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Sky Sports pundit slams Castleford’s performances in big games

Sky Sports pundit Barrie McDermott has given his regular end-of-season review and Castleford Tigers came in for some good and bad views.

The Tigers ended up finishing seventh in the Super League table and, though they did reach the Challenge Cup Final, they have failed to win any major trophy except the League Leaders’ Shield in Daryl Powell’s tenure.

And, for McDermott, their inability to win big games under Powell hampered that ability to win silverware, but all that could change under Lee Radford.

“When I looked at their squad, I thought they would be competitive, but with all the distractions going on, I thought it could have affected them more than it has. They probably ran out of steam towards the end of the season and just didn’t have enough in the tank to reach the top six,” McDermott said.

“Next season looks to be a complete change for the Tigers, not only in personnel with Lee Radford coming in as coach, but also a change in philosophy.

“Under Daryl Powell, they were dubbed ‘Classy Cas’, the neutral would love to watch them. Despite this, the players fell short in a few big games under Powell, but Radford’s teams have a different edge to them, they might not bring the same style, but it may mean the difference in the big games.

“That being said, I do think Powell got every last ounce of potential out of his Tigers squad.”

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