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Maringer
October 16, 2014, 11:50am
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An interesting video from Pat Nevin about why he thinks corners aren't much good any longer:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/29634200

It's the modern pitches to blame, apparently.

Doesn't quite explain why the opposition generally manage to put decent balls in when GTFC can't beat the man at the front post!  

Though our corners are generally rubbish, I'm of the view that fewer goals seem to be scored from corners these days probably because the players are getting taller and taller. Back in the day, you'd have just a few six-footers in the box but now most teams seem to have several players well over six feet tall and, with all the grappling that the officials allow, you just don't get the same opportunities that you once did.

Heck, even when we had Stick Jones and Young Futch playing alongside each other, we didn't score all that many headed goals.
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It is also all the shirt pulling and holding,

Modern players think it's all part of the game,

It didn't happen in my day.


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Pete is spot on. The holding and fouling results in very few opportunities
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I'd be interested to see how many goals Chelsea score from corners this year. Good delivery (Fabregas) plus some fantastic attackers of the ball (Terry, Ivanovic, Diego Costa, Cahill).


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Some of Pat Nevins comments dont apply anyway at this level, the astro strip along the touchline isnt that common down here but our "little islands" at each corner at BP have struck me as being a hindrance, chuck in the 5"or 6" step down to the cinder track that the players also negotiate...plus Brown probably has the littlest legs in our team so the fact he virtually has to do a hurdle in his run cant help i suppose.
Maybe Hurst should introduce short corner variations.



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Quoted from moosey_club
Some of Pat Nevins comments dont apply anyway at this level, the astro strip along the touchline isnt that common down here but our "little islands" at each corner at BP have struck me as being a hindrance, chuck in the 5"or 6" step down to the cinder track that the players also negotiate...plus Brown probably has the littlest legs in our team so the fact he virtually has to do a hurdle in his run cant help i suppose.
Maybe Hurst should introduce short corner variations.



How did Diddy Gilbert manage?


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I'd be interested to see how many goals Chelsea score from corners this year. Good delivery (Fabregas) plus some fantastic attackers of the ball (Terry, Ivanovic, Diego Costa, Cahill).


I can't think of anything I'd be less interested in.


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I think the 'step' at BP certainly makes it difficult to get a run-up for a corner. However, most of our opponents seems to manage quite well!

Personally, I reckon Thomas would be decent at corners as he seems to be able to hit his crosses in pretty firmly with little backlift. Doubt he'll get the chance, however, as his pace means he's also suited to being the last man at the back.
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How did Diddy Gilbert manage?


Different balls nowadays, different grass, different boot compounds,  players shorts back then were like hot pants allowing more unrestricted leg movement....


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Liverpool notched loads of goals from corners last season and were not a particularly tall team which is why they conceded a lot to.


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