Only a win will do for Shanahan
PLYMOUTH Albion head coach James Shanahan has made no secret of his desperation to win tonight's British & Irish Cup match against Nottingham.
Shanahan wants a victory this evening and against Stirling next weekend to provide his team with some momentum for the league.
Albion have failed to win their last three matches and have not won at home yet this term.
"We need two wins," said Shanahan (right), who will line up at fly-half tonight. "We need to go into the Jersey game (Albion's next league match) with a belief, confidence and a buzz about us.
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"That has to start tonight. We have to win at home and get the ball rolling, just more for ourselves than anything else.
"We want to show everyone that what we are doing on the training park and what we are showing in glimpses in games, we can do for 80 minutes.
"I have every confidence that we are going to do that and get the win and push on from there."
Shanahan added: "Nottingham are in a similar position to us.
"They had a great start against Leeds, but have then lost a couple of games at home and struggled a little bit.
"They have got a small squad so I would imagine it will be a quality side that comes.
"I have watched their games and they are a good side.
"They have maybe had a bit of bad luck, which everyone can have.
"They probably could, and maybe should, have beaten Jersey, but could have and should have does not help anyone. Against London Welsh it was just a two minute period when Welsh scored two tries and that was it game over for them.
"So it will be a tough game tonight, but one we are definitely looking forward to."
However, not only does Shanahan want a win, he also wants to get through a game without picking up a card.
That has not happened yet this season as Albion have collected six yellow and one red in their first four games.
"So far, these cards have cost us five points from the games against Moseley and London Scottish," he said.
"And that is the difference between being comfortable on 14 points or being on nine points with four or five teams just behind you.
"Our discipline, in terms of penalty count, has been better. "We were under 10 (penalties) last Friday, but the red card and yellow card killed us.
"We just need to eradicate it from our game. The players know that.
"If it does not go away it will cost us and the players. I'm not talking financially but to put a shirt back on because they'd be letting their team-mates down."