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  1. Just to update this has been one of the most enjoyable saves I've had with fm manage to get fgr promoted to league one with only 7 defeats and some of the link up play has been amazing especially down the left hand side not sure how long the good times will last as being fgr nobody wants to come to us but I managed to convince niko kranjcar to sign for us think he's confused who we are anyway here's to league one survival
  2. player instructions are WB-fewer risky passes,close down more 2X CB -close down less-fewer risky passes FB-close down more-further forward-stay wide INVERTED WINGER-further forward-sit narrow-roam from pst-cross less-mark tighter-tack harder-fewer risky passes DLP-direct passing-more risky pass BOX TO BOX-get forward more-fewer risky passes WINGER-mark tight-tackle harder-direct pass F9 LEFT-mark tighter-tackle harder-short pass F9 RIGHT mark tighter-tackle harder-more direct passes-shoot more the left hand side combo is a joy to watch sometimes
  3. Yep that was the position I was a bit unsure of also on my left side do you think it's a bit risky with the wb on attack with the left midfielder cutting in I've watched it on 2d just to checked but I'm not sure we have only conceded 29 in 23 games so it doesn't look to bad
  4. Hi, no the only team instructions I use is short passing,close down more and play out of defence I think I may have miss judge my squad at the beginning of the season
  5. After taking my beloved Bristol City as far as I could thought I would try a new save with Fgr as there my hometown club. So looking around the squad first thing that hit me was this is going to be a tough gig as there was no money to spend and really only had 3 players that were ok. A flying winger from W.B.A on loan and 2 strikers in Reid and Doidge and prediction was to finish 21st so not filled with any confidence thought we would keep it simple with a bog standard 4-4-2 and if we made mid table I would be happy. After 8 games we were 12th and it was one of those tactics where it was ok but could do better moments so after searching the web I came across a interview by Lee Johnson explaining the tactics and how he beat Man Utd in the league cup. His tactics were to keep it tight and try and make an advantage in the middle of park so he explain he played 2 false nines,overloaded the left hand side of the pitch and on the right played with a very high winger to stretch the play in 4-4-2 formation. So with a couple of days off I thought could I transfer this to Fgr in fm 2018 with no idea if this would work. So after studying Lee Johnsons tactic this is what it looked like in fm GK DEFEND LEFT WING BACK-ATTACK 2X CB -DEF FULL BACK-SUPPORT LEFT MIDFIELD-INVERTED WINGER DLP-DEF BOX TO BOX MIDFIELDER-SUPPORT AMR-WINGER 2X FALSE NINES TEAM INSTRUCTIONS STANDARD AND FLEXIBLE Now I had no idea if this work or not but the results have been just phenomenal and crazy since the change we are unbeaten in 15 games riding high in 3rd place 5 points clear went to Charlton in the second round of the fa cup and won 5-2 and in my last game just beat luton 7-0 after being 5-0 up at half time with 22 shots 14 on target. Just wondered if people think this is a fluke or is it and ive heard people say that new teams are allowed a lot of space as ai teams look to attack you so there is a lot more space in your first season just wondered what peoples views are?
