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Lydiate credits Gatland for success

Dan Lydiate has thanked Wales boss Warren Gatland for offering his Dublin flops the chance to redeem themselves.

Wales bounced back in style from a drubbing against Ireland by beating France 27-6 to revive hopes of achieving an RBS 6 Nations title hat-trick.

Gatland could easily have reacted to the Ireland loss by making wholesale changes for France's Millennium Stadium visit but he did not press the panic button and Wales responded superbly.

Flanker Lydiate was among a number of players under a media microscope before the France game, having failed to impress against either Italy or Ireland, and he revealed that Gatland had spoken with him.

"He did speak to me, and rightly so, and it's not a nice thing to hear off your coach, but 'Gats' has always been honest with his players," Racing Metro forward Lydiate said.

"I would rather be told, than talked about and not be told. That's the level we are at, and I want it to continue that way.

"You want to know where you're at. If you deserve praise you get it, and if you deserve a kick up the backside, you get that as well.

"He (Gatland) always has chats with players. He might just pull you to the side and ask how you are feeling. It's not unusual.

"To be honest, from the final whistle in Dublin we were hurting that bad. We let a lot of people down - the public and ourselves.

"We are just thankful that 'Gats' gave us another chance to prove ourselves. But it is just one game, and we have to build on this now going into a big match up at Twickenham."

Wales' tried and tested back-row combination of Lydiate, skipper Sam Warburton and number eight Taulupe Faletau was back to its best against France, outplaying Les Bleus' breakaway unit of Yannick Nyanga, Wenceslas Lauret and Louis Picamoles.

And Lydiate added: "It was a lot different to two weeks ago. It was just a great feeling. We were hurting after the Dublin game, and it was nice to get the result.

"The one thing I've learnt in my career is I never count on anything. I am always nervous for every selection. I don't think that will ever change, and that's what keeps me and the squad on their toes.

"The championship is a massive motivation. We take each game as it comes, but England are playing well at the minute, and to go up to Twickenham and get a result would be massive for us.

"Every player has his own reasons for playing the game. There is that history and your families and everything. You want to do yourself proud every time you play.

"In Dublin we didn't do that, and it's nice to restore that pride back in the jersey."

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