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Posted Thursday, January 25th 2018

'Always happy, never satisfied. We're focused on improvement' - Lam

Pat Lam says his side are mindful of the attacking threats posed by Bedford Blues ahead of Sunday’s GKIPA Championship clash at Ashton Gate, but insists the players are determined and focused on continuing their unbeaten league run.

Fifteen tries and 99 points were scored when the sides met at Goldington Road in September, with Bristol running out 68-31 winners thanks to Jordan Williams’ hat-trick, but the head coach says his side have made vast improvements since then.

“We’ve got a lot of respect for Bedford - they are well coached and are a really good attacking side, so we know they will pose another stern test for us,” said Lam.

“The improvements have probably come faster than we hoped, and that’s a credit to the boys. Everyone is working pretty hard and everyone is determined.

Jordan Williams scores the first of three tries against Bedford Blues at Goldington Road in September (JMP UK).

“The main thing is that we stay connected and work as a team. All of our attack is teamwork and our defence has to be teamwork as well. Trust has been a key focus for us this season as well – staying in system and trusting your mate to do the job.”

Bristol’s last league outing was a 57-22 victory over Richmond at the end of December, but Lam maintains the fortnight break, followed by two British and Irish Cup games, has served his squad well.

“It just seems so long since we played our last league game,” he said.

“We used the four weeks to freshen the boys up, with a bit of hard work and training and a couple of games to give the guys a run and get some cobwebs out.

"I'm always happy, never satisfied. The outcomes are the outcomes, it's really about getting our work done and our processes done.

"Our eyes are firmly on gaining promotion and it’s making sure that every day is a winner and every day we’re trying to be better than we were last time."

Head coach, Pat Lam

“We feel that, besides a few cases of illness and injury, we’re in good shape. We’ve out real emphasis on the next three games, starting with this week.

“The boys have come in with a real determined attitude and I’ve been impressed so far with what we’ve done to date. We’ve got a big couple of sessions coming up as well.

“I’m always happy, never satisfied. The outcomes are the outcomes, it’s really about getting our work done and our processes done.

“Our eyes are firmly on gaining promotion and it’s making sure that every day is a winner and every day we’re trying to be better than we were last time.”