FAN'S VIEW: Backs against the wall now at The Rec
Bath Rugby supporter Glyn Edwards gives his take on events at The Rec...
With Sale heading down the M5 on the back of four successive defeats, anchoring them to the foot of the Premiership table, Bath face a winless 12th-placed club for the second week in a row this Saturday.
While Sale - with chief executive Steve Diamond having temporarily replaced sacked forwards coach Steve Scott - will no doubt be as desperate for the win as London Irish proved to be, Bath themselves also have plenty to play for.
The previous home game was disappointingly lost to a Northampton side who should really have taken only a losing bonus point back to the East Midlands.
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Gary Gold's men will have been immensely frustrated at having returned to the West Country with just that, and a well-taken try by Kyle Eastmond, to show from their visit to Reading.
The game began with both sides seemingly trying to outdo each other in displaying a distinct lack of ambition, as the incessant aerial bombardment produced continual groans from the rugby magazine editor seated behind me.
Bath's kicking from hand, though - particularly by Michael Claassens - was much-improved from earlier games but there still seemed some reluctance to run the ball when the opportunity arose and the wingers saw precious little of it throughout.
Indeed, it was not until quite late in the second half that Bath appeared to believe they could win the match by putting the ball through hands. Had they done so earlier, the victory would surely have been theirs to savour.
It was clear to see why Irish had slumped to three successive defeats but equally obvious that they were determined to stem the flow of 40 points conceded in each game since the start of the season.
Referee JP Doyle's erratic decisions - and lack of them, sometimes - apart, Bath once again presented their opponents with too many penalty chances in dangerous positions and this time it was Steve Shingler who racked up the points.
Missing the power of the injured Matt Banahan and Ben Williams in the centre, Bath were unable to match the home side's aggression in defence and didn't secure any effective territorial dominance until much too late on.
It is still early days for the new regime but the short-term view sees this next game as almost a quarter of the regular league season gone.
For the optimist's glass to stay half full, beating Sale now becomes 'us with our backs against the wall' as well.