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edited February 11 in Swansea City

Staggering stat, of no shot on target from 52 corners, since last game of 2019  !!!

From Wales Online article...

Defensive set plays were a major weakness of Swansea City's last term.

Graham Potter's side conceded a staggering 24 times from set-pieces in the Championship, the most of any side in the division during the course of the 2018/29 season.

It meant 39 per cent of the league goals they shipped in the previous campaign came from set plays.

Those figures have dramatically improved under the current regime, though.

Earlier on in the campaign, captain Matt Grimes hinted at the training-ground work the Swans had been doing to improve when it came to defending their goal from corners and free-kicks.

And Swansea's current tally of just six goals conceded from set plays in the 2019/20 campaign is the joint-best alongside Blackburn.

At the other end of the pitch, Swansea netted 11 league goals from set-pieces under Potter last season.

They've already managed 10 under Cooper in the Championship this time around. Although they haven't looked like adding to this tally for some time.

This was once again highlighted during the 3-2 loss to Derby.

Swansea had a total of three corners against the Rams. The first two - taken by Wayne Routledge and Grimes - were both cleared by Wales international Tom Lawrence at the front post. Yan Dhanda's cross landed near the penalty spot, although that was also cleared by Derby at the first attempt.

And the Swans' return from corners of late make for pretty grim reading.

Cooper's men have not scored directly from a corner since Andre Ayew netted the equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Blackburn on December 11.

The Ghanaian rose above the Rovers' defence to head home Grimes' cross from what was Swansea's third of 12 corners against the Lancashire outfit.

And they have not even managed to register an effort on target from a corner since Ayew had a header saved by Austrian Samuel Sahin-Radlinger when Swansea drew 0-0 with Barnsley in their final game of 2019.

Since that attempt on target by Ayew, Swansea have had a total 52 corners, failing to score or even hit the target from a single one of them.

In total, they have not scored directly from any of their last 73 corners. And a significant number of those were cleared by the opposition player defending the front post, which is no doubt hugely frustrating for Swansea's own defenders who make their way up the pitch in anticipation of good set-piece deliveries.

It was a concern one member of the Jack Army alluded to during a recent fans' forum.

Leon Britton, Trevor Birch and Cooper were all in attendance as supporters quizzed the trio on all things Swansea City at Taibach RFC.

And speaking days after the 2-1 win over Wigan, Cooper admitted his side had been working on the problem on the training ground.
Matt Grimes strikes the crossbar with a free-kick during Swansea City's loss to Stoke

Swansea attempted to put some of that behind-the-scenes work into action in the away matches with Stoke and Preston, with Grimes, Bersant Celina and Conor Gallagher among those to play key roles in the corner routines.

However, they failed to reap any rewards.

And it was the defeat to Stoke that sadly got fans trawling through the history books once again.

Just two minutes after former Swan Sam Clucas put the Potters ahead at the bet365 Stadium, Grimes rattled the crossbar with an almost inch-perfect free-kick from 20 yards out.

The skipper has gone close from free-kicks on numerous occasions in the last 18 months or so, although it means his tally of goals for Swansea remains at three, with two of those efforts being penalties.

Celina bulged the net from a free-kick in the pre-season win over Exeter while his effort from a dead-ball situation helped Swansea level proceedings in last season's FA Cup fourth round comeback win over Brentford, although it was actually an own-goal by the Bees' goalkeeper Luke Daniels.

It means you have to go all the way back to April 30, 2017 for the last time Swansea scored directly from a free-kick.

On that occasion, Gylfi Sigurdsson once again lived up to his Iceman nickname as he coolly slotted beyond David de Gea to earn Swansea what was a vital point against Manchester United as Paul Clement's side avoided relegation in dramatic fashion.

Since that moment of magic from Sigurdsson at Old Trafford, the Swans have had 67 free-kick attempts at goal, failing to score with a single one.

Back to this season, only Middlesbrough (32) and Wigan (29) have managed fewer than Swansea's total of 37 Championship goals, which is somewhat remarkable given that Cooper's men are in ninth place, just four points adrift of the play-off places.

So there's no doubt that as a side who are finding goals more difficult to come by than others this term, Swansea need to improve when it comes to attacking set-pieces.

The visit of Queens Park Rangers - who have conceded the joint-second most goals (15) from set plays in the Championship this season - could be the ideal time for the Swans to improve on these numbers.

Comments

  • Pretty impressive,  52 corners from 6 games , must be good goal keeping  or defensive  blocks ,
  • During his spell with the u23's I watched Byers consistently deliver quality free kicks and corners. I therefore fail to understand why Cooper watches Grimes and to a slightly lesser extent Celina, deliver such poor quality dead balls. Why not give Byers the opportunity, he can't do any worse ?

