Forwards coach Martin Hynes admitted he was ‘broken’ after the Bedford Blues were denied victory by a last-gasp Newcastle Falcons try on Friday, writes Daniel Prince.
Bedford were 15-10 up before Noah Cato forced the ball over the line in added time and Jimmy Gopperth converted with the last kick of the game.
The 17-15 defeat was extremely hard on the Blues, who had looked likely to end Newcastle’s 100 per cent record in the Championship before the late drama.
Bedford fell to third in the table with the loss, with Nottingham leapfrogging them courtesy of their 23-19 win at Bristol.
Hynes though was delighted with how Bedford played at Kingston Park, particularly after some disappointing displays in recent weeks, but could not hide his frustration.
He said: “We came here with the intention of having a shot at it and the lads did.
“I thought they were magnificent and they threw themselves into everything.
“Tactically and technically I thought the lads did okay as well.
“I was really pleased with the Bedford performance but at the same time I am a little bit broken that they didn’t get the result I thought they deserved.
“The lads challenge themselves and they rise to the big occasions like today was.
“I am not taking anything away from the Falcons, they played a good game, but I felt our lads were hard done to at the finish.”
Hynes was also disappointed with the performance of referee Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts, who he felt played a part in the comeback of the home side.
However, the forwards coach was eager not to take anything away from the Falcons, who themselves showed tremendous fighting spirit to force their way back into the game.
He continued: “I thought the game was won.
“I will have to look at the video as everybody else will, but I felt that the referee didn’t take control of some moves in the game that he should have done and it let Newcastle come back in.
“Fair play, they took their chances, don’t take anything away from Newcastle, but there were a couple of key decisions that the referee made that I thought were poor.
“There are a lot of positives for the lads but I’m frustrated that they didn’t get the desserts for the efforts they put in.”
Darren Fox deputised as captain for Bedford on Tyneside in the absence of James Pritchard, who broke his arm last week.
And Hynes was full of praise for the performance of the number seven, who almost led his side to a famous win.
“Foxy is a very experienced professional, he stepped in and did a magnificent job as captain,” Hynes added. “Not only as captain but as a player.
“He didn’t just do all the talking, he led by example, which in my book is the main thing you want from a captain. We saw the performance we were after.
“I just know that there is plenty of heart in the lads and hopefully they will not be too down for too long.
“They will pick themselves up and if we can get performances like that coming into the play-off stages of the season then who knows, we might kick on and do all right.”