Neil Adams wants Norwich City to improve threat from set-pieces

Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson pushes his defender Rudy Gestede of Blackburn and Michael

Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson pushes his defender Rudy Gestede of Blackburn and Michael Turner of Norwich ahead of a corner during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Scoring goals from set-pieces is a key component of the Norwich City engine which manager Neil Adams has yet to tune up properly.

The Canaries have scored 11 goals in six matches so far this season but have not yet managed to score from a corner or a free-kick.

The winner in the East Anglian Derby did come as a result of a cleared corner, with Alex Tettey hooking the ball back into the box for Lewis Grabban to score the vital goal at Portman Road.

But Neil Adams wants that to improve and admits that was part of his thinking when signing Jos Hooiveld on a season-long loan from Southampton on transfer deadline day.

The 6ft 4ins Dutchman scored eight goals for Southampton on their way to automatic promotion from the Championship during the 2011/12 season, most of which came from set-pieces.


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'We need to score from set-plays,' the City boss said ahead of tomorrow's trip to Cardiff City. 'The key, in the detailed look at them, is that they're very good, but we do need to score from set-plays.

'We accept that and similarly at the other end, both boxes set-pieces are key, they win and lose you games, so it would be nice to get eight goals from set-plays from one player that's for sure!'

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The City players tried one short-corner routine in the 1-1 draw with Bournemouth at Carrow Road before the international break, which went wrong.

'One didn't come off, we'll take that, didn't go according to plan,' Adams admitted with a smile. 'I think the pleasing thing is people can see there was something that was meant to be there and it wasn't just an awful sort of 'what are you doing' moment, there was something behind it that didn't come off, and then you look a bit foolish.

'But we want to vary it, mix it up and score from set plays.'

Hooiveld knows his aerial prowess, in both boxes, is a key part of his game.

He said he hopes he will be able to repeat his success in the Championship having only managed one goal in the past two seasons, in a Capital One Cup game against League One side Bristol City.

'That's more from set-pieces when the air force is going forward and I like to be a part of that,' the big defender said.

'If I do the same as last time when I was in the Championship it will be very pleasant.'

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