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  1. FMunderachiever


    I feel youre trying to force a 442 onto a squad here where there are more suitable formations and styles available. Just my opinion
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    I cant imagine two box to box midfielders together is helping
  3. FMunderachiever

    Sean Dyche

    Think youd be looking along the lines of mee and tarkowski centre backs who take few risks and play no nonsense, full backs not totally sure but need to offer you balance. Lennon and Brady could play as out and out wingers supplying quick balls into the forwards. Id probably look at wood as a target man on attack with barnes as a pressing forward on support or even defend to try and give you time to "get out" when the ball is played forwards and to offer defensive support to your 2 banks of 4. Central midfield im not too sure. Id probably use two central midfielders one to sit and one to be slightly more adventurous going forwards but mostly only in safe situations. Def not mezzala or anything like that id probably just go CM (D) and CM (S) With PIs if needed. Team instructions id say low block, not overly aggressive pressing to retain the shape. In possession id probably only use play for set pieces and POSSIBLY be more disciplined but id definitely look to maximise set piece effectiveness.
  4. Definitely simple hoofs is the aim, trying to turn the opposition around and winning the second ball. My philosophy for the non league is built around effectiveness from set pieces and playing a very rigid 442 variant focused mostly on wing play. Just as a side note, id love if there was actual evidence of how many goals were scored by building from the back. How many goals were as a result of a passing move from back to front. I suspect despite us being critical of managers like john beck famously of cambridge, most goals ARE still as a result of moves of 6 passes or less, even at the top level.
  5. what confuses me a bit is passing "risk" when it comes to the back 4 or back line. Shorter passing and building from the back to me would in FM terms be less "risk"..... when in reality id say this was riskier than launching it downfield to the forwards to chase. So if you WANT your defenders to play long balls (hoofs), should you be telling them to take MORE risks, which will then make them deliver long balls rather than "less risky passes" which will make them play short into midfield? Also what does the choice of defender role ie central defender, no nonsense central defender or ball playing defender have on passing range? If looking for long balls, should you use a ball playing defender? Even though logic would suggest you want no nonsense defenders?
  6. Exactly this Im pushing for a second promotion in a row from the Vanarama South and Vanarama National levels, essentially playing a hoof ball big man little man partnership up front and looking to get the ball into the box at every opportunity or balls over the top for little man to use his pace to get onto. Good physical attributes help, anything over 12 is an excellent attribute. Wingers with pace of 14 and 15 can positively skin their man in a 442 and deliver into the box. I don't worry too much about keeping the ball.
  7. FMunderachiever

    Concentrate - When and How?

