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Boss explains his utilisation of long throw-ins

Marc Roberts prepares to take one of his trademark throw-ins.
Marc Roberts prepares to take one of his trademark throw-ins.

If the moment of the game comes when we think the opposition can be hurt then we will use it.

Pep Clotet.

Pep Clotet has given an insight into his side's use of Marc Roberts' long throw-ins during games.

The Blues defender has one of, if not the longest, throws in the Championship. And his capability to launch dangerous balls into the opposition box has been used as an offensive weapon with varying levels of success.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's away fixture at Queens Park Rangers, Blues' Head Coach was asked to elaborate on the tactic.

"It is a weapon. but it is a weapon that has a benefit in a few situations," said Clotet.

"In situations that the game is slow, in situations where you are in some areas where you can create problems for the opposition, and when pitches are not at their best level. 

“We haven't been nailing it perfectly, but actually yesterday the (disallowed) goal came from that situation," he continued.

"We are getting better at it, but we use it as a resource.

"Of course, if the moment of the game comes when we think the opposition can be hurt then we will use it.

"But we have so many variations. You saw last night at Millwall, Robbo playing a quick ball to Maxime because everybody was thinking about defending the box.

"When you play on pitches like yesterday at Millwall, or sometimes ours at home, that second ball or that bounce on a pitch that is not right helps the offensive side.

"It can also change the tempo of the game as well.

"If you are playing against a team that uses a lot of high tempo football and they are in a good moment, you can always use that because that type of throw helps kill a bit of momentum, so we use it tactically as well."

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