31 December 2024
Anderlecht have rounded out the first half of the league season undefeated. Only the 1-1 draw with Lierse having prevented them from taking maximum points.
~Perky Nana, FM Sky Sports England
I am happy with how the first half of the season has unfolded. Admittedly I am disappointed with the defeat in the Cofidis Cup, however that is the only blemish on what has been a strong first half of the season.
Blow by Blow
Now we have lost “Westie” for two weeks. It’s been a season of niggles.
Next day we lose “Vert” Only 2 weeks, but it is just a little disappointing.
Jupiler Pro League – Match 17/30
Next up we have Genk, in a game that has bearing on the second part of the competition.
I decide to mix it up for this game.
We played well today considering our formation change. I am not sure I have it totally right yet, but it is coming along.
“Moose” has been on the outer and though he is a current international, he is a long way down the pecking order and certainly not worth 51K a week. He has been transfer listed, although he may go on a Bosman or a free as interest is low.
Jupiler Pro League – Match 18/30
Club Brugge have been disappointing this season and we should be favoutire to keep them suffering.
Only a couple of changes from the last match. I’m not sure We quite have the right personnel for this formation.
We did well, without really looking too threatening. “Benny Jets” has looked in good nick lately.
“Trickles” has been a bit of a yellow card magnet, and has somehow accrued eight in 20 games.
“Goose” is back in training after missing almost the whole first half with injury.
“Westie” is also back following a couple of weeks off.
Jupiler Pro League – Match 19/30
Next up we have Kortrijk, who should be overcome reasonable easily.
The side is starting to come back to full fitness, although we are missing fully fit players.
We did the job, although we made it hard for ourselves. Our performance was good in parts but very patchy.
Champions League Draw
There are some easily beatable teams left in the draw. Bayern are not one of those! All I can say is ugh!
“Baby Face” is back in training, which means we have no injury issues finally.
They offered me a three year deal, however I am not sure I wanted that. I said one more year, and took a wee pay cut.
“Messi” is a product of our youth system, and is a potential future first team keeper.
Jupiler Pro League – Match 20/30
Lierse are another team flirting with relegation. The shouldn’t offer that much of a challenge.
It seems prudent to finish with the best available side. “Goose” and “Baby Face” will get an extended run tonight.
Mission accomplished! “Trickles” bagged another fantastic free kick goal.
Grumble. Yet another niggley injury in the team. Only three weeks and only to a rotation player so once again it could be worse.
Another good run of games, scoring three goals a game. Clean sheets have not been so plentiful however.
Nineteen wins and a draw from the first twenty games. We are also eighteen points clear at the top.
With only ten games remaining in the first period I just want to get through them. Here are the first four.