“Often we stand after the matches and talk about the performances but this was all about the result and I’m delighted we got the four points.”
“We were pleased with the first half playing against the wind but I felt that the second half was very difficult to sum up – just back and forward, mistake after mistake by both teams and probably in the end we were lucky to hold on.
“I thought we showed a huge amount of character and spirit, especially after the second try just after half-time. Based on the last couple of performances it would have been easy for us to go back into our shells.
“But we kept going and we took the opportunities that came along.
“We’ve been hugely disappointed losing back-to-back games at Kingsholm – it is something that we don’t find acceptable.
“This week was about setting down a marker with almost half the season still to go and we’ve tried to stress getting the New Year off to a good start.
“There is still plenty to work on but the pressure comes from within – we don’t want to lose two games at home – but it is very much now the case of everything to play for in Europe where we are top of our group.”
Exeter Chiefs Head Coach Rob Baxter:
“I have said to the players that I am frustrated with them.”
“I think we are a more mature and better side than we showed today. Some of the attacking intent was fantastic, but what hurt us most was some silly exit plays.”