Wandering to Titles – The Calm Before The Storm (November) Episode 30

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Welcome back to my Football Manager 2020 Wolverhampton Wanderers Story.

Season 3, Episode 30

I’m eager to get back on track after suffering two straight defeats, albeit one via penalties.

We’ve got a short month of fixtures and I may potentially schedule a friendly in between to keep morale and fitness high.

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LASK Linz (4th) vs Wolves (2nd)
4/11/2021 Europa League Group C

There’re 17 days in-between this and our next game so a strong team will be played to keep up their fitness.

I’m unsure why there is such a gap as there is no international break. Regardless, we head into this match with the aim to significantly boost our goal difference.

LASK Linz are a tough team to break down. They sat deep, and we had to play our best to grab the first goal. I had no worries about them getting back into the game. It’s good to see Neto back on the score sheet after a short injury lay-off.

Elsewhere in the group, Napoli beat Athletic Club with a last minute winner. The table is really hotting up now.

Wolves vs Notts County
15/11/2021 Friendly

The international fixtures were finally brought to light, but we still have half the squad that aren’t internationals who need to keep up their fitness.

Such players like van de Beek, Horta, Jota, Boly and Vinagre. They all sit out the internationals, when in reality they have the talent to play.

I set up a friendly with Notts County to keep up the fitness and morale.

A disjointed performance, but as expected. No issues arose from this game, and we head into the Watford game with a fully fit squad.

Wolves (3rd) vs Watford (6th)
21/11/2021 Premier League

Watford have started the season strongly and see themselves in 6th. But if we stick to our game plan, we should see a positive result.

I’m yet to lose to Watford in 6 meetings, so confidence is high.

A fairly even game but we came out on top. Haaland got a knock early on in the first half and will be out for a week with a pulled groin.

Jonny deputized for Mbabu as he was suspended following his accumulation of 5 yellow cards. He continues to prove how useful he is to the squad.

Wolves (2nd) vs Athletic Club (1st)
25/11/2021 Europa League Group C

We suffered a humiliating 4-2 defeat at the hands of Athletic Club last time out. Revenge is definitely on the cards, and we want to go out there and grab first place by the scruff of the neck.

They’re still languishing in La Liga (8th), so I hope the first match was just a fluke. We will be cautious, but at the same time provide an attacking threat.

Neto gets his first start of the season as Cutrone and Haaland are still out with knocks.

A fantastic performance today. Athletic Club’s manager Jorge Sampaoli even had to apologize to their fans. They were not at the races today. We dominated the match from the first minute to the last.

Mbabu was excellent. He was involved in all 3 goals and his goal was his first for the club. Neto gave me me food for thought with his performance. He needs more minutes, ideally.

All we need is a point away at Napoli to secure first place. I’m very happy with our performances again in Europe.

Stoke (15th) vs Wolves (2nd)
28/11/2021 Premier League

We finish the month with an away trip to a struggling Stoke side. They currently sit 2 points above the relegation zone.

Manchester United again drop points just before our match. We have a chance to go top of the Premier League!

Well that’s one way to kill the mood. We were atrocious. Second to every ball. Second in every tackle. I’m so disappointed.

Neto was the only positive to come out of the game, having come on for Haaland, and he managed to grab an equalizer. Patricio was at fault for the 95th minute winner from Lenihan.

We had such a fantastic opportunity to finish the month off perfectly, but we failed.

Looking Ahead

A near perfect month which ended horribly. I hope we can quickly move on from the Stoke match.

After Haaland’s heroics last month, netting his first hattrick for the club, he hasn’t scored since.

We have an issue of completely capitulating in the odd game when we really should be winning.

We’re in a healthy position in the league. We cannot dwell too much on the Stoke loss, but we really should be top of the league.

December looks to be exceptionally hard. A mountain of fixtures to be played, while many of them the top teams in the league.

We have no major injuries to contend with and I hope we keep it that way.

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