Date: 11th October 2016 at 9:30am
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Just over a quarter of the league goals scored by Argyle this season have come from a set-piece.

The Greens have netted 19 times in League Two and five of them have come from either a corner or free-kick routine, highlighting the importance of set-pieces in what is usually a tight league.

Argyle have scored from two corners and three free-kicks winning a total of seven points.

It helps to have the quality of delivery from Graham Carey and David Fox and big centre-backs Nauris Bulvitis and Sonny Bradley to get on the end of their crosses. Connor Smith has also played a big part in the corner routines.

Set-piece number one v Notts County. A corner from Smith is headed in by Bulvitis.

Set-piece number two v Mansfield. An angled free-kick from Carey went through a group of defenders and into the far corner.

Set-piece number three v Blackpool. A short corner from Smith found Carey who crossed to Bulvitis to head in the only goal of the game.

Set-piece number four v Stevenage. A curling free-kick from Fox found the head of Bradley who got a slight touch to score.

Set-piece number five v Stevenage. A dipping free-kick from Carey was thumped in by Bradley with yet another header.

The set-piece success is reminiscent of the title winning teams of 2001-2002 and 2003-2004 where the corners and free-kicks from Paul Wotton would regularly find the head of Graham Coughlan.

In contrast, Argyle have conceded just once from an opposition set-piece this season and even that was scored by a player wearing Green when Bradley unfortunately scored an own goal from a Stevenage free-kick.

The set-piece statistics, both for and against, show just how important Bradley and Bulvitis are at both ends of the pitch.
The goal scoring success of the set-pieces will be a crucial factor throughout the season.