Week Five of the Football Manager Parallel Championship and I'm top of the league - four wins in four games.
Piss easy, this managerial lark.
Anyway, I sent the boys to Ibiza for a week to celebrate. They've earned it. Jay Spearing has come back looking like he's not had a wink of sleep, and Craig Davies has this weird henna tattoo on his face. Looks like a young Mike Tyson.
Anyway, filled with boundless optimism that befits 2014's Bolton Wanderers, I took on the representative of Leeds United - our opponent was the chap in charge of The Scratching Shed.
Pre-game, I went with my tried and trusted formation:
I'm a stickler for familiarity:
We started fairly well. Then this happened:
Probably Jermaine Beckford's fault, the splitter.
Anyway, HT came and went, and with Wanderers dominating possession I decided to embark on a more attacking approach, altering my team instructions accordingly:
But it was to no avail. Things got desperate in the final stages. I tried to overload their attack, but Craig Davies and Jermaine Beckford both missed one-on-one chances.
I suspect Beckford did it on purpose.
There you go.
First defeat of the season.
In hindsight I shouldn't have let them go to Ibiza.