James Shanahan: 'Improving' Plymouth Albion desperate for win

James Shanahan
Plymouth Albion and Bedford have both lost their first three Championship games of the season

Plymouth Albion coach James Shanahan believes nothing less than victory will suffice against fellow Championship strugglers Bedford at Brickfields.

Albion have lost their first three games but put in an improved performance losing 32-25 in Rotherham.

"We got a performance, which is great, but we desperately need that win," Shanahan told BBC Sport.

"Last week was much better, but people don't remember good performances, they remember results."

Albion were leading Rotherham 25-20 with 20 minutes remaining before two yellow cards in two minutes allowed the hosts to fight back.

"The cards killed us, we were out on our feet in that last ten, having held them out pretty well with thirteen men," added Shanahan.

"The intent, desire, belief and mindset was far better and they knew they had to step up - we'll need to see that again."

Bedford are second bottom in the table, one place below Albion, but scored four tries in the narrow loss against Championship pace-setters London Scottish.

"There's always an added incentive against them because of my history with the club," continued the former Bedford player.

"They've been a really successful side, which might have led to them losing players to the Premiership and they're obviously hard to replace.

"It's going to be a tough match - they probably deserved to beat Scottish last week, which is more like the Bedford of old."

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