Saints forward Dowson: Crisis? What crisis?

NO DOUBTS - Saints' forward Phil Dowson (Picture: Linda Dawson)
NO DOUBTS - Saints' forward Phil Dowson (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Phil Dowson helped Saints end their four-match losing streak on Sunday – and insisted they were a never a club in crisis.

Last weekend’s 30-20 LV= Cup win at Newport-Gwent Dragons broke the bad run of form and lifted belief ahead of Saturday’s return to Premiership action, at home to London Welsh.

It was a vital victory for Saints and boss Jim Mallinder, who had never suffered five successive defeats in his five years at Franklin’s Gardens.

That record remains intact and Dowson says, despite a tough spell when Northampton lost to Castres, Saracens, Leicester and Harlequins, there was never any panic.

“I don’t think we’ve been playing as badly as those results make out,” said the England flanker, who grabbed a try and the man of the match Champagne in Sunday’s win at Rodney Parade.

“We’d been on a run of four losses but it doesn’t feel like that.

“Leicester was a pretty dire game, we had one defensive slip and they scored.

“Saracens, we failed to break them down but again we had lots of pressure.

“It was good to get the monkey off our back but it was never a club in crisis.

“It was just a case of being a little bit sharper here and there and getting on with it.”

Dowson celebrated his 100th appearance for Saints in the defeat of the Dragons, but the 31-year-old, who joined Northampton from Newcastle Falcons in 2009, says he hadn’t given the milestone much thought.

“It’s not something I’ve really thought about to be honest,” he said.

“The games come thick and fast and since I’ve moved from Newcastle I’ve loved it. I love the environment, I love playing for the Saints and being involved.

“Almost every game this year has been unbelievable and it’s been a lot of fun.”