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Tony Smith gives his honest assessment of crushing derby defeat

Hull FC

Hull FC coach Tony Smith has provided his honest assessment of his side’s huge defeat to his former club Hull KR in the huge Hull derby.

He said on Sky Sports: “Not good enough. It just wasn’t good enough particularly that second half.

“First half I don’t think we attacked very well, I thought we were okay to be behind from two kicks which were hard to deal with.

“At that stage I thought if we could aim up we could have a good dig but that didn’t happen by a long shot.

“It s disappointing and we are going to hurt and we are going to go away and tough away.

“We have to go away and get tough.”

Asked about injuries, he said: “There were some injuries but I’m not going to hide behind them. We need to be good enough to overcome those injuries and those changes that we made.

“We are not playing confident enough or consistently enough to get over those injuries. When we do that, we will overcome those injuries.”

Next week they take on Leeds Rhinos led by his nephew Rohan Smith.

He said: “It is enough a tough one, they are all tough ones.”

It will be a tough one for Hull FC especially with Jake Clifford and others injured.

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