Hull FC’s play-off hopes are now remote at best following their defeat to Wakefield Trinity last night coupled with Leeds’ win over Warrington last night.
That leaves a five-point gap between the two and leaves Hull FC four points of the top six with Castleford now occupying sixth spot led by former Hull FC boss Lee Radford.
They’re also sat firmly behind Salford in seventh spot who could move level on points with the Tigers with a win today.
So, Hull’s season is all but over unless there is a dramatic change in fortunes as the season draws to a close.
Making matters worse, Hull have lost two more of their players to season ending injuries in Manu Ma’u and Joe Lovodua which led Hodgson to bemoan his side’s lack of luck when speaking to the Hull website after the game.
He said: “We’ve got zero luck, and that showed again today – Manu Ma’u suffered a broken arm, and Joe Lovodua has picked up a knee injury.
“Two head knocks too meant we had to change things.”
He did believe that there was a certain pride in the performance on the back of the 60-6 defeat to St Helens last week: “There was some pride in the performance, but we lacked the quality we needed. There is an element of trying too hard at times I think.
“There were two tries from Wakefield where I feel that if the momentum is with us, the decision would have gone our way instead of against us. But that’s just the hole we’re in at the moment and we need to dig ourselves out.
“We weren’t able to build enough pressure to put some fatigue into them. But that’s what happens when you’re where we are at the moment. Effort is there, but not the quality we require.
“Fatigue also comes into account when you’re doing so much defending. We saw what we can do at the end of the game with a couple of tries when you have the ball.”
Read his full thoughts here.