Head coach Richard Agar has called on his Wakefield Wildcats side to play for pride in the badge in their final three matches of the Super League season.
A 26-14 defeat at Warrington Wolves on Saturday all-but ended Wakefield’s play-off hopes with Wildcats trailing eighth-placed Hull KR by five points with just six points to play for.
Agar’s men will still push for the top-eight while it is mathematically possible but the ’Cats boss is just focusing on producing a strong and spirited finish to the season.
“I think it’s important for us that we don’t limp out,” he said.
“We’ve been a very united team, a very spirited team and we have a lot of pride in where we’ve come from and what we’ve achieved in the last two seasons.
“Regardless of the play-offs, we want to get into every game and finish strong with our heads held high. For us it’s about finishing strong and representing the badge with some pride over these last three or four weeks.”
Youngsters Bobbie Goulding and Liam Kay both featured for Wakefield and could get further senior action in Wakefield’s remaining three matches.
Kay got on the scoresheet and Agar was pleased with the performance of both players at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
“I was pleased with our effort and that’s probably been the story for us for the last three or four weeks,” he said.
“We were missing a few players and some of the younger players really had a good dig today. We had some inexperience out there and they’ll be much better for that experience.
“I thought we did well to hang in up to half-time. In the early parts of the game Warrington had all the pressure and we had very little attack.
“I was a bit disappointed with the validity of a couple of tries. I’ve looked on the video and I don’t think Brett Hodgson has got anywhere near grounding that ball and one of the passes late on looked marginal.
“For a team like us, battling as we are, we just couldn’t afford those types of calls to go against us today. I’m not saying that would have had any difference on any outcome of the final scoreline, I thought the best side won.”
Wolves head coach Tony Smith said: “It was a scrappy old game. I thought both teams were scrappy; the whole affair was.
“We had some glimpses of nice stuff and passages of play that were good but not enough of them for our liking. I thought we defended pretty well most of the time against a team that can throw something at you.
“We conceded an intercept and a try off a kick which we can live with. I thought we controlled them pretty well defensively most of the time.”