London Wasps Director of rugby Dai Young knows that his side is in for a "dog fight" after a string of disappointing results in the Premiership recently, but has backed his charges to bounce back.
After defeats to Gloucester and Worcestor, Wasps face a trip to Welford Road to take on a revitalised Leicester Tigers this weekend, and Young is adamant that it is a matter of a few crucial details falling into place for his side to get back to winning ways.
He said: "The performance against Worcester was disappointing in the sense that we had enough ball to win the match and we just didn't do anything constructive with it. The rest of our game was solid – we won penalties from the scrum, the line-out functioned well and our defence stood up very well.
"So when you have all of those aspects in your favour you expect to win a game. What we have been struggling with is simply accuracy – and that's our potent weakness at the moment.
"When we go to Leicester this weekend we won’t get anywhere near the same amount of possession we had at the weekend so we're going to have to sharpen up pretty quickly on finishing opportunities. We know we can do it because we've done it very well at times this season, we just have to get on and keep working at it," added Young.
The Wasps boss dismissed suggestions that his side, who won the Premiership just four years ago, face a relegation battle in the second half of the season.
He said: "We are in a dog-fight for sure but there is a long way to go in the season. It's a tough time but we are all in it together and there is a lot of work to do both on and off the pitch.
"We've got some really talented guys to come back in over the coming weeks and that will be a great boost. Leicester away this weekend is a huge ask but if ever the guys wanted to answer a few questions about themselves there couldn't be a better place to do it."
The Wasps mentor, who only joined forces with the club recently, has become frustrated with the constant comparisons to previous Wasps teams and pleaded for some leeway from some of the harsher critics.
He said: "This Club has a great history and I respect that but it’s frustrating to be asked the same old questions about how a team who won the Premiership four years ago, can be struggling now. The answer is simple, we are not that team.
"I know that supporters are disappointed and frustrated with the results of the past few weeks and I hope that they stay right behind the team because this season was never going to be easy, I said that when I joined.
"I signed a four year contract for a reason and that was because I always saw this as a long term project both on and off the pitch," he explained.
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