The Penny Finally Drops And Pardew Has Re-Think!

Last updated : 31 May 2013 By Footy Mad - Editor

Alan Pardew has demanded more of an aerial threat from his defenders when attacking set-pieces.

Alan Pardew: "The big fall down has been the centre-backs scoring goals from set plays. We need to have more dominance in that area.

"It's all well and good saying that the set play problem is down to tactics, delivery, whatever. Ultimately you need (players of) six-foot four (inches) to go and head it in, or at least make first contact.

"We're not the strongest attacking-wise (from set pieces) and that is an area that we need to look at.

"It's not like we play with our two full-backs to stay at home.

"They are encouraged to get forward and at times it has cost us in terms of goals conceded.

"They haven't delivered the goals but I think Mathieu Debuchy, in particular, has got a goal in him and I would expect him to get two or three next year.

"From left-back, Davide Santon played most of the season and will definitely contribute more. He's grown as a man - you can tell. Then there's Massadio (Haidara) and we have got better options from full-backs for scoring goals next year."


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