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Booth frustrated by another defeat

London Irish boss Toby Booth struggled to mask his frustration after Bath's Madejski Stadium late show consigned the Exiles to a ninth successive defeat.

Irish's latest Aviva Premiership reversal was their fifth on the bounce, accompanying two Heineken Cup losses and two LV= Cup defeats. Bath marksman Olly Barkley floored them with the game's final kick - his sixth successful penalty - to pinch a 25-24 verdict despite Irish scoring tries through Sailosi Tagicakibau, Richard Thorpe and Topsy Ojo.

"When you score three tries and concede one, you expect to win the game," said Booth, whose team's next Premiership appointment is with Saracens and Gavin Henson.

"I have got a dressing room full of people in disbelief. I felt we did enough to win the game, but we didn't. Discipline has cost us the game."

Barkley's winning strike came after Irish flanker Steffon Armitage collapsed a maul, and Bath's matchwinner stepped up to claim the points and leave Irish with the scant consolation of a losing bonus.

Booth added: "It was a 50-50 call. He (referee Greg Garner) has made the decision, whether it's the right one? We will go through the referee assessors, and nothing will happen.

"We were 6-0 on penalties in our favour in the first 30 minutes, which would suggest if you kept the ball, you got a penalty.

"It was probably the first time in my history we have been penalised twice for collapsing a maul that has not started from a lineout.

"Ultimately, there are three things that decide a contest - two teams and the man in the middle."


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