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Sunderland Career Mode #4: Leaky Defense.

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Welcome back guys to a 4th instalment of my Sunderland career mode. So far, I’m loving FIFA 15. It’s a massive step forward in the franchise and a much better improvement on FIFA 14. Also thank you so very much for the views and feedback and a special thank you to Chris “Haighyorkie” Haigh for sharing these blogs on his facebook page. Check him out on YouTube for his Luton Town series as well as his past FIFA career modes with Crawley Town & York City. Cheers Toff!

After a decent start to the season, bar the Man United defeat, I was looking to continue that with our next 3 fixtures in the Premier League and also a first round Capital One Cup clash against AFC Bournemouth who are currently sitting in 4th place in the Championship. Last season, we surprisingly reached the final but lost out on our first piece of silverware since 1979 against Manchester City. This time round, my objective for this cup is to reach at least the quarter finals.


Sunday 14th September 2014: Barclays Premier League

Sunderland 0 Tottenham Hotspur 2

Mannone/ Van Aanholt/ Ake/ O’Shea/ Byram/Buckley(Wickham)/ Cattermole/ Rodwell/ Johnson/ Borini(Altidore)/ Fletcher

Goals: Doumbia (27’)Paulinho(54’)

Red Card: Danny Rose (18’)

MOTM: Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur)

What a terrible performance! Spurs were all over us from the word go and we never created any chances (3 attempts on goal with 1 on target). To lose at home against a team with 10 men and only managing to get one attempt on target is unacceptable! The lads need to step it up a gear in our next match against recently promoted Burnley. However……

Sat 20th September 2014: Barclays Premier League

Burnley FC 3 Sunderland 2

Mannone/ Van Aanholt/ Coates (Ake)/ O Shea/ Bryam/ Wickham/Gomez/ Cattermole/ Johnson/ Borini/ Fletcher (Altidore)

Goals: Borini (30’) Wickham (51’) Ings (74’ 81’ 90’)

MOTM: Ings (Burnley FC)

A complete and utter shambles! Super sub, Danny Ings, deservingly won the man of the match award after coming off the bench to score a hat-trick to make it back to back defeats for us. Defensive errors all around but the worst came towards the end where Ake headed the ball back to the keeper but only for Ings to beat him to it and give his side the victory.

In my post match interview after the game, I had this to say:

“It was an unacceptable performance from us out there. Too much sloppy defending cost us greatly. We switched off and you can’t afford to do that in the Premier League. Credit too Burnley, they fought hard and capitalised on our mishaps, they’ve always been tough to beat at Turf Moor and if they continue to give that same performance week in, week out, they’ll have no worries about relegation. As for us, it’s a case of working on our defensive game, learn from our mistakes and look forward to our next game against Bournemouth.”

Back to back defeats isn’t a good sign but we still had a job to do against our Capital One Cup opponents.

Tuesday 23rd September: Capital One Cup

Sunderland 2 AFC Bournemouth 0

Pantilimon/ Van Aanholt/ Vergini/ Ake/ Jones/ Giaccherini/ Bridcutt (Cabral)/ Buckley/ Altidore(Mandron)/ Alverez

Goals: Alvarez (’55) Buckley (90)

MOTM: Ake (Sunderland)

Ake redeemed himself here with a man of the match performance and an assist in Alvarez’s goal. Bournemouth made it nervy for us in the final 10 minutes with the ball hitting the post twice, but Will Buckley made sure we marched on to the second round where we’ll be up against Arsenal away at the Emirates Stadium.

Saturday 27th September: Barclays Premier League

Sunderland 3 Swansea City 1

Mannone/ Van Aanholt/ Vergini/ O Shea/ Jones/ Johnson (Wickham)/ Cattermole/ Bridcutt/ Buckley (Larsson)/ Fletcher/ Borini

Goals: Fletcher (31’ 54’) Borini (79’) Ki (68’)

MOTM: Borini

Our first home win of the League season! It’s important to get that home win as soon as possible because once you start playing catch up then the pressure mounts. Last season’s loanee star, Ki Sung-Yueng, denied us our first clean sheet of the season. Shades of the Burnley game when Swansea brought the game to 2-1 but there was no need to worry after Borini smashed the ball in the top left corner on the 79th minute to secure us our 3rd win of the season.

Player of the Month: Lee Cattermole

The vice-captain bossed our midfield with displays that has made him a cult figure on wearside. With his never say die demeanour and crunching, ball winning tackles, “Catts” is our player of the month.

FIFA 15 Career (In Menus)

10th in the league although we could have been as high as 4th had we held on our lead over Burnley. There still plenty of games to play so we can’t dwell on it for too long. Up next in October, we had a double header against Arsenal both in the League and the cup, as well as games against Stoke City, Southampton and Crystal Palace.  Until next time, I catch you later!

 

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