Ben Foden: Northampton Saints full-back says club must adapt approach

Ben Foden
Ben Foden won the last of his 32 England caps in 2013

Northampton Saints full-back Ben Foden says the team is "wounded" and must adapt its approach to improve results.

In their first match since boss Jim Mallinder was sacked, Saints fell to a 10th defeat in 11 games, losing at Ospreys to go out of the Champions Cup.

"We've got to realise where we're strong and where we're not," ex-England player Foden, 32, told BBC Northampton.

"We're not the Saints of old - we haven't got a pack that's bullying, but we've got good players still."

Northampton attack coach Alan Dickens took temporary charge of the side, with the club looking to bring in "interim coaching support".

Chief executive Mark Darbon has said there has already been a "lot of interest" in the vacancy at Franklin's Gardens, with former Bath and Toulon head coach Mike Ford emerging as an early contender.

"Against good teams they smell blood in the water and come after you and we're very much wounded at the moment," said Foden.

"The board and CEO felt changes were needed and it fell right at the top, which means there'll be more changes to come, but as players we need to focus on what we're doing.

"I think we've seen, especially in defence this year, that we're just not quite at the races - slipping off tackles, the heart's not in it.

"We're quick to blame each other as well when we're in the video room on who's making mistakes."

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