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T-COM 1.CFL

MATCHDAY 21


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Escaped and I mean 'escaped' in caps lock. Brutal display on our part and Dečić will be massively annoyed that they couldn’t break through. Ionut Zdrâncă was the only thing preventing an assured defeat, twice getting in the way of their one on ones. Not going to win a league if we play like this.

MATCHDAY 22

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Pushed our way to victory at struggling Cetinje, not without sweating a little bit towards the end. Matic, Rosic and a delicious free kick from Vitali left us well in the driving seat despite a quality finish by Ziadic in between. Could have almost rued a penalty miss by Rosic early into the second half, especially with Ziadic getting his head on another goal back after our keeper went completely AWOL from a floated free kick. Nevertheless, the more points we gain the better.

MATCHDAY 23

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Alarm bells ringing. Poor game overall, but third placed Grbalj were the more clinical. Mirza Smaljovic twice netting from similar positions as he cut inside from the left away from our centre backs who were chasing shadows. Only a single shot on target for us, Vitali not up to his usual standard. Not his fault he was feeding off scraps.

MATCHDAY 24

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Hardly an accomplishment against winshy Lovćen, condemning them to the drop. Vitali and Borghetti tag-teamed up top in a two striker system, combining for Borghetti's opener just six minutes in. Missed an abundance of chances with their keeper swatting away everything like his life depended on it. Sadly, he couldn't stop Sead Obuca's bullet header from a corner to confirm their second tier status next season.

MATCHDAY 25

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Pressure is definitely getting to us, failing to put a dent in Sutjeska. Neither side truly deserved a win, but to be fair and balanced Sutjeska were the more likely suspects especially with a clumsy two footer by Roganovic almost cost us the game. Vitali came closest for us, but was denied from an acute angle. We're falling to pieces at present.

GRUPA CRNA GORA

SEMI FINAL, FIRST LEG (AWAY)


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One foot in the final already, taking a luxurious lead back to Podgorica. Three very well taken goals too; Scepanovic set up a lovely one-two with Matic to sweep home, Vitali brought another majestic solo effort with an ice cool finish and Andrisic took penalty duties and blasted home from the spot. Scepanovic perhaps would have made it four late on, but could only finish down the throat of the keeper (careful that doesn't get taken out of context). Opportunities to rest players for the second leg.

SEMI FINAL, SECOND LEG (HOME)

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Even our second string put in more fight than Jedinstvo's "big guns". Had everything under control, reducing the visitors to pot shots and routine stops for Milosavljevic before getting injured. A rare goal from Jaba Tvaradze all but wrapped the tie up, took his goal seriously well too with an exquisite header. Awarded a penalty in injury time which Rosic failed to disappoint, earning us a 5-0 aggregate win and gearing up for a cup final in June.

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It's all up to Ionut Zdrâncă for the rest of the season between the sticks.

FINAL DRAW

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Petrovac relied on penalties in their semi final, both sides fighting for a league and cup double. Can we thwart their plans?

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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With a tense end to the season, dropping points in three games is something we could really have done without. Definitely a dry spell in goalscoring threat compared to previous months with exception to our two legs in the cup. Vitali just slowing up his momentum up top.

LEAGUE TABLE

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The Sutjeska draw paid a serious penalty, dropping to second with two games left. It'll have to be one of Bokelj or Dečić to do us a massive favour and roadblock Petrovac from winning their final two. As for us, another crack at Jedinstvo at home, followed by a potential banana-skin at local side Mladost (technically now called OFK Titograd). May the best team win.
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YOUTH INTAKE

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Two words; bang. average.

T-COM 1.CFL

MATCHDAY 18


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Laborious victory over Mladost with the crunch game against Petrovac on the horizon. In a game where Vitali failed to deliver magic, instead produced by our wingers as Ilic crossed in for Scepanovic to clear the dead air in the ground. Vitali made way for Borghetti who flicked a header into the path of Vujanovic for a late second. Need to perform better than this.

MATCHDAY 19


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Whelp, our resistance had to be broken sooner or later but we couldn't afford it to be them. Their two strikers Stamatovic and Mujkic have 35 goals between them and it showed, the partnership on the break was electrifying and Mujkic delivered the crushing blow coming close to half time. You'd have bet your house on Vitali to finish a one on one in the last ten minutes, but Petrovac keeper Amar Stanic played the role of guardian in the scenario and saved it. 20 and out.

MATCHDAY 20

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The bogey label wiped from memory, meticulously forcing our way to a crucial late victory over Bokelj. Defending continues to be the Achilles's heel in our gameplans, falling behind early on with lazy marking and positioning. Vitali returned to scoring ways in emphatic fashion with a top drawer postage stamp from 25 yards and the first of two penalties by Rosic nudged us ahead. Bokelj missed two sitters before inevitably equalising going into the break. If it weren't for a red for Ivica Petric's red this game could have gone either way, in the end it had to be decided from the technicality of a penalty and who better than Rosic to close the deal heading into injury time. Mighty relief not to drop more points.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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A red mark that symbolizes blood being drawn in this title race. Far from impressed with the manner of our results, breaking sweat to overhaul Mladost, creatively absent at home to Petrovac and scraping past Bokelj with two pens. I hold my standards high for a team of this stature.

LEAGUE TABLE

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So blessed Petrovac lost twice this month opening up a three point gap at the top. In an ideal world it would have been six, but hey ho we play the cards that are dealt to us. Who'll keep their composure the longest?
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T-COM 1.CFL

MATCHDAY 16


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Straight into the roster, straight onto the scoresheet. A splendid league debut for Federico Vitali, earning the winner against our rivals Sutjeska with a dipped header that grazed the underside of the crossbar and in - the Italians always do things with finesse. Victory was sweeter with scumbag Antic failed miserably trying to snap Rosic's leg in two, straight red for his troubles. Never in doubt.

MATCHDAY 17

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I think we've found our serial goalscorer. Couldn't get going in the first half hour, Jedinstvo taking the lead and could have doubled or tripled their earnings. Vitali on the counter is a lethal weapon; made the runs, broke up their shape and scored twice to boot, bellissimo. Radomir Rosic was called upon for a late penalty against the ten men, sending out a message already with ten games remaining.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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No rust just thrust, picking up two wins from two. Unquestionably the player of the month belonged to the Italian striker spearheading our attack. Definitely getting our money's worth.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Petrovac refuse to lie down, matching us stride for stride in the title race and still are equal with our point tally. A sixteen point gap now to third.
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@AdamRK @bcsaulJ - I'm very surprised how far Petrovac have come, punching well above expectations. Definitely enjoyed the cup comeback!

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TRANSFERS

OUT

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Couple of pre-contract departures, the only major one that mattered was Nenad Andrisic who'll be joining our near rivals Petrovac in July. Can't say much about the others, fourth to fifth choice in their positions at best.

IN

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Spent a sizable amount on a new left winger in lieu of a threat that Lazar Ilic would walk after not allowing him to talk to potential bigger clubs. Delved into the loan market also, bringing in a new centre back.

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Injury to Roganovic forced us into the aforementioned loan deal.

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Andreja Petkovic - M(L)/AM(L) - £200k from Partizan (rising to £220k)

Shrewd business to invest in a product of a famed youth academy in Partizan. Almost similar to Ilic and being three years his junior, he can only overtake Lazar's ability. Exactly what's required in a run of the mill winger; speed, trickery on the ball and can cross a ball. May not even see him perform to his peak but a token of generosity on my part. There is a twist however...

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Partizan were desperate for him back on loan which not only helps us give him more game time in a better league, but also reaping monetary gain from monthly fees. Pure genius.

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Marek Pacholik - D(C) - season long loan from Sparta Praha

What a coup from our parent club. A Czech hopeful who has already bubbled into under 21 level internationally. Commanding in the air, mentally fantastic for a teenager of this level, a cut above what we have in the locker already.

