Newcastle lacked composure at Harlequins - Alan Tait
Newcastle Falcons head coach Alan Tait says his players lacked composure in key situations during Sunday's 39-8 Premiership defeat by Harlequins.
Falcons were close to the Quins line on a number of occasions, but turned over possession too often to give the home side a convincing victory at The Stoop.
"We're attacking and then we're back under our own sticks, throwing the ball away," Tait told BBC Newcastle.
"We've thrown it away in key positions. They've come away and scored tries."
The most damaging of the tries conceded was Danny Care's score just before half-time, when turnover ball inside the Quins' 22 allowed the hosts to scamper almost the length of the field on the counter.
Tait added: "We've come to the top side in the country and bust them open seven or eight times.
"We can compete physically. We are up there, but our finishing let us down.
"We've got to respect the ball and build phases. We just had to finish off and not panic."
Tait handed debuts to three new players in Taiasina Tui'fua, Suka Hufanga and Adriaan Fondse for Sunday's trip to the capital.
Hufanga completed his move to Tyneside earlier this month, while Fondse and Tui'fua were unable to make their debuts in Europe because of registration reasons.
"They were all thrown in there," Tait said. "They've just been here for a week.
"Because they couldn't play in Europe, they've been sitting and watching and haven't been part of the team.
"I'm happy with their efforts. I knew they were going to run out of steam. They have all done well.
"I think we've found three players that will help the cause."