Lee Radford lamented Hull FC’s lack of patience as they fell to a shock 29-18 defeat at Huddersfield Giants.
The Black and Whites produced a poor display at the John Smith’s Stadium and missed out on a chance to cut the gap between them and fourth-placed Castleford Tigers.
Radford’s men are now three points behind the top four with ten matches left in the entire 30-game campaign, with the Hull boss highlighting his side’s lack of execution deep in enemy territory as a key issue in the loss at Huddersfield.
Hull had an array of chances in the first half but didn’t post enough points as the Giants showed their clinical side to lead 25-6 at one stage before a minor fightback wasn’t enough for FC.
“Our performance cost us from one to 17 and there weren’t many blokes in a black and white shirt who outplayed their opposition,” Radford told the Mail. “When that happens you get beat.
“The first ten minutes were fantastic. We kept dropping the ball on Darnell McIntosh’s head but the lack of patience cost us. The first error was off a scrum and Hakim (Miloudi) bats the ball into touch.
“The next set he kicks on play two and gives away a seven-tackle set. It slowly went down from there. Huddersfield had a process and stuck to it and showed a lot of patience.”
When asked what he said at half-time after a slow first period, Radford responded: “If you throw the ball in touch again I’ll give you a backhander.”
Meanwhile, FC winger Miloudi picked up the Sky Sports’ Man of the Match award despite an indifferent performance which saw him be wasteful with attacking opportunities as well as producing a sublime second-half score.
Radford criticised the decision post-match and insisted the Frenchman must learn from his mistakes.
“It’s easy to make mistakes when you don’t have to defend them,” Radford added. “Hakim is high risk and he rolls the dice. He got the man of the match but Stevie Wonder must have voted for that.”