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WESTERMAN FEELS FOR STAFF AND FANS AT THE CLUB
By Tom Stewart | 10/05/2014
Hull FC's in-form forward Joe Westerman admits he feels for everyone involved at the club after the Black and Whites' recent run of form and says the players must put it right.
The former England Knights captain has been one of the highlights of an inconsistent season so far for the Airlie Birds, impressing with a string of instrumental performances.
However, taking little solice from his own displays whilst the team aren't picking up the wins, he says the whole squad must take responsibility and make some significant improvements.
"We are all in it together, we are a team. It's not Radders' or Lasty's fault, it's not the staff's fault, it's not the fans fault. They're doing everything we ask of them, but as a group of players it's now down to every single one of us.
"At the end of the day, we're a squad of 30 players or so and we have to all make an individual effort to work harder, player better and show more energy so we can improve as a team."
He continued, "The coaches are right behind us, we're doing everything right in the week but then at the weekend we play like that. It could be a confidence thing, but only we can turn that round.
"We all feel for the coaches and the fans, of course we all want to be winning matches, but we'll get there. Up until tonight [Wigan game] we've had some close matches and come out on the wrong end of the result, which shows we can match it with anyone.
"There is no magic formula, it's down to hard work and as group taking responsibility for our performances."
With the next chance to put it right coming with a notable derby clash against arch rivals Hull KR at next week's Magic Weekend event, Westerman says there is no better fixture to turn it around.
He said, "If you can't get up for a game like that, you're not going to be up for any game in rugby league. Playing in front of 40,000 fans is something we all get motivated by and if you can't, you're going to struggle.
"We've been narrowly beaten in some big games this year, St. Helens we got beat by 4, Warrington and Cas got beat by 2 and then Hull KR a couple of weeks ago. We need to turn those matches into points and things will look a lot different.
"It starts on Saturday. We owe them one from the game over Easter and we owe the fans and the coaches one after the last couple of games, in fact everyone at the club.
"Everyone works so hard here across all the staff and we all want one thing. To get beat by Wakey and then turn up the week after and do that is a joke, so we must put that right. Hull KR is the big one really, so we have to be up for it."