Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell was disappointed, but not unhappy with his team’s efforts in their 40-26 defeat to Huddersfield Giants.
The defeat has left the Tigers with a mountain to climb if they are to reach the play-offs, but Powell praised his team’s unity in difficult circumstances that saw them go into the game without injured captain Michael Shenton as well as the injured Jake Webster, ill Oliver Holmes and suspended Justin Carney.
He said: “The boys are pretty disappointed about the result but the unity of the team is pretty evident to see.
“We had a bit of illness in the camp as well - Olly Holmes couldn’t play and Adam Milner had not trained all week until yesterday - but the boys were awesome. It was a pretty special effort in the circumstances.
“When were a man down it just flipped the game.
“We were 10-0 up, defending pretty well and causing some trouble in good field positions.
“But we got peppered in that spell and then, when we got back to within shooting distance at the end, we just couldn’t go on and Huddersfield have two of the best kickers around as they showed with a pretty special display.”
Powell said he hoped the internal investigation looking into an incident involving Carney with a team-mate would be concluded soon to help the Tigers move on.
He said: “The disciplinary is coming to the point where hopefully it will be finalised soon.
“We’ve moved on. It’s about the players on the field who are important to us and I think the performance showed that the spirit, togetherness and unity is evident for all to see.”