Jump to content
Sports Interactive Community
Mr U Rosler

FM20.3 - 442 Lower League Special. Stockport 98 points. 108 goals

Recommended Posts

 
Greetings all,

Now the final (?) ME update is out and I’ve started my main Stockport save it’s time for a Lower League Special detailing what I’m running with to get me up the leagues.

Whilst holiday testing is ok, nothing beats playing a full season and having just done that with Stockport here are my results.

 

Vanarama-National-League-Stages.png

 

Very happy with that, Barnet ran us very close and it went to the last game of the season, but a good points total for a team predicted 20th in the league. Broke the goalscoring record for the division and picked up the FA Trophy as well. I added one player to the default squad.

Liam-Mc-Alinden-Profile.png

My strongest Striker got his 30 goals, my other 20 so good signs for those who like their strikers to perform well.  

 

The System

Stockport-County-Overview.png

The idea was to produce a straight forward 442 with minimal team and player instructions, keeping a simple system which is easy to implement and recruit to its strengths you can plug & play Home & Away.

The strengths of the 442 are the wingplay which we gently encourage by looking for overlaps and the fact that we can run with 2 strikers.

The weakness tends to be a lack of numbers in central midfield, more specifically I like to use 2 support duties here which can cause problems defensively, we mitigate this by the conservative behavior of the Full Backs we are instructed to sit narrow and cover.

The downfall of most 442 system is the insistence on having overlapping Wingbacks on attack duty, whilst it’s the easy option for creating attacking play you are brutally exposed defensively.

Here, our Full Backs tuck in, recycle possession and cover, only venturing forward when it is deemed very safe to do so. Apart from the advantages of this behavior tactically, we can now recruit a different type of Full Back and don’t need to worry about them having to run a half marathon during a game and therefore being unable to play twice a week. 

So essentially, whilst we’re banging in crosses for our Strikers the central midfielders remain fairly influential and are able to construct some decent central play as well.

We have the obligatory high press which is still well rewarded in the ME.

The Attacking Mentality sees a nice blend of Counter Attacking and incise Attacks during phases of sustained possession without prolonged passages of passive play.

 

Left Back takes left corner and throw ins

Right Back takes right corner and throw ins

NO OI's

Plug & Play Home & Away

 

Once I have a tactical set up I trust, I like to focus on building a team to absolutely fits that system of play. The Full Back behavior in this set up are a good example, we don’t need the quick, agile, dribblers with great stamina and crossing of a Wingback System, here converted Centre Backs are fine, even ideal.

 

The Defence

We can build a really solid platform here, no reason why all of the back 4 should not be good in the air and quick. You can even go for a Tony Pulis style ‘4 Centre Backs’ approach. As well as being ideal for open play, having 4 strong headers in the team straight from the off is great for both attacking and defensive set pieces. As you move up the league’s you can get more greedy and seek more complete footballers.

Prioritise

Marking

Tackling

Jumping Reach

Acceleration

Positioning

 

Goal Keepers – Aerial Ability, Handling, Reflexes, One on One’s

 

Midfield

Working on the principle that ‘a good biggun beats a good littlun’ our central midfielders are required to blend both the Physical & the Technical. We are looking for committed, hard working players with an eye for a pass. They are up against it with only the 2 of them holding the central area of the pitch.

Look for;

Work Rate

Strength

Determination

Tackling

Passing

 

Wingers  

These are the only roles where there is no requirement for physicality, if they have that as well, great, but we are looking for highly mobile ball carriers with a trick or two up their sleeve. They tend to come in small packages. Beat their man, and cross from the byline is what we’re after here.

Prioritise;

Agility

Balance

Acceleration

Dribbling

Crossing 

 

Strikers    

Again, the Biggun vs Littlun analogy applies. Despite our request for low crosses, many will come in at head height and it would be a shame not to put them away. As we employ a crossing system we need our strikers strong enough to battle Centre Backs and as pressing forwards, close down opponents and win possession. But ultimately, these are goal scorers and when presented with chances we need them to put their fair share away.

Look for;

Acceleration

Technique

Finishing

Strength

Heading

 

So, working to this system we have at least 8 Physical Outfield Players giving us a presence in open play and a good chance to outcompete our opponents at set-pieces. The higher up the leagues you go the more technical attributes you can layer on via good recruitment ensuring your standards for strong physical players don’t drop.

FM20.3 LLS 442.fmf

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

TRAINING

This year I am employing the same tried and trusted training schedules from last year namely;

 

PRE-SEASON

MATCH WEEK

DEVELOPMENT WEEK

 

PRE-SEASON should be employed immediately upon the players return for a new season until the week before your first competitive match. It is designed to recover physical attributes lost during the off season, build team morale, and improving conditioning and injury resistance for the main season.

