It’s a simple coin toss. Sun, Sangria and a boat load of cash managing in one of the biggest leagues on the planet, or Snow, Carlsberg and smoked mackerel for supper 6 out of 7 nights of the week.
Always been a pint man myself, that and the affection I now genuinely have for the club and this group of players means I’ll be staying in Denmark for now.
The winter break is upon us and we decided to recruit a few new faces. For the first time ever we opened the clubs chequebook and spent real money in the transfer market.
Reece Grego Cox is a player we have watched for 6 months, when the season started we weren’t in a position to pay transfer fee’s but now after our initial payment from the Superliga we brought him in for £46,500. The striker/winger would hopefully in time grow into a ‘top top’ player.
Liam Watt is the 2nd recruit, the 25-year-old centre midfielder had impressed again this season and I hoped his cultured left foot would add some balance to our midfield. Although since arriving his attributes and rating seem to have dropped from what my scout identified them as but I’m confident he can grow into this team.
I’m still worried we don’t attract the right calibre of player, We still have to develop below average into slightly above average and get them to work harder than other teams in this league.
Keshi Anderson joins our training camp in Spain, The ex Crystal Palace forward has lost his way and is without a club.
5 friendlies 5 victories, a solid training camp and the new guys all seemed to have settled in straight away. The only downside was new signing Liam Watt picked up a calf strain so is yet to feature, it will be at least a month into the season before he can be introduced.
Tobias Kristensen a right back and Nikolaj Kirk a centre midfielder both joined on loan, neither had much experience but we lacked numbers and even if they made the slightest impact it could help us stay up. Keshi Anderson who had shown glimpses of quality during his trial wouldn’t be joining permanently, the budget just wouldn’t stretch to another striker.
As the season approaches I’m once again not overly impressed by my recruitment, short term fixes with loans and with no real stand out quality player added to the ranks this could be our downfall. Ashley Fletcher the West Ham striker so nearly joined, I was a mere £4k off his transfer fee and the board wouldn’t budge, I’m sure he would have made a huge impact.
AC Horsens 0-2 Fredensborg
The season starts after the winter break with a trip to AC Horsens, a side struggling towards the foot of the table. As has always been the case after the break we aren’t at full fitness but two second half goals give us the 3 points. A debut goal from Reece Grego-Cox is another plus point from a very enjoyable afternoon.
Holbro IK 1-1 Fredensborg
A goal after just 55 seconds from Mads Falck looked to set us on our way but some sloppy defending and a spirited fightback from the home side meant an entertaining game was to end all square.
Fredensborg 4-0 AGF
Wow! With AGF sitting 3rd in the table I would have been happy with a point before kick off especially seeing as I had a minor lapse of concentration the day before and played 5 first teasers in a reserve game meaning their fitness had taken a real hit.
Goals from Johansen, Thomsen and two from Iyede completed the rout.
With one league game left to go before the split we would need a miracle to finish in the top half, Sonderjyske were currently occupying 6th spot but they held a telling 2 point cushion and faced lowly Aab at home in their final game.
But before that, we had a Danish Cup 4th round tie against our landlords FC Nordesjaelland.
Fredensborg 2-3 FC Noredsjaelland (AET) Danish Cup 4th Round
A cracking cup tie that I thought after we did enough to win. We once again missed glorious opportunities and in the end, our fitness let us down as the away side pinched a late extra-time winner.
Lyngby 2-3 Fredensborg
What a game. 1 up, 2-1 down, 2-2 then right at the death Samson Iyede finished calmly and with results going our way elsewhere we finished this stage of the season in 6th and more importantly in the championship group for the remainder of the season.
Looking back I’m not sure this was a good thing if we had been in the bottom group we could have probably harvested more points. We now had to play the top 5 twice and if it all goes wrong we could end the season low on confidence and points.
With 10 games to go, we can probably realistically finish one spot higher in fifth and that’s only if we do better than I even expect us to.