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Two matches on the bus into work. A league game against a team way below us in the table which we lost, sending us back down into fourth, followed by the first round of the LDV Vans Trophy against Cheltenham, which we won. We’ve drawn Leyton Orient in round two. We should be able to beat them, but I’m not confident about any match right now.
And a 2-0 win against Cheltenham puts us back on track and means I can go to bed feeling slightly more positive.
I finally got up the courage to continue the game. We scored an early goal, but Leicester quickly came back with two of their own and sent us crashing out of the League Cup.
And since that match our league form has wobbled. We’re up into second, but we’ve had a draw or two and we’ve just lost to Rushden away. Morale is still okay, but it’s wavering. I’m worried it’s about to crash. We need a few good wins in a row.
Torquay are now unbeaten in eight games.
We’re fourth in League Two. Unfortunately, the three teams above are also on great form so I’ve been fourth for a few weeks without being able to get any higher.
Next game is the big League Cup match against Leicester, so I’m taking a break before I dare play it.
I’m really crossing my fingers that I get through the next few days without any injuries. Even with a full-strength team I might not be able to win, but I’d like to give it a go.
And a 1-0 win at home to Carlise and it’s time to put the PSP on charge.
I was worried last night might be a fluke, so it was some trepidation that I started the game back up.
It soon crashed as I played around with the squad and my PSP rebooted, but I hadn’t lost much. I think I’ll be saving after every match now.
(Got the same draw in the League Cup both times – Leicester, might be tricky.)
I was on the edge of my seat as my next match kicked off. Away at Chester, nine places above us in League Two. I needn’t have worried, it was a good 2-0 win.
(Looking at the official forum for the game, I’ve seen someone else has seen miracles after switching to 4-3-3. I do hope it’s just our teams and management style being suited and not some super game-breaking formation.)
Well, that’s better. I just turned it on for a game before bed, ended up having two. I changed my formation to 4-3-3 so I could play Kuffour in a position he’s more comfortable in and that one change seems to have worked magic. I won my next league match, 2-0 at home against Mansfield. Good result.
But the next game was even better. We were away to Swindon in the League Cup. They’re a division higher than us, so I didn’t hold out much home, but we scored twice in the first five minutes, then Walton came on as a second half sub and hammered one home in the eighty-forth minute, just to really kick Swindon when they were down. Excellent stuff.
And I’ve bought a chap called Lee Goodwin from Dagenham & Redbridge. He’s really just to cover the right side where I’m short on players, but I brought him on as a late sub in the Swindon game and he didn’t seem to do badly. Got a six and we kept a clean sheet, but probably not really much of test.
Had this sitting next to me for a couple of days, but hadn’t dared start it up until this evening. Faffed around for ages and ages trying to decide who to manage, so in the end went for the random option. The game chose Torquay United for me. Suits me. I don’t feel ready for the Premiership quite yet. And I’ve just check the BBC web site and Torquay are bottom of the real League Two, so I can’t do any worse than reality.
Anyway, got two or three rubbish players on free transfers, just so I’d have some cover. Not that that made me feel much better when my two most expensive players picked up long term injuries in pre-season training. I took the fitness part of the training regime down to “light” after that and haven’t had anything more than an odd knock since.
I did well in my three pre-season friendlies – two wins and a draw. But the league’s proving to be a different matter. First match, lost 2-1 away at Wycombe, then lost 1-0 at home to Oxford. We’ve just picked up our first point of the season in our third match, away at Wrexham. Hopefully this will be the start of a good streak. Morale’s holding up okay at the moment, but a lot of players are merely satisfied and I’m sure it won’t take much to knock them down a bit. Goal for this season is survival, I think. Nothing more.
Oh, yes, and it’s very good. Works surprisingly well on the PSP.