CASTLEFORD Tigers coach Terry Matterson admitted he was not entirely happy with the way his team played in Saturday’s 34-30 Super League win at Wakefield Wildcats.
Despite beating the Wildcats, Castleford are still sweating on a play-off place.
Their last two matches are against their top-eight rivals Hull (at home on Saturday, September 3) and Hull Kingston Rovers (away on Sunday, September 11).
Matterson (pictured) said: “We’re not there yet. Our points for and against could hurt us yet.
“If we play like that in the semi-finals then we’re just going to make up the numbers.”
Matterson is relieved his team have no game this weekend but he would have preferred to be in the Challenge Cup final.
He said: “We need this week off more than any. I’d rather be at Wembley any day but we need this weekend off.”
Dean Widders scored the winning try three minutes from time as the Tigers came out on top on Saturday.
Said Matterson: “Dean Widders has been great. We’re really pleased for him.
“Everyone likes him and he is what he is - an impact player. Because of our injury situation we’ve had to leave him out for longer than what’s ideal. But he played the last 30 minutes for us and he made a difference.”
Matterson also rued missed opportunities to make the final score more emphatic.
He said: “We had enough chances to put them away but we just didn’t get it right.
“There were times when we thought jeez are we going to win at this place but we found a way to win which is great.”
Wakefield’s tries came from Matthew Wildie, Chris Dean, Paul Johnson, Glenn Morrison and Semi Tadulala. Dale Morton kicked five goals.
Willie Isa touched down twice for Castleford whose other tries came from Nick Youngquest, Richie Mathers, Ben Davies and Dean Widders, with Danny Orr having five successful kicks.
Wakefield Wildcats boss John Kear felt his side did not deserve to lose.
Kear pinpointed what he felt was a pivotal decision by the officials during the game.
“I thought we didn’t get the rub of the green,” claimed Kear.
“I thought the effort was magnificent but it’s a massive wrong decision when a guy steps in touch and it’s plain for all to see, then they score in the next set.
“That’s why people are out there policing the sideline, but he’s missing it.
“He put his foot in touch, Cas score, that’s a six-point turnaround from that sole decision.
“It’s heartbreaking when we’ve done it tough. We’ve had four wallopings - three of them against Warrington, Saints and Wigan - and to get a response like that I was very proud of the players.
“But you need a bit of the rub of the green as well and I don’t think we got that. It was very harsh.
“Our players are very disappointed but it’s a much better feeling when you’ve given your all and you know that than coming in and having a regret.
“There are no regrets because they gave their all, and that’s why I’m so pleased with the effort and application.”