Last 5 mins and you need a goal

Time's running out and you desperately need to score. Lump it forward, right? Not quite say Graham Taylor and George Burley

Every footballer has found himself (or herself) a goal down with five minutes to go. Most take the same approach: "Stick it in the mixer!" shouts the gaffer on the sidelines and they hurl the ball forward as quickly as possible. 

But in most cases, simply lumping the ball forward isn't going to have the desired effect. Unless you have some strategy behind you, all you're doing is playing into the hands of the big centre-halves who can stay in position and nod the ball away to safety.

More after the break

To find out how you and your team can become more effective in the final five minutes, we asked two former international managers: Scotland's George Burley and, first, England's Graham Taylor.

Also see:
Hughton: Last 5 mins and you need a goal
Defending corners: The essentials
How to defend when you’ve got the ball
Graham Taylor: playing the long ball
Graham Taylor: coping with criticism

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