DocSander

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  1. I have a regen winger with great agility, lightning pace and acceleration, who's got 'dwells on the ball' too. I upped his dribbling stat now and I regularly enjoy him 'dwelling on the ball'. Suddenly his acceleration kicks in again and off he goes... Initially I tried to unlearn the PPM, but this didn't work. Then I thought, let's make the best of it...
  2. 1. Read wwfan's excellent Twelve Steps Guide 2. Untick 'defensive line', 'width', 'tempo' and 'time wasting'. 3. Try again 4. If this doesn't help, minor changes to players roles might be needed. For example... a. playing a lone forward as AF (a) may isolate him upfront and make him difficult to reach for his team mates. Try DLF (s), or stick a AM (a/s) in the hole behind the striker b. two inside forwards may make your offense narrow and crowded (aka Chelsea 2012/13 IRL). Try one W (a) and one IF (s), or one W (s) and one IF (a), depending on player suitablity for these roles. c. the B2B man is merely needed in offense, as the DM (d) should be enough cover for the defense. Try CM (s) for more midfield presence with less running. d. either switch the DM from (d) to (s) to allow him more involvement in offensive passing streaks, or give one or both FB's (depending on one or two IF's) more license to bomb forward with a WB (A) role, or PPM's like 'gets forwards whenever possible'. 5. Let us know how this worked out, so other people will learn from your expercience. Good luck!
  3. Great stuff... Nice to see how some simple advice sets you off!
  4. 1. You've got the impression that you are one of the best teams in the league (which is probably true, judging from your statement about the comparison screens) 2. You've got an (overly) attacking strategy to start matches with (which is probably related to point 1, but not necessarily the right way to go about in FM) Starting games on attacking is correct from a philosophical point of view (you'll want your superior team to attack the inferior opponent), but definitely not from an FM point of view. This pitfall exists because of the words assigned to different strategy options. You've got defensive-counter-balanced-control-attack to start with. This is one of the most misleading things in FM... In my view, a lot of people would be better served if those options would be termed option A-B-C-D-E. Even on a defensive strategy, teams will attack when the time is right. It's just a matter of how much risk they are willing to take. Playing on a counter strategy can see you winning the possession battle when you use the correct shouts, player roles and PPM's. I'd switch to a balanced strategy first, and you may even need to try counter too. You've stated that your defense is on the slow side, but you're forcing them into a very high position on the pitch now, with an offside trap and more aggressive tackling. The drop deeper shout only marginally helps here (just check the slider setting!). No teams win all their tackles, so with slow defenders high up the pitch, this is a very risky game plan. May be useful when chasing a late equalizer, but not to start with. Just, try and watch some of your matches on 2D and see if you can identify this issue. From the looks of your set-up this sounds like (a big part of) the problem...
  5. Does anyone know how to tackle this issue? I have a highly talented 20-year old youngster, but his personality (temperamental) needs some hard tutor sessions for him to succeed and fullfill his potential. He has a 'national' reputation, and I have a hard time finding a suitable tutor within the financial constraints of my Championship side (after five promotions in eight years!) Can you see the reputation of potential tutors in more detail than just 'national'? So how would I know if a potential 'national' reputation tutor has a higher reputation than my talent? And does sorting by reputation list players with higher 'national' reputation above players with lower 'national' reputation? My talent always shows up pretty high in the long list of 'national' reputation players that I have, so he might be on the very high side of 'national'. Thanks in advance for this very inspring thread!
  6. Does anyone know how to tackle this issue? I have a highly talented 20-year old youngster, but his personality (temperamental) needs some hard tutor sessions for him to succeed and fullfill his potential. He has a 'national' reputation, and I have a hard time finding a suitable tutor within the financial constraints of my Championship side (after five promotions in eight years!) Can you see the reputation of potential tutors in more detail than just 'national'? So how would I know if a potential 'national' reputation tutor has a higher reputation than my talent? And does sorting by reputation list players with higher 'national' reputation above players with lower 'national' reputation? My talent always shows up pretty high in the long list of 'national' reputation players that I have, so he might be on the very high side of 'national'. Thanks in advance for this very inspring thread!
  7. Try this one: http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/123088-Time-Wasting-Is-it-more-than-simply-wasting-time It's FM12, but I think all of it holds true for FM13 too...
  8. There's no simple this of that answer here. You say you want the FB's to do two things that don't go together at the same time. In order to put in an offensive contribution, a FB will have to task risks with regards to his defensive duties. Think well for yourself about how you want to cover the space in behind the FB, in case the cross leads to a turnover of possession... This coverage may be provided by a defensive midfielder, a central defender shuttling over, or a winger in a more withdrawn position. If you'd want the wingers to do so, playing as a DW -S or DW -A would be a nice start. Study this interchange between your players by watching full match segments and see if it suits the style you had in mind...
  9. Seems like you've just answered your own questions there... With a high d-line and offensive full-backs, wingers will always look to take advantage of space on the wings behind the full-backs. Inferior opposition will generally opt for a counter attacking style of play, and your advanced full-backs provide and excellent area for them to take advantage of. Try and limit the amount of surges forward made by your full-backs. Check if they have the 'get forward at every opportunity' PPM, lower their duty, or manually reduce their amount of 'runs from deep', resist the urge to play the shout 'look for overlap' unless it is really what you want...
