Date: 20th February 2014 at 1:21pm
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It is a basic that you are taught from a young age, you always remain ‘switched on’ when it comes to dead balls – and this covers a range of different means.

Making the most of a quick throw-in led to our winner against Wimbledon at the weekend but it proved our downfall against Exeter the week before.

At the time of that Exeter game I highlighted how criminal it was that we ‘switched off’ to allow Exeter to get a throw-in taken quickly so deep into injury-time and within moments they were in the box and scoring to deny us a win in that 1-1 draw.

Richie Barker has stressed how important it is not to neglect dead balls, or set pieces, be them freekicks, corner or throw-ins.

He has told the News that he knows it is his job to organise this and make sure this happens but in a game it is down to the players to make sure they take ‘responsibility’ for actions to make sure the ‘attention to detail’ in the planning is carried out.

Exeter was a costly mistake but is being used as an example to learn from, we certainly learned from it in a positive way against the Dons!

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