“I have said to the players that that performance is just not good enough.
“Some of our skill level tonight was embarrassing and unacceptable. We got ourselves into positions but simple knock-ons didn’t allow us to get any momentum. We didn’t control possession at all in that first half and it was incredibly frustrating.
“Sale deserved to win tonight, they found a way to do it, fair play to them, but we have got to look at ourselves now.
“We are not where we want to be at the moment.
“On occasion we defended well but you look at their scores and they weren’t creative so we had a few lapses that were costly. I thought we were on top in the scrum tonight and we controlled the lineout well but there’s an awful lot of work for us to do.
“We are making it incredibly hard for ourselves by going behind early and it’s a huge ask to come back despite a rally we have in the second half.”