  10. Assuming you didn't change the team settings for the past season, it looks like your attacking style with closing down on 'press more' played into the hands of teams set out to counter attack you at your own ground. It seems you may want to use some more patience here in breaking these teams down. Start matches on control, try not to concede, but wear them out a bit by controlling possession... In the end success with this Match Engine all comes down to adapting. Picking the correct style, roles or even formation for a particular match is more important now than it ever was. Study your past season, like I see you did. Analyse which matches failed to produce the expected results and study those matches more in detail. Come the next season you may want to watch these types of matches with more attention. Check whether the hypothesis that weaker teams catch you on the break is true and then adapt your side to it... Slowly get dragged into the fine tuning of team tactics, like many of the regular visitors of this part of the forum do... Beware though, of over-tinkering. Don't make too many changes in a short time period, and take time to observe the results. Otherwise you'll start noticing effects that are mainly down to random effects, rather than effects that relate to your changes... Enjoy! PS: Beware of the changes made to the Match Engine with the 20th November patch. High defensive lines and more pressing are already incorporated to a greater extent, so you may suffer even more here...
  11. Could you specify on this? Best way is to upload the fixture list. That way we can see against what type of opposition you disappoint... One thing up front is that the central midfield pairing of B2B - BWM will lead to both players leaving the central midfield zone frequently and most likely also at the same (unwanted) times. The B2B, what's in a name?, will make runs into the opposing box, opening your team up for counters, while the BWM will chase the ball when the opponent's are building their attacks. This leaves the anchor man exposed to more space than he can cover. The fact that your team setting for pressing is 'more' enhances this... Watch some full matches and check it this is the case...
  12. Great thread lam! Thanks for putting all this information out here. It's one of those threads that opens up areas of FM that you might not so easily make use of... What I was wondering though is that you didn't mention the opposing manager. I always find myself looking at his preferred playing style and tactics. This may help you dissect the opposing tactics a lot quicker.
  13. Well, that's a neat description of the problem you feel you're having. And a fantastic supply of information to work with! Just a quick reply to get things started. From the fixture list it seems the only thing that's going the way you want it is playing at home against superior opposition. I see wins against Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham there. Assuming you use the 4-2-3-1 there, it seems this formation works well. Things are different against comparable and inferior opposition at home, where you (probably) use the 4-3-3. You've got this set-up a a truly 'broken team'. A defensive central block of four (all on (D) duty), an offensive block of four (all on (A) duty) and two wingback with the tough task to link it all together. You might want to throw in some (S) duties here and there, trying to get the team together. Also look at your cover in midfield. The wide wingers won't be cheering to help out, being on (A) duties and the Trequartista is virtually non-existent out of possession. The team instructions also don't help. With rigid mentality, the split between defense and offense will be enhanced, while on fluid the mentalities of defenders and attackers are much closer together. And finally, playing on attacking, with direct passing won't help you retain possession. In order to wear more defensive opposition down, you'll need more patience. Chances are this set-up will lead to hurried play and lots of low quality efforts, rather than creation of CCC's. Also away from home, result are quite shocking. Signs that the 4-1-3-1-1 isn't doing the trick too. I'd change some things in midfield here too. Two BWM's will chase balls all over the pitch, while both AP (A) are not known for their defensive positioning. Try something like a AP (S) - DLP (D) - CM (D) combo, perhaps even move the AM C to a second ST on DLP (S) in order to get some width going... Again, in team setting is something that will create huge problems. Playing counter strategy with press more will really help your BWM's get all over the place. The so called 'headless chicken' situation. Quite some players even don't use BWM's at all anymore, because of their failure to keep shape and how easy they get dragged out. Probably more I could say, but let's keep it at this first! This has the potential to become a great thread. I'm sure more help and suggestions will come in and please follow this OP with your experiences later on...
  14. You could try DLF (S) is both players are smart enough (decisions / off the ball) to handle the fact that they might use the same area of the pitch. If this does not work out for you, you might try DLF (A) in order to get the striker higher up and more out of the way of the AM C. Perhaps when facing a DM C it's also better to avoid both the striker and the AM to exploit that area. So go with a DLF (A) in that case too. Big fan of DLF's as solo strikers myself, but from time to time also use an AF (A) with both wide players on support. Generally reserve this version for matches where I feel the need to strengthen my wide zones. For example when facing superior teams that play 4-4-2. Although when facing inferior teams that play 4-4-2 it's very tempting to use an AM C with a DLF (S) to take maximum advantage of the space between the two banks of four...
  15. First thing: thanks dafuge, for putting up this great great challenge. I've taken to managing lower league stuff for the first time now, after CM/FM experience for over fifteen years now... Missed out on promotion the first season with FC United, after missing the play-offs. Not even on goal difference, but on the amount of goals scored... Second thing: (I'm probably going to get giant amounts of stick for stating this, but I'm going to go forward with it anyway) Play-offs generally consist of four teams battling for one promotion place, right? I've counted page 13-14-15 and couldn't be bothered going further back. Seems 35 play-offs have been contested, of which 27 (77%) led to the player's team winning promotion... EDIT: seems point two needed some clarification... 77% is a play-off success rate that is so much higher than to be expected... Some players even had play-off success four out of four attempts!