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I think one of the most disappointing things about the game yesterday was our set pieces. Time after time we tried to play a short ball and work it into the box rather than crossing it in. It’s fine doing this once in a while but other times a good cross into the box works wonders. 

I’m not sure it’s even orders from the manager. Smith made a point of saying that he thinks goals from cbs are vital and in Mings and Engels we have two attacking defenders who can score. I think at times Jack and McGinn try to rush things as they see an opening or a chance. Yesterday there was even one corner taken before the cbs had even got into the box. 

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We were taking most of our corners as short corners last year as well. It's clearly the plan and I don't like it. 

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50 minutes ago, sidcow said:

We were taking most of our corners as short corners last year as well. It's clearly the plan and I don't like it. 

Same.  Or, at least, I like it some of the time but let's actually **** cross the ball on occasion too.  Mix it up a bit!

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And when we did play it long the delivery was terrible for the most part.

When our two dominant cbs get into the box we need to make the ball count. We are going to be relying on them for a fair few goals.

 

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It does seem to be a weakness in our team unless we fields Hourihane. I recall McGinn passing it directly to a Bournemouth player. I don’t know if it was just a kind of panic situation but it also does my head in when a professional footballer can’t even beat the first man on a set piece. 

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Christ our corners have bad this season. Even with Conor on today we just don’t deliver them into the box dangerously. Yes Burnley have a team of behemoth’s, but with wesley, Engels and Mings were a hardly short. I just don’t understand our thinking at times. 

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Its very annoying as El Ghazi and Trezeguet arent small either. Plus Hourihane, Jack, Jota, Luiz and even McGinn are capable at set pieces

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We play short corners against the bigger (taller) sides. Did it last season too. Smith and the coaching staff will have all the stats to back it up. I really don't think it's an issue.

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No idea if it's John Terry or someone else who is drilling us on defensive set pieces but we are horrible at it, probably the worst team in the PL.

It's a particularly bad situation as we commit quite a lot of fouls in dangerous areas and are also pretty poor in the air.

I'm not expecting us to become England at the last WC, but we must improve on set pieces, both attacking and defending.

"Easy" goals on both ends will add up over the season, we can't afford to give team this advantage.

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1 minute ago, sne said:

No idea if it's John Terry or someone else who is drilling us on defensive set pieces but we are horrible at it, probably the worst team in the PL.

It's a particularly bad situation as we commit quite a lot of fouls in dangerous areas and are also pretty poor in the air.

I'm not expecting us to become England at the last WC, but we must improve on set pieces, both attacking and defending.

"Easy" goals on both ends will add up over the season, we can't afford to give team this advantage.

We should know we are poor at set pieces so when we have free kicks we should be playing low bouncing balls that our smaller players can win easier and make it harder for the defenders to read. Defensively we seem to have our entire team in the box no one was on the edge of the box to close down a shot.

Against Brighton I was really annoyed when targett skyed the free kick because after trez walked away he was on the edge of the box with no around him. Should have just played it to him and let him have a crack. 

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Hard to score from corners when we don't get corners in the first place due to having to defend most of the time. Currently, we are the 4th worst team in terms of corners won in the premier league.

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Is it very much “old school” to have two players protecting either post now?  We clearly don’t do it, but can’t think if other sides in the Premier League still do?  

Last I can remember for us was Albrighton saving us about three or four certain goals a season doing it. 

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