Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Bradley ponders what might have been

Michael Bradley rued missed opportunites against Racing Metro

Edinburgh coach Michael Bradley was left ruing missed opportunities as his team's losing streak in the Heineken Cup continued with a 19-9 defeat at Racing Metro.

The Scottish side marched to the semi-finals of last season's tournament but have failed to win a single match in this campaign. Greig Laidlaw slotted three penalties to break their scoring duck, but it was not enough as tries for Racing from Juan Imhoff and Ben Arous proved the difference.

Bradley said: "We're disappointed with the result because we came here to win and we didn't. We haven't performed to the levels and standards we set ourselves in the first two games of this Heineken Cup season but this was totally different and we were in the game right to the last minute."

He added: "The boys played well and the frustrating thing is that we had opportunities throughout the game. The period at the start of the second half saw us dominate the game and I felt that if we could have scored then, the game would have swung our way.

"But to give Racing their credit, they produced a strong defensive show in that 20-minute period to hold us out, which was a crucial part of the match.

"Unfortunately they then scored a try with probably their only real shot at our line in the second half and that was it. On another day, it could all have been very different."

Edinburgh, who remained rooted to the bottom of Pool One, welcome the Parisians to Murrayfield next Friday.

The Scottish outfit could be without Tom Brown, who suffered a knee injury, but Bradley has urged his side to build on their positive display.

He said: "Despite what happened in previous weeks, we did not come here with the attitude just to limit what Racing could do with the players they have. We came here to win but we will take the positives from the attitude the players showed and we are looking to beat them next week at Murrayfield."