Jonathan Fisher: London Irish will not panic at relegation threat

Jonathan Fisher

London Irish forward Jonathan Fisher says the club are not about to "hit the panic button" despite their perilous position in the Premiership table.

Following bottom-placed Sale's victory at London Welsh, Irish are now just one point off the foot of the table.

Welsh lie two points above the Berkshire club, with just seven games remaining.

"In recent weeks we've been playing well so we won't be hitting the panic button," Fisher told BBC Berkshire.

"It's an uncomfortable position to be in, but we cannot worry about other teams. We need to focus on ourselves.

"We need to play with the same intensity that we have done against the likes of Saracens and Gloucester."

Irish were comprehensively beaten by Bath at the weekend but host Wasps at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday,

And outside half Ian Humphreys says despite the loss to Bath the mood in the Irish camp is still good.

"We're still pretty upbeat," said the Belfast-born 30-year-old. "Obviously the performance or result was not really what we wanted it to be.

"We need to take a positive mentality into our game against Wasps next weekend. The belief in the squad is that we are a quality side who can create moments of genius.

"It was a bad day at the office and something we need to fix this weekend. We're more focused on the fact that it's a home game that we need to win."

Humphreys also believes the club have to focus more on their remaining homes games as they ones they must win if they are to beat the drop.

As well as the visit of Wasps, Irish will also host Worcester, Sale and London Welsh.

"Our home games during the run-in are the ones we are targeting," said the former Ulster and Leicester star.

"And for our fans, it's important we perform well and produce and good performance for them.

"Wasps are flying high. They have a very dangerous backline with a lot of pace and some big powerful forwards. We know it's not going to be easy but it is exciting."

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