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."
Fly-half Billy Burns was named Man of the Match after the 35-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup victory over Stade Rochelais on Thursday evening, and was full of praise for all his team mates for the win after a short turnaround.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
Gloucester's much changed side had to overcome conceding an early try on Thursday evening, but responded in style to down Stade Rochelais by 35 points to 14 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and set up a mouthwatering return fixture next weekend.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.