Asking this question as someone who just cannot find the consistency in my tactic building. Perfect example which has pushed me to finally ask this question has once again happened.
I beat Man City at home and played some great stuff. They hardly got a shot on goal and I was delighted how things seemed to be clicking within the team. I then go to Anfield and battle to a very respectable 0-0 draw. Could have gone either way but a fair result at the end. I then play at Home to 18th placed Sunderland. 4-1 up at half time after being 1-0 down and it should have been 8 if my strikers could shoot either side of the goalkeeper!! Half Time I tell them to just keep going because when I use "Don't get complacent" they usually look confused or get angry! Suddenly the team that plays so well in the first half can't pass the ball 5 yards whereas Sunderland who couldn't put a pass together in the first half become Barcelona. I muddle through and manage a 5-4 win. The following week I play Man United at home. The League leaders and they are running away with the League. We play great again and despite going one down we have far more posession and get a late deserved equalizer and it finishes 1-1. We then have Championship side Charlton at home in the Quarter Final of the League Cup. My Hammers play some of the best football I have ever seen for the first 20 minutes but again my strikers with good finishing stats just belt the ball at the keeper bar one time when it's a sublime finish. 1-0 up and I look at the match screen and we have had 75% posession with 9 shots on target to nil. Suddenly after 20 minutes the wheels inexplicably come off and Charlton grab one of those famous 44 minute goals. Second half they start on fire again and despite me changing things we are level at 9 shots on target each. Then Steven Fletcher decides to get sent off for a kung fu challenge for the 3rd time this season, second game in a row despite having an aggression stat of 11 and promising to control his temper since I fined him two weeks wages!! So down to 10 men their left back takes a free kick from the half way line which goes in!! 1-2 down and suddenly my lot wake up and batter them but the Referee gives them loads of free kicks and my striker who I can't seem to ask to stop being offside decides to break the "how many times can you be offside in 90 minutes" record! Despite running up my shots on target total to 18 v 9 I run out of time, partially due to their goalkeeper taking all 3 minutes of Injury Time to take a goal kick, and lose 2-1. I have Chelsea away next week so needless to say I will probably win 6-0!!!
Now this FM for me is littered with this sort of scenario. A team builds confidence with some fine results and then throws it all away. With games literally being a game of two halves at times!! Now some will inevitably say my lot got overconfident or looked to lax in the warm up but that's my point. Have the Team Talks and Press Conferances taken over as the main importance of winning games in FM rather than having good players or fine tactics? I understand that there has to be a balance but footballers are "professionals". Terry Venables got it spot on recently when interviewed about the England Job. He said that as England Manager you should just keep things simple and work on just a few things because the players are professional footballers and "will know what to do". Whereas in FM I am starting to think that you need to treat your players like children and do every mortal thing for them. I just feel that the psychological side now takes up too much importance to result building than things like form, performance and how good your players are.
Anyone feel the same?