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Hi all, looking for some insight into the impact of certain Pro & Con player traits that appear in Coach Reports. Focusing on comfort in "big matches" and "consistent / inconsistent performer" traits, but also interested in any related or mitigating traits. This post is a little bit long, but please bear with me! Any insight, tips or advice greatly appreciated :-) Background: Playing a local co-op save with a friend on FM15. We meet once or twice a month for 3-6 hours of game time. Currently half-way through our second season. We try to play as quickly as possible, as game time is quite limited. Started in League 2 in England, my friend manages Burton Albion while I took the reins at Tranmere Rovers. We both won promotion to League 1 in our first season, my friend (Burton) storming League 2 with 111 points, while I guided Tranmere to 2nd with 100 points. In most saves I am guilty of not paying close attention to PPMs or mental traits such as comfort in "Big Matches" and "Consistent / Inconsistent Performer". I generally decide my "best eleven" through attributes and CA star rating, keeping an eye on Work Rate and Determination (see screenshot 1), tweaking the selection based on how players perform over time. I am currently in 1st place with 51 points, while my friend is 2nd place with 50 points. A few weeks ago we were 12 and 10 points ahead of 3rd place, but we have both experienced a poor run of results and are now just 6 and 5 points ahead of 3rd place (Sheffield United, 45 points). I have lost 6 of my last 12 league games, so I took a detailed look at Coach Reports for my First XI and Bench, and discovered the following: ------------------------------------------------------- First Eleven GK: Good for Championship, Professional. RB (WB-S): Decent for Premiership, Driven, Professional, Explosive Pace. Doesn’t Enjoy Big Matches, Inconsistent Performer, Competitive Streak, Poor in the Air. CD-D: Good for Championship, Professional, Good in the Air. Fairly Slow Player, Competitive Steak. CD-D: Good for Championship, Consistent Performer, Professional, Good in the Air. Fairly Slow Player, Competitive Streak. LB (WB-S): Good for Championship, Loyal, High Work Rate, Good Team Player. Poor in the Air. CM-D: Good for Championship, Athletic, Professional. Uncomfortable in Big Matches. CM-S: Decent for Premiership, Consistent Performer, Good Team Player. Doesn’t Enjoy Big Matches. RW (IF-S): Leading Championship Player, Enjoys Big Matches, Professional, Great Pace. Lack of Strength, Lacks Athleticism. CAM (AP-A): Good for Championship, Professional, Great Pace. Doesn’t Enjoy Big Matches, Fairly Inconsistent Performer, Lack of Strength, Lacks Athleticism. LW (W-A): Good for Championship, Off the Ball Movement, Intelligent Player, Jovial Character. Doesn’t Enjoy Big Matches, Lack of Strength, Lacks Athleticism. AF: Leading League 1 Player, Enjoys Big Matches, Good Team Player, High Work Rate. Poor in the Air. Bench 3rd choice CB: Good for League 1, Enjoys Big Matches, Very Consistent Performer, Very Brave, Good Team Player. Competitive Streak, Fairly Slow Player. 2nd choice RWB: Good for League 1, Enjoys Big Matches, Strong Player, Athletic. Fairly Inconsistent Performer, Fairly Slow Player. 3rd choice CM: Good for Championship, Enjoys Big Matches, Consistent Performer, Complete Role Model, Professional, Very Brave, Good Team Player. Lack of Intelligence, Lack of Movement. 2nd choice RW: Good for League 1, Ability to Dribble, Skilful Player. Lacks Athleticism, Lack of Natural Fitness. 2nd choice CAM: Good for Championship, Enjoys Big Matches, Professional, Ability to Spot a Pass, Intelligent. Fairly Inconsistent Performer, Fairly Susceptible to Injury, Lacks Athleticism, Lack of Strength. 2nd choice LW: Good for League 1, Fairly Determined, Fairly Intelligent, Professional, Off the Ball Movement. Lack of Strength, Lacks Athleticism. 2nd choice ST: Good for League 1, Loyal, Great Pace. Poor in the Air. 3rd choice ST: Leading League 1 Player, Relishes Big Matches, Consistent Performer, Professional, Resolute, Ability to Make Right Decision. Poor in the Air. ------------------------------------------------------- Observations - 5 of my best eleven are either 'uncomfortable' or 'don't enjoy' Big Matches - 2 of those 5 players are also "Inconsistent Performers" - 4 of those 5 players happen to be 4/5 of my midfield (4-2-3-1), which is a bit worrying - 4 of my 7 league losses so far this season have come against Top 6 teams: Burton (2nd), Sheffield United (3rd), MK Dons (4th) and Swindon (5th) - In our 9 losses this season (7 league games, JP 1st round, League Cup 3rd round), the 5 players who do not enjoy big matches achieved 9 good performances from 38 starts, approx 1 good game in 4. - 5 of my bench players either 'enjoy' or 'relish' Big Matches - 3 of those 5 bench players are also "Consistent Performer" or "Very Consistent Performer" - We have the 2nd best Goals For, 3rd best Goals Against and joint-best Goal Difference in the league - Player performance for my First XI ranges from 7.0 - 7.6, but we have been pants against Top 6 teams ------------------------------------------------------- I could be wrong, but it feels like I have built a team of flat-track bullies, dominating weaker teams but struggling against Top 6 opposition Can anyone tell me... 1. What does FM consider to be a "big match"? Does this just apply to Cup games and matches against a club's rivals? Would it include games against clubs with significantly higher reputation (all competitions)? Does the game consider that we are 1st and 2nd, making games against title and promotion rivals "big matches"? 2. Do traits such as "consistent performer", "professional", "determined", "resolute", "brave" or "high work rate" compensate for "does not enjoy big matches" or "does not feel comfortable in big matches"? 3. Are the effects of "does not enjoy big matches" and "inconsistent performer" negligible if the players are considered good Championship or decent Premiership players, with 3.5+ CA? 4. Am I better off dropping some/all players who do not enjoy big matches for some/all of the highlighted games on my schedule (see screenshot 4)? Is it worth dropping 3.5-4.5 star players for 2-2.5 star reserves, with weaker attributes (but good for League 1) but stronger mental traits preferable? 5. Does "inconsistent performer" cause poor performance at random, or is this most likely to occur against strong opposition and/or big matches? 6. Would "fairly inconsistent performer" mean something like poor performance in 33% of games, and "inconsistent performer" 50% of games? Or is it completely random? 7. Do "inconsistent performer" and "does not enjoy big matches" fade away naturally with experience? Does tutoring remove or improve either trait?
Does Switch version have bug in match engine? I have both PC & ipad version and do not have this issue. The last time I had this experience was with FM16 (worse of all) then FM17 (but was fixed within a week with patch). FM18 PC & iPad was perfect for me - balanced and not much issue. Tactics: I only switch between 1 or 2 tactics per season (typically just positioning of the Midfielder; either CM or DM position) I buy the players according to the roles I want to play (to ensure those player best fit my system) I adjust the instructions only when necessary in game (not randomly changing from time to time). Players Attack - Sanchez, Dybala, Bale Midfield - Pogba, Matic, Sergei Mili.. Defence - Raphael, Bailley, Dier, Pierra Goalkeeper - De Gea Problem: Winning 5 games & losing 5 games consecutively randomly almost like a pattern. Opponent scoring almost all from far post crossing regardless of big or small teams. Inconsistency in players & team performance throughout 3 seasons. Midfielder cannot hold and losing possession like crazy or just standing like dummy. Attack missing open goals or looks like panic with stupid pass or shoot - how is it possible to miss at 3 on 1 with goalkeeper so many times in 1 match??? Even with the players I have, I feels like playing the 21 Squad in Premier League.... ADVISE???
Hi guys, As the title suggests I am doing really well (with Watford) against the top sides in the Prem, losing only to Manchester United after playing United, Arsenal, Chelsea and City. However, I am struggling against the weaker sides in the prem, seeing me pick up huge defeats to Huddersfield (3-1), West Brom (4-1) and Newcastle (3-0). I understand big teams play differently than smaller teams and you will need to play differently against them. However, I currently have one tactic because I cannot see what I need to tweak when playing against smaller teams. This is my tactic. In the Chelsea game, I went 3-0 down but I thought I was playing well, so I left it, and we came back to win 4-3. We played so well I kept the tactic the same against Palace, and as you can see I drew 3-3. I felt I allowed them to put unnecessary pressure on us, with Joel Ward (their DR) getting 2 assists. So in the next game against West Brom, a side I see to be similar to Palace, with a big centre forward, I changed my defensive line from deeper to higher, to try and avoid boxes being put in the box - lost 4-1. Next I faced City, accepted I am underdogs, so went back to a deep line, played magnificently, and won 4-0... 4-0. After thrashing City, I felt it'd be foolish to change the tactic when facing newly promoted Huddersfield town, wrong. I lost 3-1 at home. One of their goal was a corner and one counter from my attacking free kick. Is this just unlucky? Or do I just need some tips on how I could adapt my tactic and have a slightly different way of playing against the weaker teams? Please let me know what you think or if you need any other details I have missed out. Thank-you.