Anderson feeling pressure after 8th defeat of the season

Huddersfield Giants head coach admitted he is feeling the pressure following his side’s eighth defeat in nine Super League matches.

The Giants led Castleford 30-22 at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Sunday but fell to a late Tigers comeback, eventually going down 38-34.

That defeat left Huddersfield propping up the Super League table with just two points to their name in 2016 – six points adrift of the top eight and 10 points off the top four.

Huddersfield’s poor start to the season has come as a surprise to most given they won the League Leaders’ Shield in 2013 and have finished no lower than fourth since then.

“Of course I feel pressure, this is not a position I’m proud of,” Anderson told the BBC.

“We’ve been a very consistent winning team over the past few years and this is hurting. It’s hurting me as much as anyone and I know it’s hurting the players.

“Pressure is pressure. You feel it every day as head coach.”

The former Leeds, St Helens and Bradford prop pointed to his side’s error count as the main reason behind their sluggish start to the season; “Our errors are our downfall and it robs us of energy. When you’re in our position you have to build energy rather than taking it away from ourselves.”

Speaking to Sky Sports after Sunday’s defeat the 44 year-old said: “The positive was that we scored 30-odd points but the negative was clearly the amount they got.

“When we got to certain points of the field and executed stuff we looked alright and scored some good tries, but we let some soft ones in and our ball control isn’t great at the moment.”

Huddersfield face Hull FC at the John Smith’s Stadium this Friday, before facing Warrington, Wigan and Leeds before the end of April.

 

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