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    Ah that's a good comment I think I am being a bit cautious I am predicted to finish 8th so maybe I'm better than I'm thinking I am so do you think I should let my team play with a bit more freedom maybe at home and do you have any opinions why my first half of the season is so poor to the second half of the season but surely I must be doing something right to only have one defeat in my last 19 games and conceading 5 goals
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    Sorry meant to say I hardly buy anyone in pre season more youngsters for the future really I think in my last 4 seasons first game of the season I have had 2 at most new players but they have featured in all my preseason games
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    Hi hunter my tactics for the last 4 seasons have been the same since I got promoted to the prem I just felt I needed to be defensively strong as I didn't have a massive transfer budget so looked to keep it tight and I know on paper as been pointed out like no width on the left and my dlf dropping deap but as you can see only conceading 5 in my last 19 seems to be working so I didn't want to move away from this season yes a few of these draws could of been a few more wins but overall I'm happy just not the 1st half of the season my tactic is standard/flexible team instructions are short passing close down more get stuck in tight marking prevent short gk normal tempo balanced wdt gk defened lb and rb are both dfb both cd are cd defend lm is inverted winger lcm is dlp defend rcm is a box to box on support rm is a winger on support strikers are dlf on support and af on attack i understand the comments about my left side but when I changed my left full back on support holes started to appear in defence and we weren't as soild as we was and the reason why I make my dlf man mark the opponents cm or dm is when I watch the game it appears to make the opponents rush there play in midfield as we are usually 3 on 2
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    Hi herne thanks for your reply I took on board the previous comments and I get when you're overachieving teams will play different but in the second half of the season no matter how the opponents played against me I still stuck with my same team and tactics and like I said the only defeat in my last 19 games came against Chelsea who scored a freak goal in the last minute i think I posted my tactics it's a basic 4-4-2 I took on board the comments regarding my left side of the pitch and my dlf dropping deap but I persevered with it
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    Hi thanks for your reply in answer to your question for the last 3 seasons I was predicted to finish 12th,8th and 8th again and in my last 3 seasons I finished 4th,7th and 7th again so has raised expectations I'm Bristol city so I think I'm overachieving got lucky with a few youngsters who have turned out exceptionally good and have saved my bacon. like I said the second half of the season is always good it's just I don't get how poorly we start the season I've looked at all possible scenarios but morale is good form is good etc The season which I just finished I was literally one game from being sacked then lost once in my last 19 league games and I didn't change anything just stuck with the same players etc hoping we could turn it around like. my first 19 games read like this boro h 0-0 aresnal a 0-4 chelsea h 1-3 hull a 2-2 sunderland h 0-1 palace a 0-1 w ham h 2-2 newcastle a 3-0 man Utd h 0-2 watford a 4-1 spurs h 2-1 w.brom a 3-3 everton h 2-0 bournemouth a 3-3 liverpool h 0-1 stoke h 3-0 boro a 2-2 Man City a 0-5 southampton a 1-1 aresnal h 1-0 leicester a 2-0 chelsea a 0-1 hull 3-0 sunderland a 0-0 palace h 1-0 the palace win saved me from the sack and I was sitting around 14th after this my record was played 19 won 11 drew 7 lost 1 scored 26 conceded 5 points 40 finishing 7th just a point away from being 5th now I get if I was changing tactics every week I understand results will dip but this is the same players same tactics and I thought it would be the other way around first half great second half not so good with suspensions,tiredness etc kicking in We even made it to the Euro cup quarterfinals having to play a couple of untested youngsters i hope this doesn't come across as a rant it's just I love fm and I love being able to solve problems like your cb has gone off the boil or your striker can't hit a barn door but this i cannot fix
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    Okey so my last post was shut down as I dare question if fm was rigged so it would be impossible for smaller teams to win the premiership I do think my question was valid though as I played football for almost 20 years and have never been involved in a team where we go half a season like we have never played with each other to then suddenly losing once in 20 I know fm isn't real life but it's so frustrating as you spend almost 5 hours going through pre season to only end up back to square one. I came on here to ask the experts advise but didn't get any or even an explanation why this could be happening but when I question the game I get shut down and I'm not the first to question fm as there has been a few people who have asked the same. I have played fm since the early days and there was always a key to why you're team is playing badly or playing well there's always a reason seriously though does anyone not think my first half and second half of the season is a tad strange especially considering it's the same players and tactics anyway thanks to the mod for your helpful criticism we can't all be super fantastic at the game I was just asking the question but I won't be surprised if this gets closed
  12. Hi I started another thread regarding my team and how up until feb my team play like a pub team with the exact same players and tactics and this is has happen for the last 3 seasons. Guess what just finished my 4th and it has happen again I was one game away from being sacked and then get to feb once again we play like Brazil have a look at 1st and 2nd parts of the season and if anyone can explain this I would be grateful and as I said it was the exact same players and tactics does anyone think it could be fm is rigged for only the big teams to win the prem. Im not saying you should win every game but really I have played football to quite a good standard and if we played like this after feb we would be all drug tested!!! First part of the season pld 19 won 6 drew 6 lost 7 for 29 conceded 31 pts 24 Second part of the season pld 19 won 11 drew 7 lost 1 for 26 conceded 6 pts 40
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    Forgot to say this was with the exact same players and tactics
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    Hi everyone just finished my season and it has happened again the last game before February went to sheff wed who were bottom with 2 wins all season and we got completely battered losing 3-1 after this went the next 15 games unbeaten incredible beating Chelsea twice drawing against Manchester United losing to Liverpool and beating spurs and arsenal in that run so confused I'm beginning to think the game is fixed as if we started the season how we finished we would be champions and maybe the game doesn't recognise smaller teams can win