Simon Davies on...
Scoring goals from midfield
It’s all about breaking forward from midfield and breaking at the right times but if you get into the penalty area anything can happen, you could get knockdowns, rebounds and so on.
To be honest it is all about instinct really, it isn’t something you can work on in training because the runs you make from midfield depend totally on how the move is unfolding and can change every time. It’s just in you and comes from experience. You can’t imagine the number of times I’ve made runs into the box and not scored or even seen the ball, but people never see that!
You can’t always make the break, you have to look around to see if any other team-mates have already gone into the box, then you either hold back or make a different run into space. Paul Scholes is probably the best in the world at making the right run, his reading of the game is superb.
If the forward has pulled out wide, there would be more of a gap in the middle but you have to be clever with your movement. If the forward is holding the ball up through the middle, he could play it back and then, if you make the third man run into the danger zone, you could get played in one-on-one with the goalkeeper.
As I said though, if you get in the box enough times, eventually you’re going to get the ball come to you by some means, don’t give up making those runs just because you don’t get the ball sometimes.