Sale head coach Mike Brewer was scathing in his assessment of his side's performance after they saw their unbeaten home record in the Aviva Premiership ended by a scrappy 25-24 defeat to Wasps at Edgeley Park.
The visitors scored the game's only try, a close-range effort from lock Dan Ward-Smith, but had trailed 24-19 with 20 minutes to play as Charlie Hodgson, in his first appearance of the season, kicked eight penalties for the hosts. But Dave Walder trimmed the gap with his fifth penalty before slotting the vital drop goal from dead in front with two minutes remaining.
"We did our best to lose the game throughout the second half and we achieved what we set out to do," fumed Brewer.
"The losing of the game was our match management. When we managed the game like we set out to do we went six points ahead, but then we decided to play another type of game.
"We made mistakes, turned the ball over and gave away penalties. They kicked the penalties and got back in the game.
"We endeavoured to lose the game. It's entirely down to us."
Despite Hodgson's flawless display when kicking at goal, Brewer was particularly dissatisfied with the tactical aspect of his fly-half's display.
He continued: "Dave Walder stuck to their plan for 80 minutes and in the end it won them the game. Charlie didn't manage the game when he should have. He kicked all the penalties but on certain occasions he didn't manage the game
"I will be talking through it with him this week. Dave Walder managed the game better than Charlie."