Hull FC head coach praised his young, Hull-born players following his side’s 26-24 victory over Warrington Wolves at the KC Stadium on Easter Monday.
The Black and Whites followed up their remarkable derby comeback on Good Friday by ending the Wolves’ 100% record in Super League this season.
The visitors led 20-10 at the break but another stirring second half comeback saw Hull move up to 5th in the table.
“It was an excellent performance throughout against quality opposition,” Radford told the club’s official website.
. “They’re at the top of the table for a reason and defensively we needed to be there or thereabouts to get a result.”
Jansin Turgut, Dean Hadley and Callum Lancaster were all making their first appearances of the season for the Airlie Birds, and the Hull boss hailed his local youngsters after his side’s fifth win of the season: “We had 11 kids out there from Hull today.”
“I’m a proud Hull lad so it is pleasing and we had the best part of £1m in the stands in terms of the salary cap.”
“The seniors led by example and the youngsters brought plenty of energy and it builds nicely now into a tough gig at St. Helens,” he added.