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."
Speaking to the local media this week, John Afoa described the hard work that the Cherry and White have been putting in and that he is fighting fit ready for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final clash with Exeter Chiefs.
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester meet the Exeter Chiefs for the fourth time in competitive action this weekend, this time in the semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media this week that this is the sort of game that Gloucester want to be involved in on a regular basis and that he and his team are looking forward to it.
Following the 29-26 loss to Harlequins, club captain Billy Twelvetrees spoke of his disappointment that the Cherry and Whites were unable to cash in on the home side's indiscipline and lose a lead on Saturday afternoon.
Number eight Gareth Evans admitted to a collective feeling of frustration as Gloucester lost narrowly at Harlequins on Saturday, but insisted that there are plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter.
Gloucester travel to the Stoop on Saturday afternoon to take on Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership. The Cherry and Whites make just two changes from last weekend's win over Connacht as they seek consistency and continuity in their play as Nick Walshe told the local media this week.
The Gloucester Rugby Ticket office can advise that the club's initial allocation of tickets for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final has sold out. However, the club has secured an additional allocation of tickets from EPCR which will go on sale on Monday.
Following Saturday evening's exciting European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final victory over Exeter Chiefs, the Ticket Office at Kingsholm will be open on Sunday from 11am to 3pm for Club Members to purchase tickets for the Final.
Gloucester Rugby qualified for their first European final since 2006 as they defeated the in-form Exeter Chiefs by 30 points to 19 in a thrilling semi-final at Kingsholm on Saturday evening. The club photographer caught the best of the action.
Recent meetings between these two teams have often been thrillers, and this was no exception. It went down to the final few minutes, but Gloucester produced the goods when it mattered to qualify for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final, beating Exeter 30-19.