I will not pretend that it gets any easier writing this column after our sixth defeat last weekend, however those of you who made yourselves heard at Kingsholm will know that it was a much better performance from the team, let down by two poor missed tackles in defence. Whether we 'should' have won last Saturday is a moot point, but we certainly 'could' have won and we must now build on this performance over the coming weeks.
In a direct answer to questions raised on this website, I said last week that I believe that we have the quality of people both on and off the pitch to get us out of the position we are in. Everyone involved with the team believes this, and it is up to all of us to work hard and stay together as a group to ensure that we do so.
Of course we understand the frustrations of our supporters; we do not like the situation we are in anymore than you do, but we will pull through and the group will be better and stronger for it.
Stating the obvious, to get ourselves out of the bottom position then we need to start winning games. There is no point making a target of how many wins you need, as you cannot control how the other teams in the Zurich Premiership will perform apart from when you are up against them.
However, what we do know about the Zurich Premiership is that on any given day, any team in the league can beat any other, home or away. Who would have thought that London Irish would have won at Sale last Friday evening? Who outside of Bath really expected them to come within seconds of an away win at Welford Road over Leicester last Saturday?
Earlier this week, we were delighted to confirm that Otago and New Zealand second row Simon Maling will be joining us from late October until the end of this season, before he starts a new contract with Suntory in Japan. Simon is a quality second row who played for New Zealand in the Tri Nations this summer and will provide us with a great deal of experience in this area.
This weekend we expect to see Maurice Fitz Gerald start his first full game for NEC Harlequins having arrived from Biarritz in the summer. Maurice has been terribly unlucky in terms of injuries since he joined us in July. Other than that, there are unlikely to be many changes to the team that played at Kingsholm last weekend, although we will not be announcing the team until tomorrow (Friday) morning.
Despite our poor start to the season, it was tremendous news to hear at the beginning of the week that this weekend's game is sold out. The atmosphere on Saturday will be tremendous; many people may be watching for Quins to fail again but hopefully the majority will support the team until the final whistle, and then make their comments on the performance and result afterwards.
I look forward to seeing you all at the Stoop on Saturday afternoon.
Harlequins fan Ed Atkin won the Etihad Airways 'Up and Under' competition at the Northampton Saints game. As a result, he and a friend have won a holiday to Abu Dhabi courtesy of Etihad Airways and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.