"I'm upset and I expect other people to feel the same, so I'll take any criticism which comes my way. We had a good season last year and we don't look like having another. We've got players who can take care of the ball, but it frustrates me so much to see us hoof it. To be honest I expect Neil Kilkenny to do better in midfield, but it's all about the team and nobody whatsoever is telling them to go out and play long ball. Why did they do it? We needed to get Chris Taylor taking people on and Andy Liddell getting crosses in, but we stopped creating chances. It's no use me talking in the dressing room or shouting on the touchline if people are just going to live in a little world of their own."
"That's what is happening, and I can see it clearly. I've told the players they need to show guts, but I can't give them that. They've got to find it themselves. I want players who will get on the ball, show a bit of nous and make things happen, but I could see what was coming in the second half. At the moment it's a big thing for us that we go behind and there's nothing there. We still had 25 minutes after Northampton scored, but we huffed and puffed. I kept telling them to play it simple and get the ball out wide, but we stopped playing and I'm more frustrated than anyone. Last year we had a dressing room who stuck together. Last season's team would have steamrollered Northampton because once they got on top people couldn't live with them and that's what I need now."