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  1. Thanks! I've now changed my W(A) to a W(s) and reduced the left FB to a FB(s). Maybe I'll change the BWM(s) to a BWM(d) or a DM(s) to help us keep possession better. The player I have for the RPM(s) is 4 stars for League 2 but he probably doesn't have the stamina and finishing for that role. I'll keep him as an AP(A). I'm quite sore right now as I got another 1-1 draw in a tight game. This time it was entirely unexpected - we finally broke through a tough defence after dominating all game then conceded an equaliser in injury time when I forgot to change my FBs to Defend. Will get better slowly!
  2. Hi all, Thanks for your feedback. I've followed your suggestions: moving towards a Standard mindset, only using the Retain Possession later in games to see them out and putting my Winger on Support rather than Attack. Right now the RPM is injured so I'm using an AP(a) which is working well. I gave the AF a go in the Striker position and he ended up getting a goal and having a great game. In the following game I moved him back to LW for rotation and he had lots of shots but a 5.9 rating, so I'll consider playing him in his natural position more often until he improves his long shots and is Accomplished as an Inside Forward. Guess I'll need someone else for the left side. When it comes to giving them more options for shots, that is the aim of the BBM and having a Winger(A). I'm still not scoring as much as I would like but in the past few games I've gotten 1-0s that should have been more so the changes I've made seem to be working for now!
  3. Hello all, I'm gunning for promotion from League Two with my Oldham side but have been encountering some problems of late. Here is our usual Control tactic on Flexible or Fluid, playing a possession game: DLF(s)/TM(s) IF(a) W(a) BBM(s) RPM(s) BWM(s) FB(a) CD CD FB(s) Instructions: (Keeper) Pass to Full Backs, Retain Possession, Play Out from Defence After a solid start to the season we've hit a five match winless run and all the games are following a similar pattern. I've been getting a lot of games where we dominate possession and shots but can't create CCCs, concede the first goal (usually from a cross from our left hand side) and then have to push to equalise. At home this has been resulting in draws; away, in narrow losses. My IF(a) is our best striker but an AF doesn't fit into our 4-1-2-3 system. I've considered switching to a 4-2-3-1 to be able to play the AF, a 4-1-2-1-2 (ditto) or to a defensive 4-1-4-1 to which my other players are suited. There aren't generally enough two striker teams in the division to play 3 defender systems. We are the best passers in the league and were on course to finish in the playoffs but have now dropped out because of this. It's only November and we're only a few points behind so there's still plenty of time to recover. Any ideas? Happy to take screenshots.
  4. Thanks for getting back to me. My BWM(s) is our best central midfielder, has very good Finishing and has the PPMs Runs With Ball Through Middle and Gets Into Opposition Area - I have previously played him as a BBM(s) for that reason. Perhaps doing that I could free him up and use my CM(s) as a DLP(D)? Is it worth putting my Wingers on Attack so our AP has more people to aim for too? As I said, our approach was absolutely fine last season when we were a dominant side but less so now that we're inferior to a lot of other teams!
  5. I know that physical stats tend to do well in the lower leagues but I really do like my teams to be able to play. My defenders are all 3 stars+ for this division, as are my strikers. It's the midfield that is a little slow, although our passing/determination/teamwork/work rate is really good. On paper we should be able to stay up. We are already in the relegation zone so need to start grabbing some wins. I just bought a left winger who is outside of my usual purchase type (speed > intelligence) to see if we can start playing more of a counter-attacking game as we don't have the pace for that currently. I read in a thread on advanced playmakers that if my playmaker is supporting I should have two/three attacking players ahead of him. That's why I'm wondering whether a diamond is a good idea, or blowing some money on an Advanced Playmaker who can carry the ball upfield better.
  6. Thanks for replying! The three formations my team are trained in are 4-4-1-1, 3-4-1-2 and 4-1-2-1-2. Usually I aim to play a control game so the full backs are on support and the wingers on attack but because the wingers are ML/MR rather than AML/AMR they are better at dribbling/crossing than scoring. Our defence hasn't been that bad at all really - never any heavy hammerings, just narrow defeats. I'd say we are definitely struggling to score enough goals with our best striker out.
