Spurs (13th) vs Wolves (2nd)
31/8/2021 Premier League

We head into our next game with Spurs languishing in 13th. Their form has been all over the place, and that’s to no surprise as they have lost key men in recent transfer windows such as Son Heung-Min, Harry Kane and Dele Alli.

Can we round off a perfect month in the Premier League?

Well the answer to that is a resounding ‘no’. Willy Boly completely let himself, the team and me down. 43 seconds into the match, he took Iwobi down from behind and the red card was immediately brandished.

I restructured the side in an effort to sit deep and hit Spurs on the counter with the likes of Haaland and Jota buzzing around up top.

He played very well considering the circumstances. Spurs didn’t have very many good chances. But we couldn’t make it over the line and they scored 2 goals one after the other at the very end of the match.

I hope Boly will learn from this mistake and become a better player because of it.

Cream of the Crop

It was not all bad news though as news came through that Haaland had won Player of the Month and Young Player of the Month. A double swoop.

5 Goals in 3 appearances for Haaland. He’s been exceptional this month. Long may it continue.

Looking Ahead

We had a fantastic start to the month and had a dip towards the end.

We only have ourselves to blame, collectively, for the Sheffield United loss. We wern’t good enough, despite playing quite a strong side.

Penalties are always a lottery as anyone can win them. We must move on from there.

The Spurs loss is something that could have been avoided. We were high-flying in the table, while Spurs were hurting. Unfortunately Boly made the game very hard for us.

We now sit in 3rd after 11 games. We’ve made great progress as a team this season and new boys Haaland and Mbabu have started strongly.

November is a short month for fixtures. I would like to get revenge on Athletic Club in an attempt to top the group. We’re 3 points behind them, and they have a 4 goal difference advantage on us, so a big score against LASK Linz would be ideal.

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