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About Seagullfan

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    Twitter @Firthy. Claim to fame-Played at Wembley

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  1. I would add to this the same about new players in the team. I went through a spell of dismissing strikers who I purchased as rubbish because they didn’t score or play as well as expected in the first few games. I then realised that they needed time to settle in and after a good few games they would finally perform. I never judge a new player now until he has had a good run of games as he needs to gel in the same way teams do when they have a big turnover in players
  2. It seems the one thing missing from the whole “I am rubbish at FM” conversation is that win,lose or draw you are actually engaging with the game. Whilst we all want to create teams who are unbeatable world champions it’s other aspects of the game that make it so exciting. That last minute winner, beating a top team on their turf, a developed youth who breaks through into the first team, that offside goal you concede and curse, hitting the woodwork when 0-1 down and a minute to go, the sending off that clearly wasn’t, the sublime move that ends in a goal etc etc. I’m sure we have all shouted at the screen, jumped out of our chair, sworn at a referee and ended an evening in a buoyant mood after a tough victory. Winning is great but there is so much more to enjoy about this game than that alone. Just relax and enjoy the ride....whatever the outcome.
  3. This book is excellent in that respect Talking Tactics: You’ll Never Look at Football the Same Way Again By Mihail Vladimirov and Bob Pearce
  4. I think maybe you need to understand exactly how the goals are being conceded so you can identify the problem. Replay the goals against from when the opposition start their attack and keep stopping the action and look at player positions. See if you can identify where the problems are as the attack builds as there could be any number of reasons. Are tackles being missed, have they found it too easy to exploit the space behind the WB's, are the wide men finding it too easy to deliver a cross, are the WB's too slow to react and not cutting out the crosses in time, what is preventing the DC's from clearing the cross when it comes in. By closely watching these details in the build up to goals you should see a pattern emerging as to what the fault is and how you can deal with it.
  5. Failure...yet again.

    You seem to be missing the point Cleon is making. A striker suddenly stops scoring so you change his role in the hope he will start scoring again. You are looking at things in isolation and not the bigger picture. You would be better conducting the analysis as suggested which focusses on all aspects of what goes into the end product. You need to look and understand why all of a a sudden he is not scoring by looking at the events leading up to the point when the attack breaks down. If you don't know why he isn't scoring then how will you know why any changes you make are likely to work? i have always been an advocate of Cleons continually stop the action in the first 5 mins to see how the game is shaping up. If you can take the time to see what is happening in this period then you will know what pattern the match is following and be able to take any appropriate action to correct any likely issues before they hurt you.
  6. I am still playing the same save in FM10!
  7. I am just working my way through Lines and Diamonds which I originally thought was a bit pretentious. I now realise it is probably the most enlightening piece of work I have ever read about FM. All credit to Hand of God
  8. Back to basics

    Nice work and am looking forward to how you develop this thread
  9. No not Mata as I am on a very long term FM10 save having taken a team from non league to Serie A contenders so he's a young regen. I just use an AP on support in the AMC slot. I am also using Control/Fluid but not sure if the setup or something similar would work in FM16 but no harm in trying I guess. My poacher has scored 10 goals in 7 pre season friendlies against generally good quality opposition
  10. Playing a very old FM version and having great success with shots, shots on target and goals using a 4-3-1-2 similar to yours. However I have a B2B in the left MC slot, a DLP in the centre slot and a Poacher as left striker. Not sure if those changes would help in the current version but I do find the DLP runs the show, the B2B offers good defensive cover and attacking thrust and the Poacher scores for fun from through balls provided by the AMC.
  11. It must be a bug as being a life long fan there is no way owner Tony Bloom would sell the club in 2016
  12. FM10 problem

    Glad to see I am not the only old fart still on FM10
  13. Match day vs philosophy

    When you set up a tactic you need to know what every player in the setup is supposed to be doing. If you take the time to watch matches or the highlights afterwards you can concentrate on each individual in turn to see if they do what you require. If they don't then it could be that they aren't good enough to do what you want or that what you are trying to do is not working for some reason. With this information you can then either look to replace the weak players in the system or tweak the roles/positions to make them work how you want. I play an older version of FM but find that regardless this approach seems to yield results. However you do need to invest time in this and that's not to everyone's taste. I have a 4-3-3 I have been developing with a view to achieving a Euro slot in the coming 2-3 years. After the first season I have made several tweaks to roles whilst maintaining the same overall game plan/vision and intend to carry this on until I have what I require. Also I am bringing on youngsters to fit the system and will look to focus on their PPM's etc when I have nailed down the roles/duties for each part of the setup. As I say it's not everyone's cup of tea to take as much time as this to develop a system but I find I am enjoying it and can see the development clearly as it progresses. Also it is a great way to analyse and understand what each position and role actually does on the pitch
  14. Great thread and some really useful insights
  15. The problem sometimes is that you have some decent youngsters in positions where you have established players who are maybe mid twenties so it is too early to bring in the youngsters.