Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell believes his side are developing a winning mentality that is helping them maintain their Super League challenge without playing at their fluent best.
After seeing the Tigers almost squander a 20-0 lead against Catalans Dragons only to come on strong again to clinch a 36-28 success Powell admitted his side had not been totally convincing, but he was pleased with the way they battled through to get the points and after four wins in their last five games Castleford are now up to fifth place.
He said: “We worked hard for each other and we had to do that, because we still made some sloppy errors.
“We’re conceding some sloppy tries at the moment and it made it closer than it should have been.
“We are scraping wins, though. We have won four out of our last five.
“You win games how you win games. It is not always pretty but we are getting that winning mentality back.
“People look at us because of the fluency we showed last season. This time, for whatever reason, we are scrapping out wins.
“But we are going to be a pretty good side when we put it all together and get some troops back.”
Powell agreed the circumstances made it a better victory with the Tigers being without eight first teamers initially then losing two players, Ben Roberts and Denny Solomona, on the day of the game, the latter only half-hour before kick-off.
“I think we’ve done really well when you look at the late withdrawals, Denny Solomona in the warm-up and Ben Roberts in the morning, and we had three academy kids in the squad, who all did a good job.
“I thought there were lots of good things in our game and our attacking game is coming together I think.”