Saracens - Defeat won't knock confidence - Goode

Jan 25, 2015

Defeat won't knock confidence - Goode

Alex Goode believes Saracens can be "very happy" with their progression into the final eight of the European Champions Cup.

The 26-year old full-back, who was speaking after his sides 18-6 defeat to French giants ASM Clermont Auvergne, says Saracens will be relishing their quarter final clash against Racing Metro despite their loss away at the Stade Marcel-Michelin in round 6 of the ECC Pool stages.

Speaking after the game on Sunday afternoon, Goode said: "There is a feeling of disappointment in all honesty after today's result, but we are very happy we're in the quarter finals. We've progressed from an incredibly tough group and to come out of that and into the last eight is pretty pleasing for us."

On the game, he said: "We showed a lot of endeavour and character when we went down to 14 men whilst we were defending our own line. A lot of teams would have just rolled over against Clermont at their home ground,  as when they get momentum they are incredibly dangerous - but we didn't. The character of us digging deep and nearly pinching a try at the end was fantastic, and it's something we can take a lot of positives from."

On Saracens quarter final opponents, Goode added: "Racing Metro have changed a lot in the last three or four years, and so have we. They've come first in their group and showed what they are capable of at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday. They're doing really well in Europe but we certainly don't hold any fears of playing them. We've played Racing away from home before and we've won.  It will be different this year but we can head into the tie with a lot of confidence."

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