Master your finishing: Combination play in and around the penalty area

Defensive teams stifling your attacking prowess? Have the goals dried up? Don't transfer list the strikers just yet. This drill from the Nike Academy should help architect a change in fortune

When the opposition park the bus the only solution to creating a gap appears to be the firepower of a bazooka.

Failing that, you can use this drill from the Nike Academy's assistant coach, Matt Wells.

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This session develops an understanding between the midfield and attack, with link-up play, touch, control and passing your weapons of choice against the impenetrable fortress.

But when you break through enemy lines all that good work can go to waste when your striker finds the bushes, not the back of the net.

Having your frontman practise this drill will ensure you have the guile to breach the opposition's rearguard and the deception and lethal accuracy to convert the opportunity, as Wells explains.

"Once the player receives the ball on the opposite side of the defence he is trying to disguise his intentions and fool the goalkeeper to score a goal," he told FFT.

"He does this either through an extra touch to suck the goalkeeper out and possibly finish or to shape up one side of the goal, use his eyes and drag the ball into the opposite side."

You can find out more about how you can get involved with the Nike Academy, and watch the players’ progress this season, by visiting facebook and

For more football drills see:
Master your finishing: 1 v 1 attacking
Master your finishing: Three finishes in one
Master your finishing: Heads and tails
Master your finishing: Power shooting
Master your finishing: The toe poke
Master your finishing: Shots and blocks
Master your finishing: The reverse pass to cross and finish
Master your finishing: The serve and volley
Master your finishing: The four-way finish

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