IT was another harrowing day at the office for Worcester Warriors on Friday night as they conceded 66 points to Northampton Saints at Franklin's Gardens.

Warriors have now conceded over 40 points in each of their last three Gallagher premiership defeats, amassing a whopping 156 points across 240 minutes of rugby.

Their search for a first win at the Gardens since 2007 goes on and after a promising start to the 2021/22 campaign, performances since have taken a serious nose dive.

It has caused some fans to call for change within the coaching set-up but Jonathan Thomas insists that method will not fix things.

"That is what has always happened in the history at this club, coaching changes in three year cycles," he said.

"The biggest thing here is that we have good men; we have good coaches. I have been in the game a long time.

"There is nothing wrong with the people on the coaching staff, there is nothing wrong with the players we have.

"But rugby is a game played with group cohesion and right now, we are not cohesive on the field which means we are forcing things, not doing the basics well.

"This requires us sticking together and hopefully when players come back, things will change."

Warriors are currently without key men Ted Hill (suspension), Owen Williams and Melani Nanai (injury) as well as losing both Willi Heinz and Ollie Lawrence before kick-off.

Thomas insists it has had a damaging affect on performance on the field but still admits the result was unacceptable.

"First of all, there are no excuses," he added.

"I don't want people to think I am making excuses but when you lose five leaders from the side like we have, five of our best players, it's going to affect the team.

"But we still shouldn't be losing by that scoreline."

Warriors are back at home next week but a period of soul searching is certainly in order after what was an unforgettable night for all the wrong reasons.

"The lads are all hurting," said Thomas.

"They are working hard, working for each other. People don't see how hard they work in training.

"I feel for them, no one wants to experience that but if you don't do the basics of the game then that’s what you get."