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About sm1979

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    Barnsley FC supporter

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    CM / FM player since it's inception in the early 90's

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  1. Very much am a native English speaker, I am English. I've just never heard anyone use that word, in person or on TV. The other 3 words make far more sense. Thanks for explaining.
  2. Sorry, it was all off the top of my head. ERM.... What? I only understand English haha. I was merely talking about not having to worry about the tactical familiarity side of things. As that isn't in FMT then I just wondered if changing formations willy nilly would go against me. Have you swallowed a thesaurus? I've never encountered that word in all my years haha.
  3. It's surprising actually down the right flank as I do have my WBd to overlap on the team instructions, and that really does seem to work. Despite being on a defensive strategy he gets forward and beyond my Wa quite often. So playing on a positive mentality I could actually tweak things to defend better too? Will try out a few things tonight regarding that. Making things more compact may really help? Is it a good idea to have multiple tactics setup too and switch between 2 or 3 depending on the opposition? Are you against changing formation too, or does it not matter as I'm playing Touch? Cheers
  4. I do like to play the inverted winger because due to his stats I don't see him as a natural winger, I think he's more dangerous cutting in. Against other teams I use positive mainly and I have to say it does quite often work, but I change it up as I don't want to get torn apart by the much better sides, and also I don't want the opposition getting used to me playing the same all the time. I play down both flanks to give me width. Most teams i come up against either have 3 in midfield and outnumber me, or quite simply that they are a much higher quality 2 than mine, so I feel like I can get much more success from the flanks. My WBd supports my Wa down the right, and my FBa gets down the left flank and is effectively my winger with my IWs moving inside often. You'll notice I say FBa as I cocked up when telling u my team roles, left full back is usually on attack duty, not defend. Apart from that, that's exactly right the setup you've shown mate.
  5. I'm not at the computer right now but will be able to post this tomorrow evening. However, the 2nd point on the formation is that is one thing I do t really want to budge on. It's a tried and tested formation that has stuck in football for years, and for me offers the most balance out of any other. I like playing with wingers, although in my team I do have the left as in inverted winger, due to him being right footed. Off the top of my head, basically this is my team roles. Sweeper Keeper - defend RWB - defend CB - defend CB - defend LFB - defend RW - attack BWM - defend (previously I used B2B in this position) DLP - support LIW - support F9 -support (would prefer DLF sup, but my player suits F9 better, and he's been playing well of late) AF - attack When playing against much better teams I play defensive or cautious, most items on default, but to play down both flanks. As I say, I will post screenshots tomorrow night. I do appreciate how quickly you've got back to me and looking to offer advice, so thank you so much mate.
  6. I'll try keep scenario as brief as possible. Since I've been playing FM Touch (actually played FM10 for 9 years before finally giving up and fully focusing on touch, the rest of the touch games I couldn't get into as I found them too hard) I decided to throw everything into FMT 20. As Ipswich in League One, 2nd season, I actually got promoted via playoffs despite being expected to finish 6th or 7th. Massive achievement for me personally. In championship however I am massive favourite for relegation, and the board know it. We actually started much better than expected, but now, halfway through season we are on a bad run of 14 defeats and 3 wins in last 17 League fixtures, and now sit next to bottom. I've actually had 2 championship job offers from bigger clubs in recent weeks, which suggests I'm still doing better than expected. But I do have some general questions. In my time before Touch, I never really had a tactical plan. I bought good players with good attributes in key areas. Good tacklers in defence, good passers in midfield, pacey wingers and strikers with good finishing. This was a very basic way of playing, but it always brought me results. At the time it didn't teach me to be better as it was successful for me, but now I'm suffering from this all these years on. Now I don't have much idea of a sort of style I want my team to play like. A team in my position should look at playing deep, keeping it tight, and playing on the counter (I think that's right?). However, when I try to play that way in this ME I get slaughtered, I concede so many chances yet create barely anything. That is until I go high press and gung ho in the last few minutes, where I usually sneak a goal or 2 and get back in the game. Someone on this forum said high press and 442 all the way in this version, but I'm just scared to play that way constantly as I am the weakest team in the division and feel teams will catch on. What way do you guys think a team in my position should play in this version? Are defensive setups effective this year? Especially considering I'm a very weak team? I know it's a bit more awkward without seeing my team, but trust me it's definitely weaker than every other team. I do pretty much insist on 442 formation though. I will ask more questions if this thread develops. I hope it's not bored you, so please, any replies appreciated. I desperately want to do well here at Ipswich (after Barnsley sacked me in first season).
  7. Wow. A fantastic insight mate. Thank you for everything in this thread. I hope I can come to you for more advice. I'll try some new things out tonight. If I get sack, I'll holiday until I get another club. I will then assess the squad and take on board your advice. Thanks again mate
  8. Thank you for all your help mate. I shall try and put all this advice into practice. With other commitments, family, socialising, shopping etc I don't get the time to play like I used to. But I should be back on tonight for an hour at least before bed. One final question though for the time being. Apart from the lack of need to play with out of the ordinary player roles, was there anything drastically wrong with the way I'd lined my team up originally? I really struggle with link up play as my team seem to lack cohesion. I will play with the roles you suggested earlier, but just interested as to what was so wrong with mine. Purely for educational purposes only for the future. Thanks again for all your help mate.
  9. Longer term, that is the sort of team I want. Hoofball is short term while I have the players I have. I just don't see the squad I have being able to successfully play that way. Every game now I fear the sack as the board and fans have lost faith in me, so this situation is one I need to deal with in a short term fashion. Get some morale back, get some points on the board, get to the transfer window and maybe then I could possibly bring in a couple of new faces to help me play a more favourable style. There is nothing I want more than to please the fans and owners because that's exactly the way I want us to play.
  10. I feared you may say that about the high press. Im really not sure how it may work with only 2 players in attacking positions. I only want it really for 2 reasons (1, it's exciting to watch. 2, my fans and owners want to see it).
  11. Brilliant help mate. I think we can forget the way I'd like to play, as I don't think it would be entirely possible due to being the poorest team in the league. How I think we should play is a more appropriate question. I think route one is the way to go with a high press.
  12. You said that Mezzala's weren't really suited to this system and keeping it basic I was guessing you meant to keep them at CMa? If you think otherwise then please enlighten me as to why? As for the formation then I really dont see any other option to play a narrow system due to the personnel at my disposal. If Mezzala's aren't ideal in such a system.
  13. I do have 2 reasonable wingers actually, but one is injured for 3 to 5 weeks, so had to revert to this unfortunately. I did say formation as it actually is a new formation, although as route one is also new, I guess you're right in saying tactic. I do have a better option up front in Woodrow, but want to rest him for the next match. Same with Cavare at right FB. You think in this formation then I should go more simple with just a couple of attacking CM's instead of Mezzala's? If both forwards are attacking in this system wouldn't the gap between them and the midfield be too big? Although, again maybe not such a massive problem if playing hoofball? Thanks for this mate really appreciate it.
  14. This is my current formation I've just set up. Can you see any flaws please? It's probably the best I can put together with the players currently at my disposal. Not sure Route One will be pretty but I'm just sick of being battered around my own penalty area. First time I will have tried 2 defensive midfielders. I was also hoping the 2 mezzalas will give me a little attacking width. Just tell me if I should pack in completely, because I'm utter dog poo.
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