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  1. Excellent, I loved your tactic a few versions back. I'll give this a go in the Scottish third div with Albion Rovers (predicted to finish bottom).
  2. Really? Interesting. Might give it a go then, especially if it's not as good as last year. When you say you tried it, do you mean that just copied the base set up and instructions? Or, can you import the tactics directly? I've just checked, you can import directly. I'll give it a go now.
  3. Hi there, This was my tactic for last year. I've not tried to rebuild for this year. I'm using a new one, which is a tweak of 433_Davautje. It's his tactic, I've just adjusted the set pieces. However, I've been doing it like last season, just playing players in their best roles and positions. BUT, this is not as good as the TimmyFlex, but that is better for me, I prefer something that takes longer but that I have faith in. What I've found with this is that the 433 formation works best: that's 1DM and 2CM with 2 high wingers. The DM can be in the DM position or in the centre of the three in the CM slots. If in the DM position, you can play a support role, but if in the CM slot, it needs to be defensive. I've not had much luck with an AM, though you can bring the wide men back instead of having them as wingers. It's very solid when you get it right, but I have suffered the occasional spanking against the top teams. With Cardiff, I lost in play-offs first season, then comfortably won the league, then spent four seasons building (11th, 7th, 10th, 7th), then spent some big money on the midfield (two 30m pound players - Bellingham and Cuisance, with Valverde in the DM role - and had a brilliant start to the season and then tailed off a little but clung on to win the Prem . This is the sort of thing I prefer, rather than blasting the league. Oh, I'm playing on the beta 20.2.4 If you fancy a slower experience, use this. I don't use any OP and player instructions are just the standard for the role. 433_DavautjeTim.fmf
  4. I have noticed a few long dribbles, but they have been from my wingers and when they picked it up in space. Tackling has not been an issue for me, but I'm only about 10 games in to the Beta ME. I've had two pens and scored both. Obviously, the more you play, the more you notice. However, previously, the ME was just so boring, and it didn't seem to matter what instructions you gave, they just humped it long. So, it may not be perfect (never is), but it is a big improvement, IMO. Oh! And headers are back. Never seemed to score any headers before.
  5. Just wanted to say a quick thank you for the the Beta ME. I had essentially given up with the previous ME as it was very one dimensional and the frequently cited issue of one-on-ones was truly awful. However, the Beta ME has saved FM20 for me. It is so much more exciting to watch. Some crazy goalmouth scrambles, and players seem to be doing more of what you ask of them. This especially applies to support or deep-lying strikers. I was very frustrated previously, but am now enjoying it much more. Well done.
  6. Hi Knap, I think I made a similar request to you for FM19, but which would you recommend as a nice, solid tactic that improves the sum of its parts but doesn't blow teams away? In other words, something that might take a newly promoted side say, three seasons to get promoted again (e.g. a consolidation season, mid-table/play-offs, challenging for automatic). I find that most tactics on here absolutely blast through most leagues (especially the lower divisions) and/or score/concede far too many goals. Unfortunately, I do not have the time to playtest my own tactics. I just want something that I know, if I slowly improve the players I have, will eventually bring success (always allowing for a bit of luck). Anyway, any suggestions will be gratefully received and given a go. Thanks.
  7. Dunno about that. I was struggling like this guy, tried a few downloads to see what they are doing to use as a base for mine, and there are definitely a few plug-and-play tactics that pretty much instantly worked. I think FM will always struggle to eradicate p&p tactics. At the moment, a bit like last year's incarnation, I'm struggling to find a balanced formation. What I mean by that is not one that gets humped every week (obviously), but not one that instantly produces 20+ shots every game. I really tried for a long time to find that in FM19, and never really did. Hope I can this year.
  8. It seems that every other chance is just a ball lumped up the field and the striker breaking away from the defence. Admittedly, I have my defensive line pushed high, but this is also the case with my strikers. I seem to remember this being an issue two or three versions ago pre-patch. Anyone else experiencing the same thing?
  9. Just downloading FM20 now. This is gonna be my base to begin with. Love solid tactics. I'll let you know how it goes.
  10. Hi, glad you're enjoying it. I honestly haven't found a combination that doesn't work. The only one that is weaker is if you don't have a def mid of some type (as it can leave you too open to the counter, or if you have both fullbacks who are defensive, as then you don't create as much. However, they still over achieve. I'm now playing a Welsh only game with Cardiff and Wales. I've put Colwyn Bay and Merthyr Tydfil in the North and South Conference, respectively. Maxed out all Welsh clubs youth systems and given them sugar daddies. As the name suggests, as Cardiff, I can only sign Welsh players. And then try to win the World Cup with Wales. First season, finished 7th with Cardiff, but Wales proving a bit tougher as there is no decent def mid.
  11. Yes, I have some players like that in central defence. Regarding your def winger. I deliberately do not give them PI because if they leave a gap like that I take it as part of the game. I only do this because the game is too easy; you kind of have to leave weaknesses otherwise it becomes boring.
  12. How come the central defenders are not fully green in the roles? That's an interesting one. I have not yet had a straight five across the middle. Inverted wingers do work very well. How is the defensive winger doing?
  13. Solid. What formation are you going with? I'm currently 10th in my game with Cardiff after 18 games (predicted 20th). As you can see, I am by no means smashing the league, but the games I am losing are mainly away or to big sides. At the moment, I am conceding too many goals. I think this is because my centre backs are not that quick. But, against everyone else I have been competitive. This is what makes me happy. I want a game in which I actually celebrate when I score a goal, rather than just expecting to win 9 games out of 10. I hope you're enjoying it, too. Post a screen shot of your first choice players in formation, I'd be interested to see.
  14. You can change them however you like. That is only what was working for me with the players I had with that squad. I put the wide men in either the RM/RW or LM/LW positions and just play them in their best roles. The only things I keep consistent are the defend role for the centre backs and at least one central mid (plus a max of 1 DM and 1 AM). Also, it is good to always have one defending midfielder, either DM or CM. This tactic was based on trying to make the game more interesting. I basically buy the best players I can and just play them in their natural positions and best roles. That is why the players don't have individual instructions. In an update to my OP, I am currently playing my first season with Cardiff in the Prem. I am happy to say that I am not smashing everybody. I am actually only 14th in mid-November, but I am very happy with this because I know this tactic can be very successful if you get the right combination. I can't stand tactics that win everything. It makes players pointless, when you can just put anybody in and win. Since I know that this tactic can work brilliantly (see OP and 30 games unbeaten with Forest Green), I don't touch the instructions, just look to buy better players and tweak the positions. If I need to chase a game, I might even take off a midfielder and put on an extra striker; or, to defend, take off an AM and put on a DM. But, I always start the game with a basic variation of the 4-5-1. For example: This is the side I just scraped a 1-1 draw at Arsenal with (although I was lucky to get that). This is my best formation at the moment. Ralls or Arter would normally start ahead of Damour. The other option with the players I have is this: As you can see, only a slight change in formation, but some of the player roles are different. This is only because these are the players I have. The only thing I don't touch is the flat back four. Paterson is actually best suited to a WB role. However, If I had different players, I could play this, for example: Or this: As you can see, my players don't fit those roles and positions, but if they were the best players I had, that is how I would set them up. The base TimmyFlex formation just reflects the best players I had at Forest Green. I am interested in what works and what doesn't. Some will work better than others. And, I find it interesting to watch the different roles playing in different ways. I expect that whatever you do will exceed your predicted position, but some might be inconsistent and some might blast the league. I like not quite knowing. I think this is the way I will play FM from now on. I hope you enjoy playing this way. All the best.
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