The Alouettes will have to play a game more complete in Toronto

Sport 19 August, 2017

Photo: Paul Chiasson, The canadian Press
The head coach of the Montreal Alouettes, Jacques Chapdelaine

If, for some, there is not only the result that counts, the way to achieve its goals is also essential that the victory in the camp of the Montreal Alouettes. After you have offered a performance by two-time last week against the Toronto Argonauts, which is also concluded by a gain of 21-9, the troupe of Jacques Chapdelaine will have another opportunity to look good against its rivals section, on Saturday at BMO Field.


While the first row of the section will be new to the challenge, Montreal cannot afford to fall flat, as they did in the second half in their last game. Rested and in front of their supporters, the players of the Alouettes had scored 18 points in the first half before missing several opportunities during the last 30 minutes of the game.


“It will be important to see a better second half and play 60 minutes, but it must be understood that we had lost a few players due to injuries and the game plan has changed, said Chapdelaine. That said, we found ourselves in the charging area a few times and we would have been able to pick up more points. “


The challenge will be much tougher this time as the veteran quarterback Ricky Ray will be at his post to guide the air attack of the Argonauts, one of the most prolific of the canadian football League. Ray has missed the last two weeks of activities because of a shoulder injury.


In his absence, Marc Trestman has had to use quarterbacks Cody Fajardo and Jeff Mathews, but their total of 142 yards passing last week was clearly insufficient against the defensively the Alouettes, who is ranked at the second level of the CFL in terms of points this season (159).


To defeat the Argonauts and consolidate their place at the top of the section Is, the Alouettes will also have to be disciplined in possession of the ball and in the critical moments in the box opposite. While she was in the charging area, the attack in montreal has been sentenced to two penalties that jeopardized his chances of a successful hit.


“Constance, this is not to get caught up in making mistakes. We can not approach so close to the endzone and shooting ourselves in the foot with penalties,” said one-quarter of the Alouettes, Darian Durant.


A first abroad ?


Even if it currently holds the first rank in the East, montreal has not signed a win abroad this season, losing three times. The Alouettes have also lost a lead in the fourth quarter when two of those three defeats, including a 12-points while it was only 1:40 to play in Winnipeg.


“We would have been able to get a better result in certain parties abroad,” added Chapdelaine. There are things out of our control and that we will have to improve on the land opponent, but we look forward to stabilizing our performance on the road. “


A victory in Toronto would allow the Alouettes to hold the tie-breaker, in the event that the two teams share the top of the section Is at the end of the season or they are tied for one of the positions giving access to the playoffs.