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Ainsworth happy with zonal marking system
GARETH Ainsworth is content with his side's zonal marking system despite conceding from corners in each of their last two home games.
Bury scored their winning goal on Saturday from a set piece, just as Torquay netted in the previous match at Adams Park, prompting fans to question the tactic of using zonal marking.
But Ainsworth said there are pros and cons to his system and telling his players to use man to man marking - and highlighted a goal in the Watford v Brighton game two days after Bury bagged their winner as an example.
He said: "Watford went man to man marking and were all over the place for Brighton's equaliser, so which is right and which is wrong? There's a huge debate on this, whether man to man or zonal is the right way to do it.
"They both concede and they both score goals. It's a very subjective thing and I think personnel dictates very much how you defend set plays.
"Zonal is more of a team thing, which is better for the team spirit. Man to man can put blame on one particular person and becomes a blame culture. There's the blocking off on man to man - if someone's blocked off and their man scores, is that man to blame? In zonal you don't get blocked off but you have to know what's around you and know your job to a tee.
"Your Barcelonas do zonal marking and your Man Uniteds do man to man - don't tell me both of them have never conceded from corners. It's a real can of worms and I could sit here all day and go through lots of systems.
"To put the fans' minds at rest we do work on it, but sometimes it's a mental state in the game. When people are chucking the kitchen sink at you, you either handle it or you concede sometimes."
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