Blackadder's Bath under pressure

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    17 Apr 2018     Getty Images

The side, once the leading side in England, is on a four-game losing streak and has slipped to eighth on the Premiership, its latest loss being a 6-41 thrashing by Saracens.

With 46 points, Bath is ahead of Harlequins and Northampton, both on 36 points, Worcester 31 and London Irish 22.

Blackadder still has a year to run on his three-year contract and told that he wasn't worried about his job security.

"It's one of those uncontrollables. I can't worry about that. I'm more worried about getting the performance we're working hard for.

"If someone wants to make those decisions, that's nothing that I can control," he said.

There would be an honest review at the end of the season as there had been a year earlier but Blackadder said the club knew where they were at and what their deficiencies were.

"It's not like I have to wait until the end of the season to review what I already know. The review will be what we need to do differently [next season]," he said.

Having been on the end of a six tries to nil thumping at the weekend, the tries had been conceded through interceptions, poor passes and kicks.

The side's skill sets had let them down, he said.

"A lot of passes didn't go to hand, they went in front or went behind.

"Our skill sets under pressure have not been good enough against the good sides.

"Today there were so many missed opportunities that we can only look at ourselves. It feels really close, but at times we look a mile away," he said.

Bath have a week off this weekend before playing Gloucester with the goal being a bonus point win that would keep their top-six playoff hopes alive.

Gloucester are 10 points higher than Bath in sixth place on the ladder. Only three rounds remain in the competition with Bath's final game against wooden spoon side London Irish.