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  • Writer's pictureBy Yann Tear at the Gtech Community Stadium

Bees come up short, but again show they have crucial set-piece flair

Thomas Frank expressed satisfaction at his side's ability to keep making set pieces count - even if his team was ultimately unable to go on and build on the lead against Leicester they chiselled out from a corner-kick routine.

The Bees have shown great variety with their free-kicks and dead ball situations generally. Against the Foxes, they worked a corner out to Rico Henry outside the D and his chip back towards the same corner flag paved the way for a Bryan Mbeumo cross and a goal for Mathias Jensen.

It was another example of the inventiveness the team has and is a testament to the work being done on the training ground.

"We know that set pieces are a key thing for us and I'm pleased that we produced another goal there," said the Bees' boss after Saturday's 1-1 draw at the Gtech.

"It's something we've built over the years. We repeat and train and try to improve constantly and it's an area we use time on, definitely.

"We share ideas among the coaching staff. We have others to mainly focus on that, but of course I'm interested in it and have a few inputs."

Harvey Barnes' finely executed strike at the start of the second half and it ensured parity. Frank had no complaints.

"I think that was a fair result," he said. "We came out with good energy and put pressure on Leicester and got the well deserved lead. Second half, unfortunately, we couldn't keep it up.

"I was very aware that we had to close down [James] Maddison and [Harvey] Barnes. Those for me are the two top quality offensive players they have in the team, among a lot. And they produced that brilliant goal - top quality from both of them, I must say. Unfortunately, we couldn't close that down.

"After that, I felt we lacked the final quality and structure, that we lost a bit. That happens sometimes, where none of the offensive players really hit their top performance, or produced those magic moments. We didn't have that extra bit today."


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