COACH Terry Matterson (pictured) was a bitterly disappointed man after Castleford Tigers slipped to a second heartbreaking defeat in four days against St Helens on Monday.
The Tigers, who lost 28-24 to Wakefield on Friday, looked set for their first-ever away win over St Helens in Super League when they led 20-10 thanks to Jordan Thompson’s 65th minute try but they were pipped at the death.
Winger Ade Gardner went over seven minutes from the end to give St Helens a glimmer of hope and centre Francis Meli tied the scores with his side’s fourth try in the last move of the match, with Jamie Foster kicking the winning conversion to give Saints a dramatic 22-20 victory.
Matterson said: “We were the best side - outstanding - and have had it taken away from us.
“We were the better side out there today but did not get one call all game. Every week you get refereed a different way, it is very frustrating.
“We did not run out of gas, it was just that he kept putting petrol in their tank - that was the difference.
“Nobody expected us to come here and win today and we are doing all right after 12 rounds - but we are disappointed with what we have got from the last three games, particularly Easter.
“It makes it tougher for Friday’s game against Leeds particularly as we are going to be without Craig Huby, but there is plenty of grit and determination in the team and we could not have done any more today. It has just been taken away from us.”