Castleford’s new coach Daryl Powell is eagerly looking forward to his first home match in charge of the Tigers.
Hull FC’s visit to the Wish Communications Stadium on Friday will be Castleford’s first home Super League fixture since they played Hull KR on May 5.
“I’m looking forward to it without a doubt. I’ve played a few times at Castleford and I’ve always enjoyed playing at the ground - it’s got something special about it,” said Powell (pictured).
“It will be the same for me as a coach. It’s a big challenge for us against Hull, who are an excellent side.
“Hull were beaten last week so they will be pretty highly motivated and it’s a huge game for us.
“I think home games from here on in are pretty significant for us and we need to perform well at home.”
Former Featherstone coach Powell is pleased with the welcome he has received from Tigers fans since his appointment and he was delighted with the turn out of supporters at last Friday’s match against Leeds Rhinos at Headingley.
“I’ve had a pretty good response from fans. Obviously, I haven’t had a home game so that has been a little bit different and, to be fair, results have been a bit mixed,” he added.
“I think I need to put some markers down and put some points on the board.
“We’ve had a win, a draw and two losses. I expected to beat both Leeds and London so I am a little bit disappointed we did not get those jobs done.
“There is certainly some work needs doing to make sure the players expect to win those games as well.
“The support was unbelievable at Leeds.
“The number of Castleford fans there was outstanding and the the support they gave us was outstanding as well so we want to come out against Hull and reward the fans for supporting us as they have done all season.
“It should be a great atmosphere against Hull.”
The Tigers, who were without a fixture this weekend because of the England v Exiles clash, will again be without suspended winger Justin Carney against Hull but they have no fresh injuries worries.
“I don’t want any weeks off - I think we need to play and get some consistency about us - but it does give a few players who have bumps and bruises an opportunity to freshen up,” said Powell.
“There’s nothing major injury wise. Most players would be available if we had a game this week.
“I’m reasonably happy so far but I think there’s a long way to go. As a group I think we need to continue to toughen up because I think we accept defeat too easily and that’s not acceptable for me. We can pat ourselves on the back for good efforts here and there but we need to be winning games.
“I think we need to change the culture and the mindset to make sure that happens on a consistent basis and that’s going to be a priority in the job I am doing.
“A lot of players have been good in patches but we are looking for consistency from everybody and ultimately we are not getting that yet.
“We need to show more urgency and concentration when the opposition have got the ball and our try line defence needs to improve.”