Richard Agar believes his side were fortunate to come away the win that put them into the Super League play-off places with one round to go.
In a game that was high on tension but low on quality, a Danny Kirmond try three minutes from time meant the Wildcats are in the box seat to finish in the top eight and be part of the play-offs.
Neither side covered themselves in glory with their skill levels on a game that will be easily forgotten, but the most important aspect was the two points, and with those in the bag the Wildcats now looking forward to a Saturday trip to Greater Manchester to face Salford knowing that a win will ensure a spot in the play-offs.
“I think both coaches will be frustrated and really disappointed with the amount of skill the teams showed,” Agar told the press conference after the game.
“I thought both teams showed plenty of effort and our effort defensively was there for most of it. But what we did with the ball was a complete write-off and we’re lucky to get away with it on the back of the amount of errors that we’ve made and the defending we’ve had to do.
“To be fair, our attacking game is something that has evolved throughout the year and we’ve worked on it hard. Whether there was some anxiety playing tonight in a bit more of a pressure game, the results had gone our way and a little bit later kick-off, so whether that has had an impact on the players I’m not sure.
“But being in it at this stage of the year means we need to handle it a lot better than we did tonight. We’ve got a game next week and we want to get in there and get a result to take any doubt of it. We certainly don’t want to be relying on anybody else, we’ve come too far now.”
After a below-par performance, Agar says his side must be much better when facing the Reds, both to get into the play-offs but also to enter them with some form.
With six wins in a row, the Wildcats are the form side in the competition, and a return to the sorts of performances shown in winning five of those six will mean nobody will fancy facing them in the big games.
“We like to think we can get a result next week to get in the eight and have a crack when we’re in there, not just limp in and just be happy to have got in there.
“There’s almost a feeling in the changing room of a loss. At the start of the year we would have settled for any win so we told the boys not to be disappointed because we showed the qualities there to come in in a tight one for the third week running.
“Some of the boys are saying that they felt really pumped for the game and when you’re pumped for the game it’s important that that emotion doesn’t overflow into anxiety and errors like it did today. It’s about getting the right emotional level and keeping your focus.”
Agar’s full match press conference will be available on Wildcats TV soon.
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