I really didn't know what to expect today. The first half wasn't great. We were in control but fell behind early on. I feared the worst when we hadn't managed to reply by half time. Thirty seconds after the restart Kokonov turned inside onto his right foot just outside the box, slamming the equaliser into the top corner. Marchev headed home on the hour mark and we saw the game out comfortably. A good start.
One change from the previous game, young Chukalov starting in place of Vasev. The first half was the best that I have seen us play. Petar Hristov had a goal disallowed very early on but soon made sure of it with a fine close range finish. Chukalov repaid the faith with an incredible goal from 25 yards out. With an hour left, I made three changes. Moments later, Krastev scored for Dobrudzha. Moments after that, Sandev was sent off for a stupid foul. We held on dearly for the final 20 minutes and it's a game we escape from fortunately unscathed.
Karadzhov, Krumov, Chichev, Diego, Krastev, Marchev (Lozev), Bengyuzov, Chukalov (Chanev), Kokonov, Todorov (V Hristov), P Hristov
An historic rivalry according to this weeks papers, dating back to a spell of competitive fixtures in the 1950's. One forced changed as Georgi Chichev replaces the suspended Sandev. A dull first half ended well as Petar Hristov scored. The second was almost perfect. Kokonov against cut inside to score with his right foot soon after the break. Ventsislav Hristov,back from injury, scored moments after coming on and Petar made sure of it as Montana totally collapsed. An excellent start to the season.
Karadzhov, Krumov, Sandev, Diego, Krastev (Georgiev), Lozev (Marchev), Begyuzov, Chukalov, Kokonov, V Hristov, P Hristov (Todorov)
A really straightforward win. Sandev came back into the side and there was first starts for Lozev and Ventsislav Hristov. Goals from Petar and Kokonov gave us the win. The away side were reduced to ten in the second half and that was that.
Karadzhov, Krumov (Georgiev), Sandev, Diego, Krastev, Lozev, Bengyuzov (Vasev), Chukalov, Kokonov (Marchev), V Hristov, P Hristov
Two first half penalties were enough to seal a really easy home win.
A perfect start. Our performances improved with each game but I also felt that the opposition have been poor. We were quickly rattled when going down to ten men against Dobrudzha so I am trying not to get too carried away at the moment. Five wins from five, I can't really complain.
Player of the Month – Petar Hristov
I had earmarked the older Hristov as the man to get us firing but it's young Petar that has led the way. I am pleased also with Ventsislav's performances since returning from injury. The two are starting to form an excellent partnership.
Karadzhov, Krumov (Kostov), Sandev, Diego, Krastev, Marchev, Bengyuzov, Chanev (Vasev), Milkov, V Hristov, P Hristov (Todorov)
Another straightforward victory. The team played well but the late sending off for Krastev annoyed me a bit, we should be able to just see the game out without these needless red cards. Young winger Yoliyan Milkov made his debut in the game for the injured Kokonov.
Karadzhov, Krumov, Sandev, Diego, Georgiev, Marchev (Lozev), Bengyuzov, Chukalov, Kokonov (Milkov), V Hristov (Todorov), P Hristov
Our worst performance by a long way. Gorna blew us apart in the first half. We barely responded in the second but two late goals from Todorov and Diego kept our unbeaten run intact. We had a couple of chances to win it too but I should be very thankful for a draw.
Slovakian side Ruzomberok made a bid for our club captain, Plamen Krumov. The bid was swiftly rejected but Plamen kicked off about it. He was sold the following day. There are murmurs of discontent in the camp as Plamen was the undisputed leader of this group. We can only kick on and hope someone else steps up to the plate. An incredibly disappointing end to his short spell with us. Atanas Krastev moves from vice to Captain and Rumen Sandev is appointed as vice.
Our first defeat of the season arrives in the cup as we are defeated away to First Division side Cherno More. They battered us in the first half and deservedly went ahead just before half time through Vasilev. We improved a lot in the second but just couldn't find the breakthrough. We can now focus solely on the league.
Karadzhov, Kostov, Sandev (Chichev), Diego, Krastev, Lozev, Chukalov, Vasev (Chanev), Kokonov, V Hristov, P Hristov (Todorov).
We made a few changes here after the cup game. Deyan Lozev came in on the wing and Georgi Chukalov started in place of Bengyusov. It was a strange game. We once again started slowly and were quite fortunate to take the lead just after the break. Ventsislav Hristov scoring from the spot. The second was anything but fortunate- a long ball forward to Todorov who took it down beautifully and played the ball over the top for Hristov to run onto. He made no mistake. Despite conceding towards the end from a corner, we pushed on and Hristov scored his third to seal the win.
