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Hammers set piece secrets revealed

Hammers boss David Moyes has revealed the Hammers’ set-piece secrets.

The Irons have scored 14 goals from various set-piece scenarios this season.

Central defender Craig Dawson has been nothing short of a warrior in opposition penalty boxes and has scored three headers this season.

One of those came against Leeds earlier this week, as he threw himself at Aaron Cresswell’s delivery for their second in a 2-0 win.

Tomas Soucek has eight goals this season too, with three of them being headers.

And Moyes has lavished praise on both Paul Nevin and Kevin Nolan after seeing the Irons add another huge string to their bow.

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Speaking to reporters ahead of this weekend’s clash with Manchester United, he said: “A lot of this I pass onto my staff, Paul Nevin, Kevin Nolan. I control and decide what we’re going to do but I give a lot of the planning to them. So they’re excited about it because they have seen that we’re doing well at it, and we’re a threat. I think that the key to it is to have people who really want to head it.

“Obviously you need good deliverers. And when you get both of them coming together, to get the good deliverers in a couple of people who can head it. In the early part of the season Thomas was getting in his head on many things, you know, Angelo got a goal or two as well.

“Then now at the moment we’ve got Daws stepping up to the mark as well. I can think of Fabien Balbuena scoring a header at Tottenham, you know, so we’ve had an array of people coming in doing a job for us. I hope we can keep it going.

“It’s not something we practice every day. But one way you look at it, what you say is it’s a big part football, and if we can score from set pieces so be it.”

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2 comments on “Hammers set piece secrets revealed

  1. You should read Aaron cresswells interview online (guardian online I think) in which he talks about set pieces planned by Nevin and Nolan who stays behind on a Friday to work on them with him.

  2. Similar thinking applies to early delivery in open play. Set plays need several players moving upon delivery of cross or through ball. Same when forging forward. Don’t need playmakers putting their foot on the ball, looking up and waiting until someone is in the ‘ideal’ position. Ideal is when players can run onto a ball. And serious practice at instinctive finishing. Forget being slow and too deliberate. West Ham coaches, David, Paul, Kevin, Stuart and all are doing a great job. The players seem to appreciate these methods. Loving it as a fan.

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