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  1. Happy
    samhardy reacted to StueyBTRFC in FMM19 Tactics Index   
    Been using this for a few months and tbh it's a fantastic thread to have on the site, makes the game much more enjoyable for me to be able pick a tactic and give it a whirl. I find it difficult to make my own tactic with having 4 kids and working full time. So thank you for the list and thank you to everyone who has made a tactic. Fmmvibe has an outstanding community. 
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    samhardy got a reaction from 1759 in 2019 Vibe Premier League   
    Week 7 - Challenge
    The Final Countdown
    So we've made it to the final week and excitingly for the sake of the competition everyone still has something to play for, except Tony of course, whether it's fighting for the top position in the league, or scrapping to make the playoffs. Now this challenge may look daunting and complicated at first but it's only complicated if you don't read everything carefully A perfect way to round off the league season.
                                
    Yes we're heading down under for the final leg of the VPL season and this is the most tactical challenge so far in which your choices at the start might be make or break before things even get going.
    The Challenge
    As a reward for dealing with all the restrictions and challenges so far you'll be pleased to know that there's no restrictions at all for this challenge, apart from the fact that no transfers in are allowed. That is it, you can keep the squad you start with, don't have to play any 15 year olds, sign any Chinese players or sell your stars!
    Then you will play the A league season. League Points and GD will be the points, but it's the bonus points that will play the main part of this challenge.
    I have picked 3 players from each A-League club, these will be your 3 "bonus players" depending on which club you use. During the course of the season you will get 1 point for a goal from a striker, 2 points for an assist from a midfielder and 3 points for a clean sheet from a defender.
    Now this is where the big choice comes in, the positions for each club are different, and you'll have to choose whether to focus on your defence, midfield, attack, or even all 3 if you want. These bonus points will be added to your total. You can't sign backups for the three players though, if they're injured, then tough luck you'll just have to do without them.
    The bonus points are only available in the 27 regular league season games, not in the playoffs. You don't need to play the playoffs in this challenge.
    Points System (27 league games)
    League Points + Goal Difference
    Bonus Points (1pt per striker goal, 2pts per midfielder assist, 3pts per defender clean sheet)
    Bonus Players
    Clarifications
    The bonus players must be played in position, but can be played in another area of their position. For example, a central defender can play at left back, but not in midfield. You can't sign any backups for your bonus players. If they get injured, tough luck. Important - Load the November database when booting up the save. No transfers in, but you can sell players. No cup games or the playoffs count towards points, just the 27 regular season games. Any queries just ask me. No coaching badges Only 27 games so I think 5 days is a reasonable deadline, it's shorter because with it being the final week everything will have to be sorted out for the playoffs which are due to start a week on Monday.
    Deadline - Wednesday, 27th March 11:59PM GMT
    Rules And Screenshots Required
     
  3. Happy
    samhardy reacted to Rob in 2019 Vibe Premier League   
    Cracking bit of effort on the permutations Sam. 
  4. Funny
    samhardy reacted to Explicit in Opinion: What Is The Point of FMM?   
    Cultured article @Foxy yes and I also think we need more player roles just like laptop version and better transition plays.
     ☠️this emoji is a mistake
  5. Funny
    samhardy reacted to Woody in Around the World in 80 Games - Season 3 Update 3   
    😂 Nigel Al-Faraj was bloody hopeless but he pulled his pants down and showed his meat in the end. Nice one Nigel.
    I recon your off to Namibia next 😉
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    samhardy got a reaction from 1759 in 2019 Vibe Premier League   
    Week 6 - Results
    The penultimate week of this year’s VPL is now over with and surely something had to give with how tight the table was. Many of the participants felt this was the toughest challenge to date which confirms its place in next year’s competition as well but let’s see who struggled the least this week as the race for the playoffs is hurtling towards its conclusion.
    It’s a good challenge for me as well, since all the 15 year olds were as bad as each other it doesn’t require a lot of detail when writing up the match reports 
    Mr Tree v Nucleus
    smoggy90 v Woody
    1759 v Foxy
    DutchTony v samhardy
    Full scorelist for week 6 below. No-one loses a point due to Mr Tree having the lowest score and Foxy picks up the bonus point.
    And here's the penultimate league table. @Foxy has officially qualified no matter what happens in the last week. @smoggy90 is definitely there too barring some insane occurrences next week whilst @Nucleus looks set to make it too. I move into the top 4 with @1759 and @Woody close behind; any one of us three could still claim a place in the playoffs. @DutchTony stays 7th and will finish there.
    I'll attempt to do a post with all the permutations for the playoff hunt later tonight but in the meantime you lot can work it out for yourselves
    Final challenge of the league season will be posted tomorrow.

