Castleford coach Daryl Powell said the best team won in their narrow defeat at Warrington.
The Tigers fell short to a 9-8 defeat by the Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday night.
Castleford half-backs Danny Richardson twice and Jake Trueman were both off target with drop goal attempts in a thrilling last seven minutes which could have given their side victory.
Powell said: “We just couldn’t get the drop goals and just didn’t have the composure which I don’t think we showed all night.
“It was a really determined, tough effort from us but we just lacked a bit of quality in our game and didn’t quite execute.
“Even though it was there for us at the end I thought they probably just shaded it.
“I just felt we were a bit off our game and they were a desperate team and you can see there was a fair bit of relief lifted at this place with the win.
“While I never like to lose I’m happy for Pricey because you don’t like to see people put under that intense scrutiny and pressure.”
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