Gloucester Rugby Head Coach Bryan Redpath pulled no punches when he spoke to the media about the team's performance following the home defeat against Northampton Saints.
Despite being in touch at half time, Gloucester fell two scores behind to Northampton in the early stages of the second half and, despite their best efforts, were unable to claw their way back into the game.
Gloucester spent virtually all the final quarter camped inside the Saints' 22 but this was of little consolation to Redpath:
"I'm severely disappointed. Especially with some of the penalties we gave away, some of which were cheap and some of which were dull."
"And, after that, we didn't exert enough pressure until the last 15 minutes when it was too late as we were two tries behind."
"In a closer game obviously we'd have taken some of those kicks down in their 22 but we needed the two tries to get back into it."
"But our basics weren't good enough, our set piece probably wasn't good enough so we didn't have a platform to give ourselves enough opportunities. I don't think that Northampton really had to do that much to win the game."
"There were some opportunities but Northampton are a very organised team and we couldn't make the most of them."
"Every time we did create any intensity we got a penalty, and Nicky kicked a couple and missed a couple so it could have been a different story. We needed to keep the pressure on them but we didn't and they took their opportunities."
"If you give basic penalties away, easy three pointers, then you're always chasing your tail. That's what it looked like at the end."
The Gloucester cause was not helped by the withdrawal of James Simpson-Daniel on the morning of the game due to illness followed by the loss of fullback Olly Morgan at half time.
"He (Morgan) had a tight hamstring so it was best to get him off before it developed into anything worse."
"Meanwhile, he (Simpson-Daniel) called off with illness which is hard to deal with."
"Obviously James was desperate to play and trained well all week. But he's ill, that's life. It could happen to anyone and I've got to get on with that."
"Voycey came in and did well. There's not much difference between him and Sinbad. But that certainly wasn't a factor as to why we didn't play well."
Asked whether there were any positives he could draw from the game?
"Nothing major. I was pretty disappointed. That's not to take anything away from Northampton who put in a solid defensive performance and took all the opportunities they created. We took maybe one or two out of ten or eleven."
"You can't do that if you're going to complete and every game is going to be tough whether you're at Kingsholm or away from home."
"We have to stick together. We've talked about being a group, a team, and we have to work hard all week to achieve that."
"We can't be negative but we have to be honest, we weren't good enough in too many parts of the game. We have to collectively get our heads around that and not hide behind blaming people."
"We all have to stick our hands up and say cut out the chat and let's get on with it."
And the prospect of playing unbeaten Saracens at Vicarage Road this weekend?
"It's a tough place to play but it's down to us to perform. We need to apply pressure, follow the right thought processes and take our opportunities."
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