marks91

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  1. I have a save going with Carlisle, too. You've made a great start! I do a lot of setting up before the start of the first season so only just played my first game where I beat Mansfield away 3-0 Got Blackburn away in the cup next which I'm not looking forward to.
  2. Thoroughly enjoying reading this thread so far. Great stuff. In previous versions of FM, I've very much been a 'pick a shape and stick with it no matter what' type of manager, instead focusing on keeping a strong core of players together and bringing through home-grown youth for either profit or just sheer joy at watching them grow before my very eyes. I still want to do that to some extent, but I really want to do brush up tactically and there's no better place to do that than down in the lower leagues where you are given time (or not in your case with Woking!). Unfortunately, I have nothing to add tactically at the moment, but the process of writing out your strengths, weaknesses and where to improve like you are doing here will hopefully make me a better FM player. Also, Guiseley are my local team. They are just five minutes down the road from me and have a little soft spot for them. It would be great in you could bring some success to a club who have been incredibly unlucky in recent years. I wish you the best of luck!
  3. I did contemplate a 4-1-3-2 and may well fiddle around with it as my one of back-up tactics. At the moment my midfield and forward set-up for Liverpool looks like this: DMC --------DMC CM IF-------------------------IF F9 So say if I am getting attacked down the wings, even if Gerrard and Lucas are dragged out wide to help cover the full-backs, Coutinho is offering at least some protection in the middle. Whereas with the 4-1-2-1-2, the AMC is pretty much always tracking back and is often too late to cover the huge gaps in midfield and help out the DMC. Sturridge and Sterling aren't tracking back as much as I would like, but then again they aren't defence-minded in the slightest so it's to be expected. But, at least they are in the AMR and AML positions and do (eventually) provide cover for the full-backs, allowing Gerrard and Lucas to shift back into the centre. With the 4-1-2-1-2, the full-back cover is not there at all. I'm only a few games into my Liverpool save with this tactic I'm using but I didn't concede in my first three games (before losing to Tottenham 2-1 (two free-kicks ), and for the first time since buying the game I am winning those games comfortably too which is making me a much happier person. If I'm still feel like I'm overwhelmed in the middle then the 4-1-3-2, like you say SnUrf, gives you more protection in central areas straight from the off. Thanks for the advice.
  4. I started Liverpool saves and got sacked in October and January, so I feel your pain! The logical way does seem to play with attacking full-backs as Johnson, Enrique and Cissokho are all very capable of performing that role. I also tried a 4-1-2-1-2 and found that I was absolutely dominating games, but not creating enough clear cut chances. In the Liverpool thread, it was also brought to my attention that although this formation saw Enrique (usually) and Johnson bomb forward, the narrow diamond leaves the full-backs very exposed as they have both the opposition wingers and full-backs to deal with. If the central midfielders go out to close down on the wings then it opens up space in middle, so there's an awful lot of risk attached to this tactic, as I found out much to my detriment. I hope that doesn't put you off using it! I would love for someone to get the narrow diamond to work. At the moment, I'm now starting again with a 4-2-1-2-1 formation which is spearheaded by inside forwards and a false nine. Inside forwards have had a lot of joy against me in this game so far, so I thought why not try them myself. I'm in pre-season still so in no real position to pass proper judgment on this tactic yet. Keep us updated with your progress. I'm in the same boat pretty much and could do with learning a thing or two!
  5. Cheers for the help guys. I gave the players greater freedom and trimmed the shouts down to four. It worked as I won my next couple of games much more convincingly. It also got the board of my back a bit. I'm thinking that the narrow diamond isn't going to work in the long-term. I really want to find a system where attacking full-backs are effective as they can be very difficult to defend against. With the narrow diamond, you're right ADoubleK when you say they are exposed to wingers and full-backs. There's no protection and on review, a lot of the goals I conceded came from the wide areas. The only way they can be properly protected is by playing wingers but Liverpool aren't blessed in this department at the start, especially ones capable of protection when we don't have the ball. Looks like I'm heading back to trying an effective 4-2-3-1!
