posted on 1 March 2012

Head Coach Richard Agar says his sides failings last week have given them a renewed focus for the trip to face Hull FC this Sunday.

Richard Agar will face his former employers on Sunday afternoon.

A poor second half performance against the Bulls last Saturday saw the Wildcats suffer a second defeat of the campaign despite controlling the contest for the first forty nminutes.

In his weekly media conference prior to this weekends game, Agar conceded that his side weren’t up to scratch against the Bulls.

“We feel we let ourselves down last week,” said the former Hull FC coach.

“We put ourselves in a good position and it’s probably as poor as we’ve played for a number of weeks.

“But it’s given us a focus on what we need to improve for this week.  The boys are still very confident that if we can fix up a couple of areas that let us down last week – glaring areas really – we’ll be in with a shout.

“Over the course of the eighty minutes we made eight line breaks and Bradford made one yet we conceded 36 points and lost by 18 which is a bit bizarre really.

“The reason we let in 36 points was that we just weren’t good enough in the ruck.  Bradford very rarely passed the ball, ran from dummy half and had one-out carries.

“One element of that was that we didn’t get a good enough grip in the tackle and control that tempo.  The looseness is what contributed to some of the indiscipline and some of the indiscipline, in particular from some more experienced players, was a let-down for us.

“Having said that, we scored four tries and for the second week running had a perfectly good one ruled out for a forward pass, all with very limited possession.

“This is reaffirming our belief that if we can get our fair share of the ball then we are a team that can get points.”

After seven years in Humberside as the main man at the black and whites, it will be a first return to the KC Stadium for Agar and also Danny Washbrook since his close season move.

Questions naturally came about how it would feel to return to his former club, but Agar said both clubs had far more pressing concerns than the return of a familiar face.

“I had seven years there and loved every minute of it,” said Agar.

“I worked my hardest every day I was there and left on some really good terms with close friends in there.

“It’s been very easy for me to move on and move on very quickly because I’ve got another job and a focus.

“I think the fact that the place has had a big overhaul and a lot of the people I worked alongside have gone made it a little bit easier.

“I’m not looking back and haven’t looked back for a single moment.  I’m very much looking forward and my focus and enjoyment has been working in this club and trying to build something here, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

“The reception’s not about me.  It’s pantomime isn’t it?  Some people will shake my hand, others will give me a boo.

“You come across your former teams a lot in your career unless you’re a one-team person which, in this day and age, not many people are.”

“It’s about what happens on the field in the eighty minutes.”

Tickets for the game will go off sale from the Wildcats at 3pm on Friday afternoon, with no increase for supporters paying on the day.

Travel also remains on sale priced at just £8 for members and £9 for non-members.

Full ticket and travel information can be found HERE.

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