WORCESTER Warriors' head coach Jonathan Thomas says the coaching staff will continue to challenge the players to turn opportunities created into points after Worcester spurned a number of chances in their one-point defeat to league leaders Bristol on Saturday.

Worcester could have extended their lead on a handful of occasions in the second-half but failed to take them as Bristol came form behind late on to steal the win in an entertaining match at Sixways.

Thomas accepts he is repeating himself but insists the side are on an upward curve.

"First and foremost, we're disappointed we haven't won that game," he said.

"We had lots of opportunities to win it, a 14 points swing just before half-time when we should have taken our chance and then they took theirs.

"The biggest thing for us is we know we're good enough but we're trying to change the narrative of we create a lot of opportunities but don't take them.

"So we have to change that and challenge ourselves to execute those chances."

Despite the defeat their were encouraging aspects to the game and given Bristol are top of the league, Thomas believes it shows his side have the ability to win these games.

"We know we can compete but the big thing for us is learning from all this," he added.

"It's the same narrative every week; don't take our chances but when you break it down as a coaches we're pretty fearless in the way we played.

"Our forwards were brilliant and stood up to it, especially against the best driving maul in the league.

"There's lots of upward curves there, we're at the start of our journey but very positive about the direction we're going in.

"We are definitely going forward, we have a lot of exciting players and we have recruited a lot more of them for next season so there's no question were going forward.

"In there here and now we're disappointed that we're losing by fine margins and we're not happy with it but there are exciting times ahead for this club."