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AFC Bournemouth: We've got to be more ruthless says winger Pugh
WINGER Marc Pugh has called for Cherries to show a “ruthless” streak all over the pitch to ensure their promising performances are converted into points.
Pugh’s rallying cry came after Cherries shipped three goals during a torrid first half against Blackburn on Rovers Saturday.
But the long-serving wide man, 26, insisted a healthy dose of dogged determination could see his side quickly bounce back at Leeds United tonight (7.45).
And Pugh, who has played a part in all of Cherries’ Championship fixtures so far this season, highlighted the importance of protecting the ball to prevent unnecessary pressure on his defensive colleagues.
Pugh told the Daily Echo: “You defend as a team and it’s not necessarily about defenders making errors. If the ball comes into midfield or up to the strikers we need to make it stick.
“That has been our downfall really. We were really frustrated at half time (against Blackburn) because we gave away the ball too cheaply all over the park and it set them up to put us under a lot of pressure.
"During the first few minutes we looked quite lively but as soon as they got the goal it deflated us and a lot of the goals we have conceded this season have come from giving possession away.
“It was a much better performance in the second half and we were slightly the better team after the break. They were a still a threat because we were more open with 10 men but we should take a lot of confidence from the way we played.
“Scoring goals hasn’t been a problem for us, we just need to tighten up all over the pitch and make life more difficult for the opposition.”
Meanwhile, left-footed Lancastrian Pugh revealed on-looking family and friends would provide the extra incentive for him to perform on Yorkshire soil.
“The Championship is very much a northern league which is great because I have a lot of friends up there. It’s great when family can get to the games as it gives you even more incentive to put on a performance.”
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