I was hoping I could get some help defending headers with my Arsenal team, as I’m reaching that point where the game is just frustrating, not fun. I’m not asking for a “OMGWINALLTHEGAMES” super tactic or anything, I just want to stop conceding (what feels like) the same goal over and over again. I’d say at least half (probably closer to ¾) of the goals I’ve conceded have all been headers from 6 yards out, from corners, freekicks about 40 yards out and crosses. I’ve got decent centre-halves, and they just get beaten in the 6 yard box over and over again.
I’ve read all of the recommended threads (and hopefully understood them a bit too!) and have built myself a tactic that I feel should work with my players, and am playing a style that should fit them. I know that crosses are considered a bit broken on the forums (can’t work out if they’ve been fixed, doesn’t seem it to me) – but I’m playing with a friend who’s not having problems with them (playing a standard 4-4-2 as Spurs, and walking away with the league :\) so I feel like a proper moaner for getting frustrated at it.
I’m playing either a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-5-1 (see pics below) and alternating depending on opposition (and also in a bid to stop conceding the same type of goal) but nothing seems to work. I’ve tried Fluid, Rigid, Control, Counter, Standard (trying to pick the right one for the right game) and I still just concede. A lot of the time it’s in the first 3 or 4 minutes as well, which tends to set the tone I’ve set my fullbacks to d (having tried auto and support) and have made sure my defenders aren’t pushing out a ton. Doesn’t matter who I play there, they just concede
I use pretty basic shouts (see below), and don’t mess around with sliders and check boxes.
I’ve uploaded the save in case anyone wants to take a look and see what on earth I’m doing wrong. I’m just on the verge of giving up (I’m about to be sacked, I’d have probably given up by now if it wasn’t a network game). Thanks in advance for any help people feel like giving. I really, really want to enjoy this year’s game, I love pretty much everything apart from the fact I can’t win.
Link to save: http://rapidshare.com/files/1266595510/D%26C.fm
Really appreciate any help people can give me, because I'm at my wit's end