The Illuminati

Monthly Points 2010/11 - September 2010

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Monthly Points

August............9 out of 12............(09/10 - 7 out of 15)
September......? out of 15............(4 out of 15)
October..........? out of 15.............(13 out of 15)
November.......? out of 15............(2 out of 9)
December......? out of 15.............(10 out of 18)
January.........? out of 12.............(10 out of 12)
February........? out of 18.............(12 out of 15)
March............? out of 12.............(13 out of 15)
April...............? out of 21............(11 out of 18)
May................? out of 3..............(3 out of 6)

Sat 11 September - Nottingham Forest (A)
Tue 14 September - Reading (H)
Sat 18 September - Watford (H)
[Tue 21 September - Ipswich Town (H) (League Cup 3rd Round)]
Sat 25 September - Cardiff City (A)
Tue 28 September - QPR (A)

Excellent - 11 points or more
Good - 7 - 10 points
Poor - less than 7 points.

September time, winning time.

First up this month a trip to last seasons Championship Play-Off Semi-Finalists, Forest. Yet to win a game so far this season Forest sit just above the relegation zone in the embryonic League table, having drawn 3 games (Leeds, Reading & Norwich - all 1-1) & lost to Burnley. They have only scored 3 goals in their 4 league games, 2 of those being scored by Dexter Blackstock.
Our record at the City Ground is poor, 5-5-14 scoring 30 and conceding 49.
(Last season - n/a)

Three days later we're back at the Den playing Reading. Reading sit mid-table in the current League table, but having only picked up points from teams below them. Winning at second bottom Leicester, drawing at bottom Portsmouth and drawing at home with sixth from bottom Nottingham Forest. They lost 2-1 at home to Scunthorpe, leaving them 1-2-1 scoring 5 and conceding 5. Their topscorer is Matt Mills with (3) and their players with the most assists are Brian Howard (3) & Jimmy Kebe (2).
Our record against Reading at our place is excellent, 23-11-8 scoring 70 to Readings 30.
(Last season - n/a)

Then we play Watford at home. They have had an identical start as Reading, 1-2-1, 5 for and 5 against. They have won 3-2 away at Norwich, and drew 0-0 at Hull and 2-2 at home to Coventry as well as losing 1-0 at home to Leeds.
Their topscorers are Danny Graham (4) & John Eustace (2).
Our record against Watford at our place is very good, 21-12-10, scoring 74 and conceding 44.
(Last season - n/a)

Now the League Cup 3rd Round game at home to Ipswich.
Could this year be our year? Who knows, but playing fellow Championship promotion rivals allows us to set down a marker by beating them.
They won 3-2 at Exeter in the 1st Round, & won 1-0 at Crewe in the 2nd Round.
Our record against Ipswich in cup games is abysmal. In 1978 they smashed us at the Den 6-1 in the 6th Round of the FA Cup. In 2000 in the League Cup 2nd Round over 2 legs they beat us 5-2, The 1st leg at the Den we won 2-0 but then a week later we went to Portman Road and lost 5-0 after extra time.

A run of the toughest of tough games at the end of the month continues with a trip to last seasons losing Play-Off Finalists and current Championship high flyers, Cardiff.
Problem finances don't seem to have hindered them this season, they have kept last seasons 'star' players and been given the use of Craig Bellamy by Man City - thanks for that!
Off to a flyer they sit second in the table, behind QPR (our next opponents) with 3-1-0 scoring 9 and conceded 2. At home beating Doncaster (4-0) and drawing 1-1 with Sheffield United. Away they've won 2-1 at Derby and 2-0 at Portsmouth.
Their topscorers are Boothroyd (6) and Burke & Chopra (2) each. Most assists are from Koumas (3), Burke, Whittingham & Bellamy (2) each.
Our record away in Cardiff is averagely decent, 6-9-10 scoring 29 and conceding 44.
(Last season - n/a)

Last game of the month a mid-week trip to QPR who at the start of the month are top of the table, should be rocking with a packed out Loftus Road, including the away end.
They sit top of the table on 3-1-0 scoring 11 and conceding just 2, having beaten Barnsley and Scunthorpe at home and beaten Sheffield United away and drawn at Derby.
Their topscorers are Mackie (3), Helguson & Taarabt (2) each. And they have just signed Rob Hulse and Tommy Smith, too much of a good thing? Hopefully. Adel Taarabt has the most assists with (4).
Our record at Loftus road is pretty decent, 10-8-12 scoring 32 and conceding 52.
(Last season - n/a)

A fantastic start to the season, some tough tests coming up in September. Let's watch it all unfold and see where we stand at the start of October.