NOW bottom of Super League, Huddersfield Giants are facing their biggest crisis since Paul Anderson took over as coach in July, 2012.
That was Anderson’s own assessment after his team were beaten 36-22 at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats yesterday.
It was their sixth defeat in seven Super League games and Anderson pulled no punches afterwards.
“It was a tough one to take,” said Anderson. “We are lacking troops, but the reality of it is, that shouldn’t matter.
“Our environment should produce people who want to fill holes and play well and we’re not quite there yet.”
It was only the second time Wakefield had scored more than 16 points this season and Anderson admitted Huddersfield’s defence was not up to scratch.
He added: “I don’t think we really got going. We talked about our defence and wanting to be physical and having some intent and purpose in what we did.
“There were some spaces around our ruck you could drive buses through. We are in a hole at the minute and the one thing we have to do is stick together and keep working hard.
“It is effort that gets you through tough times and ultimately that gets you to win things as well.”
It was Chris Chester’s first game in charge of Wakefield and he was delighted with every aspect of their performance.
“I thought over the 80 minutes we were the better side,” he said.
“We set the tone early doors, we played some decent football, threw the ball around and defended our own line as well. We were a bit scrappy in the second, but we stuck to the plan and got over the line.”
Nineteen-year-old Max Jowitt and Tom Johnstone, 20, were among Wakefield’s try scorers.
“The future looks good,” said Chester.