Date: 24th September 2020 at 7:55am
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Ben Meakin discussed all things on the most recent edition of BladesPod and during the show, he spent some time talking about his concerns over ’ defending from set-pieces.

Sheffield United have lost both of their two Premier League games so far this season. They suffered a 2-0 defeat in their first game of the 2020/21 league campaign against Wolverhampton Wanderers and they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa this past Monday in their most recent Premier League fixture.

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Of the three goals they have conceded so far this term, two have come from set-pieces. No top-flight side have conceded more goals from set-pieces than the Blades have so far this term, as per WhoScored.

With that in mind, it may not come as a big surprise that Meakin shared some concern about the Yorkshire-based club’s defending from set-pieces during this recent edition of BladesPod, saying: “It is worrying that we’ve conceded from two corners after being so good defending set-pieces last season, but I kind of trust that we’ll fix that.

“It doesn’t worry me long-term, it’s just like – why is this happening right now? We’re scrapping at the minute to get something going ourselves, can we not just give away a soft goal every game, please?”

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Considering that two of the three league goals that the Blades have conceded so far this season have come from set-pieces, we feel it is understandable why Meakin thinks this is a “worrying” start to the Blades’ campaign on this side of things.

However, according to WhoScored, no team conceded fewer goals from set-pieces than Sheffield United did last season (six), so with that in mind, we feel that Meakin is right to believe that this is unlikely to be a big problem for Chris Wilder’s side in the long-term.

Hopefully, for the Blades, they can sort out their issues at defending set-pieces sooner rather than later and if so, then perhaps they will be able to achieve a similar defensive record this season to the one they achieved last season, with the club conceding the fourth-lowest amount of goals (39) of any top-flight side last term.