COACH Terry Matterson (pictured) felt Castleford paid dear for failing to give an 80-minute display in Sunday’s 46-26 defeat against St Helens.
Matterson said: “We gave a good crack and I can’t believe we didn’t go in at half-time in front.
“But we came out of the blocks slow and you can’t afford to do that against such a quality team. In the second-half we did exactly the same thing.
“I thought a lot of our guys were good but some were off and that didn’t help us. It wasn’t an 80 minute performance and that’s what cost us in the end.
“Some of the young guys came in and did a wonderful job. I thought John Davies was outstanding.”
Martin Aspinwall made his Tigers comeback after serving a jail sentence for dangerous driving.
“I was really happy with his contribution. He gives us some real toughness and I was really pleased to have him back,” said Matterson who reported no fresh injury worries for their Challenge Cup semi-final against Leeds on Sunday.
“Brett Ferres was taken off but he should be okay. I think we’ve come out of it okay,” he said.