Ryan Shotton comments on a particular Derby tactic last night

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Derby County star Ryan Shotton has revealed he's had people asking him why he's not been using his long throw skill more in games.

Derby County star Ryan Shotton has told the club’s website about his secret weapon; the long throw.

The 26-year-old has revealed that he was being pressured to use his ability to ping the ball into the box from the side line, which worked against Blackburn Rovers last night as it allowed Darren Bent to score one of his two goals.

Shotton has explained the benefits of using the long throw as a tactic for the side looking ahead to the rest of the season.

“People have been asking where it is,” he said.

“When it comes off, it is great to see. We played great football, but when you have something like that in your locker, it is just something different.”

“It is still a set piece, it is still as good as a corner or free kick.”

The long throw is a good tactic because it allows teams to keep the pressure on top of their opposition during big games.

Any star who has a decent long throw can put the ball into the heart of the penalty area, with players looking for flick-ons and to give defenders something extra to think about, over just quickly throwing out to an outfield player.

The reason Shotton appears to have had people asking where it was as a tactic, relates to Derby’s style of play.

The Rams are a great team when it comes to building possession and playing passing football to wear down a side.

They have players all over the side who are suited to tactics with the ball on the floor and not predominantly in the air.

However, manager Steve McClaren will be pleased that his players showed the intelligence to try something a little different and on this occasion, it paid off.

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