 

MATCH WEEK should be employed in any week where you have 2 OR MORE games. Pursuing player attribute development is pointless during these weeks, instead its all about recovery, conditioning and arriving on Match days in the best physical and mental shape possible. 

 

DEVELOPMENT WEEK can be employed if you only have 1 match this week leaving a run of training days to work on coaching and improving players whilst still gearing up for match day.

PRE-SEASON.fmf MATCH WEEK.fmf DEVELOPMENT WEEK.fmf

Edited by Mr U Rosler

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
9 hours ago, topyoyo said:

What about individual position training?

Normally i'd just train to the role, i.e. Strikers train as Pressing Forward attack.

The exception for this are, for example, if i have a young midfielder with strong Defensive qualities already, i might train him as Advanced Playmaker/Attack to bring on his attacking attributes and round him out as a player.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bare in mind my team cohesion is still in the red, i plugged this in my last game of preseason so the team have not fully understood it yet.

 

George Graham would be proud.

2003038860_Screenshot2020-02-25at10_08_22.thumb.png.24cf5201379ec692fc63eb664df42125.png

Slight change i made was to take off 'Get stuck in' and put on 'Stay on feet' after i picked up 6 yellows in the lazio game. Which has left me with the following that i love because the yellow cards do my nut in.

1196502270_Screenshot2020-02-25at10_13_38.thumb.png.33b7e84f14b0bdb10be0a0faca122fee.png1257404534_Screenshot2020-02-25at10_13_45.thumb.png.6507d46bce83e3d78c79078af54b4f49.png

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

another question: why there are 2 days consecutive rest for match week training? Can you bring an example for it?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

the training shechedule will automatically adapt to your games! to fully utilize this i recomend you set your games for wednesday and saturday! you can do that in the game settings!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
33 minutes ago, topyoyo said:

another question: why there are 2 days consecutive rest for match week training? Can you bring an example for it?

after setting it up

sss.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, Jonas91 said:

after setting it up

sss.JPG

Thank you, will give it a try 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Would you consider changing the midfield roles as you move up to higher leagues?  For example, box to box midfielder or mezzala instead of the generic central midfield roles?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So I've reached the winter break in Italy so here's a quick update.

 

On the face of it things are going great. Works a charm against big teams as you can see but as with most underdog tactics it can struggle to break down the more defensive and im gonna assuming i'll face this issue even more so in the second half of the season.

 

1818377838_Screenshot2020-02-26at04_48_19.thumb.png.ccb8ef3569a4a98846cbb0721f2bc480.png1774469362_Screenshot2020-02-26at04_49_20.thumb.png.55dd76ee58fd791db5d699ee99daa8c3.png

 

In regards to the goals scored.. I seem to get most of mine from the set pieces and long shots from the center mids.  Here you can see the assist types, Most of them short passes are flick ons from the throw ins i think. Saying that when we do get a CCC we are fairly clinical with them.

1340848870_Screenshot2020-02-26at05_00_56.thumb.png.298a70d8f099295f1cf00c5b338eac0c.png228801999_Screenshot2020-02-26at05_01_24.thumb.png.8ad911af0fc53fb0a46e97d3ab160796.png

 

Regarding that tweak i made changing 'Get stuck in' for 'Stay on feet'

Joint 3rd in tackle completion, Least amount of tackles won because i obviously make less, which has left me the 2nd least amount of fouls made which imo greatly reduces the chances of conceding from set pieces. 

I've also given away 0 pens, 6 fewest yellow cards and 0 reds so far this season.

509035701_Screenshot2020-02-26at05_10_36.thumb.png.dd9e5f367eb0f411c7240fe5655356ad.png1463543504_Screenshot2020-02-26at05_10_43.thumb.png.7305a9a87703f2c6ee6398c1d0b0621d.png1879882810_Screenshot2020-02-26at05_10_50.thumb.png.607b3be543ce3570670cec3c2c33e1ee.png

 

I got a feeling i may have to find a more attacking tactic going forward once they rejig the reputation and keep this for the big games and europe next season.

 

Great work again Mr Rosler

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That's back to back promotions (3 if you include the 1 Jim Gannon got for me before i joined :brock:)

Sky-Bet-League-Two-Stages.pngshare images

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 26/02/2020 at 03:50, Anteater said:

Would you consider changing the midfield roles as you move up to higher leagues?  For example, box to box midfielder or mezzala instead of the generic central midfield roles?

