The margins between success and failure in sport are small. After 76 minutes on Friday night the game plan had worked well, we had our sights on another two points and were still in with a shout of winning the game. Watching the video of the match at 4am on Saturday morning was so frustrating. Yes, we failed to take our chances but we had stopped London Wasps from playing, and on a weekend when both Saracens and Bath suffered heavy defeats we had put in a fine performance.
I make no apologies for the fact that we are not playing the prettiest of rugby. I have used the word pragmatic before and that is exactly where we are coming from. The modern game is about territory, creating pressure on the opposition and possession in the right areas of the field. Against both London Irish and London Wasps this is exactly what we have done, and with a modicum of luck we would have come away with more than the two points that we have done from these two games.
I know from talking too many of you, the frustration you are feeling after Friday evening with Wasps stealing the game in the last few minutes. The emotions that people have vented clearly show how much we all care about Quins and this has to be good for the long-term future of our club.
However, it is the short term that we are concerned about for the next two weeks.
Yet again on Friday evening the support was magnificent. As Mark said in the press conference, at times it felt like a home game, just as it did at Bristol and London Irish. I know that on Friday evening the Stoop will reverberate to the constant noise of "C'mon you Quins" from the first to the 81st minute.
There will be a huge amount of tension around on Friday evening, both on and off the pitch. The players, along with the rest of us, are bound to be nervous. The occasion will see to that, but the more noise we hear from 8,500 Quins supporters both before and during the game the better we will all feel. We will all have to be patient, the game will not be won in the first 20 minutes, but it will be won!
This has not been a successful season by any stretch of the imagination. To find ourselves in a dogfight to stay in the Premiership is not what we wanted or expected after last season. But that is where we are and we have to deal with it. Leeds are a fine side who will come to the Stoop with confidence.
The hard work and preparation for Friday night started over the weekend, and to be honest Friday can't come quick enough. All the players and management staff are looking forward to the challenge, and looking forward to the sixth sell-out crowd at the Stoop in the last year.
I know that you will all get behind the team and be the 16th player in this crucial performance.
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.