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Northampton 19:45 Gloucester

Alan Dickens pleased with Northampton and Ben Foden in win over Gloucester

Last Updated: 26/01/13 6:37pm

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Alan Dickens: Good day at the office for vicrorious Saints

Alan Dickens: Good day at the office for vicrorious Saints

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Northampton coach Alan Dickens paid tribute to the Saints after their 26-7 win over Gloucester in the LV= Cup.

Tries from Luther Burrell and Alex Waller helped the Saints on their way to victory and there was also a morale boosting 80-minute run-out for England full-back Ben Foden.

"We talked a couple of weeks ago about winning at home and after a good win against Castres in the Heineken Cup, we have had another good win here," said Dickens.

"The key to it is that we are creating the chances, we don't want to get too frustrated about scoring tries. We need to stay positive and we will finish them off.

"It is good to see some tries. The last home game was a really solid performance against Castres, who are in the top four in the French league, but it is always nice to score tries and we got a couple today. It is positive we created those chances."

Foden was released to play after missing England's autumn internationals with an ankle injury and Dickens was pleased to see him come through safely.

He added: "Ben was impressive, and he is getting back to where he wants to be. He needs to play games and get some game time under his belt. Jim (Mallinder) speaks to Stuart (Lancaster( every week during these kind of periods."

Gloucester forwards coach Carl Hogg added: "We didn't have a lot of possession, but we defended with great energy and spirit. It is a good learning curve for these young players.

"It is disappointing with the lack of ball we had, so we were on the back foot for most of the day, but I must pay credit to the players for the spirit they showed."

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