When referee Matt Carley called an end to proceedings at the AJ Bell stadium this weekend the London Irish players knew their performance was well below the expected standard.
A 36-6 defeat was the third on the bounce in Aviva Premiership Rugby and, after the players came together in a huddle, Tom Guest says that more than a few firm words were spoken.
Three first-half tries for Sale and two yellow cards shortly before the break gave Irish a mountain to climb.
The Exiles came out fighting after the restart but struggled to assert themselves as the Sharks closed out a comfortable win.
And Guest says that worse than the defeat was the subpar performance that the team produced.
“Sometimes going out there and putting in a good performance or a performance you can be proud of is the most important thing,” he said.
“You’re always going to win and lose matches but when you lose you want to think you did all you could.
“But we don’t feel that way after Sale and we are all disappointed with how we lost.
“We let the game slip away from us in the first half and never recovered after that.
“The huddle at the end was nothing different from what we would usually do except there was maybe some firmer words.
“We all knew that it wasn’t good enough and we were expressing our disappointment in our performance.”
Irish have two wins from their opening seven matches in the Aviva Premiership – both away from the Madejski stadium.
But with back-to-back home fixtures against Bath Rugby and Gloucester Rugby on the horizon the Exiles have the chance to rectify their stuttering home form.
And, after making the switch from Harlequins in the summer, Guest says he is loving life at his new club and is keen to get some momentum going.
“It was probably a little bit difficult at the start but I feel settled and am happy with how I’m playing,” he added.
“I’m really enjoying my time at Irish now and am enjoying getting some games going.
“I think we gave Sale too many points and we didn’t make them earn them.
“We showed bits of what we are about but never really got going and that’s the disappointing thing.
“But now we have a really big chance to get some home form going and wins against two good sides would be huge for us and our momentum.”
This Christmas, Premiership Rugby is offering fans a special gift with selected tickets for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final 2015. Click here to find out about this limited offer.