FM17 | Reading FC | part XXXX | Clean sheets galore

Hello FM world, it’s been a while since the last post here. When Danny Loader retired this save turned into some mystic pathetic thing and during the last two seasons I was not too sure how long I will be able to play this save without him. He became our scout but he was not on the pitch anymore. And I decided to end this journey at the end of the 2039/2040 season.

The last update was about 2034 – 2037 years. I was able to play another three seasons since this update.

In the 2037/2038 season, we won the FA Cup, Community Shield, Premier League and Champions League. As we all receive the Season Review in the mailbox there is a Match of the season. In this term, it was a Premier League away match against Sheffield Wednesday and we won 6-0.

Catch up with all the previous parts of this save from the start

On the other hand “Moment to Forget” was a goalless away draw at Stoke.

Adam Walker was our best goalscorer with 32 goals and he also had 16 assists and highest average rating of 7.5 and he was voted 12 times as player of the match.

During this season we didn’t buy a single player but we made profit 58M in outgoing transfers.

The 2038/2039 season was a little different in terms of transfers. I decided to bring three new players to the team. I signed midfielder Adrian Pantelic for a free from FC Basel, Masahiro Tanaka from Urawa Reds Diamonds and Hiroto Kumashiro from Karlsruher SC.

Pantelic was a backup player as the right winger but he played 23(12) matches, scored 8 goals and made 9 assists. His value raised to 30M and he was wanted by Napoli, Atlético Madrid or Bayern. I refused to sell him for bargain price around 35M.

Both Japanese players were mainly backup players but Tanaka developed very well and he was wanted by Manchester City but they were unable to meet 50M asking price.

What about results? We finished the Premier League season unbeaten again as we won 31 matches and we gained 100 points and conceded 14 goals.

This time we won EFL Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup, FA Cup, EFL Cup, Premier League and Champions League as well.

Our best match was against Tottenham at home as we won 4-0 and the worst was a 1-1 draw away at Cardiff.

Adam Walker scored 32 goals, same as in the previous season but Tom Nicholson had the most assists (20) and this newgen was also a player with the most player of the match awards (11) and he had the highest average rating with 7.57.

Goalkeeper Ryan Wilson (20 years old) kept 34 clean sheets in 52 appearances and he made it also to the England national team as he decided to not play for the USA.

The last season of this save (2039/2040) was phenomenal. We didn’t win every trophy but we ended the Premier League season with 34 clean sheets. As I’m older I like clean sheets more and more. In previous seasons my team conceded very small amount of goals but I set a goal to not concede more than 10 league goals this season.

I was very concentrated for Premier League matches and I play rotation squad for other competitions very often to have my key players ready and fit for Premier League.

During this season we sold players for 23M, it included mainly backup players who wanted more first team football. I also bought 22 years old striker from Burnley because we had some injuries and I wanted a cover.

He was not good enough in comparison with our own players but I bought him because of his “FIBRA”. Aggression – 16, Determination – 15, Teamwork – 15, Work Rate – 14 and resolute personality.

Reading FC_ Transfer History-3

We started the season with wins in Community Shield and UEFA Super Cup, both against Manchester City.

They were also our biggest rival in the Premier League campaign. We were tied at top of the table with the same numbers of wins and one draw after the ten matches.

As I said I set my own goal for this season with 10 goals against us as a limit. It went well and around after the 15 matches we were very close to the new Premier League record of clean sheets in a row in combination with last two matches from the previous season.

Catch up with all the previous parts of this save from the start

The record was 20 matches in a row. And we made it. We had 22 matches in a row with a clean sheet. In the 21st round of this season we played with Sunderland and we won 3-1 as we scored an own goal. It was a funny moment as I’m sure if there wouldn’t that fu*king deflected a cross from the left side they would be not able to score.

In February 2040 I reached 1500th match of this save as a Reading manager when we beat Bournemouth 3-0 in the FA Cup 5th Round.

As the season continued I felt like Forrest Gump…

“That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d run to the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d just run across Greenbow County. And I figured, since I run this far, maybe I’d just run across the great state of Alabama.

And that’s what I did. I ran clear across Alabama. For no particular reason, I just kept on going. I ran clear to the ocean. And when I got there, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going. When I got to another ocean, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well just turn back, keep right on going.”

I felt same in terms of clean sheets. If you take a look at the pictures with results you can see we conceded some goals but mainly in the cup competitions. Manchester City eliminated us from FA Cup after a 1-0 win.

Dortmund and PSG scored one goal each in the Quarter Final and Semi Final of the Champions League and we conceded four goals in the Group Stage (2 from Schalke, 1 from Malmö and 1 from Fenerbahce).

But in the Premier League, we finished the season with 34 clean sheets. Only Manchester City, Cardiff, Everton, and Sunderland (own goal) scored against us.

The 2039/2040 stats:

  • 38 Premier League matches – 34 clean sheets – 4 goals conceded
  • 4 FA Cup matches – 3 clean sheets – 1 goal conceded
  • 1 EFL Cup match – 1 clean sheet – lost after penalties
  • 13 Champions League matches – 7 clean sheets – 6 goals conceded
  • 2 FIFA Club World Cup matches – 2 clean sheets
  • UEFA Super Cup – 1 clean sheet
  • Community Shield – 1 goal conceded

And there couldn’t be the better end of this journey than the win in the Champions League Final against Chelsea with a clean sheet.


There is also screen with stats of all defensive minded players from this season. Appearances, key tackles, fouls and more…

Defensive players stats

And there is a picture of all players from this season.

Players 2039-2040

That’s all for this part of the Reading FC save in Football Manager 2017.

There will be one or two other posts about this save in upcoming days/weeks as we will take a look how far we went. 

Thanks everyone for the continuing support and thanks for reading.

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A Football Manager addict and lover for many years. You can follow me on Twitter or in Football Manager Slack – #fmrensie channel.

5 Replies to “FM17 | Reading FC | part XXXX | Clean sheets galore

    1. Hi mate, I didn’t switch to defensive mentality, I just only played the last three seasons with my favourite formation – 4-1-4-1 and this formation is very compact and is hard to break the defensive line…

  1. Hi, have you written a breakdown of the 4-1-4-1 formation anywhere? Extremely interested. Great read this. So impressed

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