Glenn Loovens wants Sheffield Wednesday to improve at defending set-pieces

Sheffield Wednesday conceded from two dead-ball situations during their recent Capital One Cup defeat to Stoke City.

Glenn Loovens has told the Sheffield Star that the only thing his Sheffield Wednesday side need to work on is their defending from set-pieces.

The Owls have pieced together a very impressive campaign so far, and they have built their success on their defensive strength.

However, Wednesday came unstuck against Stoke City in the Capital One Cup in midweek, after they conceded twice from dead-ball situations.

And Loovens admits that his teammates do need to work on their defending from set-plays, if they are to keep up their impressive form.

"We were a bit disappointed that they scored twice from set-pieces," Loovens said. "One throw-in and a free-kick but that is football sometimes.

"That was disappointing. We did the same at Blackburn and we don’t want to be too soft from set-pieces. we can’t let teams take advantage of us in these situations. It is probably the only thing we have to work on.”

Stoke’s 2-0 win over Wednesday was only the second defeat Carlos Carvalhal’s side have suffered in their last 15 matches.

The Yorkshire outfit have looked excellent in their recent fixtures, but they now face a test in bouncing back from defeat.

Wednesday’s next match comes against Derby County, and if they are able to get back in winning ways on Sunday, it will confirm their promotion credentials.

As things stand, the Owls are just one point off the play-off places, and optimism is high at Hillsborough for the season ahead.

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