Gentle praises his Hull side after comeback win

Richard Whiting

Losing 16-6 at one stage, Hull FC piled on 20 unanswered points to defeat the Warrington Wolves 26-16, in a performance that pleased coach Peter Gentle, who still wants even more improvement from his side.

The win was the Black and Whites fifth in six games, with their recent run of form coinciding with the return of veterans Gareth Ellis and Daniel Holdsworth, as Gentle believes his side has been improving.

“They clearly give us a lot of direction, but the key was probably being able to bring them back into a winning side,” Gentle said.

“We've been building for quite a while. There's a real confidence about us. The boys have been working hard and they deserve plenty of credit.”

Despite the win, though, Gentle believes his side still has more improvement left in them.

“I still think there are things we can get better at,” Gentle added.

“We lacked a bit of composure in the first half.

“There was plenty of energy and enthusiasm but our execution could have been better and it was good to get a chat with them at half-time.”

Warrington coach Tony Smith handled the loss well, admitting that Hull were the better side and that he was pleased with his side's effort in the game.

“Hull deserved to win,” Smith said.

“They were a little bit more energetic than us in a couple of areas.

“There wasn't much between the two teams. They were both very committed to their defence and worked very hard to make it tough for their opponents to score.

“I'm pleased with the effort we put in. We weren't quite at our best in terms of handling but I can accept that. We just need to be a bit more clinical in these close matches.”