By Cherry Picker
December 3 2011
Without wanting to be too pessimistic and equally determined to acknowledge that one result does not make a season, losing at bottom club Newcastle virtually kills off Gloucester's hopes of achieving anything more than mediocrity in the Premiership this season.
Yes, the cherry and whites only lost by one point, but it’s still a defeat and team’s with Gloucester’s ambitions just should not lose against the side everybody reckons will go down this season.
Bryan Redpath said it was a massive game, and it was.
Glaws started well, but lost their way and Falcons showed the sort of determination and grit they will need in every game if they are to avoid the drop.
It’s easy to blame Freddie Burns’s missed conversion midway through the second half, but that would be unfair on him and an inaccurate measure of the game.
Glaws lost because they didn’t match the home team’s spirit.
Olly Morgan gave Glaws hope when he crossed inside two minutes, but Jordi Pasqualin replied against his former club.
James Simpson-Daniel and James Fitzpatrick exchanged tries and Glaws had a slender 20-17 lead at the break.
But three Jimmy Gopperth penalties meant that Scott Lawson's unconverted try wasn’t enough.
Coach Redpath told the BBC: "We had a good start but then I was disappointed because our basics weren't good enough and that was probably the clear thing in the conditions. You needed good basics and some of them weren't.
"We conceded ten points in the time Alasdair Strokosch was in the bin. They kicked a penalty and scored a try off a line-out. We've talked about it - away from home you can't have yellow cards.
"You have to be very disciplined and we weren't.”
Not disciplined enough ... and possibly not good enough?