posted on 4 August 2013

Wildcats boss Richard Agar was deeply frustrated after watching his side let slip a winning position in the final quarter of a game for the second week running.

Richard Agar felt his side wasted too many chances in defeat to Bradford.

Wakefield looked to have full control of the match throughout but allowed Bradford to score two quick fire tries 15 minutes from time to take control and eventually win 26-24.

Trinity’s head coach put the defeat down to wasted opportunities and too much lost ball as the team now face an uphill struggle to make the top eight.

“I thought we gave it away. I thought we were all over them to tell you the truth, up until the half hour they had hardly had an attack on our try line.

“We created numerous chances but we needed to finish them, we let in a couple of really soft tries in those last few minutes of that first half after not really looking that threatened throughout the course of the previous 30 minutes or so.

“To come in at 12-10, naturally we were sort of disappointed with the way that we had conceded our tries but we still felt we were playing well enough, particularly with the ball, to win the game.”

Despite the defeat there were still a number of positives, none more so than the performances of centre Reece Lyne and temporary stand-off Lee Smith who both scored superb tries.

However, even though the Wakefield head coach praised the two he was also very critical of those who didn’t play well, saying that the team as a whole dropped far too much possession.

“I thought Lee Smith had an excellent game at stand-off, also Reece had a particularly good game but we also had some performances that weren’t good enough. You can’t expect to win a game when you’re completing a half at 50%.

“We’re looking at our inability to put away chances and keep hold of the ball. I thought we attacked quite well throughout the game, certainly the first half, but we can’t expect to win when we’re coughing that much ball up.”

The defeat sees Bradford leapfrog Wakefield into ninth meaning next Saturday’s game away to Warrington is must-win if the Wildcats are to make the play-offs.

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