Football Manager 2011 my best tactic 4-5-1

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Hey guys, today I want to share a tactic that has followed me around on Football Manager. We all try many different formations and tactics in the hope of finding the FM 2011 best tactic. Well my 4-5-1 has proven effective in last years game and Football Manager 2011, to date anyway. I have only tested it on the demo so far, but this tactic seems to work just fine. The beauty of it is, you can customize this to your own liking. Its very simple and should suit a variety of different players in different positions. My only warning would be that there are more attacking minded tactics out there, however this FM11 best tactic aims to get the best result out of the game (even if it is scrappy at times.) Anyway I have provided you with a FM 2011 tactics guide to my 4-5-1. The set piece guide will follow later after I have finished testing it.

4-5-1 Formation

I send my players out in a very simple 4-5-1 formation. Using my wingers as more attacking players rather than wide midfielders offers great support for the lone striker. Plus this helps get more bodies forward on the counter. I tend to keep a flat three in central midfield rather than pulling one into defensive midfield or attacking midfield. I find this helps my FM 2011 tactic flow better, my side can also dominate the centre more like this.

Team instructions, playmaker and target man.

Lets start with the team instructions. I always use the ‘balanced’ philosophy while managing a Premier League side. My strategy tends to change slightly depending on the opponents and whether we are home or away. A ‘standard’ starting strategy is applied if I think we can win the game. However, I use a ‘counter’ strategy if there are any doubts. I like to see my players make an effort and pressure the ball, so setting the closing down to ‘press opponents’ is very important. I find zonal marking a disaster, therefore only ever use ‘man marking’. Playing more ‘direct’ is also quite important, however this may depend on your team selection. I would suggest considering if your side are more like Arsenal (if so play short) or like Stoke (in which you need to be more direct.) Basically if they can pass the ball around well you may need to change this. A lot of Premier League pitches are huge and therefore benefit a more direct passing game to get in behind the defence. The defensive line, width and tempo below are my default settings. I only change these if coming up against a fast side or if my assistant recommends something the contrary.

Your playmaker and target man are very important to this tactic, they both make the team tick. In FM 2011 I would suggest carefully selecting you playmaker. Decide who can make the magic happen and only select a winger or attacking minded central midfielder for this tactic. I opted for Ben Arfa as he is my most technically gifted player and has been set to cut inside. There are two different options for a target man in my FM11 best tactic. Either a big strong striker with great heading ability and strength or a poacher with great finishing and pace. I have used the poacher option more recently because Kadlec is on fire. However aiming the ball to your target mans head can take advantage of a small side and bring other players into the game. I use this if my first option is failing to make an impact. The main rule is to set ‘target man supply’ to ‘run onto ball’ for a poacher and ‘to head’ for a proper target man.

Player instructions

This part is probably the most flexible section of my FM 2011 best tactics guide. It really is down to trial and error, however I will share with you what has worked best for me so far. Both the right and left defender should be set to ‘full back’. I find having one as ‘automatic’ or ‘defend’ and the other as ‘support’ provides a good mixture and doesn’t leave the defence too short staffed when going forward. The most important roles are in central midfield, two players should be set to a role of ‘central midfield’. The third midfielder can be the same or set a role of ‘advanced playmaker’. However I would recommend setting three different duties to this central midfield trio. One should have a duty of ‘defend’, a more versatile player should be set to ‘support’, while your most attacking player should have a duty of ‘attack’. With these duties your central midfielders should blend quite well and everything that needs doing in the centre is covered. I always set one winger a role of ‘winger’ and the other a role as ‘inside forward’. This way the lone striker gets more support. While we’re on the lone striker I only ever use two roles, these are ‘target man’ or ‘poacher’. The reason being because other roles don’t get the most out of my strikers in this formation. Obviously you should only set the role accoring to your players strengths.

     

As you can see I do not have a great side with Newcastle, such a small budget left me with two new signings. However using my Football Manager 2011 4-5-1 tactic, we have enjoyed an incredible start to the season. Obviously this tactic will work differently with other sides, but if it leads to results like these with Newcastle, I can’t wait to see what happens as my team improves.

