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Best FM 2015 Tactics: Tinkerman’s Goalscoring Strikeforce on patch 15.3

Best FM 2015 tactic in patch 15.3.

Hi guys

Welcome to my latest post in the best FM 2015 tactics series. There has been some debate as to whether or not Tinkerman’s Goalscoring Strikeforce tactic works effectively on the latest patch. I’m pleased to say it is working just as well on the latest patch, if not better :) This post shows results achieved in the latest patch with West Brom during the first season of a new save. I investigated some adjustments to the original tactic and after considerable testing, I found the original tactic to be the most successful version. For details of the tactical setup please see my Tinkerman’s Goalscoring Strikeforce post.

Squad Building & Transfers

The transfers I made are shown below and were made to try to shape the West Brom squad to suit this formation. I offload Chris Brunt because I didn’t need a LM/LW. Likewise I offloaded James Morrison as I didn’t require an AMC. This money was used to buy Lucas Romero to play in CM, who is also useful as a DMC. Siaka Tiene was purchased as cover for Sebastian Pocognoli at LB, he proved to be a good signing and kept his place in the team due to good performances. Carlos and Carlos Fierro are two young strikers who were taken on loan for the season to give more options up front.

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I usually try to have 25 players in my squad: 2 players for each position and 3 goalkeepers although when you have no European football, I think 25 is too many. Generally I used the all the first choice players for all matches when they were available except for cup games, when I usually rested players for league games.  Anyway my 1st and 2nd choice 11 are shown below:

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Season Results

Premier League

We managed to win the league by 14 points, winning 30 games and scoring 101 goals. The points breakdown was 48 from home games and 47 from away games suggesting the tactic is equally effective home and away. The points tally of 95 equals the record set by the Chelsea team from 04/05. As can be seen from the results below, we managed 7 clean sheets in a row from the 25th October which was a nice achievement.

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Cups

No good cup runs this season, we were unlucky in both defeats, results could easily have gone our way due to the number of chances created. Resting some first choice players may also have had an impact.

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Best FM 2015 Tactics: Tinkerman’s Top Tips

  • Pre-season:  General training – team cohesion and fitness (alternate weeks) with high intensity, Match Preparation – match tactics.
  • During Season: General Training – balanced, Match Preparation – attacking movement for almost every game, except the games which were expected to be the most difficult where I used defensive positioning. It’s also worth considering advice from the opposition scout report.
  • Keep corner instructions as they are with the download but set your LB’s to take right sided corners and your RB’s to take left sided corners.
  • For opposition instructions use your assistant manager or coach with best tactical knowledge.

Best FM 2015 Tactics: Download

If  you would like to give the tactic a try follow the instructions below:

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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 Goalscoring Strikeforce’ into your game, then you will be able to select the tactic from the list.

Thanks for reading. Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know how the tactic works for you :)

The Tinkerman

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ivoergo
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ivoergo

Well, this is a surprising turn of events, I was expecting your new tactic because there have been reports the the Strikerforce doesn’t work as well for other people on 15.3.1.
It’ll be interesting to see the feedback now that you’ve officially left the tactic as is.

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

As mentioned in the post, I tried other variations but found the original to be the best

Chris Vasseur
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Chris Vasseur

The tactic file for the old one, and the new one, are the same?

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

Yes they are, as shown above, its still working perfectly for me

Via
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Via

Do you EVER change anything about the tactic in match?

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

I played this entire season with west brom purely as plug and play, I didn’t change anything at all, even to defend a lead or try to score a goal when behind (not that being behind happened much) :)

malcom x
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malcom x

it works perfect,everyone gets caught up in the hype. fantastic work

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

Thanks mate

Julio
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Julio

How about the throw in exploit?? Did you tested?

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

I didn’t try it with West Brom because I didn’t have a decent thrower I could train to have a bullet throw in move

Brutus
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Brutus

I’ve tried it with my Boro, and it works well. The only tactical change I’ve made to this tactic is to apply long throw-ins. Make sure you train the players you set to take LONG throw-ins individually both to adapt the long bullet throw technique, AND to initiate counter-attack moves with quick throw-ins. Two seperate training programs. Players I’ve had success doing this with are among others Bilal Ould-Chikh, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, and Micah Richards. Eat your heart out, Rory Delap.

ivoergo
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ivoergo

This is a good tactic, but I found very, very difficult to keep a clean sheet. Only if I’m lucky enough they missed their chances…otherwise, most wins are 3-2, 4-3 and so on.

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

Yes that’s true, a lot of high scoring games…exciting football. However West Brom had 16 clean sheets in the league in this save, not a bad return :)

ivoergo
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ivoergo

You should advertise your tactic more. It’s good, but has received barely any feedback. Much less than your tactics on previous patch.

fullsynchro
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fullsynchro

Won everything first season with liverpool :) thank you tinkerman :) screens on tinkerman fmbase post :)

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

Sounds good, glad its working for you :)

Mike
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Mike

So…just lost to a 10 man d2 team as chelsea with this.

