"We Don't Need Motivating for The Derby", says Houghton

Danny Houghton has insisted that his side are already fully motivated for Good Friday's Derby clash against Hull Kingston Rovers without the effects of Saturday's dramatic Golden Point win over Catalans.

Danny Houghton has insisted that his side are already fully motivated for Good Friday’s Derby clash against Hull Kingston Rovers without the effects of Saturday’s dramatic Golden Point win over Catalans.

The club captain has explained that despite the game being one of the most dramatic he has played in during his time with the Black & Whites, he and his teammates don’t need any extra motivation for the already hotly-anticipated match against the Robins.

Speaking at yesterday’s Derby Week press launch, Houghton spoke of Saturday’s clash in the South of France, saying: “It’s up there with the most dramatic games I’ve ever been involved with.

“We felt did enough in the game for it not to have come that close, but in the end it went right down to the wire and thankfully we have a guy in our team who is cooler under pressure than anyone I’ve ever known.

“When they scored in the final minute, automatically you think it is game over - we had four seconds to restart the game. However, when you get that bit of luck with the restart, I started to think that in the end it was going to be our day.

“For Sneyd to slot that goal over, come up with that restart to retain the ball and then obviously that drop-goal was just remarkable.”

Despite the drama and excitement of the win, Houghton added: “This fixture coming up for this week speaks for itself so you don’t need any extra motivation for it.

“We’ve picked up a bit of form winning six from the last eight, but none of that counts of Friday. It’s about the team who turns up and wants it more on the day.”

The hooker continued explaining the magnitude of the fixture, but understands the threat that the Robins will bring to the KCOM Stadium.

“We’re happy where we are in the table at the moment sat in the top five. All games but two this season we’ve performed well. But we know about the energy that Rovers will bring this week.

“This game once a year is probably only bettered by reaching a final. The occasion is fantastic and you can’t really replicate that derby atmosphere anywhere else. You can already sense that atmosphere around the city building.”

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