I wonder about this too due to not having 2 well-rounded midfielders and it seems difficult to fit a magician into this tactic.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
11 hours ago, saltgruve said:

I wonder about this too due to not having 2 well-rounded midfielders and it seems difficult to fit a magician into this tactic.

With no defensive midfielder we're a bit restricted in what we can do with the central midfield roles. Mezzala's will just vacate the central area and leave us exposed, as will box to box midfielders to some extent.

Perhaps a DLP/s & Box to Box might be a good combo for top teams if you feel you have to change it.

I tend to use 'magicians' in the wingers positions.

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

how it is going on skybet league one? :)

 

Im doing a similar save with boston . started on VNL North! :)

Edited by Jonas91

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
25 minutes ago, Jonas91 said:

how it is going on skybet league one? :)

 

Im doing a similar save with boston . started on VNL North! :)

 

1st season in league 1, going well. Suspect automatic promotion will be just out of reach. even though we have a couple of games in hand.

Bit of reputation lag after rapid promotions, struggling to sign league 1 players, central midfied is very weak. But just dumped premier league Norwich out of the FA Cup.

Sky-Bet-League-One-Stages.png

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quick update.

1st season in League 1, made play offs but lost out. 2nd season in League grabbed 2nd spot and automatic promotion.

Wright Phillips was my top man,17 goals & 17 assists, pretty 1 dimensional but a good runner/dribbler and crosser.

Looking forward to consolidating in the Championship for a season or 2 before taking on the big boys in the Prem.

But that's 3 promotions in 4 seasons.

Sky-Bet-League-One-Stages-2.png

D-Margio-Wright-Phillips-Profile.png

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

@Mr U Rosler

Do you know if Get Stuck In is favourable over Stay on Feet? 
I used Get Stuck In twice now and got direct red cards in both games, although it may be leading to more chances and breaks.
I dont know if those too games were anomalies or not.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
9 minutes ago, saltgruve said:

@Mr U Rosler

Do you know if Get Stuck In is favourable over Stay on Feet? 
I used Get Stuck In twice now and got direct red cards in both games, although it may be leading to more chances and breaks.
I dont know if those too games were anomalies or not.

I've tried both. The tactic is definitely better with get stuck in on. 

The press is a bit pointless if you're standing off. You see much more turnovers in dangerous positions with get stuck in on. 

A bit risky but worth it. Any player on a Yellow with a rating of 6.4 or lower substitute them in the 2nd half. 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Mr U Rosler said:

I've tried both. The tactic is definitely better with get stuck in on. 

The press is a bit pointless if you're standing off. You see much more turnovers in dangerous positions with get stuck in on. 

A bit risky but worth it. Any player on a Yellow with a rating of 6.4 or lower substitute them in the 2nd half. 

 

Any idea if the new update did anything with the tactic?
I'm having really bad results at the moment.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
12 hours ago, saltgruve said:

Any idea if the new update did anything with the tactic?
I'm having really bad results at the moment.

No changes to ME in update. 

Still going well for me in the Championship. 

Poor results tend to come in clusters, just need to persist and play your way out of it. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Working great for me in National League

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I switched to the 442 and I'm now on af 13 match unbeaten run with Enfield Town. I changed til D-line and LOE to high because we were losing the ball constantly and being hit by balls over the top. After this change we are extremely solid and just breaking up attacks and launching quick counters, especially down the flanks with the quick wingers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm using this tactic in The Championship with Preston and for the most part, I absolutely love it. The football is good, the wingers cause mayhem and I love the fact it's a traditional 4-4-2. My only frustration is the fragility with long balls over the defence (is this a general ME issue?) and conceding from set pieces. I must admit that I've set myself a challenge on this game by limiting myself to players aged 22 or less and from the UK... Could having a young team be the issue or am I just being picky?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Rosler, All. 

Let me start by saying I love your tactics and Ideas around them. 

 

As a result, I am using this for a Tactical Plug & Play Tactical Experiment on my YouTube Channel starting with Gateshead in the Vanarama National North. Come and check it out and see the tactic playing out if you are using it or interested in trying it out!

 

"Plug and Play Tactical Experiment - Gateshead"

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 05/05/2020 at 20:39, mcgoobage said:

Hi Rosler, All. 

Let me start by saying I love your tactics and Ideas around them. 

 

As a result, I am using this for a Tactical Plug & Play Tactical Experiment on my YouTube Channel starting with Gateshead in the Vanarama National North. Come and check it out and see the tactic playing out if you are using it or interested in trying it out!

 

"Plug and Play Tactical Experiment - Gateshead"

Back to Back to Back promotions in three seasons!! Now onto League One!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes, working for me on 20.4 - no tweaks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...