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It ended 2-2, which to me is a great result when you are Palace playing against the Mighty Reds with the best attacking trio in the world (Salah - Firmino - Mane), especially given that we had to play without our leading centre back Sakho due to an injury. We were leading twice, and both times Salah managed to equalize. This guy is simply incredible. He was everywhere across the pitch, always looking for space and making himself available for a pass. and it was clear that sooner or later he was going to put it into the back of the net somehow despite our really good and well-organized team defending. And he scored both goals virtually in the same way and from very similar positions, as you can see in this screenshot: If you look at the Match Stats, you could get an impression that they completely dominated the game, but in this case the stats are somewhat misleading, as I watched the whole match (as I regularly do), so you can trust me If you look better, you'll see they created just one CCC more than we did (3/2), and these were all created while they were desperately trying to equalize. They had a lot more shots overall, but quite a few were either from distance or blocked by my players. And even though I intentionally gave possession over to them, they did not have as much of it as one would have assumed (56/44). And finally, here is the strikerless 4213 which I used as the starting tactic that brought me a 1-0 lead. Later on, when we took the lead, I anticipated they were going to attack us like crazy, so I was making occasional tweaks to the tactic in order to better adapt it to the situation, and at some point even changed the formation to a regular 4-2-1-3 Wide.
This time last year I was a complete and utter n00b to Football manager. A Year has gone buy, and now I am just an utter n00b at the game. I had my successes last season, in particular at USL Dunkerque (read all about that here), and had a pretty good German Lower League save going before the database borked on me. Not mentioned at all were my horrible first attempts. Stirling, Carlstad, Kettering in a regen only league...but I had fun. And learning the ins and outs of the game has been a fun challenge, so I was looking forward to this years FM 18, especially with some of the newer features and the like. My first save is a Journeyman on the Beta. It's not going well, I coached three teams in less than a year. As an aside, if you really want a challenge, try and manage Bognor Regis. I think the teams average determination is like 5.5. I resigned after going 0-1-11 there, and ended up at Eastleigh, where I went 8-1-7 and was fired for not meeting expectations, and am now at Nuneaton, where we are midtable and challenging for top 8. If the club stays solvent. But while I'm having fun with that, I wanted to do a top tier save as well. And while I like my local team, I refuse to play anything MLS until they streamline their rules. I swear they complicate them just to be different. Different isn't always better. Now, I lived in England from 81-84, dad was in the Air Force. Back then it was Everton and Liverpool, which is why I followed Arsenal for awhile I think, but having gotten away from 'Football' (Moving to Montana after living in Germany will do that to you), the local MLS club and my interest in FM has sparked an interest in a lot of things Football these days. When my wife knows Barcelona plays for La Liga and Messi is pretty good, I consider that a success. :-) Anyhow, one of the stories that I find interesting this season is Crystal Palace. I remember seeing them on TV back in the day, and remember they were a team that was good before I got there and better after I left. That this effect also happened with Kaisersalutern FC, the Denver Broncos, the Atlanta Falcons and Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals is, I swear, cosmic coincidence. And I only threatened to move in 2015 when the Royals won the World Series, so there. Anyhow, I remember Palace getting better in the late 80's, being relegated, getting back in, getting relegated, getting back in, and then having some Cup success the past couple of years while being solidly midtable in the EPL. I was surprised when Allardyce resigned, especially when he didn't get another job right away somewheres, and though de Boer was a solid hire. Apparently the only thing I am worse at than FM 'skillz' is Football punditry... Anyhow, I wanted something different to try, and sure, its easy to start a game with Barca or Juve or City and see how you can keep them up top, and I thought about doing that. But Palace strikes me as a team thats good and can be great. And if I manage them for 451 minutes and score a goal in any of my first four games, I'll be doing better than de Boer did. And frankly, I can't do worse. Well, I did at Bognor Regis, but thats a different story that will never be told! :-) So, in a move many are considering to be a mistake, Steve Parish and the Crytal Palace