Walder disappointed by London Irish loss

Saturday 03 December 2022 Written by: Adam

The Falcons boss said: “We’re very disappointed today at our own performance, and for our supporters who came down to get behind the lads.

“The things we’ve been doing well over the past couple of weeks, we didn’t do today, and we’ll have to spend some time looking into the reasons why.

“Our accuracy, basics, energy and physicality were all lacking from where they were previously, and it was a poor day at the office.

“We said at half-time you have a choice when you walk outside the changing room door – you can carry on the way you are, in which case it will be a long afternoon, or you can take positives from the fact you’re only six points down despite being in your own half for most of the opening 40.

“We’d had one opportunity and scored from it, and I was actually pleased with the first 12 or so minutes after half-time when we took the game to them.

“Unfortunately when things began to go against us after that we lost our way, and it’s really disappointing.”

Giving due praise to the home side, Walder added: “Credit to Irish, they’ve got an outstanding squad when you look at the seasoned internationals they can bring off their bench, and guys like Paddy Jackson running the show from ten.

“They’ve got a huge amount of quality, but we’re just disappointed by how we played today, and for the supporters who travelled down to see us on the back of two good Premiership wins.

“We didn’t turn up, if we’re totally honest, and we’ll be looking into the reasons behind that.

“The penalty count went against us because we were in the wrong areas and doing the wrong things, and we’ll reflect on how we can improve from here.”