Despite exiting the cup, we remain unbeaten in the league. We really are cruising through some of these games and it would be disappointing not to have a real go at the title from here. The departure of Plamen Krumov was disappointing but there wasn't really much I could do. The team haven't missed him at all so we'll just put it behind us and hope to get some loyalty from the rest of the players. We begin next month against Ludogorets 2 so that will be a real test of where we are.
Player of the Month – Diego Da Silva
We were without a clean sheet this month yet I've gone for our young Brazilian centre back.He is such a commanding presence in that backline and I'm delighted he's ours. Hopefully it remains that way as he could clearly play for a bigger club. A possible future captain?
Karadzhov, Kostov, Sandev, Diego, Marchev, Bengyuzov, Vasev (Chanev), Kokonov (Lozev), V Hristov, P Hristov (Todorov)
Once again, a really easy win. I was expecting a bit test here. Ludogorets 2 were tipped to win this league with ease and yet we played them off the park. Ventsislav Hristov, recently recalled to the Bulgarian national team, gave us the lead in the first half. Lozev scored a superb volley late on to seal it, his first goal for the club.
A devastating blow for our young winger Yoliyan Milkov. He had just broken through into the team and was called up for the Bulgaria U19s. It's a huge blow for him and we can only hope this doesn't stunt his development too badly.
Karadzhov, Kostov, Sandev, Diego, Krastev, Marchev, Chukalov (Chanev), Vasev, Kokonov (Lozev), V Hristov, P Hristov (Todorov)
An injury to Kokonov early on forced me into a change and it was his replacement, Deyan Lozev, who gave us the lead. A super strike from outside the box. Daniel Vasev then made sure of it with an equally brilliant goal. Vasev has gone under the radar a little so far this season but capped an excellent display here with the goal.
Karadzhov, Kostov, Sandev, Diego, Krastev, Lozev, Chukalov, Vasev (Bengyuzov), Kokonov (Marchev), V Hristov (Aleksiev), P Hristov
A really hard fought win here. Tsarsko pushed us all the way. Petar Hristo gave us the lead after a wonderful cross from Deyan Lozev. Tsarsko equalised with an excellent strike from the edge of the box. They were the better team after that but a thunderous header from Hristo restored the lead. Chances for both sides after that but we held out to extend our lead at the top to eight points.
A short month due to the international break. Three wins from three is more than I could ask for. We really are so much better than the opposition and it's surely just a matter of time before we win the league. I can now understand the pre-season predictions of the media and the expectations of the board. We have some highly rated players but I really didn't expect it to be this easy. The season, for me, is now about building a close knit squad that is capable of challenging in the First Division next year. Most of my players are in their first season here and I'd like them to stay and build something with this club.
Player of the Month - Deyan Lozev
He scored both times that I am brought him on as a substitute and is certainly now in my mind for a starting position. Marchev and Kokonov will have to improve if they are to retain their places in the starting eleven.
Karadzhov, Kostov, Sandev, Diego, Krastev (Georgiev), Lozev (Marchev), Bengyuzov, Vasev, Kokonov, V Hristov, P Hristov (Todorov)
This team just keeps finding a way to win. A crazy first half finished 2-2. First, Tsachev gave Nesebar the lead, latching onto a through ball and finishing confidently. Rumen Sandev then poked home from a deflected free kick. Nesebar stunned us by retaking the lead, a superb strike from 30 yards out. Vasev made sure we went into half time level. The second half calmed down a little and it was our main man, Ventsislav Hristov who scored from a free kick. Hristov is proving to be very adept at set pieces.
Karadzhov, Kostov, Sandev (Chichev), Diego, Krastev, Marchev, Chanev, Vasev, Lozev (Kokonov), V Hristov, P Hristov (Todorov)
Despite the scoreline,we got away with this one. With Bengyuzov suspended and Chukalov outwith a small injury, our midfield struggled to create. The game wasr eally getting away from us until Pirin gave away a stupid penalty. Hristov duly obliged, as he always does. Todor Todorov came on and played excellently, scoring the second. He has certainly earned a starting place in the next game.
We agree a deal to sign Mario Blagoev in January. He's a young right back and it's an area I was looking to strengthen since the departure of Krumov. Georgi Kostov has played very well since then and Blagoev certainly won't stroll into our first team. He's a very good prospect though.