board announce the hiring of Callan Andrews. "A long time Palace fan, the London born Andrews was well on his way to football success. The 29 year old Andrews first played at 17 for Nuneaton, before moving to Blackpool, and then to Brentford. He made international waves in 2014, after scoring in his first three international Caps for England, he refused a transfer from Brentford to Torino, instead promising to play his contract out at Brentford. The next two years saw the midfielder help Brentford back to the Championship. WIth Brentfords own management in flux after the departure of Mark Warburton, Andrews signed with Sunderland, but before he played a game with the "Black Cats" he was severely injured in a car crash whilst on vacation in Italy. After nearly losing his leg due to injury, his playing career was over, but Andrews threw himself into coaching. Having previously obtained his A License, he worked his way up to obtaining his Continental pro license, while coaching at Brentford. While his hiring is seen as a surprise by many, if he approaches this coaching job the same way he approached his job on the pitch, Crystal Palace is getting a person who will get the most out of his team, and himself." Crystal Palace is my house. Throw as many stones as you want, but remember, you break it, you buy it! Thanks for reading and following! Jellico73
So I just won the Premier league with Palace in my first season playing counter attack. This was really weird, because the worst team i'd ever won the league with in my first season in older versions of the game was Southampton, so i think it's safe to safe that whatever has happened here has pretty much matched up with the demands of playing counter attack within the game. But the question is why ? My aim was to recreate Blackburn 1995, have a flat back 4, with two deep midfielders, and then rely upon getting the ball forward very quickly to the front 4, with the wingers putting in crosses to the front two, as Ripley and Wilcox did for Shearer and Sutton. I also wanted some aggression in the tackle, ala Colin Hendry and David Batty and Tim Sherwood. I've done a lot of analysis of the tactic now, i believe one of the foundations of the victory was the determination we scored SO many goals in the 75th + minute - if you see from the mental characteristics of the players (see image), their determination is off the charts. We also won a lot of tackles, and watching the games the amount of sliding tackles going on was ridiculous. I think determination seems to marry well with the counter attacking mentality, as well as the high team work, work rate, bravery, aggression, and the high pace and acceleration of our wide players and strikers. See the YouTube video to accompany the tactic I've attached most of the necessary screenshots. You can download the tactic from the steam workshop http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1209247153. It's also available from mediafire http://www.mediafire.com/file/czsw83zxevde2t0/palace10-1nice.fmf You also need the overload version of the tactic which i use when chasing a game, e.g. 1 or 2 nil down, or drawing 0-0 at 60 minutes. Available from http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1209309704. Also available from mediafire http://www.mediafire.com/file/hv19q2rd88u16p7/rescuetacticpalace.fmf The rescue tactic was quite important in the victory, we won a lot of points from coming back from behind or turning 0-0's into wins. Second season, I've just come back from behind twice to beat Man City 5-2. I assume part of the reason for this was the determination though, as well as the stamina, we were often far more fit than our opponents. I think having strong dynamics was also really important, and i focussed upon this straight from day one in training (see season two early season training schedules). Although we're so good second season i rarely use it. Just beat OG Nice 10-1. I'll be really interested to know how anyone else gets on testing the tactic, or tweaking it to the demands of their teams. I'm going to test it with a completely different club now and see how it goes. Maybe with out the determined players, and the aggression and pace it might not work so well ? I also made a blog post to give a little more info about it, cos i think it's a really exciting tactic https://footballmanager2017dotblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/24/the-classic-english-442-counter-attack/ You can see that it's essentially a structured tactic (which should marry well with less expressive and playing offside). It's a very quick tempo which obviously marries well with width, exploiting flanks and mixed passing. I didn't find pass into space provided any benefit though weirdly, but maybe at a club with better passers it might ? As i said we were very aggressive in the tackle, and OI's were set to the AM, but i set every position to Hard Tackling also. Obviously we used Run At Defence, although no overlapping used, as the wingers are set to attack functions.