Wakefield coach Chris Chester has acknowledged that his team were second-best in their 28-46 home defeat to Hull FC on Sunday.
Although he was pleased with the effort his players showed, Chester felt that his team’s second half completion rate was too low, and they did not show enough patience in attack.
“They blew us off the park that first 20 minutes, we couldn’t really get a foothold in the game,” said the Trinity coach.
“We showed a lot of character to get back into the game, but we started the second half the same way we started the first – a little bit sloppy in the ruck, and came up with some poor errors.
“But I thought that effort-wise we were brilliant today. They put us under a lot of pressure.
“But we just kept turning up for each other, and I’m proud of the boys.
“We know we’ve got to put a few things right for next Friday.”
Chester felt that his team had played well to work their way back into the game after a poor start, but could not sustain their quality for 80 minutes against the Airlie Birds.
“We lacked any real patience in that second half, and tried forcing the pass,” he added.
“We’re a team who has got to complete high, and I think second half we were 60 per cent.
“We were 93 per cent first half, and we did a really good job of getting back in though.
“We were just really poor in the ruck area today. They were the better team than us today.
“We’ll learn from it and hopefully come back stronger on Friday.”