A first half blitz earned us another three points today. And again it was a penalty that got the ball rolling. Hristov tucking it away. Vaselin Marchev then scored one and made another in just two minutes. We naturally dropped off and Galabovo improved. Their renaissance ended swiftly with the Petrov sending off. Our fourth goes down as an own goal but in truth it was a long range strike from Chukalov that was spilled into the net.
Karadzhov, Kostov, Sandev, Diego, Krastev (Georgiev), Marchev (Lozev), Bengyuzov, Vasev (Chukalov), Kokonov, V Hristov, P Hristov
Two first half goals from Hristov and Kokonov were enough here today. We coasted through the game and never looked remotely troubled. The only downside was an injury to Vaselin Marchev. He will be out for a month but thankfully will only miss one game.
When Montana took the lead just after half time, I truly believed that this would not be our day. We were slow and sluggish and they just looked bang up for it. But they absolutely shot themselves in the foot with half an hour left. Toni Tasev was shown a straight red for some sort of ridiculous situation off the ball. A few minutes later we of course won a penalty, Hristov equalising. As the clock ticked down Ventsislav Bengyuzov, on as a sub, scored his first goal for the club from 25 yards out.
Five wins from five in this six week period, we extend our lead at the top to fifteen points. The players are happy and performing well but I am beginning to dread the transfer window. Despite the likelihood of us gaining promotion, I'm not convinced that we would be able to keep everyone should a team come calling. The league now breaks until March. The squad will take a deserved break and we'll sit down and look at the squad as a whole. A few might go out on loan, a few may be tempted elsewhere. The incoming deals will depend on that.
Player of the Month- Ventsislav Hristov
Six goals for Hristov in this six week period. Even though a lot of his goals have come from the spot,his all round quality is plain to see. I'm positive that he'll add many more to his goals tally before the end of the season.
It took us a while to get going here and we were again beneficiaries of a penalty. It was Daniel Vasev's excellent long range strike that seemed to wake us up. I'm still trying to figure out my best two central midfielders, but I know one of them is Vasev. Atanas Tasholov made his debut, in place for the injured Diego. Mario Blagoev also came on as a late substitute.
Back to our best in this game I feel. Goals from Todorov, Marchev and Bengyuzov. That's 2 in 2 for Marchev since the break. Atanas Tasholov played again due to Diego's continued absence and looked extremely assured at the back, he looks to be a decent signing.
Our first league defeat of the season arrives in our 21[SUP]st[/SUP] game. We dominated proceedings but couldn't find the breakthrough. Cosse scored in the first half with a wonderful long range goal, their only shot on target in the entire game. We pushed and pushed but couldn't find an equaliser, despite the sending off of Tanev towards the end.
Karadzhov, Kostov, Sandev, Tasholov, Krastev, Marchev (Lozev), Bengyuzov (Chanev), Vasev, Kokonov, V Hristov, P Hristov (Todorov)
Gorna caused us a few problems earlier in the season and they very much did so again here.We were just terrible from start to finish. Two early goals completely rattled us. Daniel Vasev did his best throughout and pulled a goal back on 27 minutes. As we chased the game in the second half, Gorna scored a third on the breakaway. That goal did for us and they completed the rout late on. I'm thankful that we racked up the points early in the season.
Our first defeats of the season but I'm not going to panic just yet. We are still eleven points clear in the league with just eight games remaining. The reason for the slump is difficult to pinpoint, perhaps complacency is kicking in throughout the squad. We've been without Diego da Silva, but he isn't too far from returning to training. Our new signing young Tasholov has done well in his place but I will welcome the return of Diego. We've dominated possession in every game that we have played, it's just in those last two games that we haven't coupled that with ruthless finishing. I'm keen now to get the title wrapped up so we can't start planning for next season.
Player of the Month - Daniel Vasev
He played well even when the rest of the team was dropping. He's an important link player in the midfield and I'm delighted with him this season.
Karadzhov, Kostov (Blagoev), Sandev, Tasholov, Marchev (Lozev), Chukalov, Chanev, Kokonov, V Hristov, P Hristov (Todorov)
After back to back defeats, the news that our two most prominent midfielders had picked up suspensions was not welcome. Bengyzov would miss three games and Vasev would miss two. However, it was their replacements that pulled us over the line today. Don't let the scoreline deceive you, this was a tough match. It's clear that teams are coming to have a go at us now and we don't always look comfortable with it. Ventsislav Hristov scored his first goals from open play since the mid season break and looked back to his best. Valchan Chanev, in for the suspended Vasev, hasn't always impressed me this season. But he put in a dominant display, opening the scoring early on. A much needed win.
