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Same as you, was ahead of it’s time 

 

Ive also enjoyed watching some of our set pieces this season

 

Was a shame the corner on Saturday didn’t come off as look like it was going to be a good move to get Reach free for a howitzer from range

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Player runs over the ball going down the line and then gets a pass from free kick taker who slides it down the line. Player then gets behind the defence and crosses the ball into the box. Fortunately we messed it up in the league Cup Final as Harkes slipped and the rest is history.

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9 minutes ago, @owlstalk said:


One of mine was definitely the John Sheridan one at Luton away when he just flicked the ball up then volleyed it into the net


Yours?

 

Was that a routine or a one off?  I used to like that little side pass to Worthington who then went to down the outside to cross in, got us two or three goals.

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4 minutes ago, Errol Flashman said:

The old dummy down the line and cut back. 

Sheridan/Worthington 

It is amazing how often this seemed to work back then.

 

Must have been 4 goals using that routine in our League Cup winning run alone.

 

Wouldn't keep getting away with it now. Too many video analysts.

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Not a free kick, but my favourite kick off routine is where the ball is played back to Barry Bannan who launches it for a line-out about 20 yards out from their goal line. 

 

Inspired stuff.

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3 minutes ago, Errol Flashman said:

The old dummy down the line and cut back. 

Sheridan/Worthington 

 

2 minutes ago, Ronnie Starling said:

Player runs over the ball going down the line and then gets a pass from free kick taker who slides it down the line. Player then gets behind the defence and crosses the ball into the box. Fortunately we messed it up in the league Cup Final as Harkes slipped and the rest is history.

This^^.  It was like our trademark back in the early 90s. It worked us a chance on goal 9 times out of 10.  Everyone knew it was coming but the opposition just couldn't handle it.  It's our best freekick routine bar none.  

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14 minutes ago, @owlstalk said:


One of mine was definitely the John Sheridan one at Luton away when he just flicked the ball up then volleyed it into the net


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Not been many at all but that was probably the best.

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An old one from the Wilkinson days that I've hardly seen again since. It probably will be a little confusing written down though. So let me use a picture...

 

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At the whistle, C starts his run up towards the ball as A knocks it short to B and it looks like they are trying to improve the angle for the shot around the wall to the right. Anyone charging out from the area is attracted towards the ball. But as C gets there, B plays it through A's legs and into the path of D who has a much clearer shot at goal. We did this quite a few times and I'm pretty sure we scored directly from it at least once. In the days of not being on TV often we got away with this for ages and it might be in one of the old YouTube videos somewhere, but I can't remember a specific example.

 

 

 

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I really don't know why we didn't try the little backheel to David Hirst and subsequent thronk into the corner more often, that seemed quite effective at Old Trafford.

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28 minutes ago, @owlstalk said:


One of mine was definitely the John Sheridan one at Luton away when he just flicked the ball up then volleyed it into the net


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Went unnoticed until Le Tissier did it then the press were drooling over it. (Le Tissiers not Shez')

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Sheridan was the master of free kicks. The most memorable routine was the famous dummy run and down the line free kick in the early 90s, that caught Man United out in the Cup Final as they were expecting it along with the commentators it seemed.

 

Seems like ages since we have had a real set piece specialist. Our set pieces seemed inventive and highly effective during the 90s and led to many goals but we also conceded lots from set pieces around that time too, getting caught out with headers in particular. 

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Brentford away 

 

Brunt runs up like a T-Rex 🦖 and smashes it over the back of the away stand. 

 

Intelligent way to waste time and almost as good as a goal. 

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17 minutes ago, @owlstalk said:


One of mine was definitely the John Sheridan one at Luton away when he just flicked the ball up then volleyed it into the net


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I was at Luton when Shez did that - the away end was behind that goal if I remember correctly.  We all went fvvcking mental when it went in.  Matt Le Tissier did exactly the same thing a few weeks later on MOTD and was credited with innovating it.  I was furious but when I sat and though about it, I think Frank Worthington did it before Shez - so maybe it should have been the Leicester fans that felt aggrieved (I say Leicester fans but it could have been fans of one of the other 40 clubs FW played for in his 400 year professional career).  

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