Portsmouth belief uncovers Birmingham loanee Steve Seddon's hidden dead-ball talents

Steve Seddon’s dead-ball duties have proven a surprise hit – certainly for the left-back.

Friday, 24th January 2020, 8:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th January 2020, 8:00 am

Praise indeed for the 22-year-old, who previously hadn’t been entrusted with corners and free-kicks at his parent club or loan spells at Stevenage and AFC Wimbledon.

It was Seddon’s free-kick which carved out the winner at Bolton last weekend – Sean Raggett connecting with a header before Christian Burgess finished after an initial save from the keeper.

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Meanwhile, his corner at Fleetwood was headed back by Burgess and finished at close range by John Marquis for the decider.

Suddenly, the talented full-back has added dead-ball delivery excellence to his armoury.

Seddon said: ‘I haven’t taken them at other clubs, to be fair.

‘At Stevenage and Wimbledon I took a couple now and again, but was never really placed on set-pieces as such.

Pompey left-back Steve Seddon

‘To be fair, when I came in at both those places, they had players already trusted to that role and were very cemented.

‘I have done a bit in the past, but usually it’s left up to the attackers.

‘I’m very happy with it, it’s great to feel the belief from the manager that I can do that sort of thing because over the last six months at Birmingham all I wanted was belief from the manager.

‘This manager has obviously given me it and I am thankful for it.

‘A strength of my game has always been crossing, I want to get forward from left-back and put crosses in, to make things happen as well as the defensive side.

‘It’s working out well and I’m enjoying it. Obviously I can still make deliveries better, which I’m going to try to do as much as I can.’

Pompey have won all four matches Seddon has so far appeared in.

And they host Barnsley in the FA Cup on Saturday.

He added: ‘With dead-balls, I aim for areas and if it is overhit or underhit you’d hope one or two of the lads move into those areas just in case that happens.

‘Sometimes if I put a bad ball in, they make it a good ball!’