Lee Radford has no issues with Wigan’s eight-point try

Hull coach Lee Radford thought it was the right call to hand an eight-point try to Wigan winger Liam Marshall.

The Airlie Birds fell short to a 15-14 defeat against Wigan at the KCOM Stadium on Thursday night.

Marshall was given an eight-point try in the first half after being tackled in the air by Bureta Faraimo – a call which Radford believes was the correct one by video referee Robert Hicks.

Radford said: “I think it was eight-point try.

“It was a seven-tackle the set before it and that’s what hurt us. We weren’t in our own territory and we didn’t compete for the football so I’ve no issues with that.

“Effort-wise, I don’t think I can question the players. It is tough to be pipped at the final hurdle for the second time in five days but we have got to box a little bit cleverer for the 80 minutes for us to bring the result home.

“I can’t knock the effort of the players and how they are working for one another but we have got to be smarter.”

Wigan’s win saw them move to within two points of Hull, who sit third in the Super League table.

The race for the top three is hotting up, with the Black and Whites facing relegation candidates Wakefield next week.

Radford added: “I don’t think there is a great deal between the top tier of the competition.

“It is about taking your opportunities on the evening and Wigan certainly did that. It was a one-point game last time out at their place and a one-point game this time out so hopefully we will meet them again and get the better of that one.

“Wakefield are scrambling for their life at the moment and there will be some desperation there from them.

“I’ve still got nightmares from last year when we played them there so hopefully we can regroup, get together and put some finesse on what we are doing.”

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