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No silver bullet needed by London Irish says Clark Laidlaw

London Irish are not seeking a silver bullet to save their Aviva Premiership Rugby season according to backs coach Clark Laidlaw.

Irish are at the foot of the table, four points behind Newcastle Falcons who they face in Round 20 next weekend at Kingston Park.

Despite a disappointing 15-30 defeat at the Madejski Stadium to Sale Sharks last weekend, Laidlaw insists there were plenty of positives to take from the game.

And the former Scotland Sevens international insists his side are not going to throw the baby out with the bath water as they look to halt their slide.

He said: “It’s important we don’t go looking for that silver bullet or something we think can magic a win up.

“It’s about reinforcing the work we think we are doing well, the areas of the game we think are our strengths and working hard to improve the areas we need to.

“There were a lot of positives (from the weekend), we were very frustrated in the first half we felt we played enough rugby and some good rugby to be well in front.

“We left quite a number of points on the park in the first half but we were really happy with large parts of our attack as well as our defence.”

Saturday’s local derby in the European Challenge Cup against Harlequins will provide some welcome relief from the cut and thrust nature of the Aviva Premiership Rugby season for the Exiles.

Irish, whose Hazlewood training ground is just six miles away from the Twickenham Stoop, haven’t won at the home of Harlequins since their 17-0 victory back in May 2009.

But Laidlaw wants a strong performance at the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday to prepare his squad for the crunch clash with the Falcons the week after.

“This week we can concentrate on getting a performance,” he added.

“We can attack it with a bit more freedom and really give it a crack without worrying about how many points are on the line we just need to win the game

“Hopefully that welcome relief can free us up a little bit.

“We are looking to build confidence, everyone knows that potentially this competition is not number one on the priority list.

“We are after a really good performance; if we get a good performance then obviously the win can come.

“If we focus on just winning we could lose sight of what we need to do in the next month rather than just this week.”

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