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Middleton: We're Fighting For Our Lives

Published on 18th March 2013 by Tom Tainton

Head Coach insists Bristol will bounce back


Liam Middleton has vowed that his team will bounce back from the 24-13 reversal at the hands of Moseley on Friday.

The defeat – which leaves Bristol outside of the top four - extends the barren run at Billesley Common to four games.

“It’s so tough to take, I don’t think I can articulate the feeling in the dressing room,” said the Head Coach.

“If Luke Eves’ try had counted, we would have been 21-0 up inside the opening half hour and it could have been a very different story.

“Momentum ran with them, especially when we were reduced to thirteen men in the second period – it’s difficult to gain any foothold in the game when they have that advantage.

“There was no lack of effort or lack of clarity from our players. I felt the squad approached the game in a positive mindset and we should have pushed on, but the wind and wet conditions made it difficult for us.”

Bristol travel to Jersey on Saturday looking to bounce back from two successive league defeats.

Middleton added: “We have four games left and we’re fighting for our lives now. We will bounce back – and we have done already this season when we have had setbacks.

“There’s a great spirit here and we won’t give up. We can’t think about play-offs or anything like that, we have to get back to work and focus on Jersey first.”