[FR] Port Vale 0-2 Leeds (11-07-2009)

Port Vale 0 – 2
0 – 2
  • Beckford (23)
  • Becchio (36)

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[FR] Leeds 4-0 Leeds Reserves (08-07-2009)

Leeds 4 – 0

2 – 0

Leeds Reserves
  • Robinson (2)
  • Bromby (45)
  • Grella (66)
  • Johnson (pen 78)

8th July 2009

Following the initial team analysis it was worth looking at all the players in action. Taking my first choice for the first half and second string for the second, with the exception of Ankergren, who I thought it wise to give a run out in the reserves.Nothing really stood out, with the first teamers having the lion’s share of possession and attacking play, although our 20% cross completion rate against Marques, Milne and co was a little concerning.

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Match Stats

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Wheeling and dealing

Game date: 8th August 2009

In the past, I’ve been a little trigger happy when it comes to bringing in new faces to a team, invariably with an effect on team harmony; so this time I’ve tried to go in with an idea of what the team needs and try not to be swayed by impulse buys, especially around free-transfer season. That said, we’ve still brought in 5 new faces and let 4 go by the eve of the new season.

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Initial team analysis

Starting up with a club you support in real life is something of a double edged sword; on one hand you’re already familiar with most of the players, on the other it’s hard to separate your real-world opinions from those of the SI researchers. Looking over the squad with a dispassionate eye, therefore, is something of a challenge, both in terms of accepting which of your favourite players have been deemed deadwood as well as avoiding overlooking good players who aren’t getting games in real life.

With that in mind, I cast an eye over the starting squad with the assistance of my ever faithful assistant, Mr Snodin (I shan’t be taking the staff up on their acceptance of mutual termination). It seems we have good depth to the squad but could do with an extra midfielder or two. He’s also, apparently, a big fan of Patrick Kisnorbo. Which is nice.

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Starting over

So, new game set up with the following parameters:

Selected Nations Lowest Active League Mode
England Coca-Cola League 2 Playable
Scotland First Division View-only
Spain Liga Adelante Playable

Database: Large (Player count 18000)
All additional options (real players etc) checked.

I have something of a fondness for Spain (Bilbao being my second club in real life) so I’m giving myself the option in the future to move to warmer climes. And it’s always worth watching what’s happening north of the border.

Manager profile highlights:
Age: late 20s ;o)
Nationality: English / Spanish
Favourite Team: Leeds
Past experience: automatic

Managing Leeds United (League 1)

Finances: secure (which is nice after the Ridsdale era)
Stadium capacity: 40242
Top training and good youth facilities
Media prediction: 1st
Season expectations: Win League 1
Transfer Budget: £1M
Wage Budget: 87K p/w (currently spending £80,325)

Game on…