Karadzhov, Kostov (Blagoev), Sandev, Tasholov, Krastev, Marchev, Chanev, Vasev, Kokonov (Lozev), V Hristov, P Hristov (Todorov)
A tight win and it really could have gone either way. Daniel Vasev returned to the team following suspension. Ventsislav Hristov scored the only goal of the game mid way through the first half. CSKA had chances to equalise in the second but we held out for the three points. Tsarsko Selo could only manage a draw at home to Kariana meaning we are just a win away from the title.
Karadzhov, Kostov, Sandev (Diego), Tasholov, Krastev, Marchev (Lozev), Bengyuzov, Vasev, Kokonov, V Hristov, P Hristov (Todorov)
An incredible win to seal the league title. An even first half ended with one each, Nikolay Yankov cancelling out Marchev's early opener. The second half simply descended into madness. Atanas Tasholov put us back in front with his first goal for the club. A late Zhivkov free-kick looked to have spoiled the party but up stepped Ventsislav Hristov in the 90[SUP]th[/SUP]minute to score the winner. Tasholov completed a busy game with a red card for a cynical challenge on the half way line. It was much needed as Litex were on the break. The win seals the title and promotion to the First Division. A quick word on Diego da Silva who made his comeback from injury today. He'll be eased back in over the next few games and I'm pleased that he'll hopefully manage some game time before the season ends.
Four wins from four as we bounced back from the two defeats last month. The league title is ours and we can begin to look to the future. I admit to being slightly concerned at the end of last month. Despite our incredible form in the first half of the season, I was worried about our reaction. Four wins from four is all I can ask for.
Player of the Month - Ventsislav Hristov
It took him a while to get going after the break but this month he's been fantastic. Crucial goals in the wins against Sofia and CSKA, wrapped up with the winner to seal the title. That's 21 goals in the league this season.
Karadzhov, Blagoev, Chichev, Diego (Georgiev), Krastev, Marchev (Lozev), Bengyuzov, Kalafat, Kokonov, V Hristov, Todorov
A good opportunity to give some game time to youngsters and fringe players. Yasar Kalafat made his debut and had a solid game. Mario Blagoev made his firs tstarting appearance. Georgi Chichev and Diego da Silva partnered the defence. Hristov continued his good form but he a missed a late penalty to win the game. I'm not too bothered.
Karadzhov, Blagoev, Tasholov, Diego (Chichev), Krastev, Merchev, Chukalov, Kalafat (Vasev), Lozev, V Hristov, Todorov (P Hristov)
A really impressive win. Despite falling behind, we rallied and ran out comfortable winners. Diego da Silva completed 90 minutes and there was impressive performances from Chukalov, Lozev, Petar Hristov and Mario Blagoev.
Karadzhov, Blagoev, Chichev, Diego, Krastev (Kostov), Marchev, Kalafat (Chukalov), Vasev, Lozev, V Hristov, P Hristov (Todorov)
A quiet way to end our title winning season. Neither side really did enough to win the game.
An average month results-wise but these games were only about giving game time to others in the squad. It was nice to give time to players like Yasar Kalafat, a 16 year old midfielder who only recently joined our U19's. Mario Blagoev and Georgi Chichev also got valuable time on the pitch.
Player of the Month - Georgi Chichev
The young defender has had a frustrating season, it was too risky to break up our centre back partnership. He took his chance well in this four game period and I'll have to think carefully about what to do with him next season.
I'm delighted with our season, winning the league with ease. It's a nice surprise to gain promotion so quickly but in truth it was obvious from early on that we were much better than the opposition. I didn't really know what to expect coming into a new league but we've shown that we certainly deserve to be in the top division and I've seen enough to suggest that we should be aiming higher than a relegation battle next year.
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Only one man to talk about here as Ivan Karadhzov played every single minute of every single game. A return of conceding less than one goal per game is very good and he'll certainly be our first choice next season. Vaselin Ganev will leave in the summer, allowing space for a youngster to provide backup.
We have a pretty settled back four. Sandev and Diego built a solid partnership in the middle and were ably deputised by Georgi Chichev and, particularly, Atanas Tasholov. Tasholov was signed in the January window and filled the gap superbly when Diego picked up a serious injury. Georgi Kostov was our main right-back with Mario Blagoev another execellent option. Atanas Krastev provided superbly from the left-back position, missing just two games over the entire season.
