Ford: ‘We should have won’

Date published: April 4 2015

Bath head coach Mike Ford wants no sympathy after his side narrowly fell short of defeating Leinster in Dublin.

George Ford scored and created a try apiece as Bath lost 18-15, being knocked out of the Champions Cup in the process.

"Make no mistake, we don't want any sympathy vote here. We should have won that game today," said Ford.

"There is a lot of disappointment. The first-half performance, especially, we are a lot better than that. It is probably where we lost the game. We couldn't really control the ball and we gave away some penalties."

Pinpointing where his side fell short, Ford felt convinced in the closing stages that Bath would get the victory.

Instead it's Leinster who are into the semi-finals to face either Toulon or Wasps.

"We made quite a few line-breaks, but there is more than one way to win a game. It is not just about scoring tries. They kicked their penalties and fair play to them.

"But we are so disappointed because we are a lot better than what we showed today. That last 10-15 minutes, I was pretty convinced we were going to win the game, but it's small margins.

"At half-time, we talked about composure. We hadn't been able to build any pressure with ball in hand and there was also the discipline side of things. (Ian) Madigan was pretty dead-eye today, which cost us.

"We put it together second half and I think this will make us stronger. We will look back at the end of the season at this game particularly and say this is where Bath became very strong.”