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London Irish coach Brian Smith looking forward despite relegation battle

Last Updated: 29/03/13 5:59pm

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Brian Smith hails the London Irish faithful as they look to secure Aviva Premiership future.

Brian Smith hails the London Irish faithful as they look to secure Aviva Premiership future.

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Despite languishing towards the bottom of the Aviva Premiership, London Irish coach Brian Smith insists he does not care about points differences.

The Exiles boss has made clear his side have their sights set on moving forward rather than looking over their shoulder.

Irish have managed to amass a ten-point gap between themselves and London Welsh at the foot of the Aviva Premiership table.

With only four matches remaining this season, victory against fellow strugglers Sale Sharks at home would take the side a step closer to securing another year in the top flight.

"We don't look over our shoulder and we never will," Smith told the Reading Post.

"I don't know what the points difference is between Irish and bottom place and I don't care. We are just looking at the next team above us in the ladder. I know they are four points above us. That's all we are after.

"We still carry a fair bit of angst because we think we are a better team than where we are in the league and we still have four games left to prove it."

Distance

Sunday sees Irish welcome Sale to the Madejski Stadium and Smith believes his side are more than capable of putting distance between themselves and the relegation battle.

"Sale boss Steve Diamond has got his team firing," he add.

"I would like to think we are firing as well. They will have seen how our pack performed last weekend so they will certainly try to fight fire with fire up front. It will be a real man test early on.

"Plan A is going to be to take them on up front. We will just make sure we have a good Plan B and that we are good enough to execute it if we need it."

The Exiles have registered five victories in their nine home fixtures so far this season and Smith saluted the dedication of the home supporters.

"I have been really happy with the team's form at home all season," he said. "The supporters have not given the team a hard time at home at all which is fantastic. Long may that continue.

"They have got behind us, especially in the second half of those big tough games we have had."

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