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Players missing chances? Even the professionals do it…

When you see young players missing easy chances you can’t help but feel aghast that they chose the wrong option and the rest of the team will all have an opinion about what the player should have done to score the goal.

The best thing you can do is reassure them that they are not the first player to miss an easy chance, especially when they have made the wrong decision, like shooting with their right foot when it was tap in for the left foot or using their foot when a header would be much easier.

I always tell my young players that even the professionals miss easy chances and they shouldn’t worry that it happened. If you recreate the situation at your next training session without drawing attention to the fact that it happened in the match they played you can ask them which part of the body they should shoot with when the ball comes to them at different heights in different situations. Explain how each part of the body can be used for shooting.

With my players when they are feeling a bit low about things that have happened on the pitch I show them clips of how the professionals in the game can make the same mistakes…

Go to my blog and watch my top three missed goals of all time:

1: Ronny Rosenthal, Liverpool v Aston Villa

2: Kei Kamara for Kansas City v LA Galaxy

3: Jose Carlos Fernandese, for Allanza Lima

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