Yes, we’re already half way through the 2015 season! The new PC, combined with my love (already!) for this save, means I have gone through half a season in a few hours last night. Our first few fixtures went like this:
That wasn’t the start I was hoping for. Beating Levanger on opening day was good, but I was a bit concerned that we had so much trouble beating them. “Ah well”, I thought, “it’s our first league game. Things will get better”.
Then Sogndal came. Bodor had a bit of a knock, so I decided to play my 15-year old backup. Skulbørsted, at left back. Sogndal instantly recognised this, and decided to flood the right wing. Skulbørsted didn’t handle this too well and permitted Teniste to keep crossing the ball. We had conceded 3 goals before half-time, all from crosses from our left. I decided to put Bodor back in, but obviously, the damage was done.
The game against Bryne was okay, we got a point against a team similar to us away from home, so I was pleased, but that feeling would soon change into fear.
We went to visit Hødd, who drew their first three matches. They are predicted to finish 11th, 1 spot below us, so I hoped we would see an exciting, even match. Unfortunately though, we turned out to be on the receiving end of a beating.. Again, we conceded 3 goals from crosses from the opposition’s right side, with the first two coming from indirect free kicks. For some reason we seem to have a lot of trouble with indirect free kicks from the wings, even though I (thought I) set correct instructions, which were to put a man mark instruction on my taller players, and pushing forward my shorter players.
The 4-4-2 didn’t work as I hoped it would. The strikers were a bit isolated, and the defence looked a shambles. After a narrow cup win against non-league opposition and another loss to a poor team, I decided to switch things around. I needed more attacking support on the wings, so I moved my wingers a bit forward. On top of that, I decided to drop a striker position and instead use a defensive midfielder to fill gaps between defence and midfield. The new tactic I came up with was this:
The results speak for itself:
Finally, we got some goals, and five wins in a row! Of course, the last of those 5 wins was absolutely the best game of our season! Brann, the obvious favourite for the title, who had won all of their first 8 games, came to Fredrikstad, expecting a win, but were left empty-handed. Even though they were the ones to score first, we managed to turn it around and were even in a 4-1 lead after 84 minutes. Begby and Rafn, our wingers, had the time of their life, putting in a stunning performance. I was thrilled.
The last few games, as you can see, didn’t go as well, but I’m confident we can pick up form again after the summer break. The results were got were all very unlucky, and I think we have what it takes to challenge the play-off spots!
Now let’s hope I didn’t jinx it.