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  1. I know how you feel because the same happened to me three months ago. Are you playing the latest patch? If not playing the 13.3.3 it can make a difference. I haven´t play the game much because I started a business and moved to another house but after playing the game for so many years it can be very frustrating not to get consistent results. I achieved some success by promoting AFC Wimbledon to the Championship but after taking the vacancy at Blackburn I was sacked after poor run of results in the following season. I gave it a go to Regina in Italy but soon after I quit the save. But three months without playing FM is way to loooooong and so here I am again. I´m starting a new save with the latest patch (13.3.3) and things are ok. In that absent I tried to learn a little more about the game (FM and football). Cleon has some great threads that can help you. The last one "The Chalkboard Diaries" can be useful and I finally got time to read Jonathan Wilson´s Inverting The Pyramid. Above all I think that you should keep it simple and only use shouts when needed. I used to have a group of shouts before kick off but not any more. I think that at the same time can be very useful but can also ruin your tactic. I personally don´t play the 4231 formation since the CM series because very few teams have the right player for it. You need two very good all around MC´s and Liverpool clearly don´t have it. In that game particulary against Norwich you probably lost most of the challenges in the air. Lucas and Allen aren´t the best headers in the world and Tetteh itself should be enough to deal with them. Another thing you can try is to give Glen Johnson and Stuart Downing an attack duty and have Lucas (or other suitable player) to cover the right side of the midfield. I probably gave Lucas the ball winning role defend. Perhaps you should be more agressive. Have you tried switching to a control strategy against lower reputation opponents? Don´t be afraid to try something new if your current strategy isn´t working. Above all, my advice to you is never give up the game. Walk away for some days to refresh your ideas but give it a go. Cheers!
  2. Happens a lot! My advice is never use the 3rd sub before 80 minute.
  3. I think this kind of criticism and other constructive feedback from the community are important to SI. Like many other here, I spent hours playing the FM series and I can´t imagine my life without FM but this year´s version is below expectations. I can´t even rate it! For me the guys at SI have all the credit in the world but I think that something needs to be changed in FM 2014 specially the amount of updates. By sending 3/4 updates non related to transfers I think that most of us won´t buy the game when it´s released. Maybe we are just going to wait and see how consistent the game is. In matter of game hours played, it´s a negative record: 200. I can´t remember a year where I spent so few time on this game. That is indicative of how annoyed I am with FM 2013.
  4. The second never happened to me, but the first is usual. I never make the 3rd sub before the 75th minute specially if i´m 1 goal down of 1 up. Not sure if it ´s a bug but it happens a lot.
  5. Thanks for your help but I always pay attention to team talks and pre-match conferences since CPW´10. I don´t find this year approach any different from older FM versions and I seriously doubt that this can influence a poor run of results. It´s like you said there´s not a huge margin. It can help to calm down some players and warn against complacency, but these are things that I´m used to. What I can´t deal is goals agagainst between minutes 45 and 48 in every game that I´m winning at half time. If I´m winning by one I tend to loose the game in the final minutes. If winning by two the probability of the draw is high. It happens in a regular basis no matter what I do. I tested with different strategies and half time teamtalks but in most cases it was worthless. I feel like this was predicted. I usually don´t give up that easily in FM matters but this year I think I´ll make an exception. I don´t think the game is bad but if I can´t win (note: not at all cost) where´s the fun of it? The SI team more than deserve everything they achieve but I simply don´t have the strength to "combat" this. I never felt the game was time consuming but now I do. After searching through threads and websites, I think that I covered many aspects of the game. So, I´m through with FM 2013. Sorry!
  6. I don´t think that is a complete waste of money simply because the game was a Christmas gift. But I know the feeling. However, unlike you I always play LLM and perhaps that´s why I´m even more frustrated with the game this year. My believe is that if you can manage in the lower leagues with limited resources who can easily deal with things at a big club. At least you have money to buy the best players and generally having the best players in the league can hide potential problems in your system/tactic.
