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Elwood: Defeat difficult to take

Connacht coach Eric Elwood admitted that the manner of his side's late 23-19 Heineken Cup defeat to Gloucester at Kingsholm was difficult to take.

The Irish province led for most of the game against an out of sorts Gloucester and were less than four minutes away from a shock win. Niall O'Connor looked to have earned Connacht their first win of the competition when his 72nd-minute penalty put the visitors 19-16 up, but replacement centre Jonny May then sailed past two defenders for the decisive score.

"The dressing room is very quiet, we played extremely well and to lose in the way we did is difficult to take," said Elwood.

"We've got to keep bouncing back and though it's tough going it hasn't broken our spirit."

The Irish forwards had shown huge commitment knocking Gloucester out of their stride and deserved to take the spoils.

With four defeats from four games Connacht now have no chance of progressing but Elwood paid tribute to their efforts: "We didn't play our best last week, especially up front but today they fronted up magnificently and give us a platform from which we could play."

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