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Super League coach addresses whether he has spoken to his players about relegation

We may only be just over a third of the way into the regular season but there is already a lot of talk about relegation around.

The focus is currently on Wakefield Trinity and Hull FC with Castleford Tigers also in the mix.

Wakefield though are in the biggest trouble after losing their opening nine games and Mark Applegarth has addressed whether or not he has spoken to his players about relegation.

“It’s getting that balance right, I think there’s no hiding away from it. It’s in the background of people’s thoughts every single day,” he said on BBC Radio Leeds.

“After last week I said some pretty strong words to one or two individuals but it’s in the press every day so you see that sort of stuff, or you might have a friend who mentions it to you. That’s why it’s important you drown out that noise and focus on what you can control as a group.

“We know that our attacking performances haven’t been up to it and our defensive performances haven’t been where we want them to be. We’re just focusing on improving them two aspects and making sure we’re more clinical when we do create those opportunities.

“The most frustrating thing for us all is not scoring points. There’s been times and periods in games where I think we’ve been on top and seeing the disheartenment when you can’t turn that pressure into points. That’s been a very frustrating thing for me and it’s something we’re trying to solve as you can see with some of the loan personnel we’re bringing in.

“We can’t hide away from it, we’ve got to get better. I’ve got to get better as a coach. We’re doing everything we can to ensure we provide the environment for us to improve.”

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