Well that is it for today’s post, there will be lots more guides to follow in the future. I plan to look at set pieces, training and much more. Subscribe to this sites email subscription and don’t miss a thing. Please feel free to comment and I look forward to answering everyones questions. Thanks for reading guys.

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Sears
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October 30, 2010 21:19

Hey Darren,
interesting post. As you know, I favor a basic attacking fluid 4-1-2-1-2 tactic. My team dominate possession and we create loads of chances. Though since were so attack minded, we occasionally leave gaps at the back for opposing teams to penetrate. When I started using the tactic I had enormous success on FM10. On FM11 I’d like o create my own successful tactic so this tactic guide will certainly help. Thanks.

Darren Smith
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Darren Smith
October 30, 2010 23:02

Hey Sears, I remember your free flowing tactic well. We both have completely different approaches tactically which just goes to show how versatile FM is. If you manage to create a succesful tactic of your own I would welcome a post on it mate.

Symon
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Symon
April 29, 2011 10:34

nice tactics, i favour a 4-3-3 with no wingers as i prodomalley play through the middle as i have great passers, but i might try this tactic with my France U21 squad ;) thanks for the tips

Sam
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October 30, 2010 23:01

Hi Darren!
Your tactics looks great but I am using 4-4-2 with two wingers upfront. But looking at the results, the tactic is doing it’s job with an away win against Liverpool and a home win against Manchester City. My tactics right now is like 70% successful because sometimes it doesn’t work against a mid-table or lower teams. So, since your tactics has always been successful just like in Football Manager 2010, I bet this will be another great one.
Thanks for the information mate.

Darren Smith
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Darren Smith
October 30, 2010 23:08

Hey Sam, I dont think any tactic can be fool proof as every team has different weakness’ and strengths, its impossible for one tactic to exploit every teams soft spot. I have just found this the most consistent. Like you I also use a 4-4-2 and mix between attacking wingers and wide midfielders depending on the match. It would usually require my assistants advice to swap over though. Hopefully this mixture will serve me as well in FM11 as it did in FM10.

Birdy
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Birdy
October 31, 2010 03:53

Hey Darren

Very nice tactic with some very nice results. I normally use a 4-5-1 with similiar styles but when I play away I will normally use a very attacking 4-2-4 which will put the home team on the back foot straight away.

Darren Smith
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Darren Smith
October 31, 2010 09:22

Hey Birdy, the 4-5-1 is just the most consistent in different types of games I guess. Thats a very brave away tactic you use…sounds like it could work though, unless of corse you get countered. I normally go the opposite way away from home and counter. Sometimes we lose but about half the time we manage a good result.

Kevin
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Kevin
November 1, 2010 09:08

Hi Darren
It’s been a while I know but my family situation in the UK continues to dominate. Anyway great job with the tactic and thanks for posting. I really like this new blog layout you have.

Darren Smith
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November 1, 2010 12:04

Hey Kevin, good to hear from you and I hope things are getting better. Don’t worry about not commenting, family comes first before anything else. Plus Im sure it doesnt feel right to comment and read these posts if you have problems as well. Thanks for the compliment on my blog, it took ages to do but I feel like its all worth while. Take care mate.

Pepe
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Pepe
November 14, 2010 18:26

Hey Darren!

Nice tactic you got! I am using something quite similar already… Two midfields instead of three and three central defenders. The two side defs are wing backs. Works great!

Cheers from the province of Quebec in Canada!

Darren Smith
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November 14, 2010 20:31

Hi Pepe, thanks for the kind words, glad you like the tactic. Looks like you have made a useful tactic there…using wing backs can be very effective in certain formations. Thanks for the comment mate.

rocky
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rocky
November 15, 2010 15:26

I used 4-5-1 with 2 def mids and 1 adv playmaker with control minded on my manchester utd..works well,it gave me treble even the scores were most likely narrow..

Now I am using QPR with the same tactic and find it hard to dominate even we’re on the right track to win the promotion..gotta try your 4-5-1..I’ve to get tied with leichester..cheers mate

Darren Smith
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November 15, 2010 18:42

Hey Rocky, although your 4-5-1 sounds defensive it is very successful, well done. The reason I use my 4-5-1 is because it is very flexible and seems to work in different leagues as well as the Prem. Winning promotion with QPR would be a great achievement so it sounds like your tactic is working OK. Hope my version helps though and let me know if its effective for you. Thanks for the comment mate.

