Wakefield Trinity Wildcats boss James Webster admits there is plenty to work on following the 50-28 loss at Leeds Rhinos on Boxing Day.
Trinity got off to a flier and led 12-0 after seven minutes, Matt Ryan and Jacob Miller crossing for scores converted by Craig Hall.
Stevie Ward replied for Rhinos, Liam Sutcliffe adding the goal, but back came Wildcats and Danny Washbrook pounced onto a grubber kick to touch-down, Hall converting to restore the 12 point lead on the quarter-hour.
However, Leeds then dominated and teenage winger Ash Handley ran in five tries to complement touch-downs from Danny McGuire, Sutcliffe and Elliot Minchella.
It wasn’t until the final stages that Wakefield got onto the scoreboard again and Matty Ashurst and Pita Godinet crossed to give the visiting fans something to cheer.
Webster said: “We played a lot of people out of position, as they did. We came here hoping to see some positives and some things we’ve been working on, that we are on the right track.
“We also wanted to pick up where we are a bit short and obviously we are a still short defensively, in the middle especially yet again.
“I thought we showed some good touches with the ball and a couple of things we’ve been working on came off, but it shows we are still a fair way off in the middle.
“It’s going to take us some time to get up to speed in that area.”