So, I play the game as Stoke, and its always going to be a challenging season but I noticed that when you first play a few games after easy pre-season victories the team is riding a crest of high morale, you go into the first few games and even against the big teams can pick up respectable results. When Arsenal and Man City were in my first 4 games on one save I drew and beat them respectively, and rather convincingly outperformed them. Anyway, with morale as fickle as it is, even with just an 'average' win players morale can slip and in some cases with even less of a reason than that. So, I started to think that in the periods where there was a week or more between games to arrange friendlies with my under 18's, manage both sides.
Anyway in this save after being at the low ebb once more and deciding to try this the next game against Chelsea morale was very good/superb, a 1-1 draw which saw Chelsea with 'ok' morale struggle to compete. Left it at west brom where it was good/ok morale and won 1-0. Players were on a dip a bit by now and with only 4 days to play Arsenal I lost 2-1. Not a problem, out of those 3 though with ok and above morale it was good results, which had I not played the friendly beforehand would have seen me going into it with poor/very poor morale. Anyway, bit of a break between the next games, arranged a friendly against my under 18's, rotated a full squad so that each players only had 45 minutes then a days rest from training afterwards. Morale is superb again and we have a game against Sunderland, its a crushing 4-0 victory. Week between Bolton and Sunderland so rinse and repeat and a 6-2 victory over Bolton. This is from the same side who earlier only created (with the same tactics and players) 3 chances against blackpool.
The next 5 games are: Liverpool, West Ham, Aston Villa, Man Utd, Fulham - all of which have enough time to use what is in no short way of dressing it up, an exploit of the games mechanics. But it is to illustrate how I believe this year the game is too centered around morale, and with player morale as fickle as it is, then surely something would need addressing.