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Mowbray’s comments show just how easy it is to beat Leeds on set pieces

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Mowbray’s comments show just how easy it is to beat Leeds on set pieces

Blackburn Rovers ensured Leeds’ poor run of form continued on Saturday with a 2-1 defeat brought about by two goals from set pieces.

Danny Graham’s early header was followed up by Darragh Lenihan’s second half winner as Marcelo Bielsa’s men were too easily outmaneuvered from dead ball situations.

Now, Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has confirmed those two strikes came as a result of a concerted effort to exploit Leeds from such situations.

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He said: “The set-plays today are something we worked really hard on. Pontus Jansson is a monster of a man and (Liam) Cooper is dominant; but you take those two out of the box, we felt they were vulnerable, which is what happened.


“Whoever was getting marked by those two played wide; for the first goal Graham came powering through the middle and scored. For the second goal, Lenihan did the same.”

Mowbray’s comments show it is too simple to identify Leeds’ weakness on set pieces and to exploit it. Take the two centre-halves out of the box and there’s all sorts of problems.

Bielsa cannot allow for that to continue for much longer, because other opponents will see it and make the most of it too. The ultimate perfectionist has to move quickly to rectify this glaring weakness.

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