WORCESTER Warriors director of rugby Gary Gold believes his side are close to picking up their first win of the season - they just need to cut out the errors.

Friday’s 25-3 defeat at the hands of Saracens means the Sixways side have picked up just a solitary point from their five Aviva Premiership games to date but there is light at the end of the tunnel according to the Worcester chief.

“We’re not far off," Gold said. “They are the European champions and scored three tries against us. There’s a lot to work on but I remain positive because it is still early days.

“It seems to be the story of our season so far – plenty of courage and hard work and I’m proud of the guys for that. But we are making critical errors at critical times.

“We had seven entries into their 22 and never came away with any points from those entries.

"The fact that we got there seven times is very good against a team like Saracens but it’s not very good that we didn’t come away with any points.

"We were a team last year who scored 56 tries and we’re not scoring tries at the moment.

“At half-time we were pretty chuffed that we had made seven entries and we needed to keep on that programme.

"Ironically we managed just one in the second half and that means that, against a team of the quality of Saracens, you are on the back foot.

"We spoke about converting our opportunities but we weren’t able to do so, so unfortunately we got a hiding.

“I thought our guys worked really, really hard when they came at us wave after wave and we managed to dislodge the ball a couple of times.

"They are not European champions for nothing. They are a quality outfit who play with real pace and intensity but at the end of the day we had enough opportunities particularly in the first half and if you don’t take those opportunities then it is going to be a long day.

"There were times when we were a little bit too tight in defence and made things a little bit easier for them.”

With five straight defeats going into Saturday's trip to Bath, Gold also believes that a lack of confidence could be holding his players back.

“From a leadership point of view I have to divorce myself from the result and have to look at the performance,” he added.

“We are making critical errors at critical times and maybe we need to have a look at some of the things in training that may give the guys a little more confidence.

“But we are not rolling over at the moment and we’ve played some pretty tough teams, teams that are up there at the top of the table.”