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Dion Dublin: Defending from the front

Having played under some of the finest managers in English Football, Dion Dublin has picked up a thing or two on the importance of winning the ball back.

As a player the former Norwich City striker threw his weight about on the pitch and knows that when it comes to defending, it’s the strikers as well as the defenders, who have their work cut out.

It’s easy to drop off and sit deep when you’re winning a game, but as Dublin explains, pushing high up the pitch and applying pressure on opposing defenders is the key to regaining possession, says Dublin.

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Also see:
How to play as a target man: A 5 point plan
Dion Dublin: Holding the ball up
Ten-minute targetman workout
Ibrahimovic: How to play as a target man
Playing as a target man: the essentials
Graham Taylor: playing the long ball
Don Goodman: Play off a target man
Dion Dublin: Score one-on-ones
Dion Dublin: Score from crosses

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Huw was on the FourFourTwo staff from 2009 to 2015, ultimately as the magazine's Managing Editor, before becoming a freelancer and moving to Wales. As a writer, editor and tragic statto, he still contributes regularly to FFT in print and online, though as a match-going #WalesAway fan, he left a small chunk of his brain on one of many bus journeys across France in 2016.