BOSTON UNITED – WE CAME TO CONQUER SEASON SIX
We are back at it again after yet another title and promotion (that’s four in a row) and we are now one promotion away from the promise land of the premiership. Feels scary being this high up with such a small team. Only being able to house 7,000 fans in my community stadium in Boston and having limited resources we will aim to survive like every other season and like every other season preparation is key and details matter.
Ins and outs we had quite a few as I needed to improve areas of the team that was either ageing or had slots filled with loans. So last season we had Enda Stevens (WBL) on loan but secured the permanent signing of him from Ipswich for 70k and is a much welcomed addition. Secondly we also resigned one of the saves legends in Ogunseri (AF) from Nottingham Forest. He has scored goals in every league we’ve had him in and now is his chance on the big stage. Last but not least is Jamie Shackleton (DLP) on loan from Leeds. Looking for him to spark the midfield and create something when times are hard. (Just like to say I had screenshots of my three top players like previous blogs but my screenshots didn’t save properly and corrupted, sorry)
The year is 2023 and Boston United have shot up the league ladder into the championship and are embarking on new territory they could only of dreamed of! No easy games in this league and finding a formula that works quickly will be key to our survival. So the first game of the season we are at home and there is 7,000 fans cheering us on.
We started with a tricky game at home against Brentford but it went better than I had hoped. A goal either side of halftime secured our first three points of the season. Next up Forest and Ogunseri not eligible we have to change the strike force around a little. A tight game and hardly any chances created it was a set piece that got us our goal from league journeyman Tosin Adarabioyo. A break from league football follows and we take a trip to Derby County for a Carabao 1st round tie. Not a game I really put much heart into as I’m more about surviving in this division and I’m not going to win this cup any time soon so rotation was made. Managed to take them to penalties after a 1-1 draw but it wasn’t to be. Back to league footy and Sunderland who are not a strong side like years gone by get an absolute pasting 3-0 with youngster Rob Burnett grabbing a brace and on loan striker Walters getting the third. Two home games to finish our first month in the championship and we win both games by scores of 2-1 and 1-0 to give us a nice healthy 13 points and an undefeated start to the league season.
Huddersfield away next who are one of the league favourites and it showed as they rolled us over 3-1 with us only getting a consolation penalty towards the end of the game. Still on the road and a trip to Mansfield town saw us leave with all three points and a great performance by the lads. Another game where we didn’t stand a chance was Burnley at home. They really did expose the areas of my team I’m lacking in and easily won 2-0. Goals seem to be the issue with my team and creating them a major factor, I have the players to but the ball in the net but lack quality to make that happen. Walters and Ogunseri don’t let me down in the next game with a goal a piece to secure a 2-0 win away at Barnsley. Finish off the month with a home game and a win vs Millwall
A huge win to start the month off with a 1-0 away win to Middlesbrough. The rest of the month didn’t go as sweet unfortunately. A 1-0 loss to West Brom followed that great result. Next was an away game vs Reading and a right back and forth game saw us share the points and finish 2-2. Next is Derby and the second time we are playing them this season. A close game but we didn’t create enough and we lost 2-1. Finishing off the month was sa trip to Fulham and another 1-0 loss. Only four goals scored this month, the creative middle of my team isn’t as I had hoped and its making this tough.
Only a small month this so I decided to change things up. I switched my Wingbacks back to attacking and narrowed my play and instantly we saw results. A massive 3-0 win at home to Birmingham and goals from Ogunseri(2) and wingback White. Felt nice to win a game. Next we travelled to Rotherham and I didn’t change the team or tactics after that and we win again,2-1! Could I have found the answer here. Buzzing after the last two results we have a home tie vs Preston but they were just to strong for our new found attacking style and picked us of for an easy 3-0 win. QPR away finishes the month and we lose 2-0. Not down about the last two games as I have to pick the games I’m going to get points from.
