Wildcats Head Coach John Kear stood full square with his shell-shocked troops after they shipped their second 50-point hiding in seven days at the Galpharm Stadium today (Sunday)..
Trinity were thrashed 50-6 by St Helens last week and fielded an injury-hit side with 18-year-old youth product Matty Wildie at stand-off in the 58-6 defeat by Huddersfield Giants.
But after the game Kear, who was severely critical of the Wildcats after the Saints defeat, stood shoulder-to-shoulder with his battered troops.
Key players including Sam Obst, Aaron Murphy, Paul Cooke and Paul King were all missing from the team injured, leaving Kear to mix youngsters with senior pros battling through the pain barrier against Giants.
Defiant Kear said: “If you’d have seen the dressing room at half-time, you’d know there were players playing who were clearly injured.
“We had take Matt Blaymire off after 50 minutes because he could not go on – he was very brave – and we had a young guy. Matty Wildie, who’s been pulling up trees in the reserve side, at stand-off trying to do his best in a very crucial role and I thought he did well.
“I will stand by them because we thought we took a step up from last week. I saw from the effort in the second half that there were no lost causes.”
He added he was glad to see the back of Huddersfield, who have scored 110 points against the Wildcats this term, and tipped them as a good outside bet for the play-offs.
“They’re building for something,” Kear said. “I was really impressed with them. There was freshness about Huddersfield’s play. I said before that they’re the ones to watch and I still believe they could be the dark horses in the play-offs.”