  7. Shocked
    samhardy got a reaction from Ashez in Gateshead in Europe: Matchday 3 - H) Partizan   
    Fuck off Ash
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    samhardy got a reaction from 1759 in 2019 Vibe Premier League   
    Week 6 - Results
    The penultimate week of this year’s VPL is now over with and surely something had to give with how tight the table was. Many of the participants felt this was the toughest challenge to date which confirms its place in next year’s competition as well but let’s see who struggled the least this week as the race for the playoffs is hurtling towards its conclusion.
    It’s a good challenge for me as well, since all the 15 year olds were as bad as each other it doesn’t require a lot of detail when writing up the match reports 
    Mr Tree v Nucleus
    smoggy90 v Woody
    1759 v Foxy
    DutchTony v samhardy
    Full scorelist for week 6 below. No-one loses a point due to Mr Tree having the lowest score and Foxy picks up the bonus point.
    And here's the penultimate league table. @Foxy has officially qualified no matter what happens in the last week. @smoggy90 is definitely there too barring some insane occurrences next week whilst @Nucleus looks set to make it too. I move into the top 4 with @1759 and @Woody close behind; any one of us three could still claim a place in the playoffs. @DutchTony stays 7th and will finish there.
    I'll attempt to do a post with all the permutations for the playoff hunt later tonight but in the meantime you lot can work it out for yourselves
    Final challenge of the league season will be posted tomorrow.

  9. Shocked
    samhardy got a reaction from Ashez in Gateshead in Europe: Matchday 3 - H) Partizan   
    Fuck off Ash
  10. Angry
    samhardy reacted to 1759 in Nintendo   
    My first experience of gaming was with the NES and I had a lot of fun at the time but I have a feeling a lot of the games will be rather frustrating as they were short and often really hard and without any save game available. I played all the Mario games (obviously), a good few of the Mega Man series of which I think the earlier ones were the better ones but I may be wrong. Duck Tales was another favourite but probably shit if played now. We had a man that came from Alnwick in a van who rented videos and he also had games and we’d hire them and if they were good we’d just keep paying him every week to keep them longer. I enjoyed Darkwing Duck and think it was almost identical to one of the Mega Man games. Paper boy was another good one and I can probably think of more. They are probably crap now but they bring back memories. I’ll try and think of more that I played.
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    samhardy reacted to 1759 in Nintendo   
    Yeah I think it would be a good nostalgia trip for me to play some of the NES games again but I think it would only last about half an hour before I got tired of it. Well apart from Mario 3 which I could see myself proper enjoying again. I had the GBA classic version of it for my DS but I gave my DS away over a year ago with all my games and I wish I didn’t now tbh.
  12. Angry
    samhardy reacted to 1759 in Nintendo   
    Yeah World was much better. I played the the remakes of both on GBA but not loads and I would love to play the originals again but don’t have means to atm. I suppose I would probably have to emulate them and even that wouldn’t be the same. I do have a PSP that is just gathering dust and I know that can be made to play the emulators but can’t say I’m very keen on doing it tbh. I may get a switch for my birthday though as I’ve been thinking about it for a while but we’ll have to see.
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    samhardy got a reaction from 1759 in Nintendo   
    God’s sake not you as well!!
  14. Shocked
    samhardy got a reaction from 1759 in Nintendo   
    God’s sake not you as well!!
  15. Angry
    samhardy reacted to Ashez in Gateshead in Europe: Matchday 3 - H) Partizan   
    Looking forward to next month's update
  16. Shocked
    samhardy got a reaction from Nucleus in 2019 Vibe Premier League   
    Less than 6 hours till the deadline and still no results from @Woody
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    samhardy got a reaction from DutchTony in Gateshead in Europe: Matchday 3 - H) Partizan   
    Europa League Matchday 3 24th October 2019 Gateshead v Partizan - Att: 11,411 International Stadium, Gateshead Line-ups
    Gateshead: Eastwood, Bennett, Sibbick, Isherwood, Harvie, Paton (c), Adshead, Thomson, Bates, Redmond, Hinchcliffe.
    Partizan: Kljajic, Miletic, Markovic, Valiente, Tanasijevic, Ilic (c), Zjdelar, Pantic, Tosic, Derlek, Nikolic.
    Here’s a quick reminder as to how the group is set up going into this double header against Partizan:

