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    Oxfordshire, England

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    Oxford United

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    Alfreton Town

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  1. It's hit and miss in higher league Football for me. Lower league it's a killer tactic and you can kinda be less choosy with the players you bring in as long as they fit the role by having most of the right attributes. Any fast striker is likely to ruin defences in non-league. I'm currently managing in the Danish Superliga and it's really inconsistent. Don't get me wrong, we're in the hunt for the title with a team that's realistically mid-table in terms of talent/media expectation, but there's zero pattern of how well we're going to play week in and week out. I think at this level it's way more crucial to be more picky with the types of players you have for the tactic to really work. I think it's also important to look at player preferred moves as well. Having a playmaker in midfield who likes to dribble the ball often goes against the tactical plan of the ball over the top towards your fast wingers and strikers, for example.
  2. I retract my post above.... Six straight wins, playing teams way above us in the league off the park. Once we got the morale up and some signings that fit the tactic it's pretty plain sailing now. I inherited a squad of 30something age players and had to clear out and/or drop some deadwood.
  3. Great tactic in the lower leagues for sure! Two promotions in three seasons with Alfreton and I left them 2nd in League 2 to go to Derby in the Championship. Unfortunately at Championship level it's been an absolute disaster. I think the tactic deserves more time as there are some issues with the team but the results have been horrendous and it feels like the tactic plays a lot differently at this level.
  4. Thank you! You're right, I switched my default drive for installations to D while FM20 is in C. Works perfectly now.
  5. Same issue. As soon as I click on Launch I get a black screen and the editor instantly closes/crashes.
  6. This tactic is pure insanity even in the sixth tier of England. Just make sure you sign LBs and RBs that are at least decently comfortable with the IWB role and you'll be laughing. I have been lucky in the sense there are players in the Western-Super-Mare that fit the roles for the tactic perfectly.
  7. I'm 30. The first football management game I ever played was LMA Manager on the original Playstation, but the one I sunk the most time into and my first game that started my love affair with SI was Championship Manager 4.
  8. On Ashbringer, could you switch the Shadow Striker into a False 9? I can't imagine there is much difference between the roles and it would mean bringing in a more suitable player from my line-up.
  9. Most of my gaming outside of Football Manager is online. For me, my time playing FM is often while I'm watching TV or something else and I enjoy getting quite in-depth in my saves which isn't conducive to faster paced online play.
  10. I was using your previous 4231 tactic and had mixed success with Aberystwyth. Obviously the players were of generally poor quality and it wasn't easy to find players who would fit into the system, but the potential was definitely there. I can totally relate to the slog of conceding deflected shots and the luck just not going your way. I did see improvement after taking Use Offside Trap off, but mainly because our CBs simply weren't fast enough or smart enough to use it effectively. I had to "dumb down" the tactic slightly and took Pass Into Space off as our players had poor positioning, off the ball and anticipation attributes along with generally poor team cohesion. Despite all the issues I've listed we're still in a mid-table position which isn't bad for a team expected to be in the relegation battle! The struggle of finding even mildly acceptable players for this system is real at this level! But I believe in a couple of seasons and some hopefully good youth players coming through the system we'll get players more suited to what we're trying to do. But I'm sticking with it as I understand the basic premise of the tactic and can see where there are weaknesses in my squad and why certain things are happening, or not aside from the lucky goals which just seem to happen at random sometimes.
  11. Agree with what kozmik said. I haven't tried a BWM at all in FM17 because of the reasons you listed. I tend to run a CM which you can pretty much customize into anything you want. It could be worth setting him to ease off tackles in your player instructions on the tactics screen if you haven't already. It doesn't stop them from tackling completely, just tones it down a great deal which could be of benefit to your player.
  12. I'm in 2023 on my current save and Watford have only finished in the top ten of the Premier League once since the start. Never relegated but never challenged for Europe either.
  13. The only thing I'm not a fan of is that in previous versions I used to make sure news of sackings and job openings in certain leagues would appear in my inbox and they'd be very easy to find. This was especially useful for me considering 99% of my saves are realistic journeyman saves. It's a little bit irritating to have to keep checking the social media feed instead but I guess I'm used to it now. The actual "twitter" aspect of it I pay little to no attention to.
  14. I'm still absolutely loving these tactics and I'm still making the odd little personal tweak so I don't feel like I'm "completely" ripping someone else's idea. I've made a slightly more defensive variant which I tend to use away from home or when we're fairly heavy underdogs. Running a standard or counter mentality, moving the tempo up to lower or normal, close down sometimes and dropping the WBs to support or even making them Full Backs on attack helps some of the defensive stability. I've mentioned it before but I run a high block with this tactic which means the two strikers and the shadow striker are set to close down more so they'll pressure the opposition's back line. Regardless of how defensive and safe this variant of the tactic is meant to be, these three players are never involved in defensive transitions unless you go contain. You may get an extra goal or two in a season just by pressuring a back line of players not comfortable on the ball.
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