Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell was angry after seeing his side turn in what he described as one of the worst displays in his time at the club in the second half of their 21-18 defeat to Hull FC.
Powell questioned his players’ motivation as the Tigers missed a great chance to climb into Super League’s top four after leading 14-6 at half-time.
He said: “The second half was as bad I’ve seen since I’ve been in charge.
“It was abysmal and after being 14-6 up we were unrecognisable.
“It always hurts a coach when you think the opponents want to win it a bit more, but I think it was evident they did looking at that second half and we made too many errors.
“I just don’t know what we were trying to achieve.
“We had a big opportunity and we are asking questions as to why we didn’t take that.
“I’ve asked them if they want to be a top four team or if they’re happy just being top eight.
“We’ve handed back the ascendancy to Huddersfield now.
“I wondered if we took Hull lightly when we saw the teamsheet and they had Gaz Ellis, Mark Minichiello and Mickey Paea missing. If we did, we shouldn’t have.
“Mike McMeeken was far and away our best player. He filled in at centre after Jake Webster went off – we missed him, too, as he was going well – but Mike was terrific and is a hugely promising player.
“We need to learn lessons with two tough games left –Wakefield away is much harder than it was earlier in the season and Warrington at home, too.”
“We are still in a good spot and we need to learn lessons. We ran out of gas but then we found some at the end but we didn’t deserve to win.”