     
    Well what a fucking huge game in store here between hosts Gateshead and Serbian outfit Partizan who came into this on the back of defeat to Zenit. Gateshead knew they couldn’t lose this match otherwise it’d almost be Goodnight Vienna but a win would be fantastic with the away leg to come the following game week.
    Another cracking atmosphere greeted the players as they made their way onto the playing surface, including a few hundred Serbians making more than the most of their time in the North East of England. The stewards were definitely going to have their hands full this evening.
    The referee’s whistle was greeted by a smoke bomb launching from the away section however there wasn’t much explosive happening on the pitch in the early exchanges as the defences were very much on top. The two sides were playing a similar system and were cancelling each other out, and it was the type of game where you know that the odd set piece is going to be crucial especially considering Partizan have a load of big fuckers at the back.
    Before you knew it 20 minutes had passed and the only excitement so far had been the linesman snapping his hamstring on the sidelines and having to be replaced by the fourth official. You get the feeling Partizan were content with the way it was panning out though as they knew it was up to Gateshead to force the issue this evening, especially since the liveliest player on the pitch was looking to be Serbia international Zoran Tosic. Paul Paton went in full pelt on him near the sideline on the right, earning a yellow card for his troubles and conceding a free kick in a dangerous position. Tosic swung in a menacing delivery which Jake Eastwood was forced to punch clear, it fell to Partizan captain Sasa Ilic on the edge of the box who took a touch and fired a shot just wide of the post.
    It took 35 minutes for the hosts to have their first shot at goal. A rare defensive mix up from the visitors saw Ben Hinchcliffe pounce on the ball and run forward before sending it wide to Devonte Redmond who cut inside, and although his shot didn’t trouble the keeper it at least encouraged the home faithful and they responded with a roar of encouragement.
    But, just before the break disaster struck for Gateshead. Partizan had a couple of corners, the first was headed behind for another, and the second was headed away by Toby Sibbick but straight back to Tosic taking the corner. The ball came back in to the back post and Gateshead had switched off, allowing full back Strahinja Tanasijevic to ghost in and nod in at the far post. Bedlam ensued in the away end as the players started giving it large in front of the Gateshead fans with hands to ears and shush gestures riling the home supporters. There’s never a good time to concede but right before the break is arguably one of the worst times, especially with what turned out to be the last kick of the half.

    Half Time - Gateshead 0-1 Partizan: Tanasijevic 45+1
    The Gateshead players emerged early for the second half with the words from manager Sam still ringing in their ears. They knew they needed to get something from this game and if they were going to do so they needed to be considerably better than what they were in the opening 45.
    No changes at the break but whatever was said in the home dressing room had clearly made some sort of impact as they enjoyed a bit of a purple patch at the start of the second half. First Daniel Adshead stung the palms of Filip Kljajic in the Partizan goal, and the introduction of Kai Brunker 10 minutes into the second half nearly paid immediate dividends as he looped a header from Connor Thomson’s cross back across goal and onto the top of the net.
    But the clock soon ticked past the hour mark and the Serbians were still holding firm. This was an ideal situation for them as they’d been solid all night and they knew it could only take one good counter attack to kill their opponents off. And they did get that opportunity 5 minutes later. Alfie Bates lost possession in a promising position and Partizan broke with real pace for the first time of the night. Tosic was again at the heart of it as he set Nemanja Nikolic clean through with a defence splitting ball. Eastwood raced out to close the space, but Nikolic unleashed his shot. Much to Gateshead’s relief it was a low shot that was stopped by Eastwood’s foot and out for a corner. A big save from the keeper that might have just kept Gateshead in this match and looking at the bigger picture, the tournament.
    Despite missing that glorious chance, Partizan were still more than happy to sit on their one goal lead. They were shithousing masterfully with players going down injured despite nothing being wrong with them every 5 minutes and them breaking up the flow of the game was restricting Gateshead’s opportunities to few and far between. Adshead and Daniel Harvie both fired over from outside the box and Partizan were looking more and more comfortable with 5 minutes of the 90 to play.
    Gateshead won a corner not long after and this time it was the visitors’ turn to switch off. Jake Bennett swung the corner in from the right and centre back Thomas Isherwood rose like a salmon, headed it into the ground and goalscorer Tanasijevic made a real hash of it on the line and in it went! What a moment for Gateshead, out of nowhere you have to say and a real lifeline in the Europa League. Surely they couldn’t go on and win the game now?

