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Youth Team
Mar 19, 2011
In common with many other teams we do seem to have difficulty in getting full advantage from the humble throw-in. My case against the long throw is rather weakened by the clumsiness of Charlton's CBs a couple of weeks ago, and I do seem to recall that we scored from one in an away game ?last season; but those examples aside, and looking back over several years, back to the time when Johnny Herd was the specialist, we really have had precious little return from the long throw. And when you think that a long throw takes up to a minute of preparation while Leonard arrives from afar and then indulges in the theatricals of ball wiping and waits (on the very odd occasion - Charlton anyone?) for the opposing subs to allow him free passage, you do wonder if there might be a more constructive way of using the throw-in.
Although these thoughts have been with me for a considerable time they have really come to the fore as a result of the Sheff U game: we were very nearly a goal down within 40 seconds, and that was because they took the throw without hesitation, and had a runner to target, and he then only had the challenges of accuracy and Ted Smith to overcome. (For those of you not in South Bank I can assure you it was a close thing!) And that wasn't the only quick throw we saw from the Blades.
On the other hand, my feeling about our own throw-ins over a period of years is that they largely seem to be pedestrian affairs: movement off the ball can be slow, or occasionally non-existent, and I do wonder how often a Southend throw is a seen as a real attacking threat by the opposition.
I'm sure corners and free kicks get their fair share of rehearsal time at Boots & Laces. Do any of you who see training from time to time see any routines aimed at improving the effectiveness of the throw-in?