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Matt Doherty admits Tottenham conceding too many ‘sloppy’ goals from set pieces

Matt Doherty admits Tottenham’s defense against set pieces is ‘a little worrying’ and says they are giving away ‘sloppy’ goals…

  • Tottenham lost 2-0 to Chelsea on Sunday, while Thiago Silva headed into a corner
  • It was the fourth time this month that the Spurs conceded from a set-piece
  • Other goals have been scored in the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup
  • Matt Doherty revealed his frustrations at defending dead ball situations



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Matt Doherty has admitted Tottenham have let themselves down with poor set pieces defense in recent games.

When Thiago Silva nodded home from a free kick by Mason Mount in Spurs’ 2-0 loss to Chelsea on Sunday, it was the fourth time this month that Antonio Conte’s side had conceded from a set-piece.

After the loss at Stamford Bridge – which left Tottenham seventh in the Premier League – Doherty acknowledged it was a big mistake in the team’s approach.

Thiago Silva headed in Chelsea's second goal in their 2-0 win over Tottenham on Sunday

Thiago Silva headed in Chelsea’s second goal in their 2-0 win over Tottenham on Sunday

“I think just the way we conceded the goals was the most frustrating,” he said via . the athletic. “The first one was a bit of magic, which you can accept.

“But spoilsports, they’re your bread and butter and you think you should be able to manage them, but lately we’ve been getting a lot of goals from them so it’s a bit of a concern for us.”

Asked specifically about the free kick foul that led to Silva’s goal, the Irish international said: ‘Yes, we think it was soft. Again, I haven’t seen it back, but we still conceded from a fixed game.

Japhet Tanganga's header was fired at Ben Davies for a comical own goal in the Carabao Cup

Japhet Tanganga's header was fired at Ben Davies for a comical own goal in the Carabao Cup

Japhet Tanganga’s header was fired at Ben Davies for a comical own goal in the Carabao Cup

Morecambe defender Anthony O'Connor found space from a corner to score in the FA Cup

Morecambe defender Anthony O'Connor found space from a corner to score in the FA Cup

Morecambe defender Anthony O’Connor found space from a corner to score in the FA Cup

Antonio Rudiger scored the only goal of the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg from a corner

Antonio Rudiger scored the only goal of the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg from a corner

Antonio Rudiger scored the only goal of the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg from a corner

“It’s not good enough, we’ve been beaten by too much. I think lately we’ve conceded four or five games from them, they’re cheap, sloppy goals to give teams.

“It’s difficult, the Premier League is a difficult division and when you give people goals like that, it’s not easy.”

The Spurs found it particularly difficult to stop Chelsea from set pieces this month, including against the Blues, due to dead ball situations in both legs of the Carabao Cup semi-final.

Matt Doherty has admitted Tottenham need to improve their set pieces defense

Matt Doherty has admitted Tottenham need to improve their set pieces defense

Matt Doherty has admitted Tottenham need to improve their set pieces defense

In the first leg at Stamford Bridge, Japhet Tanganga Ben Davies’ header cleared the net for a comical own goal after Hakim Ziyech scored a free kick.

In the second leg, Antonio Rudiger was left free to head into the corner of Mason Mount and secure Chelsea’s place in the final.

Likewise, in the third round of the FA Cup against League One side Morecambe, Spurs went behind when they were unable to follow Anthony O’Connor’s point from a corner and the defender tapped the ball home.

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