Hull City

Marshall – Set-Piece Defending Must Improve

27 August 2018
David Marshall says the Tigers’ defending of set-pieces must improve following the weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Stoke City.

Stoke’s opener in the ninth minute came from a corner, one of a number of goals conceded from set-plays already this season, and goalkeeper Marshall knows that is one area of his side’s game that needs tidying up.

“We’ve conceded a lot from set-pieces already this season and it happened again for the opener on Saturday,” said Marshall.

“It was frustrating because it came early and it was almost like us giving them a goal start. A big part of Stoke’s game is set-plays so it was always going to be a tough challenge to defend them, but it’s getting to the stage where we’re conceding a few too many from corners and free kicks.

“To be fair, there was a deflection on that first goal on Saturday. The shot was coming straight through to me, but you can’t blame Reece (Burke) – it’s come through bodies and he’s tried to block it – but the frustration is that it’s come from the second phase of a corner we have to defend.

“We’ve done it in three or four games now so we need to be better in these situations.”

Stoke’s second goal also took a hefty deflection, giving Marshall little chance in a game where he also made some impressive saves as he gets used to being the regular number one again.

“I’ve been happy with my form through pre-season and the opening games of the campaign, barring a mistake against Aston Villa, so hopefully I can kick-on from here,” added Marshall.

“I’ve missed a lot of football over the last 18 months so I want to play as much as I can and help us to get back to winning ways.”