DEPARTING Castleford Tigers coach Terry Matterson (pictured) was proud of the efforts of his patched-up side in Saturday’s 26-24 Super League defeat at Hull Kingston Rovers.
The defeat signalled the end of the season for the Tigers and brought Matterson’s six-year coaching reign to an end as they missed out on a play-off place in the final match of the season for the second year running.
Matterson said: “We lost Ryan McGoldrick on Tuesday, Nick Youngquest on Wednesday, Martin Aspinwall on Thursday and Richie Mathers this morning but credit to the guys.
“It was a wonderful performance and it deserved a win. We definitely feel hard done by. They just kept getting a leg up with some soft penalties in the last 10 minutes. They weren’t all high shots.
“I’m really proud of the guys. I hate losing but I can handle that because they gave everything. How we did not win I don’t know.
“Experience ended up winning that game but they will be better for the experience.”