Rickie Lambert: How to hit the back of the net

First touch is everything

“It’s important everywhere on the pitch, but especially when you want to give yourself that extra second or two to create scoring opportunities. When you receive the ball move it either left or right, depending on where you feel more comfortable. When the pass is coming in, try to keep a couple of yards between yourself and your marker. To do this, stay on your toes, then move towards your marker before quickly coming away from him in one movement. That will give you those vital extra milliseconds, which can make all the difference.”

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