Head coach Richard Agar pulled no punches in his assessment of the Wildcats performance as they went down to Bradford Bulls at Odsal.
After a sluggish start, Wakefield fought their way back into the game and went into the break in the lead and very much in the ascendency.
But errors proved costly in ever really getting any sort of momentum building in their favour in the second half and although there was a brief rally towards the end when the Bulls were reduced to 12-men with Luke Gale’s sin bin, Agar felt it was an example of another game which his side could and should have won.
“We’re pretty annoyed with our guys,” Agar revealed after the game.
“We thought we had a really soft and dishonest start to the game, and when we decided to warm into it a little bit and work a bit harder we fought our way back and we thought we played some good football at that point.
“The second half we thought with discipline and honesty in our defensive live then we felt we’d get some field position and we’d be able to convert it. Whether or not we were under the guise the wind would do it for us, it certainly didn’t work that way.
“Sending kicks over the dead ball line, kicking out on the full, kicking off on the full and our chase let us down. I felt that was a huge factor in it.
“We started off where we had opportunity to dominate some field position and territory to where we were defending on the back foot and didn’t work hard enough at the ruck.
“I thought we looked legless at times defensively and I’m pretty annoyed. I thought we had some guys that didn’t show up today.
“That’s a difficult thing for me as a coach to cop because that’s probably one thing that can’t be levelled at us too often this year. But I thought there were some players that didn’t have the required amount of desire to win that game.
“Whether that’s because we played on Monday and struggled on a shorter week, I’m not too sure. But I’m thoroughly disappointed because I thought it was a game that we didn’t have to do too much more to be in with a better chance of winning it.”
Unlike at Headingley on Monday night where the Wildcats were much the better side in the opening exchanges but found themselves 12-0 down, Agar thought his side were poor at the start of the clash with Bradford and pointed to the players attitude.
“I thought our start at Leeds wasn’t too bad. Although we were 12-0 down I felt we were the better of the two sides. Starts this year are something we have done really well so I’m not going to massively think is a problem with our team.
“I think our attitude wasn’t where it needed to be and it was as simple as that. We needed a massive attitude adjustment after about fifteen minutes of the game and I thought we got that.
“In the latter part of the first half we looked a little bit more like ourselves. But the start of the second half, our kick selection and the attitude on our chase just stank really. Maybe we papered over the cracks by running some points in.
“I thought Bradford kicked okay in the first half but I thought our kick selection and execution wasn’t good enough. I’m sure Bradford were pretty relieved with some of the efforts that were coming their way.
“I thought when the game was tight at the end I thought our last play options were poor. Having said that, I’ll probably defend our pivots a little bit.
“I thought Timmy and Sykesy tried their backsides off and there wasn’t the effort going on around them for them to be able to put too much on.
“In the second half I thought we resorted to passing to Ali Lauitiiti and seeing what he could come up with which is disappointing because we know we’ve got some attack in us.”
Wakefield didn’t come out of the game unscathed with Frankie Mariano picking up a groin injury and Steve Southern a suspected dislocated ankle although that is yet to be confirmed.
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