Matterson ‘not totally downhearted’ after Wolves mauling

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CASTLEFORD Tigers coach Terry Matterson (pictured) was “massively disappointed” with his side’s performance in their 62-0 thrashing by engage Super League leaders Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday.

The Tigers conceded 11 tries and have now gone five games without a league win, following their excellent start to the season.

Matterson said: “The losing part doesn’t bother me because you are not going to win every game, but it’s how you lose and I’m embarrassed and so are the players.

“We are in a really bad place at the moment but we have been here before, I have been at the club for five years and have had some tough days so I’m not totally downhearted although I’m massively disappointed.

“They absolutely bashed us and it doesn’t help when you don’t hold the ball so can’t create any pressure, but there are no excuses whatsoever.

“Warrington played at a different pace to us and different intensity while we weren’t running hard or hitting with our shoulders and that’s all down to attitude.”

Despite their poor run of form, the Castleford boss knows his Tigers side are capable of better and will battle their way out of their current slump.

Matterson added: “We are a better side than we showed tonight and we have shown that, and although we have lost four games in a row we were wonderful at St Helens and were up 24-4 at Wakefield and obviously confidence goes but it’s fallen away quickly over the last two games.

“We had a break and freshened up and we are carrying some injuries still which isn’t helping as well.”