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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.
  15. Second City Survival – Part One Season one in the Premier League is always a challenge, and for a club who were only expecting a bottom half Championship place last season, surviving season one could be a stretch. We did better than expected on the transfer marker during the summer and have some challenging friendlies ahead of us to keep ourselves focused. As FM2019 beta is imminent, the remainder of this save will be played in holiday mode, with the Assistant Manager running the team. Let’s see how it pans out. Pre-Season The plan was to get the boys match-fit, then put them under pressure. I think we achieved that in spades! A warm up against Barnet tested the holiday legs of our boys but did a job in progressing their match fitness. Wins against RC Lens, Tours and Chateauroux had the boys thinking they knew what they were doing. Then along came the big guns! First to visit St Andrews was the Serie A outfit, Sassuolo who brought the boys back to ground. I was very pleased with keeping a clean sheet and not perturbed too much by our inability to beat their keeper who did everything his team asked of him. AC Milan than called in to say, “Ciao!”, and taught us some lessons in defending, imposing themselves in a 0-3 display of power football. Next to visit was Dortmund, and I was delighted that the lessons learned from the previous games were not wasted. We put two past their keeper but could not keep our own net secure, though we had bragging rights over post dinner drinks after finishing 2-1. We then put four answered balls past AFC Wimbledon who we arranged to visit in case we needed to boost our morale following the international friendlies. Television coverage for two of our friendlies brought in a very welcome 2.4 million pounds, so the Board were real happy with their Manager at this stage of the season. The next phase of our Second City Survival campaign was about to begin. Round One August First up was an away game at West Brom which we came home from with our first Premier League point. We were on the board! A tight home game against Huddersfield saw us snatch our first win, and this was one we needed to get. 3-2 to the Blues. As with last year, we crashed out of the Carabao Cup early, goind down to QPR on penalties. I didn’t mind too much, it allowed us to concentrate on the League which was always our priority. September We always struggled in our away fixture against Tottenham, with the home side convincing 3-1 victors. We played our final international friendly during the International break managing pleasing draws with AS Monaco followed by a 3-3 battle against Boca at St James. Back into the League saw us run out 2-0 winners against Everton at home, with Jota missing a penalty that could have rubbed salt into the Mersey side’s wound. A creditable 2-3 loss away to Chelsea where Vassell bagged a brace late in the game and kept our chins up. Wrapping up the month was a 3-1 victory over Leicester City, with Gyokeres slotting home twice and Weir completing the rout. October Another milestone next, picking up our first away win to come home with three points after beating Burnley 3-2, with rotation forward Jutkiewicz picking up a brace. We may have paid a heavy price, with Yoshida coming off injured after only 15 minutes! Watford brought us back to earth with a 0-3 home loss, but Yoshida was back into the fray proving it’s hard to keep a good man down. The next couple of rounds were set to be challenging, with Man Utd away followed by Arsenal at home. Challenging doesn’t go far enough, Man U handing us a 5-1 drubbing. November While things may have looked bleak as October came around, our answer to the previous bad day out was a face saving 2-3 loss to Arsenal, who scored all three of their goals in the first half. Che Adams snagged a brace late in the second half so the fans went home with some pleasant memories at least. Fellow promotees Wolves put us to the sword at Wolverhampton where we lost 1-3. With four losses on the trot, the boys saw the next fixture, at home to Leeds as a place to put a stop to our downward slide. Things didn’t go all our own way, but we secured a point to end our losing streak. December The first day of winter saw us travel to the capital and come home empty handed after losing 0-2 against Crystal Palace. We secured a 2-2 draw at home to the Hammers next followed by three wins on the trot. Our visit to Swansea saw us come home with all the points, winning 4-3. Yoshida scored twice, once for each team! A 2-0 victory against the visiting Magpies came next with Jota coming off injured after 7 minutes. Our second home game on the trot saw us see off Bournemouth 1-0 with Gyokeres securing the three points in extra time. Two more encounters with Big 6 teams saw us losing to Man City (1-4) and Liverpool (1-2) to close the first round. No Christmas cheer for the Blues, but we start the New Year in 11th place with 24 points. Gyokeres leads the way with 8 goals, Jota managed 7 assists and topping the average rating with 7.46 and has picked up 3 player of the match awards, shared with Gyokeres. The young striker looks set to join our club if his performances continue as they have started. Maxime Colin holds the most yellow cards (4) and so far nobody has earned an early shower. Jota has paid a price for all his efforts picking up some fractured ribs, which will keep him out of the team for the next couple of weeks at least. Round One Wrap-Up At the end of December we are sitting pretty in the heady heights of mid-table in the Premier League. This time a year ago we would have laughed at such a suggestion. The Board in an enthusiastic gesture asked if I would like to reassess my goals for the season. I thought about it, and upped the ante to suggest we could maintain our mid-table slot, up from merely avoiding relegation. The Board were so excited they gave me another 1.5 million pounds of transfer funds, enough to take up the option on young Gyokeres and have change left over. The only addition to the squad for the winter break was already wearing a Blues shirt, but now he would keep it! Our next instalment will cover the second round of our initial season in Premier league, I hope you can join us for it. As ever, I encourage and welcome you feedback. Onward…
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