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It wasn't pretty says Booth
Exiles boss delighted with 'ugly' win
London Irish coach Toby Booth admitted that the manner of his side's 14-13 victory over Northampton was by no means pretty.
But the Exiles boss said he was delighted to win away from home and clinch the club's first triumph of the Premiership season.
"It certainly wasn't the prettiest of games and we won playing ugly, he said: "But I am delighted to get an away win in the Premiership.
"There is a real adrenaline injection from winning a game. The Premiership is unrelenting, it's like a juggernaut out of control but it was a fantastic victory.
"We have 20% of our squad away but we have Jamie Gibson, Dec Danaher and Fran Rautenbach to come back hopefully for next week."
Saints coach Jim Mallinder said "We are very disappointed to lose. We didn't play well and had we won it would still have covered up a number of faults.
"We had a dominant scrum but did not look after the ball and made lots of mistakes."
"It's gone," Mallinder added of referee Martin Fox's controversial knock on close to the end of the match. "Things like that happen in the last two to three minutes and you have got the previous 77 to get yourself in the clear."
"It's only three games gone but we need to do better and go up to Sale and get a win.
"We hope to have Lee Dickson and Roger Wilson back in the near future and they will make a difference as they are key players."
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|Friday 5th September|
|19:45||Northampton vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Sale vs Bath|
|14:00||Saracens vs Wasps|
|15:00||Leicester vs Newcastle|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 7th September|
|14:00||London Welsh vs Exeter|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Sale|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Exeter vs Leicester|
|Sunday 14th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
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