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PapaJohn Posted on 6/11 10:03
Defending Corners - why nobody left up front?

I think this has been discussed b4.

But why when we are 1-0, 2-0 down do we continue to have all players back inside the box.

50% of corners are collected by Arnie who races to the edge of the box and finds nobody available to pass to. Result is , game stops, both teams re group and play is started as if it was a standard goal kick ie 50/50 posession.

Is it a statistical thing, a tactical thing ? I dont know why teams do it , we are not the only ones , Robbo , SMAC and Gate do it I just dont know why?

Anyone?

kermit_the_smog Posted on 6/11 10:06
re: Defending Corners - why nobody left up front?

I've posted many times about this subject, can't be arsed going into detail again but yes, its really annoying and I hate it.

Kilburn Posted on 6/11 10:17
re: Defending Corners - why nobody left up front?

It is a really stupid idea.

I wonder if the likes of Woodgate and Huth really want someone like Yakubu back in the box when they are defending corners?

I'd imagine that they would want him up the pitch to make sure that their clearances don't come straight back, and not cluttering up the penalty area where he is as likely to be a liability as an asset.

BigBadSteve Posted on 6/11 10:19
re: Defending Corners - why nobody left up fr

All the Boro youth teams do exactly the same, from under 13 up. It's really frustrating.

BoroMutt Posted on 6/11 10:20
re: Defending Corners - why nobody left up fr

It's a real pet hate of mine. It just invites attacking teams to load up the penalty area. Tell me how much use defensively is someone like Stewey D? Leave him up the pitch and you can guarantee that teams will leave at least one extra man back to mark him. Other teams frequently leave two little speedsters up the field. Our defending of corners generally is "heart in mouth" time and we need to sort it out. It's not as if we don't have the players to dominate the area, we do but we frequently concede badly either from the corner or from a cleared ball which is not closed down.

PapaJohn Posted on 6/11 10:30
re: Defending Corners - why nobody left up fr

u mean at Sheff Utd and Watford and Reading - conceeded as a result of poor defending of a corner!

Leave 2 up front they need to leave 3 or 4 to counter.

If you're 2-0 down why cant we change?

tarquin_foxglove Posted on 6/11 10:31
re: Defending Corners - why nobody left up fr

It depends how many people you want marking zones/positions rather than men in the box.

Boro have 2 on the posts and 1 in front of the near post plus the keeper.

In the Newcastle game, Parker was covering the front post area to stop shorts or flick ons and then when it went long he had to drop back to the near post. He didn't make it and Yak scored.

If they had put an extra man on the post rather than having him up front the game would have finished 0-0.

rararasputin3 Posted on 6/11 10:36
re: Defending Corners - why nobody left up fr

It must be an idea formulated by our supposedly marvelous coaches.

Kilburn Posted on 6/11 10:47
re: Defending Corners - why nobody left up fr

A lot of good coaches do it, but I think it is the wrong choice for a team that is as dominant in the air as we are at the moment.

I could see an argument for crowding out the opposition in our box when we had Southgate and Riggott at centre-back, but with Woody and Huth plus Poga and Davies we have more than enough aerial strength not to need to.

grantus Posted on 6/11 10:55
re: Defending Corners - why nobody left up fr

When they told us they wanted continuity, I didn't for a second think it meant 11 men in the box defending set pieces.


Smoggy_jay Posted on 6/11 10:55
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double post

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Smoggy_jay Posted on 6/11 10:56
re: Defending Corners - why nobody left up fr

ill assume u didnt see the attempts at headed clearances that Andrew "Championship At Best" Davies made on saturday.

however with mad dog, woody and huth we shud have enough and it is frustrating to watch 11 red shirts in the box every corner

Kilburn Posted on 6/11 11:08
re: Defending Corners - why nobody left up fr

Yes I was there, and saw Davies win the ball under pressure numerous times at corners. I thought he was very good in the air on Saturday.