DAI Young says Wasps were second best in defeat to Sale at Adams Park this afternoon.
Wasps came back from 10-0 down to lead 17-10, but their final half hour was rudderless and Danny Cipriani inspired Sale to a 21-17 victory.
Young said: "I'm disappointed to have lost, but I thought they were better than us. I thought they were a lot smarter than us.
"In the last four or five games it's certainly been our Achilles heel how poorly we start and we gave them an easy ten points.
"We fought our way back with three penalties, but we had a lot of possession in their half and came away with three penalties.
"That tells a strory, we're not really producing enough in our pressure moments. We need to be scoring tries and looking at seven pointers rather than three pointers."
Wasps are now eight points adrift of sixth-placed Sale with six games remaining.
Young said: "We're still in the fight but realistically we have to rely on one or two other results to go our way.
"And in fairness to Sale they deserve it.
"In the two games we've played against them they've been better than us so who are we to say we should be sixth and they shouldn't make it?
"When it gets to the business end of the season other teams have got that extra gear and we struggle to find it.
"That's where we. There are a number of games left but with regards that top six, we've put ourselves under pressure.
"I always thought we were in a fight for that sixth spot and that was as good as we could achieve, but we've certainly put ourselves up against it."