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Re: The Hattrick Season 68 thread

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Postby Donut102 » May 14th, 2018, 12:57 pm

Going into this week I was in 7th on 4 points, playing 6th also on 4 points. 1st was on 9 points.
No cup distractions, and a straight forward PIC 352 with a more defensive stance.
At half time we were 3-0 up, and I sent on my two future coaches for some experience training. Second half was 1-1, to give a final 4-1 score.

Up to 4th place, but still 5 points adrift of the leader. Bot next week.

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Re: The Hattrick Season 68 thread

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Postby Bink333 » May 14th, 2018, 3:53 pm

We had a good weekend. Won 4-0 against Saudi Arabia on Friday, and then pulled off a 6-1 win over an old nemesis on Sunday.

Although I've had 3/5 as home games so far, it looks nice to be back in the top 4, briefly I'm sure, just 1pt off the leader, the current Champions of England.

Both games involved preparing to optimise attack ratings against an expected visiting CA and paid off.

England tops group 15 for the moment, but I'm expecting Friday to be the toughest game yet, away to China who have looked after TS but have no points on the board after 3 defeats, and they are low on confidence, but they've got much better players than their 0 point tag-line suggests...

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Re: The Hattrick Season 68 thread

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Postby Donut102 » May 21st, 2018, 6:53 am

I had a bot this week, so no surprises. I stay in 4th place.
However at the top of the table its all been shook up. 3rd beat 1st, and 6th beat 2nd. Which means I'm now only 3 points off the lead. After a poor start in the league, the competition is back on.
In the double headers, we (4th) play 1st, and 2nd play 3rd. If I can take the 6 points, I have a real shot of coming out top of the table.
Game on!

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Re: The Hattrick Season 68 thread

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Postby UncleIan » May 21st, 2018, 9:00 am

This week we were lying in second, three points behind first, and one point ahead of 3rd. We were away to fourth place, so a tricky fixture, fans were thinking it would be a close affair.

We lined up in what's become our standard formation, 3-5-2, two WBs, and the Bink WTM-IMTW trick on one side. First half was one of missed chances, their keeper playing a blinder, our strikers, not so much. 0-0, and a 3rd yellow of the season for one lad (aye, fiery), and a +1 to my CD, oh, they were AIM, so good job my sub wasn't too shabby. In fact, looking at the defence ratings, they went up after the forced substitution, hmm, I thought two levels of form was worth one level of skill? Ok, ratings only went up by one sub-level, but still, I should have tried that combo when setting up. No excuses with the new match orders.

Ten minutes into the second half my team went ballistic and scored twice in consecutive minutes, then we reverted to our cagey selves. Final score 0-2. A good result, though it says chances were 2-9, so I'm missing a fair few, I guess it's playing these more defensive teams.

After the match I check on the series table and it's with much surprise and wonder that I see I'm top of the table! 1st place went down 3-1 to 3rd, and I'm top on goals scored, both on 15 points and +12 goal diff. 3rd is on 14 points. It's only now that I see that the former first placed team are still in the proper cup, and look like they're taking it pretty seriously, midfields of magnificent v passable in the league. Of course, losing a match isn't best prep for the cup. No doubt once he's out the cup we'll all get steamrollered by them, so I'm pretty sure this is just a temporary elevation for the Albumen. While I'm at home to 3rd first leg of the double header, they're at home to 5th, should score a hatful, unless they get dumped out the cup and with two losses in a row have the mother of all confidence crises.

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Re: The Hattrick Season 68 thread

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Postby Bink333 » May 21st, 2018, 2:46 pm

Friday was good.

Ended up going with a trusty 4-4-2TW away formation to China, but I went with defensive wingers on both sides, one side utilising a 3rd full-back. The ratings and 20xreplay suggested we'd lose, but that it would be possible to nick something, and in the end we nicked all three points 0-1.

With a fair bit of luck this means England is one of only 5 countries to have won 4/4 and we've got the best defensive record in the hattrick world right now, with just one goal conceded so far in Q1.

Sunday was exciting. I was away to one of the auto-promoting sides & I went with a 3-5-2 switching to 2-5-3 if not in the lead against a team that has CAd a lot. I managed to correctly pick a MM target which took some doing as he's been shuffling his IMs and Defenders aroumd all season.

My defence ratings suffered as a result, but it meant I was even in m/f, and chances were split evenly 5/5. They managed to convert all 5 of theirs, but we fluffed one, so that leaves me in 5th spot with 8 points, 4 behind the leader and 4 ahead of 8th. I'd taken the lead, but they pulled it back in the latter stages so I gave up possession to get more attacking, which probably didn't alter the result, as we both scored again.

I suppose I could have set up to go more defensive at the expense of giving up possession if in the lead, but I doubt it would have altered the end result.

My 2nd team's defence training at 5% stamina will be stopped in 4-5 weeks time, with a switch to SP lined up before a return to GK. It's a bit touch and go on managing the finances, as the wages I'm running at 5% (£180k per week) as a mid-table iV side in Oceania have taken their toll, so I'll be releasing one of the 5 GK I've been training.

The 1st thing on the shopping list will be an unpredictable defender with some passing, to become my back up GK trainee when the SP training ends.

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Re: The Hattrick Season 68 thread

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Postby Eastheath » May 25th, 2018, 12:02 am

Been AWOL a little while, thanks to a busy work/travel schedule.

We won three more Carey Cup games to reach round 5 before finally bowing out on penalties 4-5 - guess who forgot to set penalty takers. Meh.

Back in the league, its played six won six, top of the league by 3 pts. The back to backs are against the team in 4th, which if navigated correctly will put me on course for promotion. I had to bring a goalie in as cover for injuries last few games, which worked a treat. Eventually sold him on for more than he cost, which made up for the reduced % income due to selling quickly. Also brought in another midfielder to cover for injuries in an ageing IM pack.

Happy where we are at, at this stage of the season.


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