Ryan: 'I am not going to get into the excuse culture'
October 5, 2013
Things just aren't going right for Worcester at the moment © Getty Images
With just one match of Round Five of the Aviva Premiership to go, we have put together the coaches' views on the five games which have been and gone.
Leicester's Paul Burke: "Our accuracy for the first 60 minutes was poor. But the attitude of the players to get themselves back into the game, play in the right areas and squeeze them at the set pieces, was the key to our resurgence in the last 10 or 15 minutes. That was the plan for most of the game but unfortunately we did not put it into practice.
"We had opportunities but our error count was too high. It's an area we have to look at because our error count in the last three of four games has been too high."
Northampton's Jim Mallinder: "I thought our attacking game was good. We created a lot of opportunities and scored a good try. When we were 10 points up we had an opportunity to kill the game but could not get anything out of it.
"And what you don't want to do is let Leicester get back on track and get their tails up at home. The crowd got behind them and we had a couple of decisions go against us in that last 15 minutes."
Worcester's Dean Ryan: "It's pretty obvious that losing games, and in the manner we lost today and against London Irish, saps confidence, but we can only control ourselves. I am not going to get into the excuse culture.
"We can't buy a win at the moment. The challenge here is to be competitive regularly. There have been times when we haven't been, and at times we were today. We've got to get better at managing things. We haven't got a group that is confident week in, week out of getting all those pieces of the jigsaw right.
"I know what everyone is writing about us - and after five games we probably deserve that - but we have just got to get back to work and look at being a little bit better."
Newcastle's Dean Richards: "I am pleased for a number of reasons. If you look at our squad today, we had 12 players who came through the club's academy. I am delighted with that. The youngsters keep on setting the trend within the club. It is the youngsters that are showing the way."
Saracens' Mark McCall: "Sometimes you have to dig in. Everybody wants to see lots of tries but Wasps did a tremendous job today. They were good defensively, they get numbers in at the breakdown, they go for the ball hard and it was a terrific workout for us ahead of the Heineken Cup next week. We rolled up our sleeves and won comfortably in the end, it's job done."
Wasps' Dai Young: "Our accuracy with the ball wasn't good enough and we'll have to work hard at that because we are not giving ourselves enough of a chance to put teams under pressure."
London Irish's Brian Smith: "It was by no means a perfect performance but we found a way to get over the line. Every time we had a hurdle we found a way to get over it and I am very proud of the squad.
"It was a really courageous performance, especially after we lost Kieran Low after three minutes. We knew that they would throw the kitchen sink at us but you don't beat Quins by surprise or chance so we deserve a lot of credit."
Harlequins boss Conor O'Shea: "In the first half we had nearly all the territory and possession but we had inaccuracies all over the place. I'm really frustrated by our performance as you can't go out and play with such lack of precision and control."
Sale's Steve Diamond: "It was a good all-round performance. In the first half we dodged a bullet really when they didn't score that second try and I think the game could have changed there, but we managed to get away with it. Then we got back into the game in the first half and turned around 16-10 in front and we were confident at half-time."
Bath's Mike Ford: "We didn't play well but credit to Sale, I thought they played particularly well. The breakdown was an issue for us, they were pretty ferocious in that area and got on top. It's hard to go away from home, lose that breakdown and also the drive. It's two fundamental parts of the game that they were on top of.
"Credit to their enthusiasm and the way they played. It's very difficult to come away to a Premiership club and win off the back of those two fundamentals. This is a long journey for us, no trophies are handed out tonight but we'll take our medicine, get back on Monday and make sure we get better."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Download ESPN's new UK multisport app, a fresh and powerful new way to follow your favourite UK sports news, scores and video.
Robin van Persie is keen to resume his partnership with Wayne Rooney at Manchester United
Glen Johnson insists that Liverpool will be able to manage without Steven Gerrard, who is facing at least a month out with a hamstring injury
Andy Murray's win at Wimbledon was the most talked about topic on Facebook in the UK this year, ahead of even the passing of Margaret Thatcher and the birth of the Royal baby
Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has entered a team for the first season of the new FIA Formula E championship
Manchester United have suffered a triple defensive injury blow as they are set to be without Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Chris Smalling when they face Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday