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- Aviva Premiership
- 1st Mar 2014
- KO 15:15
- Ground: Franklin's Gardens
- Att: 13,238
Aviva Premiership: Ben Foden back to help Northampton at crucial time of season
Ben is realistic enough to know where he is at the moment. We know he's a quality player who is a good international player.
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Northampton boss Jim Mallinder felt Ben Foden looked "particularly sharp" on his return from injury in the 39-13 win over Gloucester.
Foden made his comeback from knee ligament trouble in the Aviva Premiership fixture at Franklin's Gardens, coming off the bench for his first appearance since November.
The England international will be a welcome addition to the Saints squad as they prepare to fight on three fronts over the closing months of the campaign - they are next in LV= Cup action, taking on Saracens in the semi-finals.
"I was really delighted to see Ben Foden back, he was particularly sharp," said Mallinder.
"That's pleasing for us now and fingers crossed he can have a really good run-in until the end of the season.
"Ben is realistic enough to know where he is at the moment. We know he's a quality player who is a good international player.
"He's had a long lay-off, he won't expect to walk into an international team, particularly when someone like Mike Brown is playing so well.
"So he knows what he's got to do, and that's find his form playing for Northampton.
"And I think if he can do that then there's no reason why Stuart won't be looking at him, hopefully sooner rather than later.
"Ben Foden needs games now, so he'll be involved in the LV= Cup game against Saracens, definitely."
Ken Pisi, Calum Clark, Tom Stephenson, Alex Waller and Will Hooley claimed Northampton's tries, with Stephen Myler slotting four conversions and two penalties.
Henry Trinder grabbed Gloucester's solitary score, with Freddie Burns kicking the rest of their points. At one stage they were level at 13-13 before falling away badly in the second half.
"I think the replacements did a really good job, it was a question of looking after the ball and continuing to apply pressure," added Mallinder.
"We were guilty, particularly in that first half, of even though we created chances, trying to force the ball.
"In the second half the replacements came on, and I think it was a continued pressure. We made the changes, and a massive scrum on their ball, and that pressure just counted in the end."
Gloucester's 11th defeat of the season leaves them in ninth place, with rugby director Nigel Davies frustrated not to capitalise on the previous week's win over Harlequins.
"We didn't impose ourselves on any aspect of the game today, I'm really disappointed," said Davies.
"We were inaccurate, we gave away sloppy penalties, and you can't afford to do that against a team of this quality.
"The most disappointing thing for me is that we didn't have control in any single aspect of the match."
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|Friday 14th November|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Harlequins|
|19:45||Northampton vs Exeter|
|Saturday 15th November|
|14:00||Sale vs London Irish|
|17:00||Bath vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 16th November|
|13:00||Leicester vs Saracens|
|15:15||Wasps vs London Welsh|
|Friday 21st November|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Sale|
|20:00||Newcastle vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 22nd November|
|15:00||London Irish vs Bath|
|15:00||Exeter vs Wasps|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|13:00||Saracens vs Northampton|
|15:15||London Welsh vs Leicester|
|Friday 28th November|
|19:45||Bath vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 29th November|
|15:00||Leicester vs Wasps|
|16:30||Exeter vs Saracens|
|Sunday 30th November|
|13:00||London Irish vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Northampton|
|15:15||Newcastle vs Sale|
|Saturday 20th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Bath|
|15:00||Northampton vs Leicester|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 21st December|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|Friday 26th December|
|15:00||London Irish vs London Welsh|
|Sunday 12th October|
|Wasps 29 - 22 Bath|
|Saturday 11th October|
|Northampton 43 - 10 Sale Sharks|
|Saracens 28 - 21 Gloucester|
|Exeter 44 - 24 London Irish|
|London Welsh 3 - 23 Newcastle|
|Friday 10th October|
|Leicester 22 - 16 Harlequins|
|Sunday 5th October|
|Newcastle 29 - 24 Exeter|
|Sale 25 - 14 Wasps|
|Saturday 4th October|
|Gloucester 33 - 16 Leicester|
|Harlequins 52 - 0 London Welsh|
|London Irish 12 - 19 Northampton|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Bath 21 - 11 Saracens|
|Sunday 28th September|
|Wasps 35 - 18 Newcastle|
|Exeter 36 - 13 Harlequins|
|Saturday 27th September|
|Northampton 31 - 24 Bath|
|Leicester 19 - 22 London Irish|
|Saracens 40 - 19 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 26th September|
|London Welsh 10 - 46 Gloucester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|Newcastle 10 - 35 Northampton|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Bath 45 - 0 Leicester|
|Harlequins 26 - 23 Wasps|
|London Irish 32 - 36 Saracens|
|Sale 46 - 8 London Welsh|
|Friday 19th September|
|Gloucester 22 - 25 Exeter|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Newcastle 18 - 20 London Irish|
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