Wildcats prop Andy Raleigh has admitted Wakefield’s discipline cost them in the 18-16 defeat to Huddersfield.
The number 10 was speaking after completing his 150th Super League appearance where he once again impressed with his drives up the middle and tough defence.
The former Sheffield, Hull KR and Giants man started the fixture alongside fellow front-rower Justin Poore and he says there is every reason to be upbeat after the performance.
“There’s plenty of positives to take from it because they have come with the reputation of a big strong pack and I think we did well against them in the middle but again we gave them too much easy ground by giving them easy penalties I think.
“First half we gave away eight which we can’t do against any opposition let alone top of the table. I think we muscled up well and obviously we’ve still got the attitude that we can win games right at the death and if that pass had have been given we’d have won the game.
“They start really well and you have to make sure you start well in games and they are sharp from the word go so maybe the transition from defence to attack needs to be a bit better and vice versa,” said Raleigh.
The decisive moment came in the last minute when referee Richard Silverwood denied the hosts a certain victory after ruling out a Lee Smith try through a forward pass.
Raleigh explains the teams desire has to be applauded after the 80 minutes while admitting they have to take this performance into Saturday’s game against Catalans.
“Our attitude was great but obviously there were too many penalties we gave away and we let them come out of their half a little too easy which made the difference.
“You have to do it every week so hopefully we can go forward with this, there’s not too much doom and gloom because we played pretty well and played some good stuff so hopefully we can take that on to Catalans this week.”
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