Gary Gold insists Bath not giving up on play-offs despite fourth straight defeat

Last Updated: 06/01/13 6:57pm

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Bath head coach Gary Gold says his team are still targeting the Aviva Premiership play-offs despite going four games without a win.

The 29-15 defeat to Wasps left them down in eighth place, Christian Wade's brilliant solo try on the stroke of half-time changing the course of the game.

Bath had led 12-3 but Wade's trickery, Stephen Jones' deadly right boot - which gathered 17 points in total - and Chris Bell's late effort proved too much for the visitors.

But Gold said: "I think the table is quite tight this year, if you look at it if you're a pessimist and see the glass half empty you could think we're out of the top-four contention," he said.

"But we have a good group of rugby players, the attitude is right and I'm certainly not going to be giving up on the top four going forward.

"At 29-15 it doesn't look like we showed character but I think we did, we started off well and we put them under pressure, but that try just before half-time hurt us there's no doubt about it.

"I think we defended bravely for quite a number of phases at that stage and a piece of brilliance from their very good players led to them getting a try."

Wasps moved up to fourth but back-row star James Haskell insists they will not be getting carried away.

"It's exciting but the good thing is that our feet will be firmly back on the floor," said Haskell.

"We are pleased as a team but we know there's a lot of work to do. There's a long way to go.

"We've got a new team with a lot of young talent, with great new signings like Ashley Johnson. In the Premiership slow and steady wins the race and we've just got to keep going and look at our games and keep on improving.

"I think belief comes from doing a lot of hard work, sometimes in our review meetings you're not sure if you have won the game given the amount of scrutiny we are put under but everyone is working hard towards the same goal."

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