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Tacit Tactics

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Here is the A plan: we play four-four-two,
with half-backs cutting in from either wing.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Two centre backs routinely clearing
to midfield men who play the forwards through.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Here is the main man: the ref’s lips will blow
when wayward sinners wildly lunge, and bring

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 (unless requested for the quickly-taken sting)
the wall to ten paces reluctantly and slow.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 This is the B plan: extra time will glean
a golden goal, like so many we could name,

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 from other days when foreign songs were sung.
The match is on a knife edge, and among

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 slow deep defenders, stealthy and unseen,
some silver-booted striker steals the game.

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Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/tacit-tactics/