Tindall Seeking ‘Ruthless’ Defensive Performance at Rotherham

Written by Frankie Rudland

Jason Tindall admitted he wants to see a more ‘ruthless’ defensive performance as his side head north for Saturday’s clash with Rotherham.

The Cherries kept a clean sheet for the first time in five games on Tuesday night as a Stanislas brace fired them past Nottingham Forest.

However, Tindall’s men are yet to keep their opponents out in two consecutive matches, which is something that the Bournemouth boss is eager to change: “It’s an area where we want to become a lot more ruthless in terms of keeping clean sheets.

“We know we need to because we know that we’ve got the ability to score goals.

“We were really pleased with the clean sheet and the performance (against Nottingham Forest) and we’re hoping we can build on that now.”

Alongside a second consecutive clean sheet the Cherries are also on the hunt for their fourth win on the bounce, a feat which they haven’t achieved since the 2014/15 promotion winning campaign, with the fourth victory coincidentally coming against tomorrow’s opponents Rotherham.

And Tindall is hoping that history will repeat itself at the New York stadium: “I hadn’t realised that, but hopefully that’s a good omen for us and we can go there and repeat a level of performance that is good enough to go and win the game.”

Hosts Rotherham are hovering just above the relegation zone in 19th place, with only goal difference separating them from Tuesday’s visitors Nottingham Forest.

But despite their similarities in standings, Tindall is expecting the Millers to provide a much different test to the one his side endured midweek.

“It will be a really tough game, from what I’ve seen of Rotherham they work extremely hard and they are a very, very good pressing side.

“They’re a direct side that pose different problems but we have to go to there and be ready for what they can throw at us.

“We have to take the confidence from our last three results and last couple of performances and go and deliver a performance that is good enough to win the game.”

The Cherries boss also confirmed that there are no fresh injury concerns, while Jack Stacey will be assessed today after missing out midweek: “We’re going to get an opinion of Jack today, so far the early signs have been quite positive.

“Hopefully we’ll have some good news today so that Jack knows what’s going on and we have a bit more of a timeframe.”

Josh King will once again sit out as he continues his period of isolation after testing positive for Covid-19, as will summer signing Cameron Carter-Vickers who is currently side-lined with an ankle injury.

Bournemouth face Rotherham at the New York stadium on Saturday the 28th of November at 3pm.

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