Sale Sharks director of rugby Bryan Redpath believes his side should have beat Worcester after defeat condemned them to seven consecutive Aviva Premiership losses.
Mark Cueto opened the scoring for the Sharks in the sixth minute and Sale controlled the early period until David Lemi scored a superb try eight minutes before the break.
Sale were level with Nick Macleod’s try just before the hour but Worcester responded immediately with Andy Goode’s score and convertion, as the Warriors held on to win 23-16.
And Redpath, who was confident of recording a first win as Sharks boss, bemoaned his side’s failure to capitalise on their first half domination at Sixways Stadium.
“I am bitterly disappointed,” the Scot told the BBC.
“We had enough territory and possession to have won the game, but the facts are that we didn’t.
“I thought it was a game we should have won.”
Danny Cipriani kicked two penalties for the Sharks but missed both conversion attempts, as Goode made 13 points with the boot for the Warriors.
Sale fought back with late pressure in injury time but Worcester scum-half Paul Hodgson made a try saving tackle on Will Addison, who dropped the ball just before the line.
Despite the defeat, Redpath was encouraged by the performances of his younger charges in the scrum.
“Ross Harrison and Tommy Taylor were outstanding for a 19 and 20-year-old in the front-row,” he said.
“I thought they were our two best players, and credit to them.
“I think a lot of the older players should have a look at how those two youngsters performed in a game where it was all about a bit of guts.”
Sale remain at the foot of the table after seven straight defeats, but are now seven points behind London Irish, after picking up a losing bonus point.
The Sharks play 11th-placed London Irish on Friday in the Aviva Premiership clash at the Salford City Stadium.