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Say you've got a 1 goal lead in the 2nd half.  As the game starts nearing its conclusion, are there any steps you take to kill the game off faster?  I used to follow a method where I'd dial down 1 mentality level at the half, and then 1 more at the 80th minute.  So for instance I'd go from Positive->Balanced at the half and then Balanced->Cautious later on.  But I'm starting to doubt in the effectiveness of this approach.  Sometimes when I go cautious/defensive against a poor team that I have a 1 goal lead on, the combination of deeper/narrower defense and less pressure on the ball seems to present a lot of scoring opportunities for them that they didn't have early in the match.

So I'm wondering, have other folks experienced this?  And what changes, if any, do you make in these situations?

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I generally don't try to protect a lead in the "traditional" way at all. Dropping deep and inviting pressure is not good for your heart nor is it particularly effective, especially in FM19 where set pieces are so deadly since sitting very deep is just asking for set pieces to be conceded in dangerous areas. 

I'd say it depends on your team and how you play but generally I would either try to go the time wasting & possession for possessions sake route or my preferred route of going for a more structured shape and more direct passing into space to exploit the space the opposition leaves behind as they bomb forward and try to get the second goal while still being defensively solid but not all out defense. The absolute best way to kill a 1-0 game is to make it 2-0.

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IF (and I mean IF) I need to, I'll switch to a counter attacking tactic. Normally, I don't do anything.

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I'm with bar333 on this one, going defensive & dropping deep against a team playing for an equaliser is just curtains for me. I'd rather look to hold on to the ball, pass shorter, lower tempo, play narrower, reduce running etc If anything, I'd push my D line up & catch them offside

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Usually all I will do is change a duty or two down a notch.  For example, atm I am playing a wonky 5-2-2-1 WB with an attacking libero.  So depending on where the opposition threat is coming from I might drop my libero to support or one of the midfield 2 to defend or one or both of the wingbacks to support (not all at the same time).  I generally wouldn't change mentality or anything else.  

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OK, so how about the flipside of this question?  How do you chase a game when you're behind?  Up the tempo?  Go more direct?

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If I manage to get a narrow lead in a match my team is expected to lose, the first thing I look to do is secure as much possession of the ball as possible so that the opposition have less time to organize attacks. This basically includes lowering the tempo, a notch shorter passing, playing out of defence, wasting time a bit more, telling the keeper to slow pace down and roll it out and perhaps most important - increasing the number of support and defend duties while reducing the attacking ones. I also increase the pressing intensity of 2-3 forward players (via their PIs) and sometimes change the role of a striker to PF on either support or defend duty. Other possible tweaks depend on the type of my players. And yes, turn the Play for set pieces on :D

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Lower tempo, shorter passing, retain possession. Lst 20 minutes or less maybe drop deeper and get tighter - I use shouts a lot at this time as well "Concentrate" . Waste Time - all the usual stuff

Shoot on Sight can be a good timewaster as well, am more than happy to see people blast it in to row Z with five minutes to go.

Not sure if it helps, but add 'Play for Set Pieces' as a TI might eat some minutes up as well.

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Retaining the ball is important, rather than aimlessly hoofing the ball away to no one.

I think dropping deeper is a killer a lot of the time, inviting pressure onto yourself can be dangerous.

Often i do nothing, but sometimes ill go even more bold, with a high line and using the offside trap.

But not always

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