    There might only have been 2 minutes left but Gateshead had the wind right up their sails now. The crowd were roaring them forward at every opportunity and for the first time in the game, Partizan’s defenders looked nervous. Every cross into the box was looking dangerous and Partizan were penned in, and when the board went up showing 5 minutes of stoppage time there was yet more encouragement.
    2 minutes in to the allotted 5 and Gateshead won another corner. Bennett took it again, it was a bit deeper this time but Isherwood yet again got his head to it and it fell nicely to Hinchcliffe to strike it!! But last season’s FA Cup hero couldn’t sort his feet out and an army of Partizan defenders recovered to block the shot and clear the ball. There was a speculative effort from Daniel Harvie in the last minute of time added on, this troubled nothing but the spectators in round about Row R nearly went out the stadium to be honest. It was at that point the fans knew the final whistle was imminent and as soon as Armin Derlek took a throw in from just in front of the dugouts the whistle came.
    You get the feeling this was a better point for Partizan than it was for Gateshead but that late Isherwood header keeps them in the group. These two will renew acquaintances in Serbia next group match.
    Full Time - Gateshead 1-1 Partizan: Isherwood 86; Tanasijevic 45+1
    Zenit and Slavia played out a stunning 3 all draw in Russia which saw the visitors come back from 3-1 down with 15 minutes to play. It looks like Zenit will still be topping the group though but that second spot is wide open however with Zenit away to follow it's likely that Gateshead will have to go to Belgrade and get the win to have any real chance.

    Next update will see the return fixture in Serbia.
  18. Funny
    samhardy got a reaction from Nucleus in Gateshead in Europe: Matchday 3 - H) Partizan   
    It is, he turns out to become fantastic but got a bit too big for his boots the season or two after this and left to a higher division!
    I know, anyone would think I'm using League 2 and conference players against established European sides 😂
    You'll be calling for me back when they're in the Northern League under your leadership!!
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    samhardy got a reaction from DutchTony in Gateshead in Europe: Matchday 3 - H) Partizan   
    Europa League Matchday 3 24th October 2019 Gateshead v Partizan - Att: 11,411 International Stadium, Gateshead Line-ups
    Gateshead: Eastwood, Bennett, Sibbick, Isherwood, Harvie, Paton (c), Adshead, Thomson, Bates, Redmond, Hinchcliffe.
    Partizan: Kljajic, Miletic, Markovic, Valiente, Tanasijevic, Ilic (c), Zjdelar, Pantic, Tosic, Derlek, Nikolic.
    Here’s a quick reminder as to how the group is set up going into this double header against Partizan:

     
    Well what a fucking huge game in store here between hosts Gateshead and Serbian outfit Partizan who came into this on the back of defeat to Zenit. Gateshead knew they couldn’t lose this match otherwise it’d almost be Goodnight Vienna but a win would be fantastic with the away leg to come the following game week.
    Another cracking atmosphere greeted the players as they made their way onto the playing surface, including a few hundred Serbians making more than the most of their time in the North East of England. The stewards were definitely going to have their hands full this evening.
    The referee’s whistle was greeted by a smoke bomb launching from the away section however there wasn’t much explosive happening on the pitch in the early exchanges as the defences were very much on top. The two sides were playing a similar system and were cancelling each other out, and it was the type of game where you know that the odd set piece is going to be crucial especially considering Partizan have a load of big fuckers at the back.
    Before you knew it 20 minutes had passed and the only excitement so far had been the linesman snapping his hamstring on the sidelines and having to be replaced by the fourth official. You get the feeling Partizan were content with the way it was panning out though as they knew it was up to Gateshead to force the issue this evening, especially since the liveliest player on the pitch was looking to be Serbia international Zoran Tosic. Paul Paton went in full pelt on him near the sideline on the right, earning a yellow card for his troubles and conceding a free kick in a dangerous position. Tosic swung in a menacing delivery which Jake Eastwood was forced to punch clear, it fell to Partizan captain Sasa Ilic on the edge of the box who took a touch and fired a shot just wide of the post.
    It took 35 minutes for the hosts to have their first shot at goal. A rare defensive mix up from the visitors saw Ben Hinchcliffe pounce on the ball and run forward before sending it wide to Devonte Redmond who cut inside, and although his shot didn’t trouble the keeper it at least encouraged the home faithful and they responded with a roar of encouragement.
    But, just before the break disaster struck for Gateshead. Partizan had a couple of corners, the first was headed behind for another, and the second was headed away by Toby Sibbick but straight back to Tosic taking the corner. The ball came back in to the back post and Gateshead had switched off, allowing full back Strahinja Tanasijevic to ghost in and nod in at the far post. Bedlam ensued in the away end as the players started giving it large in front of the Gateshead fans with hands to ears and shush gestures riling the home supporters. There’s never a good time to concede but right before the break is arguably one of the worst times, especially with what turned out to be the last kick of the half.

