Turning a corner? We can’t even take a corner!

It’s fair to say that Forest have never excelled at corners – certainly not in my time of supporting them since the late 80’s.  So even the late and great Brian Clough seemed to fall foul of our default state of rubbishness.  Aside from Breckin’s halcyon season of nodding in a number of goals from corner kicks, I can’t really remember a time when we were a consistent threat from them, that said, I do have a pretty bad memory!

The obvious joke I’ve heard a number of times is that the reason we’re so poor at attacking corners is because we only have our defence to practice against – and you only have to watch the panic that ensues – not just at corners, but whenever the ball is in our penalty area – to see why perhaps in training corner practice seems somewhat easier.  However, we are reaching new levels, beyond the bottom of the barrel, this season.

Even in times past, when we knew that we weren’t much cop from corners, we would get a bit excited – we’d add one to our goal’s scored tally and chant it, finishing up with a ‘come on you Reds!‘; now we just kind of sit there.  On our row we take bets on a number of outcomes:

  • Won’t beat the first man – 1:2
  • Straight into the keeper’s hands – 2:1
  • Over everyone and out for a throw-in – 4:1
  • Cleared by a defender unchallenged – 3:1
  • Forest player heads/kicks off target – 5:1
  • Forest player scores direct from corner – 14:1
  • Forest player score after scramble from corner – 10:1
  • Own goal scored from corner – 9:1

You get the general idea.  Frankly, the inability for a professional footballer to take an unchallenged set piece and put it into a dangerous position in the penalty area is criminal.  Perhaps not every time, we’re all entitled to make mistakes – but at least some of the time!  What’s worse is that our general crossing and freekicks (also not exactly strengths) are becoming equally insipid.  And don’t get me started on the series of desperate long balls we start launching at Earnshaw!

It’s all part of the wider problem that we don’t seem to be able to take advantage of the most basic of set plays in football.  In last night’s game with Sheffield United a player was fouled just outside the area, but the referee (rightly) played an advantage, I was gutted – we ended up with a corner.  Admittedly the freekick would inevitably have been thwacked into the wall or into the away end, but at least sometimes we conspire to get them on target.  Instead we had a corner which was inevitably cleared by the first defender.

I have no idea whether this is lack of confidence, lack of training, lack of ability, some kind of conspiracy to continue the trend of our awfulness at corners or some kind of ancient curse on the club that prevents us from profiting from such things – but whatever it is, it’s one of the many things that I hope is on the list of Smoulds and his team to get sorted.  The likes of Cohen, McGugan, Anderson etc should be capable of whipping in a decent cross at least every other corner.  Shouldn’t they?  If they aren’t, then perhaps they should relinquish corner-taking duties forthwith!

Then, having addressed the actual taking of the corner, we just need a Breckin-esque target in the middle – speaking of whom, has anybody heard anything about the whereabouts of our captain?  Given the nervousness and lack of experience in defence, I would have thought he would be just the kind of steadying influence we might crave.  Anybody would think he’s fallen out with Smoulderwood the way he’s disappeared completely…

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15 Responses

  1. CC OUT! CC OUT! CC OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!
    EXCUSES ARE RUBBISH! LEAVE!

  2. All the more reason to get him back in the team, he was highest scorer for us one season, not so many moons ago. I didn’t really rate him that much but whenever he has played this season, I don’t think he has done too bad. At least he is a bit steadier. Corners, well you have it all worked out NFFC. I’m not sure I could add to your insight on that. Many real and present problems surround the club with little time to sort them out. So the boys really should practice some corners and shooting in training from now on, two weak links in my opinion.

  3. Please put us and him out of our misery, there is no long term future in him, let him go while he can still walk into the Swindon job. Even the lad Benitez has given a new contract to is looking like a first year trainee now!!

    All I want for Christmas is a new manager cannot stomach another year in div 3!

  4. 16.47 and that fool for manager has still not been sacked… this club is rotten to the core.

    I refuse to go until he’s gone.