    It seems to me that just as with his set up and tactics, Cooper is reluctant to try anything different. I've said so many times that when the opposition know what you are going to do, defending is easy.
    barryJeff_Cowbridge
  • I think the problem is partly lack of quality in delivery - but also a lack of imagination. We are not equipped to win aerial duels but we insist on lumping it into the "mixer" and hope for the best. What we actually need is some movement and balls played to feet or whipped into strikers who are in front of their marker not arm wrestling with them.
    deekay
  • Just like  the short corner that led to Wilmot's winner against  Cardiff  , straight off the training pitch 
    Jackareme
  • Malc said:
    Pretty impressive,  52 corners from 6 games , must be good goal keeping  or defensive  blocks ,
    All I can say is, your easily impressed then ! 
    Did you not notice this part of the article either? ~~>

    In total, they have not scored directly from any of their last 73 corners. And a significant number of those were cleared by the opposition player defending the front post, 
  • What a goal , Grimes into Naughton,  back of the net 
    There you go j4cka 
    Chris_Sharman
  • Hoorah!! Much better stat. that’ll be 1 in 74 now. {~:
    Chris_Sharman
  • Sky flashed up a stat last night that we have scored 10 of our 39 goals from corners, directly or indirectly. This really surprised me as I was with the sentiment of this post. How indirectly are they allowing?
  • I saw that stat as ell @ColinNorthampton - and I think it was sloblocks. Apart from the Wilmot goa v Cardiff i am struggling to think of another!
  • Incidentally I have commented elsewhere about some positives from the Hull game - one other i forgot to highlight was the much improved variety of our dead ball efforts. Credit (finally) to Cooper and team.
  • Not sloblocks , can remember  Ayew scored against Blackburn  , Surridge at West West Brom  , think Van de Hoorn  at least one , 

    When i  have time will check 
  • edited February 16
    Malc said:
    What a goal , Grimes into Naughton,  back of the net 
    There you go j4cka 
    some people would rather we fail to fulfill their prophesies of doom. I can remember one game where delivery was poor. Grimes is a good dead ball specialist. That's why he is our free kick taker also, but sadly critics are looking for any negative so they can build their arguments against the team and manager.
    A couple of wins and it will stop. that's how fickle the analysis is  
  • Malc said:
    Not sloblocks , can remember  Ayew scored against Blackburn  , Surridge at West West Brom  , think Van de Hoorn  at least one , 

    When i  have time will check 
    Thanks @Malc if we have been scoring goals from corners and set pieces then it really must be my age kicking in - my short to medium term memory must be shot to bits!! I can certainly remember (vaguely) Ayew and Surridge, but getting to 10 is way beyond me!
  • The reason most don't  remember  us scoring them 6 were away from home with another possible  , and 2 at home with another possible  , so away from the Liberty all the hard work on the training  pitches were productive  ,
  • When was the last time we scored from a free kick. ?
  • @Malc It doesn't matter to me whether they were home or away because I watch all the games on Swans TV or various streams. I have watched every kick of every game and I really cant get anywhere near 10 goals.
  • Hi Jackareme  ,

    I remember  better the home games , some away  goals I forget , try 
    Sheffield  weds 2
    West Brom
    Charlton 
    Huddersfield  
    Hull 
    Leeds ?

    Cardiff
    Blackburn 
    Hull ?

    J4cka said:
    When was the last time we scored from a free kick. ?
    Is that a serious  Question  ?
  • No it’s not a serious question. 
    Is my house going to flood, next time it rains,?
    (Thats a serious question)

    When was  the last time we scored direct from a free kick?
    (Non- serious question)
  • Absolute  sympathy  to everybody  who have suffered  from this horrendous  flood ,

    The answer to your  question  is in your first post  , 
  • Hi @Malc - more than I thought.. but I am not allowing Hull Leeds or Huddersfield. Enjoyed leafing through the highlights though!
  • Jackareme said:
    Hi @Malc - more than I thought.. but I am not allowing Hull Leeds or Huddersfield. Enjoyed leafing through the highlights though!
    Yes good to see them , easy to forget ,

    Do you think the first three goals against Hull were the best we have scored  this season for passing and movement  ?
  • @Malc - yes I do. I posted elsewhere that there were a few good things come out of the hull game. Using the width of the pitch and playing genuine attacking football were two of them - positive subs was another.
    I really hope that Cooper does not go back into his shell over some calamitous individual defending from some youngsters. He needs to be brave.
  • It will also be interesting see how SC uses Garrick’s pace. I’ve been a huge fan of his, since watching him in the  U23’s, and he certainly knows where the goal is. 
    I rate him in the Daniel James category, and needs to be nurtured going forwards, considering his past history, of being injury prone. 
    So mid table obscurity might suit him better !
    There again, if he’s as good as I think he is.............
  • Jordan and Dan are two different types of wingers. The last thing Garrick needs is pressure on him when you consider how tight his hamstrings are.
    Jackareme
  • Agree. That why I thought if we weren’t challenging for the play offs, it wouldn’t put pressure on Cooper to play him more often. 
    Also keeps him under the radar, for next season. 
  • Well I never. A goal straight from a corner !
    Would you Adam & Eve it  {~:

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