‘We were always looking up’: George Ford never doubted Leicester after crucial win at Newcastle
- Leicester won their first true away game of the league season on Friday
- Captain-for-the-night Ford said the Tigers had never panicked during lean spell
- Eight points clear of bottom-of-the-table Newcastle with three games to go
George Ford insists Leicester have not been spooked by the spectre of relegation — and that the only way is up after beating Newcastle.
The Tigers won their first true away game of the league season on Friday to move ninth thanks to two tries from Guy Thompson, who also provided an assist for Jonny May.
And captain-for-the-night Ford said Leicester had never panicked.
George Ford insists Leicester have not been spooked by the spectre of relegation
‘I know there’s a lot of talk about where we are in the league, relegation and stuff, but it has not once come into our vocab in meetings or thoughts around the place. We’ve always said these last four games there were 20 points available — we’re looking up, not behind us.
‘If you start looking behind you, you might get caught in it even more. But the result was vital. The feeling now is more relief than happiness.’
Ford admitted: ‘It is such a tough place to come up to with the position we’re in. I’m proud of the fight we showed. At the end it could have gone either way.
‘We’re not kidding ourselves, but the forwards got us out the tough end there.’
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