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Delapidated Cort of Laws!

Rory Delap and his infamous long throw-ins are the bane of most clubs in the Premier League and nobody really has an answer to it.

Just ask Arsenal!

Arsenal have fallen foul of Delap's throw-ins on their last two visits to the Britannia Stadium.

Arsene Wenger had this to say recently about Delap:

'You can try [to practice defending them] but it`s difficult because the ball is so flat,' said the Arsenal gaffer

'As well, there are so many people in the box that sometimes for the keeper it`s difficult.

'You see Shay Given on Wednesday night [when Stoke beat Man City] his own defenders became a problem for him, because when the strikers pushed the defenders a little bit back, he doesn`t come out.

'He doesn`t reach the ball because of his own defenders in his way. You get your hand out and he didn`t get to the ball.'

Laws talked to Wenger after the Arsenal game and mentioned Stoke were up next. He apparantly just shrugged his shoulders!

The Clarets also know to their cost this season the damage one of Delap's throw-ins can cause. In our opening game of the season against Stoke at the Britannia with Stoke already 1-0 up, a Delap throw-in from the left confused Stephen Jordan so much he hit the ball into his own net!

Burnley will have a chance to see if they can snuff out the threat posed by Delap again when they face Stoke City at Turf Moor on Wednesday night.

We all know this is a crucial game and one we must win if we are to stand any realistic chance of avoiding relegation.

Other than not giving away throw-ins or trying to get away with ball tampering using a dollop of KY Jelly, what can you do?

Brian Laws thinks he knows the answer and has the ultimate secret weapon. A former Stoke City player who now plays for the Clarets and can spill the beans. Step forward Leon Cort!

The 30 year old centre-back spent three seasons at the Britannia before signing for the Clarets in January this year for 1.5 million. He will be well acquainted with Delap and the tactics surrounding his long throw in.

Speaking about Delap,Laws said:

"Most sides have struggled to deal with it this season and it`s caused them real problems.

"But we have Leon Cort to call on. He used to play with Rory Delap at Stoke, so he knows all about him.

"I would be stupid not to take advantage of this, so I`ll be picking his brains."

Obviously there is not much you can do in terms of stopping the long throw-in itself but Cort's advice on the tactics used by Stoke to turn this into a goal scoring opportunity could be vital in terms of knowing which players to mark and what to look out for.

Stoke are renown for scoring from set-pieces so this is something we will have to concentrate on in addition to trying to defend against Delap's throw-ins.


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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 9 2010

Time: 10:29AM

Your Comments

I just wonder if Stoke will have a Plan B for Delap's throw-ins and change things round! They will clearly realise that Cort will have inside information
turfmanphil
Don't think anyone wants to talk about football, TMP!
Couch Potato
I hope Laws does!! ;-)
turfmanphil
to stop those throws bring advertising boards as close to the pitch as is possible stopping his run up watched sunday didn't like it when he had no run up to launch the throw utc lets get 3 points and get behind the team and Mr Laws he's hear now and we should support him not slag him off!!!
bobber
What a brilliant idea,bobber!! Never thought of that
turfmanphil
A better plan would be for Cort to break Delaps arm . . . errrm, no forget that, not a good plan. The advertising boards sound good to me as well, bring them right up to the line.
WelshClaret
We could tool up the ball boys with multi beach balls !
RickersTwickers
Its just a set piece, pick up your man and attack the ball...plus tell The Beast to stay on his line...he is not the man to charge out...remember Deadwood .....no repeats Beast!
VinRogue
Can we do better than Arsenal's defence? If it was that easy he wouldn't get so many goals from it! It's definitely an effective weapon, I am surprised there are not more coming along with this special talent and maybe we should try and spot one or develop one of our players to do it?
turfmanphil
Beach balls? I wonder how far he could chuck one of them!! lol ;-)
turfmanphil
 

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