Anderson: Giants short on confidence

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Paul Anderson wants to inject some confidence into Huddersfield
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Paul Anderson wants to inject some confidence into Huddersfield

New Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson admitted his team face a crisis of confidence after watching their dismal run continue with a 35-14 home Stobart Super League defeat by Wakefield.

Anderson, who succeeded Australian Nathan Brown in the fall-out from the Giants' Challenge Cup semi-final defeat by Warrington, watched his side fritter a 14-6 lead, conceding 29 points in the last 29 minutes as their fragile confidence re-surfaced.

"If you look at the things that have happened through the week, you're probably right to say that," said Anderson, whose side have won just one of their last nine matches.

"We managed to get ourselves 14-6 up but without really playing. We let ourselves down in a lot of areas. We failed to keep control of the ball. We had a lot of field position early in the first half and didn't do anything with it.

"We tried to be too sideways and didn't build any pressure. We were too lateral, we were like a pair of windscreen wipers. We tried to go around them and, to their credit, they defended well."

The Wildcats spent most of the first half on defence but trailed only 8-6 at half-time and coach Richard Agar was always confident they could end their four-match losing run.

"The big message at half-time was to hang on to the ball," he said. "I felt we had gone alright.

"It was a really strong wind in the first half. We defended a lot of what they had to throw at us and I felt we handled their kicking game.

"I thought we defended really well in the second half. I can't remember our line being under threat too much.

"I was really pleased with our half-backs in the second half and all the guys we got from Huddersfield - Andy Raleigh, Danny Kirmond and Kyle Wood - had strong showings."

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