Another dual entry in the ‘Castolis and Nouhei special goals stakes’ today. These two players have had a stunning second half of the campaign, both emerging as joint contenders for my player of the season.
First of all, here’s my current League table. With 8 matches left I still have an outside chance of the League title. In practical terms, though, a Champions League spot is probably the best I can hope for:
I played Liverpool and Arsenal back-to-back just before this pic was taken, and drew both matches 1-1.
There are still some disturbing CPU goals-scored figures on show there. West Ham in 7th place with 28 goals from 30 matches is particularly painful to look at. The league leaders themselves aren’t doing much better.
I did take a look around at the other countries’ leagues, and the situation seems to be much the same in those as well. You’d think a credibility-affecting issue like this would be simple for Konami to patch, and possibly as a high priority, but seemingly not. Humph.
Here’s the Castolis goal. It’s not a jaw-dropper by any means. It’s just a goal that pleased me—you know the type? They’re not going to win any contests, but they make you feel happy. For that one fleeting moment, and for a few minutes afterward, they make you feel happy, dammit…
I call these goals ‘golf-wedge’ shots. With his wrong foot too. A proper ‘swing and hope’.
It seems possible that PES2013 is the swansong for Master League as we have known it. If so, there will be no more members of the Castello/Castolo/Castolis family. They’re getting a worthy send-off in the form of this fella.
A match against Wigan ended 5-1 to me, with a hat-trick from none other than my defender Nouhei. Two headers from corners, and a penalty that was smashed straight down the middle.
I’ve started picking Hugo Leal as my second deep DMF alongside Coynborough. Leal is decent for his age and handles higher than his stats, but is prone to low stamina and bad form arrows. He probably only plays three in five matches.
When Leal isn’t available, I’ve got into the habit of making my second DMF a standalone CMF. Lurling is the man for this, and he’s a little terrier. In his first match as a deep CMF he must have made about 8 crucial saving tackles, seeming even more effective as a defensive midfielder than Coynborough, dare I say. So much so that I’ve spent 500 of my currently 4000GP on a position training card for Lurling. I’m going to make him a DMF and see what happens. I’m looking forward to finding out.
Speaking of Coynborough, he still hasn’t scored a goal in what must be over a season and half now. I keep trying to engineer an opening for him, with usually comical results. The shots always seem fated to be blocked, or just hopeless.
The one occasion on which I got a good shot off with Coynborough was from about 50 yards—seriously—and the ball flew and arced and dipped like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It flew towards the top corner. Here it is, I thought. My goal of the season. Perhaps my goal of PES2013…
The ball thudded back off the woodwork. Yep, that’s still happening. Hitting the post and bar is now such a normal part of playing PES2013 that I barely notice it. It’s this year’s central shooting.
Anyway, anyway. Nouhei’s special goal.
I’ve talked in comments over the past few days about how I have Nouhei set to go up for corners (and free kicks), and how he lurks in the vicinity afterwards.
Here’s a great example. Just before the action starts in the clip below, I’ve taken a free kick back towards my own defence, with Nouhei still stationed upfield.
Paccini gets the ball out wide. I know Nouhei is still in the box, and I decide to just launch the ball at him (L1+circle)…
Tee hee. A truly classic back-header from the big man. It put the seal on another great session. These are coming along thick and fast lately.