It's not all gloom and doom after defeat, says Plymouth Albion star
PLYMOUTH Albion hooker Jon Vickers is confident the team will move on from Saturday's big loss at Bedford.
Albion's good start to the season was brought to an end in emphatic fashion when they were beaten 55-17 by the Blues at Goldington Road.
Nat Saumi's side were outscored eight tries to two by second-placed Bedford.
But Vickers, who scored Albion's second try, believes the team will respond in the right way to the loss.
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"It was disappointing because there were parts of the game where I think we had territory and possession but they fed off our mistakes," he said.
"They (Bedford) were really clinical with turnover ball.
"It was a bit of a body blow, but I don't think the scoreline reflected the effort, possession and territory we had.
"It is not all doom and gloom. We will move on.
"We are a work in progress and there is no need to panic at all.
"We just need to re-group and look to Munster (in the British & Irish Cup this weekend) and our following Championship games."
It was the third time in six games Bedford had put 50 points on a side.
They had previously beaten London Scottish 55-20 and Moseley 50-6 at Goldington Road.
Vickers said: "Unfortunately they (Bedford) are a real good momentum team.
"When they get on a roll it is difficult to stop them."
Bedford were 29-3 up at half-time and Albion were left with an uphill battle second period.
But Vickers said: "Credit to us, we had a good chat at half-time, and I don't think anyone can doubt the guts and work ethic of our team.
"We did come back in the second half and put pressure on and tried our best to get four tries.
"I think when we look at the video we had plenty of opportunities to get four tries if we had held on to the ball for another two or three phases.
"The scoreline could have been tighter and on another day it could have been a different result."
With the exception of Saturday, all Albion's other games in the Championship had been close.
And Vickers admits the league is proving exciting this year.
Only four teams have won more than half their matches so far.
"If you look at the league no one can really predict results," said Vickers. "That means every week there is that excitement and a little bit of nerves about how you are going to approach it."
Albion now have a two-week break from league action due to the British & Irish Cup.
They entertain Munster A at Brickfields this weekend before travelling to Rotherham in the cup the following week.
Their next league game will be against third-placed Nottingham on October 27.
Vickers said: "The Munster game is going to bring a different type of a challenge and bring some excitement to the whole place."