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Free style suits York City's Ryan Brobbel
RYAN Brobbel believes York City are beginning to reap the rewards for their dedication to dead-ball practice.
Set pieces, delivered by Josh Carson, led to the first two goals during Saturday’s 4-2 home win over Portsmouth.
Both of the Minstermen’s goals in the previous two matches also emanated from free-kicks.
In the 1-1 draw against Wycombe, Brobbel swung in a ball from the left for David McGurk to head home.
Brobbel also profited himself from a quickly-taken free-kick by Lewis Montrose when he opened the scoring during the 2-1 home defeat to Mansfield.
City boss Nigel Worthington reckons free-kicks and corners can prove a rich source of goals for his team this term and it is a viewpoint Brobbel shares.
The on-loan Middlesbrough winger said: “We work on set pieces every Friday and sometimes on a Thursday as well and I think they play a massive part in League Two football, both from an attacking and a defensive point of view.
“I took corners and set pieces for Middlesbrough when I was younger and the gaffer asked me how I would feel about taking them here. I’ve taken a few now and enjoyed it so he’s told me to just keep putting the ball in dangerous areas.
“At Wycombe, I managed to put the free-kick in for the goal and, against Portsmouth, Josh had a good strike that we followed up to score from before the ’keeper dropped his corner for the second goal.”
Brobbel has so far preferred to pick out team-mates with his dead-ball deliveries but, after fellow loanee Elliott Whitehouse drove a direct attempt straight into the Portsmouth wall with a free-kick at the weekend, the 20-year-old winger might now be next in line to try his luck.
“I wanted to have a go with that one on Saturday,” Brobbel revealed. “But Elliott was persistent so I let him have it.
“I will try to push for the next one though if I get the opportunity.”
Brobbel was also delighted to register his first victory as a Minsterman and felt that the final winning margin against the former Premier League outfit could have been even greater.
He added: “We’ve not really been getting the results we have wanted but we got that bit of luck on Saturday when their ’keeper dropped the ball and we pushed on from there. I thought the lads were brilliant.
“We scored four good goals and could have had six or seven. I could have done better with one chance and we’ve just got cancel out the goals we are conceding now.”
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