Huddersfield interim coach Luke Robinson was unimpressed by his side’s attitude in their 24-16 defeat to Salford.
The Giants led 12-0 after 20 minutes but struggled from the point Salford’s Chris Atkin scored an intercept try, a four-pointer that changed the momentum of the game.
“I thought we were controlling the game but as soon as we gave the intercept away, it seemed to rattle us a little bit,” Robinson said.
“Rugby league is all about fine margins. This is professional sport, it is inches, the little stuff.
“By no means am I saying that the interception Salford scored is the reason why we lost, people make mistakes in games.
“It is not about the mistakes, it is about how you react to them that determines whether you win or lose the game.
“Darnell actually came up with a great catch to get us back into the game to put Aidan Sezer in for a try.
“But it is us as a group and how we manage. A bit of adversity and how we then regroup at the back of the posts and how we react more than anything else.”
The result saw Robinson lose his first match as Huddersfield coach but he remains adamant his side are still in contention for a top four place.
“This defeat does not alter my ambitions this season,” He added.
“When I came into the role, my aim was to try and win as many games as I can until the end of the season and finish as high up in the league as possible.
“That is still the aim with the boys, to end the season with a bit of a flourish.”