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  1. Playing a pre-season game, my opponent tried something new - two goalkeepers, both in goalkeeper kits!! What seems to have happened is the opponent subbed an outfield player for a GK and put the sub GK in goal. Is this a bug? Surely any outfield player should be in 'normal' kit even if their best position is GK, and that's without considering the AI rationale behind making such a substitution in the first place!
  2. Hi I hadn't played FM for a few years but I'm a massive Wolves fan and the way we are playing this season tempted me to try and replicate the success on FM! I've just sealed promotion with a few games to spare and am on course to win the title (as expected given how good the squad is). I started off trying to ape real life but since there's quite alot the match engine doesn't allow for (or at least I'm not familiar enough with it to create an adequately similar tactic) I've ended up using real life as a starting point but with some differences as follows: The only change I often make is change the mentality to Control if I'm on top but haven't scored and the only significant player instructions are for the winger to roam and the DLP to attempt riskier passes. Once I settled on this I was very reluctant to make any changes but there are a few of things I'm not happy with/might not work in the Prem: 1) Too many similar Team Instructions, particularly if I use the counter mentality against better sides 2) The LWB is a fantastic attacking outlet with oceans of space to exploit but he does leave a hole behind him that better opposition could exploit. 3) Neves attempts too many long range efforts but this might be his ppm that I'm trying to coach out of him - his average rating is only just over 7 so I'm not getting the best output from him. 4) While the RWB (Dalot on loan) and RW (Cavaleiro) sometimes combine brilliantly, they also get in each others way quite a lot - not sure if this is tactical or calibre of player. 5) The DF and W get caught offside far too often for my liking, but occasionally neither gets into the box quick enough for a cross. So my initial thoughts for changes are: 1) Get rid of 'retain possession' and 'lower tempo' team instructions when against better sides 2) I could change the LWB to support but I really like him with attack - other options are to move the BWM/DLP back to the DM line; not sure whether changing the BWM to a Carrilero would offer more left-hand-side defensive protection without weakening the centre? 3) hopefully getting rid of the ppm will solve - any other ideas? 4) I'm thinking of moving the right winger inside to a support striker with a 'run right' instruction and changing the current SS to AP (A). How does having two playmaker roles affect tactics? Does putting someone straight ahead of a DLP help or hinder them, particularly in terms of finding a killer pass or spreading the play rather than shooting!? 5) no idea lol Any thoughts on what impact my proposed changes might have?? Any other thoughts on improving this tactic would be most welcome!! I want to attack the Prem as well as possible with minimal changes to personnel... Thanks!!
  3. I'm no tactics guru but I have an idea why you dominate at home and lose away - it's the role of the DMs. The Segundo volante (of whatever it's called!) is programmed to support attacks upfield in possession and he's paired with a playmaker, not a defensive role. At home (as a top team with top players) you're expected to dominate possession and your opponent sits deep so you get away with it but away, when the opponent will attack more and is more likely to have the ball, you're left very exposed when you lose the ball - 5 players upfield plus two wingbacks leaving just the centre backs and a playmaker to defend. I would either change the SV to a more defensive role when away or use Neves as the SV and pair with a DM/anchor-man. The only way I would pair a SV with a playmaker would be if either there was 3 centre-backs or one of the full-backs was very defensive. Hope that helps
  4. Anyone who thinks this doesn't happen irl doesn't know about Matt Murray http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Murray Absolutely fantastic goalkeeper who could have become England's number 1 had his career not been wrecked by injury after injury. Known to be a top bloke as well. Fair enough he didn't have that number of injuries, but his were more serious. For that number of injuries (over a 2.5 year period and counting) I give you Razak Boukari!
  5. Not that I'm biased, but I would recommend Wolves from the Championship! Team thread is [thread=408808]here[/thread] if you are interested
  6. Thanks for your company Long Islander and Terrance, it sounds like you both had an entertaining few seasons at the helm! Gungner unlucky mate, at least you've brought in a few attacking players to cover the loss...
  7. Thanks for contributing Jogo, more than welcome I don't have a particularly great knowledge of players so any tips are gratefully received! btw my tip on Dicko - play him and give him heavy focus on finishing and it can rise by two or three points in season 1 alone!
