Elwood reveals disappointment

Updated: December 21, 2011

Connacht Head Coach Eric Elwood has revealed his utter disappointment of not securing an historic victory in the Heineken Cup at Kingsholm last weekend.

Jonny May’s try four minutes from the end denied the Irish province a deserved win, however Elwood remains upbeat and suggests similar performances will end the ten match losing streak soon.

“We knew we had played well, were in control of our own destiny and to lose it in the manner we did after all the good rugby we played is difficult to take.

“You can’t fault the effort. It is tough going out there. The key for us is that it hasn’t broke the spirit that’s in the squad.

“It is difficult to take defeats when they are that close to victories but the key for us is to keep believing what we are doing but, more importantly, keep the spirit in the squad. We will get it eventually,” said Elwood.

Elwood praised the performance of flanker Johnny O’Connor who turned in a superb display on his return from injury.

“Johnny is amazing for us. You talk about the spirit in the team. He always leads by example. He has been out for some time but he comes back and delivers a performance like that. I thought Johnny was terrific and it was one of many positives we can take from the game,” added Elwood.

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