Ahead of Saturday’s clash with Coventry City at Gigg Lane, David Flitcroft has spoken of his team’s need to get more goals from set-pieces.
Bury are currently joint highest scorers in the League with a return of 15 goals from 8 games, and with a very potent strike force in Tom Pope and Leon Clarke as well as goals coming from the full-backs and midfielders, this doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon.
However, Bury Manager David Flitcroft has spoken of his sides need to score more goals from set-pieces in addition to the goals they are already scoring.
Flitcroft believes that they can make the difference when searching for promotion, as has been seen in the past with teams like Cardiff City.
Speaking ahead of the match against Coventry City, David Flitcroft said: “I remember when Cardiff City were promoted out of the Championship under Malkay Mackay, I think they scored 38 goals from set-pieces, and it was a real stand-out moment for me to see that kind of return.
“It made me put more time into it, and then when I came here and spent time with Ben Futcher who used to score goals from set-pieces himself, and we worked with Craig Dawson at Rochdale who scored 14 goals in one season as a centre-half. Those things have left a real impression on me.
“So it can be very fruitful, and it’s an area you can’t overlook, you have to make sure you do your work on the training ground to perfect it.”
Furthermore, Flitcroft knows they have the platform to be able to improve this side of their game, with 2 physical centre-backs in Nathan Cameron and Peter Clarke who can get on the end of the sublime deliveries from Chris Hussey.
The fruits of their hard work on the training ground were shown against Port Vale when Nathan Cameron headed in an inch perfect corner from Chris Hussey to get the Shakers their much needed first home win.
Flitcroft explained: “Nathan’s goal in a tight game like that to win you the game, was as good as a Danny Mayor special.
“It’s really important – especially with one of the best deliverers of the ball in Chris Hussey – we have got to be getting a higher percentage of first contact from our centre-halves.
“It is something we work on absolutely, but it’s that real desire to mix it in that area when it does come in, so it’s about the delivery, it’s about desire and the timing of the runs.
“I think at times we have got in quite a lot, but we need to add from set-pieces this season like we did last season – and we scored a lot of goals from set-pieces last season.”
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