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That is...until I forgot to do my research. Turns out he was already loaned out to Mladá Boleslav on top of getting first team action at Sparta, therefore unable to register him. No money lost, but a move with no gain. Waste of my time.

FRIENDLIES

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We asked for the big boys in friendly action, taking away a very respectful draw with Bundesliga opposition in Nürnberg with Vitali on the scoresheet, and thrashing Levski by three unanswered goals. (Ignore the fact that Vardar beat us, they're having a good year in Macedonia).
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Second fiddle to Scepanovic, looks set to miss the rest of the season. Cannot afford to lose Scepanovic now.


T-COM 1.CFL

MATCHDAY 15


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Closing out the calendar year by beating the relegation favourites Lovćen. Two ahead only four minutes deep with Scepanovic and Jovanovic scoring two belters. Switched off when they launched a long throw into the box for a way back, but Jovanovic settled it with a second screamer. Credit must also go to Nenad Andrisic who slotted in at central mid, getting three assists and would have got man of the match if not for his penalty miss deep in first half injury time. Both sides ended with ten but barely affected the end result.

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Invincible season looming?

GRUPA CRNA GORA

QUARTER FINAL, SECOND LEG (HOME)


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FORZA VITALI! A second half coup de maître overturned Bokelj's firm lead, having rocked us with Domuzin's early strike to eliminate our away goal advantage. Looked hopeless heading into the break before a poor backward header gifted Scepanovic with a well taken equaliser. Words were said, it ignited our performance with Federico Vitali heroically netting twice and won it with a peach from 25 yards. Into the semis as a league and cup double seems doable.

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I'll toot my own horn when required.

SEMI FINAL DRAW

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That'll do, that'll do.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Best way to close out 2055. I could rave on about the scoring abilities of Vitali, the consistency of Scepanovic and even Jovanovic contributing but what a month for Nenad Andrisic; 2 games, 5 assists. Excellent work.

LEAGUE TABLE

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No change in picture for top spot, though the gap to third is now fourteen points.

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bigmatt28 - Indeed he does, seems he can finish better than my current strikers for sure.

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T-COM 1.CFL

MATCHDAY 8


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First game in which we failed to score. Like watching paint dry.

MATCHDAY 9

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Struggled on another torn up pitch but one goal was enough to snatch victory. Zoran Matic corrected his key side netting miss before half time to finish excellently after a delicately flicked header by substitute Borghetti opened the angle for him. Our Romanian keeper Ionut Zdrâncă was tested deep into injury time but stood ground to comfortably deny Mladost a sweaty equaliser. I dare say we may not get so lucky next time.

MATCHDAY 10

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Laid down our first marker in a top of the table clash with Petrovac. Dragan Scepanovic took very little time to get our motors running after calmly finishing a through ball from Borghetti. Petrovac nearly got us wobbling but squandered big chances to keep our lead in tact. Set pieces were the crucial step to success; firstly Borghetti getting his laces behind a free kick from twenty yards, then a similar one hit the bar dropped to the feet of Lazar Ilic who shepherded the ball into an empty net. Although a late goal wiped away a clean sheet, it didn’t wipe away the smiles on our faces as we move four clear.

MATCHDAY 11

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Entertainment in a disappointing scoreline. Being the home side we should have built momentum from Radulovic’s lucky early goal but it was quite the opposite. We were awfully skittish when Bokelj broke on counter attacks, one leading to a well deserved equaliser by Petrovic. Ionut Zdrâncă was well tested making two critical stops to keep us level, while at the opposite end Lazar Ilic somehow headed over from two yards. Even a red card couldn't help chances materialise, leaving the game to fade into a draw. Right result on the day.

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Bokelj leaving us with virtually no strikers heading into our next game.

GRUPA CRNA GORA

SECOND ROUND, SECOND LEG (HOME)


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Quality over quantity, Iskra should have won this - no lie. Took our goals very well indeed, Vitali continues to splurge his talents in the cup games, part time midfielder Sreckovic powerfully headed in a corner and Zoran Matic finished a free kick like something straight off the training ground. Iskra deserved their goal, but bottling five clear cut opportunities is sinful. Dejan Milosavljevic definitely the busier of the two keepers.

QUARTER FINAL DRAW

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Our bogey side in the quarters.

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T-COM 1.CFL

MATCHDAY 12


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This could have finished any scoreline on Dečić's slurry pit(ch). Both sets of defenses must have stayed at home because it was almost too easy slipping in behind, not to mention two own goals offering further help. Tvaradze passed fit for the game offered his first goal of the season, Scepanovic and two own goals stacked in between two Dečić retaliations. Sead Obuca almost added a fifth but somehow his bullet header was denied on the line.

MATCHDAY 13

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Dragan Scepanovic is tearing it up right now, a fine hattrick to maintain our unbeaten season. His positioning and spatial awareness were both spot on, getting in the right positions for each of his finishes. Cetinje were no great shakes even if Milosavljev grabbed a consolation, only to get sent off moments later.

MATCHDAY 14

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It's a worrying sign when the home team don't play like the home team, i.e. us. Despite the penalty decision going our way to take the lead early on, precious little went our way after the dreadful Radulovic error handing Grbalj level, 90 seconds later no less. Milosavljevic has impressed in performances recently earning him some game time and didn't disappoint, saving twice from point blank range to prevent a turnaround. If it weren't for a red card slowing Grbalj down, we'd have surely cracked to our defeat of the season.

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Still unbeaten, but no clean sheet in seven games in all comps. Defensive focus on the next agenda.

GRUPA CRNA GORA

QUARTER FINAL, FIRST LEG (AWAY)


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Tragic first leg, but buoyed by a late away goal by the exciting Vitali who continues to score in the cup. Absolutely overrun all game, leading to concede two casual goals and could (and definitely should) have been more. Deservedly beaten, pressure all on us heading to our back garden for leg two.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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As a perfectionist, it's the yellows and reds that grab my attention; we were poor at Jedinstvo, woeful at home to Grbalj and Bokelj are definitely a tough nut to crack. Performance-wise, Dragan Scepanovic has illuminated these last couple of games with 5 goals and 2 assists.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Just surpassing the halfway point and even after defeating them twice this season, Petrovac continue to cling onto our ankles with 32 points at the top. Eleven clear of third it is guaranteed to be a two horse race, head to head may be a blessing if this continues.
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@bigmattb28 - Baby steps, baby steps.

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NEW SIGNING

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Federico Vitali - ST(C) - unattached free agent

In addition to Borghetti and Tvaradze, we welcome Vitali to join our strikeforce. Serie A and Serie B experience with his former clubs Frosinone and Catania, the Ascoli born poacher is well in his prime and no doubt he'll add some goals to his resume. All giddiness aside, 15 goals in 118 appearances for someone with 16 finishing is deeply concerning but hopefully can find his level in the Montenegrin farmlands. Of course me being me, we've left it too late to register him for the first half of the season, so it'll be until January until he debuts in a league game but is eligible for the cup.


T-COM 1.CFL

MATCHDAY 5


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Rosic to the rescue as we nearly went down to a smash and grab Grbalj. Controlled the tempo for 90% of the game until we got stretched at the back, allowing Radovic to place the ball in the back of our net. Sparing our blushes, mostly Borghetti's blushes who somehow headed a free header from a yard out onto the bar, man on fire Radomir Rosic bailed us out with a netbuster from an attacking corner.

MATCHDAY 6

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Lovćen were easy prey, Borghetti grabbing some inspiration with a brace that included a sublime 20 yard finish. Rosic continued contributing goals for three and a first of the season for Lazar Ilic capped off a one sided affair, even with their red card.