Tom
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Tom
November 28, 2010 15:24

what would you advise when the tactic isn’t working?

Darren Smith
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November 28, 2010 19:18

Hey Tom. My 4-5-1 tactic works best when adapted to your opponent. So if your assistant recommends a deep defensive line or anything different to what I have put, change it. Also do not use my 4-5-1 tactic if the opponents play well against a 4-5-1…in this case it doesnt matter how good the tactic is as your playing to the opponents strengths. Lastly Id recommend looking through your players and checking if they suit the formation and tactic. If your players attributes work better in positions that can not be used within my tactic you should maybe use another tactic. The most important note is that every team is different and I have always found exposing the oppositions weakness’ is far more beneficial than playing purely to your teams strengths. Hope this helps a little and thanks for the comment.

ryanl lynch
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ryanl lynch
December 2, 2010 02:36

hello

hope im not late joining this chat about tactics.
i have created a tactic of my own which has given me great success
i play a 4-4-3 with creative attacking football style
my two centre back are of course defensive minded
my two full backs support when they can.
my 3 midfielders are all different, one is a ball winning centre mid, the next one is a box to box and is the advanced playmaker
the 3 strikers are again all different, one is a target man, the next a complete forward and the other is a trequistra
i let my players go out and play so i bought quite a few creative players but also made sure i had a few tackles to sure up my midfield
thinkin about keeping a blog of game
think i should?

Darren Smith
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December 2, 2010 17:43

Hi Ryan, your never too late to join a discussion mate. Your tactic sounds very attacking and I know a few people who have enjoyed huge success with the 4-3-3. It is a little difficult for me to use as I like to counter the opponents weakness’, but definitely seems to work for everyone else. I’d always encourage peps to blog about their games. It is a great way to share your experience with people who care. Let me know if you do mate.

Carlos Sadler
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Carlos Sadler
December 2, 2010 09:45

You see what you need is a defensive midfeilder who can break up the play.
Also Jonas should play as an inside forward he will miss some but also score some bangers.

Darren Smith
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December 2, 2010 18:28

Hi Carlos, I have messed around with using a DMC before but always revert back to my flat three. This just seems to be the most sucessful tactic for me. Although the DMC role does work better in Italy I think. I prefer to use someone with better attributes for the inside forward role. That is why I picked Ben Arfa, he scores more. Your points are very good ones though and I can see them working well. Thanks for the comment bud.

ryanl lynch
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ryanl lynch
December 2, 2010 18:09

hi darren

thanks for your advice. im kinda new to this whole discussion site and blogs so i wouldnt know how to start a blog.
any chance you could tell me how to start one,

ryan

Darren Smith
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December 2, 2010 18:43

Of course I will help mate. Its not too tough really and there are a lot of searchs on google that will provide a good tutorial. I would start by making a blog using blogger or blogspot as it is sometimes referred to. Google them, open an account and start making your blog. To get the basics maybe search ‘how to start a blogspot blog’. This will provide some easy tutorials for you to learn the basics. Anything else I can help with mate. This site was originally done using blogger, and I had no idea of what a blog really was before reading an ‘how to for idiots’ book lol :) I basically google searched everything I now know. Anything I struggled to understand I asked the more experienced bloggers out there. One in particular called Johnny really helped me a lot, and I have a lot to thank him for. I would be more than happy to help you Ryan, as I’d be stuck if no one would have taken the time for me.

