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Re: Hattrick Season 69

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Postby Donut102 » September 3rd, 2018, 11:22 am

Been away for a couple of weeks.

League campaign progressing nicely. With 2 straight forward wins.

I got dumped out the Cup in R5 in spectacular style. Opponent posted Hatstats of 476, away from home. I didn't really stand a chance. Is this normal? He was a very good Div II team, but even so...
Still R5 is a record for my club.

Promoted a YA player, Excellent Def, Solid Pass, aged 17 0 days. I'm training PM for this season, and will then switch to Def. He's a great prospect, shame about the Technical skill.

8 of my first XI are now home grown.

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Re: Hattrick Season 69

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Postby UncleIan » September 3rd, 2018, 11:39 am

Donut102 wrote:Promoted a YA player, Excellent Def, Solid Pass, aged 17 0 days. I'm training PM for this season, and will then switch to Def. He's a great prospect, shame about the Technical skill.


Great? Train him right surely he's got U21 potential? Or at least on the fringes given it's week 5 now.

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Re: Hattrick Season 69

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Postby Bink333 » September 3rd, 2018, 1:36 pm

Technical defenders are more useful than they used to be with a SE (CA) potential (although I've never seen it work).


I bought your defender Ian, pleasure doing business with you. He'll play in R6 tonight.

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Re: Hattrick Season 69

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Postby Eastheath » September 4th, 2018, 3:05 pm

Oh dear, away to league leaders, tried PIC and CA again (why, I dont know, it didnt work last time) and it didnt work again this time. Lost 6-0 away, we stay in 7th on 4 pts, with a GD-15, two other teams also have 4pts,they have GDs of -3 and -4.
We are at home to 4th next, then away and home to 2nd after that, followed by 4th again, away. Yes, these are not easy games....the oppos are pulling 60-100 hatstats more than us, on average. ....


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Re: Hattrick Season 69

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Postby Eastheath » September 10th, 2018, 3:35 pm

Still struggling....was at home to the team that has gone into second place, didnt fancy our chances so it was press pic and pray.
And it almost worked - we went down 0-1 to an 83rd minute penalty, so in 'open play' we held our own.

So, just to cheer me up, the back to backs coming up are against the team in 3rd, who are the only undefeated team in our league to date.

We stay in 7th, but there is a faint, remote possibility we might be able to aspire to 6th place and a qualifier. So that is our target.

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Re: Hattrick Season 69

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Postby UncleIan » September 11th, 2018, 9:50 am

When was it? Last week I sell a mature but still decent defender to Bink while there's still a little value in him, sub is now my 37 year old player/manager, okay but poor stamina and skills are dropping. Yeah, you know what's coming, a +4 injury to my CD, at 33, I ain't speeding that up am I? Ho hum. Perhaps that's why I have money in the bank. Or play 2-5-3 for a bit.

That aside, we were away to 7th, I was pretty sure I would have the upper hand, but not so sure as to try and get away with a PIC, they're pretty handy defensively and in attack but not much in the midfield. 0-2 at halftime seemed to make it look easy. Then there were a few worrying minutes after they pulled it back to 1-2, but we banged in another couple to make it a 1-4 final score.

Obviously that means I stay in first, but the chasing pack are tripping over each other, 2nd lost to 3rd, and 4th and 5th won, so 2nd slipped all the way to 5th. The four of them are two points apart. I'm five points ahead of the new 2nd place. Which is nice.

The double header is against 6th, me at home next week. Hopefully I can destroy their confidence in the first game to soften them up for the second game and do the double on them. That said, they've not won since week 1, so their confidence should already be pretty shot.

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Re: Hattrick Season 69

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Postby UncleIan » September 17th, 2018, 9:26 am

Halfway then! How we doing?

I was at home to 6th, and reckoned I could get away with a PIC thanks to their poor midfield, and had to go 2-5-3 thanks to injuries in defence. It was a game of two halves, ritalin in the halftime oranges maybe, the first half ended 4-2, we added one more for a 5-2 final score. Chances 9-2, so I guess my lack of defence lead to those goals. Still, a decent result.

So still first in the league, while 2nd and 3rd both lost to 4th and 5th, so I'm now 6 points ahead of 2nd. While 3 points separate 2nd-5th. How the fixtures lay I think I've had the slightly easier first half, and have a couple of tricky away fixtures, so it's early days, but hopefully we can keep this momentum going so we can get up to III and get humped every week. ;)

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Re: Hattrick Season 69

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Postby Donut102 » September 17th, 2018, 11:02 am

In 2nd position, at home to 3rd. They looked useful and went 253 on a PIN. I've got 3 players out of form plus one injured, but thought I should do OK.
I had the majority of possession, but the injury and form issues meant I didn't capitalise. Final result 1-1.

League leader also drew, so I stay within reach at just 3 points behind.

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Re: Hattrick Season 69

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Postby Eastheath » September 17th, 2018, 10:31 pm

Away to second, and press PIC and pray tactics help us keep the score down to a 4-0 defeat.
Which leaves us in 7th, the only saving grace being that 8th and 6th also lost, so the dream of getting to 6th remains in place...

Its the 5th hardest series in IV, and feels like it. So next week we have the same team, except at home. Not sure how to play that one, we are not likely to win MF so maybe we have to work to keep the score down again!

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Re: Hattrick Season 69

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Postby Bink333 » September 18th, 2018, 12:20 pm

Half season.

That didn't take long. I'm in 7th, as 8th is also rebuilding, and are weaker, which is where I picked up my 3pts.

5% training is going well, the two 'expensive' trainees both popped to excellent scoring before half-season, and I only started training scoring a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately my home grown PNF yoof has revealed some poor limitations to his passing AND playmaking, which means that he's a lot less exciting than I'd hoped he'd be. Still a nice prospect though, and the home grown bonus should help.

In Oceania, I've been training Set Pieces until a couple of weeks ago to help boost the sale price of the GKs I'd trained in defending. Having sold a couple, I bought a couple of PNFs and a set piece taking Wb trainee, and once out of the Cup turned my attention to the league where I'd been flirting with 7th for awhile. We're up to 5th now, winning the first leg of the double header 0-1 against the team now in 6th 1pt behind me. I'd prefer a playoff place for the xp, and am 5pts off 4th and 4pts ahead of 7th, so that's looking good. I have switched to PM training for the rest of the season (a tertiary skill requirement for my 4 principal full-back trainees - and to improve the PNF chance creation potential for my 2 new forwards).


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