posted on 12 March 2012

Richard Agar felt his Wildcats side pushed new table toppers Huddersfield Giants hard on Sunday despite going down to defeat.

Richard Agar felt his side pushed Huddersfield Giants on Sunday.

The Wildcats were in the hunt for the two points until the final quarter of the game where the Giants pulled clear after a Ben Cockayne hat-trick had got the home side within touching distance of their West Yorkshire rivals.

It meant a fourth successive defeat for Agar’s men who felt the outcome of the match hinged on two key moments.

“We thought when we were getting closest there were a couple of big swings in the game,” he observed after yesterday’s match.

“We got them right on their line and backed them off it with two penalties, and then the chance that Isaac had when he put the kick through and there was a big turnaround with a penalty that both led to tries.

“We felt we pushed them.  Huddersfield don’t give you an awful lot but I thought today they might have been guilty of giving us an opportunity and a chance.

“I thought for a period in the second half we had some momentum and I thought we could take it.

“We were a bit guilty of doing what Huddersfield did I guess, in the same way.

“I’m really encouraged by lots of aspects of our performance.  I’m disappointed today that we let a couple of soft ones in that were really avoidable.

“When Huddersfield had to defend their own try line they probably defended it better for longer periods than we did.”

Agar said that despite the frustration the Wildcats will stand firm in their beliefs, confident that it will yield results soon.

“If we get frustrated and start changing things it creates some doubt in the players and for us it’s remaining strong and believing in what we’re doing.

“We’ve played some really tough teams.

“We’ve been into games up to our necks for really long periods but it’s about stringing those ruthless 80 minute performances together which we haven’t done at the moment.

“I do feel that we’re learning about each other all the time and I really don’t think we’re that far away.

“It’s something we knew we’d have to contend with along the way.  It would have been nice to get another win or two on the board but if we keep on doing what we’re doing and just improve in one or two key areas then our performances have shown that we’ll get some wins.”

What didn’t please the Wildcats Head Coach was the way his side concluded the match and he says that is something that must be improved.

“If I’m dirty about anything it’s the way we finished the game in the last 10-15 minutes.

“We might have been two scores behind but I didn’t like the loose nature in which we finished the game, and we’ve told the boys that.

“Even if the scoreboard is a little bit beyond us at that stage I still want us to finish strong.

“Some of the boys are saying the scoreboard didn’t reflect the game but the way we finished we deserved having a couple of tries put on us.”

Agar revealed after the game that Paul Aiton would be a doubt for the trip to Warrington Wolves next Sunday after suffering a dead leg.

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