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Walter Mazzarri shrugs off Watford’s problem from crosses

Walter Mazzarri does not believe Watford have a problem from crosses, despite the team conceding another goal that originated from a ball from the wide areas on Saturday.

Jamie Carragher highlighted on Monday Night Football how the two headers Watford conceded at Burnley took the number of goals Watford had shipped from crosses to seven, which was more than double the next highest.

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That number increased to eight on the bounce on Saturday when Junior Stanislas slung over a ball from that right that Callum Wilson stooped to head past Heurelho Gomes. The fact that such a high percentage of the 13 goals they have conceded – only Hull, Stoke and West Ham have conceded more – suggests there is more to it than chance.

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It could be either that the three centre-halves are not attacking the ball as they would if they were part of a two or that the ball is being too easily delivered from the wide areas where Watford’s advanced wing-backs are stationed. It could even be a combination of the two.

Mazzarri doesn’t feel other teams have discovered a chink in his team’s armour.

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“A lot has been written about this, about goals from free kicks, but I think is not correct,” said Mazzarri on Friday. “We have allowed only two goals from free kicks but the others ones were where the ball was in the middle and then the other team scored. If you look at the percentage and average of the Premier League teams we are in the average.”