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Blair Adams on defending set pieces


Blair Adams made his first Notts County appearance this season, returning from injury in Friday nights 2-0 defeat by Mansfield and says Notts players must put their bodies on the line when defending in dead ball situations. Notts have conceded from set ball deliveries in the opening games this season and also at the end of last season.

He says "It's something we have to work on. You've got to want to head the ball away for the team, put your face in where it hurts. It's something we need more of."Commenting on his return injury Blair added that although being a bit rusty he will improve and feels he can form a successful defensive partnership with half time substitute Graham Burke.


He added "I'm pleased to get 90 minutes. I've had a couple of setbacks. I'm looking to get my fitness back now".

"I'll be up and down the wing and hopefully chipping in with a few assists".

"When Graham came on I thought we linked up quite well. It's promising. The quality of his crosses are a huge asset."

"You saw when he came on he put three or four unbelievable balls in."

"It was a shame we started lethargically. They got out the traps quicker and that should have woken us up a bit".

"We weren't at our best but we've got a good chance to put it right this week".

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It's not just set pieces, although that is what's punishing probably the most. It's the fact we fail to get to the second ball or try to win it back when we lose it. The Stevenage game, each player seemed focused on winning the ball back and getting it out of danger - not just that but also making use of it.

If we could set the marking up, always making sure we have a touch of the ball - Things at the back will improve.

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