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VALÉRIEN ISMAËL PRE-BOURNEMOUTH

3 December 2020

The Reds' Head Coach made it clear when speaking with the press today that he wants his players to show a more ruthless side when they face the Cherries on Friday evening.

Despite seeing his side get back to winning ways during midweek with a comeback victory at Birmingham City, Valérien Ismaël put the focus on continual improvement when speaking ahead of the Friday night clash with Bournemouth.

The Reds have conceded a number of soft goals in recent fixtures, in games they've dominated for the most part. 

“When you concede those types of goals, mistakes, then you have to come back and it costs a lot of energy,” stated Ismaël.

“When we play every three days, it can be very dangerous for us. We must become more ruthless.

“We know this and work with the guys on it. We must improve. For sure, we need the next step in this game tomorrow with more efficiency to avoid mistakes and be more ruthless.”

The performances - perhaps other than Cardiff away - have been more than decent since Valérien arrived at the tail-end of October. 

In coming from behind in the second city on Tuesday night, the Reds again showed another side to their game, something that Ismaël believes should aid his young players in their journey through this 20/21 campaign.

“We are very well organised and press very well and the team spirit in my squad is very good. The guys are in a good place.

“Now we have shown the next level in our mentality, in our process to come back in a game when we are behind.

“It is very important for the players. For their confidence and for us to achieve our goals this season."

Friday night's visitors are currently second in the Sky Bet Championship table, but have stuttered in recent outings. 

But the gaffer knows the threats they have in their squad and says the Reds will be more than ready to compete come 5.30pm tomorrow night.

He told us: "Bournemouth is a very big side with high quality, a Premier League club until this season and we expect another tough game.

"But we have prepared the guys, they know what to expect on Friday and if we can be more clinical, more ruthless and continue to work hard for each other, we will be a strong opponent.

"We go into every game trying to win, tomorrow is no different."


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