Some scientific discoveries come about after painstaking, goal-oriented lab work finally yields the result that a researcher is trying to find. But many of the most incredible innovations in the world came about when someone discovered something they were not looking for initially. In some cases, these are the result of a genuine accident. Lucky accidents have allowed people to find unexpected but useful side effects. That is most certainly the case for my new corner routine; the Delayed Fuse.

I stumbled across this setup purely by accident. I have experimented with short corner setups before, trying to find a way to maximise the efficiency of my corner routines. In a succession save with Rijeka, I simply forgot that I did not have to set a corner taker, which meant I ended up with two instead of one short options. What happened next was interesting.

As you can see, there are two short options. The presence of two short options is remarkable because you are only able to set a single short option in Football Manager. Even more remarkable, despite the presence of not one but two players in the corner of the pitch, no opponents are marking these players initially, and no opponents are stepping out to pressure them once they receive the ball. Only as they look to dribble inside the penalty area are they pressured by defenders.

The lack of defensive activity makes a short option, followed by either a dribble or a player taking his time to pick a pass, an attractive alternative to having more effective corner routines. Instead of lumping the ball forward to a specific spot in the hopes of finding a player left unmarked or simply of superior aerial prowess, you are going for a slightly more systematic approach that gives the passers more time to pick a pass. From that point on, it still boils down to finding a player left unmarked or simply of superior aerial prowess, but you are playing with the odds, trying to tip the scales in your favour.

The corner setup I devised was initially a short corner setup I have dubbed Delayed Fuse, which you could download from my Patreon page. The slight tweak that turned it into this monstrosity is me having forgotten the setup comes with a pre-ordained corner taker and setting a manual corner taker to override the default settings. Suddenly, I ended up with two short options.

Naturally, this additional tweaking is some sort of glitch. It causes events to happen which shouldn’t happen. The regular Delayed Fuse setup, without the two short options, is still fairly effective in most games.

And as I was (finally) about to hit the big blue “Publish” button, I booted up Football Manager again, only to see the game had been patched and this entire article has been made redundant. Bollocks.

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Guido is the founding father of Strikerless and main nutjob running the show.


Guido is the founding father of Strikerless and main nutjob running the show.


Gareth Phillips · January 26, 2019 at 7:36 pm

How did you get 2 short options?

Alex · January 29, 2019 at 12:43 am

Gudio .I just want to see how u manage to get two players available for short pass at corners .I know u wrote the update ruined it .but would it be possible to upload a screen shot of what u had .just want to see player positions to make those 2 players available

Rogue Division Agent Bwortang (@Bwortang) · February 15, 2019 at 11:46 am

I’ve only been logging on FM every couple of days so keep forgetting that if my current corner tactic doesn’t result in a goal, chances are the clearance goes to an unmarked striker who has half the pitch to himself with 8 of my players scrambling back, I haven’t conceded yet from this, as the striker usually bottles it, but I do need to change this before I get promoted to the premier league where quality and composure will do me some damage. Long throw tactic I can confirm is still working a treat though!

    Guido · February 15, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    The glitch is gone, sadly.

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