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  1. Has anyone mentioned the frequency of long balls over the top of the defence leading to goals? Every lower league team seems to have a Xabi Alonso type quarter back midfielder who can ping a perfect pass over the top off the defence (no matter how deep they are) which will lead to a clear cut chance. I understand this happens in football but it happends far too often in FM19 for me I've been testing the last few days playing the first 3 games of the Conference North season with different defensive lines / mentalities and the ball over the top happens far too much in my opinion
  2. @Mr U Rosler Have you used that tactic in the first post all the way through your 3 seasons? Have been waiting for you to create a tactics thread since release as all I can get working to a good level in the lower leagues us 4-4-2 wing play Think I'm also going to copy your training schedules, I am also Stockport. 2nd season in Conference National, I will be looking to bring youth through but I have no restrictions on signing players so it is much easier for me
  3. Look forward to seeing it mate. I usually agree 100% with the ideas behind your tactics (no faffing about with the ball / direct football / plenty of hard work) but with my current Souchaux save I've actually developed a slow tempo, working the ball into the box, use a playmaker type tactic. It's pretty much against how I like football to be played but it is working well I think this new tactic you are creating could go quite well with it when I'm wanting to change things up
  4. Are your players tiring? Are the other sides changing tactics leading to the come backs? What I generally do is put my full backs on defend and change a couple of roles so that my players aren't wandering from their positions much. It's quite hard to find the balance though as if you go too defensive you could invite them on and struggle to get out of your defensive third I would just experiment and try and find something that works. If it's happening often though there may be an underlying problem with your tactic or that your players are flagging too much. It could also be worth checking where the attacks are coming from, for example if a right winger has started tearing you apart then man mark him / double up on him etc
  5. Always like to test a @Mr U Rosler tactic as they are the only ones I ever use bar my own. Had a small test save as Barnsley and it worked fantastically well. Tried it on a test save with Souchaux in France and it was completely the opposite with me getting hammered a fair few times and not scoring many at all I've actually started a new Souchaux game and I'm using my own 4-5-1 tactic for now but look forward to using this one again, if I manage in England, or any new ones @Mr U Rosler comes up with
  6. We are a decent pick / challenge this year due to being in the Championship. Quite a few of our players are over rated and the board only want play offs. Challenge comes from the dire financial situation but promotion goes a long way to fixing that You can raise a decent amount of funds as well by selling players such as Cattermole, Jones, Rodwell and Kone and replace them quite easily with much cheaper players
  7. @Cleon Little bit of advice if possible. Started a test save last night as Barnsley to try out a tactic before starting a proper Barnsley save and got somewhere close to what I think will work but need a little advice on the wide players I've got the central players throughout the team sorted I think but have had mixed results when using the wide players Anyway the only TI I have on is play the ball out of defence as the starting positions are deep and, formation is standard and fluid GK (D) RFB (S) CD (D) CD (D) LWB (S) RDM (S) LDM (D) RW(S) CM (A) LWM (S) DLF (A) I’m fairly happy with the right hand side but I’m struggling a little with the left. I can’t seem to find a balance between defensive cover and helping out attacking wise but think the above combo probably works best after finding an IW and WB on that side left me too open even with the DM (D) sitting. I was creating an ok amount of chances but conceding too much mainly down the left hand side I do understand I’m going to concede goals no matter what I do as I’m ranked worst in the league but do think I’m onto something with the above after reading through the thread
  8. Not FM related but he came off the bench earlier in the season against us, didn't have long on the pitch but you could tell straight away he had something about him. I've not seen an awful lot of him but I'd predict he should have a real decent future in the game Hopefully he will stay where he is while he develops and move to a bigger side once he is ready, doubt that will happen though the way modern football is now
  9. I try to keep my tactics and formations quite simple, the 352 offers a lot of flexibility during games if my initial set up isn't working. My TM doesn't set up a great amount of goals with headed flick ons but he is almost always involved in goals whether it be taking part in the actual move receiving and giving the ball or attracting players to him which allows others to be free. I think if I just looked at his stats at the end of each season I wouldn't get the full picture as he may not have enough assists or key passes but he is often the pass before the assist etc. I also find having him on support allows a decent amount of room for the AF to run into in behind him.
  10. I play 3-5-2. Higher Tempo, More Closing Down, Exploit the Flanks, Mixed Passing, Pass into Space GK (D) RWB (A) CD (D) CD (D) CD (D) LWB (A) Anchor Man (D) B2B (S) B2B (S) TM (S) AF (A) I haven’t played the above at PL level though but it had worked for me at a number of different clubs, it isn’t overly attacking but there is plenty of support for the TM (S) coming from behind and someone running forward to create space for him / make a passing option
  11. Can someone have a look at Jordan Pickford please. Surely he has had a boost as he's been one of the best keepers in the PL this season (although he has had to face more shots to be fair) and got a call up to the England senior side I'm not holding my breath like as whoever researches Sunderland often gets any prospects wrong but overrates the more senior players
  12. So them agreeing to go Pro then the change not happening? Could they have cancelled it? Seems strange if so as finances only got better and I went on to get promoted Starting to get job offers now so may leave to a club at the same level who is Pro
  13. Are there certain criteria you need to meet before you can go from Semi Pro to Pro? Got Stockport promoted first season via the play offs, the board agreed to go Pro, the progress bar filled up all the way but nothing happened (I must have missed a news item surely). It's now a season later and I'm still Semi Pro, the option to ask to go Pro came up again and the board said they didn't trust me enough (even though I'm listed as untouchable in the job security page) I've now improved my training facilities and bought back the stadium so have a 6m loan against the club so I have probably missed the opportunity, I doubt I can get promoted as a semi pro club as attracting 'next level' players is proving difficult As an aside Stockport are a really good side to start off with in Conference North, decent starting squad and my bank balance went from approx. 200k to 2m in 2 seasons without selling any players.
  14. I think Pickford might get an upgrade when the winter update comes out. I was hoping Watmore would as well but he is out for the season now so they might not do it even if it was planned
  15. I only mention M'Vila as I'm sure he is 'worse' attribute wise on FM17 than he was on FM16 despite having a really good season for us last year. Nothing game breaking or anything it's just Sunderland don't often have good players and although he isn't actually our player I was a bit disappointed with how he looks on this years version after a good season
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