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The central areas were spread evenly between Bengyuzov, Vasev and Chukalov. All three have been brilliant and we didn't really suffer when changing things around here. They're combative players, picking up 22 yellow cards between them. Vasev contributed some hugely important goals, often from the bench. It was a similar situation on the wings with Marchev, Kokonov and Lozev sharing the two spots. All three contributed to the goals and assists tally, there are no concerns for me in this area.
Ventsislav Hristov is the man. 23 league goals and he was the main factor for our superb season. I missed the whole of pre-season through injury but as soon as he was back he was flying. Petar Hristov started extremely well but tailed off a bit. Todor Todorov played well when asked to come in. Both are young and have plenty of time to improve on their consistency. Karadayi and Aleksiev were both unlucky not to play more often. They're both good players but we are just quite well stocked in this area, they will more than likely leave this summer.
Hristov will be a little disappointed to miss out on the Fans' Player of the Season but it's hard to argue with their choice of Diego da Silva. He's been a revelation this year and at 18 years old, has a lot of time to improve further. Atanas Tasholov gets Signing of the Season, a worthy choice.
Our transfer business was fairly minimal. We were given a decent budget to work with but I wanted to focus on keeping our current players with new contracts, which I managed to do so.
Goalkeeper Vaselin Ganev left on a free transfer and we managed to get rid of Aleksiev and Karadayi. The fees are a bit low but there wasn't a great deal of interest in them.
The only incoming transfer for the first team is the Polish full back Jakub Kielb. He comes in to fight it out with Krastev for the left back position but can also play on the right. We paid a considerable outlay for a few youngsters, they'll spend the season with our U19's whilst we analyse their development.
The only change I plan to bring in at the moment is Mario Blagoev. He's pushed ahead of Georgi Kostov and it's time he started more games. Tasholov will be used frequently but it's very hard to break up Sandev and Diego.
A short but sweet pre-season. The players were given 12 days off over the summer so I was keen to keep it light. Fourteen goals and none conceded. We head into this season with a good morale and excitement for what may come. I don't really know what to expect. I think based on last season, we're good enough to be at least mid table in this league. I had a bit of concern about losing players over the summer but those that were subject of bids seemed keen to stay with us. Contracts have been renegotiated and some additions to the staff. The club also received an extremely good sponsorship deal so the finances are looking healthy too. We were 40k into the red a few months ago and we're now 800k in the black. Let's go!
Karadzhov, Blagoev, Sandev, Diego, Krastev, Marchev (Lozev), Chukalov, Vasev (Chanev, Kalafat), Kokonov, V Hristov, P Hristov
A superb start to our first season in the First Division. Ivan Kokonov settled any nerves with an early goal. Daniel Vasev twisted his ankle in the first half and will unfortunately be out for 4-5 weeks. His replacement, Valchan Chanev, was on the pitch for around 5 minutes before a horrendous challenge left him with a broken foot. Out for 4 months. We played really well despite the injuries and sealed the win with half an hour to spare, Deyan Lozev once again coming on as a substitute to get the goal.
Karadzhov, Blagoev (Kielb), Sandev (Tasholov), Diego, Marchev, Bengyuzov, Chukalov, Lozev, V Hristov (Kraev), P Hristov
Etar were atrocious and we were bang up for it. Another early goal, Diego scoring a lovely header from a corner. Marchev scored his first mid way through the half. Bengyuzov made it three with an excellent free-kick. Just after Vasilev was sent off for Etar, Marchev scored again to complete the scoring. Jakub Kielb and Andrian Kraev made their debuts as second half substitutes.
Karadzhov, Blagoev (Kostov), Sandev, Diego, Krastev, Lozev, Bengyuzov, Chukalov, Milkov (Kielb), V Hristov, P Hristov (Todorov)
A strange game really.It's rare that we are so dominated in possession and we certainly don't look too comfortable when we are. Yet it was us who took the leader. A devastating counter attack ending with a beautiful Chukalov goal. We hung on for dear life until half time. Immediately after the break Hristov was put through on goal and clearly brought down from behind. He made no mistake from the resulting penalty. That goal seemed to kill Cherno until Ndongala scored with ten minutes to go.Again we hung on for dear life and dragged ourselves over the line for the three points.
