Popular Sheffield Wednesday man reveals boost that will help problem rivals have targeted

Sheffield Wednesday defender Jordan Storey knows full well the side’s weakness in defending set pieces is hurting them and reiterated the hard work that is going into easing the problem.

Thursday, 17th March 2022, 2:00 pm
Updated Friday, 18th March 2022, 9:05 am

Only two sides in League One have conceded more goals from set plays than the Owls’ 16, with 39% of all goals shipped by the promotion-chasing side arriving by that method.

And Storey, who has performed well since arriving on loan from Preston North End in January, accepts responsibility for the problem as one of the side’s key aerial components.

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Sheffield Wednesday defender Jordan Storey has been a success since his loan move from Preston North End.

“I think that’s one of the main things for us to focus on,” he told The Star. “If you look at a lot of the teams we’ve played, they’ve not really carved us open and they’ve had to rely on set pieces.

“It’s something we know we have to improve on and we are working hard on it as a team.

“In general it’s been our Achilles heel and we’ve seen teams nick a goal against us and it has been frustrating. We have to keep working on it and try to solidify things at the back.”

Asked just how much work is going into strengthening the defending of set pieces, Storey said the return of big players will help the side.

“It’s a big part of our sessions, especially on Fridays we go through it in quite a lot of detail,” he said.

“Having a lot of big players back, especially the defenders, it will definitely help us improve that aspect.

“As we go on and we continue to get bodies back, hopefully we can start to turn the tide on that.”