Darren Smith
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December 2, 2010 18:44

ps maybe ask me the questions via email though. Otherwise the site may become cluttered with irelivant comments. You already have that so drop me a line when you need help.

ryanlynch
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ryanlynch
December 2, 2010 19:01

Thanks very much mate
sorry about that
i’ll try and start the blog now
i’ll let you know how i get on :)

angga
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angga
December 5, 2010 02:45

hai darren smith.. saya angga dari indonesia..
saya juga penggemar football manager 2011..
tapi selalu kalah dalam bermain.. karena tidak ada formasi yang tepat..
terima kasih atas saran yang anda tulis..
salam dari indonesia.. :)

Darren Smith
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December 5, 2010 11:34

Thanks for the comment Angga. Picking a formation is always tough, but the more you play the easier it gets. I will be looking to do some more formations in the future and I am really glad this has helped. Good to hear from you.

garo
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garo
December 11, 2010 01:01

hi darren i write you from italy, i’m a your great fan.
iìm following your great game with newcastle
wonderful success.
can you send me your tactic, i’d like to download it and try to train my italian team, udinese.
byebye and congratulations.

Darren Smith
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December 11, 2010 14:55

Thanks Garo, its always nice to hear someone enjoys the site. I will be doing a post very soon on my tactics with Newcastle. You’ll be able to download them from there. It will take a few days though so bare with me. Thanks for the comment mate.

Enaxa
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Enaxa
December 16, 2010 06:55

Hi there, i’m playing in Turkish first league so basicly i have a low profile team, i was just starting my brand new FM11, when i saw your post i want to shot the season with that one. In my first couple matches i lost to teams which is not good as mine, then i changed the tactic to 4-2-4, i swaped the 3rd mid with a striker after and keept everything else just like you suggested, and the magic happens, i had a 14 match unbeatable record ( 11W ), till one premier league behemoth in Turkish cup group stages carshed me.

So i thank you for the idea and tactic, im willing to see your advise about training programme also.

Thanks.

Darren Smith
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December 16, 2010 18:29

Hey Enaxa, Im glad you could adapt my 4-5-1 and make it so successful in Turkey. Looks like you have found a real winner. That unbeaten run must have been very satisfying, well done mate.

Glenn Horman
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Glenn Horman
January 5, 2011 16:39

i used a 442 tactic however i used a a centre mid and defensive mid however they were angling each other, if you know what i mean! I will try one day to post a video on youtube of the formation if your interested Darren. Also using this tactic i got sunderland to fourth in the premership an outstanding show i say!

Darren Smith
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January 5, 2011 19:36

Hey Glenn, Ive heard a few people say they like that version of the 4-4-2. If you do make a video let me know and I’ll check it out. :) Getting Sunderland to fourth is very good…I think breaking the top four is quite tough, then when your there its much easier to do a repeat. Thanks for the comment Glenn

Ahmed Zaki
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Ahmed Zaki
January 23, 2011 14:52

Hey Darren, Some Great stuff you got here. I started a game with Blackburn and as i brought in more players I used a 4-2-3-1 formation where the two in midfield are both central midfielders operate defensively. Kind of like 2007 Milan team with an Aggressive ball winning midfielder (Gatusso) along with a deep lying playmaker (Pirlo). My Lone Striker is a target man in order to bring others into play. This is one of many Tactics I used, they all vary of course according to what i Have in my Disposal. What always confused me was how to approach each match if you now what I Mean. For instance When playing Arsenal i always thought of playing an aggressive and direct game because of the height of their defenders. I sometimes utilize the wings when playing slow full backs, however sometimes i get stuck with how to use statistics to play to the other team’s weaknesses.

Thank You

Darren Smith
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January 23, 2011 17:09

Hey Ahmed, thanks for the kind words. We all like different formations and for some reason I always revert back to this 4-5-1. Sounds like you try to think about your opponents weakness’ which is very wise. I do the same, but don’t like changing my tactics drastically for every game. Good luck with Blackburn mate and I hope your tactic works well.

aron
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aron
January 26, 2011 07:40

great tactic…how did you sign kadlec with newcastle?

Darren Smith
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January 26, 2011 11:54

Thanks Aron, glad you like the tactic. As for Kadlec, the screenshot provided is my Newcastle team from the demo game, he was very cheap then…the full version has seen his price rise a lot and I couldn’t afford him. Would recommend Araujo for a great young striker though. Not worldclass but quite cheap. :)

Timmy
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Timmy
January 27, 2011 14:50

I hope it’s not to late to discuss some things
first,how much you sign kadlec?
second,is this tactic same with your 4-5-1 and 4-4-2 tactic posts?
and the last,is this tactic works for 11.2 patch or 11.1?

