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- LV= Cup
- 8th Nov 2013
- KO 19:45
- Ground: The AJ Bell Stadium
- Att: 5,038
LV= Cup: Toby Booth praises Bath, Steve Diamond says Sale were right to go for win
We make no apologies for trying to create a deeper squad because you want competition for places.
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Bath coach Toby Booth was delighted to clinch an away win after seeing his much-changed side see off Sale 27-20 at the AJ Bell Stadium.
A line-up that saw 13 alterations at one stage led the Sharks 20-10 before being pegged back, setting up a thrilling finish to the LV= Cup tie.
However, Dave Attwood stole the ball in Sale territory to cross late on for the match-winning try in the all-Aviva Premiership clash, much to the delight of Booth.
"There was a lot of disbelief from all parties, it was an extraordinary end to a very tough contest," he said.
"There were lots of changes on both sides and often the first 20 or 30 minutes is about getting used to playing with each other.
"We're delighted with the away win because an away win in any competition you have to treasure.
"We spoke about the people who have wanted the opportunity and have waited for an opportunity to force their hand and show what they can do.
"We make no apologies for trying to create a deeper squad because you want competition for places. Away wins like this shows that people are putting their hands up and it gives us selection headaches."
Sale had their chances to win the game themselves in the closing stages before a decision to run the ball from their own 22 led to Attwood pinching their pocket and touching down for the deciding score.
Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond said: "I thought we did well to get back to 20-all and the side took the decision to have a go for it and it didn't work out, so I'm not too disappointed about that.
"We didn't play very well, that's the disappointing thing and we didn't win at home. There will be no toys out of the pram over the decision.
"They opted to have a crack at it and it didn't come off so fair play to Bath, they capitalised on it - you have to go for a win in this competition.
"We just didn't put things together as smartly as we thought we would have done. We trained well in the week but it didn't come to fruition tonight."
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