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  1. Actually gutted to be honest. This is the first FM I've not enjoyed and have been playing since the CM 01/02 days. To leave the Match Engine in the state it is, is quite unbelievable. I do the same save every year, try get my hometown to the Premier League but I simply cannot get through even a season this year, the matches are so so dull and repetitive.
  2. I thought I'd give it another go with Shrewsbury after this latest update, I can't play anymore than half a season. It is so so dull. It is nearly the same passage of play over and over. I have it on extended highlights and the highlight is either a shot getting blocked, a very weak header straight at the keeper or a set piece. It's literally all wide play with no variation at all. No central play what so ever. I can't believe how backwards the match engine has gone. Back to FM 2017 I go.
  3. I have gone back to FM17 today as I have seen a few people mention in this thread how superior the match engine is to FM20 and wanted to see for myself. It is actually crazy how much better FM17 is, there is so much more variety in goals scored as well as central play. It is actually fun to watch!
  4. I'm sorry but I am genuinely done with this game until the one on ones get fixed. I have just had a game in my Shrewsbury save where my striker has missed 7 one on ones, SEVEN. It's happening every game where at least 2-3 one on ones get missed, I can't remember the last time I scored one, seriously. It's sucking all the fun out of it for me.
  5. Anyone had any experiences with Neil Maupay from Brentford? Just signed him for my Ipswich side. Attributes look good.
  6. Here is a screen of goal locations. I often do concede first and find myself chasing the game but also find I get pegged back pretty quickly if I take the lead. Most highlights for the opponent result in goals, when I have one it almost always ends up in a blocked shot or a long range one. It's hard to understand if I am getting the mentality right, when I score first I tend to carry on the same as I don't want to disrupt something that may be working. Maybe that is wrong? There is a screen of what you asked for, as you can see, I have some decent players, look at my above post as well for an in depth look at them. I've had a look of that thread you linked and it's really great, I will have a proper read of it tonight so thanks for that. 1. I play with a winger because I do like the idea of having width still and my thinking was with the Inside Forward on attack coming in from the other flank as well as my striker it would create some great chances. Also he is the stand out player in my team so I think it's a good idea to make the most out of him. I suppose I could make him an inside forward with a stay wider shout? 2. That is a good shout and definitely something I could try, I was thinking that myself. 3. The reason I am playing lower mentalities is something I read in @herne79's thread that I'd never thought of before. I've always struggled with the lone striker being isolated in this formation, it never hit me that playing with lower tempos gives the players more time to join the attack which in theory would maybe not make my striker so isolated. I suppose I could put a Lower Tempo instruction though and bump up the mentality. I think I will look to give my winger a different role like we discussed above to see how that works, my thinking was to replicate the Sane role sort of, he plays really wide but still gets involved with all the build up. Thanks for your encouragement, I think I'm doing ok, just feel like I shouldn't be going on these huge runs where I can't buy a win which is happening way to often. I've tried playing with an attack duty on the DLF with no real success either, it's frustrating not being able to get the striker working no matter what role or duty I try. Yeah I think the wide instruction just contradict what I'm trying to do a bit but I found my midfield were so bunched together and weren't offering a passing outlet to my defenders so tried to work around it by adding that shout.
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  8. The problem I have is what tweaks do I make, I try to tweak things but before you know it you've tweaked things that much you've lost focus on how you wanted to play in the first place. I've tried taking Dribble Less off and Counter-Press but it doesn't seem to improve anything. I think my team is very capable of a possession style, I have some good players, I can post some of their profiles if you like? I have tried using Complete Forward, like I said in the opening post, neither seem to really produce anything of worth and it doesn't seem to matter which role I choose. I have messed about with mentality also, trying higher mentalities when I see the game as a game I should be targeting a win and being more cautious against the bigger teams but everything seems so inconsistent, I'm really stuck on what to do next. My team is pretty strong, I have some great players, there aren't a lot of positions I can improve on until I get in to Europe so I'm pretty happy with my squad. I try not to blame the ME but I have to admit I am finding it very frustrating this year, I just can't anything going no matter what I try. ----------------------------------------------------------- My form since I created this thread has completely gone, very similar to the previous season where I went on my worst run I've ever been on in any FM: Last Season: This Season: I feel hopeless, I have some great players and my tactic on paper seems like it should work to a certain extent, I've thought about how each player will link with each other. Nearly every highlight I seem to get in my favour results in a shot getting blocked or a long shot. I hardly ever see any nice football being played. At a loss lads.
  9. I'd get on board with that mate and to a certain extent I agree. I don't expect to beat any of the top teams at all but when I have that amount of possession against one of them I'd hope we did something with it now and again. The main grip I have is when we play teams around us or below.. this is a game I have just played: Same problem again, loads of the ball but created pretty much nothing..