MATCHDAY 7

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Known as the 'Montenegrin classic', Sutjeska's performance was far from classic and barely got a sniff of our 18 yard box. Dragan Scepanovic tucked away his 50th career goal with a fine assist by Borghetti, while midfielder Milos Vujanovic's deflected free kick assured victory. Game wound down to sideward passing in midfield before Fabry's frustration earned him a red in injury time. Six straight wins over our rivals in all competitions.

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It'll take a lot to de-throne us.

GRUPA CRNA GORA

SECOND ROUND DRAW


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Two legged affair with Iskra from tier two side in round two. Too much two?

SECOND ROUND, FIRST LEG (AWAY)

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Thorough job done in the first leg, clocking four away goals on return to Pod Goricom. Second choice wingers Zoran Matic and Elvedin Terzic set the tone nicely in the first quarter of the game. Our new Italian striker Vitali impressed on his full debut, even if his two goals were tap ins via goalkeeping errors. Iskra caught us on the break to pull one back but the odds are stacked against them in the second leg.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Still without a scratch going into October, perhaps deserving more at Grbalj. The 4-2-3-1 wide system working almost optimally with Ilic and Scepanovic on the wings with Rosic underlapping. Still yet to see the best from our strikers but Vitali could be the answer once 2056 hits.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Still top with Petrovac creeping behind by a single point. Won't be long until the league table fully breaks into subgroups.

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@b0nb0n @davysrfc @bigmattb28 @Shedender - Great to be back!

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UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND, SECOND LEG (HOME)


First Leg:

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Such a cruel blow to us, surviving with ten men for the guts of an hour. Trailing one nil on aggregate, we knew we’d resign ourselves should our Balkan neighbours netted once. Evenly matched contest throughout, making it very difficult for Dinamo to break us down. Arguably having the better chances, we were given a huge boost with a penalty slotted by Rosic to level the tie. Balance of play shifted after the dismissal of Ninkovic but Dinamo were struggling to mount many shots on target. Sadly for us though, a late goal was lurking – brought on defender Obuca to tighten up at the back but a weary clearance teed up the away goal for Kopecky in the 119th minute. Aggrieved, not discouraged.

T-COM 1.CFL

MATCHDAY 1


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Starting the season off with a slender victory over Petrovac. Game was far from pretty with talking points few and far between. The only thing that mattered was the final score with our one goal, centre back Marco Radulovic rising highest to meet a header from an inswinging corner. Petrovac gave it a good go but the early red in the second half killed the game.

MATCHDAY 2

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A setback so early in the season, blowing a late penalty that could have won us the game. Radomir Rosic helped himself to the first penalty but couldn’t hold our lead till half time when an unmarked Nikic punished us. With four clear cut chances in the second half, I’m baffled how this ended all square, but the moral of the story is this: DO NOT sub the goalscorer. With Rosic off, Ninkovic nominated himself for the second penalty and failed with Bokelj’s 35 year old keeper pushing it over the bar. Not ideal, but we live and learn.

MATCHDAY 3

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Low scoring, scrappy slow burners seem to be the norm in the Montenegrin leagues but more than enough against Dečić. Italian born Frenchman, Francesco Borghetti looked sharp and threatened on a few instances before latching onto Zoran Matic's cross and swept home. Speaking of Matic he had a goal disallowed for offside, right call but annoying nonetheless.

MATCHDAY 4

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Simply too good for Cetinje, our wingers destroying their full backs with four goals from crosses. Radomir Rosic took centre stage with a composed hat-trick while Dragan Scepanovic and Milos Vujanovic also getting in on the action. Dead atmosphere in the second half after that breathless first and left the game at five.

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Unsettling news, barely lasted twenty minutes as a substitute.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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A strong start was expected, though that careless draw at Bokelj irks me a bit. Not seen a great deal from our strikers but with our attacking midfield three it compensates well; Rosic in fine form lately.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Only side to break into double figures after the first four, Petrovac and Bokelj chasing behind us at this very early stage.
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I'm a man of my word, landing in on deadline day too. An overdue return to Montenegro, but this time I aim to vindicate my only relegation in this nation with a team dripping with domestic success. FK Budućnost Podgorica (ФК Будућност Подгорица) are more than just a football club, but instead a club for over 30 different team and individual sports including basketball, volleyball, boxing, judo and even chess! The term Budućnost roughly translates into ‘the future is coming’ and the football club was the first formed club under this name back in 1925, during the Yugoslavian era. The club go by two nicknames, ‘Plavo-bijeli’ (blue-whites) for their traditional blue and white striped kits, they are also known as ‘Varvari’ (the barbarians) to the diehard ultras.

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Descendant of its previous name Titograd (Титоград), Montenegro’s capital city Podgorica (Подгорица) takes up almost a good quarter of the nation’s population with an estimated 186,000. The name Podgorica is broken into two parts, ‘Pod’ referring to ‘area below’ and ‘Gorica’ loosely translating into ‘little hill’. A notable landmark in the city is its ‘Millennium Bridge’, a cable-stayed bridge spanning 173 metres above the Morača River.

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The Podgorica City Stadium (Stadion pod Goricom) is the theatre for Montenegro's most prestigious club with a capacity breaching the 15,000 mark with further expansion aiming for 20,000. Built in 1945 shortly after WWII, it has been the home for various Titograd/Podgorica teams and also hosted a handful of international matches involving both Yugoslavia and Montenegro. The highest recorded attendance roughly estimated 20,000 during a Yugoslav league match between Budućnost and Hajduk Split in August 1975, couldn't tell you who won but it certainly wasn't communism. Probably the best kept stadium in the nation, might even be the first I've managed that has four stands.

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FK Budućnost are the most successful team since the formation of the independent Montenegro in 2006, earning three titles (2008, 2012 & 2017), equal with FK Sutjeska. The side also lifted one Montenegrin Cup in 2013, pipping FK Čelik in a 1-0 victory. They were also runners up on two occasions in the prestigious Yugoslavian cup in 1965 and 1977, losing to Dinamo Zagred and Hajduk Split respectively. Did you also know they won a European trophy? Back in 1981 they entered the now defunct Intertoto Cup back when it was a group stage format, topping their group ahead of Danish club Odense, Sweden’s Östers and the Austrians of Wacker Innsbruck (not exactly notable names but the point is they have a European honour next to their name). In the FM era, they’ve absolutely cleaned up with 27 league titles, including five invincible campaigns. The future has definitely come for these heavyweights.



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Impeccable depth in numbers when it comes to quality, it's no wonder they're dominating all across the board domestically. Many players hitting their prime years already, surprised there aren't as many teens coming through the ranks as of yet. Obviously with big talent come big bills, one lone Georgian Tvaradze in particular on nine grand a week but thankfully our financial game is well on point. If anything, a new striker may be required with only two on our roster currently. We'll see how Tvaradze and Borghetti get on first before jumping to conclusions. Wingers seem to be the nucleus of our key men.

KEY PLAYER(S): Lazar Ilic - M(L)/AM(L)

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Our lefty is the younger of the two and thus hasn't progressed as well mentally, but damn he'll do. Blistering quick for the division, solid crossing ability and technique will no doubt improve over time. Broken through into the national side too so guaranteed he'll be the finished article before he hits his mid twenties.

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The righty is practically a clone of Ilic but with a wiser, albeit hot head on him. Equally as quick, equally as pinpoint on crosses and technique, harder worker and a bit more flair. Practically cut from the same cloth which makes an attacking 4-2-3-1 system ideal with these players and can slot deeper as the game winds down.

EXPECTATIONS

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I've been hired for one reason and one reason alone...WIN THE DAMN LEAGUE. Anything less is a definite failure and a one way ticket out of Montenegro. I mean with the budget we have, the players at our disposal, the backroom setup and intelligence, if I don't win it I'll put my managerial career on the line. I'll quit football immediately.

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Doing a solid job with Dergview, really really REALLY hope Larne or Portadown win the league.
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@bigmattb28 - The skin is TCS '19, highly recommend it.

