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Hodgson proud of players after difficult week

It was a “better win than last week” claimed Hull FC Head Coach Brett Hodgson.

Hodgson’s Hull side recorded their first home win in front of supporters for the first time in 16 months as they edged the Huddersfield Giants 17-10.

A much closer contest than their 64-22 drubbing of Leigh Centurions last time out, a proud Hodgson has stated this win was a better one for his team.

“I would like to suggest that tonight was probably a better win than last week against Leigh,” He admitted.

“We had so much adversity heading into this week, just like Huddersfield had as well as other clubs too.

“I thought we were pretty poor in the first half but the way we came back in that second half was outstanding and I am really proud of the group.”

Hull did it tough as they lost trio Adam Swift, Danny Houghton and Jordan Lane all within 48 hours of kick-off.

This led to a major rotation, with youngsters Aidan Burrell and Marcus Walker being named in the 17-man squad, the former actually getting on to the field during the last two minutes.

Opening up about the situation, Hodgson said “We had to be quite strategic in the way we managed playing 14 players for 65 minutes.

“The team was lighter than it was going to be. The power they were going to be bringing. One off to get a 5-10 minute rest to recover then going back on again.

“There was not much experience on the bench. We only had one forward on the bench. We lost Jordan Lane an hour and a half before kick-off, we lost Danny Houghton this morning, Adam Swift yesterday.

“Adam pulled up tight in the back end of training yesterday and we felt it was too risky.

“Danny and Jordan missed out to personal reasons.

“When you add that to some of the other players that were not playing, it is quite a lot to process then trying to get up for a competition game.

“I am happy with the effort that we snuck away with the win in the end.”

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