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RADFORD EXPECTING FULL TEAM PERFORMANCE

By Tom Stewart | 17/07/2014

Hull FC head coach Lee Radford has challenged his side to match the physicality of Wigan ahead of Friday's to the DW Stadium, keen to right the wrongs of the reverse Super League fixture.

The Airlie Birds succumbed to a painful 16-44 defeat against the Cherry and Whites in early May, Hull’s biggest defeat of the 2014 Super League campaign.

Radford singled out the clash at the KC Stadium as the only fixture his side had failed to compete in this year, and has requested a full team performance on Friday evening.

“We haven’t spoken much about that match leading up to this match, but it has been mentioned certainly in the press conferences of the last few weeks, it has been probably the only match where we haven’t been in the game as a competition all season.

“They started red hot and we had a lot of emotions running through us and tried to fix things individually, so tomorrow we are hoping for the opposite and

that we get a real quality team performance.

“There is a challenge that has been set down to the squad from myself, we have got to match them physically because their whole game is based around their physicality so we have really got to be on our metal.”

He added, “The boys look buoyant and we have a bit of a spring in our step due to the weather at the moment, but I think we are aware of the challenge that is ahead of us.”

Radford also believes his side will not be daunted by the lively atmosphere at the DW Stadium, and admits as player he always relished performing at a high quality sporting venue.

“It’s actually a ground that I enjoyed playing at over the years, I think I speak for most of the squad as well who will be exactly the same.

“There are some fantastic facilities, Premiership standard even, and against what is arguably one of the most consistent sides in the competition as a player you are hungry to perform in those situations.

“We know what we are going to get in a great stadium and they have quality support over there and we are expecting no different.”

The head coach added, “The start is really important tomorrow, in the period that Wigan have been successful they have come out the box firing and we have got to do that the same, and not only match them but better them.

“When we are in that arm wrestle, we have to show some composure and a lot of game smarts.”

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