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Super League side have had to be “desperate” says Tony Smith after hitting rock bottom

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Hull FC ended a seven game losing streak yesterday as they downed Huddersfield Giants 20-14 at home.

It puts an end to a really tough period for the Black and Whites and after the game Tony Smith praised his side for being brave after reaching rock bottom:

“They were brave today and they took some chances and some of them came off, we made a few mistakes but we were prepared to defend it today. There was a real attitude in defence,” he said to BBC Radio Humberside.

“I thought there was much more about us today. It’s the old adage that sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you get yourselves out of there.

“Hopefully we’ve gone through our rock bottom, I can’t guarantee that either but at some point you get to the point where there’s nothing to lose and you do some things or go to levels that you haven’t been at before.”

He especially praised young fullback Davy Litten who stood out:

“I thought Davy Litten was brilliant, it rubs off that attitude of being carefree or ‘I’m going to have a go even if it’s not on’, he did that for the try that he set up for Sutcliffe.

“I love that, I love the young fella backs himself.”

He also said his side showed desperation in the win:

“They’re trying hard but it takes that little bit of extra chemistry, that little ingredient of either desperation or belief or sometimes you get to a point where you just have to go for it.”

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