WORCESTER Warriors boss Steve Diamond gave an incredibly honest and brutal assessment of his side after their dismal showing at home to Newcastle Falcons on Saturday, losing 45-10.

The Falcons scored three tries in each half to end a run of 11 straight Premiership defeats, whilst condemning Warriors to a depressing defeat.

Diamond did not hold back following the final whistle and described the performance as "pathetic".

"We cannot use illness as an excuse because we trained reasonably well over the last few days," he said.

"There are no excuses. We were completely off centre and did not compete in any area whatsoever.

"It was a performance that was totally out of character. It was wholly pathetic. Newcastle are a hard-working side and they put us to bed. It was embarrassing. I feel for the Worcester supporter base.

"We could not hold on to the ball or string two passes together. Our penalty count was probably the lowest of the season because we were never in the action.

"No one performed well, me included, and I put the onus on myself to get them back up.

"We were never at the races. I was going to give them next week off but I might change my mind about that now. It is inexcusable as professionals to perform like that."

Worcester were never really in the game and the visitors started brightly, scoring tries through George McGuigan, stand-off Brett Connon and wing Adam Radwan to put them 21-5 up at the break.

Winger Perry Humphreys had responded for the hosts but Newcastle weren't done and further scores from Louis Schreuder, Trevor Davison and Jamie Blamire, whilst skipper Ted Hill crossed for the hosts.

The damaging defeat, the second heaviest home loss this season, drops Worcester to 12th and now just three points clear of bottom side Bath.

After the morale boosting away win in mid-week, all positivity seems to have been squashed as supporters left Sixways on Saturday at full-time.

And now a scheduled week off for the players could well be scrapped by Diamond to address what went so wrong.