    Half Time - Gateshead 0-1 Partizan: Tanasijevic 45+1
    The Gateshead players emerged early for the second half with the words from manager Sam still ringing in their ears. They knew they needed to get something from this game and if they were going to do so they needed to be considerably better than what they were in the opening 45.
    No changes at the break but whatever was said in the home dressing room had clearly made some sort of impact as they enjoyed a bit of a purple patch at the start of the second half. First Daniel Adshead stung the palms of Filip Kljajic in the Partizan goal, and the introduction of Kai Brunker 10 minutes into the second half nearly paid immediate dividends as he looped a header from Connor Thomson’s cross back across goal and onto the top of the net.
    But the clock soon ticked past the hour mark and the Serbians were still holding firm. This was an ideal situation for them as they’d been solid all night and they knew it could only take one good counter attack to kill their opponents off. And they did get that opportunity 5 minutes later. Alfie Bates lost possession in a promising position and Partizan broke with real pace for the first time of the night. Tosic was again at the heart of it as he set Nemanja Nikolic clean through with a defence splitting ball. Eastwood raced out to close the space, but Nikolic unleashed his shot. Much to Gateshead’s relief it was a low shot that was stopped by Eastwood’s foot and out for a corner. A big save from the keeper that might have just kept Gateshead in this match and looking at the bigger picture, the tournament.
    Despite missing that glorious chance, Partizan were still more than happy to sit on their one goal lead. They were shithousing masterfully with players going down injured despite nothing being wrong with them every 5 minutes and them breaking up the flow of the game was restricting Gateshead’s opportunities to few and far between. Adshead and Daniel Harvie both fired over from outside the box and Partizan were looking more and more comfortable with 5 minutes of the 90 to play.
    Gateshead won a corner not long after and this time it was the visitors’ turn to switch off. Jake Bennett swung the corner in from the right and centre back Thomas Isherwood rose like a salmon, headed it into the ground and goalscorer Tanasijevic made a real hash of it on the line and in it went! What a moment for Gateshead, out of nowhere you have to say and a real lifeline in the Europa League. Surely they couldn’t go on and win the game now?

    There might only have been 2 minutes left but Gateshead had the wind right up their sails now. The crowd were roaring them forward at every opportunity and for the first time in the game, Partizan’s defenders looked nervous. Every cross into the box was looking dangerous and Partizan were penned in, and when the board went up showing 5 minutes of stoppage time there was yet more encouragement.
    2 minutes in to the allotted 5 and Gateshead won another corner. Bennett took it again, it was a bit deeper this time but Isherwood yet again got his head to it and it fell nicely to Hinchcliffe to strike it!! But last season’s FA Cup hero couldn’t sort his feet out and an army of Partizan defenders recovered to block the shot and clear the ball. There was a speculative effort from Daniel Harvie in the last minute of time added on, this troubled nothing but the spectators in round about Row R nearly went out the stadium to be honest. It was at that point the fans knew the final whistle was imminent and as soon as Armin Derlek took a throw in from just in front of the dugouts the whistle came.
    You get the feeling this was a better point for Partizan than it was for Gateshead but that late Isherwood header keeps them in the group. These two will renew acquaintances in Serbia next group match.
    Full Time - Gateshead 1-1 Partizan: Isherwood 86; Tanasijevic 45+1
    Zenit and Slavia played out a stunning 3 all draw in Russia which saw the visitors come back from 3-1 down with 15 minutes to play. It looks like Zenit will still be topping the group though but that second spot is wide open however with Zenit away to follow it's likely that Gateshead will have to go to Belgrade and get the win to have any real chance.

