Friday, 1 January 2016

PART 48: Grimsby Career Mode-FIFA 17

Premier League-Matchday 5-Saturday 21st September 2019
West Bromwich Albion 0 def by. GRIMSBY TOWN (T.Buhagiar-PEN) 1
The Hawthorns
Crowd: 25,346

Ty Stedman-"What you saw today was two teams on a very similar level. Our battles with West Brom last year were some of the hardest games we've played and both ended in draws. Today probably on reflection should have ended in a stalemate but as you all saw, we got the penalty late on and we held on through a nervy last few minutes.

The Baggies drew with Liverpool two weeks ago so it gives us a little confidence boost. Of course our match with Liverpool last week could have ended in a draw or even a win on another day. We're delighted with our start but a quick glance at the calendar will tell you the story of the season. There's a long way to go."


EFL Cup-Round 3-Tuesday 24th September 2019
Walsall (F.Moussa) 1 def by. GRIMSBY TOWN (O.Bogle x2 & D.Clut) 3
Banks Stadium
Crowd: 4,567

Ty Stedman-"I have to be careful with how I word things tonight. Credit due, Walsall played well but honestly, we were just lackadaisical for the lack of a better term. Yes it wasn't our strongest eleven but the players I put out were good enough to win this easily. We couldn't string passes together and really we should have lost. As I said, take nothing from Walsall but I'm disappointed with our performance. Extra time saved us as I'm not sure we had the nerve for a shootout."


Preview: Arsenal (Away)

Ty Stedman-"This is extremely unfamiliar territory for all of us, myself, the players, the club, our fans. We're currently top of the Premier League about to take on 2nd-place Arsenal. Look honestly, as a manager I'm supposed to be the voice of reason and be able to address all situations but this is just unbelievable. Our start has been incredible.

The manager role is as much a journey as the player and it's always a pleasure to share a common ground on the sidelines with quality managers like Tony Pulis and Ronald Koeman. But it's the larger than life characters, Jurgen Klopp for example. You saw what he brings to Liverpool and their attitude. Facing up to the immortal Arsene Wenger this weekend is probably the peak of my career so far.

As for the game, we have no fear. We'll play with our typical style and attack as we do. It may leave gaps but I'm not one to park a bus. If we get a lead it might be a different story but honestly, we're going to the Emirates with winning on our minds. We're in uncharted waters and every week is a new chapter to write."


Premier League-Matchday 6-Saturday 28th September 2019
ARSENAL (A.Sanchez, Gabriel & A.Ramsey) 3 def. Grimsby Town (T.Buhagiar-PEN) 1
Emirates Stadium
Crowd: 59,923

Ty Stedman-"Well what can I say. I'm damn proud of our effort today. This place is like a fortress. 60 odd thousand cheering them on. It was always going to be a tough test but honestly, as much as it doesn't look it on the scoreboard, we were well in the fight today.

Their first two goals were completely avoidable from a defensive stand-point. Their third was a tad lucky as well but more good counter-attacking. Take nothing away from Alexis Sanchez's finish on their opener. That was high-quality, up there with the goal Origi scored the other week to beat us.

I think it shows, having a world-class goalkeeper really forces the opposition into taking some risks. Gabriel's goal was just poor man-marking and a failed corner clearance. It's all avoidable in my mind. Yes we were outplayed and beaten but we'll go into the next game with knowledge of what we need to do. It was nice to get on the scoresheet and see Trent grab a goal. He's never scored in front of a crowd this size before."


Premier League-Matchday 7-Sunday 6th October 2019
Grimsby Town (B.Berisha) 1 drew. Middlesbrough (B.Gibson) 1
Blundell Park
Crowd: 9,005

Ty Stedman-"If I can be honest, I'm disappointed. We allowed them to score a header that should have been cleared and it gave them a lead. Besart's goal got us back in it but we were unable to really put pressure on when the game was on the line. 

That being said, Middlesbrough are in the four at the moment so they're enjoying one of their best starts to a season in years. Both sides are definitely capable of better football than what was on show today and I believe Aitor Karanka will agree with me. We look forward to another trip to the Riverside."

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