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Heineken Cup Pool 3: Pat Lam keeping a lid on expectations
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Connacht head coach Pat Lam is not getting carried away after his side grabbed their third Heineken Cup win to stay alive in Pool Three.
European debutant Jack Carty kicked 10 points, converting tries from man-of-the-match Matt Healy and Robbie Henshaw, as the Irish province beat Zebre 20-13 Galway.
However, Lam was disappointed with his side's overall performance and their inability to bag a bonus point which could be vital for their qualification hopes.
"I am happy with the win - you don't take wins lightly in European rugby - but I am also pretty disappointed," he said.
"The outcome is great because we got the win, but ultimately we were not clinical enough, and had so many opportunities right across the board that we didn't take."
Although keeping the Italian visitors try-less, it took Connacht more than 20 minutes to register their first points and they secured their second try through Henshaw in the 43rd minute.
"It was frustrating because early on we lost so many opportunities. The quality of our kicking was inaccurate, we kicked recklessly and not in the right place, and gave the ball away at crucial times," added Lam.
"We now have a big week ahead. Our cup form has been good, but that first game against Saracens (in October) still irks - a case of what could have been."
Of Connacht's chances of reaching the last eight, he remarked: "If Toulouse win at home (against Saracens on Sunday ) then it's all up for second place, so realistically we are right there."
Zebre had high hopes of registering their first ever Heineken Cup win, but they left the Sportsground without a single point.
Second row George Biagi said his side had hoped to build momentum after their victory over Benetton Treviso in the PRO12 last weekend, but they came up short.
"It was very disappointing for us today. In the first half we had a few try-scoring opportunities, but we didn't capitalise, and that really cost us the game. Then every time they came into our half, they scored, so it killed us," he said.
"For us it is very important to get a Heineken Cup win - you are on the world stage and everyone relishes these games, so to come here and not really perform is very disappointing.
"Now we have Toulouse (in the final round). It will not come any easier, but we are playing at home and we will do our best to perform."
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|European Rugby Champions Cup|
|Saturday 24th January|
|European Rugby Champions Cup|
|Scarlets 3 - 26 Toulon|
|Ulster 26 - 7 Leicester Tigers|
|Northampton 8 - 32 Racing Metro Paris|
|Treviso 23 - 20 Ospreys|
|Castres 19 - 47 Harlequins|
|Wasps 20 - 20 Leinster|
|Sunday 18th January|
|Ospreys 9 - 20 Northampton|
|Racing Metro Paris 53 - 7 Treviso|
|Toulouse 18 - 35 Bath|
|Glasgow Warriors 21 - 10 Montpellier|
|Saturday 17th January|
|Harlequins 3 - 23 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 13 - 22 Clermont Auvergne|
|Leinster 50 - 8 Castres|
|Toulon 60 - 22 Ulster|
|Saracens 33 - 10 Munster|
|Friday 16th January|
|Leicester Tigers 40 - 23 Scarlets|
|Sunday 14th December|
|Scarlets 22 - 13 Ulster|
|Clermont Auvergne 26 - 19 Munster|
|Wasps 44 - 17 Castres|
|Saturday 13th December|
|Leinster 14 - 13 Harlequins|
|Saracens 28 - 15 Sale Sharks|
|Racing Metro Paris 18 - 14 Ospreys|
|Toulon 23 - 8 Leicester Tigers|
|Northampton 67 - 0 Treviso|
|Glasgow Warriors 9 - 12 Toulouse|
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