Danny Wilson has urged Cardiff Blues to bounce back and repay the faith of their supporters against Benetton Treviso on Saturday.
A late Tiernan O’Halloran drop goal secured a Guinness PRO12 victory for Connacht at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park last weekend.
Wilson admits the squad were put through a brutally honest debrief at the beginning of the week but they are now focused and determined to make amends against the Italian outfit.
“First of all we need a response from last week. Every time this season we’ve performed in a manner we haven’t been satisfied by, the very next week we’ve bounced back with a good performance,” said Wilson.
“Consistency has certainly been an issue for us this season, both in selection, because of the injuries we’ve had, and in performance. I’m looking for a performance, at home, that gives us a win and gives us and our supporters something to be more proud of than we were on the weekend.
“It was a hugely disappointing result. The performance didn’t resemble performances we’ve put in at times this season. It was an extremely disappointing day for us and we’ve addressed it.
“We had a pretty harsh and honest video analysis session off the back of the game. We spoke about a few of the areas that weren’t good enough for us on the day, and we’ll move onto Treviso.”
Wilson acknowledges the challenge facing his squad to secure a top six finish in the Guinness PRO12 championship table, and has emphasised the importance of the next three games if they are to salvage their hopes of qualifying for the European Champions Cup.
“To make the top six is going to be struggle, and we’re going to have to string together some big results.
“The top six in this league is a formidable competition. It’s contains squad with huge resources and huge depth. It’s plain and simple, we need to win our next three games to give ourselves a chance to finish in that top six, which is our long term goal.
“The disappointment is based on the game, and we all know it was a big and important game for us. We didn’t feel we did ourselves justice on the day and from a home point of view we let a few supporters down. We’ve got a lot to work on, a lot to improve and that’s what we’re doing.”