After what had been an up and down month but taking more positives from it I went into a very busy December with high hopes. First off came Bristol City to the community stadium and we smashed them 3-0. Perfect start. Another home game and we take on Swansea and share the points. First of tow away games coming up next and Villa away should prove a good test for my new confident side. A boring 0-0. Brighton next then and what a game this turned into, attack vs attack with neither defence giving two hoots about there roles and we lose 4-3 but what a game. Forest next at home and we win comfortably 3-1 with another goal from Walters who’s found the goal scoring touch in the last few games. Brentford away finishes the festive period and we secure a point on the road. Overall I’m very happy with how that month went. A lot of games and a lot of goals from my side. Positive thoughts.
Tough home game to start the month as Sunderland come to my backyard and revenge there earlier 3-0 defeat at home. FA Cup next and we are starting off in the 3rd round. League one Bradford are our opposition and I roate the quad a little as not to injure our main players. A nervy game in the end but we manage a 1-0 win and a 4th round tie vs Tottenham at home, come on! Oxford away next and they take advange to my tied side but cant stop the force of Jack Evans and we win 3-2. The next game is a game I want to forget and I think its the biggest loss ive had in my whole Boston career. 6-1 loss at HOME and we deserved it, Nearly every attack they had we conceded. FUMING! I wanted a response and I kind of go one. A tough 4-2 home win against Mansfield wasn’t what I had hoped but it was a win after all. Next up…..Tottenham! So as FA Cup games go there isn’t many teams on this game that are just solid to beat, well I gave Spurs one hell of a game. 2-2 was the final score but Spurs were 2-0 down and had to score a 86th minute equaliser to take me to a replay. Very happy with that and the money ill make from the replay.
Staring the month off with a loss isn’t the best but we put up a good fight against a strong Blackburn side. Still tough to remember that we are such a small side compared to everyone else in this division. Next is the huge FA Cup replay we worked hard to get and a trip to the new spurs stadium – yes in 2024 it had finally opened. We got off to a flyer with an early goal but spurs were just to strong for us in the end and we end up losing the game 3-1. No regrets we have outdone ourselves by getting this far. Yet another game away our third in a row and we get a great 3-2 win but that taste soon turns sour as a trip to Millwall next see’s us get a thrashing. Back home for a game with Barnsley and a good 2-0 win and finishing off the month with a 3-1 loss away. Our away from hasn’t been good at all and something that needs looking at. Feb also saw me reach my 30th game in football management and also the retirement of our left back Enda Stevens due to injury.
With relegation and promotion off the table the games are now just a process to the end of the season. I decided to mix up the team selections and the tactics slightly. Our away from has been hot and cold this season so with a few changes we manage to get a 2-1 win away at West Brom. Loved that. Next is Reading and keeping the same tactics we had a good game but couldn’t get through the defence. Two tough games followed with Fulham at home and Derby away and neither went well. Fulham finally got the win in a 3-2 battle and Derby totally outclassed us. Finishing off the month was a trip to another midland side in Birmingham and get again it was a battle but we ended on the wrong side.
Final push to the end of the season and we have a home game to start! A poor performance from players that look like there on a beach already saw a poor Rotherham side beat me 3-1 and didn’t break sweat. QPR followed and again the balance of finding attack and defence avoids us. 0-0 which I’m happy not to conceded but also unhappy we have to sacrifice our creativity. Preston away and out away from continues with a 3-1 loss. Going for an attacking mindset in this away game after struggling to get goals on the road we win 2-0 away at Bristol City and then follow that up with a 3-0 win away at Swansea. Two games on the road with non conceded and five goals scored. Have I stumbled on something here? Villa at home and another 2-1 win using this attacking mentality and Brighton at home finishes our first campaign in the championship. What a season that was. An 11th place finish.
SEASON SIX REVIEW
So season six has now been completed and what a rollercoaster season it was. Away form not fantastic, home from improved but we are short on talent to make this push for the playoffs. Thanks for reading. Follow my social media below and also click on the banner to follow all the other FMBase bloggers making great talent.
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