Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has demanded more of an aerial threat from his defenders when attacking set-pieces.

The Magpies failed to score from a corner last season with Davide Santon was the only defender to find the net for the club.

Pardew believes a lack of aerial dominance in the opposing box has cost his team this year.

Pardew told nufcTV: "The big fall down has been the centre-backs scoring goals from set plays. We need to have more dominance in that area.

"It's all well and good saying that the set play problem is down to tactics, delivery, whatever. Ultimately you need (players of) six-foot four (inches) to go and head it in, or at least make first contact.

"We're not the strongest attacking-wise (from set pieces) and that is an area that we need to look at."

But it's not just the centre-backs Pardew is demanding goals from, he also wants goals from the full-back positions.

Full-back Davide Santon may have scored in the loss to Wigan in March, although that came playing in a more advanced midfield role.

"It's not like we play with our two full-backs to stay at home," he continued.

"They are encouraged to get forward and at times it has cost us in terms of goals conceded.

"They haven't delivered the goals but I think Mathieu Debuchy, in particular, has got a goal in him and I would expect him to get two or three next year.

"From left-back, Davide Santon played most of the season and will definitely contribute more. He's grown as a man - you can tell. Then there's Massadio (Haidara) and we have got better options from full-backs for scoring goals next year."

Pardew will be hoping for a better season all-round after under-performing this season and battling the drop zone. 

A 7-0 defeat at home to Liverpool was one of the low points of the season, however the Magpies were able to keep their Premier League status and will be hoping to rediscover the form that gave them a fifth placed finish in the 2011/12 season.


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