SuperBiggles Posted August 31, 2020 Share Posted August 31, 2020 So, been doing a save using the database that adds down to tier 10. Took over Whitchurch United, and been having a great amount of fun and success. Back to back promotions have lead me straight into League Two first time of asking. The reason I managed to get the promotion to League Two was thanks to switching to my beloved 4-3-1-2 (a favourite from some other saves). After a shaky start to my Vanarama National season, were promotion initially seemed a far off, unattainable goal with my old tactics, this one massively boosted the rest of the season and led to unlikely 1st position. It really played into the strengths of most of my players, and seemed damn good for getting me results. The tactic is as follows; This is kind of what I settled on. The main influence seems to be the left-sided PF helping out a lot. Tried the Poacher as an AF quite a bit, but for whatever reason the AF just never got going and worked. I struggled a lot with trying to figure out the right-sided midfield role, before getting a huge amount of joy from just playing a plain CM on support. The only extra instructions I have is on the FB's, asking both to run wide with the ball when in possession. The AP(Att) was a relatively late edition. For a while I had success with a AM(support), but that fizzled out. So tried experimenting, and the AP just stuck and seemed to work. Mostly he seems to just draw attention of attackers, freeing up strikers to do the business. Here are some typical kind of results with this tactic; Both games are handy wins, and it's kind of indicative of most of my results against teams that try to play 4-4-2, or variations of that. Bar the odd result were my team decides not to show up, I tend to really dominate those games.However. I seem to be completely and utterly hard-countered by any team that plays 4-1-4-1. Towards the end of my promotion winning Vanarama National season I suffered a very squeaky bum end of the season after I lost 3 of my last 5 games, only going on to clinch the title cos 2nd place cocked up to. The recurring theme in those dodgy losses was being utterly stifled, stopped and frustrated by teams playing 4-1-4-1. I'm pretty sure the AI knew it was a weakness... An example is my most recent result against a bang average Chester side who have had a miserable start to the new season, but somehow utterly dominated me; It took until the 70th minute for me to get my first shot on target, and that was only thanks to me making the switch at halftime to my own 4-1-4-1 tactic, which eventually morphed into a 4-2-3-1 when I went down 1-0. I felt hard done by, but lucky to get a 1-1 draw. Again, one of those weird games were the team just doesn't turn up, or the opposition turn themselves up to 11. But still, the matter stands that with the main tactic I like using, I just can't beat a 4-1-4-1. Like, it almost seems impossible. In my opinion FM20 is pretty harsh on any and all AM roles, but when facing a 4-1-4-1 he just disappears from games. I experimented with trying to get the AM role to mark their DM role, as sometimes that was their main playmaker/difference maker, but that didn't help at all. Tried changing up LoE, but to no effect. I also tried switching to a 4-3-3, playing 3 strikers, pushing the AM role into a F9 role. Expecting to still be that man who comes a bit deeper and attempts to link midfield and attack. But that had mixed success. Felt I had to play direct, as passing options were limited. Am I barking up a dead tree (defo not a saying)? Does my lovely 4-3-1-2 just suffer from a basic stand point against those hard to break down, defensivey 4-1-4-1 formations? Cheers for any help. Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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