    I tend to use this instruction to an individual player who has messed up but it has not resulted in a goal being conceded or us missing a golden chance we needed etc. If a player has screwed up and its led to something bad i usually encourage the player. If a talented player is playing rubbish and the game needs his stamp on it, ill demand more from him. I tend to encourage the whole team when the momentum is shifting in our favour in a game and to give everyone a lift to keep the momentum up. Thats my usual usage of shouts
  8. We do have a parent club which is Watford. Ive taken a couple of players from them but theyve not done great for me to be honest. A lot of their youngsters are south americans who dont have work permits, presumably they are due to be sent out somewhere to gain a european passport before coming back to be either sold or if theyre any good, perhaps appearing in their side eventually. Hope its not a daft question but, how do you go about setting up an affiliate club (assuming you can have more than one)? Id like to have a better affiliate than Watford they dont really seem to be providing me much use unfortunately
  9. Great advice thank you! I have noticed a couple of times what you mention regarding players available on free transfers who initially dont want to come, but as their options start to diminish they are more open to a move, ill make sure to look for this moving into season 3. One strategy that seems to work for me, just wondered your thoughts on this, but certain clubs seem to give their players a better grounding and i feel more confident that when i loan a player from that club, he will do pretty well for me. One club in particular this works for me is Queens Park Rangers who have loaned me three good quality players over the course of my reign at Wealdstone. Hopefully, there is some merit to this approach. I also tend to go on a basis a little bit that if a player wants to come to me, and he has previously been part of a very good club that he has good talent, ie i managed to pick up a midfielder named James Olayinka who was released by Arsenal. It might not be a sound strategy but my reasoning was if he was good enough to be part of the Arsenal youth set up and had a decent determination attribute, whilst he might not cut it at a good league level he should theoretically have the talent to play the Vanarama National league. One other thing im considering, is starting to offer lots of 4 week trials to players where we can take a look at their attributes. Hopefully one or two of them may be capable of playing at the required standard? thanks again
  10. Hello everyone Despite winning promotion to the Vanarama National league as Wealdstone in season 1, and then lurking just outside the playoffs in season 2 in thw Vanarama National League (but probably going to miss out this time around), it seems incredibly difficult to bring in players who will improve the side. No doubt this is realistic. Only a certain kind of player is going to want to come to an awful club. But having manually scouted all the good clubs in the London, Essex and South Coast areas, the common themes keep cropping up, that players who are available for loan either dont want to come to me once a bid by their club has been accepted, OR the club themselves say im too lowly a club for their player to get any experience and they want him to play with higher quality team mates. When it comes to signings, the scouts are poor judges of talent and when taking on a young player, it really is pot luck whether he will do well or be a huge flop. Can anyone give any advice on how to build a squad at the lowest levels of the game that can compete to get into the football league? Do you need to become a selling club and try and invest the profits into signings? do you put your faith in youngsters rejected by the bigger clubs and hope they can do it for you? Do you look for experienced free transfers? Ive a big shortlist of players i know are out of contract at the end of the season that i have scouted but will they actually come to me at the end of it? Unlikely. I currently dont have any players in my squad that the staff at the club rate as good for our level. A few are decent Vanarama National players, the rest are good players for the level below (promotion took me by surprise so this is true). But improving the squad seems incredibly hard. Please advise, thank you everyone
  11. Hello Everyone Ive been playing as Wealdstone and achieved promotion in season 1 from Vanarama South I made a thread with my tactic in the tactics section and the link is here: Ive stabilised in season two and we are mid table, fluctuating between 10th and 14th. Obviously, the tactic is only one part of the equation and there is a LOT of work to do off the field to make Wealdstone a proper contender for promotion to the football league This tactic still seems quite effective in creating chances and all games we play, we are a match for our opponents and in defeat, we still play well. I've swapped the shadow strikers for attacking midfielders and slightly changed the role though What I am looking for is suggestions for attacking midfielders who would be willing to come to a small club in the Vanarama National. Ideal players would possess the following: High work rate and ability to defend from the front is most important A decent ability to shoot from range but someone who can chip in with a decent amount of goals Good physicals, strong and with good stamina I tend to work on the basis an attribute of 10 is good. anything over 10 would be amazing. I tend to manually scout all the youngsters and possible signings from clubs in my area, mostly London, probably stretching just about to the south coast, but players do not want to relocate for the money I can offer them. Any suggestions much appreciated
  12. Great explanation, thank you. Id suggest just as your post says, having the maximum amount of pressing but calling it less urgent is a bit counter intuitive. id maybe remove that wording. Thanks
  13. Hello Everyone Brief question: I have a formation where I have set up with an attacking overall team mentality, but have an attacking midfielder who is set to support, and his individual pressing mentality cannot be set higher than less urgent. Is it not possible to have an attacking team mentality AND have this player pressing more urgently? Also, how would it differ if you had an AMC set to press more urgently in a defensive team with defensive team instructions, compared to having attacking team instructions like attacking mentality, urgent pressing, counter press etc, but where a players individual pressing intensity is "less urgent"
  14. FMunderachiever

    The long ball...

