Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

We Are Not Yet the Finished Article, Insists Richards

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

We Are Not Yet the Finished Article, Insists Richards

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Richards said: "Yeah, the weather did not make life easy, but it was the same for Plymouth and it does not account for the fact we butchered six or seven tryscoring opportunities. "Irrespective of the cold, our finishing was not good enough and the players found it as frustrating as the coaches did judging by what was said in the changing room afterwards.

"To miss that many opportunities was uncharacteristic of our season because we have been quite clinical, but we had at least five or six clear chances which went begging."

His side finding itself a try down inside three minutes against a fired-up Devon outfit, Richards added: "We came out during those early stages and failed to get on the front foot in the way we were defending.

"Our line-speed was not particularly good and Plymouth's ball-carriers kept getting them over the gain line.

"That was especially disappointing and not something we are used to.

"We had only conceded one league try at home all season prior to this game and the boys themselves said to ship two in one match is unacceptable. …

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