Pat Lam didn’t hold back in his assessment of Connacht’s “worst performance” of the season as they lost out to Brive in the Challenge Cup.

The home side landed a penalty with the last kick of the game to deny Connacht a draw, 21-18.

The westerners managed three tries and all of Brive’s points came from the boot of Thomas Laranjeira.

Lam told RTÉ Sport: “We completely handed them that game, it’s the worst performance we've had this season.

“I just think we’ve got to play better; that’s the main priority whatever the outcome is but our performance was way below what Connacht should be. We’re all not happy with that.

“We bring the referee calls into as well but the only [ones] to blame are ourselves ‘cause we should have been scoring, we should have been ruthless.

"We completely handed them that game"

“We had enough chances and the game kept breaking down on our errors and Brive didn’t have to do anything to get that win.

“We should have been home and hosed and already qualified. We’ve only got ourselves to blame.

“[We’re] absolutely disappointed, probably our worst performance of the season. We didn’t exit well, we didn’t kick well.

"We made mistakes and off the back of mistakes we were penalised for indiscipline and gave them easy points.

“It’s just a game that we threw away really so it’s extremely disappointing.”

Connacht, who host Russian side Yenisey next week, can still make the knock-out stages but must rely on other results to go their way.

“I’m expecting a backlash from this performance. Take the outcome out of it - I’m just not happy with the performance,” Lam added.