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Re: Hattrick Season 71

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Postby Bink333 » April 8th, 2019, 12:23 pm

Couple of weeks to catch up on.

The England National Team has entered a friendly Euros tournament. We got drawn with Slovakia, Slovenia & Serbia which is enough to make you dyslexic if you are not already. Next week we're playing Slorvia if you know what I mean?

The plan is to build formation experience, in readiness for Q2, and I've been picking the formations that most need work and then best fit wedging in our 4x IM, 2xIMTW (plus a sub one of these) 2xWb 2xDF and a GK into whatever needs topping up next. The first game was against Q1 opponents Slovakia. We had a decent TS advantage and our 4-4-2 had 88% possession, 8 chances to their 3, helping us to a comfy 4-1 win. In the other game in the group the underdogs won as Serbia managed a 5-4 over Slovenia with 47-46% but getting 8 of the 15 chances. Slovenia were 82% to win that one.

On Friday we had the second round, Slovenia beat Slovakia 3-2, and I was topping up our 5-2-3 and 4-3-3, fully expecting to lose and we had 41-40% of the ball but got away with just a 2-2 (they were 58% to win). So with one game left we are top on GD from Serbia, and ahead of Slovenia by a point.

In England I got knocked out of the Cup last week 4-2 having lost 2-6 in the league against the next weakest team. The Cup game saw my formid xp solid leadership GK pick up a +11 and my form England NT a +1. I listed the GK for what I paid for him £1m but he had no bites at the weekend, so I've nil listed him detailing the cost of conversion (£372k) from my change coach page (currently has a bid of £400k - interested to see where this ends up) as external recruiting a solid/solid coach costs £1.7m. A 18y/o YA pull didn't sell either so he's getting 65 minutes in the consolation cup tomorrow. Yesterday we lost 5-0 in the league, which was about as respectable as it is going to get. I'm playing solid leadership low skill players for xp this season, along with my trainee forwards.

In Oceania the best of my 4 YA GK turned 17/0 just after hitting his Cap on GK and promoted with passable leadership and just over 4kTSI. I listed him for £100k and he sold for £612k. solid GK, weak Def/SP. In the league we won 0-3 last weekend, 4-4-2CA with 36/30% of the ball and 50% of the chances, 7 including 2xCA and 2xSE. This put us up to 5th. On Tuesday we were up against a bloody good II side. we went 5-3-2CA. Our attack ratings were dwarfed by their defence, but we had 2xCA chances that resulted in an indirect free kick and a free kick and we converted both to lead 2-1 after 31 minutes. We had lost one of my QWb trainees (playing on the wing) with an injury on 29, who was replaced by a 17y/o. Bearing in mind we are running 5% stamina (for over 6 seasons) we did an amazing job to hold them to a 2-2 draw after 90 minutes, but then they scored 4 in extra time to win 2-6.

Yesterday, we were at home to one of the top 3, and went 5-3-2CA again. They went 3-4-3 AIM as usual, and we had 33/28% possession. They had 7 of the 11 chances and were playing predictably with very little side attack or defence, They had just one chance in the middle and missed and converted an 89th minute left side (their 5th) chance, having missed one on the right. We had one chance on either flank and converted them both to win 2-1. This has put us up to 3rd.

In South Africa we were facing the team this week that switched leagues with us for our 2nd season. We'd won 2-6 last week and were top after 3. They've been building a handy looking defence, and so I set up with a 3-5-2 using 2xIMTW and 2xWb to boost side attacks on a PIC. The player I bought to turn into a future coach picked up a +11 hand injury after 74 age 37/80. He can convert age 38/12 and funds are in place to make him into an excellent coach (inadequate leadership) in just over 6 weeks time. We won 4-1, converting 3 of 5 side attack chances and a wing to anyone SE. We had 11 of the game's 13 chances, but only 175 hatstats to their 191. We face the strongest team in this league next...

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Re: Hattrick Season 71

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Postby Eastheath » April 9th, 2019, 10:50 pm

Was a bit narked at the cup game last week, we were 1-1 at full time and 2-2 after extra time, despite having 10 chances to 5 and 60/40 midfield advantage. To make matters worse, and despite having set penalty takers, we went down 4-6. Meh....

So, back to the league, and the odd results keep on coming, but this time in our favour. We were at home to the best team in the league on Ratings and 4th best on stars, they went 5-4-1 which was unusually pretty defensive, we won the midfield battle 60/40 and had 9 chances to 1. The result was 2-0.

As a result, four team are joint leaders with W3 L1 records, and we are one of them. Quite bizarre. Next week we are away to another one of the top four, heaven knows what we might get up to!

This weeks cup game should be interesting, they have another big defence with 5-3-2 in the repertoire, and so its another game of knocking down a large brick wall. Seems to be a more popular tactic these days, not the prettiest but effective.

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Re: Hattrick Season 71

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Postby Donut102 » April 11th, 2019, 10:57 am

I crashed out the cup this week.
Decided I couldn't stop opponents attacks in any sector, so went with 2 defenders one of whom was man marking a midfield.
My wing attacks aren't great, so 253 AIM.

Opponent went 442 CA, and I man marked effectively one of the two midfielders.

I got 10 chances, of which 5 were down the middle. Scored only 1 goal - which ultimately gave my opponent 5 chances to CA and he scored all 5.

In hindsight he had the better team, and got his tactic spot on - so the result was never in doubt, though the score was a little harsh.

I clearly need to beef up my wing attack ratings, so switching from defense training (which I don't really like doing anyway), to passing and winger.
Maybe a little SP training thrown in.

