Wakefield coach Chris Chester admitted his side were off the pace following their 54-16 defeat to Hull KR.
Chester was taking on his former club for the first time since his departure from Rovers earlier this year, but it was a dull reunion as his new side was comprehensively defeated.
“We looked a tired team out there,” Chester said. “Hull KR were good and they put the game to bed in the first 30 minutes.
“We showed a bit of desire and courage in the second half but we didn’t show any patience in the first 10 or 15 minutes, we wanted to score off every play.”
The Wildcats weren’t helped by that late withdrawals of Anthony England and Max Jowitt, who pulled out through injury.
“They’re key players for us and we struggled with our leadership,” Chester said.
“We need to try and freshen up but there’s no excuses. That’s two poor performances on the bounce but we’re still in there fighting.
“We’re not too disheartened, we’re still looking up rather than looking down at the teams below us.”
A full report will be in Monday’s League Express.