Jazz: We're Good Enough

Friday 16 October 2015 10:00

Jazz Richards is looking to put the disappointment of losing two points at Charlton Athletic behind him by getting a win at Middlesbrough.

Still irked by the result last time out at the Valley, the full-back knows the Whites must learn how to see out the game.

“It was definitely frustrating as we looked strong throughout the match,” he told fulhamfc.com. “I’ve said quite a bit about managing the game in areas like that when we are two up.

“You’ve got to go and kill the game, or at least not concede, and I think when they got the first goal they were just on top of us and that’s how they were able to get a second.

“Obviously Boro are one of the favourites in the league and it’s away, so it’s going to be a tough game but we are more than good enough to go and beat teams like Middlesbrough, and everyone else in the league.

“We’re a fairly new group of boys, it’s the start of the season and we’re learning how to play with each other and how to get that togetherness, which will come soon.”

Despite Middlesbrough sitting in second place in the league, the 24-year-old says the side must focus on their own game to set up a positive run of results.

“We’ve just got to go and play, we can’t just go and let them do their thing,” he explained. “We’ve got to stamp our authority on the game and we’re more than capable of doing that.

“Every game is a big one, but especially if you can go away to Middlesbrough and get three points then that’s a statement of intent.

“It’s important now to get a winning streak and build up the points. If we can get the win going into our home games next week then we can push on and keep climbing up the table.”

Richards returned to Motspur Park this week after a successful time away with the Welsh national team as they qualified for a major tournament for the first time since the 1958 World Cup.

“It’s been a good week with Wales, qualifying from the campaign,” he said. “The boys have been outstanding and there was no doubt that we were going to qualify sooner or later.

“We’ve qualified into the Euros and the last time was the 1950s. It’s a big achievement and a great group of lads and I think we'll go on and do well in the competition.

“The atmosphere was brilliant in Cardiff, the fans have been on top form. In previous years it’s been a bit difficult with us not performing, but now the way we are playing everyone wants to come and watch and that’s helped us out a lot.”

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