  6. Just getting to the end of September and enjoying the save so far, playing some lovely stuff in this 4-4-2 diamond I've gone with. However, two games I've played are worrying me about the long-term... 0-1 against Swansea (H) 1-1 against Cardiff (H) As you can see I'm dominating games, but I just cannot finish the chances. I watch via extended highlights and in most games, the keepers are having absolute blinders. Very frustrating, but I'm determined to at least see a season through! Sturridge in particular is very wasteful in the advanced forward role. I have him unlearning the 'shoots from distance' PPM so he may become more prolific in time. My tactics Average positions against Cardiff (1-1) Are Coutinho and Aspas getting in each other's way? Some advice on my finishing problem would be greatly appreciated. Edit: Here's another game to file under 'should have won' category! 4-1 against West Brom (A)
  7. Had the game since release date and still not made it past the first season! Lost count of the amount of saves I have had where I've been sacked or really underperformed. I've tried lots of different clubs to see if I can settle into a save and decided to have a go with Liverpool. I've taken on board some of the comments so far in this thread and gone for a 4-4-2 diamond as my main tactic and a standard 4-4-2 as a reserve and go from there. Staff and scouts all sorted, training and tutors too and now I'm ready to go! Only downside to this save so far is that I have lost Johnson for 3 months and Gerrard for 5. Not the best of starts
  8. Determination, level of discipline and motivating all contribute to a higher star rating.
  9. Made a good start to my second season. I've just conceded my first goal in nearly two months! (Ok it includes two friendlies but I'm still counting them) I ended up buying Gaston Ramirez for £14m on transfer deadline day and sending Miyaichi out on loan. He's made a solid start on the left wing for me and he provides very good service to the front man. Five-star potential too!
  10. I'm just about ready to start my second season and decided to stick with Ramsey and Diaby and give them another shot (cheers for the advice btw). Got £28m in received transfer fees leaving me with this side; GK: Szczesny, Fabianski, Mannone DR: Sagna, Jenkinson DL: Baines, Gibbs DC: Verm, Mertesacker DC:Koscielny, Djourou DMC: Fellaini, Coquelin, Frimpong MC: Ramsey, Diaby MC: Cazorla, Wilshere, Ward-Prowse MR: Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho ML: Arshavin, Miyaichi ST- Walcott, Podolski, Giroud, Chamakh Much-changed squad I know
  11. Yep just give it time. If you hover your mouse over the greyed out option on Cazorla it should say something like 'this player has recently tutored'.
  12. I've just finished my first season and won the Champions League! Beat Real Madrid and Juventus on away goals, clawed my way back from 3-0 down against PSG to win on pens and just beat Barca on pens with Vermaelen bagging the winner! In the league I only managed to scrape 4th but I'd have been right up there challenging for the title if I didn't have this annoying tendency to slip up at home to bottom-half teams I switched to a 4-1-4-1 formation towards the end of the season and having watched a few games all the way through, I'm set-up well both with and without the ball. It looks like this (duties in brackets); GK DR (auto) DC (D) DC (D) DL (auto) DMC (D) W (A) B2B (S) AP (A) W (S) P (A) This summer I'm going to try and offload Santos, Arteta, Rosicky and Chamakh from my first team and get rid of the likes of Denilson and Bendtner etc to get the squad down to a more managable size. I didn't get much luck with my youth candidates this year but I am getting this guy from Preston who has been labelled the new John Terry I really want to get my central midfield right for the new season and I could do with one maybe two Box to Box midfielders. My plan is to have; Defensive midfielders - Fellaini, Coquelin, Frimpong Box to Box midfielders - ???? Advanced playmakers - Cazorla, Wilshere, Ramsey. Any recommendations for the B2B mids?
  13. This thread is an excellent read. I throw the towel in alot but I keep coming back for more, knowing that the feeling you get when you know you're in proper control of your club and knowing that any success is down to you is completely worth it in the end. I can't compete with some of the advice given here but one thing that has helped me massively in understanding the initial make-up of my team is using the squad comparison page in where your key stats are compared with the rest of teams in the league and given a ranking. The relativity factor has been touched upon in this thread and I too believe it to be important in figuring out your own tactics. For instance, my creativity in midfield was ranked amongst the lowest in the league so I knew instantly I was going to struggle with the service to my front line. However, I did have a creative forward so I made sure he played a deeper role to essentially help the midfield out when attacking to keep moves flowing and keep creating chances. Also it tells me that my squad lacks a creative midfielder so I made it one of priorities to bring one in at some point and then I can start to not just rely on that creative striker all the time. Another attacking outlet for you is another problem for the opposition to worry about. Hardly ground-breaking stuff I know but hopefully the squad comparison page helps in recognising what you have to work now and what you want to work towards in the future.
  14. I'm not sure if this has been asked but is there a way to get the goalkeeper to pass short to my full-backs from a goal-kick? I've noticed that the AI use this set-up alot and was wondering if it could be replicated? My keeper's kicking rating is only 9 and my usual starting midfield and attack are not very good headers of the ball either so it's basically gifting the opposition possession. Thanks in advance
  15. Cheers for the quick responses chaps. If I get another run of no replay highlights I'll definitely log it as a bug. I'm reluctant as I've not had it since. Hoping it's just a one-off (or a four-off in this case!) I'll tinker around with Wilshere and Ramsey in the roles you've suggested and be a bit more patient with The Ox. I will report back when I've finished the season. Thanks