As I wrote at the end of the last part of my save with Reading I decided to change our formation from 4-3-3 to 4-3-1-2. It was very important decision for the third season as I wanted to make bigger impact in the Championship and finish higher than tenth in the league.
This post is not about results in the league and cup competitions but only about the new formation. Season summary will follow in the next post and you can expect more than good results.
The Set up
In the previous formation we played with Defensive Forward, Deep Lying Forward and Target Man. Only Target Man remained in the new formation as I moved one playr deeper to the Attacking Playmaker role and the second striker is Poacher.
The midfield trio were also changed. There is newly Deep Lying Playmaker with defend duty, Roaming Playmaker with support duty and Ball Winning Midfielder with support duty.
What about defensive line? There are changes as well. We now play with Full Backs with attacking duty and two Defensive Centre Back with cover and stopper duty.
After these changes I’m more happy with the centre backs playing style as they are able to attack ball more than with previous roles. The best example is this video where Jake Cooper steal the ball after opponent’s cross and he started the scoring opportunity.
So, the graphically formation is this one…
We play with Control mentality and Fluid team shape. The team instructions are:
The first match example of this formation is the EFL Cup match with Premier League side West Brom. We beat them 3-0 at home and just have a look at the match stats.
Another example is from away league match with Swansea. It ended with a 4-3 win for us and we had 20 shots/12 on target in this match. We were 3-0 up at half-time but the second half was a little bit crazy…
The first goal was scored after corner kick but you can take a look at pictures with all the passes before another three goals in this match.
I’m very happy with midfield roles as all of them playing what I want. Roaming Playmaker is very dangerous man in cooperation with Attacking Playmaker as he is able to score goal with placed shot just from the outside of the penalty area as I want from him to go forward and help our attacking movement.
Deep Lying Playmaker is a little bit deeper time by time but it depend which player is there. If there is Diego Poyet he is much higher than George Evans or Sandro Wieser. It really depends on each player.
Liam Kelly is my main Attacking Playmaker. I started with Shadow Striker role there but in combination of Target Man and Poacher the Shadow Striker was too high and I was lucky that these three players not injured themselves as they were too close to each other. Attacking Playmaker with support duty is more deeper and he can distribute passes around penalty area or through to one of striker.
There is Heat Map and Average positions (orange without ball, green with ball and blue average position) of Attacking Playmaker.
This gif is not about goal or chance. Just only wanted to show Kelly’s movement after defensive throw-in. He is back but made a move to the top as one of strikers has a ball, when ball is passed deeper, Kelly just go back deeper to get pass. He always offer option to other players despite he did not receive pass this time…
…and there is gif with two situations in a few seconds when he is under the strikers but always ready to help to the midfield trio and distribute the ball.
I hope it was not too much boring for you as I really enjoy to play with this formation. I’m at the end of the October in the third season and the results are these so far…
…if we can keep it like this it could be very interesting season for us.
Thanks for reading, @FMRensie