Tigers coach Powell: We were terrible

Daryl Powell: "We just put ourselves under so much pressure."
Daryl Powell: "We just put ourselves under so much pressure."

Castleford coach Daryl Powell was dejected after watching his side suffer a fourth consecutive home defeat to lose ground on Super League’s top four.

“That was terrible, just a very poor performance,” Powell said. “Eight errors in the first half was just too much of a weight for a team that’s not playing well to bear. We just put ourselves under so much pressure.

“We only really looked like a team that wanted to win in the last 10 minutes, which just wound me up to be honest, the fact that it took that long for us to look like we were desperate to win it.

“We started to play with smartness and a fair bit of intent which was sadly lacking from our game for the most part. It’s really disappointing and I think some people just need to realise how much that game meant, at home, against a team that is in and around us in the table.

“We’ve had this sporadically and it’s hard to understand at times. At times it smacks of players not preparing themselves well enough to play. It looked like too many of our players were not ready to play and it took them until the latter end of the game to get going.”

Powell admitted his side sorely missed the calming influence of experienced full-back Luke Dorn, who was a late withdrawal with a calf injury.

“There is no doubt we missed him,” Powell said. “He pulls things together and adds some fluency to our attacking game.”