    Next update will see the return fixture in Serbia.
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    samhardy got a reaction from DutchTony in Gateshead in Europe: Matchday 3 - H) Partizan   
    Europa League Matchday 3 24th October 2019 Gateshead v Partizan - Att: 11,411 International Stadium, Gateshead Line-ups
    Gateshead: Eastwood, Bennett, Sibbick, Isherwood, Harvie, Paton (c), Adshead, Thomson, Bates, Redmond, Hinchcliffe.
    Partizan: Kljajic, Miletic, Markovic, Valiente, Tanasijevic, Ilic (c), Zjdelar, Pantic, Tosic, Derlek, Nikolic.
    Here’s a quick reminder as to how the group is set up going into this double header against Partizan:

     
    Well what a fucking huge game in store here between hosts Gateshead and Serbian outfit Partizan who came into this on the back of defeat to Zenit. Gateshead knew they couldn’t lose this match otherwise it’d almost be Goodnight Vienna but a win would be fantastic with the away leg to come the following game week.
    Another cracking atmosphere greeted the players as they made their way onto the playing surface, including a few hundred Serbians making more than the most of their time in the North East of England. The stewards were definitely going to have their hands full this evening.
    The referee’s whistle was greeted by a smoke bomb launching from the away section however there wasn’t much explosive happening on the pitch in the early exchanges as the defences were very much on top. The two sides were playing a similar system and were cancelling each other out, and it was the type of game where you know that the odd set piece is going to be crucial especially considering Partizan have a load of big fuckers at the back.
    Before you knew it 20 minutes had passed and the only excitement so far had been the linesman snapping his hamstring on the sidelines and having to be replaced by the fourth official. You get the feeling Partizan were content with the way it was panning out though as they knew it was up to Gateshead to force the issue this evening, especially since the liveliest player on the pitch was looking to be Serbia international Zoran Tosic. Paul Paton went in full pelt on him near the sideline on the right, earning a yellow card for his troubles and conceding a free kick in a dangerous position. Tosic swung in a menacing delivery which Jake Eastwood was forced to punch clear, it fell to Partizan captain Sasa Ilic on the edge of the box who took a touch and fired a shot just wide of the post.
    It took 35 minutes for the hosts to have their first shot at goal. A rare defensive mix up from the visitors saw Ben Hinchcliffe pounce on the ball and run forward before sending it wide to Devonte Redmond who cut inside, and although his shot didn’t trouble the keeper it at least encouraged the home faithful and they responded with a roar of encouragement.
    But, just before the break disaster struck for Gateshead. Partizan had a couple of corners, the first was headed behind for another, and the second was headed away by Toby Sibbick but straight back to Tosic taking the corner. The ball came back in to the back post and Gateshead had switched off, allowing full back Strahinja Tanasijevic to ghost in and nod in at the far post. Bedlam ensued in the away end as the players started giving it large in front of the Gateshead fans with hands to ears and shush gestures riling the home supporters. There’s never a good time to concede but right before the break is arguably one of the worst times, especially with what turned out to be the last kick of the half.

    Half Time - Gateshead 0-1 Partizan: Tanasijevic 45+1
    The Gateshead players emerged early for the second half with the words from manager Sam still ringing in their ears. They knew they needed to get something from this game and if they were going to do so they needed to be considerably better than what they were in the opening 45.
    No changes at the break but whatever was said in the home dressing room had clearly made some sort of impact as they enjoyed a bit of a purple patch at the start of the second half. First Daniel Adshead stung the palms of Filip Kljajic in the Partizan goal, and the introduction of Kai Brunker 10 minutes into the second half nearly paid immediate dividends as he looped a header from Connor Thomson’s cross back across goal and onto the top of the net.
    But the clock soon ticked past the hour mark and the Serbians were still holding firm. This was an ideal situation for them as they’d been solid all night and they knew it could only take one good counter attack to kill their opponents off. And they did get that opportunity 5 minutes later. Alfie Bates lost possession in a promising position and Partizan broke with real pace for the first time of the night. Tosic was again at the heart of it as he set Nemanja Nikolic clean through with a defence splitting ball. Eastwood raced out to close the space, but Nikolic unleashed his shot. Much to Gateshead’s relief it was a low shot that was stopped by Eastwood’s foot and out for a corner. A big save from the keeper that might have just kept Gateshead in this match and looking at the bigger picture, the tournament.
    Despite missing that glorious chance, Partizan were still more than happy to sit on their one goal lead. They were shithousing masterfully with players going down injured despite nothing being wrong with them every 5 minutes and them breaking up the flow of the game was restricting Gateshead’s opportunities to few and far between. Adshead and Daniel Harvie both fired over from outside the box and Partizan were looking more and more comfortable with 5 minutes of the 90 to play.
    Gateshead won a corner not long after and this time it was the visitors’ turn to switch off. Jake Bennett swung the corner in from the right and centre back Thomas Isherwood rose like a salmon, headed it into the ground and goalscorer Tanasijevic made a real hash of it on the line and in it went! What a moment for Gateshead, out of nowhere you have to say and a real lifeline in the Europa League. Surely they couldn’t go on and win the game now?

