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  1. Works a charm mate. In the defence of the title we've been done over by injuries (my playmaker and goalscorer both tore their hamstrings) but were top until the playmaker got crocked. Still within touching distance of the leaders but not as consistent as we were before. Despite this we have by far the best defensive record in the league. Whether that's due to an improving young goalkeeper or a stable defence who have played together for the best part of 18 months now, I don't know, but we tend to dominate possession and chances and no longer let in the few chances we concede. Having more trouble at the other end this year, seemingly hitting the woodwork more than we actually score. My striker has 21 goals and my left winger has 10, but with my two centre-mids (contributed 15 last season) missing half the season and my right winger (got 11 last season) struggling to perform (often 'looks nervous', odd..) we are often edging games 1-0/2-0 or being edged out 0-1 (with the odd 4-1/3-0 thrown in every now and then). Still 4th highest scorers in the league mind. Think without the horrible luck with injuries we'd be leading the table right now.
  2. I'm using Dave Byrd's version, as linked here: http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/376223-FM-14.1.4-•-•-•-MiNiMaL_FuSS-FuSSination-1.0-4-1-2-2-1-•-•-•?p=9297417&viewfull=1#post9297417
  3. Bump. (NB - using Dave Byrd's original version 'Valentino') Well, I've had struggles with this tactic (just see a few posts previous) but I tell you what it is absolutely worth sticking with - once you have the right players, along with a settled team (particularly defence) it is unreal. After 5 successive 5th place finishes, we stormed the league in my 7th season, won the Europa League for the 2nd time and lost in the FA Cup final. Also went on a ridiculous 19 match winning run, and 25 unbeaten. I had, on paper, probably the 4th/5th best side in the division albeit with a world class playmaker and world class all-round striker. This season: Just beat Barcelona at the Nou Camp: Tips: GK - Someone who can organise a defence and handle crosses is preferable to a pure shot stopper. My GK has only 13 Reflexes but 16 AA, 16 CoA and 18 Communication. FBs - Standard full-backs that can defend and attack - good work rate, acceleration and crossing as well as the usual defensive attributes. CBs - At least decent pace (14+) is a must due to playing such a high line. Anticipation also important. Basically your usual defensive attributes. DM - Usual ball-winning attributes, standard DM. APM - typical playmaker, someone who create first and score second - Composure more important than Finishing, but your typical playmaker attributes most important. B2B - Work Rate, Determination, Off the Ball and Pace seem most important here - my weakest player on paper last season got 11 goals and 13 assists last season from this position (11 finishing, 16 passing, 16 OTB, 17 Pace). WGs - Pace, Dribbling, Crossing, Composure, Off the ball - The higher the OTB attribute, the more chances they will get. Play on their favoured side. F9 - Forget what FM says about the F9, you want typical poacher attributes here. Finishing, Anticipation, Composure, OTB, Pace/Acceleration. Decent Work Rate (14+) and Heading (14+) also useful. I go 4-1-2-2-1 Control at home, and 4-1-2-2-1 Counter away. When I was a mid-table ability I went 4-1-4-1 Counter against the top sides and had a fair deal of success. Requires pacey players on the counter. Tl;dr This is BY FAR the best tactic I've used on this FM, and seems to be most effective when used with a settled team. Be patient with it - it can be leaky defensively at times, and teams tend to have a well above average goal:chance ratio, but with the right players (not necessarily the best) it can be destructive.
