Second Half Starts Must Improve


PEDRO CAIXINHA has called on his side to begin the second half of games in a better fashion than they have in recent weeks.

Caixinha has pointed to that aspect of his team’s performances in post-match interviews following the Dundee and Ross County games, and, when asked after last night’s draw at Partick Thistle, he agreed it is something which needs to be worked on.

He explained: “Yes. I think in the last couple of games, we haven’t started well. We’ve allowed the opponent to get, in the previous one, into our box from kick-off.

“Tonight, we lost an easy ball on the right and allowed them the transition to come and get the momentum of the game and to start getting in the second half of the game.

“We need to manage much better the moments. We need to keep the ball and we need to attack spaces. We need to find the moments where we need to attack the ball quicker and the moments where we need to move the ball slower.

“It is one of the details we need to keep working on. We are an aggressive team – we are a team with pace, a team with anger and a team with ambition, but we need to have more control of the game, and for me, to have more control of the game we need to have the ball.”

Caixinha will now lead Gers back to Firhill for Tuesday’s League Cup quarter-final tie. He won’t however be making drastic changes to his starting XI, unless he is forced to as a result of injuries.

He added: “I am not the type of coach who looks to make changes just for the sake of it. If we have the need to make changes, then we will make changes.

“The team is ready to play every four days – we have four days to recover and then another four days. We are not concerned about it, but, for example, we need to see what is going on with Lee Wallace, and which players can be options for us on Tuesday.”

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