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Aviva Premiership: Bath coach Mike Ford felt for his players after draw with Leicester
If we have to come back here in the play-offs, then we won't be afraid.
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Bath head coach Mike Ford was pleased with his side's draw at Leicester despite 'feeling like it was a loss'.
Ford's side led 27-17 heading into the final quarter only for Tigers to cross twice through Thomas Waldrom and then Jamie Gibson a minute from time.
Fly-half Owen Williams missed the conversion from the touchline but Ford said the players' attitude to the result was pleasing.
"That feels like bit of a loss, which is good because it shows how far we've come," Ford said.
"We're still third in the table, we have 10 games left with six of them at home. We're in a strong position, but we still have to prove it.
"If we have to come back here in the play-offs, then we won't be afraid."
Ford paid tribute to teenage winger Anthony Watson, who scored Bath's opening try and was lively throughout an entertaining Aviva Premiership clash.
"If Anthony Watson didn't get man of the match, I don't know who did (Gibson, in fact, did). He was fantastic, on fire," said Ford.
"It was against a serious side away from home, so that's very promising. An international wing finishes those chances and he did that. On that performance he's ready to play for England.
"His main attribute is attitude. He'll keep his feet on the ground and will try to get better."
Champions Leicester remain in fifth place and director of rugby Richard Cockerill was pleased with the Tigers' fightback.
"To battle back after trailing like we did and to be in with a shout of winning it at the last play is credit to the players," Cockerill said.
"We're still fifth with 10 games to go so it's not the end of the world. We have a long list of very good players to come back. We're not in a bad place.
"The game lasts for 80 minutes, not 79 minutes, and we just had to keep on going to see where we got to."
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|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Saturday 28th March|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle Falcons|
|15:00||Leicester Tigers vs Exeter|
|15:15||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 29th March|
|14:00||Sale Sharks vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Bath|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Bath|
|Saturday 11th April|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Saracens vs Leicester|
|Sunday 12th April|
|14:00||Exeter vs Northampton|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Sale|
|Friday 24th April|
|19:45||Bath vs London Irish|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Northampton vs Saracens|
|Sunday 26th April|
|14:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Friday 8th May|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Bath|
|Saturday 9th May|
|14:00||Sale vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Northampton vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Irish|
|15:15||Wasps vs Leicester Tigers|
|Sunday 10th May|
|14:00||Saracens vs Exeter|
|Saturday 16th May|
|15:30||Exeter vs Sale|
|Sunday 8th March|
|Newcastle Falcons 12 - 16 Leicester Tigers|
|Wasps 17 - 26 Saracens|
|Saturday 7th March|
|Gloucester 33 - 33 Northampton|
|Exeter 74 - 19 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 26 - 20 London Irish|
|Friday 6th March|
|Bath 12 - 3 Sale Sharks|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Wasps 32 - 21 Gloucester|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Exeter 16 - 6 Bath|
|Saracens 22 - 17 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 28 - 8 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 12 - 50 London Irish|
|Friday 27th February|
|Northampton 17 - 13 Harlequins|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|London Irish 6 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Bath 13 - 21 Northampton|
|Harlequins 21 - 32 Exeter|
|Gloucester 48 - 10 London Welsh|
|Sale Sharks 14 - 10 Saracens|
|Friday 20th February|
|Newcastle 23 - 23 Wasps|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wasps 37 - 6 Harlequins|
|London Welsh 12 - 52 Sale|
|Saracens 34 - 24 Bath|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Exeter 46 - 17 Newcastle|
|Friday 13th February|
|Leicester 18 - 15 Gloucester|
|Northampton 15 - 9 London Irish|
Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com