posted on 24 June 2012

Richard Mathers says the Wildcats players will look back at the defeat against Bradford Bulls as another missed opportunity.

Richard Mathers said the Wildcats missed another opportunity for a win.

For the second time in a week Wakefield travelled to face one of their West Yorkshire rivals and came away with nothing when they could and should have had more from the game.

Whilst the Wildcats left Headingley with a sense of what might have been, they left Odsal with a sense of what should have been after a performance that was below the standards that have been set in recent form.

“It’s another one that we’ll look back and kick ourselves,” said Mathers after the game.

“We should have won last week and we were in a very similar position this week and should have won.

“It was just too many errors that cost us and invited Bradford into our half.  We kicked a lot of ball dead and gave over cheap errors in our half and you can’t allow that against any team in Super League.

“If you get blown off the park and the team you play against are electric then sometimes it’s hard to swallow the defeat but you can understand it.  But when you’re as dominant as we were then we really should have won that and we’re absolutely gutted.

“There was a massive headwind in the first half and we seemed to lack a bit of energy.  We found that in the second quarter of the game and managed to get ahead.  We were pretty pumped at half-time with the wind at our back and thought we could use that to our advantage.

“We were really conscious to use the wind but it wasn’t going to win us the game.  At the end of the day there were too many errors and not enough composure.”

Trinity now face a third successive game away from home and they don’t come much tougher than facing Catalan Dragons in the south of France.

After Richard Agar slammed his side’s desire following the defeat to Bulls it is sure to be an especially tough week of training, and Mathers says he and his teammates should expect nothing less for what they produced at Odsal.

“We’ve got a tough run now and every week is tough in Super League.  We deserve a tough week of training and I’m sure we’re going to get put through the mill because each and every one of us wasn’t up to standard and we deserve what’s coming to us.

“At the end of the week we’ve got to get this game out of the way and focus on the game against Catalan.  They’re a fantastic team who are sat third in the league and that’s not by accident.

“We’ve got to prepare well and recover well because it’s going to be a tough trip.  We’re going to have to take our medicine from the coaching staff in the first part of the week then prepare for Perpignan.”

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