  10. Alright everyone. A little background before I explain about why I'm posting this thread.. I have been playing the Championship Manager/Football Manager series since CM 01/02 so I'm no newbie to the series. I'd say I'm average at the game, I do alright every year, my goal is always the same, take my hometown of Shrewsbury to the Premier League title and I usually achieve that so I like to think I can't be awful haha. Anyway, that goal is the same this year and I'm currently in my 9th season with them sitting mid table in the league at the January mark. This is my 3rd season in the Prem now, I massively overachieved in my first season finishing 8th: So this brings me on to my problem. I cannot for the life of me seem to get any consistency going and my problem this year and every year in fact is understanding what is going wrong and what I need to change. I always have an idea in mind before I create a tactic of how I want to play but when the results don't come I am completely lost on what to do most of the time, I watch the game back on comprehensive highlights if a result didn't go as planned to try and find the problems but I just find myself staring at the screen not having a clue what I'm meant to be looking out for. Very frustrating. This season is going very much like the last, finding it very hard to piece together any sort of form. I have been reading threads on here as of late, especially the one from @herne79 which was a brilliant read and I have tried implementing some of that in to my team and to a certain extend it is working: No.1 in the league for possession and miles ahead of any other team with passes completed but that means nothing if I'm not doing anything with that possession. I just played 1st placed Man City away from home and had 60% possession against them but lost 3-0 and didn't have a single highlight so something is very wrong somewhere... The tactic is this at the moment: I'll discuss a little about what I'm trying to achieve: My main aim is to have a lot of the ball as I'm a massive fan of Pep and what he does, I think I manage that pretty well as you can see from the above numbers. I also want my front 5 to press high when we don't have the ball, I have set them individually to do that as I don't want every single player to be pressing like mad man and losing their shape at the back. My best player in the team is a regen on the right wing so want to try and make the most out of him, my thinking for playing an inside forward on attack on the other flank is to have more numbers in the box for my winger to be able to aim at. I have messed about with the strikers role, I either having a DLF or a Complete Forward, their job is to link the midfield to the attack as well as get themselves in the box and be a goal threat. Support and Attack tried, neither seems to get them going, always have poor ratings. Midfield trio: The DLP's job is to stay in the hole and spray passes or just keep things ticking, I have a CM on attack to help out with supporting my striker and getting in the box. The DM is just there to shield my defence, nothing fancy from him, want him to lay the ball off to more creative players in front. Wingback's job on the left is to provide some width for when the Inside Forward attacks the box and sits narrower. Fullback on the right is just to provide support for my winger and hopefully fill in when my right sided central midfielder goes forward. Run of the mill centre backs, defend and keep things simple, again, nothing fancy. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team Instructions: Higher Line Of Engagement is there to press from the front and not give the opponent time on the ball at the back, goes hand in hand with the pressing style I want. I did have a Higher Defensive Line but was getting caught out with balls over the top sometimes. Take Short Kicks/Distribute To Centre Backs/Fullbacks is there to play out from the back, I don't want my keeper booting it forward. Counter Press to immediately press if we lose the ball. Play Out Of Defence, Shorter Passing and Dribble Less to help with retaining the ball. I've only just put Wide instruction on, I found sometimes my middle trio were really bunched together which I didn't want, also want to stretch play a bit to hopefully create some more space for an opening as that is where I'm struggling at the moment. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- So yeah, that is my thinking behind stuff but at the moment I am hardly creating anything and can't seem to progress at all. I'm pretty stuck. I wont go in to the amount of long shots I concede as I know that is a match engine problem (pretty ridiculous though). Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
  11. Since this latest patch I am conceding a ridiculous amount of long shots, anyone else? Like so ridiculous it's getting to the point I'm fearing every long range effort.
  12. Oh definitely, I never imagined we would end up where we did, only picking up 10 losses all season is brilliant in the grand scheme of things. BUT, it's in the fashion it happened. It seemed to go from unbelievable form to very very mixed just because we lost one single game and then a complete meltdown at the end. I agree the pressure and big games could of played a part in the bad form at the end but we don't know for sure. When you hit bad form in your saves do you persevere with the tactic you originally made or completely change it up? It always confuses me on what I should do in that position. Thanks for the reply mate. A big mistake on my part, in the screenshot it shows me with an Attacking mentality but I played on a Balanced one for the whole season. I changed it to Attacking for the last game against Middlesbrough as we needed to overturn a two goal deficit and forgot to change it back for the screen shot. Do all the things you mentioned still apply with a Balanced mentality? Also I will ask the same question to you as I did to FM Underachiever. When you hit a bad run of form, do you persevere and wait for it to pass or change your tactic up completely to try turn it round?
  13. So I have just finished the most unbelievably gutting season I have ever had on any FM. I am playing as Shrewsbury, my home town team. I managed to get promoted via the play offs in my 3rd season to the Championship. Missed out on the play offs by a point first season and had a disappointing mid table finish in the second season. My first season in the Championship nearly ended with a fairy tale finish but it got snatched away from me on the last day of the season with an 81st minute free kick. A draw would of been enough to clinch promotion and the title when I was predicted to be in a relegation battle. https://imgur.com/a/Dy4dIUE I'm absolutely devastated, I had been top of the table since September all the way through until the last day of the season when I fell at the last hurdle. Anyway, you're probably thinking what this has to do with tactics, well, I have a question and need some help. https://imgur.com/a/swblNzg As you can see, I started the season incredibly well, I couldn't believe it. After that spell of dominance I started picking up a few losses which was to be expected, real mixed form. Then my tactic seemed to completely crumble in the last month which not only made me miss out on automatic promotion, it made me collapse in the play offs as well: https://imgur.com/a/OU3UxpB My question is, when should I of changed it? I obviously had the foundations of something brilliant or I wouldn't of been able to go on that big unbeaten run at the start of the season. I tweaked little things here and there but kept it very much the same for the whole season, what made it go so terribly wrong? I didn't want to completely overhaul the tactic/formation as soon as it started going wrong as I've made that mistake before and you tweak it so much it ends up being nothing like the tactic that was so good in the first place. It really worked well so I believe I shouldn't have to create a whole new tactic soon as I pick up a couple losses. I know some of it may of been a reputation thing, I was the underdog so teams at the start of the season were coming at me which left me with more room to exploit, as I started doing well teams readjusted how they would play against me but still, I'm lost on what I should of done and need your help so I never make this mistake again! This was my tactic: https://imgur.com/a/w4R7RAB Appreciate anyone who has took the time to read, look forward to your replies. Cheers.
  14. Great mate, just purchased. In my Steam library waiting to go!
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