  7. Hello all, I'm looking to survive relegation with FC United and was wondering if anyone could offer me advice. We were just promoted last year (through the play-offs after blowing the league on the final day) and we're currently three points from safety with a game in hand. I tend to play a possession-based 4-4-1-1 with an Advanced Playmaker (s) supporting an Advanced Forward (A); although I had much success with a 3-4-1-2 last season there are fewer teams who play bog-standard 4-4-2s in this division. My team tends to have over 50% possession in every match with some of the best passers and mental stats in the league but our physical attributes are below average, making our possession quite sterile. We tend to concede on the counter quite a lot. My most skilful striker is out injured for six months, so my next best striker is a Defensive/Deep Lying Forward. Should I be looking to play more with a Counter/Defensive mentality? The board only want me to fight bravely against relegation so my job isn't at risk, but I'm really not keen on returning to the Conf North so any advice on how to eke out wins in this division would be much appreciated! Happy to provide screenshots, more info about my squad etc. Here's my set-up under a Standard mentality: Sweeper Keeper (d) FB(d), CD(d), CD(d), FB(d), W(s), BWM(s), CM(s), W(s) AP(s) AF(a) Instructions: Play Out From Defence (P.S. Neither of my Advanced Playmakers can dribble well enough to be AP(a), so I'm wondering whether a 4-1-2-1-2 would be a better option.)
  8. I literally finished a three-season stint with Truro City this morning, resigning after losing the BSP Playoff final, so I definitely feel I can be of service here! Obviously our tactical approaches are likely to differ but if you're taking control of them while they're still in the Blue Square South, I can certainly offer some specific starting pointers. In your first season, it's entirely possible to win the Blue Square South title if you buy wisely. Some players at the club when you arrive, such as Stewart Yetton, Andy Taylor, Arran Pugh and Jake Ash, are capable of being key players in this (Yetton can be top scorer in that division if used right), but you should relegate the wingers to bench duty right away. Hayles isn't very useful as more than a squad player but a very useful tutor and potential coach. As people higher in the thread have suggested, scouting for lower league players on free transfers in Scotland, Ireland and Wales is highly worthwhile, but also keep an eye on young players released by or available for loan at larger local clubs like Torquay, Plymouth, Exeter and Yeovil, a few higher like the Bristols and Portsmouth or even search to see which players have the club in their Favourites. When you hit the Premier start casting your net more broadly and try to build a team over a few seasons as it's a tricky division to escape. Stats around 10 are pretty good - I personally always look at Determination, Teamwork and Work Rate. I struck lucky with my youth system in my first season: spending money on youth coaching and recruitment gave me five squad-quality youngsters by my third season, all with league potential. Because the club's reputation is low, using youth or resorting to non-contracts gets you some decent players without breaking the bank and means you can release them easily. Train just one young player to sell on or make a Wembley final and that debt will be immediately much better, but to stabilise in league football you might need to build slowly for a few seasons (which I didn't have the patience to do). Truro are a very rewarding team to play with though, so enjoy!
  9. Intriguing how many Truro City managers are in here, and how different our squads are! Truro City, BSP, December 2013 4-1-2-1-2, Control, short passing GK: Josh Wagenaar (free) RB: Adam Hunter (free) RCB: Jon Lines (youth) LCB: Rob Atkinson © (free) LB: Martin John (free) DM: Agustin Battipiedi (free) RCM: Darren Potter (free) LCM: Ellis Martin (free) AM: Luke Mulholland (Minnesota All-Stars) RST: Wayne Phillips (youth) LST: Martin Grehan (free) I have a very young team this year, having abandoned almost all the players that got me promoted from Blue Square South two seasons ago to give our youth crop experience (two other homegrown 17 year olds are in the squad). We regularly dominate possession during games and have the best defence in the league but aren't very good at making CCCs, so we tend either to win 1-0/2-0 or get sucker-punched on the break. As with last season, we're comfortably playoff-quality but lack the firepower to challenge for the title due to our reputation. This season, I'm just hoping to consolidate and sell Lines (18, with Championship potential) to improve our finances and bring in a quality striker.
