Absen Posted December 27, 2020 Share Posted December 27, 2020 Hi all, Like many people COVID has brought me back to the FM fold for the first time in ages (last version I played at length was probably FM13, with a brief dabble in FM17). I'm currently playing FM20, managing Rushall Olympic in the Vanarama National. I'm really enjoying the updates to the game in the years I’ve missed but I think I'm making a few obvious mistakes, some new and some are traps I think I've always fallen into – ones I thought you guys might be able to help me out with! (As I said, I've been away for a while, so if this isn't the best forum for this just push me in the right direction). After some trial and much error I've settled on a tactic that works well 80% of the time, with a few outstanding imperfections. I alternate this with a counter attacking tactic for tough away games, but this is my bedrock: It's served me well enough to escape the Vanarama North and become reasonably established in the Conference. When it works well, it’s great – the AF gets lots of goals, the right winger acts almost like a second striker, the overlapping left back puts in some good crosses, and the playmaker is great. However, I suspect there's a couple of things holding me back from my full potential in the game that I can't quite suss out. The questions I have are as follows: My IW on the left always seems to be a weak link in the team, regardless of who the player is, which makes me think it's the system letting him down. I seem to remember varied attacking movement being the way forward in FM, so the idea is he comes inside with a full back overlapping while the other winger is a more classic touchline-hugger. On the in-game highlights it seems like in cutting on to his strong foot he loses the ball more often than not and rarely gets a cross in. Any thoughts? How do I make the best use of team training? At the moment all I really do is defending set pieces if we look vulnerable, or attacking set pieces if I feel we're not scoring enough from them. What's the best way to use Pace in an attacking formation? It's always been a lower league cheat code in FM and that still seems to be the case. But I find it hard to make it work outside of a counter attacking context. More of a random one, but can a Poacher work as a lone striker at all? If so, how? I have this idea that you can have a Vardy type always lurking on the last shoulder for a long through ball but it could also be one of those things that just doesn't work in FM. Depending on the opposition, I adjust the mentality between Cautious and Attacking. If I do that, should I adjust the player instructions/mentalities too? If so, which ones? What are the most important attributes for lower league full backs? I really struggle with recruiting these, as I tend to alternate between flaky wing back types that can't defend and no nonsense bullies that can't pass. What's the best policy for chasing a goal at the end of a game? Is it sliding to ultra attacking and leaving it at that? Should you change formation? Change player instructions? Ditto for protecting a lead... The last question is a big one and I know it's very much an FM staple. But 50-65% of the way through a season I will get the dreaded slowdown where clear cut chances dry up, you lose more games to sloppy goals on the counter, and your form goes to pot. Getting those horrible games where you’re at home to relegation fodder, you don’t get a single chance in the first half, and you know any attempt to go more attacking leaves you open to the sucker punch. I've read around this quite a bit, but I've never been able to make the most common solutions work. I suspect that as a lower league team it's more down to lack of rotation and jadedness/complacency, as I don't have many reserves good enough to step up. But I also wanted to outline some issues I have with more common proposals: Use a more direct tactic - the issue here is I don't have any target men, and I've never come across a tactic suited for direct football/ poor pitches that didn't rely on a big ugly guy up top. It just seems like an invitation to lose the ball. Not to mention I've rarely been able to get direct football to work in this game, for example when starting out with a new team - it seems to prefer possession styles most of the time. Drop deeper, invite teams to attack you - I'll admit I've been reluctant to test this too much in the past. But what I've tended to find is instead of inviting defensive teams on to you, it creates stalemate as neither side wants to risk anything. What would it look like in practice anyway? Keep the same tactic but bump back to Cautious? Drop the line of engagement/defensive line? Change tactic - kind of linked to the above, I wouldn't know where to begin here. It took me ages to find one tactic that worked, I'm not sure lightning would strike twice! If you change tactic to a different formation with the same philosophy are you really changing tactic at all? Be more probing, try to open up more defense minded teams - the issue here is my tactic already tries to do this, so I'm not sure how to turn the dial on it. Would raising the tempo do anything? FWIW I'm really enjoying the game and I don't think the above is getting in the way of that. But the tactical side of things has always been one of my only gripes with the series. If you think about recruitment, that scales with your progress through the game really well – the more success you have, the more players you see, the fewer hidden attributes, the better reports you get. But I’ve always found the tactical side of things to be maddeningly opaque, and I’ve always had to rely on third-party resources like posts on these forums. Even at a top level your staff are useless with diagnosing issues. The new (to me at least) analysis function on the tactic screen at least prevents me making any obvious mistakes, but it’s still hard to find out exactly what’s going wrong. Cheers! Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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