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Villa Corners & Set Pieces



I have tried to work out how many goals we have scored from corners this season. I think the current total is three (at Arsenal, West Ham and Newcastle)??

If we have averaged 8 corners (?) per game that means we have had over 200 other opportunities.

I am not overly concerned that we have not scored many, but I think it is worrying that we rarely look dangerous. I believe it fairly simple why this is the case ..... if you keep doing the same thing, you will get the same result. I think now is the time for a football manager to instruct his team to do something radically different at set pieces.

At the moment what happens with us (and most teams) is we get a corner, the keeper organises the defence, the centre half's join the attackers and a midfielder lumps the ball in the box once everything is organised. The result is that once every 8/9 games a goal is scored. Lets try different things, at the very least it will be
difficult to score less than we currently are.

How about a soon as we get a corner, the nearest player immediately places the ball and aims towards the penalty spot. No faffing around. If our team are ready for this surely that would give us an advantage. How about having nobody in the box for a corner? Instead everybody waits 15 yards outside the box. Then when the corner taker runs up to take the kick, everybody runs to pre agreed places. It may look strange but how would it be defended?

At the moment we are not even making the opposition think. By doing something different you will get different results. What is there to lose? These are only
suggestions but the alternative is more of what we have been doing..... and that hasn't been an unqualified success has it? Lets make the other team think, lets have some inspiration and creativity.

Then maybe, we can add a few extra goals a season into the 'goals for' column.

Article by utv-sotc



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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 7 2007

Time: 11:28AM

Your Comments

God article. Its true, we are crap at set pieces then again I can't remember a time when we were any good at them, except for all those headers Alan Evans used to score from corners...how long ago is that?
jonah
would be good to have a bit of variety a la the shirt corner or the outside of the box volley. We have carew now so he can just stand and nod it in when it comes over. sorted.
tylervilla
Trouble is O'Neill, unlike many modern thinking coaches, Allardyce, Wenger, Mourinho, doesn't believe in practising attacking set pieces, so he says. He leaves it to the players to sort. As an aside both Carew, Maloney and Young especially have very good and interesting free kicks. Yet since they joined neither has taken one ????? Praise be the Ori, keep the faith
avfc48
Spot on avfc48. I saw an interview with Cottee and Izzet on Football Focus I think where they were talking about MON. They said they never practiced corners, coz MON believes if you cross the ball into the right area, and then attack it with your big men you would score goals. Seemed to work well at Leicester but not so well with us for some reason.
DeanoVilla
make that a short not a shirt corner.
tylervilla
Alan whooooo! way before my time, ; ) set pieces are not a strong point for Villa at the moment, doing them or defending against them, I would be expecting MON to sort this problem out sharpish, but we shall see.
steff_the_villan
I remember our team tried the standing on the edge of the box trick at U14's and we found it pretty effective so why not :-) It works well because the defenders have to be careful which men they track and the attackers have the advantage of already running in a direction to attack the ball. You're very right though that there's little innovation when it comes to corners and so this may be an extra weapon.
claret&blue82
What about Derek Mountfield? 89/90 he scored an amazing 8 goals most of them from the same McGrath/Nielsen flick on at the near post with him forcing it over the line any way possible
2fishinatank
When we defend corners we seem to bring all our players into 18yard box. So if Tommy collects the ball he doesn't have anyone to throw or kick too. Why don't we leave Gabby or Ashley around the centre circle and the opposing team would need to leave two men back. Otherwise they would leave the single defender standing. We have been awful at set pieces and throw ins for years, so its going to take some time to sort but we'll get there, just like the revolution!!
Quania
Early days for Carew, Young and Maloney, I am sure they will be taking the free kicks and getting on the end of crosses etc, the new players are still bedding donw at their new club.
col8
Barry's coming on for England!! And give Petrov time he will come good at free kicks.
iomvilla
Yeah.. I remember the good old Paul Mcgrath flick at the near post. I remember Big Ron reviving the routine when he was here. Seemed to work then too.
Rawlie
Bouma looked pretty handy at taking corners against chelsea. He got some real whip on 'em. Give freddie a go!!
weller77
With the players we have adept at taking control at dead ball situations, we should certainly have a considerably higher success rate than we currently have.
glensider
 

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