Darren Smith
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January 27, 2011 18:55

Hi Timmy, its never too late to discuss a post or topic mate. In answer to your questions I think I signed Kadlec for around £1.2 million on the demo, however was been asked to pay £4 million in the full version of FM11.

This tactic is very similar to my 4-5-1 and 4-4-2 post. Although this one was done during the demo and the newer 4-4-2 and 4-5-1 formation post is an up to date version for the actual game. This tactic will work on any version of FM11, but you need to bring in the right players and use the tactic in the right way…ie get your team talks correct and adjust width, def line and tempo when needed. Hope this helps.

Blogging Tips
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March 3, 2011 15:03

Hi I’m Elvin. What about uploading your tactic file so we can try it out 100% in your setting? Thanks.

Darren Smith
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March 3, 2011 19:03

I have done a more recent update to this tactic and the download is available there. You can see this by following the link to my updated post http://allthatisfootballmanager.com/2010/12/fm-2011-newcastle-tactics-4-4-2-and-4-5-1/ Hope this helps

Vjking
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Vjking
March 13, 2011 12:12

Hey Darren.I’ve tried tgis out and it works quite well in the EPL.In the spanish league however – its a slow paced game and it didnt work out well.But this one works – 2-2-1-3-2.

Sweeper keeper.
Two Wing Backs – Support.
Left and Right backs- Defend
Central mid(On the half way line)- Automatic
Left wing – Support
Mid(in front of Central mid)-Attack.-Playmaker.
Right wing-Attack(Keep a really fast player here)
Left Attack – Target man-Attack.
Right Attack- Attack when leading the game.Support when you are a goal down.

I use your formation against EPL teams in UCL and it works just fine.

Darren Smith
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March 13, 2011 14:25

Glad it worked in EPL Vjking, I must admit that is what the tactic is made for. I managed to adapt it slightly myself for most countries but this is more down to reading the opponent. I must admit other tactics may well work better in Spain. Thanks for sharing your tactic too, its always good to see how others play, I may take a look at it in a dummy game. :)

Steve
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Steve
April 7, 2011 12:57

Hi m8 can u tell me when u use a Target Man do u set him to support or attack i can never decide !

AshleyBeale'
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AshleyBeale'
April 18, 2011 16:02

Hey, I read the comments and you say it works for EPL. Can you recommend any good tactics for nPower League 2? I manage Wycombe and used a tactic that I found on another Blog. Pre-Season it worked great! I beat Portsmouth from the Championship 3-1 and I thrashed a few others too. However, since the actual season has begun, my team aren’t coping well at all. My first game of the Season I lost to Stevanage who have only just been promoted. I’m not having any luck trying to find any decent tactics. I’ll try out this one but in case of failure, any others you’d recommend? Hope its not to late to ask*

AshleyBeale'
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AshleyBeale'
April 18, 2011 19:42
It’s taking some time for the players to get used to it but im hoping they will. The morale is low at the moment and it’s really not helping the cause to be honest. I was quite happy that they seemed to adapt quite quickly in the 1st game although the result didn’t seem to prove it. The thing is, with a team like Wycombe, there are higher expectations and im in fear of my job already :/ But yeah, my first game using that formation and tactics was against Shrewsbury – Another game i should really be winning. Unfortunately lost 3-1 but im not that fussed at the moment. The reason is because we were 3-0 down at half time. I made a couple of changes and they were fantastic second half! :) Im not sure all of the players are currently good enough for first team football however. I loaned in a couple of players including West Ham’s reserve keeper Marek Stech. Im starting to wonder if that was a bad idea? So could you name a few players that maybe I could Loan in, in the January transfer window please? My main weaknesses are DC and also… Read more »
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AshleyBeale'
April 18, 2011 22:45

So basically, to sum it up…..: My defence are CRAP and my strikers won’t score…. I’ve won 2 out of 7 games so far although i did snatch a draw against top of the table Stockport. Other than that, i’ve lost. What starting strategies do you suggest because i always seem to choose wrong one.

