“We’re frustrated with that,” said Blair. “Sometimes when you have a red card it can galvanise a team as well, and potentially you can relax a little bit thinking that 15 v 14 and you’re six points up”, he said, before suggesting that it is a valuable lesson ahead of the clash with his former side Brive at the DAM Health Stadium on Friday.
“Sometimes you learn more in defeat than you do in victory. We’ve got some inexperienced players in there and we’re going to learn a lot from that. It’s frustrating that we’ve lost the game. We’ve won some close games as well – and we’ll lose some more close games. Frustrating that we’ve not come away with the victory when we’ve put ourselves in the position to do that.
“Fair play to London Irish. They kept going at us after their red card. They had a lot of the game. They deserved their win."
And, with an eye on the upcoming clash which has now assumed greater importance, he added, “London Irish are ahead of us in Pool C, but I haven’t given that too much thought. We’ve got a six-day turnaround for Brive, so we’ll have a few changes in the team. It will be good to see the reaction to this defeat – see how much we pick ourselves up.”