Gloucester scrum-half Dan Robson has bemoaned his team's dreadful start to the new season after losing to Sale Sharks.
The Cherry and Whites are expected to be in contention for the playoffs in 2013-2014, but got their season off to a disappointing start with a 16-22 loss.
Sale, who narrowly avoided relegation last season, were not widely predicted to be successful at Kingsholm yet came away with the result after tries from Mark Cueto and Andy Forsyth.
Looking back on the match, Robson focused on the lack of success at the set-piece and breakdown, along with praising the support from the home faithful.
"The first game of the season you want to come out with a bang," Robson told the Gloucestershire Echo.
"Everyone knows what happened next. For the first 50 to 60 minutes we weren't in the game, we gave away too many silly penalties, we didn't adapt to the referee.
"We left it a bit too late to hit back. We dug in really well at the end, that's what we're about - but it's just not enough. We can't have a set-piece that doesn't function throughout the game, and not be able to compete at the breakdown.
"We've got a lot to work on, big game this week. The support was incredible, it always is. We need to give better to them. We had chances to win it, even though we played so poorly. So little decisions, we've got to sort those too.
"The last 20 to 30 minutes we were on the front foot, got quick ball and we dealt with things far better. We should have managed the game better against the wind in the first half."