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    So I play with a poacher and target man combo for strikers in a simple 4-4-2.

    The target man hangs out high up the field, even with the opposition defensive line. The poacher sits between him and the midfield line.

    Now maybe I'm crazy, but shouldn't the poacher be the one standing at the D line... especially considering the description.

    It's finally annoyed me to the point I decided to bring it up. I don't change any of the roles default settings except long shots. So why in the world are these two in opposite placements on the field then they should be.

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    I think the idea is that the target man receives the ball and lays it on to the poacher on the fly, so that you have the poacher running onto the ball at full pace

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    The TM should have better strength, jumping, and heading, so when he stands on the D-line, the object is that he can win the ball and either score, or get the ball to someone else (i.e. the poacher).

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    Except outlets always go to the poacher because he's not too far out.

    I've actually had plays where the poacher headed the ball up to the TM... it's supposed to work the other way around. TM stands in the space between the D and mid, if the ball comes to him he can head it forward to the poacher on the D line so he can break into the open field with his speed -OR- the TM can just take the ball and holds up play for the rest of the team to transition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martyr1777 View Post
    Except outlets always go to the poacher because he's not too far out.

    I've actually had plays where the poacher headed the ball up to the TM... it's supposed to work the other way around. TM stands in the space between the D and mid, if the ball comes to him he can head it forward to the poacher on the D line so he can break into the open field with his speed -OR- the TM can just take the ball and holds up play for the rest of the team to transition.
    Is your TM set to attack or support?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArranoBeltza View Post
    Is your TM set to attack or support?
    Attack... but that still doesn't explain him being on the D line but not the poacher. If that was the issue then -both- of them sound be on the D. The poacher not being up there is the annoying part because it's all that particular player is good at, speed and running at/past the defense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martyr1777 View Post
    Attack... but that still doesn't explain him being on the D line but not the poacher. If that was the issue then -both- of them sound be on the D. The poacher not being up there is the annoying part because it's all that particular player is good at, speed and running at/past the defense.
    Personally, I would set the TM to support- this is how I usually play on my Athletic saves and it works wonders.

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    Might do that, just because my TM isn't getting anything in the net anyway... but still doesn't explain the situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martyr1777 View Post
    Might do that, just because my TM isn't getting anything in the net anyway... but still doesn't explain the situation.
    As I said, I think it has to do with TMs being more physical than poachers.

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    Well regardless of personal opinions, look at the poachers role description in-game.

    "The Poacher sits on the shoulder of the -last defender- looking to break the defensive line and run onto through balls from the midfield"

    Word for word... so whatever the TM is doing the poacher should be on the D line, but he's not. I usually don't play with poachers so never noticed this before.

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    The attacking Target Man role discription says: "With an attack duty the target man will lead the line and open space for teammates to move into. My guess is this overrules the poachers settings as he is in position to move in on the TM when he gaines possession. Putting your target man on suport wil make sure he ''will look to win flick ons and play simple possession passes to bring team mates into play''. So my advice woud also be to put your TM on support as this will probably make your poacher the deepest man (if he's any good in the air arriving just a tad bit later in the box will likely lead to your TM having a couple more CCC as well)

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    Yeah, but it doesn't make sense to put the TM ahead of the poacher if they are both set to attack. Just a common sense thing, regardless of their setting what makes more sense, the big strong guy in the thick of things and the fast guy on the edge of the open field.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martyr1777 View Post
    Except outlets always go to the poacher because he's not too far out.

    I've actually had plays where the poacher headed the ball up to the TM... it's supposed to work the other way around. TM stands in the space between the D and mid, if the ball comes to him he can head it forward to the poacher on the D line so he can break into the open field with his speed -OR- the TM can just take the ball and holds up play for the rest of the team to transition.
    its the way its done in real life or don't you watch many games micheal owen when he played for england with heskey heskey was futher up and owen ran on to the ball.

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    Perfect example these days is Crouch vs Rafa v. d. Vaart, where Crouch is higher up the pitch whilst vdv either waits for the knock back or attack the ball from a deep position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giovani View Post
    Perfect example these days is Crouch vs Rafa v. d. Vaart, where Crouch is higher up the pitch whilst vdv either waits for the knock back or attack the ball from a deep position.
    van der vart is played as a support striker or attacking midfielder but.

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