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Dickinson expects Northampton Saints’s fortunes to change

Northampton Saints have made an uncharacteristically slow start to Aviva Premiership Rugby this season but Sam Dickinson expects the good times to soon return to Franklin’s Gardens.

Jim Mallinder’s men have suffered defeats to Worcester Warriors, Sale Sharks and Saracens already this term – their sole victory coming against Newcastle Falcons in front of more than 20,000 fans at stadiummk.

But in the last two weeks Saints have enjoyed superb back-to-back victories in Europe against Scarlets and Glasgow Warriors.

And that is evidence enough for 30-year-old Dickinson to insist the panic button is not about to be pressed by anyone connected to 2013/14 title winners Saints.

“There is no reason to suggest we have a problem, I think you are going to see a change in form,” said the forward, ahead of Friday’s return to Aviva Premiership Rugby action against Gloucester Rugby.

“Playing in Europe wasn’t a removal from pressure situations, just a different kind of pressure to the Premiership. Both competitions are important to us, so it was nice to get back to winning ways, because we know we haven’t been doing well. We don’t need reminding. But all the boys really stepped up to the plate.

“I don’t think there is one specific thing that affected our form in the first weeks of the season, I think you have to take each game in isolation.”

Northampton have never been far away from the silverware in recent years but Mallinder elected to shake up his squad during the summer months – nine new faces came through the door with 11 departing.

By contrast, Joel Hodgson and Jon Fisher were the only new additions to the squad 12 months previously.

Dickinson accepts that an influx of new faces can take a while to gel, but with the season now six weeks old he believes such problems will soon be behind them.

“We have had a few changes to the squad this year, whereas in the last few seasons we have known each other better perhaps at this stage of a season,” he added.

“But really it’s just little margins. On a different day we might have won these games.”

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