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Newcastle Defender Scores From Corner – Video Proof

8 years ago

I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes but here a Newcastle defender scores from corner.

It was only this weekend and watch the video footage below as Curtis Good scores a classy header from a well worked and executed corner kick drill…whatever will they think of next!

It came in the Kilmarnock v Dundee United Scottish Premier League match, which saw United run out 3-2 winners with Good’s impressive first on loan goal making it 2-2 and setting up the chance for them to go on and eventually win the game.

I know it is a well trodden path but if anything sums up the crazy inadequacies of Newcastle’s coaching team, especially Alan Pardew, it must surely be the corner kick shambles we see week after week.

I had to laugh pre-season when we scored from a corner in a friendly and afterwards Pardew tried to claim it as a result of great work on corners they’d recently been doing in training!

Likewise, we did score against both Norwich and West Brom from corners earlier this season but both were the result of shocking defending rather than any kind of bright ideas from the Newcastle training pitch.

Every team will work and work on corners and you only have to look at how many goals are scored by the top teams, not just your stereotypical Stoke City types, to see how important goals via this route are.

This goal by Curtis Good below, is typical of every team from Sunday morning teams right up to your Bayern Munichs/Manchester Citys, a right footer from the left and left footer from the right – whip it in and as it arcs towards the goal, any touch by an attacker (or even a defender) will make it very difficult for a goalkeeper if on target.

Instead at Newcastle we have repeatedly see the ball chipped or floated into the box and often to the back post, with a predictable feeble threat, in fact when Newcastle get a corner there is more threat to our own goal!!

A new low was reached recently when after Yohan Cabaye left, we were treated to the sight of Davide Santon becoming our new set-piece specialist despite having been here two and a half years and never having taken one.

In recent matches I have had to rub my eyes as Santon has at times trotted over all the way from his left-back position to take a corner on the right. Then a totally unthreatening floated corner which is then cleared and we are all terrified that a decent clearance will have their attacker one on one with last defender Vurnon Anita who can’t run to save his life…ironically in the position (last defender when we have a corner) where Davide Santon usually does such a good job!

I do despair, anyway – watch this Curtis Good well worked goal and just hope that he asks Dundee United if he can pass on the blueprint to this amazing new corner kick plan when he returns to Newcastle.

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