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“It is a funny one” – Last knows FC must perform to please returning fans

Hull FC Interim head coach Andy Last believes having fans back at games will only be a positive for his team if they can start to win more matches.

It was announced on Thursday that up to 1,000 supporters are allowed to be admitted into Super League games from September 30, with Hull’s match against Castleford chosen as one of the pilot fixtures.

While admitting it’s a huge step in the right direction, Last recognised that the reduced crowds won’t necessarily mean less abuse if his team don’t perform.

He said: “It is a funny one. I do not mind the fans being back should we win, but a situation like when we lost heavily to Salford then I have not minded there being no supporters there.

“They will certainly let you know if the performance was not good enough, likewise if you perform well and get the result then they are behind you.

“It will be great for the game to get some fans back. Castleford has always been a place where we have had a good following and the atmosphere is a great one.

“Their fans create atmosphere to good effect and It will be a good opportunity to go there in front of 1,000 fans and start the ball rolling in the hopes of getting back to normal.”

Last was speaking to the media ahead of Hull’s Challenge Cup quarter-final clash against Wigan this weekend.

It is a match that many people believe could define the Airlie Birds’ season, however Last hasn’t given up hope of making a dent in Super League still despite falling off the pace in recent weeks.

“I think every game is a priority,” said Last. “When you pull on the black and white shirt and are leading this club, you have to think that you can win every game.

“The Challenge Cup is a big competition but we are still certainly in the fight for the league too.

“Looking at the table, I think there are four teams locked on ten points, having played 11 games then you have the likes of Leeds and Catalans who have games to play.

“If they lose those games then their percentage comes down and we are right back in it.

“We will be trying to win every game we play, selecting a good enough team we feel can do the job.”

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