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Everything posted by Banks_87

  1. FM18: Serie A - The home of Calcio

    Either, the ones i've found at my club are all on loan, will be looking to blood them next year. Interestingly, I've just passed Jan and made a couple of decent signings, I sold Felipe Anderson to Bayern for £39m and reinvested it, bringing in Barkley, Wilshere, Vietto and Rulli. Currently 2nd in the league, 1 point being Inter - and i'm hoping the fresh faces can help us push on
  2. FM18: Serie A - The home of Calcio

    I will do mate, i'll be loading up soon. Yeah I have had a look at the youth teams, few are out on loan but no one has jumped out at me yet. One of the reasons I like to play in Italy - you don't really get given huge amounts of cash, so you can promote a lot from within. If you know of any gems pass them on!
  3. FM18: Serie A - The home of Calcio

    I just wanted to raise some money for Berardi, without selling my best players. I also managed to bring Sarr in and i think Wallace looks like a very good CB. You know what FM is like, you hardly ever get top dollar for your players, but when you buy off the AI - different story
  4. FM18: Serie A - The home of Calcio

    Alright men, just started my main save, went with Lazio for a change and I like to see them do well in real life! So far so good as far as the league goes, just coming up to December and we sit second, joint top with Inter, who beat me 1-0 first game of the season. Most notably we've beaten Juve away 4-2 and come back from 2-0 down in Naples to draw 2-2, inside the last 10 minutes, madness. As always in Italy, the transfer budget I got given wasn't great and we don't really have any players of value - that I want to sell. I did manage to move Bastos for £11m, Basta for £6m and Djordjevic for £3m. From those sales I got Berardi £20m, Malang Sarr £7m, Justin Kluivert £8m and Maximillian Arnold in on loan. Parolo is out the door in Jan, we fell out, so hes out the door haha off to Leicester for £11m, so we have a little to invest in Jan if the right player become available
  5. Just go to mid Jan on my Port Vale main save. But i've hit a bit of a cross-roads. Top of the league but i've been offered the Notts Forest job. The plan was to take Vale to the PL and win it, eventually. Forest, with their history etc might be too good to turn down! They're 22nd atm so promotion with them this season is highly unlikely. Any insight would be appreciated!
  6. Quick update, my Vale side have settled a lot better into the Oathkeeper, scoring for fun, when I changed over we were flirting in and out of the automatic promotion spots, 10 points behind leaders Mansfield. We've managed to cut that gap to a point in just over 2 months and we're scoring goals for fun. The tactic seems to give the ability to both hit quick counters with a direct style, or to play nice two touch football. Either way my players have really taken to it and hopefully we can get the League 2 title wrapped up over the weekend! One thing I have noticed, but again, it may be my players, or sheer bad luck, we dont seem to keep many clean sheets. I though it might be a byproduct of the tactic. On further inspection I've noticed a lot of goals come from corners, either directly or via knock down/second ball. Anyone else noticed anything similar?
  7. I can't seem to find a decent level of consistency with either at the moment, I do like how Oathkeeper breaks on teams, its very good to watch - gonna persevere until the end of the season, currently 4th in League 2.
  8. Started well, then I played Mansfield at home, 4-0 down within 30 minutes
  9. Have you tried the Oathkeeper with Stockport County, Mr Rosler? Gonna implement it into my Port Vale save, I tried Oathbreaker, but it was a bit hit and miss, couldn't really find any consistency with it. Always felt like I was vulnerable defensively and not potent enough going forwards, it may have been my players, my top scorer is 16 year old fresh from the U18's!
  10. Just started my annual Port Vale save, so i'll be following this thread closely!
  11. Crossing

    I'm finding a lot of my crosses are blocked, I'm getting about 20-30 corners a game sometimes its ridiculous
  12. Hi I'm getting either the crash dump error, or 'running dangerously low on memory' error, usually it tells me its trying allocate 0 bytes before closing. I can't seem to find any pattern, they just happen randomly, I've only managed to get through about a week so far. I'm running the English leagues only, medium database and i've tried the troubleshooting tips posted on the forum. DxDiag.txt
  13. Welcome Mr Rosler, I'm glad you'll be back this year, the forums aren't as active as they once were and I for one missed your tactics and insight last year! I agree on the strikerless thing, really bugged me last year, glad to see it's not an issue this year. Yet. Anyway, I was trying to develop something similar, in terms of formation/shape at least, with my Liverpool side. I'll let you know how it goes!
  14. FM 2018 v18.0.2.1032514 (2017.10.31 21.14.00).dmp @Felix Wilkie that's the latest one, cheers Felix
  15. Does the playmaker have a bigger say in matches than the Enganche? Currently using Asensio in the first WOF 4312, but I think another role, like an advanced playmaker, would make better use of his ability and mobility
  16. Hi Mr Rosler I've started tinkering between the two alot more, trying to get myself out of the bad spell i'm in, like you say it's all about managing the form and sustaining it wherever possible. I'm mid table at the moment, that's as good as it's got for me so far. Teams have sat in a little deeper against me this season though, I've gone a little more direct at times and tbh a lack of quality finishing up top has really cost me at times. The most frustrating thing is literally almost every game the opposition is having 2/3 shots and scoring 2/3 goals. Just gotta ride it out
  17. This has really faltered for me second season. Started really well and I thought we had cracked it, winning the first three of the season. Since then we've lost the next four. I averaged around 25 shots on goal in each game, really frustrating. I'm noticing a lot of long shots, although I think thats to do with the personnel rather than the tactic. Not sure at the moment whether to stick or twist, because I have suffered injuries to key players early on. Another thing, dont know if you experience the same Mr Rosler, It seems as though my striker can never really find any kind of space in and around the box, when he does he scores, but its a rarity
  18. Thought at much with the 4411, you can see the AMC drop in...I ran the 4231 for about the last 15 games of the season, it did a job, as you say we can't expect a diablo tactic, FM is too advanced now. I had a run of about 5 games where I just couldnt win, it was what cost me an automatic slot ultimately. Funny you should mention the Striker ratings, Yakubu was generally very good for me, but as you say if he wasn't performing at half time I was subbing him for one of my young lads, who did the business on a number of occasions in the run in. I'm living off free transfers and loans at the minute, dont really have the funds or the interest in spending, such are the financial restrictions at Coventry, but I feel a better quality striker would see me win the league comfortably
  19. This tactic creates so many chances, went on to get third in League One, only to lose in the play off final to Scunthorpe. Very difficult to take, we missed a pen at 0-0 in the 91st minute. So its another year in League One for us. One criticism (not of the tactic) is for the amount of chances we create, we werent scoring nowhere near enough, the play off final for example, 25 shots only 6 on target and we ended up losing 2-0. Gonna go with this and the tweaked 4411 next season, hopefully we can secure automatic promotion this time. In regards to the 4411 Mr Rosler, you think going 2 up to to make it a 442 would have a detrimental effect, or equally, i've been considering to move one of the CAM's in this to ST and make it a 4312?
  20. I have been using a similar set-up, in between your 4411, its been giving me some decent results, gonna switch to this one as I like the solidity its produced in the Championship, which should hopefully be our stomping ground next season!