“Sin-bin lost us momentum” claims Huddersfield Giants boss Ian Watson.
The Giants fell to their third straight defeat in Super League as they were downed 17-10 by Hull FC at the newly named MKM stadium.
The visitors led 10-0 at half-time but just before the break Olly Russell was sin-binned for a head high tackle on Connor Wynne.
This arguably helped change the game as Hull hit back with 17 unanswered points to steal the win.
Commenting on the incident, Watson said, “I thought we handled it reasonably well. We just lost momentum which obviously does not help.
“We would have been able to start the second half on the front foot and when you are 10-0 in front, it could have potentially been a different game.”
Despite the result not going their way, Watson remained proud of the players that took to the field and believes they are not that far off becoming contenders.
He added, “I thought we were really good in the first half. If we can get our full team back fit, we will not be far off at all.
“That team had been thrown together over two days. They have had more or less two training sessions to try and click.
“We spoke about playing and using the ball and it looked good in training but you obviously are not up against opposition defence, it is a different kettle of fish for when you actually face another team.
“People are putting you in that arm wrestle and consistently going backward and forward.
“We just lost shape on the back end of that but our attitude at the minute is outstanding.”
There was some bad news for the Giants as Darnell McIntosh was stretchered off shortly after Mahe Fonua’s try.
McIntosh suffered a collision during the build-up but his attempt to stop the attack punished him with what looks like a serious injury.
Speaking about the incident, Watson said “It looks bad for Darnell.
“Losing players when we are already down by a lot obviously does not help. It does not help with the continuity with the way you want to play.
“He looks like he has done his Achilles there so it looks like a big one.
“We just hope it is a straightforward one rather than a complicated one.”