Radford unhappy with fixture schedule

Hull FC head coach Lee Radford says that common sense wasn’t used when the fixture schedule forced his team to travel to Headingley just four days after the Challenge Cup Final.

The Black and Whites had to cut their Wembley celebrations short to prepare for last night’s match away to top-four rivals Leeds, a game they would eventually lose 38-26.

“It’s an RFL decision,” Radford said. “The common-sense decision would have been to put it back to Saturday or Sunday.

“The RFL will blame Sky because they do the scheduling but you want to see a good game of footy.

“It ended up being a good game of footy but it could quite easily not have been.”

On frustrating night for the Airlie Birds, Radford refused to blame referee James Child and instead singled out some poor decisions from his players with plenty of time left on the clock.

“I felt we pressed the chase the game button with 25 minutes to go and we were only eight points behind, we didn’t need to do it that early.

“Some of the kick options going short and pushing that last pass on an edge where we didn’t have to.

“But I’m not on the field and I don’t know if they felt they were going to go at that time and we had to do it now or we’d never do it but I’ll probably find that out tomorrow. The main effort, though, was really good.”