What you can learn from... Hockey

Richard Mantell, full-back for Reading, England and Team GB, on how to improve your prowess from set-pieces

Know your role
“In hockey set-pieces are crucial. You may only get two or three opportunities in a match so you have to make them count, and it’s the same with football. In training, particularly near to matchday, you really have to hone your set-pieces. Every player needs to know their role and what they’re doing for each set-piece routine.”

Be innovative 
“Set-pieces are a great weapon for an attacking side but they can become predictable and easy to defend. You need to be innovative and have more than one set-piece in your locker. Players also have to be ready to follow up and pounce if there’s a rebound due to the goalkeeper not getting to the ball first time.”

More after the break

Focus on weakness
“Even without the high-tech analysis tools and equipment available at the top level, you need to pay attention to the potential gaps and opportunities available to you. Is a particular defender slow? Is another easy to turn? What way is the goalkeeper more comfortable diving? All these little things can make a big difference.”

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