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    where my feet are


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    Newcastle, Rochdale,

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  1. Has anyone seen a DB where Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough are in the SPL?
  2. If you want to win back the ball quickly in the midfield why not compact that area of the field?
  3. To the OP, it is definitely related to increased rep and the AI sitting deeper and getting more players behind the ball. I've gotten back to back promotions with Crewe and the games after the Jan window closes are just about grinding it out. Sometimes even as a huge favorite I've played deeper and more compact myself in order to draw my opponent out of their bus, so to speak, and hit them on the counter. I've got a base tactic that I adjust for each game based on my opponent and the odds. There is a lot more to say but suffice to say it's best to design your own tactic and tweak on a game by game or even smaller increments as needed.
  4. Yeah...I'm a tactical nut. I'll start a game, be doing well and then realize my team would be even better suited to a different formation or decide I'd really like to see how this player would perform as a regista and then I have to start all over. I've done that for the last few versions. I started that way this year with Newcastle, with 3 different tactics and played three first seasons and decided to stop thew madness. Right now I've just clinched my second consecutive league championship with Crewe and will carry on in the Championship next season. Definitrely a lot more fun this way than my eternal "what if" scenarios
  5. I play very similar to this. At work so I can't do screenies. I started with Newcastle as a 5-4-1 switched to your formation and now play with WB. Base tactic is Attacking My current tactic evolved from this at Newcastle. I have the striker as a PFs one IF is set to IW both are on attack I moved the FB to WB and set to support GK is a sweeper keeper on support. I also moved my DLP to an RPM on support My base tactic is custom gegenpress and always Attacking. I have a base tactic in the slots and I make adjustments as to how I want to play my opponent on a game by game basis. I'm at work so I can't do screenies. I'm semi-fanatical about clean sheets and currently have Newcastle in 5th in the first season, no xfers in first window, 30 games played. I think the ME is playing very nice football ATM.
  6. Not sure if he was a wonderkid but Per Ciljan Skjelbred was always a must have for me.
  7. Ask the board for a parent club. It will put a little money in your pocket (about 40k) and get you the free loans.
  8. I really like this point. I've been experimenting a CMa (or s) and CMs (or) d combo in midfield because I can use their individual attributes, with or without PIs, too a better benefit for my team rather than, say, as a BtB and DLP combo.
  9. I keep a standard def line with an attacking mentality. What I do switch is my line of engagement. If I want to go defensive, I compress my midfield by dropping the line of engagement from standard. I'm playing Newcastle with a 541, btw. With previous versions I used to set up an attacking, balanced and defensive tactic and choose which one to play to start the match. Now I just have my base tactic and work off of that to start the game. I don't make in game adjustments based on how the opponent is playing but I do make adjustments based on how I want to play my opponent largely dependent on if I'm superior, equal or inferior.
  10. Mid December in my Toon save. No transfers first window. The club has been taken over by a Greek businessman. He hasn't invested much as I've just been given a 20M kitty. Shelvey, Saivet, Colback and Krafth are being shipped out and I'm bringing in Fran Beltran for 16M. I'm playing 541, have lost 4 out of my last six games and currently sit 9th on 22 points after 16 games. My plan is too switch to a 424 wide for next season.
  11. There is more to the game than just tactics. How are the players "feeling" coming off their last game or run of games? Are heads dropping or are they overconfident? What do you say in the pregame presser? Do you challenge the players before the game? What do you say at the half? I don't leave these to my AssMan because they do make a difference with the result of the game. I've experimented over the years with different types of teams and the way I approached my team talks with them. Some teams you have to challenge against a weaker opponent. Some teams need to coddled through a poor patch until you can squeeze one or two good draws out of them before they start winning games again. Man management isn't a HUGE component of winning in the game but it surely is a component of your overall success.
  12. Classic example of why I love this game: I'm Newcastle, home to Wolves 3rd game of 1st season. I'm down 1-2 as I put the pressure on from the 70th minute on I hit woodwork twice and have a goal dribble away from Patricio and sit on the line before he lunges back and holds it. I figure there is no way to rescue a point and am resigned to a loss. 3rd minute of injury time and a blocked shot falls to St Maximin and he tucks it in the far post for the draw.
  13. Played the Toon in Beta. I made some purchases and sales and squeaked into 7th on the last game. When Liverpool beat Bournemouth in the FA cup I secured Europa League. I decided to start anew with no transfers in the first window.
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