@Dan - I wouldn't say 'great', just the best option out of the available.

@AdamRK - Yes, Gary can definitely kick a ball..I hope.

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TRANSFERS

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I'd like to say we emptied our pockets for the first transfer window but with frugal funds available, frees and loans were the only alternative. Zac Butterworth arrives in from Rangers to add some creative flair to the midfield (I'm using terms loosely here), while Gavin Malin comes in to maintain the defensive/attacking transitions. As I've noticed over the months...defending isn't really our strong point, hence why defending additions in Michael Dunlop and John Higgins to try and hold the fort. Higgins may also double up as an overlapping option.

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MATCH IN FOCUS: JULY

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It was to be our only group win, but thankfully it came against our arch rivals. A delightful looping ball over the Queen's Park defence paved way for Graham Gracie to fire home in the opening quarter. Gracie so nearly doubled our lead in the opening stages of the second half too but denied by Hart in goal (no, that ain't Joe). The visitors were wasteful with routine saves for Peter Morrison to gather and preserve a clean sheet. The game did however end in controversy with QP equalising in injury time but the flag was up for offside. Replays showed the ref correctly ruling it out.

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Mattered very little as the rest of the group took turns to whip us. Clyde softened us up for Queen of the South to give us a right pasting. Improved with the Queen's Park victory, however we came up short against Stranraer in a tight encounter.

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Unsurprisingly knocked out of the group stages and finishing bottom to boot. We were rank outsiders anyways so no complaints.

MATCH IN FOCUS: AUGUST

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Queen's Park vs. ALBION ROVERS
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Second time around we weren't so fresh at the massive Hampden Park...for all 1400 fans to flock. Contrary to belief we actually were in the game despite slumping to a 3-0 half time deficit. A bit of a stern team talk and turned on the thrusts after the break. Gracie could have had a hat-trick in the game but settled for one via a counter attack to light the fuse. A penalty from Fisher helped us pull it back to 3-2 but midfielder Jamie Gallagher spurned the full comeback in injury time, heading straight at the keeper from a corner. Five clear cut chances in the game, we'll look back on this and wonder why we came away with nothing.

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Started life in League 2 very nicely with a rather fortunate late winner against Edinburgh City, courtesy of an own goal after Gracie bagged a nice brace. Gracie also netted at home to Peterhead in a rather flattering draw. However Rangers' Colts ran rings around us which had a knock on effect going into Elgin City and the Queen's Park result to leave us with only a single win from our opening four league games.

MATCH IN FOCUS: SEPTEMBER

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Shambles. This was a must win against the bottom side but Stirling prevailed victorious. Edged the first half with some close shaves, Graham Gracie seems to be the reliant goalscorer for us but denied by the post on the half hour. Keeper Peter Morrison might want to look away from the highlights reel, totally oblivious to his surroundings from a free kick as Daniel Jardine looped a header over him into an empty net. Stirling took control afterwards and Peter MacDonald should have added two more to the Stirling tally as we luckily escaped. Not looking good.

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September was forgettable. Berwick Rangers really should have been taken to the cleaners but ended in a standstill. David Goodwillie continues to be far too overpowered for this division, slotting a brace in a comfortable 2-0 win for Clyde. Couldn't even compete with Cowdenbeath, even more surprising that someone other than Gracie scored in that match too. The Stirling ended a miserable month.

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Not going too well with the Wee Rovers. You can see my frustration with the Stirling result as they now move level on points with us at the wrong end of the table. Might not be a state of emergency just yet but unless our performances improve, this could become a fight for survival. Clyde cruising at the top.

SCOTTISH CUP

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Speaking of whom, out of all the teams we could have faced in the second round of the Scottish cup, it had to be them.
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Wow, overwhelming response so far thank you all!

@Dan @bigmattb28 @Shedender @r96Skinner all say Albion.

@Suffolk Seasider & @tongey for Hemel Hempstead.

@AdamRK taking the leftfield approach with Dergview.

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Life in this challenge begins in Scotland to League 2 outfit Albion Rovers. The Wee Rovers have been on a rather downward trajectory during their lifespan, from once being a well established Championship side to even dipping their toes into the Scottish Premiership to now being almost bottom of the food chain. In fact, they've practically been fourth tier since the mid nineties but did however spend a couple of seasons in League 1 before their recent relegation to their 'level'. Three honours to Albion's name, winning the Championship once in 1934, League 1 in 1989 and most recently League 2 in 2015.

SQUAD

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A lot of versatility but a major concern is the lack of some natural central midfielders. It's unclear what formation I'll rock with but I need at least two CMs which needs to be addressed massively in the open transfer window. One highly influential player and two other influential players is a small enough circle to keep harmony up but could easily turn the team on me in an instant. Fair to say we'll need to strengthen the team to win anything here.

Key Player: Gary Fisher

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In summary: stay up, be grand.

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@Dan @Shedender @bigmattb28 @KEZ_7 - Glad to have you on board!

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So three teams have come forward to seek my services to ride through this mammoth challenge:

- In Northern Ireland, we've the Constitutes of Dergview in the second tier who look to aim avoiding the drop at an unflattering 100-1 odds in the season preview.

- On the other hand, I could delve straight into the English leagues with Hertfordshire based Hemel Hempstead in the Vanarama South. The board expect a top half finish and with an extra allocation of playoff places might help us move up divisions, but as I'm seeking trophies this may not be the smartest option to start.

- Perhaps the most appealing offer comes in the land of tartan, Albion Rovers in Scottish League 2. Another side with low ambitions of maintaining league status and with the bookies having us favourites to get relegated or at best conquer the relegation playoff this may be a poisoned chalice.
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@r96Skinner - Certainly won't be easy. No comment on Gulbis.

@bcsaulJ - Fingers crossed it'll hold!

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My links with Slovenia must have influenced Olimpija becoming our parent club for the foreseeable future.

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A great moment too for the in-form Jurijs Ivanovs who grabbed his first cap for Latvia (not that it's very hard to get in).

VIRSLĪGA

MATCHDAY 12


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What a f*cking way to lose our first game of the season. Truly staggering. I guess we have ourselves to blame, two glaring defensive errors from aerial balls equalled two goals for Mikuckis from their only two shots on target. Janis Dobrecovs may have snuck one past the Skonto keeper, nothing, literally nothing else caught him out. Even a 33 shot fusillade and the return of Marcel Newton couldn't undo our mistakes. I feel sick to my stomach.

MATCHDAY 13

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It happened again. All over them like a disease, yet one late sneaky header gets away from Skurjats' grasp and trickles into the net. Jurijs Plukaitis very unlucky not to score for us, only denied by the crossbar but back to back defeats now leaves us in a really delicate state before the Spartaks league game.

MATCHDAY 14

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Ah the inevitable FM slump, how I've missed you. Should be illegal for someone of Ricards Stolcers to play in this division, he ran circles around us all game plus comfortably ticking off a fine hat-trick. So much possession, very little end product. Three defeats in a row, a dream now evaporates.

MATCHDAY 15

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Imagine a threepeat over Ventspils, sadly not the case. One close range header in either half left things all square, Jurkovs counteracting Ivanovs' opener. I love the fact we're racking up nearly 20 shots a game but failing to convert them to goals. More points dropped, get this poor form away from me.

MATCHDAY 16

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Much better, in fact we scored all four...three of them at our end. Dobrecovs must have struck oil lately, he's banging them in on an almost regular basis now and a welcome return to the scoresheet for Newton shooting with a bit of welly past a helpless Jelgava keeper. Was almost over at half time with a third goal, but ruled out for offside by a bunch of killjoys. Sokolovs endured the unfortunate "wrong place, wrong time" scenario to give a sliver of hope until Dobby got a second. More of this please!