Karadzhov, Blagoev, Sandev, Diego, Krastev (Kielb), Marcehv, Bengyuzov, Chukalov (Kalafat), Lozev, V Hristov (Kraev), P Hristov
Another good win. We had more of the ball today but Slavia certainly had their chances. Rumen Sandev broke the deadlock just after half time with a powerful header. And it was a special moment towards the end when Andrian Kraev got his first goal for the club.
Karadzhov, Blagoev (Kielb), Sandev, Diego, Krastev, Marchev, Bengyuzov, Chukalov, Lozev, V Hristov (Todorov), P Hristov (Vasev)
A bad day all around. Ludogorets came with a point to prove and they certainly did that. Marcelinho gave them a half time lead. Georgi Chukalov was sent off just after half time for a second yellow, Natanael scored with the resulting free-kick. With twenty minutes left Marchev was forced off through injury. We had already used our three subs so played the rest of the game with nine men. Todorov scored in injury time but Ludogorets had the final say, scoring again straight from kick off.
Karadzhov, Blagoev, Sandev, Diego, Krastev, Marchev (Kokonov), Bengyuzov, Vasev, Lozev, V Hristov (Todorov), P Hristov (Kalafat)
A really, really difficult game as we lost again. They're a really impressive passing side and fully deserved the win. The sending off for Bengyuzov didn't help, a reckless challenge that earned a straight red. When Vasilev cheekily chipped Karadzhov to make it 2-0 we totally collapsed. Vasilev scored another three in the following thirteen minutes.
An important win. Hristov scored from the spot early on and Lozev scored a wonderful volley shortly after the break. We were always in control today. A good sign after back to back defeats. We also managed to get through a game with eleven men still on the pitch!
A really good start to the season. We were taught a few lessons along the way but overall I'm delighted with the five wins so far. We've had an unfortunate month for injuries but most are starting to come back now.
Player of the Month - Rumen Sandev
A solid seven games for the centre back. He's been a consistent performer for us and stands out now as the real leader of this group.
View attachment 13828 I have decided to allow Atanas Tasholov to leave on loan. He's a great young player but is behind Sandev and Diego for a starting centre back role. He really needs consistent game time this season.
What a win! An incredibly even game was heading for a goalless draw. I brought on Petar Hristov with about twenty-five minutes to go and he was everywhere. On 84 minutes, he picked up the ball wide left and swung in an inch perfect cross for Ventsislav to slot in. Invaluable.
Karadzhov, Kostov (Blagoev), Sandev, Diego, Kielb, Lozev, Bengyuzov (Kalafat), Vasev (Chukalov), Kokonov, V Hristov, P Hristov
A topsy turvy game but what were always chasing it. Petar Hristov had a decent game overall and equalised here in the first half with a good header. Jablonsky scored for Levski to restore their lead. Rumen Sandev then equalised in the second half with a powerful header but we conceded straight from kick off. Another equaliser always seemed unlikely and so it was.
A young side did me proud today. For the first ever time since I began here Ivan Karadzhov did not play in goal. Instead 18 year old Anatoli Kirilov made his debut and played well. There was also starts for Yasar Kalafat and Andrian Kraev. One of the few senior players, Ivan Kokonov, gave us a deserved lead mid way through the second half. We wilted a little and gave away the equaliser towards the end. Extra time came and we fully took control. Andrian Kraev got a super goal to send us through to the next round.
Karadzhov, Kostov, Sandev, Chichev, Krastev, Milkov (Blagoev), Bengyuzov, Vasev, Kokonov, V Hristov (Kraev), P Hristov (Todorov)
A hugely frustrating draw at home today. We totally dominated the game but could only get two of our seventeen shots on target. Encouraging build-up play with absolutely no end product.
A mixed bag really this month. We're still right up there so I'm pleased with progress overall. A nice win for some of the youngsters in the cup. I doubt i'll roll the dice quite so much in the next round.
Player of the Month - Petar Hristov
Subject to some big bids from abroad during the summer. Petar started slowly this season but turned in a few high quality performances this month.
Karadzhov, Blagoev (Kostov), Sandev, Diego, Kokonov, Bengyuzov, Vasev, Milkov (Krastev), V Hristov (Kraev), P Hristov
Beroe are bottom of the league, without a win and manager-less. I feared a slip up today. It was an even game overall and the victory was hard work. We started brightly, Daniel Vasev scoring from long range. Petar Hristov made it two with a well worked team goal. The goal for Beroe just before half time revitalised them and we were indebted to Atanas Krastev for scoring his first goal for the club, his 38[SUP]th[/SUP] game for us. Bengyuzov was sent off late on for his second yellow card.
