Head coach Daryl Powell bemoaned his side’s missed opportunities and called on the players to “smarten up” after seeing Castleford Tigers lose to Super League champions St Helens at Langtree Park.
A number of try chances went begging in the first half in particular as the Tigers dropped the ball near the line, were held up over the line or were pulled up for controversial forward passes and ultimately they paid the price with a 21-14 defeat.
Cas have now lost 15 straight games against St Helens and have not beaten them away from home since 1992.
After the latest Saints defeat, head coach Powell said: “We’ve been in three games and lost them all, but should have got points from probably all of them.
“I just don’t think we’re a real functional team at the moment, but the boys are working hard.
“We’re having a bit of bad luck with injuries and there were two boys today that couldn’t go back on.
“There’s not a lot you can do about that, but you can certainly do more about the way you play with the ball.
“The opportunities in the first half we needed to take.
“It’s the story of our season so far, we’ve had opportunities to win games and we haven’t quite been good enough.
“We’ve had a fair bit of dumb things going in each of the games. We were up against a team that were obviously going to be low on energy We felt like we’d pulled the game together.
“At half-time we were 10-0 down, but I thought we were going to win the game. “I thought we’d win it in the last 10 minutes.
“The boys have got to smarten up a little bit. It’s clearly disappointing we haven’t got any points on the board at the minute. I do think it will come, but it just needs to come pretty quickly for us all.”