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INTERVIEW: Set pieces is an area we must improve on

David Holdsworth on indirect attacking situations

11 June 2019

Director of football David Holdsworth admitted this week that the lack of goals from indirect set pieces was a concern last season as the Blues struggled to make an impact from deliveries into the box from corners and free kicks.

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“That is definitely an area we want to address,” he said. “We’ve said before, We’re looking to develop a squad which is youthful, with some experience.

“The key to the experience we’re looking for is successful players, with knowledge of League Two. We have a generic profile of a team which is taller, fitter, stronger and leaner, and those types of players are out there.”

“As I say, part of what we’ve looked at is our performance at set pieces, because we didn’t score a goal from that source last season, which is ridiculous. That’s something we need to improve on next season.

“If you look at Lincoln, that was something they were very good at, and it doesn’t come down to how much money you earn. It comes down to having the right players to do the job.

“We can’t cope with teams that spend massive amounts of money, but there are areas we can improve on without having to spend vast amounts. A big one of those is set pieces, it’s something I’m a big believer in, and it’s something we must get batter at.”

Meanwhile reports that clubs from higher levels were already casting their eye over midfielder Liam McCarron brought the following response.

"There has been a little bit of interest in Liam and also in Jarrad Branthwaite from a number of parties," he said. "Both of our young players are being talked about, but that's normal."

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