Bath v Leeds Carnegie: We're taking nothing for granted - Key

Andy Key insists buoyant Leeds Carnegie aren't getting giddy following their seminal first Aviva Premiership win bonus of 2010-11 ahead of tomorrow's encounter against Bath at The Rec (3pm).

Carnegie head south with a spring in their step after their first victory in ten top-flight matches this term at home to Gloucester on New Year's Day, which has heaped pressure on several rivals at the bottom, especially Newcastle Falcons – who they still have to play twice.

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But director of rugby Key says Carnegie – now just three points behind Falcons – are concentrating solely on performance and won't be caught looking at the league table or fixture permutations, while being confident that if their performances are good, their fate will take care of itself.

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Key said: "It's that 'dizzy heights' thing and it's important we don't start looking too far above ourselves and take our eye off our job.

"Gloucester was one step in the right direction, but one swallow doesn't make a summer. Everything we've done, we've got to replicate again and even do things a bit better against Bath.

"If we work and continue on our performance and worry about ourselves, at some stage, we'll hopefully open our eyes again and be three places further up the league.

"A lot of hard work has gone on behind the scenes, coaching staff, management, players – everybody involved.

"What has never happened is we've never stopped believing in what we are trying to do in terms of bringing results.

"We're now three (wins) on the run, two in Europe and with the Premiership monkey off our backs. But for us, it's still about how we are performing and what the team and individuals are doing and we're in a good place.

"We've got a team that is bubbling with confidence.

"Yes, we've been despondent and disappointed at stages this season, but haven't really been getting too down. We knew persevering with what we were doing would get us results.

"Players can now see the fruits bearing of their efforts.

"Gloucester wasn't just a good win, but good team performance. Most of

our key performance indicators we measure ourselves by, we hit."

Just as the sense of relief was palpable at Headingley Carnegie on January 1, so it was for Bath supporters who celebrated their first league victory since September in a dramatic Olly Barkley-inspired 25-24 success at London Irish, which also ended a six-match winless streak in all competitions.

While anxiety levels will have eased following the victory, with Bath too close to the drop zone for comfort, Key feels the pressure will all be on their shoulders tomorrow, with Steve Meehan's troops fully

expected to win.

It's a challenge everyone at Carnegie is fully looking forward to, with the game having extra significance for Bath old boys Michael Stephenson and Daniel Browne, who will be making their first return to the club after moving north in the close season.

Key said: "Bath are no easy side by any stretch and their history tells you how well they are capable of doing. We've looked closely at their games and it's been a little bit like watching ourselves. It's a side with lots of talents who have been making too many unforced and unnecessary errors at the wrong times. There is a parallel between us, definitely.

"But the expectation on Bath is far greater and the only pressure we've got is what we've put on ourselves.

"We're looking forward to the game and I know Daniel and Michael can't wait for the challenge.

"There's no better challenge than a player going back to his own club and putting in a really good performance – for personal and team reasons."

Bath head coach Meehan certainly isn't writing off the challenge of Leeds after they blew the relegation race wide open with victory over the cherry-and-whites last weekend.

He said: "We will have to match a very determined Leeds side.

"The question of relegation is wide open and there will be a lot of twists and turns in the next few months."