Whatever a player's remit going into a game, his ultimate aim is to get one over his opposite number. Whether it's a striker or a centre-back, post-game satisfaction is tempered by the success of your individual battles.
As someone who spent his playing days out wide locking horns with opposition full-backs, Peter Taylor - now coach of the England under-20 side - believes that unpredictability and setting up your opposing man will give you the best chance of coming out on top.
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"To me it's like the bowler with six balls in the over; I don't think he tries to get out every time," Taylor tells Performance.
"If he's going to go for a yorker, he's maybe going to go for it in the 3rd or 4th ball, and the one ball before that is going to be a short one."