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Wouldn't be a Halloween post without a bit of blood red, in fact three helpings of it (two were bullsh#t). Can't really pin this dip on anyone in particular but I'm glad things are steadying once again. Dobrecovs looking really impressive alongside Newton up top.

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Well...it was fun while it lasted. Can't see Spartaks hiccuping from this point. Now we're in a slugfest with Skonto and Ventspils for European places.


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Well, well, well. What do we have here?

Nation: Montenegro
Media Prediction (Odds): 1st/10 (3-1F)
Expectations: League winners
Pros: Seventeen league titles in eighteen years. Five times consecutive league champs of Montenegro. A squad that can easily walk this league (ten times better than Gulbene's). (Almost) a £2m transfer kitty. European football almost a certainty.
Cons: Loved by the town of Gulbene. Budućnost board abide by a number of key philosophies. (I'm sorry, it's very hard to come up with a reason not to leave...)

RESULT

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I mean that wage is an insult with the amount of money they generate. Heart over head or head over heart? All the signs are pointing to head.


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MATCHDAY 7


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A very unlikely point against the champs, not without a little bit of luck on it's way. Spartaks showed their professional attitude against the semi pros and easily waltzed their way to two goals. Then came the comeback; two set pieces, one of which we didn't even challenge for as a corner was headed in by the unchallenged defender. The second from Plukaitis took a massive deflection but still took the credit. Shellshocked Spartaks.

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Bad news for Rimkus, he's finding life difficult at Gulbene. Especially with Nalivaiko tearing things up in this XI.

MATCHDAY 8

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The first win over Ventspils might have been a fluke, this one was proper annihilation. Two tap ins in quick succession by Plukaitis left the visitors tearing up their plan A. I guess plan B for them was damage limitation, not a peep from them thereafter, leaving Nikolajs Apins to drive the final nail into the coffin. Pinch me, I must be dreaming.

MATCHDAY 9

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Can anyone stop us right now? Certainly not Jelgava. Massive relief for Dobrecovs to get the goalscoring monkey off his back with a double on top of a Knapsis penalty and a rare goal from Jurijs Ivanovs from centre back. Two late goals from Jelgava made it somewhat of a game but in truth, we were always going to win this.

MATCHDAY 10

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You wait for a bus for twenty four games, then suddenly Dobrecovs gets five in two. RTU are definitely the whipping boys of this league with only one point to their name, and being two down and then going a man down before the half hour mark, that was certainly not going to change. Complete control from start to finish with Dobrecovs bringing home the match ball.

MATCHDAY 11

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For Christ's sake, STILL can't beat this shower of blankers. Can't say much for us, we barely put a dent in Riga's backline and only creating three half baked ideas.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Could be our best month to date, didn't lose to Spartaks for starters, hammered Ventspils and controlling nearly every game we're in. Glad to see Janis Dobrecovs back in the goals, but seriously hats off to this midfield of Gulbis, Knapsis, Apins and Nalivaiko - working absolute wonders right now.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Let me make this abundantly clear - we are semi-professional...and we're stringing along the only three professional sides in the division below us. No defeats, only one loss in our last twenty five games in all comps. Is the trophy drought going to end this year??

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I think it's now time to take the next step. Preparing for a new age at Gulbene with upgrades to both our training facilities and now our youth facilities.

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Oh. Gulbis has retired....mid-season...in the best year of his Gulbene career...and now he's abruptly left....what the frick?!

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Hell yeah! I'm definitely pumped for this @Dan !
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@bcsaulJ - Indeed, hopefully you won't jinx it!

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MATCHDAY 3


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@HawkAussie (not quite ). Better late than never as Marcel Newton delivered us our third win in a row. Game was a slow burner that failed to get going until the late goal, Janis Dobrecovs deserving praise to come off the bench and whip in the sumptuous cross to the Guyanese striker. Perhaps the red card helped us a little too.

MATCHDAY 4

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Still can't beat the Riga pricks in the league. Both keepers were forced into a key save each in an otherwise dull stalemate.

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Get f*cked Riga. Newton out for another long spell.

MATCHDAY 5

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Skonto have started off really strong in the league, so to hold them to a scoreless draw is something to be proud of. Only problem is finding out where the goals are going to come from without Newton in the side, only one half chance created all game. Both sides came close in the second half but both denied by the post. Even the red card for Skonto couldn't merit us a late twist. Five unbeaten though.

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Through the same song and dance again.

MATCHDAY 6

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Make that six, brushing past Liepaja easily. Much better performance up top from Plukaitis who looked dangerous all afternoon and got on the end of a defensive error to lead at half time. A penalty converted by Varazinskis ensured the points. The woodwork got a lot of love too, hit twice by both sides.

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More bad news, young centre back Kokins has been getting better and better with every game and now out for a sizeable portion. They love throwin curveballs in this league.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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I think our efforts to improve defending are paying dividends. Four games, four clean sheets, absolutely flying. But of course with Newton's Third Law, we're not scoring as many without Newton in the side. Our strikers really need to back their ideas up.

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Can we just end the season here? What a transformation compared to this time last year, top of the Latvian table with no defeats so far....although the one side we haven't faced yet are Spartaks. Even with one blemish on their form, I can guarantee a tricky game. Skonto and Ventspils also not far behind.

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Perhaps reluctantly, I've secured my short term future with Gulbene.

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But I tied in some of my own terms in doing so.

TRANSFERS (DEADLINE DAY)

OUT

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Sillers got too gobby in wanting first team football which isn't going to happen with Sokolovs in rock solid form. Might have undersold him to BFC Daugavpils in retrospect but being off the wagebooks is good enough for me. Petersons also leaves by mutual consent, just couldn't see a future for him here.

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One player staying is Nalivaiko subject to a late offer from Jelgava. Thank God.

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One new player coming in on deadline day, certainly worth waiting for.

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Guntars Rimkus - AM(C)/M(C) - unattached free agent

A coup for a club of our magnitude. Plenty of experience in the league at 21, despite that naive move to Spartaks to warm the bench. A bit patchy in places I'll admit, but first touch, technique, decisions and vision all in green I could hardly say no. His low determination does worry me a little but he'll be nearing his prime soon enough. Exactly the kind of player I need in this new 4-3-1-2 system.

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MATCHDAY 1


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Uhhh. Not sure if Ventspils came to play or throw hands with two red cards in the opening 25 minutes the game was practically ending one way. Nikolajs Apins and an own goal silenced Ventspils at the break, Newton almost making it three from the penalty spot too. Concerned about conceding twice to nine men, both from committing too many men forward but a third from Edgars Knapsis in between that earned us a shock opening win. Karma for rejecting me.

MATCHDAY 2

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The phrase "a game of two halves" springs to mind. Totally dominant in the first, living dangerously in the second. Newton bagged a brace along with another goal from Apins, but Newton missed his second penalty in two matches. A double from Grobenyuk really took the wind out of our sails but defended carefully to avoid a complete bottlejob. Rearguard training a priority for next month.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Totally unexpected maximum points this month. This new system has elevated our confidence to new heights and scoring goals to boot. The midfield trio of Knapsis, Gulbis and Apins operating perfectly with Nalivaiko binding it all together. Newton already looks a good buy, but I'm never trusting him to take a penalty ever again.

LEAGUE TABLE

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In amongst the only three sides with 100% records...we'll see how long that lasts.
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A dilemma on my hands as a vacancy at Ventspils has become available. Obviously the fans think I'm doing wonders for their club, hoping I stay on.

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Nation: Latvia
Media Prediction (Odds): 2nd/8 (13-4 2F)
Expectations: Challenge for title
Pros: Stronger quality in their team than Gulbene. Far better forecast at winning trophies. Excellent finances.
Cons: Difficult to dethrone Spartaks from the top.

RESULT

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BALLS! This could have been my lilypad back into success, but for whatever reason they've decided against me. Stuck at Gulbene for now.


