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Official Premier League analysis show Newcastle having a nightmare on set-pieces at both ends of the pitch.
Under Alan Pardew it was Cabaye to Williamson back post…we must have tried this tactic for at least 400 corners and it never worked.
This shows clear benefit of Rafa Benitez training ground magic..,just look at all these goals that have come from set-pieces.
A quite remarkable transformation under Rafa, to go from a situation under Pardew, Carver and McClaren where set-pieces leading to goals were such a rarity.
Must read – Alan Pardew (2 years without a goal from a corner at Newcastle) lectures the 24 teams at Euros on taking set-pieces – especially corners.
Newcastle have conceded at least one goal via set-pieces in each of the last five matches, a total of seven goals from corners & free-kicks in those games.
Author Rhys Melhuish believes that Ryan Taylor can really be ‘like a new signing’ for Newcastle if he can make it back to the first team.
In my view it is enough to focus the mind of a Premiership millionaire, without being excessive. Now departed, but Danny Guthrie would have been chomping at the bit at a bonus scheme like that; he could treble his wages for goodness sake!
Just look at Shane Ferguson’s great deliveries against Manchester United (when Cisse scored at Old Trafford) and against Brugge the other night…
For far too long our set-pieces have been downright awful. If my memory serves me correctly we scored one goal from a corner in the whole of last season, Demba Ba’s away to Wolves. A terrible return.
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