  10. Gateshead, 9th in our first season in League 2, currently spring in the 2012-13 season. I'm currently playing a 4-4-1-1 formation after a long persistence with a possession-based 4-4-2. GK: Tony Warner (Free) - Goalkeeper is the weak link in the team as we lost our first choice Ole Soderberg, keeper of the season in the Conference, after his loan ran out before the start of the new season. He was too good to stay and has since moved on to Plymouth. I've therefore had to fall onto my back-up. Warner's the wrong side of 35 and our other two keepers are youngsters so a medium/long-term replacement is my top top priority. RB: Jason Beardsley (Tampa Bay, £250) - Latest signing to make the first XI. A solid and speedy defensive right-back. Should be here for a while. RCB: John Kennedy (Free from Celtic) - Heads, tackles and muscles very well after resurrecting his career, but little intelligence. I recently bought Pat Baldwin as a medium-term replacement, as Kennedy's getting a lot of interest and I could get a decent fee for him, but he's not settled yet. LCB: Stephen O'Halloran (Free from Aston Villa) - the speedy coverer who also plays LB occasionally. LB: Alan Sheehan (Free from Leeds) - Great attacking threat. Scores free kicks, long-rangers... All play starts from the back through him. His first season. Has to be Player of the Season. RM: Alain Djissikadié (Free from a Congolese club) - Gabonian captain, more comfortable as a play-maker in the middle but played due to lack of better alternatives. RCM: Jason Taylor (Free from Rochdale) - Our defensive battler. Trying to convert him into a CB/sweeper for next season after some prolonged play there earlier in the year. LCM: Matt Bloomfield (Loan from Blackpool) - A deep-lying play-maker, brought in as injury cover for our Togolese player Yoann Folly who suffered a horrific broken leg against Leeds several months ago. Has since usurped our captain Kris Gate as first-choice. LM: Shane Ferguson (Loan from Newcastle) - A very fast winger offered by our parent club. I had him on loan in my first or second season in the Blue Square Premier, but he was mainly raw pace and little else at that point and couldn't hold down a place. He's still not too skillful, but his intelligence has improved well enough for him to prosper in his second spell at the club. AMC: Andrew Shinnie (Free from Rangers) - Our most valuable asset. Our player of the season last year, and perhaps the main driving force behind last year's promotion. A very intelligent, creative and skillful player, I've finally found his ideal position as an attacking Advanced Play-maker that runs at the opposition defence after previously playing him deeper in a 4-4-2. Still only 23 too so I'm sure I'll eventually sell him for a big fee. ST: Liam Buchanan (Free from Partick Thistle)/Victor Anichebe (Free from Everton): Take your pick. Buchanan is our main Poacher, a very fast and intelligent player. Lacks a little in skill, but seeing as all I ask him to do is skin defenders for pace and put the ball in the net, he doesn't need it. Anichebe is our skillful Target Man and best striker on paper, although I don't feel I've got the best out of him yet as he's proved inconsistent. If he had just a smidge more Agility he'd work as a Complete Forward at this level. He's just that good.
  11. The favourite player I've ever managed in my as-of-yet short time playing FM (just under a year IRL) is this man: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fernando_Fern%C3%A1ndez_Escribano On FM09, I signed him on a free for Peterborough United in the 2011/12 season when he was 32. I'd been managing at York and Chelmsford before Peterborough headhunted me in October asking to help out - they were precariously close to the drop zone in League 1 due to having several players who thought they were too good to belong at the club after being relegated from the Championship the previous year. After shoring up a young and ambitious squad with some experienced frees (Richard Cresswell, Aaron Mokoena), I signed Fernando in the January transfer window. We immediately switched from our established 4-5-1 to a 4-4-1-1 putting him in the hole. For the rest of the season, we proceeded to tear the division apart as he became the heart of everything we did - our main playmaker, scoring long shots, free kicks, injury time winners, you name it. Thanks to him we just reached the final playoff spot on the final day of the season due to GD. We ended up getting knocked out in the semis by Doncaster (I think), and key players like Joe Lewis and Stephen Ward left soon after, but it was still a great achievement considering where they were when I arrived. I ended up deleting the save soon after in an attempt to focus on university work, but he was a big part on what has to be my favourite season so far on FM. I'm sure we would have been promoted the following season with him at the centre alongside the new signings I made. A cult figure if ever there was one.
  12. That's happened twice now - I suppose it's all the excitement of finally getting them that makes people forget to save. Good luck! I might start focusing on my Oxford save when the next patch comes out. I'm seeing that a lot of people have the right logos for their clubs in the top left of their profile page. Where can I get those please?
  13. After seeing how people have been succeeding with their Merthyr saves, and being unable to play with either Truro or Durham, I'm tempted to start again with Oxford City, bizarrely in the BSN. I wasn't able to get very far with Merthyr due to university work and I found myself particularly disheartened when a crash dump in the 89th minute cost me a likely first victory of the season away at Lewes! Finding their logo isn't particularly difficult... Can anyone tell me how to patch that into my save please?
  14. I think I'll wait until the morning to play my first game and get some sleep in the meantime. Strangely, I arrived at the club to be greeted by an assistant manager/coaches/physios etc despite being sure that I unchecked the 'key staff' box. I may have to take a financial hit in order to ship out the dead wood.
  15. I'm finally in. With no Truro City available, I plumped for Merthyr Tydfil. I even have a Mourinhoesque jacket as you can see. Let's see how I do with a striker with a BSS-beating amount of Pace and Finishing but Decisions and Anticipation 1 and Composure 3. It's a shame that there's a rather large data flaw - Gloucester City were promoted with us and IRL Merthyr would be fierce rivals with them. On the game, there's nothing.
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