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Aviva Premiership: Bath coach Mike Ford felt for his players after draw with Leicester

Last Updated: 05/01/14 5:34pm

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Anthony Watson: Teenager was man of the match for Mike Ford

Anthony Watson: Teenager was man of the match for Mike Ford

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Bath head coach Mike Ford was pleased with his side's draw at Leicester despite 'feeling like it was a loss'.

Ford's side led 27-17 heading into the final quarter only for Tigers to cross twice through Thomas Waldrom and then Jamie Gibson a minute from time.

Fly-half Owen Williams missed the conversion from the touchline but Ford said the players' attitude to the result was pleasing.

"If we have to come back here in the play-offs, then we won't be afraid."
Mike Ford

"That feels like bit of a loss, which is good because it shows how far we've come," Ford said.

"We're still third in the table, we have 10 games left with six of them at home. We're in a strong position, but we still have to prove it.

"If we have to come back here in the play-offs, then we won't be afraid."

Watson shines

Ford paid tribute to teenage winger Anthony Watson, who scored Bath's opening try and was lively throughout an entertaining Aviva Premiership clash.

"If Anthony Watson didn't get man of the match, I don't know who did (Gibson, in fact, did). He was fantastic, on fire," said Ford.

"It was against a serious side away from home, so that's very promising. An international wing finishes those chances and he did that. On that performance he's ready to play for England.

"His main attribute is attitude. He'll keep his feet on the ground and will try to get better."

Champions Leicester remain in fifth place and director of rugby Richard Cockerill was pleased with the Tigers' fightback.

"To battle back after trailing like we did and to be in with a shout of winning it at the last play is credit to the players," Cockerill said.

"We're still fifth with 10 games to go so it's not the end of the world. We have a long list of very good players to come back. We're not in a bad place.

"The game lasts for 80 minutes, not 79 minutes, and we just had to keep on going to see where we got to."

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