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  1. I find more crosses go off a defender into touch, probably because the ball carrier takes the ball deeper. If you have a good corner taker it can be useful. I play Birmingham City and spend a fair bit of time on set pieces as we aren't the most gifted team technically, so I use it mainly against stronger (most of them!) teams.
  2. When I'm going through a form slump, but everyone is rating ok (i.e. 6.7 +) I try to arrange a friendly with a weaker team so the guys can get their groove back. Holding a team meeting and telling the lads to keep their heads up helps too. Another thing you can try is to start the elder statesman... most teams have one, the veteran who has slightly lower stats in fitness and technicals but has good consistency, teamwork and concentration etc.
  3. Mr Rossler, I am happy to say, I have recently had great success in my Birmingham City save, coming through the playoffs to gain promotion to the Premier League for 19/20 Season, while using your Match Week and Performance Week training schedules all through the season. My better players were available for most matches and my lesser lights improved some degree during the season. You might say, I am a rather happy manager as I prepare for the new season ahead in Premier League. I have had a look at your Pre-Season schedule and while not using it exactly, have prepared a Pre-Season schedule of my own, which I shall report on later. Thank you for cutting through the multitude of options and drilling down to a simple routing that works. Kel
  4. Not in my game. Each fortnight I receive a training report. I am told who performed best, with a rating, and who performed worst, also with a rating. While I can pat the good performer on the back, I can't interact with the poor performer at all... whether to kick him up the backside or ask if he is alright. I go to the player info screen, select interaction and there is no option to talk with the player at all. Training performances are worsening, and there is nothing I can do to address it!
  5. As a youngster, this guy has low attributes, and is probably the cause of all your woes. His composure is pretty close to "PANIC!!!" and his positioning has him in the wrong place most of the time, I'd say. Given his determination is okay, you could expect he will develop with some encouragement. May I ask why you are playing a 17 year old in your first team? Also, seeing his attributes alone, it's hard to put them into context. It all hangs together. Personally, if he is your best option at right back, I'd have a look at a three man defence or look to get somebody else in, whether a free agent, buy in or on loan.
  6. The other way to think aboiut it, is that the players who cover the most distance may need to focus train on Positioning!
  7. Inside Forwards are the advanced version of the Inverted Wingers. Inside Forwards have Cross Less hard coded into their Player Instructions though.
  8. You will likely find that if the player has high attributes in marking, tackling, and technique and he will perform in the optimum manner. If he doesn't have top score, he will not do a top job. Same goes for any player in any role.
  9. I'm no guru, however from reading those who are, I gather a player left to train the position they are playing will improve in the attributes needed for that position. Individual role training looks to improve the attributes of the those considered important for the role in question. For example, if you have a pressing forward who can't tackle, there is no reason you couldn't give him role training for a Ball Winning Midfielder. An extreme example, but one I have sometimes used for attacking midfielders. If you are trying to train a left midfileder to play left defender for example, you can't just give him role training and expect him to know how to play. He will improve his attributes for the role, but that won't improve his performance like playing it will. Similarly, with the example above, your striker learning the attributes of a ball winning defender, his tackling and marking and stamina should improve, but unless he is a youngster, expect these gains to come at a price, being loss of attribute points in other areas.
  10. I tried this. There is now a Schedules folder, but none of the schedules I have created are in there.
  11. That will be hard as it seems nigh on impossible to start a conversation with a player! (Or have I missed something?)
  12. Ch Cheers Mark. Not actually new to the forum, been around since around FM2009, maybe 2008... but never posted anything like this before.
  13. I began the save knowing it would be a short one, and getting in two full seasons actually exceeded my expectation. However, the Beta for FM2019 became available, so it's back to the Championship and trying to come to grips with managing this club and hopefully repeat my promotion and subsequent survival success. Thanks for those of you who read through to the end. It was fun to write, as as I mention at the end of each installment, your feedback is encouraged, and very welcome. Cheers Kel secondcityblues.com (a work in progress!)
  14. Second City Survival – Part 2 The previous instalment saw Birmingham City sitting comfortably in 11th place at the end of December. What will the New Year bring, happiness or heart-ache? Read on to find out… Round Two There was only one new signing in the winter window, bing Victor Omeje, an 18yo central midfielder who looks like he has a future. There was also a couple of departures. Cohen Brammal saw he was not going to cut the mustard in the top flight and took an offer at Charlton when if came his way. Jonathon Grounds went on loan to Reading later in January. January West Brom came to St Andrews, and just like last time, ended up a draw, this time 2-2. We then had a 2-3 loss away to Huddersfield followed by a 1-1 Draw with Everton in the FA Cup. We’d have to go away to them in the replay. Tottenham gave us another welcome to the Premier League, putting 5 past us for the cost of 1. Everton proved too strong in the FA Cup replay so we could put all our attention into surviving the Premier League. January wrapped up with a home loss to Chelsea (2-4). We had only earned 1 point in January, but we didn’t give up hope, February We lost away to Leicester in February’s first game but we finally took all the points for the next four games! Burnley at home first of all with a 5-3 win, followed by away wins at Everton (3-1) and Watford (3-2). March Our biggest achievement in the Premier League was next with a 2-1 victory at home over Manchester United. Arsenal brought us as back to Earth with a 1-4 reality check and we passed the lesson on to Wolves in the next match, 4-1 at Home. A close run thing away to Leeds saw us emerge victors (4-3) to round out the month. April We hosted Crystal Palace in the next match and let them get all the points in a 1-2 loss. West Ham paid us back for getting the better of them in the first round, sending us home with a 0-1 loss. Next off was a home win against Swansea 2-1 and and away loss to Newcastle (0-1). May Another Mersey-side trip saw us lose 0-3 to Liverpool before hosting Manchester City who reminded us what the Premier League was all about with a 1-4 loss. We went into our last away game at Bournemouth knowing we had survived our first year in the top flight, and held fast to an early 1-0 lead to take the points. Round Two Wrap Up We had done it! At the beginning of the year we would have been happy with 17th place knowing anything higher would be bonus. We never envisaged a mid-table 11th place finish, exactly where we were at the half way mark.
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