  7. I don´t find the new training system that good but sure is an improvement. I´m going to miss that, but overall I think that I´ll have more fun in 2012.
  8. Probably i´m not the first (and neither the last I suppose) to moan about how hard is to be successful in FM 2013 but for me it´s the first time that I really complain. I´ve been around the forum since 2008 or so and never used other people´s tactics. Whenever i didn´t understand some issue in the game I search for information that allow me to evolve and have a better understanding of the game itself. In fact I always achieve some success in previous versions but above all I always enjoy playing FM. This year version changed it completely. As usual I have read some threads specially Cleon´s and Rashidi´s and at some point I managed to bring glory to Wimbledon bringing them to the Championship in three years. The season in the Championship was ok but I felt that I needed a new challenge so I apply for the job vacancy at Blackburn Rovers. I guide them to a comfortable 9th place (their were near relegation zone when I took over) and started the foundations for a team capable of battling for promotion next season. I couldn´t be more wrong. I only manage to stay at the club until early november and was sacked for the time since a can remember after a very porr run of form with 6 or 7 defeats in a row. After that I was keen to start a new save but them I received a proposal from Serie B team Reggina. That was a good way to improve my knowlodge in another league and also to prove myself that I can achieve good things in FM 2013. However i must say that I am very close to quit playing the game this year and probably for the next years. Probably I´m over reacting but right now nothing seems to work. I have a good team for this league and had a good run of results in 17 games in charge with 10 wins, 4 draws and 3 defeats (2 away with title contenders Bologna and a narrow 2-3 to Juve Stabia and one to rivals Crotone 0-1 after missing a penalty and a goal disalowed). But suddenly everything changed. The next five games equals to 5 defeats with 11 goals against and only scored 2. I really can´t understand what´s wrong. I rven watched the games in full mode, replay them, change strategy (not tactic) but the result was the same: defeat. I think that 17 games are a good indicator that the system is working well so I can´t accept this perfomances. So what is theproblem? I am really frustrated with this and can´t seem to find a solution. Help is appreciated, thank you. Cheers
  9. What shouts do you use? Normally a combination of work ball into box and pass into space could fix that.
  10. Thanks for the feedback Cleon. I should have notice that. Cheers.
  11. Because he´s playing as a box to box midfielder, I would like my MC to arrive late in the opp area and curl ball (he´s my corner taker), but for some reason I can´t train him in both ppm? Is this "normal"?
  12. Assuming that you are playing in a standard pitch size I can´t see why you shouldn´t play a possession game, you have one of the best midfield in the league (passing 2nd, creativity 4th, tackling 3rd, technique 4th, stamina 5th). The problem is in your passing style. If you want to control the game, you need to play a short passing game. Try to use the shouts retain possession and pass to feet and see if the % improves. I personally untick the target man but if you want to stick to it, better supply him in the air because you are the 1st in heading and jumping attributes. You may try to play on the counter against bigger teams. Sometimes you can have more possession % sitting deep. I usually have the same shouts and just change the strategy. By using these shouts (hassle opp, play to feet, work ball into box, retain possession, soft tackling, exploit the middle, play wider) I rarely have less than 55% but it´s always a matter of trial and error. You can always test this in your friendly matches. Cheers!
  13. I see no wrong in this formation but I would change style and roles. But this is just a personal preference. Perhaps have a more balanced structure, employ a ball playing defender (Luiz)/blocker (Terry) combo; have Lampard as a deep lying playmaker and Mata as a advanced playmaker or trequartista; Torres as a deep lying forward or complete forward. There are many ways where you can get the best of the players. I agree with Cleon. You must play some games in order to have a better knowledge of your team and the game. The tactic only isn´t enough because you can use the shouts and they can change your style of play. If you like a play a possession game, retain the ball, pass to feet and work ball into box can do the trick. But if you want to attack you probably need more pace and have the ball forward, pass into space, push higher up can do this for you.
  14. Go to squad training. On the top right of the screen you have two options: allow rest before match/allow rest after match. Just choose whatever you want.
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