Dobson the key to Blues' set piece success

Joe Jacobson

Joe Jacobson

First published in Sport Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

JOE Jacobson said coach Richard Dobson deserves the credit for coming up with the free kick routine that led to Wanderers' second goal at Stevenage.

Wycombe's players spent Friday afternoon working on a free kick routine and practice made perfect as it led to the goal that put Blues in front at the Lamex Stadium the following day.

Jacobson was one of the players involved on matchday as he, Steven Craig and Sam Wood all ran over the dead ball to give the impression they'd made a hash of things.

But with jeers of derision ringing out from the home fans Wood quickly took the set piece with his favoured left foot, and with Stevenage players dithering Peter Murphy was on hand to score.

It's the third time Blues have scored from a corner or free kick this season and Jacobson said it was proof of how integral a part set piece routines can play.

He said: "Set pieces are key at any level, not just in the lower leagues where people think they are stronger. You look at teams like Stoke and Chelsea, they score a lot of goals from set pieces.

"If you can get an extra 10 or 15 goals a season from doing that, that puts you in good stead to finish higher than you normally would.

"We worked on a lot of things on Friday with Dobbo. As players we look to practice things after training and we were there doing our normal free kicks and shooting practice and we started taking a few and coming up with different ideas.

"In the game one of them happened to come off. We saw how the whole situation was coming about and luckily it came off and we scored a goal from it.

"We like to have a little laugh about it when we practice things, but it shows that we want to stay around. There's nobody leaving early from training, everyone wants to do their extra bits. You still need to try and improve and doing these little bits can help that.

"Dobbo and Baz [Barry Richardson] do a lot of work setting us up right defensively. So far it's paid off and we've managed to score a few goals, and I don't think we've conceded one yet. Hopefully that continues.

Team mate Stuart Lewis added the goal owed much to the players being given licence to come up with their set piece routines.

He said: "It's important the players have an input into it because they're the ones on the pitch. The management have a setup of how they want to play and how to do things, but we play our own way too.

"At any level you've got to work at set pieces and the management and players put a lot of time and effort into that. It paid off today where it matters, on the pitch.

"It was very well worked. We might have to keep coming up with them because people might have our number soon."

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