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- 17th Nov 2013
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Madejski Stadium
- Att: 5,792
LV= Cup: Alan Dickens says winning competition is a target for Northampton
Every cup competition we play in we want to win whether it's the Heineken Cup or the A league.
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Northampton defence coach Alan Dickens says the Saints have their sights firmly set on winning the LV= Cup after a 39-18 victory over London Irish.
Glenn Dickson kicked 24 points at the Madejski Stadium as Northampton followed up last week's convincing win over Gloucester with another comfortable success and are now top of Pool 4 after two games.
"We are now in a good position to qualify (for the latter stages) and every cup competition we play in we want to win whether it's the Heineken Cup or the A league," Dickens said.
He added: "Glenn showed considerable confidence in taking on those kicks. Last week and this week are real positives for the club as we've scored seven tries and only conceded two.
"This is a hard place to come; as it was a hard-fought win in the league here two weeks ago. They had a little sniff of victory as they came back at us in the second half."
Irish trailed 26-6 at the interval but then rallied to score two tries from Kieran Low and replacement Danny Kenny and assistant coach Glenn Delaney conceded the early deficit had put the game beyond their reach.
He said: "It was a game of two halves and at half-time we regrouped and set ourselves a target of winning the second half.
"We had to put that first-half performance behind us and there was a whole-hearted effort after the interval."
Northampton had built up an early lead thanks to Dickson's goal kicking before Howard Packman's try put Irish firmly on the back foot.
Delaney added: "The breakaway try was the spark in the game and after that we just had to keep playing for the whole 80 minutes.
"We chipped away and got within striking distance with 25 minutes to go but we kept conceding penalties in vital areas, which did seem somewhat harsh at times."
Shane Geraghty was a late withdrawal from the starting line-up for the Irish.
Delaney revealed: "He felt a niggle in the warm-up and was taken out as a precautionary measure. He is a very important player for us and we want him to be available for next week's game against Leicester."
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|Saturday 1st November|
|15:00||Northampton vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Sale vs Wasps|
|15:00||Cardiff Blues vs Scarlets|
|15:00||London Irish vs Leicester|
|15:00||Ospreys vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|15:00||Exeter vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|Sunday 2nd November|
|13:00||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 8th November|
|15:00||Scarlets vs Northampton|
|15:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Cardiff Blues|
|15:00||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Ospreys vs Saracens|
|15:00||Exeter vs Bath|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Sunday 9th November|
|15:15||Leicester vs Sale|
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