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  1. In an effort to change things up, I went with the suggestions: lower LOE, no prevent GK distribution, changed FB roles. The results? Five games, three goals (one from the spot), one win. Two chances created and one assist by the Enganche (all in the same game). I do appreciate the help, so I'm not crapping on your suggestions - just giving the results. The thing is, based on the stats above (particularly chances created), the system is working relatively well. Granted, I'm using teams that are tipped for promotion, but I don't think I'm underperforming. My main RMD is the second-leading goal scorer on the team, so he's getting plenty of opportunities, and I've seen times where he's open for a run on a throughball but whoever is on the ball doesn't see him. So I think it's there, just needs a little tweaking. I'll get bored easily with a standard 4123, which is why I wanted to go strikerless, but maybe it's time to give a No. 9 a look.
  2. ...Or is he my No. 9? I'm a long-time FM player but just giving FM20 a shot after using FM14 for a long time. Despite the fact I've been playing awhile, tactics are not my strong suit and I'd prefer a 'set it and forget it' system that I know works so I can focus on other parts of the game. That said, I'm trying a system on my own to start and see where it takes me. I've decided to try a strikerless 4123 wide system with a raumdeuter for the first time (used a narrow 5230 in FM14 to great success). I've tried it with three different teams and for the most part it's been successful. My biggest issue is figuring out what to do with the No. 10 (9?) at the top. I initially envisioned a Trequartista there - the focal point of the attack, hitting the RMD with through-balls while also chipping in with goals. That hasn't happened like I thought it would. Here's what I've been using with Leeds: The TRQ has turned into a deeper-lying Enganche. Despite my best intentions, the DLP has been the biggest part of the attack, hitting the wingers and the Mezzala on deep passes behind the defense. Anecdotally, a good number (most?) of my chances come from long balls from my outside backs and DM. I've seen them routinely hit my MEZ-a and W-a on the run for a one-on-one. I'd say a majority of my goals have come on crosses from either wing to the RMD or W. After a slow start - went six (SIX!) straight games without a goal in August - things are going well: Through 34 games, here's where I stand: 4th in the table (1 game in hand) 10th in possession (51%) Distant 5th in goals (58) - West Brom has 81. 1st in chances created (101) 1st in conversion rate (13%) 1st in shots on target ratio (57%) 1st in goals allowed (16) I went a slightly different route in a test with Dulwich Hamlet: Through 17 games, here's where I stand: 3rd in the table 1st in possession (57%) T11th in goals (21) 2nd in chances created (49) 19th in conversion rate (7%) 1st in goals allowed (9) With Arsenal, I used a IF-s and FB-a on the right with the MEZ on support and had the AMC as a Shadow Striker (won't post pic or stats for that one). Results were pretty good - top 5 in everything above except for possession and 7th in table with game in hand. So after all that, my question is: what do I do with the AMC? Obviously what I'm doing is working overall, but I feel like the AMC is almost a lost position. The RMD isn't getting through balls - just crosses mainly - and the AMC isn't scoring or creating a ton of chances. I've halfway considered making it another MC on attack duty and go for goal from even deeper. I like using Shadow Strikers but don't want another attack duty up top and the MEZ-a is working well. Any suggestions?
  3. It seems as if there are three files that are the issue (located in App Data\Local\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2014\Temporary): tc_league_history_dt.cmt tc_history_dt.cmt tc_cup_history_dt.cmt When I load up an old game, their file sizes are 2.11M/2.09M/1.86M which tells me they have information in them. When I load up a game after that information disappeared, they are much smaller (kilobytes). I've tried copying-and-pasting replacements to no avail - the history is gone.
  4. Sonofa! So no chance I could load an earlier version of the save and repopulate those files?
  5. Several seasons ago, my Best XI information disappeared and now the competition history for all of the leagues and cups in my game has disappeared as well. Is it gone forever?
  6. Yeah, I did plenty of Googling but came up with nothing. Didn't know if there were demos stashed away somewhere.
  7. Is there a way to get the demos for FM 15 and 16? I want to try out tactics people have posted but all I have are FM 14 and 17. TIA.
  8. I'm trying to retrieve my information for Worldwide Soccer Manager 2006. I have an email when I purchased it that contains my customer number and order number, but I don't have a serial number needed to run the game.
  9. I incorporated this into my FM14 game, with some minor adjustments. While it was very successful at first -- lots of wins, shots and scoring opportunities -- the goals did not materialize. I only scored more than a couple of goals in league games once or twice in 10 games, with no wins by more than one goal (I blew out two Championship teams in the FA Cup). The more I used it, the less effective it became, and I soundly lost to a Championship team, so I had to give it up. I have found your "defensive fortitude" tactic much more effective.
  10. Thanks all for the responses. I've tried out a few different setups with varying success. I'll keep tweaking it and see what shakes out. I'd love to see what Cleon did, but unfortunately, the images in his thread don't show up and his web site is down so I'd be guessing as to what he's doing.
  11. Has anyone tried a three-striker system? I have a glut of good strikers and would like to try and find a way to get them on the field. Any recommendations on roles and duties? What would you play behind them? Thanks.
  12. Update on my season since I made some tactical changes: it's still early (10 games played), but my defense has improved. I lost my top DC but added several comparable replacements and improved my standing in the league in the defensive attributes. I am tied for fifth in the league in goals allowed with 11, just two off the top spot. However, my offense has completely cratered: I am tied for 16th with 12 goals in 10 games. Worse, my team is Jekyll and Hyde. Coming off three straight wins by a combined 9-1 (two PL, 1 CL), I get completely bossed around by the last-placed team (60% possession), one that has a grand total of four points (1-1-8). I give up three SoG (in five attempts) to a team in the relegation zone... and they all go in, while I have four SoG in 17 and get shut out. I beat PSG 2-0, then lose my next four, scoring two goals in the process. I guess I'm stuck in a situation where I don't know what to expect from my team, regardless of what tactic I use, or who I use in it. So basically what I'm saying is, my season is going to hell and I can't figure out how to stop it.
  13. Thanks for the help. Any tweaks to the roles/duties of my MC pair? I have them both on "close down less" to keep them from getting pulled out of position. What about the CM-s to help more on defense?
  14. I guess my question was, which role will be more attacking/less defensive, a wingback on support or fullback on attack? (BTW, is there a chart that has all of the roles and duties and how aggressive they are in relation to one another?) I just concluded the season so I'm a ways out from starting again, but I'll experiment and see. Sometimes it's hard to tell what will be effective in preseason friendlies since I'm usually playing either minnows for fitness/confidence reasons or really big clubs for money.
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