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Not upsetting the team chemistry too much, only decided to bring three players in for now. A goalkeeper, a striker and a defensive midfielder.

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Marcel Newton - ST(C) - free transfer from Jurmala

An experienced striker representing Guyana at international level, Marcel will aim to solve our goalscoring issues. Didn't exactly have the best spells at Spartaks and Jurmala, however his acumen is a lot more well built than our other strikers. Solid physicals definitely a bonus. Fingers crossed he'll make some waves.

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Aleksanrs Svalbe - DM/D/M(C) - free transfer from Jelgava

More experience to boost our defensive midfield. Aleksandrs may not be the strongest, but bloody hell he'll get aggressive with a big fat 20 (ironically having 7 bravery to back it up). Definitely a backup option to bring off the bench to preserve a lead and/or see a game out. His versatility is also handy for any injuries we might incur in the centre of the park.

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Andrejs Skurjats - GK - free transfer from Jurmala

The second foraged signing from Jurmala and someone to keep Osipovs on his toes. Aside being sluggish and having really poor stamina, his 6'3 build could make him the perfect candidate for number one. Flawless eccentricity which can be a blessing and a curse but very happy to secure him to the Gulbene squad.

VIRSLIGAS WINTER CUP

GROUP DRAW - GROUP B

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More or less the same sort of group compared to last year, RTU being the newly promoted side and Jelgava thrown into the mixture. Riga always a thorn in our side.

MATCHDAY 1

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Off to a fine start, dominating Riga's turf. Took a lot of probing mind, Riga's keeper extremely unlucky not to keep a clean sheet making ten saves in total. The red card for Riga was the prelude to disaster with Gutkovskis coming off the bench to finish off a lovely flowing move to pass it into the net. Newton with the assist on his debut.

MATCHDAY 2

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An absolutely relentless barrage of efforts finally picklocked Jelgava, courtesy of Marcel Newton to end his goal drought. This new 4-3-1-2 narrow formation is working wonders. Two from two.

MATCHDAY 3

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Not quite the finale we were hoping for, but late sub Plukaitis' hit was essential to nab a point and to confirm us as group winners.

FINAL GROUP TABLE

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Even if we had lost the final, Jelgava slipping up to Riga would have still left us top. Second consecutive Winter Cup final...but who do we face?

FINAL DRAW

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The rematch we've been waiting for. 11 games unbeaten, are we finally going to seal some silverware?

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But we're dealt a really bad hand. Newton out for up to six weeks.

FINAL

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A fitting milestone for the final. Will my 1200th game in management merit a first trophy in almost seven years?

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#FuckSpartaks. Their finishes were sensational while for all our possession and number of shots, couldn't find a way through. Osipovs might get the chop after his woeful 4.6 rating, two late mistakes meant getting hit for four in what was up to that point an evenly matched encounter. The wait goes on...


SEASON EXPECTATIONS

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Odds have certainly slimmed since last season, predicting fifth for us at 25-1 (not as if you'd put a cheeky fiver on us to overthrow Spartaks).

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But worrying signs on the brink of our league opener, now down two strikers with Plukaitis joining Newton in the wards.
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England


Domestic Leagues:
  • English Premier League
  • Sky Bet Championship
  • Sky Bet League 1
  • Sky Bet League 2
  • Vanarama National League
  • Vanarama National League North
  • Vanarama National League South
Domestic Cups:
  • The Emirates FA Cup
  • Carabao Cup
  • McDonalds FA Community Shield
  • Checkatrade Trophy
  • Buildbase FA Trophy
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Scotland


Domestic Leagues:
  • Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
  • Ladbrokes Scottish Championship
  • Ladbrokes Scottish League 1
  • Ladbrokes Scottish League 2
Domestic Cups:
  • William Hill Scottish Cup
  • Betfred Cup
  • Irn-Bru Cup (with Scottish team)
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Republic of Ireland


Domestic Leagues:
  • SSE Airtricity Premier Division
  • SSE Airtricity First Division
Domestic Cups:
  • FAI Irish Daily Mail Senior Cup
  • EA Sports Cup
  • Munster Senior Cup
  • Leinster Senior Cup
  • Irish President's Cup
  • Irn-Bru Cup (with Rep. Irish team (optional))
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Northern Ireland


Domestic Leagues:
  • Danske Bank Premiership
  • Bluefin Sport Championship
  • Premier Intermediate League
Domestic Cups:
  • Irish FA Challenge Cup
  • Northern Ireland Football League Cup
  • County Antrim Shield
  • Toals Steel & Sons Cup
  • Coca Cola Intermediate Cup
  • Rushmere Shopping Centre Mid-Ulster Cup
  • NIFL Charity Shield
  • Irn-Bru Cup (with Northern Irish team (optional))
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Wales


Domestic Leagues:
  • JD Welsh Premier League
Domestic Cups:
  • JD FAW Welsh Cup
  • Nathaniel MG Cup
  • Irn-Bru Cup (with Welsh team (optional))


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@bcsaulJ - Hoping it's better than this one, far too inconsistent.

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A tight vote for player of the season this year, but it's Edgars Knapsis who came out on top of the rest. Probably due to his loyalty at the club, plus that worldie he scored against Riga could have something to do with it? In fact Knapsis swept the lot when it came to awards - including the goal of the season and "young" player of the season at 23. Jurijs Ivanovs was signing of the season and I tend to agree with that, he played out of his skin on a few occasions.

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You know it's tough times when your top striker can't break into double figures in goals, nevertheless Plukaitis delivered very well in his first season at Gulbene - nine goals, seven assists and six man of the math awards. Centre back Ivanovs will only develop better during his early twenties and showed a solid debut season with an average rating of 7.18, few mistakes here and there but covered his own ass in the next game. Dobrecovs might have been inconsistent in front of goal but as the deep lying/defensive forward, his passing game was strong. Varazinskis clocked up the most yellows and shockingly no reds which is a nice change.

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Financially the club is growing with every month it seems, balance now into seven figures with a healthy 19% turnover. May look to improve our facilities for the next coming season.
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VIRSLĪGA

MATCHDAY 28


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Perhaps a lucky escape and a Godly performance from Vitalijs Osipovs to save a late penalty. Very end to end with neither side breaking skin, Nikolajs Apins came closest for us but denied by the Jelgava keeper. Not ideal, but as long as we bettered Riga's result we avoid the relegation playoff.

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You've got to be f*cking kidding me.

RELEGATION PLAYOFF

DRAW


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The side that knocked us out of the Latvian Cup, a score to settle. Wonder if we'll see any of Klimasevics?

FIRST LEG (AWAY)

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Put them right back in their place, literally at their own place. A first half pummelling with our strikers actually managing to score a few, Plukaitis should have scored four or five in addition to his two. Can't see us losing the second leg unless we have a major meltdown.

SECOND LEG (HOME)

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These amateurs would get eaten alive in the top flight, best to ensure that it didn't happen. Three players scoring their first goals for the club in young centre back Kokins, improving midfielder Apins and another midfielder off the bench in Hlibovs took the liberty of burying Rezeknes six feet under with a 6-1 aggregate win. Another quiet afternoon for Klimasevics.

FINAL LEAGUE TABLE

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Survival ensured with Babite being the only league casualty. Spartaks safely winning the league in the end over Ventspils with Skonto holding the final European place. Strong finish towards the end of the season, now unbeaten in eight games - can we carry this over into next season I wonder?

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SQUAD SELECTION

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One thing I absolutely detest about jobs like this, other coaches up the pecking order move our best players up to U21 or senior level. No Turkus, no Potocnik, no Lovric, no hope we'll qualify from this.

UEFA U19 CHAMPIONSHIPS

FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND, GROUP 10


MATCHDAY 1

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Solid start withholding the Ukrainians for the second time in two months. We were the more creative of the two, but Ukraine had the best chance and blazed over from inside twelve yards.