  5. Chambers scored a few from corners too.

    Here’s a couple to add to your list of possible outcomes nffc:

    Ref fails to spot blatent shove/waves away blatent penalty appeal: 10/1
    Forest take an outswinging corner: 100/1

  6. yeah but remember when cohen/davies first came to forest, they could both take a mean corner right into the danger area 90% off the time. but alas fatty commons came back from injury took over corner/set piece duties and it all got f****d up again. mcgugan’s not bad but the problem is our front three’s average height ca’nt be much more than 5’8″ so corners are generally wasted even when they do get over first man unless brekinbauer, chambers, big wes get there heads on it. anyway its calderwood’s fault!!!!!

  7. Megson.

    His Forest teams were good at corners and free-kicks.

    There you go Clueless, somebody of legendary status to aspire to. Give him a call for a bit of advice, or preferably a job where you’ll hit your peak e.g. part-time ball-boy

  8. Corners are the tip of the ice berg but you are spot on.We are a poor side under the current manager and coaching staff its one thing after another WE ARE ALREADY A HAIRSBREADTH AWAY FROM RELEGATION .

    WE ARE SHIT I HATE TO SAY IT

  9. Calderwood commented: “We got ourselves behind and in the first half
    YOU MEAN THEY SCORED A GOAL
    we were below par individually
    YOUR TEAM ARE MEANT TO PLAY FOOTBALL NOT GOLF
    and we suffered the consequences because of it.
    YOU MEAN THEY SCORED A GOAL
    “The difference in performance from Saturday was alarming
    WHY, WHY WAS IT DIFFERENT COLIN ? CLUELESS ABOUT THAT ONE EH?
    and we failed to do the necessary things.
    WHAT, WHAT BLODDY THINGS ?
    “We did better in the second half,
    YOU HAD A LIMP WRISTED HEADER, A DEFLECTED BACK HEADER FROM 15 YARDS WITH NO SENSE OF DIRECTION & THE OPPOSITION DEFENDER DECIDED TRIED TO LOB HIS KEEPER FROM 25 YARDS. SUM OF ALL OUR EFFORTS SECOND HALF.
    but we had a poor night with the ball
    YOU NEVER HAD IT BECAUSE YOUR TEAM COULDN’T PASS IT
    and struggled to create chances.
    BIT HARD WHEN YOU’VE NOT GOT THE BALL (IN THE FINAL THIRD)
    “We were second-best for a lot of the time
    DESCRIBING YOURSELF AS SECOND BEST IS GETTING WAY AHEAD OF YOURSELF MATE
    and they were dominant for large periods.
    THEY SAT BEHIND THE BALL WHEN 1-0 UP AND WERE A CRAP SIDE GOING FORWARDS
    They were on the front foot
    YOUR TEAM ARE MEANT TO PLAY FOOTBALL NOT CRICKET
    and we were forced to go long
    YOUR TEAM ARE MEANT TO PLAY FOOTBALL NOT AMERICAN FOOTALL
    and chase the ball.
    YOUR TEAM ARE MEANT TO PLAY FOOTBALL NOT TIG
    They worked as a unit, but we played like individuals.”
    YOU MEAN WE WERE CLULESS COLIN

  10. Steve Says:

    10 December, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Well said…

  11. Another Well Said Steve.!!! Bring our captain Brecks back please !!!!!If he is not even in the squad I hope some of you use the phone -in on the radio in to find out why not. A lot of us would love to know !! I´m praying for 3 points on saturday. It really is a MUST !!!! Or else ………………………………………….My other prayer might be answered !

    If we do go back down then Doughty and Arthur must be held resposible and do the right thing…They have opportunities now to do what is best for the club…but Arthur wouldn´t be here if the clubs interests were considered first..So where do we go from here. We keep 2 clowns..Maybe doughty fancies himself as another Billy Smart…..
    The Nottingham Forest Circus. Roll up Roll up… It´s Heartbreaking for us !!!!

  12. Where is Ian Breckin ???

  13. Where is he indeed! Lots of rumours, nothing concrete. But he does seem to have somewhat disappeared.

  14. wilson says he can´t put his finger on what the problem is…and he is the bloody stand in captain.
    Will someone ask him to read this blog and he might find a few answers!!! I´m beginning to despair !!

  15. Every morning I wake up and hope to read BBC sport.

    ‘Calderwood sacked as Nottingham Forest boss ‘

    …………………( fill in new boss name) to take over the struggling championship club.

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