Karadzhov, Blagoev, Sandev, Diego, Krastev (Kielb), Kokonov, Chukalov, Vasev, Milkov (Marchev), V Hristov, P Hristov (Kraev)
Over the past few weeks I've been trying to work on our efficiency in front of goal. Too often our players are through on goal and miss the simple pass across goal. Today it really worked and led to a much more cohesive attacking display. Ivan Kokonov got us started just before half time. A typical thunderbolt from Daniel Vasev was the second. Ventsislav Hristov finished them off with a great free-kick in injury time.
Karadzhov, Blagoev, Sandev, Diego, Kielb, Marchev (Milkov), Bengyuzov, Chukalov (Kalafat), Kokonov, V Hristov (Kraev), P Hristov
A team we know well from last season. Tsarsko were a good team then and were a good team today. Georgi Chukalov gave us a first half lead and Andrian Kraev finished it in the second. Vaselin Marchev made his first start since returning from injury.
We didn't rotate quite as much today but still the youngsters who did play were very good indeed. Kokonov gave us a deserved lead from the spot. Kirilov was the unfortunate casualty of a freak own goal late on, the game looked to be going to extra time. An injury for a Vratsa player meant we played on for an extra 10 minutes. In the 100[SUP]th[/SUP] minute of the game Yoliyan Milkov scored his first ever goal for the club, we're into the quarter finals.
Much better this month with four wins from four. We're solidifying our position in the Top 6 of the league, I'm hoping we can stay there for the split. Still many more games to go before that happens. We've got a difficult draw in the cup but I'd love to go further.
Player of the Month - Andrian Kraev
It's been a good month for a few of our youngsters but Andrian Kraev has really stood out. He was absolutely lethal for the U19's last year and he's impressed so far for the first team. We've got four strikers battling it out for two spots at the moment so all four will have to deal with spells on the sidelines.
Karadzhov, Blagoev (Krastev), Sandev, Diego, Kielb, Marchev (Lozev), Bengyuzov, Vasev, Kokonov, V Hristov (Todorov), P Hristov
A really poor defeat. We're creating chances and we're getting shots away. They're just not going in. Poor defending at a free-kick and Cherno took the lead. We tried and we tried but a defensive error from Ivan Karadzhov allowed Dolapchiev to make it 2-0. A worrying performance.
Absolutely heartbreaking to only draw after being 3-1 with five minutes left. Todor Todorov and Petar Hristov scored and assisted each other in a pulsating end to end encounter. We really looked to be capable o fholding on but Botev Plodiv pushed strongly towards the end. There's no shame in a draw against a team that destroyed us 5-1 earlier in the season.
A really difficult month for us. We are still outperforming expectations but we're learning a few lessons along the way. There's not too much consistency in our individual performances and that can harm us significantly. Ventsislav Hristov's form has taken a rapid decline, I'll be using the least three games before the break to see what Todor Todorov can do from the start.
Player of the Month - Diego da Silva
This man has been consistent. A model of professionalism at only 18 years of age. Even when we lose and concede he gets a solid overall rating.
Oh what a win! Another frantic end to end game. This time we got the three points. Yomov scored an incredible long range free kick to give Slavia the lead. Todorov equalised just before half time. Petar Hristov scored a cheeky goal from a tight angle to make it 2-1. With three minutes to go Andrea Hristov was shown a straight red card for a knee high challenge on Bengyuzov. We made a complete hash of the free kick and they countered, 2-2. We sought control of the game and got the winner in the 90[SUP]th[/SUP] minute through Marchev. Sofia threw everything at us in the six minutes of injury time and even had a goal disallowed for offside. What a game!
A disappointing draw against a team we really should beat, especially at home. A freak own goal gave us the lead and we dominated the game from then on. Andreas Vasev popped up with a long range equaliser and we simply didn't respond.
Almost the perfect month to send us into the break in a healthy league position. The two wins were magnificent and show just how far this team have come. We're always prone to a slip up against teams we should beat and so it was against Botev Vratsa. Todor Todorov has come in and formed an excellent partnership with Petar Hristov. It's something I need to think about over the break.
Player of the Month - Petar Hristov
Another consistent performer who has retained his place up front for most of the season. He's a real team player who thrives on bringing the ball down and spreading it wide for the wingers. Two goals this month take his season total to six.
