Wildcats head coach Richard Agar expressed his joy at his side’s 28-26 victory over Widnes at the Stobart Stadium.
Wakefield scored five tries including a wonderful solo try by Oliver Wilkes as Lee Smith kicked a decisive penalty with four minutes to go on the clock.
The victory means Trinity climb above the Vikings into 10th position in the Super League table and Agar gave his reaction to the assembled press after the game.
“At home this year their record is very, very good. We are pleased and I know the margin was only two points in the end but I felt over the course of the game we did a lot of things right and a lot of things right for long periods.
“Perhaps at times we didn’t make the most of some of the pressure we had.
“Defensively we’ll look at some key tries and maybe the bounce of the ball on a couple of occasions was a little bit indifferent but generally I thought despite letting in 26 points we held up pretty well.
“We’ve been close to taking a couple of scalps and we’ve lost on the bell a couple of times.
“I think we’re now in a period where our form isn’t that bad but at the same time we are not happy we have been coming close, we want to get over the line and start picking those two points up and we thought this was a tough fixture.”
Agar was quick to point out the performances of skipper Danny Kirmond and number nine Paul Aiton who played the full 80 minutes.
“I thought Danny did a terrific job on Gareth Hock tonight, down that side with Kevin Brown and Rhys Hanbury provide an enormous threat down the right hand side of the field.
“I thought we read the play particularly well and I thought we got up and shut a lot of time down on Kevin and got our bodies in front of Gareth and handed him ok because he’s a devastating and destructive forward.
“I want to give a mention to our hooker Paul Aiton who did 80 minutes. I thought he was a constant threat out of dummy half, he’s effort and energy, how hard he was hitting out of defence pound for pound he is a tremendous player.”
Wakefield are now just three points off the play-offs with 15 games to play and Agar says his side are in a decent position to mount a challenge for the top eight.
“Looking at it we are still in front points wise where we were last year but at the same time we’re not banking on a six or seven game winning run. We know its a tough competition and runs like that are really hard to come by so we just needed to start picking some more points up and being more consistent.
“It looked a big game in the standing whether we could be looking up or down. our points difference will tell you we are a competitive team but we needed to start converting that into wins and I’m really pleased we’ve come to what is a tough place for teams to go and a very tricky place and come away with the points.”
You can listen to Agar’s full post-match press conference via the Wildcats Sound Cloud account HERE.
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