Fans had every right to jeer the players at the end of last Sunday’s hammering by Hull KR says Castleford Tigers hooker Adam Milner.
The Tigers star apologised to supporters on behalf of the team for the shocking display and said they were determined to try and make up for it in another home game, against St Helens, this Sunday.
He told the Express: “It was embarrassing, an absolutely abysmal performance from us and we’ve got to put the wrongs right on Sunday.
“We owe it to the fans, the coaching staff and ourselves – it was just appalling.
“We’ve had some pretty tough words said about each other since and we’re looking to respond.
“It’s about moving forward and getting back to winning ways.
“Straight from the kick-off they ended up going straight down field and they scored off the first set. Defensively we were shocking and in attack we weren’t much better.
“From one to 17 there weren’t many good performances out there and everyone is now looking forward to putting it right on Sunday.
“The fans absolutely let us know about it and they had every right to do so. We owe them a good performance now. To play like that at home is not acceptable.
“It’s a Cas team of old, is that, and the last couple of years with what Daryl’s brought in here that’s not us.
“Myself and the rest of the boys are all ashamed of that performance.
“It will be tough against St Helens, they got a good win last week, but we need to really knuckle down now and get these performances improving and get the two points.”
Despite the Hull KR setback, Milner and his team-mates still believe they are top four contenders.
He said: “We keep asking ourselves are we top four players? And everyone believes that so it’s important now that we start to show it.
“Despite the loss at the weekend we’re still in a reasonably good position, we’re not too far off the top four.
“I think the season was going pretty well before Sunday.
“We had a tough Easter, but came out of it well with two wins out of three, beating Leeds and Huddersfield. We got a good win away at Widnes after being 18-0 down when the boys showed their spirit and their pride.
“But what we dished up last Sunday was abysmal and there’s no excuses from the boys. We need to forget about that now and move on.”
Milner is pleased the players have another immediate home game to put things right.
He said: “It should be a massive advantage to play down here with the Cas fans like they are, but we let them down last week.
“We’d talked about making this place a fortress, which it can be when the Cas fans on the Wheldon Road side are really behind you. It gives you that extra boost you need.
“From now on we’ll be looking to target winning every home game.”
Milner believes the competitive league this year means there will be setbacks from time to time.
He added: “It’s what you want from Super League to be competitive. You look at Wakefield who struggled last year and this year they’re right behind us.
“I’ve heard the old cliché that it’s an upside down league this year with Leeds at the bottom, but the Super League concept as it is now is that anyone can beat anyone.
“For us we need to be consistent. We know no matter who’s in our squad they are capable of performing well.
“We need to do it week in, week out and that’s how you are going to get to climb up that table.”