Sale fan in peace
I was at the game on Saturday and though Irish looked quite good, the reason you lost was not because of being an inferior team, but because of small mistakes (line-out miss throws, infringements at the ruck) - those things are coachable and I'm sure will improve. I agree also that Ashton's second try was a bit suspect, perhaps we got a way with that one.
Whilst that wasn't Sales starting XV, it was still pretty close to what I expect we will put out for Gloucester this weekend, and you made us look pretty average to be honest. Irish certainly looked to have the more cohesive attack, especially down the blindside with Loader.
I have to say I think Jackson will stand you in good stead, he is a top level fly half and takes the ball well to the game line, and has a strong kicking game.
As I say, the mistakes made are coachable, and I'm pretty certain had you gathered that Line out in the last play you would have scored for the draw. I would be quietly confident if I was an Irish fan, looks like you got a proper team who will play well for each other, though I suppose it all comes down to squad depth and injuries.
Good luck for this season and I look forward to the game in a few weeks!