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Gower: 'Swansea Must Defend Set Pieces Better'

New summer signing Mark Gower says Swansea City must improve their defending of set pieces if they are to do well in the Championship.

The midfielder has Championship experience with Southend and he says the quality of set pieces between this League and League One is significantly bigger.

Martinez's side made a disastrous start to their new campaign as Hudson gave Charlton the lead after just two minutes. The defender headed home from a corner as Monk struggled to pick up his marker.

The second goal again was from a set piece, this time from a free-kick as Gray headed the ball in low at the near post, this time it was Williams who failed to deal with the cross.

Gower told the Evening Post:

''It was disappointing to concede the goals we did,'' said Gower, who was the only summer signing to win his first league start.

''Set-pieces are big in this league and we have got to defend them or we will be fighting an uphill battle.

''Garry (Monk) was blocked for the first goal and his man has nicked a few yards and got a free header.

''That is what happens in this league. The Championship is a strong league with quality players and you have got to defend set-pieces if you want to go anywhere.

''In League One maybe the delivery of the ball is not as good and the opposition are not as big and strong. But that is something we need to get used to quickly. There are lessons to be learned and it is something we will get stronger from.''


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Writer: KevinE Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 11 2008

Time: 5:54PM

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Both goals were awful on saturday. We got away with it a little in league 1 but we wont in this league.
welshboy78
we wont and it proved within 2 minutes of Championship football. We struggled last season with set pieces sometimes and we'll get punished a lot more this season.
KevinE
 

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