“We’ve beaten ourselves” - that was the verdict of head coach Richard Agar after seeing his Wakefield Trinity Wildcats side go down to a 34-22 home defeat against Hull FC on Easter Monday.
Wildcats led 10-0 early on and looked set to complete a big Easter double following their Good Friday win at derby foes Castleford Tigers.
Peter Gentle’s Black and Whites had other ideas and, after getting on level terms going into half-time, came out on top in the second half to produce their first away win of the season in Super League.
Agar was left disappointed after the match and said his men looked tired at times, gifting the points to his former club.
“We started the game okay but we went through periods looking a little bit tired and flat,” he said. “It was surprising because it wasn’t an overly fast paced game and it was a very stop-start affair.
“Our overriding feeling is that we’ve beaten ourselves. We’ve gifted too many points to them in what should have been a tight game given the way both teams were playing. We’ve handed too many opportunities on a plate to them that they didn’t really have to earn much.”
“I thought our wrestle and ability to control the tackle today was nowhere near as good as the opposition and ultimately in the second half, when the game was in the balance, I thought their tackle effectiveness was a lot better than ours and overall that probably deserved to win them it. But I still don’t think we made them work hard enough for their tries, we gifted them.”
Hull went into the game on the back of a derby defeat against Hull KR on Good Friday and head coach Gentle spoke of the pride in his team’s performance to bounce back and secure a first win on the road in 2013.
“I’m not relieved, just proud,” said Gentle. “We have been lacking a lot of self-belief and you could see that confidence and belief grow as the game went on.
“The boys have worked really hard, they’ve not strayed from our goals and I am really pleased for them. The confidence grew on the back of a good kicking game.
“In isolation it was a very good win against a strong Wakefield team. Coming off a bit of adversity, I am very pleased. We have to knuckle down now, keep working hard and not get away from what we are doing.”