Forbes: No secret to set-piece success

Ross Forbes says there is no secret to the set-piece success he has enjoyed this term despite the team notching so many goals from his dead-ball deliveries.

The midfielder, who turns 28 today, currently has 18 assists this term, including finding Lee Kilday with a corner for the opening goal in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Dundee United.

In fact, three of Morton’s last four Ladbrokes Championship goals have come via a flag-kick or free-kick, with the other scored in open play by Forbes himself.

But Ton’s top scorer insists set-plays are not something they dedicate a disproportionate amount of time to at Parklea despite being the source of so many strikes this season.

Speaking to, he explained: “It’s not something we practice any more than usual. I mean, we work on set-pieces – but it’s not like the gaffer says: ‘Aim for Tam [O’Ware] or Lee’. It just seems to land on their heads.”

Skipper Kilday profited from a Forbes flag-kick to score at Tannadice last weekend and a free-kick at Raith Rovers last month, and the defender supported his team-mate’s explanation.

He added: “Do we spend a lot of extra time working on set-pieces? I don’t think you need to when you have Ross’s delivery. You just know with the runs you make that he’s going to pick somebody out.

“As long as we’re in the right place then that ball is going to land on your head. So we don’t concentrate too much on set-pieces, because obviously Ross’s left foot is great.”


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