New coach Brian Smith hailed bottom team Wakefield’s “courageous” display in Saturday’s Super League game at Catalans Dragons.
The Wildcats slipped to a 32-12 defeat after being sunk by three late tries.
It was theirs 16th straight league defeat but Smith was pleased their battling performance in only his second match in charge.
He said: “In the main, I’m proud of my players. They were extremely difficult circumstances today.
“The heat was significant, some of our boys were quite courageous. I’m pretty happy with the efforts that they put in today to stay in the contest.
“I thought Tim Smith was quite outstanding again for us, he was probably our best player for us last week along with Mika Simon.
“I thought they put in very good performances. I also liked Jon Molloy who came off the bench today, he did a good job for us.”
The Wildcats battled hard, wiping out an early 12-0 lead to draw level.
However, while he was pleased with what he saw, Smith knows he cannot get ahead of himself given the scale of the task at Wakefield.
“We need to start converting some of the better play that we have in our game into 80 minutes or get it closer to the 80 minutes,” he said.
“We couldn’t quite finish the game off and we had some horrible lapses in the first half that created two tries for them.”