Match Reaction: Dai Young
Dai Young gives his reaction to the 18-16 loss to Leicester Tigers at Welford Road.
After the game, Young was clearly disappointed to have lost the game when his side had held a lead going into the last ten minutes, but he was also pleased in the response he had from his squad after a below-par display last weekend.
"We're disappointed but, first and foremost, it was a big step on from where we were last week. Last weekend's performance wasn't good enough and we asked some questions of ourselves internally this week. I thought the boys came out and really responded. Taking the positives out of it, we looked a completely different team to last week."
"Discipline was the difference between winning and losing today. Especially in the last ten minutes when we got our noses in front but gave away three silly penalties when we had a chance to win the game."
"We have to look at ourselves first and foremost. It's very easy to direct criticism at the referee but we have to look at ourselves. The last three penalties were definite penalties and they were silly ones to give away when we had a lead."
With just one try in the whole game, Young highlighted how tight the match was throughout and again pointed to his side's discipline as a key factor in the defeat.
"It was a real tight game and both sides struggled to string anything of substance together with both defences doing very well. We had a bit of possession in their 22 where we couldn't finish it off but they are a very good side and they haven't won what they've won by buckling under pressure, especially at home. Yes, we're disappointed, yes we could've won but it was a massive improvement on last week."
Young reiterated that his goal this season is to maintain the club's place in the top tier of Europe but accepted that the top six is a hotly contested area.
"Top six is our target. I don't feel like we are a top four side at the moment and we face a bit of a scrap to get into the top six, with a few sides there or thereabouts. This week's performance is more where we want it to be and if our discipline had been better we could've come away with the win."