Denis Betts believes Widnes’ lack of preparation time led to their disappointing performance against Wakefield at Magic Weekend on Saturday.
The Vikings welcomed new signing Rangi Chase into their line-up, but Trinity dominated from start to finish on their way to a 34-12 victory.
Betts said: “We were good in patches – on attack we looked like a side that had five blokes that we’d spent only two hours with this week. We had a completely new half-back pairing and it was tough.
“Rangi was not used to the calls, not used to the players around him. He had a couple of training sessions and it showed. We showed lot of determination and stayed in the fight for a long time.
“They scored a couple of breakaway tries from us trying to score points. The lads are hurting. Wakefield are a side that’s going well but we allowed them opportunities which they took. We’re in a hole.”