Paul Gustard questioned his side’s game management in their 20-19 defeat to Northampton Saints at The Stoop.

Quins’ fourth defeat in a row was confirmed by Saints replacement James Grayson’s last-minute nerveless conversion.

Alex Mitchell dotted down with a minute to go before Grayson added the extras to give the Saints victory as they now close the gap on Quins in fourth to four points with three league games remaining.

"From 10 minutes to 40 minutes our game management wasn't good enough,” said the Quins Director of Rugby.

“We gave them field position, we lost field position, we lost aerial contests and we gave them points.

"To lead by six points with 90 seconds on the clock and lose the game was hard to take.”

Marcus Smith and Dan Biggar traded penalties before Ahsee Tuala opened the try scoring for Saints who led 13-6 at the break.

A second half Jack Clifford try brought the scores level shortly after the break after some neat work from Cadan Murley down the flank.

Two Marcus Smith penalties looked to have given Quins the victory before the visitors capitalised on a charged down clearing kick that Mitchell superbly scored.

Despite the disappointment Gustard remained positive in their chances of finishing the season in the top four.

"We're still in fourth and we've got three games where our destiny is still in our hands.

“We've lost four games on the spin for different reasons.”

The day came at a cost for Quins with two key personnel leaving the field looking worse for wear.

"We got two bad injuries. It looks like Cadan (Murley) may have dislocated his elbow and Nathan (Earle) has got a bad knee injury unfortunately. Our thoughts are with them for a speedy recovery.

"Nathan has been a big player for us this season and Cadan's had a bit of a breakthrough season - his attitude is outstanding.”