‘I would like us to get five or 10 goals a season from them’ - Knudsen wants long throws to be a weapon
Jonas Knudsen wants his long throws to become a real weapon for Ipswich Town - and he believes the Blues can score up to 10 goals from them in a season if executed properly.
The Dane’s ability to hurl the ball into the penalty area has been deployed to varying degrees since his arrival from Esbjerg in 2015, for little reward, but he also already seen success this season as his throw served up Trevoh Chalobah’s goal against Aston Villa in August.
He showcased just how much damage they can do at the World Cup this summer, as a long bomb caused havoc in the Croatian penalty and led to a first-minute goal in their last 16 clash, with Knudsen hopeful of more success in a blue shirt now he is over a shoulder injury.
“I think we have to train a bit more on them and I think we can get more goals from them,” he said. “Sometimes there are tight games in the Championship and that could make the difference, and we win the game 1-0.
“We all want to play good football and put it in the top corner but it isn’t always possible. You saw it in the game against Croatia when my throw-in was flicked on and the ball ended up in the net.
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“I hope we can do it with Ipswich. I have got my range back after I had to stop for a while after my shoulder operation. It’s much better now. I have to speak to the manager about the throw-ins and hopefully we can get some goals from them.
“We scored from one against Aston Villa but it’s not been a case of having to do them in every game. I want to practice more but it’s not only about me practicing.
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“It’s also about getting the relationship with the other players and deciding who is going to do what.
“When we win a throw-in and I launch we all have to know what we’re doing. I would like us to get between five and 10 goals in a season from throw-ins as long as we do it right. I think it’s possible.”
Liverpool broke new ground earlier in the summer when they brought in Thomas Gronnemark as a specialist throw in coach, with Knudsen having worked with him in the past.
He added: “Thomas was living close to me and I was doing some work with him. I had two sessions with him and then I dislocated my shoulder. The one-to-one connection stopped and then I was transferred to Ipswich and we lost contact.
“You only have to look at the stats. He was working with teams in the Danish League – not the best teams – and they were scoring 10 to 12 goals from throw-ins in a season. Football is about goals, all types of goals and they are all important.”