AshleyBeale'
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AshleyBeale'
April 19, 2011 16:12
Ok, last post for a while, I decided to start off a new season. It may sound like im a sore loser but no matter what i did, i could NOT score! So, i decided to do more research on suitable players and tactics and comined them…. and they work! I took this formation that you posted and reduced it to 2 CM and added an extra striker. I also loaned in a DR/MC from Man City called Vidal and he’s pretty good. I signed a few players on a free and Joe Keenan, as suggested by many blogs, and he does amazing in AML. The only downside is that he doesn’t have very good stamina. Anyways, i decided to loan Etheridge, a GK from Fulham, and the only mistake he made was an own goal against Watford in the LC. We dominated all game and fought really hard, unfortunately losing 3-2.2 other loans i made were Jacob Walcott, an AML/MC/ST. He is AMAZING as he can cover for strikers or most midfielders, and the other is a striker from Liverpool called Andras Simon. They don’t play well together but are both fantastic. I’ve only played 3 competitive games. I… Read more »
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April 20, 2011 17:54
Hey, so as I said in a previous post, i’ll post how im doing mid-season. So i just finished my 23rd League 2 game – exactly half way. I beat relegation-bound Burton with a scoreline of 5-2. As you can see, im getting the goals in again and regained the most goals in the league with 54 so far. However, now the problem lies with my bloody defence! I set them to deep to ensure no one can get behind them… Pfft, doesn’t quite work that way as i’ve found out. Im 3rd in the league with 39 points – 7 behind second place and 8 behind top of the league Rotheram – Who i got a point against in a well earned draw. In the top 5, i have conceded the most goals – 34! I’m struggling to stop them from going in :/ I tried both standard and counter – neither work for me from kick-off but when im being attacked by the opposition i change to counter which works a treat. I wouldnt mind conceding if i scored 5 goals every game but even then i would probably end up drawing :O But im not gonna complain… Read more »
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AshleyBeale'
April 23, 2011 01:09
Ok, so I just finished my first season in charge – Finishing a respectable 2nd. Too me this is good as i was 3rd (as you know) and then i dropped all the way to 7th. Then i started some nice football and the outcome speaks for itself really. To sum the final quarter of the season (well, kinda quarter), 10 games remaining and it was basically a battle between 4th(me at the time) 3rd placed Port Vale and 2nd placed Bradford. By this time, Rotheram were 8 points clear of me and Bradford 7. So i suppose Bradford were battling for 1st place as well. I still had to play these 3 teams in these last 10 games. 5th place were about 8 points below me so there was no real danger there. So as i said, started getting these good results and to my likeness, all three above me started losing to lower teams – namely Torquay (Mid table at the time) and Burton Albion (23rd at the time). Burton beat Rotheram 5-1 and i was really happy for them – seeing as i couldnt even beat them (2-2 and lost 3-2 with 10 men 2nd from last… Read more »
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April 28, 2011 23:57
hey dude :) havent posted for a while so i thought i’d give you a quick update. As it stands, im 3rd in the league and only lost 3 games. I started off the season unbeaten in 7….and then lost against Bradford -_- But after that, i went on either a 12 or 13 unbeaten run and broke the ‘record’. So, yeah…. Not much to say really, played 26 games and 2 points behind 2nd placed Sheffield Utd, erm… got a couple more players on loan and signed a striker and right midfield. Other than that, been pretty simple stuff and was humiliated at home in the fa cup 1st round with a 1-0 loss to Conference team York. Lost in quarter final of Johnstone Paint Trophy to Cheltenham and cant remember what happened in the League Cup… My top scorer (in league) is Luke Moore with 22 goals so far. Scored 69? goals and conceded 21. So im ok attacking and i also use an attacking formation. Might have to terminate my Assistant Manager’s contract as he’s not really a good helper when it comes to match preparation. So, that just about sums it up, im well on my… Read more »
Andy Cass
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Andy Cass
May 16, 2011 12:03

Hi, I need a successful tactic for FM 11 on iPhone. No matter which I use it’s incredibly hard to find a winning one. It’s also very easy to get sacked. Any advice?

