The official website rounds up the thoughts of Phil Vickery, Nigel Melville and Dean Ryan after Gloucester's 27-0 defeat to Stade Francais at Kingsholm.
Gloucester's Phil Vickery gave an honest reaction to the Kingsholm club's 27-0 defeat to Stade Francais in the Heineken Cup on Sunday afternoon.
Commenting on www.gloucesterrugbyclub.com Vickery said: "There were lots of calls in the week for the supporters to get behind us on Sunday afternoon, but the fact is that the team performance was pi** poor!"
The 28 year-old prop added: "We're happy to talk it up and receive the accolades when it goes well, but that was the worst performance of the season, and people paid good money to support us this afternoon.
"The excuses are finished with now. We're not in the top three in the Zurich Premiership, we're out of the Heineken Cup, and the Powergen Cup now becomes vital."
The coaches were equally critical after the 27-0 defeat. Gloucester knew they had to win well against Stade Francais, but coach Dean Ryan was fuming after the team's first half showing.
"We didn't stick to the game plan and didn't respect field position in the first half, and that showed. Some people got carried away with trying to chase things when it was about creating pressure, establishing field position and being in touch at half-time.
"As a group we never said we'd chase the game early on, there was no need to, so early on, and from so deep. They scored three tries and the game was over.
"We know they're not robots out there, and we have to react to what's on the field at the time, but we've got to look at what went on and talk it through," said Ryan.
Director of rugby Nigel Melville said: "That was probably the worst first half of my coaching career. It's a team thing, that's everyone included in that. It was a shambles and it was humiliating, and there aren't any excuses.
"I was embarrassed by the first half, I have to admit that. It was unacceptable from our point of view.
"We threw it away in the first half, and we're going to have to look at the supporters in the eye after this one and earn back their respect."
Melville added: "The only way we can answer that performance is out on the field next week against Bristol back at Kingsholm.
"We've lost a lot of respect from the supporters after this result, and the only way to get it back is to earn it back, and that starts with hard work this week."
Speaking to the local media this week ahead of the Bath Rugby game, Head Coach Laurie Fisher stressed that the fundamental shape of Gloucester's game is in good shape but that the Cherry and Whites have to look after the ball better and make more of their scoring opportunities.
Skipper for the day Willi Heinz faced the cameras after the 13-18 home loss to Newcastle and expressed real frustration at not being able to back up last week's win at Sale, calling it a performance he and his team-mates are not proud of.
Speaking after the game, Charlie Sharples described it as 'the win that has eluded us.' The winger stressed that Gloucester had stayed positive after the first couple of weeks of the Aviva Premiership season and the 26-13 victory over Sale was a result of that focus.
Gloucester Rugby picked up their first win of the new Aviva Premiership season on Friday night, easing to a 26-13 win on the road at Sale Sharks. Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his players on the night.
It's a game of small margins at the highest level, and so it proved to be at Kingsholm on Saturday afternoon as two second-half Bath tries earned a 6-15 victory from a game which Gloucester had dominated for long periods.
Greig Laidlaw is back to skipper Gloucester Rugby in Saturday's Aviva Premiership derby game against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm. James Hook will make his first start of the season at full-back and Billy Twelvetrees will make his 100th competitive appearance for the club.