Norwich City working overtime to cut out set piece charity

Norwich City's players have worked hard on cutting out the set piece concessions ahead of Leicester'

Norwich City's players have worked hard on cutting out the set piece concessions ahead of Leicester's Premier League visit. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City's players have spent the past week striving to eradicate the set piece errors that have blighted their bright Premier League start.

West Ham's 93rd minute equaliser was the fifth goal from a dead ball situation City have shipped, but Alex Neil insists there is no simplistic solution.

'It comes down to concentration levels,' he said. 'We put that much work into our style of play, our pattern of play and how we want to go about it and what I've kept reminding them about recently is when the ball goes dead, eg. on a throw-in, a corner, a set piece, it is not a rest period for us. That is when we have to be on our mettle the most and hopefully that will improve.

'We have done quite a bit of work on it this week and hopefully we can see the fruits of our labour. I think if you look at all those set piece goals, which people have made a big deal of, they are all different individually in terms of where they come from, the delivery, whether it's a short ball into the box or a longer one or someone losing their man. It hasn't been the same error in that sense, albeit it has come from a set piece. We need to make sure we stop that as best we can.'

Ironically, City's poorest display at Southampton contained no such set piece vulnerability.

'Defensively we would like a better record in terms of conceding but we have merited a bit more in terms of points and Southampton is the one performance in the seven I wasn't happy with,' said Neil. 'For how well we have played we are still probably three points short from where we should be, but the fact is we have shown we deserve to be at this level and that is pleasing.'