  4. Ok, had to bump this. Someone please explain this to me. England. Brendan Rogers is manager. He favours a 4-1-2-2-1 formation and tends to pick three wingers - these are usually Chamberlain, Sterling and Zaha/Ince. My winger - Callum McManaman - has been overlooked for the last five years despite consistently performing excellently for me, culminating in five successive 5th placed finishes. Now given, on paper (ie, CA-wise) he is indeed weaker than those four - fair enough. I find it silly that he's never so much as given a chance, not even for meaningless friendlies, but meh, I can at least understand FM's logic here, even if I don't agree with it (CA/rep > form). It's a minor irritation, but I get over it. But has really confused me, is that my now 5th choice, out on-loan, inferior and in poor form winger, Jordon Ibe, has been called up - AHEAD of my 2nd (Ince) and 3rd (McManaman) choice wingers. WHAT?! Let's get this straight. I signed Sterling in the summer so he and Ince are now my first choice wingers. McManaman is 3rd choice and Ibe is out on loan (failed to find a buyer for him). McManaman's stats: Ince's stats: Ibe's stats: Both Ince and McManaman have higher reps, higher CA (based on my 20/20 HoYD's opinion) and have performed better both recently and over the last few years. HOW ON EARTH DOES IBE GET CALLED UP AHEAD OF THEM. Ince is dropped and 'clearly has more work to do if he is force his way back into Rodgers' England plans'. In the first two games of the season, Ince has 1 goal, 1 assist and 1 MOM - all against Man City. Average rating of 7.80. Ibe has 0 goals, 0 assists and average of 6.35. Ince has more work to do. Sorry... what? What more could he possibly do? Downright insulting. McManaman doesn't get a look-in for years, but Ibe goes out on loan and immediately gets selected ahead of him, having done or achieved nothing. The logic is... well there is no logic. Unless SI have decided to incorporate a manager losing the plot. TL;DR 2nd and 3rd choice wingers for 5th best team in the Premiership, who have performed well consistently for years, are dropped/overlooked for 5th choice winger out-on-loan to mid-table side who has lower reputation, is weaker and has performed poorer. Meanwhile said 3rd choice winger has never been called up once in his 10 year career despite consistently performing well, and 2nd best winger 'has more work to do' despite getting MOM against Man City in one of two matches so far this year. He has an average rating of 7.80 to 5th choice wingers 6.35 - for a superior team against superior opposition.
  5. Sorry, been away. @CityAndColour - not a regular occurrence, thankfully, and after these qualifiers he did recall Shaw as well as my in-form left-back, dropping both of these two left-backs. @Baptista8 - I've had a similar thing with my winger, McManamanan. Now in all fairness, CA-wise, he's probably not in the top 4-5 wingers for his country. But he's been in sensational form for me, and ended the season as our best player with 12 goals and 18 assists from the wing. Yet every single international weekend Sterling (rarely plays for Man City), Chamberlain (used mainly as super-sub for Arsenal) and Ince (my other winger) get in ahead of him. Every single time I'm asked in the media about it, and every single time the England manager says he's considering him, and every single time he's not picked. Now in reality, this can often be the case - England managers are always biased towards those who play for the biggest clubs (even if they are barely playing). But you'd think he'd at least get a call-up for a meaningless friendly? Another example - my 23yo striker had a great season, scoring 21 league goals (32 in all comps) and ending the season 2nd top scorer and highest English striker. He was one of three strikers called up to every England squad - but didn't play once. Never even got 5 minutes off the bench at the end of a friendly. Another really odd call-up was Ashley Young being drafted in in reserve... despite having been released in the summer and having been unattached for months. As well as being distinctly average. I think international logic has improved (ever so slightly) on previous additions but I feel it still needs looking at further. It's not just the odd calls, but the stubbornness of some managers and seeming lack of flexibility - either changing a tactic to accommodate the new star players (Italy for instance may love their 5-3-2 now but what's to say in the future they don't produce some world class full-backs and revert to 4-4-2 to 4-2-3-1?) that come through, giving form players a chance (this has been a flaw for years) or merely utilising their entire squad, often refusing to give fringe/form players a chance even in friendlies.
