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."
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees told GRTV after the win in Brive that the game could have been a tough one to get up for, but that his Gloucester team mates did themselves proud on the night and got a big result.
Reflecting on the 31-20 victory in Brive on Thursday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys said that clinching a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final was the overall aim and duly achieved.
Gloucester may have already clinched a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys wants his side to finish the pool stages on a winning note in Brive on Thursday evening.
Speaking after Saturday's win, James Hudson was happy to record a bonus-point win against a hugely physical Oyonnax side as Gloucester secured their passage into the European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Finals
Billy Burns was a try scorer on his first European start for Gloucester and, speaking after the game, admitted that it was good to get the five points although there are still things to work on before the trip to Brive.
Gloucester Rugby have added to their front row strength in depth for next season with the signings of Paul Doran-Jones, Paddy McAllister and Nicky Thomas from Harlequins, Aurillac and the Ospreys respectively.