MATCHDAY 2

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Another evenly matched game, however Austria pocket the points to fall one step behind the rest. Poor aerial presence from Vranicar allowed Felix Frankze to hit a ferocious effort which the keeper had no chance of getting to. Be harsh to criticise the team, except our substandard attacking threat. Germany next...

MATCHDAY 3

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Rottweilers against a pack of pugs. It's a shame too because we kept Germany quiet in the first half despite them going into the dressing room 1-0 ahead. A red card for Fuchs in theory would make things easier right? Wrong. The Germans looked even more powerful with ten men, demonstrated by a quick salvo from Razak and Mesic. Never in the game.

FINAL GROUP TABLE

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Would have taken a minor miracle to escape from this, somehow Ukraine came away with one of the best third placed sides with only three points. Still, no point crying over spilt milk.

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Thus ends my brief fun in international management for a while.
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@bcsaulJ - Crucial indeed, but we do have a decent run of games until the end of the season.

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VIRSLĪGA

MATCHDAY 24


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Relegated Babite in brutal fashion and not letting them have a sniff of the game. Ruslans Gutkovskis was like a mosquito all game and didn't leave them alone until a knock eventually forced him off. Scored the first and could have helped himself to a shed load but compensated by assisting the second to Knapsis who rifled it home. Well needed win.

MATCHDAY 25

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Hitting form at the right time, squeezing through Liepaja to lift us out of the drop zone. Definitely an entertaining end to ender, both sides testing each other's goalkeepers, Gutkovskis failing to deliver on this occasion. Would have fallen one behind but the linesman flagged for offside to rule it out. Goalshy Plukaitis was in the right place at the right time on the counter, acres of space to round the keeper and seal the deal. Next up - a date with destiny at Riga FC.

MATCHDAY 26

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Draw was a fair result, needing to come back twice in a stressful spectacle. Nervy defending led to the two Riga goals, poor marking and hesitance that should have been avoided. Aside from that we created something from nothing, Fatkulins and Gulbis combined in a slick set piece play to make it 1-1. As for Edgars Knapsis' goal - an absolute peach from thirty yards. Puskas worthy?

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MATCHDAY 27

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On the base of things, a good draw....sadly Riga's win elsewhere sends us back into the relegation playoff zone going into the final match. Definitely had our finger on the pulse of this game, Ventspils choked trying to keep up with Spartaks. Losing patience with Gutkovskis lately, spurning a massive chance with four minutes left, Knapsis almost scoring from the corner too.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Easily our best month, probably because it's the longest time going without a defeat. This new 4-3-1-2 narrow system really is getting to the heart of Latvian defences and showed a lot more creativity, mainly because of Nalivaiko. Knapsis' strike at Riga is surely scored goal of the season.

LEAGUE TABLE

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One game to go; we play Russian roulette with Riga and Jelgava for the relegation playoff spot. Who do we play on the final day? JELGAVA. Who do Riga play? SPARTAKS. Avoiding defeat may not be good enough on it's own. Who'll be able to contain the pressure?
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YOUTH INTAKE

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Every manager's Christmas is youth intake and got a rather generous spawn. Two stood out from the rest.

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Jurgis Daugavietis - AM(C) - youth intake

Timely when we need more playmakers in the team, especially in the more advanced areas of central midfield. 13 flair and 12 technique at only 16 is impressive for this division and no doubt will fill out to be a first team starter come next season.

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Dmitrijs Korotkevics - D(R) - youth intake

I sure hope his trajectory is on the up because it's not really a sight for sore eyes with all that red. Garbage physicals overshadow his redeemable mental strength. At least it's an option in a position we're lacking.

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OMEGALUL. Tempting fate.

VIRSLĪGA

MATCHDAY 21


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Damn, what a massive win here! Looked really impressive here but credit must go to the half time substitute Gutkovskis who masterminded the victory replacing a woeful Plukaitis. Went for the 'gegenpress' motif again and dominated the midfield space which crafted two key goals from Gutkovskis. So nearly a hat-trick too but his header was denied by the bar. Crucial at this late stage.

MATCHDAY 22

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I mean let's get this straight, Spartaks are simply too good for us to compete with. Their 4-3-3 made us feel outnumbered each time they went forward. Subochev and a Stolcers double put us out of our misery and if it weren't for Osipovs it might have been six or seven. Nearly grabbed a consolatory goal, yet somehow a double save and a shot off the line in the same play didn't deserve to break Spartaks' resistance. Thankfully the last time we play them this season.

MATCHDAY 23

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Short corner practice on the training ground salvaged an important point away at Skonto, scratching our heads how we didn't grab two more. Fatkulins can barely mark a bingo card let alone a defender, getting nowhere near Liholetovs to fall behind so softly. The response was promising but Gutkovskis wasn't firing on all cylinders on this occasion, missing an invaluable chance to level. The short corner routine with twenty minutes left fell to a left back Jurijs Sokolovs who forced home a near post shot to head home happy.

RESULTS OVERVIEW


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A September with a bit of everything. Four points from nine will do nicely. Think I'll stick with this narrow 4-3-1-2 with a control mentality, noticed that we're creating a LOT more - just need strikers who can finish. Nalivaiko definitely a missing piece to the puzzle, delighted we have him back.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Things hotting up and suddenly Jelgava don't seem that far away after beating them 2-0. Riga winning while we dropped points at Skonto paved way to jump out of the relegation playoff zone again. Babite good as gone.
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SQUAD SELECTION

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Far more to choose from with my 23 to face Ukraine and San Marino, especially in the centre back department. Zürich's Lovric and Potocnik from Olimpija being key entrants as well as our strongest striker Miha Turkus from Maribor.

U19 FRIENDLIES

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Literally the last kick of the game for the paint to peel on a rather good performance. Cashed in early on a complete blunder from the Ukrainian keeper, swatting a long range effort straight to Miha Turkus who finished with ease. The yellow shirts came forward in numbers in the second half but the base of the post and a couple of safe stops neutralised everything and looked on course to triumph...that was until the final minute. Counter attacking foiled us again, Stepanyuk sneaking in behind the defence to equalise.

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Not sure what's worse, only scoring three against San Marino's youth or the fact they racked up eight shots on goal. Nevertheless it was rather easy pickings with Pirc, Turkus and Djukic dogpiling on an amateur nation.

UEFA U19 CHAMPIONSHIPS

FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND DRAW

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Yikes, we have little to no hope of qualifying from this. Be lucky to grab a point.
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VIRSLĪGA

MATCHDAY 16


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Slumped to our fourth defeat in a row in all competitions. Undone by set pieces twice; Osipovs failed to get to Grigorovs' header and the other was a 30 yard worldie by Mohammed Abubakar. Don't let our 17 shots deceive you, Skonto were in full control and should have buried a third but Putnins glanced a free header wide. Finally Gutkovskis came in useful, curling in a wonderful effort from 25 yards and so nearly squeezed a late equaliser but Dobrecovs' injury time free went straight at the keeper. Should I fear the sack?

MATCHDAY 17

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Would be very worrying if we couldn't beat relegation fodder Babite. Gutkovskis with rare consecutive goals, straying the offside trap to nudge us ahead before half time. Nalivaiko secured the win with a free kick from the edge of the D to seal his first goal on returning to Gulbene. Much needed W to boost morale.

MATCHDAY 18

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Well earned draw away from home. Liepaja knocked on the door all game and deservedly put their noses in front with a skewed header from Pihockis that caught Osipovs out. Our one shot on target was a deflected free kick by a 36 year old holding midfielder, bet that won't resonate well with the home crowd. We were on the cusp of losing it late doors but for a solid stop by Osipovs and an even better last ditch challenge by Sokolovs for an almost certain rebounded goal. Chuffed.

