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This was one of the first things i noticed two seasons ago while playing in the 3rd Division. We couldn't take a decent corner, free kick or cross. This is unacceptable for a professional footballer IMO. This should have been identified then and addressed through training. Yet we are still seeing it as of yesterday! We can all appreciate a good ball in, even when there is no one in the box you still say 'that was a good ball ' But these corners are regularly failing to get above knee height at the front post. It's a joke for a professional footballer. We should be picking the 2 or 3 best (of a bad lot) and drilling them until 9/10 of these are good. It's just another one of those things that's been going on since day one and has been so obvious it makes you wonder what they do in training all...morning.

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I sometimes wonder if we should find a place in the team for Stevie Smith,he is the only player we have who can take a dead ball.Blacks delivery must be the worst in proffessional football,Aird not much better.Macloud and Temps get about 1 in 5 right,not good enough.

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have to agree that more practice on set pieces is required

Not just practise in training, but staying behind after to practise on their own for hours at a time, like Beckham used to. Not sure how driven our younger players are to better themselves.

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A driven low ball from a corner is a fairly common tactic - we neay scored from that against Clyde and scored yesterday from it.

Anyway - good to have a wee moan about something - even better if the moan can be a wee bitch fest about the last couple of years training !

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A driven low ball from a corner is a fairly common tactic - we neay scored from that against Clyde and scored yesterday from it.

Anyway - good to have a wee moan about something - even better if the moan can be a wee bitch fest about the last couple of years training !

I'm eagerly awaiting the time honoured comment about how the players smile too much during training. :D

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A driven low ball from a corner is a fairly common tactic - we neay scored from that against Clyde and scored yesterday from it.

Anyway - good to have a wee moan about something - even better if the moan can be a wee bitch fest about the last couple of years training !

They aren't low driven balls, BP. They are failures. Constantly poor and it's been going on for a very long time. I pay my money to go along, i have every right to moan about it.

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Totally disagree with the above. I thought Lewis MacLeod dinked in many decent corners and free kicks yesterday.

It has been a problem, and some players definitely need to improve in this area but wee MacLeod is doing the business.

We must have been watching different games. He has been my inspiration for this post!

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They aren't low driven balls, BP. They are failures. Constantly poor and it's been going on for a very long time. I pay my money to go along, i have every right to moan about it.

I pay my cash to ! Just an opinion I expressing! J

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Shite corners pre-date dropping to Division 3. It's years since we had a consistently good corner taker, for a fair while it was Steven Davis and his regimented, "arms up" before failing tog et the ball past the first man, MacLeod and Aird have just taken over. As others have said though Steven Smith can hit a dead ball very well and although I don't think it's been said yet Peralta seems to have a good cross on him and has hit his set pieces well when he's taken them over the past year.

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sometimes they are decent, for example Jig's opener yesterday. I do agree in general though our free kicks and corners must be worked on.

I wouldn't even consider the one for Jig's opener a good cross :P

We've been poor at delivering from Set Pieces for way too long now, we're going back 5 years+ now and we haven't been good at them for a while.

Also for a team that defends with so many players behind the ball we concede from set pieces way too often.

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to be honest we have been like that for years it was the same under Walter the only ones capable are Steven Smith (who unfortunetley is pish), DaMarcus Beasley & Charlie Adam were decent back in the day but it was sole destroying watching Steven Davis or Nacho Novo float 99% of corners and free kicks into the goalkeepers arms and now unfortunetley the likes of Ian Black, Fraser Aird & MacLeod have taken over this duty, Barrie McKay is the best we have at it (not a specialist by any means though) other than Stevie Smith but unfortunetley McCoist doesn't know pace and skill when he sees it.

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