In Digital Fantasy Land, No Promotion For “Bristolona”

Posted: August 26, 2012 in Football Manager 10, Stupid Stuff
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Win or lose, Bristol Rovers ain’t nuthin’ to fuck with!

Not even the near mythical status in the Football Manager 2010 mythos of Aaron Feckin’ Doran  could help Bristol Rovers, aka Bristolona under my guidance, face Reading in the Championship Promotion Playoff Final in England’s famous Wembley Stadium. Thus, the final loss made sad Curtísimo sad. 😦

We lost to Reading, 3-1, despite taking an early 1-0 lead from a freekick goal midfielder Sam Hewson snuck inside the near post.  It was about damn time we scored a freekick goal, by the way, sheesh.  I need more goals from the center of midfield next year (only had 9 total, I think) to stand any chance of automatic promotion!

Anyway, the early goal only served to stir up Reading like a hornet’s nest & we couldn’t do much after the first half-hour of the match.  Reading equalized in the 37th minute through James Harper, a former Arsenal youth & reserve product, who took advantage of an error from Tiago Silva in the center of defense.  I’ve been playing the Brazilian, who is normally a left back or left midfielder, there because no one else plays well in that left central defense spot.  Well, after one good game in the Stoke second leg encounter, TS played like shite there too.  He pressed the ball out wide when Adam Eckersley, our left fullback, already had the man covered, allowing space for Harper to make a run where Reading found him as he strolled into the box to shoot home inside the far post for 1-1.

Reading’s winner & second goal came from centerback, Alex Pearce, on a header from a corner.  The Reading defender lost our marker, whom I think  he was supposed to be either Sammy Traoré or Francis Coquelin.  Either way, Pearce got free & banged a header home from several yards out to put Reading up for good in the 65th minute.

After going down, 2-1, I played more attacking but couldn’t find a way through.  I threw on all my substitutions & we started to get a few half-chances or long shots here or there but ultimately couldn’t get a goal.  Then, with just three minutes remaining our promotion hopes were well & truly killed when Grzegorz Rasiak, Reading’s Polish striker, poked home for, 3-1, after pouncing home on a rebound following a Simon Church shot from inside the box.  Church looked to be offside in the build-up & my defense went a bit berserk at the linesman & he looked offside to me as well, but at this point it made no difference as your remonstrations never get a call overturned.

The Bristol Rovers club crest pointing the way to a Wembley loss…

It’s probably for the best as we’re likely a year away from competing in the Premier League anyway & I more or less wanted to play another year in the Championship to better season the team & build it up with a few more signings where we could perhaps make a run at the Championship championship.  A competition so nice, it’s named twice. Wocka wocka wocka.

So ends a successful season albeit with a disappointing end in hallowed Wembley Stadium.

The dreary match stats:

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