Wildcats Head Coach Richard Agar heaped praise on his side for their never say die attitude following a dramatic victory over Hull FC.
At 30-10 down early in the second half after a couple of quick fire scores from Kirk Yeaman after the interval, it looked like being a long afternoon for Wakefield.
But a remarkable comeback was capped when Ali Lauitiiti crashed over five minutes from time with Agar saluting the spirit of his side after the game.
“I want to shower the praise on our players for their never say die attitude and the way that so far down they kept playing and playing,” he said.
“We grew in strength and we played the last half hour really tough.
“We started very poorly. We made a lot of errors coming out of our own end, and really uncharacteristic as well from blokes like Richie Mathers dropping balls cold.
“The way we started the second half was everything you speak about at half-time. We coughed our first two sets up on play one which is a nightmare and we let a soft try in as well.
“At 30-14 we felt that we really had to score next or we really could be in a spot of bother. But we also felt that if we could score next then we were happy with the way we were travelling physically and we knew that they’d gone a couple of weeks where they’d not held onto leads as well.
“We felt that if we could put them into a position where we could put them under a little bit of pressure then maybe a little bit of doubt might creep in and we could ask some questions.”
After making the killer pass for Lauitiiti’s match winning score, crossing for a try of his own and giving a solid all round display at stand-off, Paul Sykes was given the sponsor’s man of the match accolade and Agar praised the contribution of the Bulls loanee.
“We got Paul from Bradford where he’d not been playing and his confidence was low and he’s come into our team and given us some real stability, and he can kick the ball.
“Paul’s put some outstanding field kicks and some towering spiral bombs in there that have done some real damage and he holds an end up really well for us. He’s alleviated a bit of pressure off Timmy.
“Most good teams, especially like the one we played today, can read your attack and number up on your good ball players. To have a bit of experience there as well has certainly helped us over the last few weeks.”
It was a win for Agar over his former club but despite the obvious questions about if it meant more to him that it came against the black and whites, he was quick to continue to put the credit at the door of his squad.
“I’m really keen for the praise to be put to our players. I think we’d overcome a bit of a tough period and I’ve said for a while that the spirit in our team has been tremendous and at times I felt we were playing really well but not getting our rewards then we hit a tough patch.
“We’ve got three wins on the bounce now which is something that the club won’t have done for a while and I think we’re in a bit of good form at the moment. I’m more pleased for them and I’m pleased that at 30-10, we’ve seen us struggle in situations like that, and we’ve come through the other side and come out with a win against a really good team.”
The full press conference will be available shortly on Wildcats TV where Agar discusses the injury to Danny Kirmond and the contribution of match winner Lauitiiti.
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