  8. If you reduce transfer budget to £600k you'll increase wage budget to about £10k which should be enough for one of the targets (just for illustration, you may as well move it all to the wage budget...) Have you sold anyone, or are you going to try and keep a big squad happy?
  9. IIRC Dicko is your only decent striker, with Clarke and McAlinden as back-up (and Sigurdarson from January). Some people on here have had success from one or both of Clarke/McAlinden but neither are 'like-for-like' so imho it's very risky not to get another striker in, just in case Dicko gets injured. I sold Clarke and loaned in Maynard (but there are others out there!) If you really wanted to free up some wages you could get rid of Johnson on a free (though I only managed it on transfer deadline day!). There are a couple of others on high wages that you might not need, depending on your preferred formation etc Hope that helps
  10. Are the attributes declining over the course of the season? Or is it just the arrows that show 'recent attribute changes'? If over the course of the season a player is improving then it's right to praise the player. Imo don't pay much attention to the arrows: they seem to fluctuate week-to-week.
  11. Thanks for that Cleon I'll read a bit more carefully next time! I assume the coach you choose to teach the PPM makes no difference then?
  12. Hi all I used to be an avid FM player, but due to various things this is my first FM since FM12 and first one I've played much since FM10. One of the changes is now coaches teach PPMs rather than players doing it by themselves. Is there any methodology for choosing the right coach? Does the coach's personality make a difference to the success rate like tutoring? Also a specific question Cleon: in your extremely helpful thread you define PPMs as 'CA free'. Is this also true for the PPM 'Tries to develop weaker foot' (which I think is missing from your list)? If so this seems like an incredibly useful PPM - anyone had much success with it? Thanks in advance for any replies
  13. btw, does the Cleon tactic you're thinking of have a wide playmaker, roaming playmaker and raumdeuter? If so, here's a link to it on the forum, which has all the posts on the same thread (hopefully helpful ) http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/403153-Building-A-Tactic-From-The-Beginning-And-Maintaining-It-Long-Term @Terrance: Yeah, I know that's true but that doesn't take into account sentimentality of ppl like me! IRL he's our best player so I'm far too 'loyal' to him on the game than I should be. Similarly I could have cashed in with Dicko in the summer, but he's still my second-choice striker (new signing hasn't performed) and I've just offered Batth a new 4-year contract! I realise it means I've lost out on a few million with Sako but taking real-life players to great success on FM is one of my greatest pleasures in the game. Hopefully I'll still get a couple of million for Sako and in the cases of Batth and Dicko I will achieve lots with them...
  14. Thanks for the tactic info Long Islander To be fair being out-shot isn't necessarily a bad thing; it depends what kind of shots they are. For (an extreme) example, if you only have 3 shots all match, but all inside the 6-yard box, all on target and score two goals, whereas your opponent has 10 shots from outside the penalty area, gets 3 on target and scores 1, which team would you prefer to be? That's why I think clear-cut chances is a more relevant statistic, or at least shots on target. If I see an opponent shooting from outside the area I usually think that's a good thing - yes they'll score a couple over the course of the season, but it's the least likely place from which to score goals. Obviously the most relevant statistic of all is goals, which seems to have gone well for you for a while!
  15. Hi Long Islander. shame about Kane and Krul, you don't seem to have had much luck! On Sako, he's a strange one - in my first season in the Prem he was very hit-and-miss for the first half of the season, but was fantastic second half of the year, scoring some crucial goals, so much so that I decided (being sentimental to real life) that I had to reject the advances from other clubs. Now in my second premiership season he has again been hit-and-miss and for the first time he has looked off the pace in a couple of games (or as you put it, lazy). I think it's because (based on real life) he isn't very consistent so any drop in morale means he quickly loses confidence and performances drop (instead of laziness). The only way to solve this is a consistent run of games and hope he finds form but tbh I don't think I can take that risk anymore so like you am looking to sell him - only trouble being his value has collapsed since the summer! One thing - he is very left footed so I would either play him as a winger on the left or an inside forward on the right - if neither are an option in your tactic it's definitely time to sell... Btw which Cleon thread are you refering to? That sounds like a tactic I might try next season.
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