Richard Agar conceded that his side had been ‘sloppy’ as they went down to a clinical Wigan Warriors on Sunday afternoon.
On a day where Sam Tomkins demonstrated why he is the finest talent in the northern hemisphere, the Wildcats did little to aid their own cause with a number of errors, many of which were punished by the ruthless Warriors.
After a bright start to the game in which Peter Fox gave the Wildcats the lead, Wigan were simply too good for the home side, who were on the end of hat-tricks for both Tomkins and George Carmont.
“I think you will find Wigan have done it to better sides than us this year so we need to stick it into context a little bit but I think we are disappointed from our own performance point of view,” Agar said after the game.
“(To have) 50-55% ball control is what is unacceptable, I’m not saying thats the reason we lost the game but it is certainly in my opinion contributed heavily to the score board at the end of the game.
“We needed to hold on to the ball a bit better and hand it over on our terms a bit more. I did think a positive was that we split Wigan on a number of occasions but our skill levels and execution wasn’t good enough today. That left us doing a lot more defending than what we needed to do.
“The ball sticking is down to a combination of us not executing the skill or having poor ball control. We do feel we could have pushed them a bit more for longer periods. It was something at half time that we needed to address and it didn’t get any better, in fact statistically it got worse.
“We did carve out a number of opportunities but again they have had a field day down our right hand side today and we have things to fix up very urgently on our right hand side. I know we have missed a guy that always plays there and we have had three different blokes defending on the edge but Hock, Finch and Tomkins were just too much for us to handle down that side today and they have had a field day.”
Agar handed a debut to centre Lee Smith, and Agar says more will come from the Leeds Rhinos man as he gets familiar with his new teammates.
“He has obviously had very limited build up time with us and he has not played a lot of first grade recently so it was very much a baptism of fire for Lee.
“He showed one or two good signs, a couple of errors early on but he showed some good signs and he’ll be a real positive influence for us.”
Agar reported no fresh injury concerns from the match, with the Wildcats now having two weeks before their next game when they face Huddersfield Giants at the Galpharm Stadium.