DIRECTOR of rugby Alan Solomons acknowledged Warriors had room for improvement but insisted "we deserved the win" against Harlequins.

Worcester had 36 per cent possession and 32 per cent territory at Sixways on Friday yet largely kept their opponents away from danger areas throughout.

Fluency was not the buzzword but Warriors got the basics right, something which head coach Rory Duncan and defensive guru Omar Mouneimne gained plaudits for on the back of set-piece problems at Bath six days earlier.

“I was very happy with the win,” said Solomons.

“I thought we put right the set-pieces, our lineout operated well after working on simplifying things so well done to Rory and the boys.

“The defence was absolutely outstanding. I have worked with Omar Mouneimne for years and he is a world-class defence coach and the boys must take credit as well because they are doing the tackling.

“We probably spilt too much ball, our security could have been better so we didn’t have the possession we wanted and ended up tackling a lot but I certainly thought we deserved the win.

“The only try they got was an interception from way out when we were on the attack just inside their half and that speaks volumes for our defence.

“The reason they had that possession was that we made silly little errors and sacrificed possession. We turned over too much ball and they held on to it when they had it.

“We had to defend for long periods and not that there were many penalties, but perhaps we gave them away at the wrong times and in the wrong places which can put you in difficulty.

“There was one break down the right touchline, the pass went astray and from there it was a double penalty where they got into our left-hand corner.

“You have to look after the ball and perhaps that was something we didn’t do that well but that doesn’t take anything away from the defensive effort.

“I thought it was a team effort across the board. Every single player showed a terrific level of commitment and that really pleased me.”

Both of Worcester’s tries came through collective pressure, another element that left Solomons purring.

“In the Premiership there are a lot of sides that maul well and when we got the opportunity, it was pleasing to see the boys do well,” he added.

“You have to do well up front to get to play and it was great for the forwards to get that reward.

“There have been loads of good performances over the past 12 months, many games I could think of but this one was really important for us.”

Try-scoring prop Nick Schonert was withdrawn with an ankle injury and is set to be assessed over the weekend.

“Hopefully there is nothing too serious there,” said Solomons.