Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell has revealed he has lost sleep over what went wrong in his side’s second half collapse against Hull KR last Sunday.
Powell understood the criticism coming from the terraces after Cas failed to score in the second half and lost 58-16 to a side that had been dumped out of the challenge Cup by Championship side Oldham the week before.
He said: “Since I’ve been here I’ve worked hard on connecting the fans with the team and the team with the fans. I understand where they’re coming from because they can’t be any more disappointed than me.
“I’m waking up at 3 o’clock in the morning absolutely fuming with what’s happened.
“I don’t know how much worse it gets than the way I feel.
“I do understand the fans and I agree.
“When I looked around and saw there’s 20 minutes to go and the stadium’s half-empty I’m absolutely disgusted with the performance and everything we’ve done.
“Everything that I do and the team does is focussed on that 80 minutes.”
Powell added: “I’ve said I thought Hull KR were very good, but we were terrible and we have to acknowledge that.
“You’ve got to take the criticism you get because that’s the nature of the beast and the job we’re in.
“All we can do is put it right. There’s no point keep going back to what’s happened, it’s about moving on and making sure your performance next time you take the field is a good one. That’s what we’re aiming to do.”