    My opinion on this would be: If youre playing a high press, you are encouraging this behaviour from your opponent. By pressing hard high up the field, you are forcing them into kicking it long, over the top into the space behind you. So you may be partly encouraging the problem. If you want to play a high line, I would make sure that in your back 4 you have a covering defender who reads the game well and is quick, who can mop up the ball over the top, and that your forward players all have good physical attributes to maintain the high press, or else they will be bypassed all together. But for most teams, ive found a slightly deeper defensive line and line of engagement allows the opposition to play into midfield more and it allows you to set your shape better to win the ball back. You cant stop all the balls over the top, but it also naturally helps to have a keeper who is good on 1 v 1s too
  15. Hello Everyone Ive spent most of FM2019 managing big teams and competing for the big trophies. However, ive had a desire to manage at a low level, and develop a long ball tactic. So many tactics online are based around styles of tiki taka and passing, I wanted to do the opposite and and play at a low level and took inspiration from reading the "guide to hoof ball" thread which I think is great. I decided to take on Wealdstone. Knowing nothing about them except the Wealdstone Raider popping up on youtube, I thought that would be an interesting team to manage. But predicted to finish 14th out of 22, and not being that good at the game, I didnt think id last very long to be honest. I had a think about what I wanted from my tactic, which was based around: Getting the ball forward as quickly as possible. Looking to play into space and out wide, and sticking it "in the mixer" by wide midfielders to attack. Having a big man little man partnership up front. Seems like a dying form of the game, but one that is old school and effective. I want to bring it back. With having a low pass conversion rate (I expected) we would need to be relentless in winning back the 2nd ball and "playing the percentages" Playing for set pieces, and making the most of corners and long throws I wanted to turn games into a basketball match. I speculated that teams would be poor at the back, and we would be ourselves. Outgunning the opposition, rather than being tactically clever, was the way we would achieve success With that in mind, I went with the following tactic, which looks absolutely hideous, yet has proved very, very effective: Both full backs push up the field and deliver deep crosses into the box. If we win the header, excellent. But the key is picking up the second ball, hence the formation looking so top heavy. The two shadow strikers drop deep enough to just about play as central midfielders, yet push forward aggressively enough to support attacks from crosses and cutbacks and to compete for 2nd balls. Every player in the midfield and front two has closing down turned up as high as possible, and a PI to mark tight. The intention is to box in the opposition and not let them escape, to win the ball back after it has been delivered high up the pitch and play from there Going in forcefully into the tackle was a calculated decision to stamp our authority on the game. This was combined with pressing as hard as possible, way up the field. Making sure our set pieces are good. Im still learning how to make these as effective as possible, but having the big lads attacking corners. Im also lucky to have a good free kick taker, Geoffrey Monakana, who I felt could chip in with goals (and did) Both centrebacks are told in no uncertain terms, hoof it. Despite being predicted to finish 14th in the league, it led to a magnificent campaign where we pushed Dulwich Hamlet all the way for automatic promotion, before finishing second and winning the playoffs with great wins vs Billericay and Chippenham. Bradley Bubb was league top scorer, and overall, we scored most goals in the league. The issue now, is the unlikely promotion has meant that my squad isnt really ready for the step up, and im worried whether this style against better opposition will be sustainable. I played 2 games against Vanarama National opposition during the season, losing both in the FA Cup and FA trophy against Boreham Wood, and Wrexham. The main weaknesses i see from my tactic are: · The obvious weakness is when teams beat the initial very high press up the field, they can advance through midfield on our goal. At Vanarama South level, this hasnt been happening a great deal but im worried it will when we step up. · Having little to no plan B when things arent working. Having only 5 players on the bench doesnt really help this either · Not so much a tactics weakness, but 90% of our games at home are on an absolute pudding of a pitch. I feel like making the step up, this tactic will struggle. What is success, staying up? and what kind of players would you advise me to look for? I feel like if this tactic isnt going to work and we move to a more conventional 442, i will need central midfielders. But how do you keep them happy if they arent being used? Also, what would you say are the KEY positions to strengthen? the centreback pairing is a decent partnership at Vanarama South level, but would you look to have one Vanarama National ready player? Also, the target man Elliott Charles doesnt really chip in with goals. He doesnt need to he brings everyone else into play. But should i look to upgrade him to someone with target man qualities but more mobility and more goals? Is having more depth the key? given i work with a squad of roughly 16 first team players and a couple of kids. Would be grateful for any thoughts/help you can give, and an honest appraisal of the tactic and its good points/failings thank you