Brett Hodgson insists that his side must display better discipline to stay in the contest against Wigan Warriors tomorrow.
The Black & Whites were rocked by a Golden Point defeat to Leeds Rhinos last Saturday, with Hodgson pointing towards an ill-disciplined start to the game that could have played a big part in swaying the contest.
Hodgson is keen for his players to settle themselves into tomorrow’s game against the Warriors by maintaining a high level of discipline.
“We’re really focused on getting back to the level that we know we need to be at and I thought there were many elements of that on show against Leeds,” Hodgson said.
“Our execution in the first half of that game wasn’t particularly great. I think we were only at about 45% completion and that puts too much pressure on us as a group.
“And our discipline in the early stages of games lately hasn’t been where it needs to be. Investing ten minutes of defensive energy at the start of a game will come back to hurt you at the back end of the game.
“They are the elements of the game that we need to be more clinical on at the start of games, making sure we can compete and go set-for-set.
“We need to get ourselves into the arm wrestle at the start of the contest. That’s a challenge for us, but one that I’m sure we will be up for against Wigan.”
Hull will run out at the MKM Stadium for the final time this season tomorrow afternoon, with a healthy crowd expected inside the ground to cheer the team on.
With an exclusive ticket offer for members and the Atropa Pharmacy Fan Park taking place before the ground, the club hopes that the supporters can show their Black & White colours whilst getting behind the team tomorrow.
But Hodgson acknowledges that his players have a major role to play in helping build the atmosphere inside the ground.
“There has been a big push from the club this week where members can bring someone to the game for free. Hopefully there will be a big crowd – we need to perform to make sure the crowd can see us finish the home season in the way that they deserve to see,” Hodgson explained.
“It has been a frustrating year with the Covid situation, but tomorrow is one last chance for the fans to get inside the ground and show their colours and show their support for the players this season.
“In return, we need to put in a performance to really embrace the crowd, making sure that we can bring them into the game as a noise factor. That’s something we have spoken about this week.”
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