Titles decided, managers moving on?

Welcome back! Loads to update you on, so let’s get the League Cup out of the way

lcfinal lcfinalstats

A sign of United’s ongoing decline. They never lose domestic finals, let alone getting outplayed by a team like Derby. To be fair to the Rams, they’ve established themselves as a top-6 side under Neil Warnock, so the result shouldn’t come as a massive surprise

Meanwhile, Rovers were getting ready for the big one. A Champions League semi against this

interteam

Multiple European player of the Year Morten Carlsen was injured for the two legs, but that’s still quite a team. Internationals from 1 to 16, led by Italian captain Roberto D’Aversa. Luigi Simoni’s men had won the last three Champions Leagues and were looking to become the second team since the legendary Real to win 4 in a row

doncteam

I felt we could match them. Sure, not quite the same star quality, but our midfield and forward line is as good as anyone.

At half-time, it was going well. Daniel Sirakov had latched on to a Zizi Mattar knock down to put us one-up, a vital away goal

mattarknockdown

But then..

mattarredcard

Two yellows and Zizi is taking a long lonely walk down the tunnel. We played on with no recognised attacker on the pitch

semifleg

A fantastic, and well-deserved win! Ronaldo & co barely got a ick

The focus on the Champions League was affecting our league form however

norwich

The second leg was even better

doncinter

Our right and left-back both went off injured, and one of our centre-backs Riccardo Ludlam took a bad knock but soldiered on. Michael Owen started in place of suspended Zizi Mattar and scored a memorable hattrick. Four goals from English players too…

Milan await, we’ve got to be full of confidence after becoming the first team in 4 years to knock their neighbours out of the Champions League

final

Our Italian cousins showed us how it was done

milan

AZ pulled off a shock in the UEFA semis, thanks to a little known player by the name of Ruud Van Nistelrooj

uefaruud

And Birmingham continued their push for back-to-back Cup Winners’ trophies, while AGF shock Bologna

cwcsemi

An injury crisis was threatening to tear our season apart

injuries

A series of shaky results left us on the edge

prem36

Arsenal and United’s game in hand was against each other. A draw or United victory would have been ideal

arse united37

Hmm, Brian Little’s men are one game away from an incredible come back

arseleague

Fair play. An amazing turn around by Brian Little. Arsenal had been muddling around in mid-table under Arsene Wenger. A watertight defence and some quality up front was enough for them to finish above us and win the league

prem38

We threw it away really though

doncfixtures

Losing at Orient!

At least matters went smoothly in Belgium

bruges lose

That was Bruges’ Orient moment!

jupilertitle

Whoop!

jupe34

seasbon

Finally….Oh and make that a double

bekkerfinal

Talking of throwing things away, let’s take a moment to admire the UEFA Cup Final

uefafinal

Guidolin has to be worried about his job. He has taken Lippi’s all conquering team and taken them to top-6 UEFA Cup wannabes.

Atalanta won a crazy Coppa Italia final

coppafinal

With Genoa looking good for a top-6 finish, Atalanta were going for a double. They had finished 2nd five years ago and had their team picked apart by the traditional big clubs. Modonico had rebuilt though, and they looked even better 5 years on

a37

Last game agony for the Bergamaschi though, Italian international Bellucci’s miss cost them the title

sampatalanta

Inter win the Scudetto again, some consolation after their defeat in the CL semis

afinal

Not bad for Genoa eh? By far our best performance and hopefully something to build on next season.

The FA Cup Final is a League Cup re-run, trophy to Toshack this time though

fafinal

And the Euell-Ikpeba double act do it again

cwcfinal

And so, here we are

clfinal milansquad

Anelka suspended, same as our number one striker Zizi Matter. Here’s our XI

doncasterclfinal

Mattar, Notman and our right-back Piacentini all miss the game. Michael Owen is just back from injury and only at 80% fitness, so it’s certainly not our strongest line-up

The first-half is eventful

htclstats

I’m hopeful there’s another goal there if we keep playing. Trouble is, there’s not much on the bench to replace Owen when he starts to tire

clfinalfinal

Mikael Landreau gives away, then saves a penalty. In the end it is beyond us, it could’ve been a different story with a full strength 11

Runners-up in Europe and England. In the aftermath, this happens

chelsea

Chelsea had crashed to a 4-1 defeat on the final day of the season and were relegated as a result. Could it be time to move on from Doncaster?

chelseamanagerWhat to do?! It feels like an obvious time to leave Doncaster and take up a new challenge. It’ll be interesting to see how they fare without me, but will I be stuck in Division 1 for the next three years watching my Doncaster boys rule Europe?

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s