Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell admitted his side were well below their best as they surrendered their unbeaten Betfred Super League record to Salford Red Devils.
Although they were only edged out by a late drop-goal from Gareth O’Brien, Powell described his side’s display as “poor” and he was disappointed with the game management.
He told the Express: “Obviously it was close, but we didn’t manage the end of the game well.
“I’ve no issues with the result, I don’t think we played well.
“They came at us and were full value, although it could have gone either way.
“We just didn’t handle the game well.
“Salford had a smart gameplan and executed it well and we were poor.
“Conditions were poor, it was a tight game and we should have got something out of it, but we just weren’t good enough to do it in the end.
“There were some real lessons for us to learn.”
Powell felt a key moment went against his side when Greg Eden had a “try” disallowed just before half-time for a forward pass by Michael Shenton.
He added: “We we were a little bit unlucky when we created an opportunity at the end of the first half. It was just a little bit of timing on the edge, the final pass was probably just a bit forward.
“That was a real defining moment in the game I thought as it would have given us a bigger lead at half-time.
“But we just conceded some soft tries.
“The first one wasn’t great, but the second one was really soft, he’s got through four of our forwards to score that, which is something we need to improve for the coming weeks.”