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MARGIN OF ERROR SHRINKING SAYS RADFORD
By Tom Stewart | 26/06/2014
Following Hull FC’s narrow defeat to Catalan Dragons last weekend, Head coach Lee Radford declares the Airlie Birds will show a huge desire for the remainder of the season to ensure his side clinch the results in the important tight games.
As the regular Super League season begins to reach its close, the Black and Whites will aim to keep their points tally ticking in order to make this year’s all important play-off spots, starting with this weekend’s trip to Wakefield Wildcats.
Heading into the fixture Radford told hullfc.com his side will take plenty of confidence from a superb second half display in Perpignan last Saturday, but states they will need to pick up victories in similar games coming up as the fixtures begin to count down.
“It was a loss that we can take something out of because we went over into their climate and played in the heat that they are so used to playing in, and we were by far the stronger of the two teams by the end of the match which was very pleasing,” said Radford.
“We were depleted due to the fact we didn’t test them enough early which ultimately cost us, but I certainly thought we gave a great account of ourselves.
“We are not going to accept too many more games like that now though, because fixtures are running out and the amount of losses we can afford is getting smaller.”
He continued, “Probably stretching back to the game away at Leeds we have been happy with our form, but we have just wanted to sneak one or two more results.
“It would have been great if we had done that in France, we would then be sat in a different position in the league table but we have the chance again this weekend to rectify that.
The head coach has turned his focus onto a Wakefield side who enter the clash on the back of an impressive victory over Super League champions Wigan Warriors, with Radford stating his side will concentrate on restricting Australian half Tim Smith who has shown impressive form recently.
“They have got some real good players and it has tied in nicely with Tim Smith coming back from where he left off.”
Radford added, “He touches the ball more than anybody else in their team at the moment and the job we do on him will have a big effect on the result.
“Mathers has slotted straight in at full back and the partnership they formed last season they look like they have found it again, so we are fully aware of what they are going to throw at us and hopefully we will defend that.
“You know what most teams are going to throw at you but having to defend against that on a weekend is a different kettle of fish.
“If we do our job in carrying the ball and are genuine on our leads and the players we put on, we are sure that space will be created on a tight pitch for us to win the match in which we need to execute at a higher percentage.”