Deano hails fan-tastic supporters
Playing in front of fans for the first time in 14 months, the director of rugby said: “It was important that the boys stayed out on the field and showed their appreciation for the crowd, because having fans back here means so much to us.
“They made a hell of a noise for 1,750 people, and it’s just great to see them here again.
“Sport is all about occasions and atmosphere, and we’re getting back to that again.
“I thought 3-3 at half-time was an odd scoreline because it had actually been a decent game with lots of attack and possession, but maybe the accuracy didn’t match the endeavour.
“We spoke about that at half-time, but even at 3-3 the crowd weren’t on our case because they could see the effort the lads were showing.”
The Falcons boss added: “We’re getting there as a team, and fingers crossed we can get a few more fans in for the Worcester game.
“I was pleased with the impact our bench made today, with guys like Carl Fearns contributing well. All the replacements made a difference when it was needed, and that was big for us.
“We talked at half-time about being relentless, and even when they went ahead I honestly never felt we were going to lose.
“We kept putting them under pressure, and I loved seeing that.”