Mallinder wants big response as pressure mounts

Date published: September 26 2016

Saints coach Jim Mallinder has called on his team to put in an improved performance when they face Exeter Chiefs at Franklin's Gardens on Friday.

Northampton have lost back-to-back games over the last two weeks, against Saracens and Wasps respectively, but Mallinder says they will "come out fighting" against Exeter.

Saints are currently 10th on the Premiership standings after losing three of their four league games so far so they will be desperate to get back to winning ways come Friday.

"You’ve got to dust yourself down and get back into it which we’ll do and we’ll come out fighting against Exeter," Mallinder told the Northampton Cronicle.

"Exeter will be difficult this week but we should be match-hardened now. We’ve shown we can compete with two of the best but we just need to go that extra stage. Pressure’s always on to win games.

“We’ve had a bad start and one win out of four is now what you want, but we’re still a good side and we can still get back on track.

“It only needs a few wins on the bounce and then you very quickly move back up the table."