    There might only have been 2 minutes left but Gateshead had the wind right up their sails now. The crowd were roaring them forward at every opportunity and for the first time in the game, Partizan’s defenders looked nervous. Every cross into the box was looking dangerous and Partizan were penned in, and when the board went up showing 5 minutes of stoppage time there was yet more encouragement.
    2 minutes in to the allotted 5 and Gateshead won another corner. Bennett took it again, it was a bit deeper this time but Isherwood yet again got his head to it and it fell nicely to Hinchcliffe to strike it!! But last season’s FA Cup hero couldn’t sort his feet out and an army of Partizan defenders recovered to block the shot and clear the ball. There was a speculative effort from Daniel Harvie in the last minute of time added on, this troubled nothing but the spectators in round about Row R nearly went out the stadium to be honest. It was at that point the fans knew the final whistle was imminent and as soon as Armin Derlek took a throw in from just in front of the dugouts the whistle came.
    You get the feeling this was a better point for Partizan than it was for Gateshead but that late Isherwood header keeps them in the group. These two will renew acquaintances in Serbia next group match.
    Full Time - Gateshead 1-1 Partizan: Isherwood 86; Tanasijevic 45+1
    Zenit and Slavia played out a stunning 3 all draw in Russia which saw the visitors come back from 3-1 down with 15 minutes to play. It looks like Zenit will still be topping the group though but that second spot is wide open however with Zenit away to follow it's likely that Gateshead will have to go to Belgrade and get the win to have any real chance.

    Next update will see the return fixture in Serbia.
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    Europa League Matchday 3 24th October 2019 Gateshead v Partizan - Att: 11,411 International Stadium, Gateshead Line-ups
    Gateshead: Eastwood, Bennett, Sibbick, Isherwood, Harvie, Paton (c), Adshead, Thomson, Bates, Redmond, Hinchcliffe.
    Partizan: Kljajic, Miletic, Markovic, Valiente, Tanasijevic, Ilic (c), Zjdelar, Pantic, Tosic, Derlek, Nikolic.
    Here’s a quick reminder as to how the group is set up going into this double header against Partizan:

     
    Well what a fucking huge game in store here between hosts Gateshead and Serbian outfit Partizan who came into this on the back of defeat to Zenit. Gateshead knew they couldn’t lose this match otherwise it’d almost be Goodnight Vienna but a win would be fantastic with the away leg to come the following game week.
    Another cracking atmosphere greeted the players as they made their way onto the playing surface, including a few hundred Serbians making more than the most of their time in the North East of England. The stewards were definitely going to have their hands full this evening.
    The referee’s whistle was greeted by a smoke bomb launching from the away section however there wasn’t much explosive happening on the pitch in the early exchanges as the defences were very much on top. The two sides were playing a similar system and were cancelling each other out, and it was the type of game where you know that the odd set piece is going to be crucial especially considering Partizan have a load of big fuckers at the back.
    Before you knew it 20 minutes had passed and the only excitement so far had been the linesman snapping his hamstring on the sidelines and having to be replaced by the fourth official. You get the feeling Partizan were content with the way it was panning out though as they knew it was up to Gateshead to force the issue this evening, especially since the liveliest player on the pitch was looking to be Serbia international Zoran Tosic. Paul Paton went in full pelt on him near the sideline on the right, earning a yellow card for his troubles and conceding a free kick in a dangerous position. Tosic swung in a menacing delivery which Jake Eastwood was forced to punch clear, it fell to Partizan captain Sasa Ilic on the edge of the box who took a touch and fired a shot just wide of the post.
    It took 35 minutes for the hosts to have their first shot at goal. A rare defensive mix up from the visitors saw Ben Hinchcliffe pounce on the ball and run forward before sending it wide to Devonte Redmond who cut inside, and although his shot didn’t trouble the keeper it at least encouraged the home faithful and they responded with a roar of encouragement.
    But, just before the break disaster struck for Gateshead. Partizan had a couple of corners, the first was headed behind for another, and the second was headed away by Toby Sibbick but straight back to Tosic taking the corner. The ball came back in to the back post and Gateshead had switched off, allowing full back Strahinja Tanasijevic to ghost in and nod in at the far post. Bedlam ensued in the away end as the players started giving it large in front of the Gateshead fans with hands to ears and shush gestures riling the home supporters. There’s never a good time to concede but right before the break is arguably one of the worst times, especially with what turned out to be the last kick of the half.

