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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 14th November|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Harlequins|
|19:45||Northampton vs Exeter|
|Saturday 15th November|
|14:00||Sale vs London Irish|
|17:00||Bath vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 16th November|
|13:00||Leicester vs Saracens|
|15:15||Wasps vs London Welsh|
|Friday 21st November|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Sale|
|20:00||Newcastle vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 22nd November|
|15:00||London Irish vs Bath|
|15:00||Exeter vs Wasps|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|13:00||Saracens vs Northampton|
|15:15||London Welsh vs Leicester|
|Friday 28th November|
|19:45||Bath vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 29th November|
|15:00||Leicester vs Wasps|
|16:30||Exeter vs Saracens|
|Sunday 30th November|
|13:00||London Irish vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Northampton|
|15:15||Newcastle vs Sale|
|Saturday 20th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Bath|
|15:00||Northampton vs Leicester|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 21st December|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|Friday 26th December|
|15:00||London Irish vs London Welsh|
|Sunday 12th October|
|Wasps 29 - 22 Bath|
|Saturday 11th October|
|Northampton 43 - 10 Sale Sharks|
|Saracens 28 - 21 Gloucester|
|Exeter 44 - 24 London Irish|
|London Welsh 3 - 23 Newcastle|
|Friday 10th October|
|Leicester 22 - 16 Harlequins|
|Sunday 5th October|
|Newcastle 29 - 24 Exeter|
|Sale 25 - 14 Wasps|
|Saturday 4th October|
|Gloucester 33 - 16 Leicester|
|Harlequins 52 - 0 London Welsh|
|London Irish 12 - 19 Northampton|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Bath 21 - 11 Saracens|
|Sunday 28th September|
|Wasps 35 - 18 Newcastle|
|Exeter 36 - 13 Harlequins|
|Saturday 27th September|
|Northampton 31 - 24 Bath|
|Leicester 19 - 22 London Irish|
|Saracens 40 - 19 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 26th September|
|London Welsh 10 - 46 Gloucester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|Newcastle 10 - 35 Northampton|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Bath 45 - 0 Leicester|
|Harlequins 26 - 23 Wasps|
|London Irish 32 - 36 Saracens|
|Sale 46 - 8 London Welsh|
|Friday 19th September|
|Gloucester 22 - 25 Exeter|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Newcastle 18 - 20 London Irish|
Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com