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OUTLINE This is a series of posts, essentially it chronicles my attempts to develop a 4312 with a bunch of misfits who shouldn't be in the Championship. I plan to do this series in a different way than normal. There will be written articles written with the benefit of hindsight with videos that show me making some serious errors in judgement. The articles and videos are inter-related and will show how I entered the Summer of Shining Stupidity basking in its sunshine. While I looked ok in some matches because I was adapting, this was a train wreck waiting to happen. I kept ignoring fundamental issues, like managing channels between players, both vertical and horizontal. Each post is followed by a video where you will see me playing a game, in fact in one show i am blowing away opposition way better than us, but i refused to even acknowledge the danger, in fact, i subconsciously predicted what I was going to do, and its actually in the show. I only realised it much later when i was writing the series. The series starts with a Mastering Movement article that deals with Move Into Channels, then I have 4 articles with related videos as well that show the evolution of a 4312. The first 3 shows have a play through. For those who want the TLDR version just jump to Lessons Learnt video, which is basically a summary. OBJECTIVES The goal of this series of posts and videos is to share my experiences, and hopefully engage with everyone here to see how common these mistakes can be. By using video and written material, I am hoping to make this easier for everyone to grasp. Play throughs are used to show how the movement of the various versions of 4312 can look like. The written posts serve to be an analytical looks at systems. Where possible I will use skins to show roles and duties, however these are only done to for illustrative purposes so everyone can see how they affected the channels. This is important to capture in hindsight. As an engagement exercise, I hope that the mistakes i made judging vulnerability of vertical channels will be helpful and since it is across several platforms I hope we get some quality engagement via a dialogue here. We begin the series with a written guide on Movement, and i also do a video guide for the same thing. These articles are also available at teaandbusquets.com/blog Episode 1: Squad Building for the Championship I deal with our newly promoted side in the Championship. We analyse the squad and proceed to bring in players. I decide on how we should be playing based on what has happened in pre-season including two wins over similar opponents in our league. My initial tactic already has flaws that I haven't even bothered to acknowledge, I refuse to look at my own attributes to see what the spread is, so basically I am playing like someone would who had downloaded a tactic and played with the best players who could in his squad. Issue: I still wasn't using the best players in my squad making some simple selection errors. Episode 2: Spot My Stupidity- We are still trying to work things out. There are flaws in the system, but somehow or not the romantic in me, still wants to have his cake and it it eat too. I play another game this time against West Brom, I still ignore the fundamentals, but I also begin to recognise some squad weaknesses.We identify who should be playing. And we start looking at training sessions for the team. We play a match against Preston, and by the end of the show, I seem to be finalising my squad choices. Episode 3: Forgetting the 6 Second Move- In this show i explain how we scored a goal in 6 seconds. The same player scored twice. We then head into the next match, change the system to something else thinking we will do the same thing again. What did I do wrong here? Episode 4: Lessons Learnt Post Match Analysis shows that I am going to be in trouble if I keep things up, so we make fundamental changes to our system. This episode has no play through, instead its serves as a look at what happened in the last few games leading me to a version of our 4312, that fixes the problems we have with the system. I explain what the problems are as I walk through the bright lights of enlightenment.