Irish ‘in a pretty bad space’

Date published: December 1 2014

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London Irish boss Brian Smith was downcast after his side’s fifth defeat in a row in the Premiership on Sunday to Gloucester.

London Irish boss Brian Smith was downcast after his side’s fifth defeat in a row in the Premiership on Sunday to Gloucester.

The Exiles are 11th having only won two matches all season, away to Newcastle and Leicester.

Smith called on his squad to stick together but was open about the current mood at the club.

“We are very disappointed; there were inaccuracies across the board. We have no one to blame but ourselves and we just have to be better,” said Smith.

“We are in a pretty bad space right now.

“We’ve got to stick together and avoid people blaming each other. The boys are trying their hearts out and today I rolled the dice by bringing back six players to give us energy but we are clearly under pressure and are too inaccurate.”

Gloucester boss David Humphreys by contrast was understandably pleased to see his side end their own streak of three losses.

“We dug deep and showed a huge amount of character to come away with four vital points,” added Humphreys.

“We are creating opportunities but we are not taking enough of them and are not showing sufficient precision.

“Every win is important as the middle positions are very condensed.

“It’s vital that we stay in touch and having our England players back next week will bring us huge momentum as we also want to do well in Europe.”

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