Wildcats head coach Richard Agar pointed to the attitude of his players being the main problem behind the 23-23 draw at home to Salford this afternoon.
Paul Sykes dropped a goal in the closing minutes to ensure the Wildcats didn’t end the game with a defeat in a scrappy encounter at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
Wakefield scored five tries but only managed to convert one in the gusty conditions in West Yorkshire. Trinity fought back twice in the game to tie level with Ben Cockayne’s effort making it 22-all before Sykes matched Marc Sneyd’s one-pointer to send the Reds home with just one Super League point.
Wildcats head coach Agar gave his reaction to the frustrating afternoon to Wildcats TV which you can watch HERE.
“Disappointed with the performance, not disappointed we didn’t get the win but probably a little bit angry about the way we’ve played, certainly our first half showing. I thought we found a little bit more enthusiasm in the second half but I thought that was lacking in the first half and I’m more looking at some of our senior guys.
“Far, far, far too many errors and I thought once they got their second try it lifted them and they for their tales up a little bit and we knew we were in a contest from there. I thought they worked really hard and I thought our enthusiasm lifted in in the second half but the quality of our performance didn’t.
“We committed less errors (in the second half) but what we did with the football and the way we ended our sets left a lot to be desired and it was unlike us to be honest. I feel we are a team that know how to attack but we lost our way and lost our way really badly today.”
The hosts did show some character to tie the game after Agar’s men trailed for the majority of the afternoon but Agar himself believes the attitude was the problem.
“I think so, we have had a really good attitude the last two weeks and not come away with any spoils. Perhaps today some of the guys felt we could turn up and do the minimum of what we’d need to do but rugby league doesn’t work like that.
“If you’re prepared to roll your sleeves up and carry the ball hard and tackle hard then you’ll always give yourself a chance. I just felt we had too many players not willing enough to do that today and too many players quite frankly performances weren’t at the standard of what we expect in our team.
“I think structurally our offence fell apart, you can’t just expect to throw the ball to Dean Collis and Ali Lauitiiti and expect them to come up with something, I think we need to dress it up a little bit more than we did.”
Salford went into the break leading 14-8 after a Sneyd penalty after the hooter. The two-pointer caused confusion amongst the officials as one touch-judge raised his flag while one didn’t. Referee Alibert correctly gave a successful kick on their advice but Agar wasn’t blaming that incident for the failure to win.
“It was too hard for us to tell but to be honest I’m not focusing on that because I feel that’s irrelevant, it may well have got us an extra point on the score board but we’d rather look to ourselves rather than any refereeing calls.
“We could have handled today a lot better than we did and then you wouldn’t even be asking me that question now.”
A bad day at the office was compounded by Tim Smith suffering a calf strain and had to be replaced midway through the second half. Agar also revealed some player news after the draw and that was prop Kyle Amor was dropped over some off the field issues.
“Kyle Amor was left out because we felt that his standards had dropped on a couple of issues, not playing related issues.
“Just issues related to one or two little professionalism issues and its happened more than once so we felt it was the right thing to do for our team this week. He’s cut a couple of corners and we weren’t happy for it so it was his turn to sit out this week. We felt it was a let-down for us but nothing major.”
Agar’s full post-match press conference is on Wildcats TV where he further discusses the situation on Amor while assessing the 80 minutes this afternoon in greater detail.
You can also listen to the interim Salford head coach Alan Hunte’s reaction HERE.
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