MATCHDAY 19

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A wasteful display in a big six pointer at the bottom. From Fatkulins missing a free header to a wobbly Plukaitis having time, space and zero composure to fluff a one on one. Riga were no great shakes despite Osipovs making six saves.

MATCHDAY 20

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The one time we let our guard down to a rather tame Ventspils, we fall flat on our faces. Took just 55 seconds after a fruitless first half to have the league challengers upend us, getting caught on the break to leave Fjodorovs to sweep up. Neither side dominated yet we come out of it slouching without any points. Wonder if we'll regret that towards the end of the season?

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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A definite improvement to recent months, only losing to sides who definitely pack a punch. I do wonder if we'll have to rely on scrapping draws to maintain our top flight status. Nice to see Gutkovskis contributing in the goals for a change.

LEAGUE TABLE

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To think if we put those chances away against Riga, they'd be in the bottom two, not us. Babite are surely down with eight games to go and it seems the only team we can chase are Riga as Jelgava might be too much of an ask to suck them into the relegation vortex.
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TRANSFERS

OUT


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We said our goodbyes to Pavel Klimasevics who accepted a contract offer to Rezeknes FA out of the blue. Slightly disappointed as I thought Pavels did play a key role in the wide areas, shame he's dropped to the lower tiers.

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Oh yes, oh yes. Nalivaiko is back in Gulbene colours after only making seven full appearance and not getting anywhere near his form when with us. One further acquisition comes in as replacement for Klimasevics that cost us a drop in the ocean.

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Pavels Nalivaiko - M(C)/AM(C) - free transfer from Riga FC

Four goals and sixteen assists last year, no wonder. He's the only one who can playmake in the middle of the park. Lots of improvement will be made as he grows older, hoping to improve his composure and his flair over time. Delighted to have him back.

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Vladimirs Kozlovs - M(L)/AM(L) - £3k from Auda

Definitely a step up from Klimasevics and Petersons on the left. Almost completed his development at 22 with excellent first touch and rather quick for this division's standards. Mentally, his game lacks substance apart from flair but definitely looks a bargain for the price on face value.

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As for the right wing...got stung with an injury to Bacis as the window just about shut. Typical.

VIRSLĪGA

MATCHDAY 12

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Nalivaiko's return to Riga didn't turn out as well as planned. Not enough initiative and creativity on our part with only two half chances, but to be honest Riga weren't much better. The clinching goal from Zenkovs was a powerful hit from a cross, failing to mark him tight enough while Osipovs' wrists weren't strong enough to keep it out. Far from an ideal return after a relaxing break.

MATCHDAY 13

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Well this was unexpected. Scrapping our standard 4-4-2 for an asymmetric 'gegenpress' which worked beautifully to stun Ventspils. Conceding an early penalty was probably a blessing as it kicked off a wave of dominance. Despite Nalivaiko coming close, our persistence warranted an equaliser when Dobrecovs broke free of two defenders to finish coolly into the left hand corner. A winner was looming and Fatkulins should've taken advantage of a free header with five minutes left. Ventspils lived up to the 'spils' portion of their identity, their keeper failed to collect an aerial ball and instead landed at the feet of Knapsis to win the game in injury time. S C E N E S!

MATCHDAY 14

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To think I believed it would incur a turning point to our season, then this kind of thing happens. Dobrecovs was a live wire but missing two absolute sitters didn't help him spark. If Jelgava's defence were short on confidence, then new boy Kozlovs may want to fall off the edge of the Earth - answers on a postcard to how he missed this in the clip below. Inevitably, we ended up shooting ourselves in the foot with a twenty yard hit by Satskihs catching out Osipovs in net and surrendering three points to the visitors.

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MATCHDAY 15

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Too easy for Spartaks, pretending that we knew the fundamentals to defending. Couldn't mark goalside, couldn't mark full stop - a brace from Stolcers on top an easy tap in from Subochev ended this pitiful Saturday afternoon. Gutkovskis so unreliable when presented with a glorious chance yet again.

LATVIJAS KAUSS

THIRD ROUND DRAW


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Meeting face to face with Klimasevics' new club in the cup.

THIRD ROUND

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On the end of a giantkilling to fall miserably short of expectations in the competition. I'll admit we made a couple of changes but the defending was inexcusable for all three Rezeknes goals. We were on the front foot for the majority and deservedly equalised via Gulbis...only to be countered with some of the worst positioning I've seen to fall behind again. Klimasevics may not have scored, but his corner created the third to crash out spectacularly.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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OOF, what a painful month. Makes the heroics against Ventspils look redundant. I know we're predicted for the drop but I would expect a bit more fight in our squad and to seize the moment when presented with goalscoring chances.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Just over halfway through the season, it looks bleak I agree. The defeat to Riga was costly but still within our range of catching...can't say we'll finish any higher than sixth by the looks of the table.

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VIRSLĪGA

MATCHDAY 8


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The second of three meetings with Spartaks in the space of a week, gut-retchingly close to stealing a valuable point. All credit must go to Klimasevics on the left who schooled their right back and crossed in for an unlikely lead through the boot of Dobrecovs. Once again we commit too many men forward for set pieces and were pegged back on the counter, finished cleanly by Lawrence Boateng. The flow became a Spartaks current as we did everything to battle the tide, however a late penalty eventually swept us away - Boateng again, sending Osipovs the wrong way.

MATCHDAY 9

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Another coulda, woulda, shoulda won game but luckily didn't come away empty-handed. Ten times the amount of shots on target from our boys Kazakevics between the Skonto sticks chose today of all days to put on a spectacular goalkeeping display. The singular Skonto shot on target hit the back of the net as we switched off in the box to give Abubakar a rather simple finish. Plukaitis bailed us out late doors with an explosive finish into the top corner. Six without a win though, lady luck needs to shine on us soon.

MATCHDAY 10

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Just in the nick of time. The league's punching bag did their job as we coasted to an overdue victory near the coast. Olegs Bacis will never take a penalty again, blazing one wide just 90 seconds in. Babite nearly punished us minutes later but also fluffed a key opportunity. We began turning the screw midway through the first half as Plukaitis composed himself on the break, and also set up a second for Dobrecovs with a beautiful assortment of passes in the build up. A second spot kick was handed to Varazinskis who made no mistake with a powerful finish for three. Five clear cut chances, we rocked their world.

MATCHDAY 11

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Back to back wins for the first time since the end of January. Dobrecovs and Plukaitis really gelling together now, combining for the only goal of the game. The match itself was a scrappy do, nine yellow cards in total with very little inspiration. No complaints here.

LATVIJAS KAUSS

SEMI FINAL, SECOND LEG (HOME)

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Spartaks break our hearts for the umpteenth time this season. Looked so out of depth in the first half, but what else is new? Ricards Stolcers handed a crucial away goal to the visitors and should have been out of sight before the interlude as they smashed the woodwork twice. A stern teamtalk did all the work for a massive contrast in the second half. Olegs Bacis was a villain in the Winter Cup final but redeemed himself with a first career goal to level the playing field. Spartaks could barely contain ourselves and one of the goals of the season turned the tie right around - Dobrecovs on the half volley left the crowd in pandemonium. Never celebrate too early though, back came Spartaks who caught us out on the break and Stolcers' second nudged Spartaks ahead again on the away goals rule. All our good work in vain, we had nothing left in the tank. A second cup final slips through our fingers.

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Puskas worthy.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Far better month with a few wins on the board. Plukaitis and Dobrecovs looked completely in sync with each other up top, grabbing goals they wouldn't have last month. Was a shame about being cucked in the final moments to miss out of a cup final with Ventspils but next time they might not be so lucky.

LEAGUE TABLE

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The two wins take us out of the bottom two to sixth place, but it's a tall order to get any higher without a consistent run of results. Will it spark a massive U-turn come July? We take a month break to recover and hopefully start a successful second half of the season.
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