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

Sounds bizarre, could be a freak result? a regular occurrence in football

ivoergo
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ivoergo

Are you working on new tactic(s), perhaps?

James
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James

do you have any advice? i am using your tactic with west brom

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

Hi James, sorry for the late response, assuming you have downloaded the tactic and followed all the advice this is surprising, are you playing with similar starting 11 as I did?

FOLK103
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FOLK103

good tactic win all 3 titles in england with southampton but doesnt work that well in champions league

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

Good stuff, however I have had much feedback of success in CL, maybe you have just been unlucky thus far :)

FOLK103
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FOLK103

Yea so i finally won champions league with southampton took me until 2019, keep up the work!

ivoergo
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ivoergo

I’ve completed 3 seasons with this tactic. It’s good, but far too unstable defensively. When you’re a small team, you’re overachieving, but always missing on titles because of it.

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

Yes its true the emphasis is on attack hence the amount of goals scored, its difficult to have the best of both worlds. A goal difference of 64 and 60 with west brom and crystal palace respectively during first season is pretty impressive. With regard to missing out on titles, I don’t really follow what you are saying

Kedifix
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Kedifix

What position you use for corners?
What is your rutine when had one player sent off?

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

RB for left sided corners and vice versa.
I usually take off the AF, but sometimes I have taken off one of the F9’s and it has worked as well :)

Rick
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Rick

What instructions should I use?

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

Hi Rick, sorry for the late response. What type of instruction do you mean?

Charlie Smith
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Charlie Smith

what did you do with individual training?

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

Hi Charlie, sorry for the late response. Generally I would follow coaches advice and train players for the role I am asking them to play. It may also be useful to train them for key attributes for the role they are playing.

Joe shotbolt
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Joe shotbolt

first two games…
villa away loose 5-1
west ham home loose 3-0

absolute joke of a tactic so far

any help??

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

Hi Joe. Who are you playing with? You must be doing something wrong, never got results like that before with this beast. Did you download the tactic and follow the top tips?

Michal
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Michal

Hi there, I am using your tactic with some succes. But sometimes I have a feeling, that forwards are too far from the rest of the team. My midfielders have problem with pass options then, so the loose the ball or just give it back. Any solution for this? I was thinking about learning my F9s to come deep for the ball..

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

Hi Michael, Yes that may help, also consider changing your F9s to DLF (s) which is what I do in the lower leagues :)

Michal
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Michal

Hi there, tried both, but it doesn’t seem to help. It’s not a big problem, but I want the F9 to by more active, when defending. They are just standing near the centre forward and waiting. My midfield trio is overhauled running as hell when opponent has a ball. Any idea how to help them without disruptin the attack? Thanks for your work ;-)

Danni Borchmann
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Danni Borchmann

So far working with north conference 9 games so far, and this is the results. Due to poor funds, its really hard to, get the ideal players for the tactic, but so far so good.

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

HI Danni, glad to see its working for you. Take stockport to the premier league :)

Arindra
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Arindra

Hi there, I use this tactic on my second season of Arsenal, and it really worked. But on the third season I didn’t get any goal from corner taking, its seems the AI figured out how to defend the corner.

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

Hi Arindra
Yes this can happen, you may need to adapt the tactic or change to another tactic for a while, then revert back to this tactic if you wish. Have a look at Darrens useful tactics guide – managing change, see link below:
http://www.footballmanagerstory.com/fm-2015-tactics-guide-managing-change/

Nags
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Nags

I have to say I have had no end of success with this tactic, it is the ultimate AI killer. Currently halfway through my 4th season with spurs, and my best season ever!!

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

Hi Nags, impressive results :)

Atum
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Atum

Do you have any kind of players filter? Btw, do you think it is better to adapt AMC to F9 or MC?

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

Hi Atum, I don’t sorry. To be honest it probably depends on the players ability and where he is more suited, also your squad balance, are you more in need of a CM or a F9. Hope this helps.

Mahasin Raihan
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Mahasin Raihan

Hi, Tinkerman. This tactics seem to be working fine for my Newcastle, but most of the time i lost narrowly (e.g 1-0) with ridiculous shots ratio (mine 27 vs 4 for opponent). I mean, do i need all players to focus on their finishing?

Alexsandre
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Alexsandre

Hi!
How to download a tactic?

Alexsandre
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Alexsandre

hi
how to download a tactic?

boxcarracer
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boxcarracer

Loving this tactic with Newcastle! Currently playing the SAF Challenge and save the Toons from relegation in the first season to currently battling Man Utd at the top of the table. Lost Ayoze Perez to Atletico but Ben Yedder is more than an able replacement! However, this formation is really a high-risk formation that will give you ridiculous scoreline or narrow 1 goal wins against opponents!

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