Unbeaten in the league, so won't worry about the secondary cup and go for the silverware.

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Re: Hattrick Season 71

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Postby UncleIan » April 15th, 2019, 10:09 am

I was at home to 4th this week (oh yes, I got through to the next round of the consolation cup, sorry, the Conspirator's Memorial Cup (what?) not actually trying but I'll take it) and decided for some reason I couldn't really PIC, and there wasn't much point looking at upcoming fixtures. Went with a standard 3-5-2. In the first half hour this decision to not PIC seemed justified, as we missed four chances, and they missed one. We then scored two unanswered before halftime to settle the nerves a bit. Second half, and another missed chance, but then we scored to make sure of things, 3-0 final score. Chances 9-1. Hmm, so didn't really make the most of that then! Still, can't really complain, the win's a win etc. Though one forward picked up a red card. Probably best I didn't PIC after all.

First were at home to seventh, so handed out a 6-0 pasting. We're both on 12 points, and he moves further away on goal diff. (a +6 difference at the moment). We're the only two teams on 12 points, but there's three teams not far behind on 9. League ranked 19 of 64. Bet the bloke that moved to our league is kicking himself, his old league is now ranked 45 of 64. Though I guess that might be partly because he's not in it. He's currently fourth.

Next week we're away to third place who got what I think was a lucky win this week. They have a monster midfield, and no attack, last season we got a draw at home with a CA, and won easily away when pressing, so that's no help at all. Gut feel says a 3-5-2 CA, but I'll have a better look at it later on in the week, maybe if my defenders are on form I could 4-5-1 which would be a bit more traditional CA. First are away to the new seventh, so I'm expecting to drop further behind on goal difference, or as likely on points too, unless something very weird happens.

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Re: Hattrick Season 71

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Postby Bink333 » April 15th, 2019, 3:50 pm

England were playing Slovenia on Friday, the last game in the group stage of the EHF friendly tournament. I set up with the best fit formation for the players in the skeleton squad, a 3-5-2 with a DF and 2xWTM and an OCD, and bagged a magnificent m/f rating, with enough attack in all sectors (100% offensive) to ensure we had majority possession and get some converted. We had 53-54% and 7 of the 10 chances. England were 51% to win it and we won 2-1. Average goals were 2.6 to 2.3. Our 'prize' is to play the strongest team (on paper) left in the competition, the current #1 team in the ht-world, Poland, who finished 2nd on the group above us.

After that, there's one more friendly before Q2 kicks off, and the serious stuff begins again. I've been busy updating my spreadsheet all weekend, with the potential picks.

My league team in England was at home to a side still left in the Cup, who wisely opted to field non-essential players against me. After 31 minutes we'd double our league goal tally for the season by going 2-1 up, but then the stamina decline set in and we lost 2-4. No training pops this week, and with the U20 campaign getting off to a stuttering start, my star trainees may just end up on minimum stamina all the way until they become NT eligible.

In Oceania the 5-3-2CA tactic turned up trumps against the side that likes to play 4-5-1 AIM... A 1-2 win means we remain 3rd, a point behind 2nd and 6pts behind the leader, but also 6pts ahead of 7th. 50% of the wing/wb trainees popped this week, which put a smile on my face. This is the bit of Wb training I've been most looking forward to, because of the training speed. It'll slow down next season at 10% stamina (enforced instead of 5%) and the players being older at higher skill levels, so I'm enjoying it while it lasts.

In South Africa my YA solid GK turns 17/0 at midnight ht-time tonight. I'm switching to SP training now until I can upgrade to an excellent coach in week 11, when GK training will start, and he'll be playing in goal in the friendly this week. In the league we were playing against the strongest team in the league (all defence and a whiff of midfield), run by a fellow English manager, and what little chance I had went out the window when I lost an IM to two yellows for unsportsmanlike conduct. He is infamous (diving little cheaty sort), and he'd scored 4 goals in our opening 4 games, so possession went from 50/50 to 55/45. They won 1-0 in the end, which came from a free-kick in the 21st minute. We drop to 2nd, a point behind them.

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Re: Hattrick Season 71

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Postby Bink333 » April 15th, 2019, 8:28 pm

UncleIan wrote:I (oh yes, I got through to the next round of the consolation cup, sorry, the Conspirator's Memorial Cup (what?)


If you check your match report for week 12 of s70 (last season), you'll see that a minute's silence and then applause was held for Conspirator before kick off.

Conspirator was the opposition manager I faced when I won the Cup a few seasons back, and he died the season after his team Kicker Conspiracy won the EPL,

So, like the Tom DHT Memorial Cup, the community got behind a renaming of one of the consolation Cups in his memory. TomDHT died several years ago, and had a team called the Cunnily named Funts which featured some of the craziest named players he could find in hattrick, including 'Angry Death' among others.

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Re: Hattrick Season 71

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Postby UncleIan » April 16th, 2019, 9:28 am

Bink333 wrote:If you check your match report for week 12 of s70 (last season), you'll see that a minute's silence and then applause was held for Conspirator before kick off.

Conspirator was the opposition manager I faced when I won the Cup a few seasons back, and he died the season after his team Kicker Conspiracy won the EPL,


I should have thought about it for a second really. That's rather touching, thanks for the info.

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Re: Hattrick Season 71

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Postby Eastheath » April 16th, 2019, 10:48 pm

Got a bit of a pasting 4-1 away to one of the teams in joint 1st, so they stay joint 1st and we drop to 4th. But it's 4th, so we are still punching above our weight.
Next week its a home game against the top team of those that are joint 1st, so I'm not expecting a win. One of our forwards is crocked on a +1, which doesn't help.


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