Ellis: Hull FC need a winning mentality

Hull FC captain Gareth Ellis has called on his team-mates to develop a win-at-all-costs attitude in the wake of their 0-7 home defeat to Widnes on Sunday, which caused coach Lee Radford to schedule a crisis meeting.

The former Wests Tigers and Leeds star, 32, claims the Airlie Birds can’t keep taking positives from narrow defeats and must start notching up the victories, of which they have only two this year.

“We can’t keep talking about how we’re losing these tight games and taking positives from it. At the end of the day, we need to win and that’s what the game is about,” he told the Hull Daily Mail.

“It’s about getting the two points, regardless of the performance, and we need to start getting that winning mentality. We need to brush ourselves off and see some reaction, especially as Salford won at the weekend.

“There’s certainly lessons to be learned, and the short turn-around gives us the opportunity to get out there and put things right. It also gives us a bit of that fire in the belly that we need. It was only a matter of time before Salford clicked, but it’s more about us this week and how we react and perform on Friday night.”

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