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Phil Greening admits London Welsh were fortunate to take the points from their trip to Castle Park last Saturday.

The former England international hooker may have seen his side guarantee their place in the play-offs with a 21-19 victory over Doncaster Knights, but there was definitely no celebrating in the London Welsh camp afterwards.

The Dragons established a 15-3 lead, thanks to tries from Paul Mackey and Josh Drauniniu, but in the end were indebted to Stephen McColls last ditch penalty from inside his own half striking the Welsh crossbar.

That allowed the Exiles to escape with a win that stretches the gap between Welsh in fourth and fifth place side Nottingham to 18 points, but Greening wasnt letting that mask a disappointing display.

The disappointing thing for us is that it was a sloppy performance that was nowhere near where we want to be, said Greening.

Weve not managed the game well and weve not really deserved to get the four points.

The one good thing is that for the last 20 minutes when we were under the cosh we showed good character to come away with the win.

In the dressing afterwards there were some harsh words said, not by me but by the players were not hitting our standards at all at the moment but well address that.

Welshs win, coupled with the Cornish Pirates victory over Bedford, leaves Welsh seven points adrift of second placed Bedford with a game in hand, and with the Blues still to visit Old Deer Park.

And Greening predicts things could get a lot tighter at the top as Bedford, the Pirates and Welsh jostle for position behind league leaders Worcester.

Weve cemented that fourth spot but by next week there could be three of us within a point or two of each other, and then going into the final run in of the season it could go any way, he said.

Bedford losing to the Pirates has brought all three of us closer together so that top four could end up totally different, but its about the top eight and luckily were very fortune at the moment to be in a position where we are cemented in that top four by 18 points.

Greening blamed poor execution and decision making for Welsh losing their way after those first half tries against Doncaster, and the visit of Moseley next Saturday to Old Deer Park cant come soon enough for the Dragons to put things right.

Moseley return to Old Deer Park just four weeks after the Birmingham outfit inflicted a British & Irish Cup defeat upon Welsh and kick off what promises to be a busy period for Greenings side.

Welsh lost two fixtures to the freezing weather and snowfall before Christmas and must now travel to Rotherham on Tuesday 19th January, while they also have to find room for their postponed British & Irish Cup meeting with Swansea.

Maybe it will be a good thing as well have to knuckle down and work harder, so it could be a good time for us, said Greening.

But weve got to be more systematic and more clinical in our execution. Thats whats killing us at the moment.

Its now about momentum going forward for those play-offs and weve only got six to eight games to make sure we are on track for that.

It doesnt matter who we are playing at the moment weve got to look at ourselves thats the key thing weve got to get right. Im just glad weve got a game very soon.

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