WEBSTER PROUD OF PLAYERS AFTER ‘VITAL’ POINT

posted on 30 June 2014

James Webster was disappointed but proud of his players after they made it three games without defeat.

James Webster was proud of his side after they picked up a point he described as vital.

Joe Westerman converted Kirk Yeaman’s try with the last kick of the game to deny Trinity a trio of wins since Webster took over but the result does move the Wildcats a point further clear of Salford Red Devils below them in eleventh.

After coming from behind on three separate occasions and to come within a minute of winning, Webster conceded that while disappointed not to hold out for the win, he was full of praise for his sides continued commitment.

“We got a point against a really good team,” Webster told the media after the game.

“If you match them up salary cap wise they’re well ahead of us so for us to guts it out the way we did, I’m proud of my team again.  We made it difficult for ourselves at times.

“While I’m a bit deflated that we were winning with a minute and a half to go, our club has picked up another point and that’s vital for us.  If you said today I could have had a point and not come, you might have thought about it because that’s how important it is for our club.”

Tries from Richard Mathers, Chris Riley, Reece Lyne and Nick Scruton seeming had the Wildcats on course to go level with the Airlie Birds in the First Utility Super League standings until late drama.

A point does continue the upturn in fortunes for Webster’s men in recent weeks as they look up the table rather than down, with the Trinity boss believing the Wildcats are now clear of the relegation places unless Bradford’s high court appeal should prove successful.

Webster says the mindset of looking up the table and finishing as high as possible is one that has been there since the start of the campaign.

“The boys there wanted to win today to catch Hull FC.  That was our main objective and it’s funny, we’ve got a group of boys there who are quite disappointed.  Six weeks ago, the way we were travelling, we’d probably have been over the moon to get a point against Hull FC.  Our mindset has changed, we want to progress as a club and while we let it slip at the end, they played some good footy so probably deserved something out of it.

“That mindset’s been in the club since day one when I took over and realistically it was the mindset all the time.  I didn’t change that, I just spoke about it a little bit more.  With a change it allows you to start a season again and emphasise a few more areas that we didn’t get a chance to before.

“We just want to fulfil our potential and every player wants to be the best they can.  I think we can see from the last three weeks that we’ve got a team with plenty of spirit about them and they’re committed to the cause.  We’ve beaten London on a really trick night, beat a great team in Wigan and Hull we’ve taken a point from in a really tough game.

“I’m a happy coach in that I’ve got a group of players that are committed and backing me totally.”

You can listen to Webster’s full post-match press conference on the Wildcats Audioboo channel HERE.

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