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Middleton: We Must Be Better

Published on 24th December 2012 by Tom Tainton

Head Coach says his side must raise performance


Liam Middleton admitted he expected more from his players, despite a 26-18 victory over Doncaster Knights at the Memorial Stadium.

The win on Sunday was the Club’s ninth in ten games, but the Head Coach believes Bristol have the potential to be even better.

“I was disappointed with our performance as a whole,” said Middleton. “Our accuracy wasn’t to the standards that we have set, and if we have any ambitions of pushing into the top three, we need to raise our performance.

“We need to round our game off to be strong contenders. Perhaps a little more maturity is needed and a better understanding of how we can apply pressure more effectively.

“I’m chuffed with certain aspects – the positives were another four points in the bag, a strong scrum and our defence, up until the hour mark, was really good.”

After a difficult start to the RFU Championship campaign, Bristol lay in eighth in early November, but a remarkable turnaround sees Middleton’s side climb into the top four.

He added: “We find ourselves in the top four when a few weeks ago we were languishing in eighth. We have the ability and the potential to be better, but now we need to ask ourselves: are we going to push on?

“We have to get back to work after Christmas and carry on pushing forward. We haven’t had a lot of joy against Pirates at the Mennaye, so we’ll need to show the emotion on New Year’s Day because we need to be significantly better.”