Gloucester Rugby Head Coach Dean Ryan was his usual open self when he spoke to the media following the home defeat to Worcester on Tuesday evening.
"We're disappointed to have lost. We worked tremendously hard which was the first question we had to ask ourselves after Saturday's performance."
"But we couldn't break them down and we were running out of steam a little bit and we were running out of physicality and options."
"It was a very solid Worcester defence but we controlled probably 80% of the game without being able to score."
Q. Tonight showed the cutting edge problems that have dogged you recently?
"When you have players out there who were injured and when you lack front foot physicality like we did then it's always going to be a factor."
"I think our only credit was to come out from Saturday and work very hard. We got that but we were just running out of steam. We're calling on every possible resource."
Q. You're still alive mathematically though?
"Well, you've only got to look at tonight. We've got more injuries. Sinbad has torn a pectoral and played his heart out out there. We can't play Narraway and Morgan at the weekend, we've got Delve and Z (Azam) injured."
"I don't think it's gone. We'll go to Wasps and we'll fight for a result. A Gloucester side will always fight."
"You also have to be realistic that a lot of our assets have been stripped. Some of those guys will be out there for the third time in seven days and some of them are hurting and injured."
"We have academy players where you'd expect a Tindall or a Vainikolo. That's where you've got to be realistic. If we get a result then we'll need the extra week to try and get some people back."
Q. Was it a pre planned tactic to turn down the kicks at goal early on?
"We wanted to get five points. None of the kicks were particularly simple. It was a game where we thought that if we got an early score then we would have a chance of a bonus point. In the end we couldn't get over at all."
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Matt Kvesic was a try scorer and recipient of the Man of the Match award in Sunday's 35-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre. He praised the Italian side for their spirited opposition and admitted that next week's return game will be a tough one.