The manner of the Hull defeat highlighted how luck has been against Castleford Tigers at times this season according to head coach Daryl Powell.
Hull edged a close contest 24-22, but the Tigers would have collected a point if Danny Tickle’s late conversion had gone through the posts instead of hitting one of them.
Cas were denied two “tries” by big decisions from the match officials while one of Hull’s four tries came off a fortunate bounce back off the post to show that luck was definitely against the Tigers in their latest Super League match.
“It was tough to take,” Powell told the Express.
“We probably deserved to win, it was pretty tight and we scored more tries than them.
“Goalkicking hurt us a little bit, but it was a good effort and we fell just a little bit short.
“We scored our tries out wide and theirs were generally pretty close to the sticks so that helped them. Obviously hitting the post with the last one was tough for us.
“I don’t think we’re getting too much luck at the minute, whether it be the way the games are being refereed at times or whether it’s been little bits of the bounce of the ball – Hull got a try off the post.
“It’s just hard when things are going against you.
“But I thought it was a really committed effort and it sets us up for what we’ve got in front of us for the rest of the season.
“I think if we come up with consistent efforts it doesn’t matter who we’ve got in the side, we’re capable of coming up with results.”
Powell was pleased with the response of his players after a poor display the previous week against Widnes.
He added: “We were disappointed against Widnes, but this was a real step in the right direction.
“We were pretty close to winning the game. It would have been an important win for us and obviously we lost another home game, which is disappointing. But there was a big improvement.
“You are always pleased when the team responds, but we wanted the two points that would have put us in a good position.
“Tough things have happened to us this season in all sorts of different ways, but sometimes they define you a little bit and improve you moving forward.
“We’ve still got plenty of water to go under the bridge this season and we need to be really positive and face up to the challenge we’ve got this week, which is a pretty exciting one.”