Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell has stressed the importance of everyone sticking together despite the difficult start to the season.
Three defeats in games they feel they should have won have left the Tigers without a point and second from bottom of Super League – and it does not get any easier this week with the arrival of Wigan Warriors at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
But, while admitting he has been frustrated by the results so far Powell still believes his side’s fortunes have to change soon if they keep working as hard as they have been doing.
He told the Express: “It’s a tough comp this year. You’ve got to be on it, you’ve got to take your chances, you’ve got to defend well and get a lot of things right to win games.
“We just haven’t quite got enough things right. The little intangibles that you can’t control are going against us as well.
“But we’ve just got to hang tough, the boys are working hard, the spirit’s strong. We need everybody to stay behind us and stay positive and we’ll work our way through it.
“There’s a bit of frustration about the way our season has started. We know we’re only fractions away, but ultimately they’ve been losses and that winning mentality needs to come back pretty quick.
“It’s not lack of effort or will or anything like that. We just need the team to come together and execute a little bit better and hopefully things will turn round quickly.
“We are defending pretty hard and teams are finding us hard to break down. I think there’s only Leeds who have been better than us in terms of missed tackles in the first three weeks.
“We’re not getting much going our way. Whether it’s the referee or decision making or the bounce of the ball. Sometimes that happens to you and if you keep working hard you’ll get yourself out of it.”
As Cas coach Powell has been involved in some classic clashes with Wigan and he is expecting another great game at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle tomorrow night.
He said: “It’s always great playing against Wigan.
“We’ve had some real tight tussles with them and this one will probably be another.
“They are a good side and lost last week so their motivation will be high and it will be a tough challenge for us.
“It’s been an interesting season already for them. They had Widnes on toast and let that slip then did the same thing last week at Hull KR. They had a good win in between against Huddersfield and just got pipped by Brisbane.
“It’s been an interesting season for them, plenty in there already, but they’ve got some good players, have got a good squad and obviously are pretty well coached.
“Sometimes you know what they are going to throw at you, but stopping it is quite difficult so it’s a challenge for us.
“They’ll come wanting to get a win and wanting to get back on track. We’re the same, of course, so it will be two teams that are highly motivated and we need to play exceptionally well to win the game.