posted on 25 March 2012

Head Coach Richard Agar felt that his side put in a strong performance in earning a first home win of 2012 over Catalans Dragons.

Richard Agar enjoyed a first home win as Wildcats head coach.

A clinical first half performance put the home side in control 24-6 at the interval and when Danny Kirmond increased that advantage in the second period it looked to be plain sailing for the Wildcats.

Wakefield made things difficult for themselves and invited the Dragons back into the game but showed a great mental toughness to see the game through and pick up a first victory since the opening round success at Widnes Vikings.

“I thought for best parts of the game it was a strong performance,” Agar said after the game.

“I think it’s fair to say we never felt comfortable and never got comfortable taking into account the opposition.

“We’ve seen them do it already this year and they’re a really dangerous side from all over the park.

“We had some concerns with how we were travelling energy wise and we didn’t really have that ability to get Woody into the game as early as we would have liked.

“We’re still learning how to win.  We threw a couple of own goals in there which made the score a little bit closer but it’ll do us really good to get over the line and I thought we played some decent stuff and scored some good tries.

“Not winning can make you anxious.  One thing we’ve not been is anxious.

“We’ve been looking forward to next week every time.  I’ve sounded like a broken record but we feel that our performances have been getting better and a win was definitely in sight.

“When you look at our opposition over the last three or four weeks and we’ve been in every game and competed.

“I thought today did highlight that we’re still learning how to win a game.  I’d like to think in a number of weeks down the line we might have been able to close the game down and win a little more handsomely.

“Nonetheless, we were really happy with the performance of the guys.”

A couple of sloppy moments in the second half gifted the Dragons tries but Agar believes the Wildcats will only learn from the experience of seeing out a game.

“Benny (Cockayne) has been in great form and he’s a little bit down on himself in there because a couple of the errors have come from him.

“It’s important that he didn’t drop his bundle and stayed strong for us through the course of the match.

“Those two incidents probably sowed some seeds of doubt within us and we might have been holding our breath waiting for the final whistle a little bit at the end.

“We’ll learn from it and gain a lot of confidence that despite having one or two setbacks during the game, we still came through and beat a very, very good team.”

The Head Coach was celebrating his first win at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium since taking charge, one that was watched by over 7,000 fans in a sun drenched corner of West Yorkshire.

With the Northern Terrace packed with home fans backing the team, Agar was pleased on two fronts from the afternoon.

“I thought it was a terrific crowd.  Pretty much all of them were Wakefield and it made for a terrific atmosphere.

“As a club, both as a team and as a club, we’re really progressing.”

Agar has injury concerns over Dean Collis and Kyle Amor after the match.  Collis suffered a tightening of the hamstring injury that kept him out against Warrington, whilst Amor will have an x-ray on the same hand he broke against Widnes Vikings.

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