Best FM 2015 Tactics: Tinkerman’s Domination

FM 2015 Tactics

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Best FM 2015 tactics - Tinkerman's Domination

Hey guys

Welcome to the latest entry in the best FM 2015 tactics series. This tactic was created with Southampton with an aim of playing attacking possession football as the Southampton board had requested. I think it fair to say we succeeded :)

Best FM 2015 Tactics: Formation

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The tactic lines up in a 4-1-2-2-1 formation sometimes known as 4-5-1 or 4-3-3. The two full backs are very attacking and contribute a lot in attack, while the anchor man in midfield gets through a large share of defensive work to help the defence. The wingers have a duty of attack and create havoc for the opposition.

Best FM 2015 Tactics: Team Instructions

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Using a lot of team instructions can sometimes cause confusion so I have a limited number set here. Basically the team is instructed to retain possession when possible, if forced to make clearances make them into the wider areas and generally try to attack by getting the ball out wide. This works well with the wingers and complete wing backs as they are both in wide positions to combine and create trouble. The team will also close down the opposition and play at a high tempo. Use tighter marking is also selected as I feel it gives the opposition less space is key areas.

Best FM 2015 Tactics: Player Roles and Instructions

GK – goalkeeper (defend) – distribute to full backs, roll it out, slow pace down

DR/DL – complete wing back (attack) – shoot less often, tackle harder, mark tighter, pass it shorter

DC – central defender (defend) – pass it shorter

MC – box to box midfielder (support) – more risky passes, run wide with the ball

MC – central midfielder (attack) – more risky passes, run wide with the ball

AML/AMR – winger (attack) – no player instructions

ST – false nine (support) – close down more, roam from position

What these individual instructions do are self explanatory but are critical for the tactic to work successfully.

Best FM 2015 Tactics: Results

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A fantastic premier league and FA cup double. I have to say we were unlucky in the league cup going out in the semi final on away goals after extra time to man united. In the premier league we recorded an incredible 30 wins with only two games lost all season. In both games that we lost, we had the majority of possession and created more clear cut and half chances than the opposition and were unlucky to lose.

Top Tips

  • I used team cohesion and for pre-season training and balanced training throughout the season.
  • For match preparation I recommend attacking movement for most games except against tough opposition when I used defensive positioning. You should also consider the report from your scout.
  • Keep the corner instructions as per the download but set your right back to take left sided corners and your left back to take right sided corners.
  • Use your assistants advice for opposition instructions.

FM 2014 Download

How to install

Follow the instructions below to use the tactic in your game:

1. Click the download link above and download the file.

2. Once the file is downloaded move it to the following folder documents>sports interactive>football manager 2015>tactics

3. Now load the game as normal and enter the tactics screen.

4. In the tactics screen, click the tactic you currently have loaded then select manage tactics from the drop-down menu

5. Then Import and then load ‘Tinkerman’s 4-1-2-2-1 into your game, then you will be able to select the tactic from the list.

Thanks for reading. Hope you the enjoy the tactic :)

The Tinkerman

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Gaurav Chaddah
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Gaurav Chaddah

Looks a very good tactic based on the results, this is by far my favourite formation but haven’t seemed to get it working so far this year so will definitely give this a try, just one question… Did you use control for every game or switch to counter at any point?

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

Yes I used control for every game to start with, I occasionally switched to contain and waste time if we were only leading by one goal after 84/85mins and coming under a bit of pressure.

caveman210
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caveman210

What percentage did you have your match prep on?

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

Very high during pre-season then reduced it when the tactics became fluid. For most of the season it was on 10% I think (second option up from 0%)

Kent
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Kent

can you screenshot the training?

fmfan123
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fmfan123

good job

Max
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Max

I used this with Spurs, I won the league and league cup. Lost the final of both the FA cup and the Europa League. I changed the tactic slightly as I played Lamela as an IF on the right. I bought Depay and Gaston Gil Romero in the January transfer window.

Vix
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Vix

Hey Tinkerman
Should I change my player instructions to better suit my team, or should I leave it as it is?
For example in my team Deportivo I have a 2 decent advanced playmakers.
Cheers

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

Sorry for the late response, you should do whatever works well for you, there is nothing wrong with a little bit of tinkering to suit your team. However the AP’s should be able to do a decent job as CM (A) :)

dimwitteddevil
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dimwitteddevil

Season looks good so far with Southamton and all the matches I have played, James Ward-Prowse has ratings of 8.5 and above!!! Greattt

dimwitteddevil
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dimwitteddevil

My transfers!
Byram and Bidwell pulling of some stunning performances so far! And Jovic joining in 2016 :)
Future looks bright… Might off load Long or Rodriguez in the Jan window! Whom would you suggest as a backup striker?

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

I would recommend pablo dybala, he has quite well for me on a number of saves and he suits the F9 role quite well :)

Fary
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Fary

think this tactic will work in version 15.3 ??

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

Hi Fary, I haven’t tested this tactic in the latest patch, but I don’t see why not :)

Stephen Walsh
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Stephen Walsh

think this tactic will work in version 15.3 ?

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

Hi Stephen, I haven’t tested this tactic in the latest patch, but I don’t see why not :)

Amogh Talwar
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Amogh Talwar

Who scored majority of the goals for you? Whenever I’ve played with one striker, the team has always struggled to score goals :/

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

Hi Amogh, the wingers scored the majority of goals for me, followed by the F9 and CM and BBM :)

Jovan Knezevic
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Jovan Knezevic

some1 tell me what i put striker to scoring much goals? i play this tactic on fm 2014 whit lyon and fm 2015 whit bayern munchen and its fantasitc, but striker score little goals for seson ? any solution for that ? 10x for all

Jim
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Jim

Gave this tactic 10 games and gave up. Used Man United and have 5 wins 5 draws in the prem. Am in the 1/4 final of the capital one Cup due to 2 awful pen wins over Swansea and Bradford.

i might be undefeated but its the Quality of Football that did it for me. So bad. Played to the wings with tons of aimless crosses. The defending has been awful esp from set pieces and the wings. Nearly broke my Laptop after the 3-3 draw with Newcastle.

Alot of the games ive won have been major flukes aswell with De Gea being my saviour. For instance 2-1 over Liverpool at Anfield and 1-0 at home to Chelsea i was dominated.

To sum it up, terrible defending and uninspired attacking

using Rooney as false 9, Shaqiri and Januzai as wingers, Herrera box to box, Di Maria cm and rotate between Carlvaho,Carrick and Blind

Jim
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Jim

i have no Player instructions for the anchor man because you left it out in descrip

sXchange
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sXchange

great tactic, but still couldn’t do it on a cold night in stoke xD

Andy Hartley
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Andy Hartley

Seems very inconsistent, not sure if it has been tested on the latest patch but have tried it with several PL teams and not broken the top 4.