Cippy
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Cippy
June 15, 2011 13:20
Hi Darren, Interesting Tactic mate ;). I know youre playing EPL but just wondering, Im currently handling AC Fiorentina in Italy serie A,we’re in 4th of the league. Last match we have is a 2-0 win Away on Juventus (which is awesome) but then lost 3-1 Home to Chievo .chievo are 16th in league (which is frustrating) You see the problem is my players just wouldnt run to chase a loose ball like any other lower club players,and they just didnt know how to retain possession. All they know is give ball to winger ,let it run as fast as they can,crosses and pray god the striker is actually knows how to poach or head. I’ve hired great coaches with a medium high schedule…still just doesnt work And my players are quite regarded in Serie A market (Montolivo,Vargas,Gilardino,D’agostino,Jovetic,Mutu) which all have speed,acceleration,flair,on attributes but on field is sumtimes acts like U-20’s Any idea? training maybe? im currently using 4-2-3-1 (unstable), 4-2-2-2 ( midfield loss tendency) 4-1-3-2 (midfield loss tendency ) 4-3-1-2 (so far running good on short term) Defense: I like my Central defender set to Sweeper -Defend-Man Marking My Left/Right defender set as – Fullback -Automatic both-zonal marking Midfields… Read more »
Cippy
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Cippy
June 15, 2011 13:32

And Darren one more thing:
Hows Affelay? i have him now…but which position is he at his best actually?
I’ve tried MC,AMC,ML,MR and he just gave me the same ratings (6.8) and actions.
is he really talented for future team?i mean he’s 24.and Jovetic is only 20.

Nway i will try your 4-3-2-1–the tactic looks Possesive,and secure on the same time,tho i hope my striker is independent enough to finish a chance when he gets one. ;)

ill try and see how it goes…

squirrel
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squirrel
June 28, 2011 13:23

hi darren
well i must say you are a life saver i to am managing newcastle and iv been in the bottom 3 up to january iv now applied you tactics, however i apply the DCM behind the 2 CM, im now sitting pretty in 13th, however i would just like to know were is enrquie and also tiotie in your team????

Johnny Karp
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June 28, 2011 13:24

Darren is away for a week so he might be unable to reply.

squirrel
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squirrel
June 29, 2011 09:12

i know this has nothing to do with this blog, but wondering whats the best players to get on a short budget??

Johnny Karp
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Nael
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Nael
July 19, 2011 02:56

My formation that I fancy is like yours but I with one of the CM a DF.

Alex
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Alex
July 20, 2011 16:27

hey peeeps has anyone got anylists for good players that would join neath (welsh premier league) club. don’t have a very big wage budget either? can anyone help me ASAP ;)

Alex
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Alex
July 20, 2011 23:34

okay and thanks for answering my question! ;)

tommy
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tommy
July 29, 2011 18:00

Hi Darren,

Top-notch opening post! Nice work… Looks interesting.

Can I download your tactic somewere?
I tried the “althatisfootball….”-link above. But it did’nt work?

Marcus
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Marcus
August 6, 2011 11:30

Hello Darren!
I just want to say that your tactic works perfectly on Malmö FF (Sweden)!

I even qualified to champions league Group stage, tho Tottenham and Barcelona was way too good for my poor swede team :)

jemba
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jemba
December 12, 2011 08:16

hi darren.. i start used your tactic but my team still lose. help me please.hoho

mark cresswell
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mark cresswell
August 18, 2012 10:11

here is my 451 lads and its brillent and works

menality attacking
pass mixed
tackling normal
restno

pass all team
tackling 3xmc’s committed rest team
pressing 3x mc’s yes restno
pass all r/l/c
set pieces a default
set pieces (d) gk normal middle mc normal fc forward rest all bk
free role all no
forward runs : dl,dr,ml,mr,middle mc yes rest no
run with ball : smae as forward runs
hold up ball : all no
long shots : 3x mc’s yes rest no
through balls : all no
cross balls : dl,dr yes rest no
marking : dl dr middle mc zonal 2x Dc’s and 2x outer mc’s man gk, ml,mr fc none

if anybody nows how to improve this then feal free to leave a comment to me #
this form is aa good one with arsenal and barcelona in the 2012 version on the psp

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