DROP-GOAL hero Paul Sykes has revealed a half-time “roasting” from head coach Richard Agar helped Wakefield Trinity Wildcats to victory at Hull KR.
Wildcats trailed 14-8 at half-time at MS3 Craven Park in Sunday’s crucial Super League clash before improving in the second half to edge it 31-30, with the on-loan Bradford Bulls man kicking a late drop-goal winner for the second week running.
“We had a poor first half, we didn’t play that well but we were still only six points behind so we came out second half, regrouped and controlled the game a little bit,” he said.
“I just think they were running a little bit harder than us and just wanted it a little bit more. But we were still in the game, only six points behind and we got a little bit of a roasting off the coach at half-time and it helped turn us around.”
Sykes has been one of Wakefield’s star performers in their current run of five wins on the spin and has kept his cool to twice kick last-gasp drop-goal winners.
It’s an art he admits he doesn’t really practice, saying: “Not really, a little bit, but not much.
“We wanted another one [tackle] really but Timmy [Smith] give it me straight away, I was under a little bit of pressure and it was a little bit of a flapper but I’m just glad it went over.”
It sparked wild celebrations among Wildcats players and fans and Sykes said the strong travelling army of Wakefield supporters played a big part in spurring their side on.
“The fans have been great,” said Sykes.
“I couldn’t believe how many there were. They came over in their numbers and we could hear them singing all through the game and it’s much appreciated, it really gives the boys a lift.”
Victory saw Wakefield leapfrog their hosts and remain a point away from Bradford Bulls and the top-eight with two games to go.
The momentum is certainly with Agar’s men but Sykes isn’t looking beyond the next match, against Widnes Vikings at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Sunday, September 2.
“We’re just taking it one game at a time, that’s all we can do,” he said.
“We’ve got a week off now, we’ve got to prepare right for the next game. We’ll probably only have a couple of days off and then we play Widnes in a fortnight’s time.”
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