    Half Time - Gateshead 0-1 Partizan: Tanasijevic 45+1
    The Gateshead players emerged early for the second half with the words from manager Sam still ringing in their ears. They knew they needed to get something from this game and if they were going to do so they needed to be considerably better than what they were in the opening 45.
    No changes at the break but whatever was said in the home dressing room had clearly made some sort of impact as they enjoyed a bit of a purple patch at the start of the second half. First Daniel Adshead stung the palms of Filip Kljajic in the Partizan goal, and the introduction of Kai Brunker 10 minutes into the second half nearly paid immediate dividends as he looped a header from Connor Thomson’s cross back across goal and onto the top of the net.
    But the clock soon ticked past the hour mark and the Serbians were still holding firm. This was an ideal situation for them as they’d been solid all night and they knew it could only take one good counter attack to kill their opponents off. And they did get that opportunity 5 minutes later. Alfie Bates lost possession in a promising position and Partizan broke with real pace for the first time of the night. Tosic was again at the heart of it as he set Nemanja Nikolic clean through with a defence splitting ball. Eastwood raced out to close the space, but Nikolic unleashed his shot. Much to Gateshead’s relief it was a low shot that was stopped by Eastwood’s foot and out for a corner. A big save from the keeper that might have just kept Gateshead in this match and looking at the bigger picture, the tournament.
    Despite missing that glorious chance, Partizan were still more than happy to sit on their one goal lead. They were shithousing masterfully with players going down injured despite nothing being wrong with them every 5 minutes and them breaking up the flow of the game was restricting Gateshead’s opportunities to few and far between. Adshead and Daniel Harvie both fired over from outside the box and Partizan were looking more and more comfortable with 5 minutes of the 90 to play.
    Gateshead won a corner not long after and this time it was the visitors’ turn to switch off. Jake Bennett swung the corner in from the right and centre back Thomas Isherwood rose like a salmon, headed it into the ground and goalscorer Tanasijevic made a real hash of it on the line and in it went! What a moment for Gateshead, out of nowhere you have to say and a real lifeline in the Europa League. Surely they couldn’t go on and win the game now?

    There might only have been 2 minutes left but Gateshead had the wind right up their sails now. The crowd were roaring them forward at every opportunity and for the first time in the game, Partizan’s defenders looked nervous. Every cross into the box was looking dangerous and Partizan were penned in, and when the board went up showing 5 minutes of stoppage time there was yet more encouragement.
    2 minutes in to the allotted 5 and Gateshead won another corner. Bennett took it again, it was a bit deeper this time but Isherwood yet again got his head to it and it fell nicely to Hinchcliffe to strike it!! But last season’s FA Cup hero couldn’t sort his feet out and an army of Partizan defenders recovered to block the shot and clear the ball. There was a speculative effort from Daniel Harvie in the last minute of time added on, this troubled nothing but the spectators in round about Row R nearly went out the stadium to be honest. It was at that point the fans knew the final whistle was imminent and as soon as Armin Derlek took a throw in from just in front of the dugouts the whistle came.
    You get the feeling this was a better point for Partizan than it was for Gateshead but that late Isherwood header keeps them in the group. These two will renew acquaintances in Serbia next group match.
    Full Time - Gateshead 1-1 Partizan: Isherwood 86; Tanasijevic 45+1
    Zenit and Slavia played out a stunning 3 all draw in Russia which saw the visitors come back from 3-1 down with 15 minutes to play. It looks like Zenit will still be topping the group though but that second spot is wide open however with Zenit away to follow it's likely that Gateshead will have to go to Belgrade and get the win to have any real chance.

    Next update will see the return fixture in Serbia.
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    samhardy reacted to Foxy in Around the World in 80 Games - Season 3 Update 3   
    That route does sound like the kind of thing I would do but it’s not the plan this time I’m afraid.
    Nope not Egypt as the only really option was some fella called Salah but he doesn’t look my type tbh as he’s far too good 🙂
    Well you are my biggest fan so I knew you would enjoy it.
    Self inflicted pain as well as I was he idiot that came up with this idea and then decided I would find the worst player I could from every country to do it 😂
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    How many games did you play?
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    Only with the IGE.
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    Sorry, but where would we use these in a save
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