Win is going to come soon, insists Plymouth Albion star Ruairi Cushion
RUAIRI CUSHION insists supporters will see a different Plymouth Albion team when they return to Brickfields this coming Saturday.
Albion will play their first match at home for three weeks when they entertain second-placed Bedford Blues.
Nat Saumi's side have produced some below par displays at Brickfields in recent months and in their last home match they attracted their lowest league crowd for a decade as they lost 9-6 in a poor game to struggling Moseley.
Since then Albion have produced two encouraging displays at Leeds and Rotherham and will return home more confident, even though they still have not ended their three-month wait for a league win.
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"The home crowd are going to see a different team compared to a couple of weeks ago," said Cushion.
"After the Moseley game we had a big meeting – a big in-house chat with coaches and players.
"We discussed a lot of things that had gone wrong and what we as players and coaches could fix to turn the club around.
"I think that has had a massive effect on the team.
"We are playing a lot better rugby. We are scoring tries and enjoying our rugby.
"I think if we can continue to do that then the wins are definitely going to start coming.
"We just need to keep the pressure away from us. We want to be looking up the table and not down.
"The two points we got on Saturday (at Rotherham) will help do that.
"It is all about keeping our confidence as much as we can considering we have lost our last few games."
Albion, who have lost nine of their last 10 league games, came close to securing their first win since November 9 at Rotherham.
They led for a spell in the second half and the match was level with just a couple of minutes to go but Albion, like they had done against Moseley, conceded a late penalty to lose 34-31.
However, Albion, sitting ninth in the 12-strong Championship, did score four tries for only the second time in the league this season to secure two valuable bonus points, which has moved them 14 points clear of bottom club Doncaster.
"We went there to win," said Cushion, who has captained the team in the last two matches. "All we wanted was to get the four points and we could have got five, but again a few decisions just went against us and a couple of errors from us backed that up.
"But we came away with two points, and we'll take that. It's another two points in a very tight league.
"It keeps us away from the bottom and hopefully we can continue to play some good rugby."
Cushion, scorer of one of Albion's four tries at Clifton Lane, added: "Saturday gave us a little bit of a boost. Rotherham is a tough place to go. Not many teams win there.
"So to score four tries and push them all the way and do enough, in our eyes, to win the game, has to give us confidence."
Cushion, though, is aware the team need a win more than anything else.
"Winning is a habit and losing's a habit," he said. "At the moment we are in a bad habit.
"But we have turned a huge corner by changing the way we play and by being at one with each other.
"A lot of things have changed at the club, which is great to see.
"We are all happy with each other now and happy with the coaching staff. It is just a matter of getting those wins now."