London Irish: Tommy Bell feels squad can lift themselves off Premiership basement

London Irish dejected after their home defeat by Wasps
London Irish failed to beat Wasps despite leading for 67 minutes against last year's runners-up

Tommy Bell believes London Irish have the character to turn around their precarious Premiership position.

Fly-half Bell kicked eight points against Wasps on Sunday, but was unable to help Irish end a run of eight straight defeats as they lost 17-13.

"Looking around the changing room after this game, there's still lots of positive chat," Bell told BBC Sport.

The Exiles are five points adrift at the foot of the table and without a win since the opening Premiership round.

For the second successive week, they were edged out at home by a four-point margin, having been beaten 22-18 by Bath seven days earlier.

"It's up to us as a group of players to turn it around," former Wasps and Leicester back Bell told BBC Radio Berkshire.

"If we're not growing and learning from our mistakes, we're not going to move forward.

"Ultimately, we can't just keep having good games, we need those results. But, the performance today (against Wasps) is going to help us get those results."

Irish's losing run since 2 September has been compounded by back-to-back wins for second-from-bottom Worcester in the past two weeks.

Having been relegated in 2016, Nick Kennedy's side secured promotion back to the top flight at the first attempt and started their Premiership return with a bonus-point win against Harlequins.

But just three losing bonus points have followed in the eight games since then, and Irish are set to face Gloucester and Worcester away before Christmas.

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