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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 13th February|
|19:45||Leicester vs Gloucester|
|19:45||Northampton vs London Irish|
|Saturday 14th February|
|16:30||Exeter vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 15th February|
|13:00||Saracens vs Bath|
|14:00||Wasps vs Harlequins|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Sale|
|Friday 20th February|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Wasps|
|Saturday 21st February|
|14:00||Sale vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Bath vs Northampton|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|14:00||London Irish vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th February|
|19:45||Leicester vs Sale|
|19:45||Northampton vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 28th February|
|14:30||London Welsh vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Newcastle|
|15:15||Exeter vs Bath|
|Sunday 1st March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Gloucester|
|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Northampton|
|Sunday 8th March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Leicester|
|Saturday 28th March|
|14:00||Sale vs Gloucester|
|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
|Sunday 4th January|
|London Welsh 13 - 24 Harlequins|
|Wasps 41 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Leicester 17 - 8 Bath|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|Exeter 25 - 26 Gloucester|
|Saracens 22 - 6 London Irish|
|Friday 2nd January|
|Northampton 39 - 31 Newcastle|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Gloucester 23 - 30 Wasps|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Harlequins 25 - 30 Northampton|
|Newcastle 23 - 25 Saracens|
|Bath 31 - 14 Exeter|
|Sale Sharks 30 - 32 Leicester|
|Friday 26th December|
|London Irish 24 - 9 London Welsh|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Wasps 48 - 16 London Irish|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath|
|Northampton 23 - 19 Leicester|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale 18 - 11 Exeter|
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