Dunne: Millwall have to stop conceding from set pieces

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© Edmund Boyden

ALAN Dunne believes tightening up at set pieces could shoot Millwall up the table.

Of the last 11 goals the Lions have conceded, eight have come from free kicks or corners.

And Dunne says that has had a huge impact on Millwall's current league position of 18th.



"Eradicating set-piece goals is very important because we haven't been broken down often in open play," said the Lions skipper. "We know what we need to work on.

"Without letting in those goals, we'd have six or seven more points and be up towards the play-offs. The margins are very fine in this league.

"We've got to stop conceding goals from set pieces, get back to keeping clean sheets and see how far that takes us."



Dunne can see similarities between Millwall's current run of one win in 12 with their first batch of results under Ian Holloway last season.

"We're capable of going on an unbeaten run and climbing up the table at any moment," he added.

"Before we went on our eight-game unbeaten run last year, we were in a similar situation – we were playing well but weren't picking up the points.

"We haven't often been out-played – maybe that was the case at Ipswich – but generally we've competed in every game.

"I think we can get a settled team and get on a roll of big wins. I don’t think we're far off.

"The manager will get it right and I'm certain of that. We've had some great performances already this season but haven't picked up the points we've wanted to.

"We've been unlucky with a few decisions – especially in the Watford game – but there's a lot of learning to be done from the first 17 games."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

10 thoughts on “Dunne: Millwall have to stop conceding from set pieces

  • November 17, 2014 at 12:06
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    For this set piece issue to be brought up now is ridiculous this has been going on since I can't remember fordys lack of organisation around these set pieces comes to mind and not being first to the ball comes to mind aswell. SORT IT OUT

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  • November 17, 2014 at 12:24
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    I'm more worried by the reminder that this is Holloway's second long run of bad results - and he's only been here since January.

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  • November 17, 2014 at 12:25
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    Not having a settled back four is the problem.cos most of the time each player dont seem to know who is picking up who..sort out the defence and we should clear most corners & free kicks

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    • November 17, 2014 at 12:54
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      @jim28
      spot on jim,it was the same under lomas,IH has had time to sort this out chopping and changing the two central defenders dont help,webster and beavers are my two of choice,let them get confident playing together and things must get better.

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  • November 17, 2014 at 12:42
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    The strange thing is - it's almost always the 2nd touch/rebounds that catch us out on these set plays.. very rarely is it a straight forward free header or shot. It's as though everybody loses that bit of concentration after the first challenge is made... Glad it's up there as priority - but actions speak louder than words.. Clean sheet at Charlton please...

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  • November 17, 2014 at 13:07
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    I know what, lets try not to concede so many free kicks in dangerous areas or give away needless corners. it would be a start.

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  • November 17, 2014 at 13:59
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    No s***, Einstein.

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    • November 17, 2014 at 22:24
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      @Sealion: That's exactly it. This football lark is only as complicated as you make it!

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  • November 17, 2014 at 14:27
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    Not playing Dunne as one of the centre backs might help. How many games have Webster and Beevers started as the centre back pairing? I might be wrong but I don't think they have yet. I would leave Dunne out of the defence and play Wilkinson (when he has finished his suspension), Webster, Beevers and Malone (when he is fit) and keep this back four together and let them build up an understanding.

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    • November 17, 2014 at 15:48
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      @denslions: Not playing Dunne at centre back might help, he was given m.o.m. at right back in a lot of places versus Brentford, but I'm not sure what Webster has especially done to win his place? I'd like to see us fix this problem area once and for all, but to be fair to Holloway there isn't a lot out there at centre-half in this country so the answer might lie abroad. Maybe Goodman is worth a go?

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