  6. Not a complaint, but just found this very curious. Luke Shaw and Kieron Gibbs have been the England left-backs for the last year or so. Last summer Arsenal splashed out on Shaw (4.5* CA), and this season he has featured in all but 2 games, scoring a pretty good average rating of 7.22. Gibbs (2.5* CA) however has been relegated to the bench, and had made just 3 appearances all season - all from the bench - averaging 6.80. So I am absolutely baffled that the manager has now decided to drop the in-form, far superior Luke Shaw and instead pick the inferior Gibbs who has barely played all season. Bertrand (also inferior but has had a good season for Chelsea) is the other left-back in the squad. Don't want to call it a bug as it's a bit ambiguous, but it just seems very odd. Shaw has (far) higher ability, has played *far* more games, has performed far better, has higher reputation... it's a no-brainer, in a normal world. Shaw is fully match fit and his profile states he is 'angry to have been left out of the England squad', so no question marks about his availability. And it's for a key qualifier vs Switzerland, so a pretty important match as far as qualifying goes. Is this a common occurrence in FM or is there a logical reason for this decision that I'm not seeing? Some screens:
  7. 'Mate', I'm a fair few seasons in now and have one of the stronger squads in the division after successive 5th place finishes. Cheers for the utterly useless advice.
  8. I don't know what's happened but we've lost all ability to create an actual chance, let alone score. Just played the bottom team in the division, at home, and didn't muster a single attempt on target. It's unbelievably frustrating.
  9. Seems incredibly knee-jerk though, not that that doesn't happen on a regular basis in reality. Just seems odd to be sacked so soon, mid-way through what must be one of their most successful qualifying campaigns ever. A few disappointing performances and suddenly the WC qualifying is irrelevant. Just seems a bit off for me. Guess I'm just not used to the South American international system (major continental tournament mid-way through WCQs).
  10. I know the recent patch has upped the sacking in international managers, but this seems farcical. I took over Uruguay in September 2015. Won 8 of my first 9 games (the loss a friendly to Germany) including beating Argentina. This is where we are in CONMEBOL qualifying: So then we go to Copa America, and for whatever reason struggle to find the net and go out in the group stages on goal difference after three draws. And I get sacked, just 11 months after taking over. Does that seem fair/reasonable/realistic?
  11. We're a Premierleague squad so £4.5k is lower than pretty much any player in the first team squad. I think I have just found out the reason though. The four players I had sign pre-contracts with weren't taken into account until *later* on July 1st so now we're pretty close to the wage budget. Makes sense, I guess. Thanks anyway.
  12. Hi, Currently in July, have spent the majority of my transfer budget already but had a fair bit for wages left. After all those who were out of contract left this wage budget increased to just under £74k - but the board still won't let me spend more than £4.5k on a 'key player' and significantly less on lower brackets, meaning it's impossible for meto bring in any new staff, free agents or loans that I've been eyeing up. Is there a logical reason for this or is it a bug? Thanks... Edit: Now solved.
  13. Don't know what to say. Was going well for quite a while but in early Feb we had a few poor results, a bit of bad luck and then just completely fell apart. The same players, in the same tactic, yet just suddenly utterly inept. Gone from scoring for fun but leaking like a sieve, to losing confidence and struggling to put away our chances, to simply being utterly incapable of even creating any chances. Just watched one of the most tedious games ever where we drew 0-0 against the worst team in the division after having just two shots on goal all match (and about 10 half-hearted efforts that were off-target). We've completely lost the plot. Actually just realised that it all went to **** after I won MOTM. That explains everything...
  14. I just. I can't. No words. Not exaggerating even slightly - this happens every single game. My 'keeper concedes 2-3 goals per every save he makes. That's absurd. Absolutely absurd. And it's not like he's a bad 'keeper. He's one of the best in the division. Yet on this game he's utterly inept. The quality of the chances must also be a big factor. But he should at least save some. As an example, here are my last six games: L Doncaster 3-4 -> 6 shots on target. W Barnsley 4-3 -> 3 shots on target. L Blackpool 0-2 -> 2 shots on target. W N.Forest 3-2 -> 3 shots on target. D Blackburn 2-2 -> 4 shots on target. D Newport 2-2 -> 2 shots on target. From the last six games my 'keeper has made 5 saves and conceded 15 goals. All season he has made 16 saves and conceded 35 goals. 16 saves. 16. In 22 games. The other team has 5 shots on target and they will score at least 3 of them. I utterly despair. Does anyone have anything, anything at all, that I can use to help tighten up the ship? Why is my 'keeper utterly inept?
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