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Our first business of the break is the signing of Nikola Miric from Partizan Belgrade. He's a young right back with bags of talent. I haven't been completely won over by Mario Blagoev's performances and Georgi Kostov has fallen well down the pecking order. I'm hoping Miric can slot straight into the starting eleven.
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Bad news for Valsan Chanev as a back injury will see him miss a large portion of the next part of the season.
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I am utterly furious with the board for allowing this transfer to go through. Bayram was by far and away the best talent in our U19's and he's been allowed to leave for a big rival. I tried to protest the transfer to no avail.
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This one had been rumbling for a while. Bengyuzov was the subject of a few bids from abroad and made it very clear that he wanted out. I was forced to accept all offers on the table and he has also chosen to leave for a domestic rival. The squad aren't happy and rightly so to be honest.
A few friendlies in preparation for the second half of the season. We've got six more games before the split and we can be hopeful of making the top half. The morale of the squad is quite low at the moment due to the departures and it will take a few good wins to get us back and going again.
Karadzhov, Miric, Chichev, Diego, Krastev (Kielb), Marchev (Lozev), Kalafat, Chukalov, Todorov (V Hristov), P Hristov
An incredible way to start up again! I really wanted to win this one after Levski snapped up Bayram during the break and the boys did me proud. An even first half ended with us 1-0 down, Stanislav Kostov scoring just before the break. We really upped our game in the second and Petar Hristov was the star of the show. He got the equaliser from the close range just after the hour mark. The second was a looping header from Hristov again that bounced off the post, hit the keeper and went in. We saw the game out well to record the three points. Nikola Miric made his debut.
A game we actually dominated for large parts. Such a disappointing result though. Rodrigues gave CSKA an early lead but we responded well and were unfortunate not to get at least one goal in the first half. The second half was a similar story until Rumen Sandev was sent off for a second yellow. Our performance collapsed after that and they added two more late goals to really rub it in.
Karadzhov, Miric (Blagoev), Chichev, Diego, Krastev, Lozev, Kalafat, Chukalov, Kokonov, Todorov (V Hristov), P Hristov
Without doubt the worst I have ever seen us play. We simply could not cop with them and I seriously now need to get some more experienced players in. It's not fair on young players like Kalafat to cover for the losses we have suffered in the transfer market and to injury. Chukalov pulled one back late on today but was promptly shown his second yellow afterwards. We are further depleted in this area.
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Marchev leaves and there is now serious discontent from Rumen Sandev and the squad. We'll be strengthening very soon.
Karadzhov, Blagoev (Miric), Sandev, Diego, Krastev (Kielb), Kokonov, Kalafat, Lozev, Trayanov, V Hristov, P Hristov
Our terrible form continues as we are absolutely destroyed at home to Beroe. The situation is really serious now and I really need to move faster in this transfer window, which closes in seven days. Vladimir Trayanov made his debut for us today after being promoted from the U19's. He wasn't great to be honest but he's making his first start in the most dire of environments. Ivan Kokonov also picked up an injury, he'll be out for 2-3 weeks. We are now safely through to the top section of the split in two games time. We'll have to do a lot better than this though to be competitive.
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Three new signings come in to help our depleted squad. Karlo Muhar is a Croatian central midfielder who is expected to come straight into the side. Dragan Matkovic is slightly younger but is still at a good enough level to challenge for a place. Nortbert Szelpal is more of a winger but can cover the central areas also.
Karadzhov, Miric, Sandev, Diego, Krastev (Kielb), Lozev, Chukalov, Muhar (Kalafat), Trayanov, V Hristov, P Hristov (Todorov)
Simply incredible. We showed real fighting spirit today to come back from 3-1 down at halftime to win 4-3. Ventsislav Hristov scored two and made the other two in one of his best individual performances that I've seen. We were a touch unfortunate to concede three in the first half, but that we did. A mountain to climb in the second half. Deyan Lozev got us started early on and it set the tone for the rest of the match. Hristov powered home the equaliser with twenty minutes to go but his best moment came later. With the clock ticking towards injury time, Hristov picked the ball up on the half way line. He turned his man and powered towards goal, pulled slightly wide to drag the defenders out and crossed perfectly for Lozev to score. Karlo Muhar made his debut and played fairly well.
The most difficult month since I started here. With senior players departing it's created a lot of tension in the squad, this has of course affected results. I'm hoping we can turn a page with that win away to Tsarkso. The new players will have to hit the ground running. One more game of the preliminary round of the season. We're safely through to the Top 6 where we'll play each team home and away again.