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I try to give my U14s licence to make their own decisions. This includes kick-offs, where I repeatedly tell them “I don’t mind what you do, so long as you have a plan”. 
 

Their plan goes roughly like this... 

 

Pass 20 yards back to CM. CM looks around cluelessly. Gets closed down. Lose possession.

 

There you go Garry. Have that alternative kick-off on me. 

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4 minutes ago, @owlstalk said:



Surely we'd have more territory if we played it to Adam Reach or Kadeem Harris and they took it up the pitch?

No because neither of them can beat a man, we would make it 5 yards past the halfway line before losing posession.

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I used to like it when JJ took the kick off, he’d just sprint at the opposition, trying to take on as many players as possible until he got fouled. I can only remember him doing it a few times but it generally got us on the front foot.

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I'd honestly really like Garry Monk to sit down with me and explain it so I can understand it


"So Garry this thing where we take a kick off by smashing it straight out for a throw in. What's THAT about?"

"Territory"

"Eh? We wang it out for a throw in, they take the throw in and immediately launch an attack into our half - how is that 'territory' exactly?"

"Well we gain an advantage because we smash it out for a throw in up in their half of the pitch so we gain territory into their half!"

"But they immediately take the throw and play the ball forward into our half?"

"yeah but... territory"

"But the territory only lasts 4 seconds at most?"

"yeah but remember.. territory innit"

"And how many times has this tactic ever won us anything? How many times have we got an early goal from your 'territory' advantage? In fact how many first half goals have we scored in 2020??"

"Errr... territory?"

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1 hour ago, Incognito Owl said:

I think we will kick it back to Wildsmith this time and score an own goal. Monk seems like a statistician man. He probably read somewhere, that if you boot it up field at the start we get an advantage somewhere.

lol

49 minutes ago, shezzas left peg said:

Shhh don't give him ideas for next year's kit... 

It may give us an edge though if the opposition are too busy laughing at us lol

@shezzas left peg reply, which he accidentally put in another thread.


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1 hour ago, @owlstalk said:


Watch the kick off in the next game

 

What usually happens is someone taps it to Bannan who just smashes it (deliberately) straight out for a throw in

Last game he switched it up. 

The ball got tapped to him so he smashes it straight to their keeper 

Either way we immediately give up possession to the opposition.


Does any other side do this?


Is this a tactic to somehow defeat some mystery illegal gambling thing going on or is it some weird Monk thing? Or is it a Barry Bannan thing?

Anyone know why we do this at every single kick off?

Started a post on this 2 weeks ago. You could have just uploaded that, instead of stealing my insight 😂

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1 hour ago, @owlstalk said:


Watch the kick off in the next game

 

What usually happens is someone taps it to Bannan who just smashes it (deliberately) straight out for a throw in

Last game he switched it up. 

The ball got tapped to him so he smashes it straight to their keeper 

Either way we immediately give up possession to the opposition.


Does any other side do this?


Is this a tactic to somehow defeat some mystery illegal gambling thing going on or is it some weird Monk thing? Or is it a Barry Bannan thing?

Anyone know why we do this at every single kick off?

Not getting the best out of Bannan...

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2 hours ago, @owlstalk said:


The ball got tapped to him so he smashes it straight to their keeper 
Anyone know why we do this at every single kick off?

It was obviously a pre-arranged plan...Windass forgot to run after the ball.....

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4 minutes ago, Lombardo said:

It was obviously a pre-arranged plan...Windass forgot to run after the ball.....

 

 

'Windass'?

Show some respect and refer to him by his full name ffs

 

It's Josh 'end of move' Windass


 


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2 hours ago, @owlstalk said:



Surely we'd have more territory if we played it to Adam Reach or Kadeem Harris and they took it up the pitch?

Reach take it up the pitch, haha best joke today that. He’d run up the pitch a few feet until one of the oppos got near him then mesh it, check inside and pass back to bannan who would have by now trotted over to the left back position.

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1 minute ago, GLOwl said:

Reach take it up the pitch, haha best joke today that. He’d run up the pitch a few feet until one of the oppos got near him then mesh it, check inside and pass back to bannan who would have by now trotted over to the left back position.



We'd still have won more 'territory' than  smashing  it out for a  throw in 


 


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3 hours ago, @owlstalk said:


Watch the kick off in the next game

 

What usually happens is someone taps it to Bannan who just smashes it (deliberately) straight out for a throw in

Last game he switched it up. 

The ball got tapped to him so he smashes it straight to their keeper 

Either way we immediately give up possession to the opposition.


Does any other side do this?


Is this a tactic to somehow defeat some mystery illegal gambling thing going on or is it some weird Monk thing? Or is it a Barry Bannan thing?

Anyone know why we do this at every single kick off?

 

I would have thought anyone would have sussed it by now.

Barry is practicing long kicks for his corner taking role.

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40 minutes ago, Kopparberg said:

“BOX EM IN THEN !!” 
 

Someone from the Kop would always shout 

"AwaaaaaaaY".........Me favourite shout.....

"Time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Time!"""......".FFS"

"OUt it.,..Out it!!!!"

Me best one was was when Waddle was through on the wing, and Hirst was runnin' through the middle...I'd had a few in the New Barrack pre match and stood up to shout 

"Through the middle Waddle"

Me mate to this day says I just stood up and maniacally shouted 

 

 

 

"Widdle Waddle Widdle Waddle"

 

I don't think I did....

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